WASHINGTON— There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness. Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. "This hasn't changed my picture on the strength and resilience of the U.S. economy," said Scott Anderson, chief economist at the Bank of the West.» Read More
HENDERSON, Nev.-- Sometimes all President Barack Obama has to do is look out the window to get a firsthand look at the country's economic woes. This week in this town, the presidential motorcade speeds past opulent homes lining manmade Lake Las Vegas as he heads to the sprawling luxury development where he's preparing for the upcoming debates with Mitt Romney.
Oct 2- The Federal Home Loan Bank System said on Tuesday it will not issue global debt in October. The next possible sale is scheduled to be announced on Nov. 8. At that time, the FHLB has the option of issuing new debt, reopening an existing issue or deferring until the next scheduled sale date.
Oct 2- Kraft Foods Group Inc:. *UBS starts Kraft Foods Group Inc with buy rating; price target of. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.
Oct 2- ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc:. *UBS raises ARIAD Pharmaceuticals Inc price target to $29 from $23;. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.
*Spain bailout talk, Australia rate cut weigh. However, European officials say Germany has signal led Spain should hold off. An aid request from Spain would pave the way for the European Central Bank to buy Spanish bonds.
*DA Davidson cuts Radisys Corp to neutral from buy. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.
*Raymond James cuts Baidu Inc to outperform from strong buy; target. price to $137 from $165. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.
DENVER-- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he would honor temporary work permits for young illegal immigrants who were allowed to stay in the U.S. because of an executive order signed this summer by President Barack Obama.
LJUBLJANA, Oct 2- Slovenia can still avoid becoming another euro bailout recipient if the government enforces planned reforms, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday.
PRAGUE, Oct 2- Czech and Slovak spot prices plunged on Tuesday ahead of a national holiday in Germany that sapped demand in the region while Hungary day ahead surged as the central European country remained short of supply, traders said.
LONDON-- For decades, Jimmy Savile was a fixture on British television _ an eccentric, aggressively jocular host of children's shows and a tireless charity fundraiser. "Maybe it was just the fact that Jimmy knew everybody," Esther Rantzen, a former BBC journalist and founder of the ChildLine child-protection charity, told Channel 4 news. "
TORONTO, Oct 2- Canada's main stock index opened higher on Tuesday, led by financials and energy shares, as euro zone worries eased on expectations of an imminent bailout request from Spain. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index. opened up 8.28 points, or 0.07 percent, at 12,378.47. before modestly extending gains.
BRUSSELS-- Europe's fragile banking system should be protected by building a firewall between a lender's retail operations and its more risky trading activities and forcing executives to take losses when their banks fail, according to an expert report.
DUBAI, Oct 2- The Abu Dhabi index hit a 14- month on Tuesday, lifted by real estate stocks which gained on the prospect of consolidation in the struggling sector. Aldar Properties and Sorouh Real Estate were the main drivers, together accounting for nearly 75 percent of all shares traded on the bourse.
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NEW YORK, Oct 2- U.S. stocks rose at the open on speculation Spain will soon request a bailout, seen by some as the necessary next step to alleviating the euro zone's debt crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 46.20 points, or 0.34 percent, to 13,561.31. The Nasdaq Composite Index added 14.98 points, or 0.48 percent, to 3,128.51.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.-- Chrysler Group LLC said Tuesday that its September U.S. sales rose 12 percent, crediting strong demand for new models, low interest rates and a stable U.S. economy. BY THE NUMBERS: The Auburn Hills, Mich.- based automaker said it sold 142,041 vehicles last month, up from 127,336 in the same month a year earlier.
HANOVER, Md.-- The KEYW Holding Corp., which provides online security to the federal government, said Tuesday that it completed its acquisition of Poole& Associates Inc. in a cash and stock deal worth about $126 million. KEYW said it expects the acquisition to immediately boost its profits.
DETROIT, Oct 2- Volkswagen AG:.