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  • LONDON, Oct 17- Five companies have been short-listed to replace the century-old London gold benchmark with a new electronic system, which is expected to be in place within the next few months, the London Bullion Market Association said. Broker Autilla Ltd, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange jointly with Thomson Reuters, U.S. derivatives bourse Intercontinental...

  • BUZZ-Netflix Inc: Goldman slashes price target Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    3.8 pct at $347.87 in late morning trading. **Goldman Sachs slashes price target on stock to $450 from $550, citing company's slower-than-expected new subscriber growth in Q3. **Stock has median price target of $425- Thomson Reuters data.

  • *Italy's Monte Paschi seen at risk. LONDON, Oct 17- Violent swings on financial markets in the past week have deepened investors' anxiety about what Europe's review of the health of its banks will reveal later this month. Concerns range from losses on bond portfolios held by banks in peripheral euro zone economies such as Italy or Greece to the greater difficulty...

  • Wall Street followed Europe's lead, with all major stock indexes climbing more than 1 percent after earnings reports eased concerns about the impact of weak global demand on U.S. growth and businesses. Results at General Electric, Honeywell International Inc and Morgan Stanley topped expectations. GE rose 3.3 percent to $25.05, Honeywell gained 3.6 percent...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rallies on sturdy earnings, data Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    General Electric shares rose 3.8 percent to $25.17 after the company reported third-quarter earnings that topped analyst expectations, pushing the S&P industrial sector up 1.8 percent. Fellow industrial Honeywell shares gained 4.1 percent to $89.27 after its quarterly results, to help send the S&P industrials sector up 2.3 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- The U.S. dollar edged higher against a basket of major currencies on Friday after strong data on U.S. consumer sentiment calmed nerves after a week of severe market volatility. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan preliminary October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 86.4, the highest since July 2007 and marking...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to the highest in more than seven years, boosted by views on personal finances and the national economy, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan preliminary October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 86.4, the highest since July 2007.

  • U.S. consumer sentiment at highest since July 2007 Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to the highest in more than seven years, boosted by views on personal finances and the national economy, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan preliminary October reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 86.4, the highest since July 2007.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. stocks were higher at the open on Friday, following a batch of solid earnings reports that eased concerns about the impact of weak global demand on U.S. growth and businesses. General Electric shares rose 2.8 percent to $24.94 after the company reported third-quarter earnings that topped analyst expectations, pushing the S&P industrial...

  • US STOCKS-Futures jump on Fed speculation, results Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. stock index futures jumped on Friday following a batch of solid earnings reports and on hopes the Federal Reserve might slow the wind-down of its stimulus in light of recent weakness in global demand. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out slight gains on Thursday after another choppy session as economic data eased fears about the potential effect...

  • *The S&P 500 and Nasdaq eked out slight gains on Thursday after another choppy session as economic data eased fears about the potential effect of a weakening global economy on the United States and following remarks by St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard that the U.S. central bank may want to keep up its bond buying stimulus for now.

  • Oct 16- Delta Air Lines said Ebola fears have not hurt the carrier's bookings, forecasting strong current-quarter margins as it ramps up capacity in the Americas and trims growth on transatlantic and Pacific routes. Many of the capacity changes will begin this winter, after Delta has already reduced seats serving Moscow, Tel Aviv and Ebola-ravaged West Africa...

  • The Fed's weekly custody-holdings data showed foreign central banks reduced their holdings by $18.8 billion, the most in one week since April, to an 11- week low of $3.31 trillion. These institutions have now cut their holdings by $42.7 billion in the last four weeks, the greatest reduction over a comparable span since March. Holdings of Treasuries dropped by...

  • Oct 16- Delta Air Lines said on Thursday that it expected strong margins in the fourth quarter despite widespread concern that the spread of Ebola could curb travel, and its shares rose nearly 2 percent. Delta's outlook "suggests a relatively strong domestic revenue environment is more than offsetting weakening trends in markets," Deutsche Bank analyst...

  • *Netflix tumbles after quarterly results. *UnitedHealth leads Dow, S&P higher. Adding to the positive tone, St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard told Bloomberg television the U.S. central bank may want to keep up its bond buying stimulus for now given a drop in inflation expectations.

  • *Third-quarter ENI 66 cents per share; Wall Street view 72 cents. Oct 16- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, on Thursday reported lower-than-expected third-quarter earnings, but said it was well positioned to profit from market jitters and put more of its $42.3 billion in undrawn investor capital to work. Blackstone, whose...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 16- Global equity markets tumbled again on Thursday as investors continued to worry about world growth and on fears that Europe's debt crisis was waking up from a two-year siesta, while crude oil slumped to a four-year low. "When you get in a mode like we are in now, where the market is clearly bearish, investors are somewhat fearful, they tend to focus more...

  • *Netflix tumbles after quarterly results. *Goldman Sachs falls after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 16- U.S. stocks tumbled on Thursday, after the S&P 500 closed at its lowest in six months, on continued concerns about weak global demand and its potential impact on the U.S. economy and businesses.

  • Oct 16- Goldman Sachs Group Inc reported a 50 percent jump in quarterly profit as last month's pickup in bond market activity helped to boost trading revenue, showing that banks sticking with the notoriously volatile business can reap big rewards. But that has left Goldman and a few other banks, including JPMorgan Chase& Co, to pick up clients and take advantage of...

  • *Netflix tumbles in premarket after quarterly results. *Goldman Sachs falls after earnings. The VelocityShares Daily 2 x VIX Short Term exchange-traded note jumped 28.7 percent to $6.28 in premarket.