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  • *CEOs demand Congress find debt solution. WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Chief executives of more than 80 big U.S. corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Cisco Systems and Boeing, joined forces to press Congress to reduce the federal deficit in a rare show of broad corporate unity.

  • PC makers Hewlett-Packard and Dell, at a glance Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:25 PM ET

    Personal computer makers Hewlett-Packard and Dell are having a tough year. President and CEO: Meg Whitman. Source: Google Finance, Morningstar, company websites.

  • Fund managers: Don't give up on HP, Dell or PCs Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:24 PM ET

    Shares of Hewlett-Packard Co. are down 45 percent this year, and Dell Inc. has fallen 37 percent. Dell hasn't been this low since early 2009, when the market bottomed out following the financial crisis. It's bad news for investors in mutual funds that count HP or Dell among their biggest stock holdings.

  • American Campus to buy 19 properties Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 4:57 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas-- American Campus Communities Inc. said Thursday that it will buy 19 student housing properties across the country from Kanye Anderson Capital Advisors LP in a deal worth roughly $862.8 million. American Campus Communities, based in Austin, Texas, is a real estate investment trust with a portfolio of 169 properties across the country.

  • Airline stocks mixed, reflecting earnings Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 3:54 PM ET

    United Continental Holdings Inc.' s profit tumbled to $6 million after earning $653 million in the same quarter last year, and the results fell short of Wall Street's expectations.

  • Correction: US Oil Boom story Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 3:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- In a story Oct. 23 about the boom in U.S. oil production, The Associated Press misidentified the year and amount of peak U.S. oil output. US could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as world's biggest oil producer; output is booming. NEW YORK _ U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer.

  • Marcellus Shale business merger activity slows Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH-- The wheeling and dealing over the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale has hit the pause button. PwC said low natural gas prices were the main factor, not the output or potential of the vast shale gas formation that lies under parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Ohio and Maryland.

  • Oct 25- ConocoPhillips and Occidental Petroleum Corp reported quarterly results that topped Wall Street estimates as they produced more oil and gas than expected, even as lower prices hurt profits. Conoco had record output in the Eagle Ford basin in south Texas, while Occidental saw strong production of higher-priced crude oil in the Permian Basin.

  • Networks, AP changing exit poll strategy Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.

  • SolarWinds 3Q profit rises 8 pct on strong demand Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas-- SolarWinds' third-quarter profit rose 8 percent, helped by steep increases in both license and maintenance revenue. SolarWinds said its license revenue jumped 33 percent to $34 million, while maintenance revenue increased 33 percent to $37.7 million.

  • Oct 25- ConocoPhillips reported a lower third-quarter profit on Thursday that beat analysts' estimates, as it produced more crude than expected from high-margin fields such as the Eagle Ford and Bakken.

  • Comptroller: Texas schools racking up rising debt Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 1:00 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas-- Texas school districts are racking up escalating taxpayer debt to build new classrooms and buy equipment, the state's Republican comptroller said Thursday, as a trial gets under way on how the state funds public schools after slashing spending by $5.4 billion.

  • Mont. oil lease sale could mark Bakken expansion Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 11:55 AM ET

    BILLINGS, Mont.-- A Texas company has bought oil and gas leases on almost 75,000 acres in northeast Montana's McCone County in a move that could portend a significant westward expansion of the Bakken oil patch, government officials and a company representative said Wednesday.

  • New Monitor publisher son of former publisher Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    McALLEN, Texas-- Stephan T. Wingert was named publisher Wednesday of The Monitor newspaper and as regional vice president responsible for all AIM Media Texas properties in the Rio Grande Valley.

  • ConocoPhillips 3Q profit falls 30 percent Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 11:25 AM ET

    HOUSTON-- ConocoPhillips said Thursday that net income fell 30 percent in the third quarter as it sold assets and oil and natural gas prices fell. Houston- based ConocoPhillips made $1.8 billion, or $1.46 per share, compared with $2.6 billion, or $1.91 per share, a year earlier.

  • Noble Energy's 3Q net income falls on higher costs Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 11:23 AM ET

    HOUSTON-- Noble Energy, while wresting with falling natural gas prices and a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, topped Wall Street expectations for the third quarter. The Houston energy producer said Thursday that its net income totaled $221 million, or $1.23 per share, in the July-through-September quarter.

  • Linn Energy posts 3Q loss on commodity hedging Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    HOUSTON-- Linn Energy LLC posted a $430 million loss for the third quarter on Thursday because of losses from commodity derivatives intended to reduce fluctuations in cash flow. The company said that without the hedging losses, it would have earned $89.8 million, or 45 cents per share.

  • Theft suspect found dead at Texas substation Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    SPRING, Texas-- Investigators say a man suspected of trying to steal copper wire has been found dead at an electrical substation near Houston. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office on Thursday said investigators believe 37- year-old Harold Gene Schneider was electrocuted in the theft process.

  • Patterson-UTI 3Q net falls on slow rig demand Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 9:58 AM ET

    HOUSTON-- Oil and natural gas driller Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income fell almost 38 percent as demand fell for drilling rigs in the U.S. The company earned $50.8 million, or 33 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.

  • 9 hurt in Texas City chemical leak Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 9:55 AM ET

    Emergency authorities in Texas City lifted the shelter-in-place order shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday in a storage tank spill involving hydrochloric acid. Diane Tracy with New Jersey- based Dallas Group of America Inc. says company officials are investigating Wednesday night's accident.