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  • GREENSBORO, N.C. _ V.F. Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $109.9 million. The average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 28 cents per share. Seventeen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.29 billion.

  • BERLIN/ FRANKFURT, July 24- Volkswagen will hold a special supervisory board meeting on Wednesday to discuss allegations that German carmakers operated a wide-ranging cartel, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. The European Commission said on Saturday antitrust regulators were investigating a possible German auto industry cartel following...

  • CHICAGO, July 24- U.S. meat producers are earning some of the highest profit margins in more than a decade, a bright spot for investors in agriculture, where grain farmers and trading companies are struggling to make money after years of massive oversupply. "Margins are excellent," Joe Sanderson, chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, told Reuters last month.

  • July 24- The Roomba robotic vacuum has been whizzing across floors for years, but its future may lie more in collecting data than dirt. Smart home lighting, thermostats and security cameras are already on the market, but Colin Angle, chief executive of Roomba maker iRobot Corp, says they are still dumb when it comes to understanding their physical environment.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Miami- area money manager Bob Press appears to offer the ultimate all-weather investment: a "direct lending" hedge fund that does not require a long-term commitment and has produced nearly 90 straight months of positive returns not correlated to other markets. Most funds invest in traditional financial assets like stocks or bonds, but direct...

  • NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. venture capital firms lining up for a slice of the burgeoning digital currency market are grappling with a novel challenge- some of the hottest tech startups that sell the coins just don't need their money. "The day when VCs were the elusive elite and primary source of capital for startups has ended," said Jamie Burke, founder and chief executive...

  • Damage to thousands of cars in dealership lots across Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and other states are just some of the weather-related losses that have been hitting U.S. property insurers particularly hard in the first half of this year. "It got everything on the car- roofs, sides, mirrors and back glasses," said Ronnie Cohen, new car director of Subaru of Plano,...

  • *OPEC, non- OPEC ministers meet in Russia. *OPEC official sees oil market rebalancing speeding up in H2. LONDON, July 24- Oil rallied on Monday, erasing early losses after leading OPEC producer Saudi Arabia pledged to cut its exports to help speed up the rebalancing of global supply and demand.

  • July 24- Hasbro Inc, the No. 2 U.S. toymaker, reported higher-than-expected quarterly sales and profit, helped by strong demand for its Transformers and Nerf toys in the United States. Net income attributable to Hasbro was $67.72 million, or 53 cents per share, in the quarter, compared with $52.11 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier. The Pawtucket, Rhode Island-...

  • HOUSTON _ Halliburton Co. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $28 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 19 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.84 billion.

  • JACKSON, Miss. _ Cal-Maine Foods Inc. on Monday reported a loss of $24.5 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Jackson, Mississippi- based company said it had a loss of 51 cents. Keywords: Cal-Maine Foods, Earnings Report.

  • LAS VEGAS _ Scientific Games Corp. on Monday reported a loss of $39.1 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 52 cents per share. Scientific Games shares have climbed 92 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DUBLIN _ Ryanair Holdings PLC on Monday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $436.7 million. On a per-share basis, the Dublin- based company said it had profit of $1.78. Ryanair shares have increased 35 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *China says it will boost policy coordination, control debt risks. BEIJING, July 24- China's Politburo, the Communist Party's top decision-making body, said Beijing will implement a "proactive" fiscal policy and "prudent" monetary policy in the second half of the year, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Monday. China will also strengthen coordination of...

  • LONDON, July 24- A slowdown in euro zone business growth at the start of the second half of 2017, alongside declining inflation pressures in a key business survey, could put paid to expectations of a stimulus clawback by the European Central Bank later this year. Years of ultra-easy policy have bolstered still-solid growth, but inflation is nowhere near the...

  • *Global electric vehicle fleet to grow to 83 million by 2030. SINGAPORE, July 24- Global oil demand could peak as early as 2024 if there are more efficiency gains in vehicles, greater market penetration by electric cars, lower economic growth and higher fuel prices, Goldman Sachs said in a research note on refining on Monday. Economic expansion in emerging markets-...

  • PAWTUCKET, R.I. _ Hasbro Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $67.7 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 46 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $973 million.

  • July 24- Hasbro Inc, the No. 2 U.S. toymaker, reported a 10.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by demand for its Transformers and Nerf toys in the United States. Net income attributable to Hasbro was $67.72 million, or 53 cents per share, in the second quarter ended July 2, compared with $52.11 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier. The Pawtucket, Rhode...

  • JOHANNESBURG, July 24- Copper was treading water on Monday and struggled to hold on to gains beyond the $6,000 per tonne mark despite a softening dollar and the prospects of tighter mine supply. SUPPLY DISRUPTIONS: Union-represented workers and management at Antofagasta's Zaldivar copper mine in Chile failed to reach a wage deal last week and they agreed to...

  • BMW was off 2.3 percent, Daimler 3.4 percent and Volkswagen 2.5 percent. Spiegel reported that company employees from Volkswagen, Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche had met often since the 1990 s and had agreed to limit the size of the tanks holding a urea solution used to reduce diesel emissions. BMW issued a statement denying that its urea tanks were too small to...