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StanChart reinstates payouts but income drop signals challenges ahead

* First half profit up 57% to $2.55 billion * Bank to pay out around $350 million to shareholders * Income falls, showing long-term challenge from low rates * Shares rise 1.2% in London By Alun John and Lawrence White HONG KONG/LONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Standard Chartered PLC STAN.L reported a higher than expected 57% jump in first-half profit and
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M&A rush, strong earnings see European stocks close at new highs

* Meggitt hits record high on Parker-Hannifin deal * HSBC, AXA rise after results * Allianz slides on U.S. probe (Updates to market close) By Sruthi Shankar and Ambar Warrick Aug 2 (Reuters) - European stocks ended at a new peak on Monday, as increased dealmaking activity and a batch of strong financial sector earnings helped markets mark a strong
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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on August 2

Aug 2 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening higher on Monday, with futures FFIc1 up 0.50%. * MEGGITT: U.S. industrial firm Parker-Hannifin PH.N said it has agreed to buy Meggitt MGGT.L in a deal valuing the British engineering group at 6.3 billion pounds ($8.76 billion). * SSE: SSE SSE.L said it would sell its 33.3% stake in ga
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Take Five: Jobs, crackdowns and a fork

(Updates China entry with PMI readings, link) July 30 (Reuters) - 1/ OUT OF SURPRISES? Is this year's sharp U.S. growth rebound losing momentum? A raft of economic data due in the world's biggest economy will provide clues. U.S. non-farm payrolls on Aug. 6 will offer a snapshot of July hiring. Economists polled by Reuters forecast the economy added
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Wall Street Journal - Aug 2

Aug 2 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy. - Square Inc SQ.N has agreed to acquire Afterpay Ltd APT.AX in an all-stock deal worth around $29 billion. Link - Two small U.S. solar companies plan to petition the government to extend tarif
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