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  • NEW DELHI, Oct 9- U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Tuesday he was "relatively confident" that Washington can manage its fiscal challenges.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Alcoa Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 7:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Alcoa Inc. may set the stage for what's expected to be a disappointing earnings season when it reports third-quarter results Tuesday after the markets close. Alcoa's net income equaled 15 cents a share in the third quarter of 2011.. Alcoa faces challenges from a slowdown in global manufacturing.

  • *Amazon's Epix deal includes pay-for-performance provision* Amazon pays more than Netflix on per-sub basis-execs* Amazon spends $1 bln/ yr on streaming video content-analyst By Alistair Barr.

  • Workday raises IPO price range to $24-$26/shr Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:59 AM ET

    Oct 9- Silicon Valley-based Workday Inc, which provides cloud-based human resource software, raised the expected price range of its IPO to $24- $26 per share from $21- $24 per share. Pleasanton, California- based Workday was co-founded by ex-PeopleSoft executives David Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, who left PeopleSoft following its acquisition by Oracle Corp.

  • U.S. economy growing close to potential - Geithner Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:57 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, Oct 9- The U.S economy is now growing close to its potential, U.S Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Tuesday. Geithner also said during a visit to New Delhi that economic reforms in Europe "could take years and years to bear fruit". "We are very worried about risk of collapse in Europe...

  • Sears expects $346.5M in proceeds from offering Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:51 AM ET

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-- Sears anticipates that it will receive about $346.5 million in gross proceeds from a rights offering related to the spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet stores. Sears Holdings Corp. had signaled in February that it would split off the companies as a separate publicly traded entity.

  • Regulatory uncertainty and policy gridlock have battered foreign corporate investment towards India over the past year, adding to dramatic slowdown in growth.

  • Most of the net buying has focused on non-euro countries UK and Sweden while investors were small net buyers of Italy in September, the analysts write. However Spain, which saw its main stock index rally strongly over the summer, has continued to see net selling.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Slovenia has hired BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan to arrange investor meetings in the United States ahead of a critical dollar bond issue, according to banking sources.

  • *Trade balance f'cast $20.7 bln vs Aug $26.7 bln. Analysts say shrinking global demand as the debt crisis festers in Europe- the single biggest overseas market for Chinese goods- and a slower-than-expected recovery in the U.S. economy would continue to be a major drag on China's export growth at least for the rest of the year.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Emerging stocks were little changed on Tuesday as hopes that China's markets could be opened up further to offshore investors counterbalanced growth warnings from the International Monetary Fund.

  • Bangladesh exports rose 31 pct yr/yr in September Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 6:01 AM ET

    DHAKA, Oct 9- Bangladesh's exports rose in September for the third month in a row thanks to improving garment orders, official data showed on Tuesday. Total exports for July-September, the first quarter of Bangladesh's financial year, were up 2.1 percent to $6.29 billion.

  • Since the Sept. 25 recall of three lots of a steroid produced by a Massachusetts company, the outbreak has spread to nine states and 105 patients, with eight people killed, the Centers for Disease Control said.

  • *Oil jumps on supply concerns as Middle East tension mounts* Uncertainty over Spain and Greece pressures euro By Richard Hubbard. LONDON, Oct 9- A stark warning from the IMF about the global growth outlook and the prospects for Spain and Greece sent European stocks and the single currency lower on Tuesday, while oil rose on escalating tensions in the Middle East.

  • *Trade balance f'cast $20.7 bln vs Aug $26.7 bln. Analysts say shrinking global demand as the debt crisis festers in Europe- the single biggest overseas market for Chinese goods- and a slower-than-expected recovery in the U.S. economy would continue to be a major drag on China's export growth at least for the rest of the year.

  • LONDON, Oct 9- Slovenia, rated Baa2/A/A-, has hired BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan to arrange investor meetings in the United States ahead of a potential dollar bond issue, according to banking sources.

  • Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Monday the "worst-case scenarios" between his country and Syria were now playing out, fuelling concerns that the 18- month-old conflict in Syria may spread to other countries in the region.

  • World stocks stall amid global growth warnings Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:12 AM ET

    A day before, the World Bank issued a warning about a slackening expansion in Asia. Britain's FTSE 100 fell more than 0.2 percent to 5,827.72. The picture was not as bleak in Asia, where stock market performance was mixed.

  • By Emma Thomasson ZURICH, Oct 9- Swiss private bank Julius Baer. Baer said it planned a "significant reduction" of Bank of America positions not required after the merger as well as cuts to middle and back office functions of the melded group, reducing the combined staff of about 5,700 by 15-18 percent.

  • World Chefs: Phan shares food, journey from Vietnam Tuesday, 9 Oct 2012 | 5:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 9- Vietnamese-born chef Charles Phan shares his passion for his homeland and tips about how to cook its delicious food in his first cookbook, "Vietnamese Home Cooking". Phan and his family fled to Guam from Vietnam in 1975 before settling in San Francisco a couple of years later. runs six other eateries in San Francisco.