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  • *Positive results for Relvar Ellipta lung function study in patients with well-controlled asthma. *Patients randomised to FF/VI taken once-daily maintained lung function versus those randomised to twice-daily FP/SAL, meeting study's primary endpoint. *GSK now intends to submit this data to European Medicines Agency.

  • BERLIN, Feb 23- Germany posted a record budget surplus last year helped by rising tax revenues and employment and low debt costs, creating conditions for solid economic growth in 2017 underpinned by higher state and household spending. Under Germany's budget law, the federal government's surplus of 7.7 billion euros will go into a fund for refugee-related...

  • BEIJING, Feb 23- The vice chairman of state-owned People's Insurance Group of China is being investigated for alleged discipline violations the ruling Communist Party's anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday, employing the usual euphemism for corruption. Wang is "suspected of serious violation of discipline," the Central Commission for Discipline...

  • LONDON, Feb 23- Emerging equities powered to fresh 19- month highs on Thursday after U.S. MSCI's benchmark emerging stocks index rose 0.2 percent, with Indian shares up 0.5 percent to hit the highest since March 2015, Turkish stocks up 0.7 percent and Bucharest shares up 0.2 percent at a fresh nine-year high. Hong Kong shares touched a new 5-1/ 2- month high,...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 23- Brazilian miner Vale SA reported on Thursday net profit of $525 million for the fourth quarter, falling short of analyst expectations but reversing a heavy loss in the period a year earlier. A Reuters poll of analysts had forecast net profit of $1.8 billion in the quarter, but the world's largest producer of iron ore fell short on account of...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 23- South Africa's Standard Bank said on Thursday it was engaging with the Competition Commission about an investigation into alleged rigging of rand currency trading and had not suspended any employees to date.

  • *Stocks hold near highs as markets digest Fed minutes. LONDON, Feb 23- World stocks held near record highs on Thursday and the dollar eked out minimal gains after minutes of the latest U.S. That remains a slim prospect, with futures pricing in only an 18 percent chance, according to the CME Group's FedWatch tool.

  • VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ Taseko Mines Ltd. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $3.8 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Vancouver, British Columbia- based company said it had net income of 1 cent per share. For the year, the company reported that its loss narrowed to $23.7 million, or 11 cents per share.

  • COEUR D`ALENE, Idaho _ Hecla Mining Co. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $20.3 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Coeur d`Alene, Idaho- based company said it had profit of 5 cents. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 5 cents per...

  • WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. _ Chatham Lodging Trust on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in West Palm Beach, Florida, said it had funds from operations of $17 million, or 44 cents per share, in the period. For the current quarter ending in April, Chatham Lodging expects its per-share funds from...

  • DENVER _ SM Energy Co. on Wednesday reported a loss of $200.9 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 39 cents per share. SM Energy shares have fallen 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • RICHMOND, Va. _ Xenith Bankshares Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.2 million. The bank, based in Richmond, Virginia, said it had earnings of 22 cents per share. Xenith Bankshares shares have climbed 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • TORONTO _ North American Palladium Ltd. on Wednesday reported a loss of $9.7 million in its fourth quarter. The Toronto- based company said it had a loss of 17 cents per share. Keywords: North American Palladium, Earnings Report.

  • SHANGHAI _ Ctrip.com International Ltd. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $92.9 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 3 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $733.6 million.

  • DENVER _ Farmland Partners Inc. on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $7.1 million. Farmland Partners expects full-year revenue in the range of $42 million to $47 million.

  • TOPEKA, Kan. _ Westar Energy Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $53.9 million. The Topeka, Kansas- based company said it had net income of 38 cents per share. Keywords: Westar Energy, Earnings Report.

  • LITTLETON, Colo. _ Vista Gold Corp. on Wednesday reported a loss of $2 million in its fourth quarter. The Littleton, Colorado- based company said it had a loss of 3 cents per share. Keywords: Vista Gold, Earnings Report.

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii _ Maui Land& Pineapple Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $7.4 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Maui Land& Pineapple shares have climbed 12 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Maui Land& Pineapple, Earnings Report.

  • SAN JOSE, Calif. _ SJW Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $13.7 million. The San Jose, California- based company said it had net income of 67 cents per share. The parent of San Jose Water Co. posted revenue of $79.3 million in the period.

  • TORONTO _ Iamgold Corp. on Wednesday reported a loss of $5.3 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Toronto- based company said it had a loss of 1 cent. For the year, the company reported net income of $52.6 million, or 12 cents per share, swinging to a profit in the period.