* Earnings likely to disappoint, with Chinese companies in focus
BEIJING, July 30 - Baidu Inc, China's biggest internet search engine company, said on Thursday it will buy back shares worth $1 billion after the company's stock price slid following a weak earnings report earlier this week.
LAMIA, Greece, July 28 - Wild boar and power cuts were Greek cotton farmer Mimis Tsakanikas' biggest worries until a bank shutdown last month left him stranded without cash to pay suppliers, and his customers without money to pay him.
* Bears outweigh bulls for both equities and fixed income * Oil prices back at early February levels * Saudi Arabia seen as most expensive market in region * UAE attracts bets linked to Iran * Egypt, a cheaply valued oil importer, also favoured By Olzhas Auyezov DUBAI, July 30 - Middle East fund managers have on balance turned negative towards the region and especially its biggest equity market, Saudi Arabia, after oil prices gave up most of the gains made in t
MEXICO CITY, July 30 - Mexico's central bank is expected to hold borrowing costs steady on Thursday but signal that it is ready to follow the U.S. Federal Reserve with an interest rate hike to prop up a slumping peso.
BEIJING, July 30 - Baidu Inc, China's biggest search engine company, said on Thursday it will repurchase $1 billion of its shares, after the company's stock price was hammered by investors following weak earnings results on Monday.
BRASILIA, July 29 - Brazil raised interest rates to a nine-year high on Wednesday, but signaled it was ending one of the world's most aggressive tightening cycles despite fears that a weakening local currency could stoke already high inflation.
CHICAGO, July 29 - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday proposed more than $2.5 billion of bond sales even as the city faces big budget deficits and the possibility that its already-low credit ratings could fall further.
BRASILIA, July 29 - Brazil's central bank raised interest rates to 14.25 percent from 13.75 percent as expected on Wednesday, delivering another hefty increase to stifle inflationary risks from a sharp depreciation of the local currency.
July 29 - Pet supplies retailer Petco Animal Supplies Inc has been in talks with investment banks in recent weeks for an initial public offering, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
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