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  • Sept 3- Medical device maker Medtronic Plc reported a 47 percent rise in quarterly adjusted net income, helped by higher sales across all its divisions. The Dublin- based company's adjusted profit rose to $1.46 billion, or $1.02 per share, in the first quarter ended July 31 from $992 million, or 99 cents per share, a year earlier. This is the second quarter to include...

  • DUBLIN— Medtronic Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $820 million. The average estimate of 16 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.01 per share. Medtronic expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.30 to $4.40 per share.

  • Sept 3- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday but investors remained wary of taking big positions a day before the release of the monthly jobs report, which may be a critical factor in the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision. *Some investors believe that the bout of recent market volatility caused by concerns about China's slowing economy might...

  • Brent slipped 15 cents to $50.35 a barrel by 1126 GMT, having gained 94 cents in the previous session. U.S. crude fell 2 cents to $46.23 a barrel, up from the day's low of $45.65 and after settling 84 cents higher on Wednesday. Olivier Jakob, managing director of PetroMatrix, said the market was quietening down after extreme moves, with holidays in the two largest oil...

  • *FTSE 100 up 1.4 pct, slightly outperforms Europe. *Battered miners Glencore, Anglo American stage rebound. The FTSE 100 blue-chip index, which is due to be reshuffled on Sept. 21 to include housebuilder Berkeley Group and drop Weir Group, was up 1.4 percent at 6,169.22 points at 1103 GMT, slightly outperforming the FTSEurofirst 300 index, up 1.3 percent.

  • Sept 3- Packaged foods maker Campbell Soup Co reported an 8.6 percent fall in quarterly sales, hurt by a strong dollar and weak sales in its U.S. simple meals business. Net income attributable to the company fell to $68 million, or 22 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Aug. 2, from $137 million, or 43 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales fell to $1.69 billion...

  • CAMDEN, N.J. _ Campbell Soup Co. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $68 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 42 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.71 billion.

  • PARIS/ MILAN, Sept 3- Natalie Massenet, founder and executive chairman of online fashion group Net-A-Porter, said on Thursday it was the right time to leave after she resigned abruptly ahead of the completion of a planned merger with Italy's Yoox. The merger, announced in March and expected to complete next month, will create a leader in the fast-growing online...

  • NORWOOD, Mass. _ Xcerra Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $7.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 13 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in November, Xcerra said it expects revenue in the range of $87 million to $90 million.

  • HANOVER, Md. _ Ciena Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $23.6 million. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $627.8 million. For the current quarter ending in November, Ciena said it expects revenue in the range of $665 million to $700 million.

  • *Soybeans steady as China worries ease. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Sept 3- U.S. and European wheat futures slipped to new contract lows on Thursday as a tender by top importer Egypt kept attention firmly on stiff competition in well supplied export markets. Soybeans inched higher as investor worries about China, the world's biggest soybean buyer, abated.

  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, Sept 2- The closure of two ethanol plants this week and proposed sale of a third highlight the growing challenges faced by small producers located far from cheap feedstock supplies in the U.S. The biggest producers such as No. 1 Archer Daniels Midland Co and Green Plains Inc said they have benefited this summer from better-than-expected fuel...

  • DODGEVILLE, Wis. _ Lands' End Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $7.5 million. The Dodgeville, Wisconsin- based company said it had profit of 23 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Sept 3- Mining equipment maker Joy Global Inc, which gets about 60 percent of its revenue from coal miners, reported a 37 percent fall in quarterly profit and cut its full-year forecast as customers cut spending due to weak prices. Joy Global has cut jobs and lowered production among other measure to try to adapt to the slowing demand that has led to company's...

  • WASHINGTON— The Institute for Supply Management reports on growth at U.S. service firms in August. The ISM will release its services index Thursday at 10 a.m. Eastern. SLOWER EXPANSION: Economists expect the index fell modestly in August to 58.3, down from a 10- year high of 60.3 in July, according to a survey by the research firm FactSet.

  • CHICAGO _ Methode Electronics Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $23.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 54 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $210 million.

  • *Markit says PMI points to Q3 GDP growth of 0.4 pct. LONDON, Sept 3- Euro zone business activity accelerated at its fastest pace in more than four years last month, according to surveys that highlighted an ongoing divergence between laggard France and the other big economies in the currency bloc. The data, which come as official numbers showed retail sales rose less...

  • WASHINGTON— The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Thursday. Hiring at that pace would reinforce the resilience of the U.S. economy amid uncertainty about China's financial health, a Canadian economy that just slid into recession and the stock market sell-off of the past...

  • WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for July at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Thursday. US DEMAND: The deficit in June widened by 7 percent to $43.8 billion, up from $40.9 billion in May, as solid consumer spending pulled in more imports while the strong dollar restrained exports. Labor disputes at West Coast ports in the first quarter delayed...

  • *EasyJet surges on positive profit outlook. LONDON, Sept 3- European shares rose sharply on Thursday, tracking strong gains on Wall Street and ahead of a European Central Bank meeting that investors expect will deliver a boost to markets following recent turmoil. Focus will be on stressing that the ECB stands ready to act, " Robert Parkes, equity strategist at HSBC,...