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  • MELBOURNE, July 31- London copper ticked lower on Friday and was facing its biggest monthly loss since January amid sputtering Chinese demand and a stronger dollar, with traders squaring books ahead of the month-end and Chinese factory data over the weekend. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper fell 0.8 percent to 38360 yuan a tonne. Power cuts in Africa's...

  • *Tokyo July core CPI falls 0.1 pct vs f'cast 0.0 pct. *Tokyo core CPI marks first annual fall since April 2013. TOKYO, July 31- Japan's annual core consumer inflation stalled and household spending unexpectedly fell in June, underscoring the challenges the central bank faces in reflating the economy to meet its ambitious 2 percent price target.

  • *U.S. crude for September delivery slipped 2 cents to $48.50 a barrel as of 0038 GMT, after ending the previous session down 27 cents. *Brent crude oil for September delivery rose 12 cents to $53.43 after settling 27 cents lower in the previous session. *Russia's oil-for-goods barter deal with Iran, estimated to be worth $70 billion, is still in place, Russian Energy...

  • TOKYO, July 31- The dollar held near one-week highs against a basket of major currencies on Friday as investors interpreted latest U.S. The market will continue to search for more hints on whether it will come in September or later, "said Shin Kadota, chief FX strategist at Barclays in Tokyo. U.S. interest rate futures priced in a higher chance of a September rate hike,...

  • MANILA, July 31- Gold hovered near 5-1/ 2- year lows early on Friday and is on course for a sixth straight weekly fall, its longest retreat since 1999, after strong U.S. *Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,088.86 an ounce by 0037 GMT, but not far above last week's trough of $1,077, its lowest since February 2010. *The metal hit a low of $1,081.85 on Thursday as the dollar...

  • SAO PAULO, July 30- The lawyer behind the plea bargain deals that helped investigators unearth a multi-billion-dollar corruption scandal at Brazilian state-run oil firm Petrobras said on Thursday she closed her law firm because she felt threatened by a congressional committee. A congressional committee investigating Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as...

  • *Investors warily eye China shares after previous session's drop. Investors kept a wary eye on China, where stocks dropped on Thursday after state media reported that banks were investigating their equities exposure in the wake of the recent dramatic rout there. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.1 percent in early...

  • BOSTON/ NEW YORK, July 30- Paul Singer's $27 billion hedge fund Elliott Associates is worried about Europe's prospects and is bracing for fresh market turbulence. In a letter to investors dated July 23 and seen by Reuters on Thursday, the New York- based firm told clients that it has returned 2.8 percent in its Elliott Associates, L.P. and 2.2 percent in its Elliott...

  • LONDON- Bank of England holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting. LONDON- Bank of England announces interest rate decision- 1100 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England will release the minutes from its August policy meeting- 1100 GMT.

  • DUNN, N.C. _ Select Bancorp Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $1.8 million. Select Bancorp shares have increased 1 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Select Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • ANNAPOLIS, Md. _ Chesapeake Lodging Trust on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 67 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in September, Chesapeake Lodging expects its per-share funds from operations to...

  • CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. _ Quaker Chemical Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $15 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.06 per share. Quaker Chemical shares have decreased 13 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HOUSTON _ Cheniere Energy Partners LP Holdings LLC on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $4.5 million. Cheniere Energy Partners shares have declined 3.5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Cheniere Energy Partners, Earnings Report.

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 30- Pacific Rim trade ministers neared the final spurt of negotiations on an ambitious free trade pact on Thursday, but differences over farm exports and monopoly periods for next-generation drugs were preventing them from reaching an elusive final deal. Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which...

  • BETHESDA, Md. _ First Potomac Realty Trust on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 24 cents per share. First Potomac Realty Trust expects full-year funds from operations in the range of 93 cents to 98 cents per share.

  • *Tokyo July core CPI falls 0.1 pct vs f'cast 0.0 pct. *Tokyo core CPI marks first annual fall since April 2013. Core consumer prices in Tokyo, a leading indicator of nationwide inflation, fell 0.1 percent in July, the first annual decline since April 2013.

  • ERIE, Pa. _ Erie Indemnity Co. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $56 million. Erie Indemnity shares have declined 10 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Erie Indemnity, Earnings Report.

  • BOSTON _ Boston Beer Co. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $29.9 million. Boston Beer expects full-year earnings in the range of $7.10 to $7.50 per share. Boston Beer shares have dropped 23 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CINCINNATI _ First Financial Bancorp on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $18.9 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 29 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $77.1 million.

  • FRANKLIN, N.C. _ Entegra Financial Corp. on Thursday reported net income of $17.1 million in its second quarter. The bank, based in Franklin, North Carolina, said it had earnings of $2.61 per share. The holding company for Macon Bank posted revenue of $7.7 million in the period.