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  • MANILA, Philippines-- A senior official said Friday China wants to improve relations with the Philippines following a strain in relations over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea.

  • BEIJING-- China flexed some maritime muscle Friday in its dispute with Japan over a chain of uninhabited islands, holding naval exercises in the East China Sea to demonstrate its ability to enforce offshore territorial claims. Tokyo angered Beijing last month by nationalizing some of the islands, in a move that sparked violent protests in China.

  • TOKYO-- A philanthropic organization working with the Japanese government will give $3 million in humanitarian aid to Myanmar's armed ethnic minorities, saying it's the first such aid approved by Myanmar's government.

  • NEW YORK-- Tough competition in the U.S. and the weakening economy abroad was a double whammy for McDonald's in the third-quarter, sending the burger chain's net income down nearly 4 percent.

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  • China: #1 Biz Travel Market By 2014

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan, reports China is on the verge of overtaking the United States as the number one business travel market in the world.

  • Microsoft also disappointed with its latest update, contributing to a broad retreat in technology stocks, as did McDonald's and General Electric. By the time markets closed in Europe, Germany's DAX was down 0.8 percent at 7,380 while the CAC-40 in France fell 0.9 percent to 3,504. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was 0.3 percent lower at 5,896..

  • MUMBAI, India-- Starbucks inaugurated its first store in India Friday in a historic building in southern Mumbai as the Seattle- based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers. After over six years of studying the local market, Starbucks is making a rapid-fire entry into Asia's third-largest economy.

  • MUMBAI, India-- Starbucks has opened its first store in India in an historic building in south Mumbai as the Seattle- based coffee giant seeks growth in a market long associated with tea drinkers. Chief executive Howard Schultz says India, along with China, are "at the core" of the company's growth strategy.

  • BANGKOK-- Oil prices fell slightly Friday as traders awaited the end of a two-day European Union summit on shoring up the region's stricken banks. Benchmark crude for November delivery was down 12 cents to $91.98 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.1 percent to 5,910.04 in early trading. Microsoft said net income fell a worse-than-expected 22 percent to $4.47 billion in the fiscal first quarter, which ended Sept. 30. BB&T bank, Philip Morris International and Boston Scientific also reported results that fell short of forecasts.

  • In Friday's statement, the company said Samuelsson, who has spent the last two years on Volvo's board, will replace Stefan Jacoby with immediate effect after the latter entered "an amicable agreement" to leave. Volvo says Samuelsson, who was the CEO of MAN between 2005-2009, will help it improve its performance, especially in China.

  • BANGKOK-- Oil prices were nearly flat Friday as traders awaited the end of a two-day European Union summit on shoring up the region's stricken banks. Benchmark crude for November delivery was down 2 cents to $92.08 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Suddenly, Everyone's Turning Bullish on China

    What a difference a quarter makes. After months of jitters over a possible hard landing in China, market watchers are quickly turning optimistic on the outlook for the world’s second largest economy following a spate of reassuring data this week.

  • Markets in mainland China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and India were down. Microsoft said net income fell a worse-than-expected 22 percent to $4.47 billion in the fiscal first quarter, which ended Sept. 30. Microsoft shares fell in after-hours trading.

  • BEIJING-- Foreign investment in China fell again in September and a government spokesman said Friday it was too early to forecast a recovery in trade. The decline in foreign direct investment added to mixed signals about the health of China's economy following Thursday's report that growth slowed to 7.4 percent in the latest quarter.

  • NEW YORK-- General Electric Co.' s transformation into a more simple industrial company seems to be helping its bottom line. GE's net income rose 49 percent in the third quarter to $3.49 billion, or 33 cents per share. During the financial crisis, investors worried that its enormous banking arm, GE Capital, would fail.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.-- United Technologies Corp.' s third-quarter earnings results, due out before the markets open on Tuesday, will likely reflect some weakness in the aerospace market, a segment on which the company recently made a big bet.

  • More Policy Easing After China's Leadership Change: Panel

    Dickie Wong, Executive Director, Kingston Securities & Aaron Boesky, Chief Executive Officer, Marco Polo Pure Asset Management say China will undertake more policy easing measures after the leadership transition next month. Both of them discuss the sectors they expect to benefit from these stimulus measures - financials and consumer plays.

  • Will China's Leadership Change Spur the Economy?

    Richard Harris, Chief Executive, Port Shelter Investment Management thinks the upcoming leadership change in China has led to a policy paralysis. Aaron Boesky, Chief Executive Officer, Marco Polo Pure Asset Management on the other hand, is bullish on China. He says there are two major catalysts underway to spur the Chinese economy.