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  • Estee Lauder profit falls 24 pct Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    Nov 4- U.S. cosmetics company Estee Lauder Cos Inc reported a 24 percent fall in first-quarter profit, hurt by lower sales as some retailers advanced orders in the fourth quarter ahead of a planned technology upgrade. Net income attributable to Estee Lauder fell to $228.1 million, or 59 cents per share, in the first quarter ended Sept. 30, from $300.7 million, or 76...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- Alibaba Group Holding was by far the most active stock of Tuesday's premarket session, with almost 2 million shares changing hands after the Chinese e-commerce giant reported its first quarterly results as a public company. Alibaba posted revenue growth of 53.7 percent. Office Depot Inc climbed 13 percent to $5.75 before the bell after the...

  • LONDON, Nov 4- Imperial Tobacco Group said it would raise its dividend by at least 10 percent in the next year, signalling confidence that cost cuts will help it to cope with weak consumer spending and higher taxes that weighed on its annual profit. The company also recently floated a portion of its logistics business, Logista, on the Spanish stock exchange, raising...

  • Nov 4- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc cut the top end of its full-year sales forecast for its blockbuster eye drug and reported a lower-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit, citing higher costs. Regeneron's net profit fell to $79.7 million, or 70 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $141.3 million, or $1.25 per share, a year earlier.

  • *Japan stimulus effects still felt in market. LONDON, Nov 4- European shares were mixed and core bonds outperformed on Tuesday after the European Commission cut its growth forecasts, offsetting a positive string of company earnings as oil prices extended their fall. Meanwhile, U.S. equity futures were down 0.1 percent on election day, as Republicans were poised...

  • STOCKHOLM, Nov 4- Securitas, the world's second-biggest security services firm, cut its forecast on Tuesday for costs related to U.S. healthcare reform, a further boost as it posted profit-beating quarterly profit. Securitas now sees staff costs in the United States, its biggest market, rising only 4-5 percent because of an obligation from 2015 to offer health...

  • The company forecast earnings of $1.31 to $1.34 per share on revenue of $1.27 billion to $1.30 billion. Analysts on average were expecting earnings of $1.34 per share on revenue of $1.30 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The company's net income rose to $206.9 million, or $1.00 per share in the quarter ended Sept. 27, from $145.8 million, or 71 cents per...

  • BEIJING, Nov 4- Alibaba Group Holding, posted net profit well below estimates even as revenues rose in the Chinese e-commerce giant's first quarterly report to Wall Street since its record-setting $25 billion listing. Net income attributable to shareholders fell 38.6 percent year on year to $494 million in its second quarter to Sept. 30, underperforming...

  • *Index cuts gains after European Commission forecasts. LONDON, Nov 4- European shares surrendered early gains on Tuesday after the European Commission cut its growth forecast for the euro zone and said the currency bloc will need another year to reach even a modest level of growth. "There is still nervousness in the market about the euro zone's economic outlook,"...

  • Nov 4- Office supply retailer Office Depot Inc reported its first quarterly profit after three quarters of losses, and raised its full-year adjusted operating income forecast. Net income attributable to common shareholders was $29 million, or 5 cents per share, for the third quarter ended Sept. 27, compared with $133 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier,...

  • Nov 4- Burger King Worldwide Inc reported its highest quarterly growth in North America same-restaurant sales in two years, driven by the reintroduction of Chicken Fries and strong sales of the BBQ Bacon Whopper burger. The company, which is acquiring Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons Inc, said North America same-restaurant sales rose 3.6 percent in the third...

  • *Norway's crown, Canadian dollar at five-year lows on oil slide. LONDON, Nov 4- The dollar slipped against the yen and the euro on Tuesday after a week of gains drove the U.S. currency to its highest since 2010, while Norway's crown and Canada's dollar sank as world oil prices fell. The Aussie and New Zealand dollars were the biggest movers, bolstered by a steady...

  • Motorola Solutions reports lower Q3 revenue Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    Nov 4- Motorola Solutions Inc, which makes walkie-talkies and radio systems, reported a 5.3 percent fall in quarterly revenue due to lower sales in North America and the Asia-Pacific region. The company's net income fell to $147 million, or 59 cents per share, for the third quarter ended Sept. 27 from $307 million, or $1.16 per share, a year earlier.

  • Priceline's profit gets boost from increased travel Tuesday, 4 Nov 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    Nov 4- Online travel agency Priceline Group Inc reported a nearly 28 percent rise in quarterly profit as increased summer travel boosted hotel and airline bookings. The owner of travel websites Priceline.com, Booking.com and Kayak.com said net profit available to common shareholders rose to $1.06 billion, or $20.03 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept....

  • Nov 4- Medical equipment maker Becton Dickinson& Co reported better-than-expected profit and revenue, helped by strong sales in its diabetes care and drug-delivery businesses. Becton said it expected adjusted earnings from continuing operations to be between $6.76 and $6.83 per share for the year ending September 2015. Net income rose to $301 million, or...

  • Nov 4- Discovery Communications Inc, owner of channels such as Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, reported a 14 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by a 32 percent jump in international sales. Net income available to the company rose to $280 million, or 41 cents per share, in the three months ended Sept. 30, from $255 million, or 35 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Spain's largest bank by market value weathered the worst of the financial crisis and property market crash at home through earnings overseas, though a faltering economy in Brazil, one of its biggest income drivers, has weighed recently. Now under the direction of Ana Botin, who was appointed as chairwoman in September after the death of her father, Emilio, the...

  • *Vitol CEO expects serious talks on cut at OPEC meeting. *OPEC needs to cut 1.5 mbpd, 50:50 chance of cut- Mercuria CEO. OPEC members Kuwait and Iran have also said a cut in production at the Nov. 27 OPEC meeting was unlikely.

  • The company has been playing hard ball on agreeing to contract renewals with media companies such as CBS Corp and Time Warner Inc's Turner Broadcasting. Dish, which has about 14 million pay-TV users, is also at odds with CBS Corp over the monthly price per subscriber for the CBS channel. Net income attributable to Dish fell to $145.5 million, or 31 cents per share, in...

  • Nov 4- The U.S. government is suing Southwest Airlines Co to recover a fine levied on the carrier following an earlier investigation that showed the company did not comply with regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. The FAA investigated 44 Southwest- operated Boeing 737 aircraft serviced by Aviation Technical Services Inc, an aircraft repair...