As the Fed meets and earnings news rains down, the big question in the week ahead is whether the S&P 500 can manage a break out.» Read More
*Apple falls short of earnings expectations. After the close of trading, Apple Inc, the most valuable public company in the United States, posted quarterly earnings that fell short of expectations. Apple's earnings per share came in at $8.67, compared with Wall Street's estimate for $8.75 a share.
*Dow up 0.2 pct, S&P 500 up 0.3 pct, Nasdaq up 0.2 pct. There were a few bright spots, such as Procter& Gamble, which rose 2.9 percent to $70.07 after reporting stronger-than-expected results. The broad S&P 500 has declined 3.6 percent over the previous five sessions.
*Large number of Brazil mills still open for crushing. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 25- ICE raw sugar futures inched lower on Thursday, hovering above a three-week low on pressure from fast progress in Brazil's harvest and surplus supplies, while cocoa was mixed as dealers focused on the narrow ICE March/December spread.
*Dow up 0.1 pct, S&P 500 up 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.2 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Wall Street rose modestly on Thursday after the S&P 500' s worst five-day stretch since May, but economic figures and corporate results were not strong enough to inspire heavy buying.
NEW YORK, Oct 25- The outcome of a court hearing set to begin on Thursday will determine whether a major regional healthcare system in Pennsylvania is driven into bankruptcy or will be allowed to seek other suitors after a $475 million merger deal with insurer Highmark Inc crumbled.
*Q3 adjusted EPS 71 cents vs Wall St view 66 cents. Oct 24- IAC/InteractiveCorp easily beat quarterly expectations on the strength of its search business but its shares slumped, which the company said was due to a misinterpretation of its forecast by FactSet Research Systems.
LONDON, Oct 24- Bankers will likely pick up $30- $50 million for their work on Russian state-owned oil group Rosneft's $55 billion takeover of TNK-BP, according to Freeman Consulting. Data from Thomson Reuters and Freeman showed fees average about $35 million on $10 billion deals, smaller than the TNK-BP.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 23- The University of California must try to obtain and then disclose closely guarded information on the investment performance of venture capital funds managed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield& Byers and Sequoia Capital, a state judge said in a tentative ruling made public on Tuesday.
*DuPont drops sharply on results, UTX modestly lower. NEW YORK, Oct 23- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday, driving the Dow industrials to the biggest drop since June 21, as weak results from index members DuPont and United Technologies showed profit growth is slowing.
*DuPont drops sharply on results, UTX modestly lower. *Apple pares losses after new iPad launch. Multinationals including DuPont and United Technologies fell short of Wall Street's revenue expectations, amplifying worries about the health of the global economy.
*DuPont drops sharply on results, UTX modestly lower. The latest string of disappointing results came from blue-chips DuPont and United Technologies, which operate around the world and in many industries. DuPont shares lost more than 8 percent, leading the Dow industrials lower.
*Adds to views that Brazil's banks headed for rough patch. *Itau's expense, provision cuts may help stem profit drops.
Oct 12- Gulfport Energy Corp. on Friday sold $250 million of senior unsecured notes in the 144 a private placement market, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Credit Suisse was the sole bookrunning manager for the sale.
Oct 12- Viking Cruises Ltd on Friday sold $250 million of senior unsecured notes in the 144 a private placement market, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Wells Fargo and Credit Suisse were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.
*Worries persist over whether Spain will request aid. Treasuries prices advanced on Friday as data showed muted underlying U.S. inflation, with investors looking ahead to a key European Union leaders' summit, a possible bailout request from Spain and more data in the coming week.
WHAT: Federal Reserve Bank of New York Empire State Manufacturing Survey index, October. And so we look for the first manufacturing surveys of October to continue showing softness, with the New York Fed's Empire State Manufacturing index on Monday moving up from -10.41 to about -6.00.
The settlements "will add more collateral to a heavy amount already floating around," said Roseanne Briggen, market analyst at IFR, a Thomson Reuters unit. Markets ignored S&P's two-step downgrade of Spanish debt, reasoning that the downgrade would nudge Spain closer to requesting a bailout from the European Central Bank.
*Worries persist over whether Spain will request aid. Treasuries prices rose on Friday as data showed muted underlying U.S. inflation, with investors looking ahead to a key European summit, a possible bailout request from Spain and more data in the week ahead. Some analysts said Spain could put off asking for help.
*JPMorgan's Dimon: housing has turned a corner. NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose to its highest in five years in October in the latest in a string of encouraging signs from the economy that may boost President Barack Obama's re-election hopes next month.
Oct 12- MPM Escrow LLC and MPM Finance Escrow Corp on Thursday sold $1.1 billion of first-priority senior secured notes in the 144 a private placement market, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service.