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  • *Hyundai shares up 3.9 pct after recent battering. Hyundai, which with affiliate Kia Motors is the world's fifth-biggest car maker, said its total shipments rose less than 1 percent in July-September- hit by the industrial action that cost the company lost production of more than 82,000 cars worth $1.5 billion.

  • Gold had risen $8.27 to $1,710.20 an ounce by 0556 GMT. It fell to a 7- week low of around $1,698 on Wednesday soon after the Fed said it was sticking to its plan to keep stimulating growth until the job market improves. ``I think $1,700 is still quite a key support level.

  • India's Kingfisher Airlines employees end strike Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:54 AM ET

    Kingfisher, once one of India's best airlines, is deep in debt and is battling for a lifeline with India's airline regulator.

  • Ex-Goldman exec's 2-year sentence draws scrutiny Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:36 AM ET

    Judge Jed Rakoff described the sentence and $5 million fine given to former Goldman Sachs and Procter& Gamble Co. board member Rajat Gupta, 63, on Wednesday as sufficient to deter others and properly punish the Westport, Conn., resident.

  • *China, Taiwan, Australian companies see dismal earnings. That compares to dreary corporate profits in China and others in the Asia-Pacific region, like Australia, that depended heavily on the now weakened buying power of major economies such as China.

  • SEOUL, Oct 25- Hyundai Motor Co drove up sales in France by 40 percent last month and had a record September in the United States, but it has since had nearly $7 billion wiped off its market value as investors query the South Korean automaker's go-slow on expanding capacity.

  • *Boeing shares down 0.3 pct, General Dynamics up 2.3 pct. Lockheed Martin Corp, Boeing Co's defense division and Northrop Grumman Corp reported higher earnings and solid margins despite weakening sales.

  • *Several brokerages raise price targets on Facebook shares. Oct 24- Facebook Inc's shares headed towards their biggest one-day jump on Wednesday after the company reported a surprising rise in mobile advertising, easing concerns it was having trouble capitalizing on soaring use of smartphones and tablets.

  • Oct 24- Chili's Grill& Bar parent Brinker International Inc on Wednesday said a cool-down in sales at established restaurants was stretching into the current quarter, sending its shares down more than 10 percent.

  • Boeing shares up 1 pct, General Dynamics up 3.7 pct. Lockheed Martin Corp, Boeing Co's defense division and Northrop Grumman Corp reported higher earnings and strong margins despite weakening sales, driving their shares higher on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Ex-Goldman exec given 2 years for inside trades Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A former Goldman Sachs and Procter& Gamble Co. board member was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday, culminating a spectacular fall from grace for a man whose good deeds worldwide brought him leniency after he was convicted of feeding inside information about board dealings to a billionaire hedge fund owner who was his friend.

  • Oct 24- Thermo Fisher Scientific raised its full-year forecast for the second time this year as the world's largest laboratory equipment maker benefited from its presence in Asia, even as the weak U.S. and European economies dragged on its competitors.

  • Oct 24- Marathon Oil Corp said on Wednesday it is in negotiations to sell a portion of its 20 percent stake in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project in Canada as part of a strategy to shed less profitable assets. No sale of the non-operated Athabasca interest can be assured, Houston- based Marathon said.

  • Sandy forms into category 1 hurricane - NHC Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 3:14 PM ET

    Oct 24- Sandy formed into a category 1 hurricane on Wednesday, and was located about 65 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica, and about 235 miles south-southwest of Guantanamo, Cuba, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest bulletin. ``The center of Sandy is expected to move near or over eastern Jamaica this afternoon and this evening, move over eastern Cuba tonight and Thursday morning, and approach the central Bahamas on Thursday,'' the NHC said.

  • Oct 24- Marathon Oil Corp said on Wednesday it is in negotiations to sell a portion of its 20 percent stake in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project in Canada as part of a strategy to shed less profitable assets. No sale of the non-operated Athabasca interest can be assured, Houston- based Marathon said.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold up along with stocks; eyes on Fed meeting Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- Gold rose on Wednesday along with stock markets, helped by well received data from China and an upbeat earnings report from Boeing, while dealers awaited a Federal Reserve policy statement later in the day. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,709.60 an ounce at 1309 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 60 cents an ounce at $1,710.

  • *Group beer volumes fall in western Europe, rise elsewhere. *Shares down 2.6 pct, among weakest in Europe. BRUSSELS, Oct 24- Heineken NV, the world's third-largest brewer, reported stronger than expected third-quarter group revenue on Wednesday, boosted by U.S. and emerging market strength and price hikes, but investors focused on weakness in Europe.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold holds near 7-week low; eyes on Fed meeting Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 24- Gold prices hovered near a seven-week low on Wednesday as a weak reading of the German economy lifted the dollar versus the euro, while dealers awaited the U.S. Spot gold was at $1,708.90 an ounce at 1023 GMT against $1,708.09 late in New York on Tuesday, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 30 cents an ounce at $1,709.70.

  • EU: Spain, Italy putting EU emissions cuts at risk Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 7:28 AM ET

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark-- Debt-ridden Spain and Italy could hinder the European Union from achieving its goal of cutting greenhouse emissions under an international climate pact, the EU's environmental agency said Wednesday.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold pares early gains; holds near 7-week low Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 6:44 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 24- Gold trimmed gains Wednesday after early bargain hunting tapered off and worries about the global economy resurfaced, but festive demand from top consumer India could help shore up prices.