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U.S. government shutdown dampens October car sales

DETROIT - The 16-day U.S. government shutdown in early October dampen consumers' appetite for new cars, as five of six automakers reporting monthly sales missed analysts' expectations (AUTOS SALES/OCTOBER (UPDATE 4), moved, by Bernie Woodall and Ben Klayman, 900 words)

Chevron earnings down on refining, well output rises

Chevron reports an unexpected decline in profit, hit by a tough quarter for refining oil, while production from wells increased for the second-largest U.S. oil company but remained below target. (CHEVRON-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 500 words)

Factory activity worldwide picks up in October

NEW YORK/BEIJING - Manufacturing expanded around the world in October, with business surveys showing U.S. factory output growing at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years and Asian manufacturers reporting the fastest upturn in months, led by China (GLOBAL-ECONOMY (WRAPUP 5), moved, 871 words)

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Dow and S&P 500 up, Nasdaq dips after factory data

NEW YORK - Major U.S. stock indexes were mixed in afternoon trading as investors took October's surprisingly strong manufacturing data as a sign the Federal Reserve could reduce its stimulus earlier than expected (MARKETS-USA-STOCKS, (UPDATE 5), moved, by Luke Swiderski, 528 words)

ECONOMY

Russian PM plays down "gas war" talk, warns Ukraine on EU

MOSCOW - Russia must boost the flow of credit to businesses to promote an investment-led recovery but will not throw fiscal caution to the wind to overcome the drag on the economy from weak exports, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says. (RUSSIA-MEDVEDEV/UKRAINE (UPDATE 1, TV, PIX), moved, by Stephen Adler and Timothy Heritage, 1,000 words)

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- RUSSIA-MEDVEDEV/UKRAINE, moved, by Stephen Adler and Timothy Heritage, tv, pictures, 700 words

Portuguese lawmakers back budget for last year of bailout

LISBON - Lawmakers give outline approval to Portugal's 2014 budget, imposing another round of austerity on hard-pressed voters as the country works towards exiting its international bailout. (PORTUGAL BUDGET/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 400 words)

COMPANIES

Barrick offering lands with a thud, shares slide

TORONTO - A massive public share offering from Barrick Gold Corp met with sluggish demand, with the shares of the world's biggest gold producer falling below the offer price (BARRICK OFFERING/ UPDATE 1, moved)

JPMorgan discloses wider probes of hiring, currency trading

JPMorgan Chase & Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, discloses that the U.S. Department of Justice and agencies from other jurisdictions are investigating hiring practices in Hong Kong that were already being probed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (JPMORGAN-DISCLOSURE/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 266 words)

Spirit Aero posts profit, says asset sale progressing

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc, a major supplier of aircraft components to Boeing Co and Airbus, reports a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as it cut costs, and its shares rose 7.8 percent to a year high (SPIRITAERO-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 333 words)