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  • Oct 25- Verisign Inc's third-quarter results modestly beat estimates, but the company that assigns Internet protocol addresses said the Commerce Department may not complete its contract review before it expires on Nov. 30, sending its shares down 15 percent after market.

  • Mylan at long-time high on outlook, deal talk Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 3:30 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Mylan Inc. rose to their highest price in almost nine years on Friday after the drugmaker reported higher sales of its EpiPen allergy injection and raised its 2012 guidance. The company said it now expects to earn between $2.50 and $2.60 per share in 2012, about 15 cents per share more than it had expected.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold turns positive after U.S. growth data Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 3:02 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 26- Gold turned positive along with other commodities and nominally higher risk assets like stocks on Friday after better-than-expected U.S. third-quarter growth data, reversing earlier losses linked to weak corporate earnings.

  • Apple's weak margin outlook surprises analysts Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 11:12 AM ET

    Oct 26- At least three brokerages cut their price targets on Apple Inc by up to $50 a share after the iPhone maker surprised analysts by forecasting lower gross margins for the current quarter. For the December quarter, Apple forecast revenue of $52 billion, below estimates of $55 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold falls with equities before U.S. GDP data Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 26- Gold fell on Friday, edging closer to seven-week lows touched earlier this week as equities came under pressure from disappointing earnings results, with the focus on U.S. third-quarter growth data due later in the day.

  • Scientist being sentenced in Utah for trade theft Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:49 AM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY-- A sentencing hearing for a scientist who has pleaded guilty in Utah's first industrial espionage case turned on testimony Thursday about the damage to a chemical company. Federal investigators say the 42- year-old chemist emailed a secret drug recipe from a Utah company to a brother-in-law in India.

  • Coca-Cola steps up investment in Vietnam Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. and its bottlers say they're more than doubling their investment Vietnam over the next few years, as the world's biggest beverage maker intensifies its push to capitalize on emerging markets.

  • US economic growth up to still-modest 2 pct. rate Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by more spending by consumers and the federal government. The report Friday from the Commerce Department is the last broad snapshot of the economy before Americans choose a president in 11 days.

  • Does Indian anti-graft crusader have solutions? Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:36 AM ET

    NEW DELHI-- Since launching his own political party this month, a fiery former tax officer has become the bane of some of India's most powerful politicians, publicly accusing them _ by name _ of corruption. He has accused Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law of making millions off shady real estate deals.

  • US economic growth improves to 2 pct. rate in Q3 Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by more spending by consumers and the federal government. Growth accelerated from the 1.3 percent rate in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday.

  • Merck 3Q profit up 2 pct despite sales decline Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 7:29 AM ET

    The company also narrowed its 2012 profit forecast to a range of $2.08 to $2.24 per share, from $2.04 to $2.30. Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., said net income was $1.73 billion, or 56 cents per share. Excluding acquisition, integration and restructuring charges totaling $1.2 billion, net income was $2.93 billion, or 95 cents per share.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 26- Gold dropped more than half a percent in volatile trade on Friday, heading for its third week of decline after shares fell in Asia and the U.S. dollar firmed, while persistent fears about the health of the global economy also dragged. Gold hit a high for the day at $1,714.65 an ounce before slipping to $1,702.96 by 0618 GMT, down $8.23.

  • INSIGHT-At Nestle, interacting with the online enemy Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 6:00 AM ET

    VEVEY, Switzerland, Oct 26- It looks like mission control: in a Swiss market town, an array of screens in Nestle's headquarters tracks online sentiment. Other companies, such as PepsiCo, Danone and Unilever, have exploited the opportunities to promote themselves online.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 25- The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed talk that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a back problem that prompted him to postpone foreign visits and might require surgery. Putin, who began a six-year presidential term in May and turned 60 on Oct. 7, was seen to be limping at an Asia-Pacific summit in the Pacific port of Vladivostok in early September.

  • REFILE-Kremlin dismisses talk Putin has back trouble Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 5:35 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 25- The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed talk that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a back problem that prompted him to postpone foreign visits and might require surgery. Putin, who began a six-year presidential term in May and turned 60 on Oct. 7, was seen to be limping at an Asia-Pacific summit in the Pacific port of Vladivostok in early September.

  • India's ICICI Bank quarterly profit up 30 percent Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 3:33 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India-- ICICI Bank reported a better-than-expected 30 percent rise in quarterly profit Friday on strong interest income and demand for retail loans, as India's largest private lender managed to improve loan quality despite rising corporate defaults.

  • *Gold seen trading in $1,700- $1,740 range next week. SINGAPORE, Oct 26- Gold was a tad higher on Friday but heading for its third week of decline after shares inched lower in Asia, the U.S. dollar firmed, and fears about the health of the global economy lingered.

  • US economy likely grew slowly last quarter Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The government's snapshot Friday of the U.S. economy's growth will be its last before Americans choose a president in 11 days. And it would give Mitt Romney's team evidence to argue that the economy is growing at an unacceptably subpar pace. "We are stuck in this half-speed growth mode," said David Wyss, an economics professor at Brown University.

  • *Saudi Arabia, U.S., Iraq and Libya pump more; consumption wanes. *Iran exports may have seen small bounce since July plunge.

  • 3 Asian Sectors to Watch     Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 8:55 PM ET

    Aadil Ebrahim, Managing Director, Bowen Asia says that he likes high quality Japanese exporters, Chinese domestic consumption stocks and local Indian plays.