Company Results & Outlooks

UPDATE 1-Direct Line shares hit record high as H1 beats analysts' estimates

* Stock among top gainers on FTSE-100 Index (Adds CFO comment, analyst comment, share movement)

UPDATE 1-Annuity sales drop hits Standard Life profits, shares fall

* Skeoch says markets to remain volatile (Adds CEO, analyst comments, background, share price)

M&A, Global Market Data 9:24am BST

UPDATE 1-Silver miner Fresnillo to cut 2015 capital expenditure budget

Aug 4 - Fresnillo Plc, the world's biggest primary silver producer, said it would cut its planned capital expenditure for this year by 19 percent to $570 million, hurt by volatility in metal prices.

8:57am BST

European shares slip on earnings-day disappointment

LONDON, Aug 4 - European stock markets lost ground on Tuesday, with French bank Credit Agricole and German carmaker BMW among the worst performers after reporting results, while weak oil prices also weighed on energy stocks.

Direct Line's H1 profit rises on benign weather, reserve releases

Aug 4 - Direct Line Insurance Group Plc, the UK's largest motor insurer, said its first-half profit from continuing operations rose nearly 50 percent, helped by an absence of claims due to major weather events and higher-than-expected reserve releases.

8:01am BST

CORRECTED-BRIEF-Direct Line H1 pretax profit from cont ops up nearly 50 pct

* H1 pretax profit from continuing operations 315 million stg versus 211.7 million stg year ago

7:57am BST

Silver miner Fresnillo to cut 2015 capital expenditure budget

Aug 4 - Fresnillo Plc, a miner of silver and gold, said it would cut its planned 2015 capital expenditure to $570 million, hurt by volatility in metal prices.

7:40am BST

Standard Life H1 operating profit rises 6 percent

LONDON, Aug 4 - British insurer and asset manager Standard Life's operating pre-tax profit rose 6 percent to 290 million pounds ($452.75 million) in its fiscal first half, with a drop in annuity business affecting performance.

M&A, 7:28am BST

BRIEF-Morgan Sindall full-year expectations remain unchanged

* Group revenue up 15 pct, adjusted operating profit up 2 pct

7:23am BST

BRIEF-Fresnillo cuts 2015 capex to $570 mln

* H1 total revenue $752.3 million versus $677.1 million year ago

7:22am BST
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