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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Nov 14 Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher speaks on "Preparing to Normalize Monetary Policy" before a Shadow Open Market Committee meeting sponsored by the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Research- 1740 GMT. CHICAGO- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans gives welcome and opening remarks before the "...

  • Oct 31- Corporate America's love affair with China has cooled for lots of reasons, from the slowdown in the Chinese economy to the flurry of crack-downs targeting Western multinationals. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Arkansas presents another example of why U.S. companies may reconsider plans to move production to China: getting out of the country could...

  • Oct 31- Construction equipment company Caterpillar Inc on Friday said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating how it accounted for its July 2011 purchase of Bucyrus International Inc.. In its quarterly report, Caterpillar said the Sept. 10 subpoena from the SEC seeks information about its accounting for goodwill relating to the $7.6...

  • Kimberly-Clark announced the spin-off last November, saying it would focus on its core business of diapers and Kleenex tissues. Existing Kimberly-Clark shareholders will be able to exchange eight shares of the company for one share of Halyard. The healthcare business was Kimberly-Clark's smallest, with sales of $1.7 billion in 2013..

  • NEW YORK, Oct 31- The Dow and S&P 500 ended at record highs on Friday and indexes posted strong gains for a second week after the Bank of Japan's surprise move to ramp up its stimulus program. Shares of Exxon Mobil, up 2.4 percent at $96.71, and Chevron, up 2.3 percent at $1119.95, were among the biggest positives on the Dow and S&P 500 after they reported results.

  • SEC examines Caterpillar's accounting for Bucyrus Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 3:34 PM ET

    Caterpillar Inc. says the SEC is looking into accounting measures taken in its 2011 acquisition of mining equipment maker Bucyrus International Inc.. Caterpillar said it is cooperating with the SEC and believes the matter will not have a material adverse effect on its financial results or position. Shares of Caterpillar increased $1.13 to $101.29 in late...

  • INSIGHT-U.S. jockeys with China over GMO crop issues Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    Oct 31- With U.S. approval for Dow AgroSciences' package of chemicals and new genetically engineered crops now in hand, the Dow Chemical Co unit faces a major obstacle to a $1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers. China for the last year has been rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing traces of a type of GMO corn developed by Syngenta AG.

  • *Expedia shares jump after results; GoPro rallies. NEW YORK, Oct 31- U.S. stocks rose sharply on Friday, with the Dow hitting an intraday record high as the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program, just days after the Federal Reserve wound down its years-long package of incentives. The Bank of Japan's board voted to accelerate purchases of...

  • Estonia citizen extradited to NY in cyber case Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    Among more than a half-million computers infected in the United States were computers belonging to U.S. government agencies, including NASA, as well as educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, commercial businesses and individuals. Vladimir Tsastsin, 34, of Estonia, entered the plea through his lawyer in federal court in Manhattan.

  • The hardware failure impacted data feeds for about half an hour at the NYSE Group's primary data center in Mahwah, New Jersey, forcing the unit of Intercontinental Exchange Inc to switch to its back-up recovery center in Chicago. The processing of quotes and trade reports resumed at Mahwah on Friday, said NYSE spokesman Eric Ryan. The operating and advisory...

  • Sun-Times owner sells suburban papers to Tribune Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    CHICAGO— The parent company of the Chicago Sun-Times announced Friday it has sold six daily newspapers and 32 weeklies in the Chicago suburbs to Tribune Publishing Co., casting the sale as an effort to more forcefully move into digital media. Sun-Times owner Wrapports LLC said the deal will allow it to focus on its new Sun-Times Network, which launched Friday...

  • Oct 31- AbbVie, which this month abandoned its planned $55 billion purchase of Dublin drugmaker Shire, reported impressive quarterly earnings on demand for its Humira arthritis drug and said it could deliver strong long-term growth without rushing into another big merger attempt. "The underlying growth prospects of AbbVie don't require us to do a deal of that...

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 11:19 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.36 a bushel; Dec corn was 3.25 cents lower at $3.7075 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.3850 a bushel; while Nov soybeans gained 1.75 cents to $10.25 a bushel. Dec live cattle was. 72 cent lower at $1.6660 pound; Jan feeder cattle was. 83...

  • Oct 31- Oshkosh Corp reported a higher quarterly profit on Friday as strong sales of aerial access equipment and concrete mixers to builders in North America offset continued weak sales of tactical vehicles to the U.S. Defense Department and other military customers. The manufacturer of specialty trucks reported a net profit of $77.8 million, or 93 cents a...

  • *GoPro rallies as holiday outlook shines. *Abbvie shares rise after results, outlook. At the same time, Japan's $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund announced new allocations for its portfolio, including raising its holdings of domestic and foreign stock holdings to 25 percent each from 12 percent.

  • AbbVie hikes forecast, tops Street expectations Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    The drugmaker AbbVie surprised Wall Street on Friday with a third-quarter performance that turned out much better than expected and a new 2014 forecast that also extends well beyond what analysts predict. AbbVie Inc. also reported on Friday adjusted earnings of 89 cents per share in the third quarter. Overall, AbbVie earned $506 million, or 31 cents per share,...

  • U.S. Cellular beats Street 3Q forecasts Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ United States Cellular Corp. on Friday reported a third-quarter loss of $22.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 27 cents per share. Analysts expected $979.8 million, according to Zacks.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Gasoline prices in all parts of the United States are tied to Brent rather than the domestic crude oil benchmark WTI, according to a detailed study published on Thursday by the Energy Information Administration. "The issue of which crude oil matters most for U.S. gasoline prices is particularly relevant as policymakers in the executive branch and...

  • TDS beats Street 3Q forecasts Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 8:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ Telephone& Data Systems Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $116 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 7 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.25 billion, according to Zacks.

  • CBOE beats 3Q profit forecasts Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ CBOE Holdings Inc. on Friday reported earnings of $48.1 million in its third quarter. CBOE shares have climbed 12 percent since the beginning of the year. CBOE stock research report from Zacks.