Among the 41 companies tracked, 30 posted profit growth, eight reported drop in income.
India and China have signed eight agreements on the second day of Premier Li Keqiang's visit.
China's property tightening policies are not strictly enforced on the local level, feel analysts.
Analysts expect gold prices to fall to $1,100 an ounce in a year and below $1,000 in five years.
Deepwater Horizon Claims Administration expects number of filings to pick up as deadline nears.
BP says the escalating compensation costs are putting the company financials into jeopardy.
More jobs on the line at Europe's biggest bank which has already sold or closed 52 loss-making businesses globally since 2011.
The surprise dividend comes amid mounting speculation that Verizon Communications is seeking 45% stake in Vodafone.
China's urban fixed asset investment rises to 20.6%, compares with the prediction of 21% growth.
HSBC boss Stuart Gulliver expected to unveil cost savings of at least $1bn in strategy day.
UK economy showing signs of recovery boosted by Bank of England's Funding for Lending Scheme.
Like-for-like sales excluding fuel declines 1.8% in the first three months of the year.
Markets await a string of key regional data apart from quarterly earnings reports.
Most Asian indices near a two-year peak boosted by positive earnings reports.
Toyota expects 40% rise in 2014 profit on increased sales outside Japan.
Looking forward, Next is anticipating a group profit in the range of £615m to £665m.
Investors are awaiting earnings reports despite positive Asia performance.
Asian markets continue to gain for the third day in the week.
EasyJet reports 2.5% increase in passenger bookings in April.
Sales or costs are manipulated in companies with the knowledge of bosses, according to E&Y Fraud survey.
Firms remain confident on the back of predicted growth in export orders.
China's currency regulator is planning to send out warning notices to firms whose goods and capital flows do not match.
The new state pension scheme plans to stop unjustified, new claims for pension.
The cooling of China's services sector raises concerns about the pace of economic recovery.
Portugal is hoping to save €4.8bn with the budget cuts.
All the largest eurozone economies except Germany are predicted to be in recession this year.
Glencore's CEO Ivan Glasenberg is expected to announce key divisional heads of Glencore Xstrata.
The UK construction PMI for April rose to a six-month high of 49.4 on improved residential sector activity.
BMW maintains its 2013 profit forecast on the back of surging demand for luxury vehicles in the US and China.
Shell posts better-than-expected earnings despite operational disruptions and drop in oil prices.