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  • MELBOURNE, July 29- London copper jumped on Wednesday as short sellers rushed to cover their positions amid speculation about further stimulus from China, and ahead of a key monetary policy meeting in the United States. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange jumped by 1.2 percent to $5,360.50 a tonne by 0141 GMT, adding to 2.2 percent gains in the...

  • TAIPEI, July 29- Taiwan stocks fell on Wednesday, pulled lower by flat panels after one of the major television and gadget screen makers issued a downbeat outlook. The world's No.3 and 4 flat panel makers, Innolux Corp and AU Optronics Corp, suffered declines of 5.76 percent and 5.68 percent respectively, after the latter expressed caution about business in the...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 28- Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the...

  • SEOUL, July 29- Sales at top South Korean department stores in June fell more than reported earlier to mark the worst drop on record, revised government data showed on Wednesday, as an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome prompted consumers to cut spending. The trade ministry said sales at department store chains run by Hyundai Department Store, Lotte...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 28- Critics have long lamented that Twitter Inc is difficult to use and has had trouble defining itself, which is why it has not expanded its audience. Add interim chief executive Jack Dorsey and Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto to the list of critics. While Wall Street dumped the stock in after-hours trading on Tuesday, the frank comments...

  • 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.

  • 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.