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  • Oct 28- Health insurer Centene Corp reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as it signed on more Medicaid members. Centene, which provides services to government-sponsored healthcare programs, said total membership increased 42 percent from a year earlier to 3.7 million as of Sept. 30. Net profit attributable to Centene rose to $82.6...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 28- New orders for capital goods by U.S. businesses recorded their biggest drop in eight months in September, but the surprise decline was likely to be temporary as business sentiment has been upbeat in recent months. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for...

  • Robust earnings spur European stocks higher Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 8:27 AM ET

    *Sanofi share drop means over $10 bln market value wipeout. EDINBURGH, Oct 28- European shares rose in early trade on Tuesday, reversing the previous session's dip as better-than-expected results from a number of blue-chips including pharma group Novartis and bank UBS helped lift sentiment. While French pharma Sanofi and UK- listed Standard Chartered Bank...

  • Oct 28- TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, the biggest U.S. discount broker as measured by client trades, said its quarterly profit rose 5.5 percent as it reported a jump in net new assets. TD Ameritrade's net income rose to $211 million, or 38 cents per share, for the fourth quarter ended Sept. 30, from $200 million, or 36 cents per share a year earlier. However, TD Ameritrade...

  • LONDON, Oct 28- BG Group reported a worse-than-expected 26 percent fall in third-quarter operating profit as its output in Egypt halved and a steep drop in oil prices took its toll on Britain's third-biggest energy company. However, the oil and gas producer- which has poached long-serving Statoil chief executive Helge Lund to help turn around the flagging...

  • DETROIT, Oct 28- AutoNation Inc on Tuesday reported a 15 percent jump in third-quarter earnings, in part because of robust profit from used cars. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida- based company earned 90 cents per share, beating Wall Street expectations of 86 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. During the quarter, AutoNation repurchased 4.4 million shares of...

  • Oct 28- Gold and copper miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc reported a 32 percent drop in quarterly profit, hurt by lower prices of the metals. The company, which also has oil and gas assets, said net income attributable to shareholders fell to $552 million, or 53 cents a share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $821 million, or 79 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Oct 28- Satellite radio service Sirius XM Holdings Inc reported a better-than-expected 9.9 percent rise in quarterly revenue as strong U.S. auto sales drove a jump in paying subscribers, sending the company's shares up as much 3.3 percent premarket. The New York- based company said subscriber acquisition costs to install car radios fell to $35 in the quarter...

  • Arch Coal revenue falls 6.2 pct Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    Oct 28- Arch Coal Inc reported a 6.2 percent drop in quarterly revenue as coal sales dropped by about 2 million tons. Revenue fell to $742.2 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from $791.3 million a year earlier. However, the company's net loss narrowed to $97.2 million, or 46 cents per share, from $128.4 million, or 61 cents per share.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Investors stung by plunging oil prices and energy stocks may find relief right around the corner: A Republican-led U.S. Senate could well jump-start energy-friendly policies that would shore up the beaten-down sector. Now, those with a stake in the sector hope a Republican Senate takeover will lead to reform of export laws, speed up approval of...

  • Oct 28- Pfizer Inc reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results, helped by growing sales of its cancer drugs and demand for its medicines in emerging markets, but did not signal any acquisition plans in the wake of its recent failed efforts to buy rival British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc. Excluding special items, Pfizer earned 57 cents per share.

  • LONDON, Oct 28- Brent crude oil rose above $86 a barrel on Tuesday, after dipping close to $85 earlier in the day, supported by a rally in European equities and a fall in the U.S. dollar. "We see the market being fairly stable this week and I think we are within $5 of a longer-term floor," Petromatrix oil analyst Olivier Jakob said. Brent crude for December was up 50 cents at...

  • Ball bearing maker Timken posts quarterly loss Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 7:49 AM ET

    Oct 28- Timken Co, a maker of ball bearings and gearboxes, reported a quarterly loss, hurt by a charge related to the restructuring of its aerospace unit. The net loss attributable to the company was $14.8 million, or 16 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with net income of $52.2 million, or 54 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Coach, founded in 1941 in a loft in Manhattan, has been ramping up efforts to boost sales in Asia and Europe as it loses ground in its biggest market, North America. The company has been struggling to match the phenomenal growth of rivals Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. and Kate Spade& Co in the past few quarters in North America due to the rising popularity of their trendy...

  • LONDON, Oct 28- BP said on Tuesday it was told by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission it was closing its probe into anticompetitive practices in oil price reporting and assessment, but other regulators were still investigating. European Commission officials in May 2013 raided the offices of oil majors BP, Shell and Statoil as part of a probe into suspected...

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise ahead of data, Twitter tumbles Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 28- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday ahead of data on industrial production, home prices and consumer confidence and as the Federal Reserve prepared to begin a two-day meeting on monetary policy. *A busy economic schedule includes September data on durable goods at 8:30 a.m., S&P/Case-Shiller home prices for August at 9:00 a.m. and at...

  • *Kiev in dire need of cash to pay gas bills. KIEV, Oct 28- Ukraine is unlikely to receive a second tranche of a $17- billion loan programme from the International Monetary Fund this year as expected, Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak said on Tuesday, in the latest economic blow to the debt-ridden country. Ukraine, which has been fighting pro-Russian separatists...

  • OSLO, Oct 28- Big oil and gas finds in waters along Europe's northern edge may remain undeveloped now that oil prices have dropped, keeping potential supply of over a billion barrels of oil equivalent out of the market for the foreseeable future. Projects such as Statoil's $15.5 billion Johan Castberg in the Barents Sea and smaller finds by Shell, OMV and others...

  • Oct 28- TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, the biggest U.S. discount broker as measured by client trades, said its quarterly profit rose 5.5 percent as it reported a rise in net new assets. The company's net income rose to $211 million, or 38 cents per share, for the fourth quarter ended Sept. 30, from $200 million, or 36 cents per share a year earlier. Net revenue rose 12 percent to...

  • LONDON, Oct 28- The Swedish crown hit a four-year low against the dollar and a four-month trough against the euro on Tuesday after Sweden's central bank surprised investors by cutting interest rates to a record low of zero percent. Riksbank chief Stefan Ingves said the central bank is ready to take unconventional measures that analysts said could include...