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  • *Starbucks raises outlook, U.S. sales beat expectation. *Dow down 0.3 pct, S&P 500 off 0.2 pct, Nasdaq down 0.2 pct.

  • Strategic Hotels CEO steps down Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 4:55 PM ET

    Geller, 64, had been CEO of Strategic Hotels since it was founded in 1997. He said that with the company's recent accomplishments and his second novel set to be published this month, it seemed to be an excellent time to hand over leadership to focus on a "myriad of other activities" in his life.

  • Cox sued for linking vending machine image, pot Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 4:54 PM ET

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- A company that makes medical vending machines sued a conservative lobbying group on Friday, claiming it was defamed when the group used an image of a machine during a news conference in opposition of Arkansas' medical marijuana ballot initiative.

  • Fierce finish: Romney, Obama sharpen closing lines Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 4:52 PM ET

    PATASKALA, Ohio-- Down to a fierce finish, President Barack Obama accused Mitt Romney of scaring voters with lies on Friday, while the Republican challenger warned grimly of political paralysis and another recession if Obama reclaims the White House. Obama backers shouted as the president campaigned in Ohio.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 2- Cocoa futures climbed on Friday, passing above technical support levels and bucking weakness in other commodities, as some exports were blocked and purchases in the main West African growing region were slow.

  • *U.S. grants Jones Act waivers to ease East Coast crunch. NEW YORK, Nov 2- Oil and gasoline futures fell on Friday on signs that disruptions to U.S. East Coast fuel supplies caused by super storm Sandy would ease soon, and on uncertainty about the upcoming U.S. election.

  • IRS extends deadlines for those hit by Sandy Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 4:49 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The IRS is extending filing and payment deadlines for taxpayers living in areas of Connecticut, New York and New Jersey affected by Superstorm Sandy.

  • Ala. utility crew returns home Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 4:47 PM ET

    DECATUR, Ala.-- An Alabama utility crew heading to New Jersey has returned home, claiming it had to affiliate with a union to help with the recovery effort after Superstorm Sandy. But union officials, a New Jersey utility company and the governor say they were are mistaken.

  • BOGOTA, Nov 2- Colombia's markets regulator said on Friday it was taking administrative control of the country's biggest stock brokerage when it failed to make a bank payment, while policymakers reassured investors their money was safe.

  • Hedge fund masters flunk money-making test Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 4:39 PM ET

    Pierre Henri-Flamand, the ex- Goldman Sachs trader turned founder, blamed ``unprecedented market conditions''. Greg Coffey, one of the industry's best known figures, decided to retire early and liquidate one of his funds at Moore Capital, sources said earlier this month.

  • *Dollar on pace for best week in 3-1/ 2 months vs yen. NEW YORK, Nov 2- The dollar rose to a more than six-month peak against the yen and a three-week high versus the euro on Friday after data showed the U.S. economy created more jobs than expected last month.

  • Nov 1- New York's Metropolitan Transporation Authority on Thursday quelled some market concerns that its already strapped finances could be further strained by cleanup costs after the massive storm Sandy flooded streets and subways.

  • Nov 2- Ally Financial Inc, the auto lender 74 percent- owned by the U.S. government, posted a third-quarter profit compared with a year-ago loss, helped by its car-loan and mortgage businesses. The Detroit- based company, once the auto lending arm of General Motors Co, said it earned $384 million in the quarter, compared with a loss of $210 million a year earlier.

  • Nov 2- Thomson Reuters Corp reported on Friday a 15 percent fall in operating profit because of declining revenue and higher costs at its division that serves the financial industry.

  • Waiver lasts through Nov. 13. WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The U.S. government issued a temporary blanket waiver on Friday of the Jones Act, which will allow foreign-flagged oil tankers from the Gulf of Mexico help supply the Northeast with fuel after Hurricane Sandy shut two New Jersey refineries.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 2- Looking for gas in places that have been hit hard by Sandy? Instead of waiting in line, go online. ``As soon as someone gives us a lead, they follow it and get there, and there's not always gas,'' says Michael Sandler, a lawyer who started the znjgas Twitter account earlier this year to monitor gas prices in his area.

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Nov 2- European banks will dominate the group of lenders required to hold extra capital to protect the global financial system, despite moves to shrink their businesses in response to the region's debt crisis. Eight are from the United States, and four are from Asia.

  • LIMA, Nov 2- Peru's constitutional court plans to require the government to finally honor land reform bonds it issued 40 years ago but in most cases never paid, a ruling that could be worth billions of dollars to bondholders in Peru and abroad.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The contentious U.S.- China trade relationship has been a major issue in the U.S. race for the White House, with President Barack Obama defending his record and Republican challenger Mitt Romney promising tougher tactics if elected.

  • Stocks sink as investors assess Sandy's damage Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 4:13 PM ET

    Stocks are ending sharply lower on Wall Street as investors assess the potential costs of Superstorm Sandy. AIG fell 7 percent, Genworth Financial 3 percent and Hartford Financial Services Group lost 3 percent. Two stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange.