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Aetna 2Q profit increases 2.4 percent, tops forecast
Aetna's second-quarter profit climbed more than 2 percent, as gains from an acquisition helped the health insurer top expectations and raise its 2014 earnings forecast again....

Merck second-quarter profit more than doubles, tops forecast
A big one-time gain and a tax benefit helped drugmaker Merck & Co. more than double second-quarter profit, improve its profit forecast and top analysts' expectations....

UPS 2Q profit falls 58 percent, misses estimate; full-year outlook cut for spending plans
ATLANTA (AP) -- UPS is willing to sacrifice some short-term profits to avoid a repeat of its failure last Christmas to deliver all packages on time....

Reynolds American 2Q profit rises 6.7 percent as higher prices offset cigarette declines
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Reynolds American Inc. said Tuesday that its profit rose by 6.7 percent in its second quarter as higher cigarette and smokeless tobacco prices helped to offset a decline in the number of cigarettes it sold....

Drugmaker Pfizer's 2nd quarter profit sinks 79 percent but still beats analyst expectations
NEW YORK (AP) -- Pfizer's second-quarter earnings plunged 79 percent from last year, when the world's second-largest drugmaker booked a business spinoff gain of more than $10 billion. The latest results still edged analyst expectations....

Swiss bank UBS reports profit rise, probed over trading systems alongside Deutsche Bank
GENEVA (AP) -- Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS, reported Tuesday a 15 percent rise in second-quarter profit, driven by its core wealth management business, and disclosed it was part of a group of financial companies being investigated over alternative trading systems called "dark pools."...

Renault sees increase in profits in first half of year as cost cuts offset drop in revenue
PARIS (AP) -- French carmaker Renault says its profits in the first half of the year rose, partly thanks to lower costs as its revenue dropped....

Oil company BP warns further Russia sanctions could hit profits because of stake in Rosneft
LONDON (AP) -- Energy company BP warned Tuesday that further international sanctions on Russia could hurt its profits because of its stake in the country's oil giant, Rosneft....

Deutsche Bank says Q2 profit hurt by higher taxes, lower revenue, market volatility
BERLIN (AP) -- Deutsche Bank AG posted a 29 percent drop in second-quarter net profit Tuesday, hit by higher taxes, declining revenue and political instability affecting financial markets....

Honda's quarterly profit jumps 20 pct on Asian vehicle sales growth, raises annual forecast
TOKYO (AP) -- Honda's quarterly profit surged nearly 20 percent on demand for remodeled cars in Japan and elsewhere in Asia. The Japanese automaker also raised its full-year profit and sales forecasts....

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