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Oct 17- Capital One Financial Corp posted a quarterly profit that beat Wall Street estimates after setting aside less money to cover credit card defaults, sending its shares up 2 percent after the bell.
MEXICO CITY, Oct 17- Mexico's government expects a revenue shortfall of 55.7 billion pesos due to proposed cuts to its tax reform, Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said on Thursday.
The U.S. stock market broadly celebrated an agreement in the U.S. Congress that ended a 16- day partial closure of federal agencies and budget impasse but was then socked by earnings from market bellwether IBM.
NEW YORK, Oct 17- Brixmor Property Group Inc, a shopping center company owned by Blackstone Group LP and Blackstone's first property company to become publicly traded could raise more $905.6 million in its intitial public offering and value the company at more than $4.7 billion, according to regulatory filing on Thursday.
*Quarterly dividend raised to 55 cents/ shr from 50 cents. *Third-quarter profit $2.88/ share vs Street view $2.43. Oct 17- Goldman Sachs Group Inc's bond-trading revenue plunged in the third quarter, and the bank slashed employee compensation costs by 35 percent- an unusual step that signals its concern about performance for the rest of the year.
SANTIAGO, Oct 17- Chile's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 4.75 percent on Thursday in a surprise move to stimulate the Andean country's easing economic growth.
NEW YORK, Oct 17- Lawyers for five former employees of Bernard Madoff on Thursday cast their clients as mere puppets under the spell of an awesome, cult-like leader and "pathological liar."
Oct 17- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Thursday said better-than-expected sales at established restaurants boosted quarterly profits and signaled it may raise prices in the middle of 2014 to offset higher food costs, sending shares up 7.7 percent.
TOKYO, Oct 18- More than 40 percent of Japanese companies surveyed have no plans to spend or invest funds generated by an expected cut in the corporate tax rate, a reflection of the deep-seated risk-aversion in corporate Japan and a challenge to the success of Abenomics.
Oct 17- Local legislators in Alabama's Jefferson County on Thursday passed a resolution that they will withdraw a pending plan for exiting the county's landmark $4.2 billion municipal bankruptcy unless Wall Street creditors agree to more concessions.
WASHINGTON, Oct 17- A wave of U.S. economic data is set to hit financial markets starting next week after a last-minute budget deal re-opened the federal government on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Oct 17- President Barack Obama, in a rebuke to proposals by House Republicans for steep cuts in food stamps for the poor, urged Congress on Thursday to pass a farm bill "that protects children and vulnerable adults in time of need." The Democratic-run Senate suggested $4.5 billion could be squeezed out by closing certain loopholes.
*S&P 500 hits record closing high; IBM shares drop after results. President Barack Obama overnight signed legislation to fund the U.S. government until Jan. 15 and extend a debt ceiling deadline to Feb. 7, pulling the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic default.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 17- Advanced Micro Devices Inc posted a 6 percent decline in personal computer chip sales, dampening hopes that its fast-growing gaming-console business can take up the slack and sending its shares 7 percent lower.
NEW YORK, Oct 17- Orange juice futures sank the most in a month on Thursday in an investor selloff on signs of depressed demand. Front-month November futures sank even more drastically, down 6.2 cents, or 5 percent, to finish at $1.1750, weighed as investors rolling positions added pressure to spot prices.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 17- Google Inc's quarterly results beat Wall Street's expectations as the Internet search giant expanded its mobile business while keeping ad-rate slides in check, offsetting deepening losses from Motorola.
NEW YORK, Oct 17- A former technology analyst at expert networking firm Primary Global Research LLC avoided jail time on Thursday after a judge praised his "very substantial assistance" in cooperating with a government insider-trading investigation. District Judge Jed Rakoff in federal court in New York.
SANTIAGO, Oct 17- Chile's central bank unexpectedly cut its key interest rate to 4.75 percent on Thursday to stimulate the Andean country's easing economic growth. In its monthly monetary policy meeting, the Board of the Central Bank of Chile decided to lower the monetary policy interest rate by 25 basis points, to 4.75%.
SANTIAGO, Oct 17- Chile's central bank unexpectedly cut its interest rate to 4.75 percent on Thursday to stimulate the Andean country's easing economic growth. The following table shows how the region's benchmark interest rates have evolved in recent months. **Uruguay has now ceased using a benchmark interest rate to guide monetary policy.
Oct 17- Dental products maker Align Technology Inc's quarterly results beat expectations for the third time in a row on strong sales of its invisible braces, sending its shares up 13 percent after the bell. The company forecast fourth-quarter sales of $169.1 million to $173.1 million, well above the average analyst estimate of $164.3 million.