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  • BRASILIA, July 28- Brazil's government said on Tuesday it remains committed with fiscal austerity and structural changes aimed at improving public spending after Standard& Poor's warned it could lose its investment grade. The Finance Ministry said in a statement it will go ahead with plans to speed up collection of tax debts and to sell stakes in state-run...

  • MANILA, July 29- Gold held just below $1,100 an ounce early on Wednesday, trading not far from a 5-1/ 2- year low, as investors awaited the outcome of the U.S. *Gold has been stuck in narrow ranges this week ahead of the conclusion of the Fed's policy meeting on Wednesday. *Global gold demand shrank to its lowest level since 2009 in the second quarter as China poured funds...

  • MELBOURNE, July 29- London copper climbed on Wednesday, adding to gains in the previous session, as investors bet on further stimulus from China following this week's sharemarket rout, and ahead of a key monetary policy meeting in the United States. *Shanghai Futures Exchange copper climbed 2.2 percent to 38980 yuan a tonne. *The rebound in U.S. jobs, limited in the...

  • BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.— Oculus is hedging its bets that an adorable critter named Henry can help convince consumers— and Hollywood— about the viability of virtual reality as a storytelling medium. The VR company, which Facebook acquired for nearly $2 billion last year, debuted a 10- minute narrative experience starring the lonely hedgehog Henry during an...

  • The Allegiant plane with 144 passengers landed safely last Thursday at Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota, after a flight from Las Vegas. "At this time, we are coordinating with the FAA and the airport to investigate all channels of communication regarding the flight and the circumstances leading to the declaration of emergency," the Las Vegas-...

  • Corn futures continued to struggle, falling for six out of nine sessions as near-perfect weather weighed on prices while wheat slid under harvest pressure. *The USDA said 62 percent of the U.S. soybean crop was in good to excellent condition, same as last week, but below the previous year's 71 percent. *The USDA said 85 percent of the winter wheat crop has been...

  • TOKYO, July 29- The dollar held on to its modest overnight gains in early Wednesday trade as traders look to any hints from the U.S. The euro stepped back to from Monday's high of $1.11295 to fetch $1.1065. The dollar held firm at 123.57 yen, above its low so far this week of 123.01 yen.

  • *Asia shares edge up after bounce on Wall St. SYDNEY, July 29- Asian shares attempted a rebound on Wednesday on hopes that Beijing could stem the rout in its markets without damage to the economy, though caution was the watchword ahead of a policy decision from the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan firmed 0.5 percent.

  • *U.S. crude for September delivery dropped 25 cents to $47.73 a barrel as of 0003 GMT, after ending the previous session up 59 cents. The contract fell 17 cents in the previous session, and at one hit $52.28, its lowest since Feb. 2 on concerns about the stock market plunge in China, the world's largest energy consumer. *European Union foreign policy chief Federica...

  • SAN DIEGO _ BioMed Realty Trust Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 46 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $159.4 million.

  • SAO PAULO, July 28- GPA SA posted a quarterly loss on Tuesday as weak sales, stubborn cost inflation and rising interest rates hammered Brazil's biggest retailer. Earlier in the day GPA's appliance unit, Via Varejo SA, said it was closing stores and eyeing acquisitions in response to a 21.8 percent plunge in sales. The group reported that its workforce had dropped...

  • HOUSTON _ Oil States International Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $6.2 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 3 cents per share. Oil States International shares have fallen 38 percent since the beginning of the...

  • LEAWOOD, Kan. _ Euronet Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $26.8 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 70 cents per share. Euronet Worldwide shares have climbed 18 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HONG KONG _ Seaspan Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $81.4 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share. Seaspan shares have climbed 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii, July 28- The United States, Canada and Japan have to make concessions on dairy trade before a wider Pacific trade deal can be wrapped up, New Zealand's agricultural trade envoy said on Tuesday. "We have got to see movement with Canada and the USA, Japan and New Zealand and Australia in particular, that's where the dairy things lie," Petersen said.

  • OMAHA, Neb. _ Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $7.8 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $738.7 million.

  • GLENDALE, Calif. _ PS Business Parks Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Glendale, California, said it had funds from operations of $34.4 million, or $1.20 per share, in the period. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from...

  • LIMA, July 28- Southern Copper Corp said on Tuesday its net income dropped 12.6 percent drop in the first half of the year due to the slump in global metal prices, but it said it was well-positioned to weather the "temporary downturn". "Even though the current economic scenario is affecting metal prices, we believe this is a temporary headwind that will eventually...

  • VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ New Gold Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $9.4 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 1 cent per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. _ Flushing Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $14.8 million. Flushing Financial shares have risen nearly 2 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Flushing Financial, Earnings Report.