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  • TREASURY YIELDS HOLD MODESTLY LOWER AFTER WALL STREET OPENS HIGHER, 10- YEAR YIELD AT 2.254 PCT.

  • ATHENS, Greece _ StealthGas Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $2 million. The Athens, Greece- based company said it had profit of 5 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • ABUJA, May 25- Nigeria's Senate passed an oil governance bill following its third and final reading, it said on its official Twitter feed on Thursday. The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill is part of proposed reforms that make up the sprawling Petroleum Industry Bill, aimed at overhauling the OPEC member's energy industry. It has been discussed for over a...

  • May 25- U.S. auto sales in May will edge up 0.5 percent from a year earlier, despite consumer discounts remaining at record levels, industry consultants J.D. Power and LMC Automotive said on Thursday. "While consumers will see substantial discounts this Memorial Day weekend, they are not expected to overcome the slowing demand in auto sales," said Deirdre Borrego,...

  • May 25- Ford Motor Co, which earlier this week named turnaround expert James Hackett as its chief executive officer, announced replacements for some of its key executive positions. The No.2 U.S. automaker named Steven Armstrong as the new head of Europe, Middle East and Africa and Peter Fleet as the new head of Asia Pacific and China. Armstrong is currently the...

  • LOS ANGELES— The advocacy group GLAAD says the representation of LGBTQ characters in major Hollywood films increased nearly 1 percent in 2016, but the group says many of the portrayals weren't positive. GLAAD's annual study released Thursday surveyed 125 releases from the seven major Hollywood studios and found them again to be severely lagging behind...

  • May 25- BlackRock Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink said global growth was accelerating and that corporate earnings were keeping pace with higher stock prices. "Stay in equities," he said on Thursday in response to a question at the asset manager's annual shareholders meeting. "They're going to be a good place for awhile."

  • *UK, other regulators likely to use code in legal oversight. LONDON, May 25- Regulators and leading financial firms launched a new code of conduct for global currency trading on Thursday, including measures aimed at forcing its universal adoption by the world's major financial institutions. Industry players said the code was its last chance to head off full...

  • *Weekly jobless claims increase 1,000. WASHINGTON, May 25- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week and the four-week moving average of claims fell to a 44- year low, suggesting further tightening in the labor market. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted...

  • REUTERS POLL-12 OF 14 ANALYSTS SAY RECENT ONTARIO CURBS ON SPECULATION LIKELY TO MODESTLY COOL HOUSING MARKET IN TORONTO, NEARBY AREAS.

  • Matching British Columbia's move last year for Vancouver, Ontario's provincial government introduced a 15 percent tax on property purchases by foreign buyers in Toronto in April as part of 16 measures to cool the property market. "Low interest rates are going to be oxygen... that keeps the fire going in the Toronto and BC housing markets- and that fire has spread to...

  • REUTERS POLL- CANADA NATIONAL HOUSE PRICES SET TO RISE 9 PCT IN 2017, 3 PCT IN 2018.

  • REUTERS POLL-FUNDING CRISIS AT MORTGAGE LENDER HOME CAPITAL UNLIKELY TO HURT CONFIDENCE IN CANADA MORTGAGE MARKET.

  • *Wall Street seen opening higher, VIX lowest since May 10. *Oil up as OPEC agrees to extend output cuts, some expected more. Index futures indicated Wall Street would open higher, building on Wednesday's record closing high in the S&P 500.

  • May 25- U.S. stocks looked set to open higher on Thursday after minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest meeting showed policymakers expected the economy to pick up momentum and that they would raise interest rates soon. Federal funds futures imply traders see an 83 percent chance of a rate hike in June, unchanged from before the minutes, according to the CME...

  • DEVENS, Mass. _ American Superconductor Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $6.9 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 55 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in July, American Superconductor expects its per-share loss to be $1.02.

  • LONDON, May 25- U.S. freight movements have started increasing again, which should help boost consumption of distillate fuel oil in 2017 and 2018.. Freight movements hit a new record in February, before slipping slightly in March, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The ratio of business inventories to sales climbed from 1.28 in January...

  • DETROIT— A person briefed on the matter says Ford Motor Co. will announce a management shakeup Thursday that includes replacement of its global product development chief. The person says Vice President of Global Purchasing Hau Thai-Tang will take over product development from Raj Nair. The change is among the moves expected as new CEO Jim Hackett tries to...

  • *EU, U.S. not seeing eye-to-eye on Russia, EU says. BRUSSELS, May 25- A smiling Donald Trump offered European Union chiefs assurances on security in Brussels on Thursday but EU officials did not conceal lingering differences with the U.S. president over Russia, trade and climate change. "action plan" on trade-- an indication the new occupant of the White House is not as...

  • *Q4 total sales rise 4.6 pct to $7.92 bln. The Dublin- based company said on Thursday it expects fiscal 2018 adjusted earnings to grow 9 percent-10 percent on a constant currency basis. The minimally invasive therapies unit, which the company acquired as part of its $42.9 billion Covidien deal, generated sales of $2.61 billion in the quarter ended April 28, a 6...