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  • LONDON, July 26- European technology shares hit their highest level this year on Tuesday, disconnecting from earnings downgrades and riding on hopes of merger activity and improved competitiveness from a weaker euro. The STOXX Europe 600 Technology index has rallied nearly 20 percent from a trough hit after Britain's June 23 vote to leave the European Union...

  • NEW YORK, July 26- Democrats beat Republicans in the TV ratings, according to early data on Tuesday for the first night of the Democratic National Convention ratings. Preliminary data from the three main TV networks ABC, NBC and CBS showed some 10.6 million Americans watched Monday evening's 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. hour when first lady Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- Volkswagen AG plans to offer a new proposal to fix 85,000 polluting 3.0 liter vehicles after regulators rejected an earlier plan, a Justice Department lawyer said Tuesday. Earlier this month, the California Air Resources Board rejected, as insufficient, a plan to fix the vehicles, VW and Audi luxury cars from model years 2009-2016. At a court...

  • July 26- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday after weak results from a number of companies, including McDonald's and Gilead, dented investor sentiment. Traders have priced in an 18.7 percent chance of a rate increase in September and a 42.8 percent chance in December, according to CME Group's FedWatch tool. "Investors have had the opportunity to drink from a fire hydrant of...

  • LONDON, July 26- A buoyant yen and oil prices at their lowest in three months kept stock markets on the defensive on Tuesday as investors awaited central bank meetings this week that will unveil new stimulus in Japan and may provide clues on U.S. interest rates. The yen hit two-week highs against the euro and more than one-week highs against the dollar as traders...

  • *Britain attracts 10.1 bln stg at sale of 2065 linker. *Britain sells 2.5 bln pounds of 2065 linker. LONDON, July 26- Britain's sale of a 50- year inflation-linked government bond drew "very strong" demand in the first syndication to take place after the country's decision to leave the European Union, the UK Debt Management Office said on Tuesday.

  • *FTSE 100 closes 0.2 pct higher. LONDON, July 26- Britain's top share index ended slightly higher on Tuesday, driven by gains in lender Provident Financial engineering firm GKN and BT, though housebuilders fell after a series of price target cuts. The market was underpinned by a rise in basic resources stocks after recent sharp losses, with the UK mining index...

  • BRIEF-LSE SAYS DEUTSCHE BOERSE SHAREHOLDER ACCEPTANCE EXCEEDS. July 26- London Stock Exchange Group Plc:. *As at 5.00 p.m. today, preliminary acceptance level amounted to approximately 60.35 pct of Deutsche Boerse shares.

  • BENGALURU/ DETROIT, July 26- A widening rift between electric vehicle maker Tesla Motors Inc and Mobileye NV sent shares of the Israeli maker of driving-assistance chips and software plunging on Tuesday and fanned debate on self-driving vehicle technology. Mobileye shares, which have been wildly popular with institutional and tech investors, were down 9...

  • July 26- Verizon Communications Inc disappointed Wall Street on Tuesday by reporting a smaller-than-expected subscriber gain for its main wireless business, and its CEO gave few details about plans to increase revenue from its planned purchase of Yahoo Inc's internet assets. Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam said Verizon could "create long-term...

  • July 26- First Hawaiian Inc, a unit of BNP Paribas SA, said its initial public offering could raise as much as $485 million, giving the Honolulu- based bank a market valuation of about $3.21 billion. First Hawaiian Bank, with more than $16 billion of assets, has 62 branches throughout Hawaii, Guam and Saipan. The bank's net income inched up to $54.9 million in the quarter...

  • LONDON— Two Canadian airline pilots charged with being drunk as they prepared to fly a passenger jet on a trans-Atlantic route have been bailed on condition they surrender their passports. Jean-Francois Perreault, who is 39, and 37- year-old Imran Zafar Syed were arrested at Glasgow Airport on July 18, shortly before they were due to fly an Air Transat jet to...

  • MOSCOW— Turkey's economy minister says the country is ready to resume work on building a gas pipeline from Russia, a project that was suspended amid tensions between the two countries. The project, called Turkish Stream, would bring gas from Russia to Turkey, from where it could be distributed to European Union countries. Turkey suspended the Turkish Stream as...

  • LONDON, July 26- Sterling hit a two-week low on Tuesday after a Bank of England policymaker said a batch of weak UK data would be "very material" for the bank's next policy meeting, having last week said he needed more evidence of economic weakness before backing an interest rate cut. Sterling slipped as low as $1.3057 in morning trading in London, its weakest since...

  • *Raises lower end of FY oper. earnings forecast by 10 cents. *Lowers dollar impact on FY profit to 15 cents from 20 cents. *Q2 earnings/shr $1.24 vs estimate $1.10.

  • The company said the touchscreen-only DTEK50 will cost $299 in the United States, Canada and across Europe. At its November launch the Priv, which featured a slide out keyboard, cost $699 without a contract in the United States and C $899 without a contract in Canada. The company cut the price of the Priv in the United States and across Europe in April, while earlier...

  • *WTI lowest since April 20, Brent down to May 10 low. NEW YORK, July 26- Oil prices dipped on Tuesday, with U.S. crude hitting three-month lows, as oversupply concerns weighed on the petroleum complex ahead of data likely to show unseasonably high gasoline stocks despite the peak U.S. summer driving period. "Our shift to a bearish stance that was initiated more than...

  • July 26- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said on Tuesday it would invest $1.48 billion in its Sterling Heights plant in Michigan to retool it to build next-generation Ram pickup trucks. Plans for the company's Warren Truck Assembly plant in Michigan, which currently builds the Ram 1500, will be announced later, FCA said. FCA said in July it would invest more than $1...

  • DETROIT— Fiat Chrysler says it will sink $1.5 billion into a suburban Detroit factory as it retools plants to make more trucks and SUVs and stops producing small and midsize cars. With the investment, the company will equip the Sterling Heights, Michigan, Assembly Plant so it can make Ram pickup trucks. CEO Sergio Marchionne has said the company wants to find a...

  • FREMONT, Neb.— A citizens group has sued the city of Fremont over actions taken to help Costco Wholesale build a chicken processing plant in the eastern Nebraska community. The lawsuit was filed Monday in Dodge County District Court by Nebraska Communities United on behalf of three Fremont residents. Costco and Georgia- based Lincoln premium Poultry have said...