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  • WELLINGTON, July 25- British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said late on Wednesday that New Zealand would be near the front of the line for a free trade deal with Britain once the UK leaves the European Union, according to local media. "I can certainly tell you that New Zealand is at or near the very front of the queue," he told media during a visit to the country.

  • WASHINGTON— Interest rates on short-term Treasury bills rose in Monday's auction to their highest levels in more than eight years. The Treasury Department auctioned $39 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 1.180 percent, up from 1.050 percent last week. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9, 970.17, while a six-month bill sold for...

  • WASHINGTON— Figures on government spending and debt in millions of dollars.

  • CLAYTON, Mo. _ Enterprise Financial Services Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $12 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 63 cents per share. Enterprise Financial Services shares have dropped slightly more than 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill. _ Horace Mann Educators Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $2.3 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 34 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • ORLANDO, Fla.— The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is getting a little more thrilling at Universal Orlando Resort. The theme park resort announced Monday that it would be building a new roller coaster that will showcase favorite characters from J.K. Rowling's fantasy series. The coaster will be built in the location of The Dragon Challenge ride, which is closing...

  • SEATTLE _ HomeStreet Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $11.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 60 cents per share. HomeStreet shares have dropped 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, July 24- The International Monetary Fund kept its growth forecasts for the world economy unchanged for this year and next, although it revised up growth expectations for the euro zone and China. In an updated World Economic Outlook released on Monday in Kuala Lumpur, the IMF said global gross domestic product would grow 3.5 percent in 2017 and 3.6...

  • NEWTON, N.C. _ Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $2.8 million. Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina shares have increased 24 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Peoples Bancorp of North Carolina, Earnings Report.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Goldman Sachs Group Inc is pulling back substantially from trading that helps backstop the fast-growing use of U.S. exchange-traded funds, giving smaller firms an opportunity to grab market share. Goldman has told fund providers it is scaling back its role as a top lead market maker for ETFs and has already slashed the number of funds it...

  • EXCLUSIVE-GOLDMAN SACHS BACKING DOWN FROM ROLE AS ONE OF BIGGEST' LEAD MARKET MAKERS' FOR U.S.

  • SCRANTON, Pa. _ Peoples Financial Services Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $5.7 million. Peoples Financial Services shares have declined 12 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Peoples Financial Services, Earnings Report.

  • TORONTO, July 24- Canada's main stock index fell on Monday, as gold miners broadly weighed and Barrick Gold Corp lost nearly 5 percent after a company it majority owns, Acacia Mining, was hit with a bill for $190 billion in unpaid taxes in Tanzania. "One of the reasons we don't invest in gold stocks is because the commodity can do well or poorly, but the companies...

  • MCKINNEY, Texas _ Independent Bank Group Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $18.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 82 cents per share. Independent Bank Group shares have declined 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MONTREAL, July 24- Canada's used vehicle prices have dropped for the first time in about seven years, June industry data showed, as demand for second-hand autos weakened due to a stronger Canadian dollar and a supply glut in its biggest export market-- the United States. Unlike the United States, where demand for new vehicles has slowed in recent months, automakers...

  • MEXICO CITY, July 24- Mexico's Coca-Cola Femsa, the world's largest Coke bottler, said on Monday it is poised to lose a key distribution contract in Brazil, sending its shares down 5 percent, even as it reported an 11.5 percent jump in quarterly net profit. Coke Femsa said Dutch brewer Heineken, which holds a stake in its parent company Femsa, had told the company it...

  • July 24- QEP Resources Inc said it would sell its natural gas assets in Wyoming to privately held Pinedale Energy Partners LLC for about $740 million, as the U.S. oil and gas producer focuses on liquids-rich, higher-margin assets. In a separate transaction, QEP closed the sale of certain non-core natural gas assets in southern Wyoming for $37.5 million.

  • KENNESAW, Ga. _ CryoLife Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $3.2 million. For the current quarter ending in October, CryoLife said it expects revenue in the range of $46.5 million to $47.5 million. CryoLife shares have increased roughly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • STAMFORD, Conn. _ Hexcel Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $61.6 million. Hexcel expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.64 to $2.76 per share, with revenue expected to be $2 billion. Hexcel shares have risen 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are seeking to add an amendment this week to spending legislation that would slash the number of staff at the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Representative Mark Meadows, head of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said on Monday his colleague Morgan Griffith has...