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  • JUDGE REJECTS CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN AMERICAN EXPRESS CO, MERCHANTS OVER SWIPE FEES- RULING.

  • ATHENS, Aug 4- Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said on Tuesday that discussions with lenders on a multi-billion bailout would be wrapped up within days. "Everything will be concluded this week," Tsakalotos told reporters after meeting representatives of the IMF, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the euro zone's rescue fund, the...

  • OTTAWA, Aug 4- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged on Tuesday that if he is reelected in October he would bring back a home renovation tax credit that proved popular in 2009 in combating an economic downturn. About one in three households had taken advantage of the temporary credit, saving on average more than C $700 each, a Conservative statement said.

  • DUBLIN _ Global Indemnity PLC on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $11.1 million. Global Indemnity shares have decreased roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Global Indemnity, Earnings Report.

  • Aug 4- U.S. drugstore chain operator CVS Health Corp estimated current-quarter profit below analysts' expectations, hurt by pressure from reimbursement rates and lower customer traffic after the company stopped selling tobacco products. The company forecast adjusted profit of $1.27- $1.30 per share for the third quarter. The company also raised the lower...

  • *Disappointing U.S. data raise doubts on rate hike in Sept. NEW YORK, Aug 4- The dollar was little changed against a basket of currencies on Tuesday following a batch of disappointing economic data, while currencies tied to commodities rebounded on a stabilization in oil and metal prices that had fallen sharply in recent weeks. "It's been a quiet day with most major...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher in early trading Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery rose 3 cents to $5.02 a bushel; December corn was 2.25 cents higher at $3.7875 a bushel; December oats were 2.75 cents higher at $2.48 bushel; while November soybeans gained 7.5 cents to 9.43 cents a bushel. October live cattle was. 60 cent higher at...

  • HOUSTON _ Westlake Chemical Partners LP on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $10.4 million. Westlake Chemical Partners shares have fallen 26 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Westlake Chemical Partners, Earnings Report.

  • The District of Columbia U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an award rendered by a panel at The Hague's Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Netherlands, after Chevron claimed Ecuador had violated an international treaty by failing to resolve lawsuits over commercial disputes between the two sides in a timely manner.

  • GREEK FINANCE MINISTER TSAKALOTOS SAYS ALL ISSUES WILL BE CONCLUDED WITH LENDERS THIS WEEK.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 4- New orders for U.S. factory goods rebounded strongly in June on robust demand for transportation equipment and other goods, a hopeful sign for the struggling manufacturing sector. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday new orders for manufactured goods increased 1.8 percent after declining 1.1 percent in May. Those factors have eroded the...

  • *UK government sells 5.4 pct to leave it with 73 pct. LONDON, Aug 4- Britain took a 1.1 billion pound loss on its first sale of shares in Royal Bank of Scotland on Tuesday, sparking accusations of poor timing from opposition politicians. The UK government sold a 5.4 percent stake in RBS at 330 pence per share, a third below the price paid when Britain rescued the bank with...

  • CHICAGO, Aug 4- Archer Daniels Midland Co's plans to acquire a privately held sweetener manufacturer in central China have fallen through, the U.S. agribusiness company's chief executive officer said on Tuesday. In May, the Chicago- based company said it had struck a deal to buy Meiweiyuan Biotechnology, in the central Chinese province of Hubei, to "better meet...

  • PITTSBURGH— A Pittsburgh- based health care system wants patients to choose the right doctor and it's posting online satisfaction surveys to help them do that. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports UPMC is expected to post patient satisfaction surveys and star ratings of physicians online starting this week. Information from: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,...

  • WASHINGTON— Comcast is speeding up and expanding a discounted Internet service that was created to get more low-income people online. Comcast created the program four years ago as a condition of government approval of its purchase of NBCUniversal. The service costs $10 a month, a quarter of Comcast's promotional price for a slightly faster Internet speed.

  • BUCHAREST, Romania— Romania's central bank forecasts that consumer prices will fall until spring next year after the government slashed the sales tax on food from 24 to 9 percent. The National Bank of Romania said in a statement Tuesday the reduction in sales tax on food, which went into effect June 1, had sent the yearly inflation rate to minus 1.6 percent in June...

  • GREEK STOCKS UNOFFICIALLY CLOSE DOWN 1.2 PCT, LED BY BANKS WITH AT OR NEAR 30 PERCENT LOSSES.

  • PARIS, Aug 4- Airbus has won a patent for a hypersonic plane, but Concorde's hydrogen-powered successor is unlikely to leave the drawing board any time soon. But Airbus dampened any hopes of a quick return to the days of the Anglo-French supersonic jet, which was taken out of service in 2003 due to high operating costs. "Airbus Group and its divisions apply for...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 4- Government-controlled mortgage finance firm Freddie Mac on Tuesday said big gains in its loan guarantee business and its investment portfolio will allow it to cut a check to the U.S. Freddie Mac reported a second-quarter profit of $4.2 billion, sharply up from $524 million in the first quarter. Under the terms of their rescue, Freddie Mac and...

  • *Walt Disney, Genworth to report after the bell. Aug 4- Wall Street was little changed on Tuesday amid a burst of earnings reports from companies ranging from drugstore operator CVS Health to handbag maker Coach, while Apple's shares remained under pressure for a second day. Among other companies scheduled to release results are Dow component Walt Disney, Devon...