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  • SEOUL, July 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday that sales of its premium Galaxy S6 smartphones fell short of expectations during the second quarter due to firm's inability to meet demand for the curved-screen model.

  • MELBOURNE, July 30- London copper was flat on Thursday as a short-covering rally lost momentum, as a looming rate rise in the United States possibly as soon as September underpinned the dollar. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded flat at $5,328 a tonne by 0055 GMT, after closing a tad firmer in the previous session when prices hit the highest in...

  • BRIEF-SAMSUNG ELEC SAYS AIMS TO IMPROVE EARNINGS IN H2 VS H1@. July 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. *Says focus is to improve earnings in H2 versus H1.

  • SINGAPORE, July 30- Chicago soybeans gained more ground on Thursday, rising 2.4 percent in three consecutive sessions on concerns over a smaller planted area and ahead of the crop's key phase of development. Corn edged higher after dropping 1.9 percent on Wednesday as forecasts of favorable weather boosted hopes of near record yields, while wheat rose,...

  • BRASILIA, July 29- Brazil raised interest rates to a nine-year high on Wednesday, but signaled one of the world's boldest tightening cycles is over despite fears a weaker local currency could boost already high inflation. Before the meeting the central bank came under pressure to press ahead with the aggressive rate-hiking cycle started in October as...

  • TOKYO, July 30- Asian shares were firm on Thursday after the U.S. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.8 percent while Australian shares tacked on 0.3 percent and South Korean shares gained 0.2 percent. Dollar-denominated MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat.

  • MANILA, July 30- Gold hovered not far from a 5-1/ 2- year low early on Thursday after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy and job market continue to strengthen, supporting a possibile interest rate rise when the Fed meets again in September. *Spot gold was flat at $1,096.75 an ounce by 0036 GMT. It sank to as low as $1,077 last week, its weakest since February 2010,...

  • TOKYO, July 30- Japan's factory output rose modestly in June after posting a big drop in the prior month, highlighting worries of a possible contraction in the second quarter as exports slump and manufacturers are saddled with large inventories. Reflecting expectations of a gradual pick-up in factory activity ahead, manufacturers surveyed by the ministry...

  • SEOUL, July 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd offered a downbeat outlook for the third quarter after April-June profit dropped on a supply shortage for one of its main smartphone models, underscoring continued headwinds for the tech giant. Second-quarter operating profit fell 4 percent to 6.9 trillion won, matching an estimate issued by the company early this...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- Mexico has resumed its annual oil hedging program to lock in a price for its oil production and protect its bottom line against further falls in prices as U.S. crude teeters near March lows, three sources familiar with the deals told Reuters. Morgan Stanley, Citigroup Inc, JPMorgan Chase& Co and Goldman Sachs Group Inc are some of the banks involved,...

  • *U.S. crude for September delivery climbed 8 cents to $48.87 a barrel as of 0008 GMT, after ending the previous session up 81 cents, or 1.7 percent. U.S. crude oil stocks fell by 4.2 million barrels to 459.68 million in the week to July 24, more than twenty times analysts' expectations for a decrease of 184,000, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on...

  • TOKYO, July 30- The dollar held steady in cautious trade on Thursday, ahead of U.S. gross domestic product data that could reinforce or dent expectations that the Federal Reserve is on track to raise interest rates as early as September. The GDP report "may boost the appeal of the greenback and spark a further decline in EUR/USD as signs of a stronger recovery fuels...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics reported Thursday a fifth straight quarterly profit drop as the Galaxy S6 series of smartphones failed to reverse its declining fortune in the smartphone industry. Samsung's April-June net income was 5.8 trillion won, down 8 percent from 6.3 trillion won a year earlier. Sales fell 7 percent over a year earlier to 48.5...

  • SEOUL, July 30- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday its April-June operating profit fell 4 percent from a year earlier, in line with its earnings guidance, hurt by a supply shortage for one of its main smartphone models. Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, reported a 6.9 trillion won profit for the second quarter, matching a preliminary estimate...

  • CARMEL, Ind. _ CNO Financial Group Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $46.8 million. The average estimate of three 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.

  • ANN ARBOR, Mich. _ Con-way Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $44 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 80 cents per share. Con-way shares have decreased 21 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • TOKYO, July 30- Japan's industrial output rose 0.8 percent in June, bouncing modestly from the prior month's big drop, government data showed, underlining subdued factory activity under the weight of inventories and sluggish exports. The month-on-month rise compared with economists' median estimate of a 0.3 percent increase and followed a 2.1 percent...

  • SUNNYVALE, Calif. _ Ruckus Wireless Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $759,000. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 8 cents per share. Ruckus Wireless shares have dropped 14 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Matson is also agreeing to cease its molasses operation in Hawaii and pay for removal of its molasses tanks and any remaining molasses, Chin said. The company will pay $5.9 million to the state, and the costs related to ending the molasses operation are estimated between $5.5 million and $9.5 million, which would put the total settlement amount between $11.4...

  • WINDSOR, Conn. _ SS&C Technologies Holdings Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $39.1 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 64 cents per share. SS&C Technologies shares have risen 13 percent since the beginning of the year.