Stocks end a muddled day close to where they started as investors worked through a large batch of earnings from a range of companies including Gilead, McDonald's and Texas Instruments
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks had a muddled session on Tuesday, as investors worked through a large batch of corporate earnings from a range of companies including Gilead Sciences, McDonald's and Texas Instruments....

Gilead Sciences and McDonald's slide in Wall Street trading; Texas Instruments and United Technologies advance
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:...

The U.N.'s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean is projecting a 0.8 percent slide in the region's economy this year
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Plummeting economies in Venezuela and Brazil are expected to drag Latin America into negative growth again this year, the U.N.'s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean reported Tuesday....

Nigeria's central bank hikes interest rate to 14 percent as recession looms for oil-rich state
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The Central Bank of Nigeria has raised its benchmark interest rate to 14 percent, a 10-year high, as the naira currency continues its free-fall and the West African oil producer heads into recession....

DuPont posts 2Q profit, results top Wall Street estimates
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- DuPont topped most expectations in the second quarter as the chemical maker cut costs ahead of its tie up with Dow Chemical, and it upped its profit outlook for the year....

Caterpillar's 2Q results beat analysts' estimates, despite weakness in the mining and oil and gas industries
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- Caterpillar's second-quarter performance beat Wall Street's expectations, despite weakness in the mining and oil and gas industries. But the company lowered its full-year adjusted profit guidance again, saying global economic growth remains subdued and isn't sufficient to drive improvement in most of the industries and markets it serves....

South Korea's economic growth improved in the second quarter of the year, helped by stronger private spending and housing construction
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's economic growth improved in the second quarter of the year, helped by stronger private spending and housing construction....

Energy company BP reported 2Q earnings fell 45 percent after oil prices plunged
LONDON (AP) -- BP's second-quarter earnings fell 45 percent as lower oil prices hit the British energy company....

Hyundai Motor Co. says its second-quarter income fell from a year earlier for a 10th straight quarter
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Hyundai Motor Co. says its second-quarter income fell from a year earlier for a tenth straight quarter....

A closely watched index of German business optimism has declined in July following Britain's vote to leave the European Union
BERLIN (AP) -- A closely watched index of German business optimism declined only slightly in July following Britain's vote to leave the European Union....

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