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  • WESTERLY, R.I. _ Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $11.8 million. The holding company for The Washington Trust Co. posted revenue of $50.2 million in the period. Keywords: Washington Trust Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • DALLAS _ Kimberly-Clark Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $563 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.54 per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.51 billion.

  • *Polls showed pro-EU Macron is expected to beat right-wing rival Marine Le Pen in a deciding vote next month, reducing the chances of France taking a Britain- like shock step to exit the Union. *Even as tensions in North Korea, the French election and a flagging "Trump trade" have weighed on sentiment in recent weeks investors have held on, encouraged by a strong...

  • *Qatar Airways apply for Indian airline licence. *Qatar Airways close to Italy's Meridiana deal. DUBAI, April 24- Qatar Airways plans to start direct flights to San Francisco early next year as part of efforts to expand its routes into the United States.

  • ABU DHABI/ KUALA LUMPUR, April 24- Abu Dhabi and Malaysia have resolved a debt dispute that threatened bilateral economic ties, with a conditional $1.2 billion deal following a legal challenge by the Gulf state. IPIC asked a London court to arbitrate last year in a dispute with 1 MDB in which the Abu Dhabi group claimed about $6.5 billion. IPIC had guaranteed bonds...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Representatives of Greece's international creditors are due in Athens to restart talks on further cutbacks required under the country's bailout deal. A European Commission spokesman says that the officials are returning to Athens on Monday, and will aim to reach a preliminary deal "as soon as possible." Conclusion of the talks will clear the way...

  • April 24- Halliburton Co reported quarterly profit and revenue that edged past analysts' estimates as a surge in drilling activity in North America pushed up demand for its pressure pumping and well-construction services. Analysts had sharply lowered their estimates after Halliburton warned last month of higher costs and weak demand in markets outside...

  • LONDON, April 24- British factories saw their strongest export orders in six years in early 2017, helped by sterling's fall after the Brexit vote, but they are also scaling back on investment plans, a survey showed on Monday. The Confederation of British Industry's quarterly measure of manufacturing showed how last year's referendum decision to leave the...

  • KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, April 24- State oil giant Saudi Aramco has appointed company veteran Motassim al-Maashouq to officially oversee preparations for its initial public offering, industry sources told Reuters. The Saudi government plans to list up to 5 percent of Aramco on the Saudi stock exchange in Riyadh, the Tadawul, and on one or more international...

  • The company said its revenue rose 2.2 percent to $849.7 million in the first quarter ended April 2, helped by higher demand for toys based on franchises such as "Nerf" and "Transformers." Net income attributable to Hasbro rose to $68.6 million, or 54 cents per share, from $48.8 million, or 38 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 38...

  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. _ Capital City Bank Group on Monday reported first-quarter earnings of $2.7 million. Capital City Bank shares have increased 2 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Capital City Bank, Earnings Report.

  • IRVINE, Calif. _ Opus Bank on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $7.7 million. Opus Bank shares have dropped 31 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Opus Bank, Earnings Report.

  • DHAKA, Bangladesh— Dozens of global clothing companies are not complying with a plan to ensure better safety in Bangladesh garment factories following the deadly collapse of a building four years ago, a rights group said Monday. Only 29 out of 72 recently contacted companies are releasing information about how they source their products in Bangladesh, and "...

  • The eventual market for the complex disease, formally known as Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis, is forecast to be $20 billion to $35 billion as populations with fatty diets increasingly fall victim to a condition with no approved treatments. "We are actively looking on the outside for opportunities... to complement our internal program," Morris Birnbaum, chief...

  • Were going to make it happen this year, he said, according to Drew Greenblatt, the president of Marlin Steel in Baltimore, who was present. Project lists submitted by the North America's Building Trades Unions and by an outside developer who helped with the transition both contain projects that infrastructure builders call shovel ready. After North America's...

  • HOUSTON— Halliburton Co. on Monday reported a loss of $32 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 3 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • April 24- Halliburton Co reported a smaller quarterly loss from a year earlier, when the oilfield service provider recorded $2.77 billion in charges. Net loss attributable to Halliburton narrowed to $32 million, or 4 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 31, from $2.41 billion, or $2.81 per share, a year earlier. The world's No. 2 oilfield services...

  • April 24- RLJ Lodging Trust said on Monday it agreed to buy FelCor Lodging Trust Inc in a deal that would make it the third-biggest U.S. lodging real estate investment trust. The combination, which will have a pro-forma market value of $4.2 billion, will own 160 hotels in 26 states and the District of Columbia, across brands including Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt and...

  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— The CEO of one of the Middle East's largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a "very good businessman." Qatar Airways CEO Akbar al-Baker said...

  • London- based asset manager Hermes Investment Management appointed Andrew Jackson as head of fixed income. Alternative asset management and investment firm Tikehau Capital Partners SAS appointed Peter Cirenza as head of its London operations. Trade association UK Finance named Stephen Jones as its first chief executive.