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• In corporate news, technology company International Business Machines Corp. reported a solid second-quarter earnings report, beating analyst’s expectations. In addition, the sales of the company increased 3.4 per cent to US$18.7 billion for the quarter ended on June 30.
• Providers of healthcare services HCA Healthcare, Inc. stocks rose 14.46 per cent after the company improved its outlook for 2021 revenue and earnings. In the second quarter, HCA Healthcare earned US$1.450 billion, or US$4.36 per share, in net income on US$14.35 billion revenue.
• The Australian Bureau of Statistics will release preliminary retail trade data today.
• Insurance firm Travelers Companies, Inc., posted a 17 percent year-over-year growth in its second quarter revenue to US$8.69 billion. Net income came in at US$879 million, or US$3.45 per share.