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  • YANGON, Oct 11- Holy water is sprinkled over a new Honda sub-compact festooned with flowers and red ribbons. The Honda's owner, Nyein Chang Aung, hopes the blessing will protect him from accidents in a country with some of the world's most treacherous roads. As Myanmar opens up, its antiquated transportation system is undergoing dramatic change.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 10- The United States has set final anti-dumping duties ranging from 18.32 percent to 249.96 percent on billions of dollars of solar panels and cells from China, an attorney involved in the case said on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Tom Enders was flying high six weeks ago; newly elevated to the top job at Europe's EADS, his secret merger deal to create the world's biggest aerospace group and rid himself of burdensome government meddling was preparing for launch.

  • TORONTO, Oct 10- Canada's main stock index hit its lowest closing level in nearly five weeks on Wednesday, driven downward by falling financial and energy shares after the start of the U.S. earnings season flashed mixed signals for the global economy. posting a quarterly net loss and a weaker consumption outlook for China, while Chevron's.

  • NEW YORK-- Downbeat reports from Alcoa and Chevron at the start of corporate earnings season pulled stock indexes lower for a third straight day Wednesday. Alcoa, the aluminum producer, beat Wall Street's earnings estimates on Tuesday night but said it expects a slowdown in China to weaken demand for aluminum.

  • TWO BAD REPORTS: Alcoa beat Wall Street earnings estimates but cut its demand expectation for the year, mostly because of a slowdown in China. Chevron said slumping oil prices and production would hurt its earnings. WAL-MART GREETS A RECORD: Wal-Mart Stores surged $1.28 to $75.42 and touched an all-time high, $76.81.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Since the release of director Paul Thomas Anderson's new movie, "The Master", talk by filmgoers and critics alike has spanned its link to Scientology, themes of control and its Oscar hopes.

  • NEW YORK-- The Dow Jones industrial average is finishing sharply lower after downbeat reports from two stocks in the average, Alcoa and Chevron. Alcoa, the aluminum company, beat Wall Street earnings estimates on Tuesday night but cut its demand expectation for the year, mostly because of a slowdown in China.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Oil & Nat Gas Reports

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. Oil markets, which have been balancing concerns of lower global fuel demand against the risk of supply disruptions in the Middle East and loading delays in crude from the North Sea, were also closely watching forecasts from the U.S. government and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

  • *Cotton market awaits USDA supply/demand report Thursday. The cotton market was awaiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly report due on Thursday for any signs of damage to new crops in west Texas, the major U.S. growing region, after recent wet weather.

  • DETROIT-- The largest recall in Toyota's 75- year history could undermine the Japanese automaker's comeback from natural disasters and embarrassing safety problems. Toyota said grease wasn't applied evenly to the switch during production, causing friction and sometimes smoke and fire.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 10- At least 130 projects that capture and store carbon emissions at coal power and industrial plants must come online by 2020 if the world is to stay on course to keeping the rise in global temperatures below a threshold deemed dangerous by scientists, a new report released Wednesday said.

  • Stocks fell sharply because of signs of concern from Alcoa and Chevron. Alcoa said it expects a slowdown in China to lower demand for the aluminum it makes. George Gero, a vice president at RBC Global Futures, said a sell-off in gold is unlikely considering low interest rates, tension between Syria and Turkey and the ongoing European debt crisis.

  • Rare Whiskey Collections

    Ken Grier, The Macallan Distillers director, discusses just how much money one can make investing in whiskey, and the growing number of whiskey collections around the world.

  • CHINA BOWS OUT: China's central bank governor and finance minister won't be attending IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Tokyo this week. MORE MINOR OFFICIALS: China's official Xinhua news agency published a report that said China's delegations to the meetings would be headed by a deputy to the central bank governor and a vice finance minister.

  • *Berlin came to see deal as too complex, risky. EADS, the Franco-German parent of jetmaker Airbus, and British defence group BAE Systems announced after weeks of intense talks they were abandoning plans for a $45 billion deal that would have created an aerospace and defence giant bigger than Boeing.

  • *Turkey warns Syria about cross-border shelling. NEW YORK, Oct 10- Brent crude prices edged up on Wednesday in volatile trading, as concerns about the security of Middle East supplies amid escalating tensions over Syria helped offset fears that slowing economic growth will curb demand for petroleum.

  • WASHINGTON-- Thousands of motorists may be driving cars and trucks installed with dangerous counterfeit bags and they should have them replaced at their own expense, the Obama administration warned Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Small and midcapitalization stocks slipped on Wednesday, dragged down by the latest warnings from companies including Avnet Inc as U.S. third-quarter earnings reports got under way. The reporting period began with results from Dow component Alcoa after Tuesday's stock market close.