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  • Stocks surge as US companies report higher profits Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    Caterpillar and 3 M led the gains among industrial stocks, which rose significantly more than the rest of the market. Caterpillar rose 5 percent and 3 M rose 4 percent after each company reported earnings that impressed investors. Crude oil rose $1.57 to settle at $82.09 a barrel in New York.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. AT&T Inc. fell 2.8 percent to $33.52 with 34,329,400 shares traded. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. rose 2.1 percent to $2.70 with 14,202,500 shares traded.

  • US STOCKS-Industrials lead sharp jump on Wall Street Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    *Industrials rally on 3 M, Caterpillar results. Shares of both Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co rose following their results. Caterpillar, which also raised its full-year profit view, was up 5.3 percent at $99.61 while 3 M added 5.6 percent to $146.70.

  • US STOCKS-Industrials lead Wall St sharply higher Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    *Industrial shares rally on 3 M, Caterpillar results. Shares of both Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co rose following their results. Caterpillar, which also raised its full-year profit view, was up 4.5 percent at $98.80 while 3 M added 6 percent to $147.34.

  • Oct 23- Diverse U.S. manufacturer 3 M Co posted a 5.8 percent rise in quarterly profit on Thursday that topped estimates, driven by a jump in U.S. sales and cost controls as well as strong pricing that helped boost margins. Shares of 3 M, a Dow Jones industrial average component, rose 6.2 percent. 3 M, a maker of adhesives, abrasives and other products for a variety of...

  • *Industrial shares rally on 3 M, Caterpillar results. NEW YORK, Oct 23- U.S. stocks surged on Thursday, with major indexes up more than 1 percent in a broad rally as strong results, including from two Dow components, reassured investors that corporations continue to fare well despite concerns about global economic growth. After a four-week string of declines, the S&P...

  • *Dubai's retail investors return to the market. *Dana Gas jumps after collecting some cash in Egypt, Iraq. Dubai's index rose 0.6 percent on the back of lenders Emirates NBD and Dubai Islamic Bank, both of which reported strong profit growth and beat analysts' estimates on Wednesday.

  • Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co, both Dow components, reassured investors that multinationals can deliver solid earnings despite concerns about global economic growth. Shares of Caterpillar, which raised its full-year earnings outlook, rose 4.9 percent, while 3 M shares jumped 5.7 percent. "If we're looking at headwinds like currency and slowing global growth,...

  • *Gold extends losses after drop overnight. LONDON, Oct 23- Gold fell on Thursday as stronger-than-expected economic data and upbeat corporate results lifted stocks in Europe and the United States, while the dollar index held near a one-week high and demand for physical metal eased. Spot gold was down 0.5 percent at $1,234.30 an ounce at 1352 GMT, while U.S. gold...

  • Wall Street lifts European shares despite earnings drag Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    *Michelin and Unilever fall, flagging weak EM demand. EDINBURGH, Oct 23- European stocks edged higher in choppy trade on Thursday, buoyed by strength on Wall Street but hindered by weak corporate results from companies including French tyre-maker Michelin. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former cut its full-year revenue...

  • Shares of both Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co rose following their results, with heavy machinery maker Caterpillar also raising its full-year profit view. Caterpillar was up 4.2 percent at $98.31 while 3 M added 4.3 percent to $144.95. "It's good to see good numbers in any company, but if we're looking at headwinds like currency and slowing global growth, seeing...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- U.S. stocks climbed at the open on Thursday as a number of strong results, including from a pair of Dow components, reassured investors that corporations continued to fare well despite concerns about global economic growth.

  • Both Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co rose in premarket trading following their results, with heavy machinery maker Caterpillar also raising its full-year profit view. Shares of Caterpillar rose 3.6 percent to $97.98 while 3 M added 2.1 percent to $141.80. General Motors Co gained 2.9 percent to $32.23 following its results..

  • *Gold extends losses after drop overnight. LONDON, Oct 23- Gold prices eased on Thursday as better-than-expected euro zone business activity data lifted stock markets from early lows, while the dollar index held near its highest in a week and demand for the physical metal softened. Spot gold was down 0.4 percent at $1,235.90 an ounce at 1206 GMT, while U.S. gold...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Dow component Caterpillar Inc was among Thursday's biggest premarket movers, with the heavy machinery maker up on heavy volume following its results. Caterpillar also said that its expectations for 2014 earnings continued to improve. In the broader market, U.S. stock index futures were higher, adding to earlier gains on Caterpillar's results.

  • *Michelin and Unilever fall, flagging weak EM demand. EDINBURGH, Oct 23- European stocks fell on Thursday, hindered by weak corporate results from companies including French tyre-maker Michelin, despite receiving support from better-than-expected euro zone business activity data. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former...

  • *AT&T Inc fell 1.4 percent to $34 in premarket trading, a day after the telecom giant reported weaker-than-expected revenue growth and cut its full-year forecast for consolidated revenue growth. *Among the companies reporting Thursday, Dow components 3 M Co and Caterpillar Inc will be of particular interest, with investors looking for any impact on earnings...

  • PulteGroup tops 3Q earnings expectations Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 6:49 AM ET

    ATLANTA— PulteGroup Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $140.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 36 cents per share. PulteGroup shares have fallen almost 6 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more than 4 percent.

  • *Gold extends losses after drop overnight. LONDON, Oct 23- Gold prices eased on Thursday as better-than-expected euro zone business activity data lifted stock markets from early lows, while the dollar index held near its highest in a week and demand for the physical metal softened. Spot gold was down 0.1 percent at $1,239.50 an ounce at 0936 GMT, while U.S. gold...

  • Hong Kong shares fall, China manufacturing caps losses Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:13 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 23- Hong Kong main share index finished lower on Thursday in line with regional bourses, but further declines were capped by slightly stronger China manufacturing activity. China CNR Corp Ltd said it had been awarded a subway contract from Massachusetts. China CNR Corp Ltd jumped 3.2 percent, and CSR Corp Ltd climbed 1.5 percent.