TOKYO, May 23- The Nikkei average trimmed gains after hitting a 5-1/ 2- year high on Thursday after factory activity in China, one of Japan's major export markets, shrank for the first time in seven months in May. 15,662.95 after falling as much as 0.6 percent at one point on the back of the China HSBC flash PMI data. "» Read More
*At least 93 dead, cost estimated at up to $50 billion. NEW YORK/ SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J., Nov 1- Rescuers searched flooded homes for survivors, drivers lined up for hours to get scarce gasoline and millions remained without power on Thursday as New York City and nearby towns struggled to recover from one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States.
*Quebec- based plant makes parts for rail cars. *Customers include New Jersey, Chicago transit groups. Nov 1- Some 330 workers at a Quebec- based rail-car factory belonging to Bombardier Inc, the world's biggest train-maker, went on strike on Thursday over outsourcing and pension fund issues, the company and union said.
Nov 1- Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday, as overall sales at its established coffee shops topped analysts' estimates, and it raised its forecast for fiscal 2013.. Starbucks shares rose 6 percent in after-market trading.
*Dow up 1 pct, S&P 500 up 1.1 pct, Nasdaq up 1.4 pct. NEW YORK, Nov 1- The S&P 500 scored its best day in seven weeks on Thursday as bullish consumer confidence and private-sector jobs data gave investors reason to cheer following superstorm Sandy's devastating sweep through the U.S.
Nov 1- Professional social network LinkedIn Corp beat Wall Street's third-quarter profit and revenue targets on Thursday and raised its full-year revenue forecast. LinkedIn said it posted net income of $2.3 million, or 2 cents a share, during the three months ended Sept. 30, compared with a net loss of $1.6 million, or 2 cents a share, in the year-ago period.
NEW YORK, Nov 1- Commodities rose broadly on Thursday as markets tried to regain a sense of normalcy after a storm devastated the economically key U.S. East Coast, but oil prices were mixed on varying reactions to economic data.
*Buys private oil company with assets in Utah's Uinta Basin. CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 1- Crescent Point Energy Corp, Canada's No. 4 independent oil-exploration company, said on Thursday it will buy privately held oil and gas producer Ute Energy Upstream Holdings LLC for $784 million in cash to gain oil production in the Uinta basin in northern Utah.
BOSTON, Nov 1- Massachusetts adopted new regulations on Thursday that it said will allow it to keep a closer eye on compounding pharmacies, a class of drug supplier linked to the U.S. meningitis outbreak that has so far killed 29 people.
Nov 1- Engineering company Fluor Corp reported on Thursday a rise in quarterly profit but said there was a decline in its backlog of work due to mining project cancellations, and gave an outlook for 2013 that was short of analysts' estimates.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 1- First Solar Inc, the biggest U.S. solar panel maker, on Thursday posted a 55 percent drop in third-quarter net earnings due to restructuring charges and lower revenue.
WASHINGTON, Nov 1- The federal government will cover 100 percent of emergency power and public transportation costs through Nov. 9 for the areas of New York and New Jersey that were hit hard by superstorm Sandy, officials said on Thursday.
MEXICO CITY, Nov 1- World finance chiefs this weekend will press the United States on how it can prevent its fiscal problems from hitting the global economy and will seek reassurance from Europe that it has a grip on its debt crisis.
Nov 1- Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday, as overall sales at its established coffee shops topped analysts' estimates, and it raised its forecast for fiscal 2013..
Nov 1- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term, citing the importance of his record on climate change, particularly in the aftermath of the devastating blow dealt to the New York area by storm Sandy.
Nov 1- DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc posted a higher quarterly profit, helped by the success of its latest movie `` Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'' in international markets. Net income rose to $24.4 million, or 29 cents per share, in the third quarter, from $19.7 million, or 23 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 16 percent to $186.3 million.
NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. stocks jumped 1 percent on Thursday as bullish consumer confidence and private-sector jobs data gave investors reason to cheer following superstorm Sandy's devastating sweep through the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 136.16 points, or 1.04 percent, to end unofficially at 13,232.62.
Nov 1- United Airlines said on Thursday it had taken delivery of its second 787 Dreamliner jet from Boeing, following a delay by the aircraft maker, and that another three 787 s due to arrive this year could also be delayed. Boeing said on Tuesday that delivery of at least two 787 jets for United was taking longer than expected.
Nov 1- Nearly 4.5 million homes and businesses in 12 U.S. states remained without power on Thursday afternoon, three days after Hurricane Sandy battered the U.S. East Coast, federal data showed. That was down about 200,000 from the 4.7 million customers the U.S. Department of Energy reported as being out earlier on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Nov 1- CACI International Inc's shares surged more than 7 percent on Thursday after the U.S. government contractor said it expects to continue to grow in its current fiscal year despite the challenging U.S. budget environment.
Nov 1- The following are the 20 top-selling vehicles in the U.S. in October of 2012 as reported by the automakers and ranked by total units. Top 20 selling vehicles in U.S. in October.