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  • TOKYO, April 27- Asian shares ticked down from near two-year high on Thursday after a long-awaited U.S. tax plan failed to inspire investors, though sentiment remains supported by global growth prospects and receding worries about political risks in Europe. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.1 percent after hitting its...

  • *Q1 operating profit $8.8 bln, highest since Q3 2013. SEOUL, April 27- Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday said it expected earnings to further improve in the current quarter, after it reported its best quarterly profit since 2013 thanks to a memory chip boom. January-March operating profit for Asia's most valuable company by market capitalisation...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics says its first-quarter profit has surged nearly 50 percent thanks to the record-high income from its semiconductor division. The South Korean company said Thursday its January-March earnings jumped 46 percent over a year earlier to 7.7 trillion won. Analysts according to data provider FactSet expected a net income...

  • April 27- For other diaries, please see: Top Economic Events Polling unit diary Today in Washington Political and general news. DATE COUNTRY AUCTION DETAILS 27- Apr United States Sale of 7- year notes 27- Apr Italy Medium-Long Term auction 27- Apr Sweden Auction of inflation-linked government bond 28- Apr Japan Auction of 2- year government bonds.

  • April 27- For other diaries, please see: Top Economic Events Polling unit diary Today in Washington Political and general news. DATE COUNTRY AUCTION DETAILS 27- Apr United States Sale of 7- year notes 27- Apr Italy Medium-Long Term auction 27- Apr Sweden Auction of inflation-linked government bond 28- Apr Japan Auction of 2- year government bonds.

  • STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank announces its interest rate decision. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank will hold a press conference following the governing council monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt 1330 GMT. EANSTON, Illinois- Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks on "Fintech" before the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern...

  • STOCKHOLM- Swedish Central Bank announces its interest rate decision. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank will hold a press conference following the governing council monetary policy meeting in Frankfurt 1330 GMT. EANSTON, Illinois- Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks on "Fintech" before the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern...

  • SEOUL, April 27- South Korea's economy accelerated at a faster than expected pace in the first quarter on strong exports and capital investment, in a hopeful sign it will have enough buffers to counter a host of political and economic challenges in the months ahead. The strong start to the year will be a relief for policymakers after months of downturn from a...

  • TOKYO, April 27- Trading in shares of Japan's Takata Corp was suspended on Thursday after a newspaper report that the embattled auto parts maker was considering filing for bankruptcy protection, selling all operations to a newly created company. The Nikkei business daily said the plan would call for U.S.-based Key Safety Systems, a unit of China's Ningbo...

  • OTTAWA, April 26- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S President Donald Trump spoke again about bilateral trade on Wednesday, the second conversation in as many days between the two leaders amid strains over softwood lumber and dairy. Trump is considering issuing an executive order to pull the United States from the North American Free Trade...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, grew at the fastest clip in nearly a year thanks to recovery in exports, the central bank said Thursday, despite a backlash from Chinese consumers over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system. Since late February, South Korea saw backlashes from China, its biggest trading partner, after the...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 26- Cenovus Energy Inc won about 87 percent of shareholders' votes for its board of director slate on Wednesday, below previous near-unanimous approvals, as some voters protested the company's C $17 billion purchase of ConocoPhillips assets. Chief Executive Brian Ferguson said the Deep Basin natural gas asset bought from...

  • SEOUL, April 27- Strong memory chip earnings propelled tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to its best quarterly profit in more than 3 years, the South Korean firm said on Thursday as its first-quarter results matched its earlier guidance. Samsung said in a regulatory filing its January-March operating profit was 9.9 trillion won, compared with 9.9 trillion...

  • LONDON _ FMC Technologies Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $190.8 million. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. FMC Technologies shares have dropped 9 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased nearly 7 percent.

  • CALGARY, Alberta _ Western Energy Services Corp. on Wednesday reported a loss of $3.3 million in its first quarter. On a per-share basis, the Calgary, Alberta- based company said it had a loss of 5 cents. Keywords: Western Energy Services, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON— The Trump administration is considering a draft executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada— though administration officials caution it's just one of a number of options currently being discussed by the president and his staff. Senior White House officials have been discussing steps...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— A judge could rule soon on whether to let four Nebraska stores near a South Dakota Indian reservation keep selling alcohol while they appeal a state regulator's decision not to renew their liquor licenses. The stores sell millions of cans of beer each year in Whiteclay, an unincorporated village about 360 miles northwest of Omaha, and are set to lose...

  • SIOUX FALLS, S.D. _ NorthWestern Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $56.6 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.06 per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • HAMILTON, Bermuda _ Nabors Industries Ltd. on Wednesday reported a loss of $149 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 34 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $569.6 million.

  • VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ CRH Medical Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $1.5 million. CRH Medical shares have climbed 26 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: CRH Medical, Earnings Report.