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  • NORWOOD, Mass. _ Xcerra Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $7.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 13 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in November, Xcerra said it expects revenue in the range of $87 million to $90 million.

  • HANOVER, Md. _ Ciena Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $23.6 million. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $627.8 million. For the current quarter ending in November, Ciena said it expects revenue in the range of $665 million to $700 million.

  • *Soybeans steady as China worries ease. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Sept 3- U.S. and European wheat futures slipped to new contract lows on Thursday as a tender by top importer Egypt kept attention firmly on stiff competition in well supplied export markets. Soybeans inched higher as investor worries about China, the world's biggest soybean buyer, abated.

  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, Sept 2- The closure of two ethanol plants this week and proposed sale of a third highlight the growing challenges faced by small producers located far from cheap feedstock supplies in the U.S. The biggest producers such as No. 1 Archer Daniels Midland Co and Green Plains Inc said they have benefited this summer from better-than-expected fuel...

  • DODGEVILLE, Wis. _ Lands' End Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $7.5 million. The Dodgeville, Wisconsin- based company said it had profit of 23 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Sept 3- Mining equipment maker Joy Global Inc, which gets about 60 percent of its revenue from coal miners, reported a 37 percent fall in quarterly profit and cut its full-year forecast as customers cut spending due to weak prices. Joy Global has cut jobs and lowered production among other measure to try to adapt to the slowing demand that has led to company's...

  • WASHINGTON— The Institute for Supply Management reports on growth at U.S. service firms in August. The ISM will release its services index Thursday at 10 a.m. Eastern. SLOWER EXPANSION: Economists expect the index fell modestly in August to 58.3, down from a 10- year high of 60.3 in July, according to a survey by the research firm FactSet.

  • CHICAGO _ Methode Electronics Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $23.5 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 54 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $210 million.

  • *Markit says PMI points to Q3 GDP growth of 0.4 pct. LONDON, Sept 3- Euro zone business activity accelerated at its fastest pace in more than four years last month, according to surveys that highlighted an ongoing divergence between laggard France and the other big economies in the currency bloc. The data, which come as official numbers showed retail sales rose less...

  • WASHINGTON— The Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Thursday. Hiring at that pace would reinforce the resilience of the U.S. economy amid uncertainty about China's financial health, a Canadian economy that just slid into recession and the stock market sell-off of the past...

  • WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade gap for July at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Thursday. US DEMAND: The deficit in June widened by 7 percent to $43.8 billion, up from $40.9 billion in May, as solid consumer spending pulled in more imports while the strong dollar restrained exports. Labor disputes at West Coast ports in the first quarter delayed...

  • *EasyJet surges on positive profit outlook. LONDON, Sept 3- European shares rose sharply on Thursday, tracking strong gains on Wall Street and ahead of a European Central Bank meeting that investors expect will deliver a boost to markets following recent turmoil. Focus will be on stressing that the ECB stands ready to act, " Robert Parkes, equity strategist at HSBC,...

  • *China bonded copper premiums hold at more than 1- year top. LONDON, Sept 3- Copper and other base metals gained on Thursday as bearish investors closed out positions amid a stock market recovery, but some were preparing a renewed attack on the downside. "There's definitely less of an extreme sense of volatility in the broader macro sense... so it's understandable...

  • *From sprinter to laggard as oil industry contracts. OSLO, Sept 3- Norway's oil-driven economy, until recently among Europe's top performers, faces years of slower growth as energy industry gloom infects other sectors, challenging policymakers who want to create jobs but fear stoking a red-hot housing market. Having outpaced the euro zone in each of the last...

  • MILWAUKEE _ Joy Global Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $44.9 million. Joy Global expects full-year earnings to be $1.80 per share, with revenue expected to be $3.1 billion. Joy Global shares have dropped 52 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has declined slightly more than 5 percent.

  • Sept 3- Mining equipment maker Joy Global Inc, which gets about 60 percent of its revenue from coal miners, reported a 37 percent fall in quarterly profit as customers cut spending due to weak prices. The company's net income fell to $44.9 million, or 46 cents per share, in the third quarter ended July 31, from $71.3 million, or 71 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • *Iceland produces enough energy to power 1.65 million homes in a year, far more than its 300,000- strong population, according to 2013 data from Iceland's energy authority and Reuters calculations. *Cables connect Iceland to the United States via Greenland and Canada, to Britain and to mainland Europe via Denmark and Germany. *Iceland plans to expand this...

  • The eurozone's resilience was particularly evident in a survey from financial information company Markit. "Although global economic worries have intensified in recent weeks, the calming of Grexit fears has led to an improvement in the business environment across the eurozone," said Chris Williamson, Markit's chief economist. Markit's survey was notable...

  • Iceland hopes new incentives can entice Silicon Valley. *Iceland's energy and cable data: http://link.reuters.com/ven45w. COPENHAGEN, Sept 3- As it emerges from financial isolation, Iceland is trying to make a name for itself again, this time in the business of data centres-- warehouses that consume enormous amounts of energy to store the information of 3.2...

  • *Zarxio priced at 15 pct less than Amgen's Neupogen. *Amgen unsuccessful in attempt to block Zarxio launch. The arrival of biosimilars threatens companies heavily reliant on biotech drugs, such as Amgen, AbbVie and Roche, and Citigroup analysts have predicted a transfer of at least $110 billion of value from innovator companies to copycat producers in the next...