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  • LONDON, Oct 31- World shares jumped and the yen fell to a seven-year low against the dollar on Friday as the Bank of Japan surprised financial markets by significantly expanding its massive stimulus programme. In a rare split decision, the BOJ's board voted 5-4 to accelerate purchases of Japanese government bonds so that its holdings increase at an annual pace...

  • Ziopharm posts 3Q loss Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK _ Ziopharm Oncology Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $6.1 million in its third quarter. The New York- based company said it had a loss of 6 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • NeoStem posts 3Q loss Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK _ NeoStem Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $17 million in its third quarter. The New York- based company said it had a loss of 48 cents per share. NeoStem shares have dropped 24 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Gas almost under $3 nationwide: What to know Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 4:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price under $3 a gallon. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 33 cents in October, landing Friday at $3.00, according to AAA, and will soon dip under $3 for the first time in...

  • Gas ready to drop below $3 for 1st time in 4 years Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 4:16 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The average price of gasoline in the U.S. hit $3 a gallon Friday, and should soon drop below the benchmark for the first time since December 2010. Drivers in South Carolina and Tennessee are paying the lowest prices, with an average of $2.75 a gallon. Drivers in New York are paying the most in the continental U.S., at an average of $3.37.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 31- Indonesia's mining-to-telecoms conglomerate Bakrie Group will negotiate with creditors to restructure part of its $8 billion in debt rather than sell major assets, people familiar with its strategy say. Some creditors sued one Bakrie company in New York while a Jakarta supplier has asked an Indonesian court to supervise a debt...

  • Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy. For the first time, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering free shipping on what it considers the season's top 100 hottest gifts, from board games to items related to Disney's hit film "Frozen" items, starting Saturday. Wal-Mart is also planning to offer discounts, or what it...

  • The judge said the investors failed to present any false statements or actionable omissions by Paramount, and that its alleged misstatements were not material. The ruling came after the investors, including a unit of Allianz SE, finished submitting evidence of Paramount' s liability in the non-jury trial in the case, which had been pending since 2008..

  • District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan ruled that the evidence failed to support the investors' claims and dismissed the case, a Paramount spokesman said. "We are gratified by the decision," said Robert Lawson, a Paramount spokesman. The investors had been seeking $16 million to $24 million in damages from Paramount, which is owned by Viacom Inc, said James...

  • Scientific Games misses 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:31 PM ET

    NEW YORK _ Scientific Games Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $69.8 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 34 cents per share. Analysts expected $401.3 million, according to Zacks.

  • Oct 30- Expedia Inc reported robust third-quarter earnings on Thursday and topped analyst estimates, as strong hotel bookings boosted the company's profit by more than 50 percent from the year-earlier quarter. Despite heavy competition abroad and concern that the Ebola virus would discourage travelers from planning vacations, the volume of Expedia Inc's...

  • OTTAWA, Oct 30- A major electricity transmission project linking the Canadian province of Quebec with New York City has cleared a significant hurdle, opening the door to construction within a year, the executive behind the proposal said on Thursday. Don Jessome, chief executive officer of Albany- based Transmission Developers Inc., said a U.S. presidential...

  • Final Glance: Food companies Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    ConAgra Foods Inc. rose$. 36 or 1.1 percent, to $33.93. General Mills Inc. rose$. 55 or 1.1 percent, to $51.45. Hormel Foods Corp. rose$. 32 or. 6 percent, to $53.39.

  • NYSE stocks posting largest volume decreases Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at the 10 biggest volume decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading:. American Realty Investors Inc.: Approximately 200 shares changed hands, a 95.7 decrease from its 65- day average volume. The shares fell$. 01 or. 1 percent to $15.06.

  • Final Glance: Consumer companies Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Colgate-Palmolive Co. rose$. 56 or. 9 percent, to $66.41. Kimberly-Clark Corp. rose$. 18 or. 2 percent, to $113.62. Procter& Gamble Co. rose$. 40 or. 5 percent, to $86.94.

  • Final Glance: Beverages companies Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Coca-Cola Co. rose$. 44 or 1.1 percent, to $41.40. Dr Pepper Snapple rose $1.22 or 1.8 percent, to $68.94. Molson Coors Brewing Co. rose$. 02 or percent, to $72.92.

  • Final Glance: Restaurant companies Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Brinker International Inc. rose$. 44 or. 8 percent, to $52.62. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. fell$. 18 or percent, to $639.68. Darden Restaurants Inc. rose$. 24 or. 5 percent, to $51.18.

  • Final Glance: Health Care Equipment companies Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Becton, Dickinson& Co. rose$. 75 or. 6 percent, to $127.52. Covidien fell$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $91.61. PerkinElmer rose$. 77 or 1.8 percent, to $43.39.

  • Final Glance: Supermarkets companies Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Kroger rose$. 51 or. 9 percent, to $55.06. Safeway rose$. 08 or. 2 percent, to $34.78. Supervalu rose$. 07 or. 8 percent, to $8.59.

  • Final Glance: Internet companies Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    eBay rose$. 22 or. 4 percent, to $51.55. Groupon Inc. rose$. 20 or 3.5 percent, to $5.99. Yahoo rose$. 20 or. 4 percent, to $45.63.