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  • *Dow up 0.03 pct, S&P 500 down 0.1 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 26- U.S. stocks finished flat on Friday, recovering from moderate declines as bargain hunters rushed in to buy Apple, lifting it off its lows, and scooped up other stocks recently battered by disappointing results.

  • FACTBOX-The wealthy behind U.S. presidential race Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:48 PM ET

    Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.

  • *Dow up 0.03 pct, S&P 500 down 0.1 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 26- U.S. stocks finished flat on Friday, recovering from moderate declines as bargain hunters rushed in to buy Apple and other stocks recently battered by disappointing results.

  • *JPMorgan, Raine Group hired to assess options-source. LOS ANGELES, Oct 26- Current TV, the liberal cable news channel started by former Vice President Al Gore, has hired JP Morgan and The Raine Group to assess strategic options that may include a sale or strategic partnership with another media company, according to a person with knowledge of the operation.

  • Oct 26- A former chief financial officer at Xilinx Inc on Friday became the latest executive to settle civil charges of being part of now-imprisoned hedge fund tycoon Raj Rajaratnam's insider trading network.

  • Oct 25- McDonald's Corp will start selling bags of its ground coffee i n some of its Canadian re staurants i n November, its Canadian chief told Reuters on Thursday, in a likely challenge to rivals like Starbucks Corp, Dunkin' Donuts and Tim Hortons Inc..

  • Qlik Technologies shares fall after 3Q miss Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 5:56 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Shares of business intelligence software maker Qlik Technologies Inc. fell 8 percent Friday, a day after the company reported third-quarter earnings and revenue that fell short of analysts' estimates.

  • CVB names Kruse as chairman of the board Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 5:48 PM ET

    ONTARIO, Calif.-- CVB Financial Corp. said Friday that it has appointed Ronald Kruse as chairman of the board of CVB Financial Corp. and its banking subsidiary Citizens Business Bank. Borba formed Chino Valley Bank in 1974 with his brother and several other businessmen, which later became Citizens Business Bank.

  • US senators call on FDA to act on energy drinks Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 5:08 PM ET

    The FDA noted that the allegations, which date back to 2004, don't necessarily prove the drinks are linked to the deaths. The FDA caps the amount of caffeine in soda to 0.02 percent, but there is no such limit for energy drinks. Durbin and Blumenthal asked the FDA to look into the interactions between caffeine and the additives that are often found in energy drinks.

  • BOSTON, Oct 26- Massachusetts fined Citigroup $2 million to settle charges that two bank analysts improperly released confidential information about Facebook's financials before the technology company went public. Citi said its top Internet analyst, Mark Mahaney, who was involved in the Facebook matter, is no longer at the company.

  • Ingram Micro 3Q net income more than doubles Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    SANTA ANA, Calif.-- A Stern Agee analyst reaffirmed his "Buy" rating on Ingram Micro on Friday, a day after the technology products company reported that its net income more than doubled in the third quarter as sales increased in North America, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region.

  • Silvio Berlusconi convicted in Italy of tax fraud Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 3:43 PM ET

    MILAN-- Just two days after announcing he won't run in spring elections, former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to four years in prison Friday in a verdict that could see him barred from public office for five years.

  • Former US Sen. Mitchell won't mediate Calif. talks Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 3:35 PM ET

    George Mitchell is stepping down from overseeing private settlement talks over the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion. The California Public Utilities Commission appointed the former Senate Majority Leader earlier this month to mediate a settlement regarding whether Pacific Gas& Electric Co. should be fined for the blast.

  • US drops 13 to 1,826 rigs exploring for oil, gas Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 2:47 PM ET

    Texas- based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,408 rigs were exploring for oil and 416 were searching for gas. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas dropped seven rigs and New Mexico fell by 5. Alaska and Oklahoma lost three apiece, and West Virginia was down by two.

  • Wealthy siblings become forces in Calif. politics Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- Charles Munger Sr. is best known as Warren Buffett's right-hand man, an investor who has turned his skill at picking winning companies into a billion-dollar fortune. He has passed some of his passion on to his children, two of whom are using their considerable fortune to transform California's political landscape this year.

  • Fired bank worker declines offer to return to work Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 1:46 PM ET

    Wells Fargo& Co. spokeswoman Vickee Adams said this week that once the company learned Eggers had received a waiver, it offered on Oct. 12 to rehire him in his old job at the same salary. But Eggers said that he won't accept the bank's offer to return to work unless Wells Fargo changes its background check policy.

  • Monster hit after senators call for more action Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 1:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Monster Beverage Corp. slid again Friday after two U.S. senators asked federal regulators to fix what they say are loopholes that allow energy drink makers to sell products with additives and high levels of caffeine they say "have not been proven safe."

  • NetSuite shares soar on strong 3Q results Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 1:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of NetSuite Inc., which provides business management software over the Internet, jumped Friday after the company announced better-than-expected third-quarter results. THE SPARK: NetSuite posted a loss of $8 million, or 11 cents per share, compared with a loss of $6.9 million, or 10 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • Government to measure impact of arts on economy Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 1:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Federal agencies are planning the first official measure of the arts and culture sector's impact on the nation's economic growth. The National Endowment for the Arts announced a partnership Friday with the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to identify and calculate the contributions of the creative sector to U.S. gross domestic product.

  • Fitch lowers outlook on grocery chain Safeway Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 11:46 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Fitch Ratings lowered its outlook on Safeway Inc. to negative on Friday, citing the supermarket chain's weak sales and shrinking market share. The rating agency kept its "BBB-" long-term issuer default rating on Safeway, the country's second-largest traditional grocery chain.