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  • *Spot gold crawled up 0.2 percent to $1,337.57 an ounce at 0107 GMT. *The yen last stood at 104.34, with all eyes on the BOJ's policy decision, which is usually announced some time between 0230 GMT and 0500 GMT. *Sub-zero European Central Bank interest rates are doing more good than harm and holding safely above a detrimental level, but the bloc remains at risk of...

  • July 28- Alphabet Inc, Google's parent, on Thursday revealed that efforts to push its vast advertising business toward mobile is paying off as second quarter earnings handily beat Wall Street's expectations. Advertisers typically pay less for user clicks on mobile ads than on desktop ads, Google's traditional strength, but the strong earnings performance...

  • SYDNEY, July 29- Australia's state governments have embarked on an infrastructure spending spree after years of frugality, providing vital support to the broader economy as it struggles through the dog days of a decade-long mining boom. Of that, non-mining projects climbed 266 percent to a record A $57 billion and much of that was state spending on transport...

  • TOKYO, July 29- Asian shares held near one-year highs while the yen hit a two-week high on Friday in nervous trade as investors waited to see if the Bank of Japan will come up with stimulus that would meet markets' expectations. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat in early trade while Japan's Nikkei slipped 0.1 percent.

  • TOKYO, July 29- The yen firmed in jumpy market conditions on Friday, spiking to a 2 1/ 2- week high against the dollar as investors braced for the possibility that the Bank of Japan's expected easing steps will disappoint market participants hoping for more radical measures. The BOJ usually announces its policy decisions around noon in Tokyo, although the bank...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft says it is cutting 2,850 jobs, about 2.5 percent of its workforce, as it further scales back its troubled smartphone business. A spokeswoman says the layoffs will mostly affect workers in the company's smartphone hardware operation and related sales teams. Microsoft Corp. disclosed the planned job cuts in a regulatory filing, which...

  • *BOJ decision expected Friday around 0330 to 0530 GMT. TOKYO, July 29- The Bank of Japan, under pressure from the government, is considering specific steps for expanding monetary stimulus on Friday to address signs of weakness in inflation, people familiar with the central bank's thinking said. The Ministry of Finance is lobbying hard for the BOJ to ease policy...

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  • PORT OF SPAIN- Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago holds its policy meeting. JOHANNESBURG- South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan speaks at the launch of an initiative by EOH and Radio 702 that aims "to provide solutions to South Africa's skills development challenges"- 0430 GMT. LUANDA- Bank of Angola interest rate decision- 1600 GMT.

  • HOUSTON _ Civeo Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $11.5 million in its second quarter. On a per-share basis, the Houston- based company said it had a loss of 11 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • CHICAGO _ First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 35 cents per share. First Industrial Realty Trust expects full-year funds from operations to be $1.42 to $1.50 per share.

  • TOKYO, July 29- Japan's industrial output rose 1.9 percent in June, government data showed on Friday, in a sign that demand is starting to pick up. That compared with the median estimate for a 0.7 percent increase in a Reuters poll of economists. Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry expect output to rise 2.4 percent in July and...

  • SHREWSBURY, N.J. _ Wayside Technology Group Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $1.5 million. Wayside Technology shares have decreased 1 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Wayside Technology Group, Earnings Report.

  • BUENA, N.J. _ Teligent Inc. on Thursday reported a second-quarter loss of $2.9 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. Teligent expects full-year revenue in the range of $65 million to $72 million. Teligent shares have dropped 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PHILADELPHIA _ Chemtura Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $34 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 47 cents per share. Chemtura shares have dropped 0.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. _ AptarGroup Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $59 million. For the current quarter ending in October, AptarGroup expects its per-share earnings to range from 79 cents to 84 cents. AptarGroup shares have climbed slightly more than 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MONROE, Mich. _ MBT Financial Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $4.2 million. The bank holding company for Monroe Bank& Trust posted revenue of $14.8 million in the period. Keywords: MBT Financial, Earnings Report.

  • EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. _ Datalink Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter earnings of $3.9 million. The Eden Prairie, Minnesota- based company said it had net income of 18 cents per share. Datalink shares have climbed 17 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PLEASANTON, Calif. _ Simpson Manufacturing Co. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $26.2 million. Simpson Manufacturing shares have risen 22 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Simpson Manufacturing, Earnings Report.

  • VANCOUVER, British Columbia _ Mercer International Inc. on Thursday reported a second-quarter loss of $4.2 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. Mercer International shares have declined 10 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Mercer International, Earnings Report.