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  • *Apple falls short of earnings expectations. After the close of trading, Apple Inc, the most valuable public company in the United States, posted quarterly earnings that fell short of expectations. Apple's earnings per share came in at $8.67, compared with Wall Street's estimate for $8.75 a share.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- U.S. stock index futures fell on Thursday after Apple's quarterly profit missed Wall Street's expectations. S&P 500 futures fell 8.2 points and were below fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract.

  • Kremlin dismisses talk Putin has back trouble

    MOSCOW, Oct 25- The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed talk that Russian President Vladimir Putin has a back problem that prompted him to postpone foreign visits and might require surgery. Putin, who began a six-year presidential term in May and turned 60 on Oct. 7, was seen to be limping at an Asia-Pacific summit in the Pacific port of Vladivostok in early September.

  • Oct 25- Shares of online streaming music service Pandora Media closed down 12 percent on a report that Apple Inc was in serious talks with major music labels to start an advertising-supported internet radio service by early next year.

  • In testimony, Romney was skeptical of Staples

    CANTON, Mass.-- In newly unsealed testimony related to Staples founder Tom Stemberg's divorce, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he was initially skeptical of the idea for Staples, the office supply chain he lauds as a business success story that he helped create.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- KLA-Tencor Corp posted fiscal first-quarter revenue below expectations as chipmakers, worried about the economy, held off on new orders of manufacturing equipment. KLA-Tencor said first-quarter revenue was $721 million, compared with $796 million in the year-ago period.

  • *Euro falls as Spain bailout uncertainty continues to weigh.

  • *Stronger than expected UK growth supports risk-on trade. *Treasury sells $29 billion in seven-year notes. ``Today's auction was pretty lackluster,'' said Kim Rupert, managing director of global fixed income analysis at Action Economics in San Francisco.

  • *CEOs demand Congress find debt solution. WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Chief executives of more than 80 big U.S. corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Cisco Systems and Boeing, joined forces to press Congress to reduce the federal deficit in a rare show of broad corporate unity.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- Inc reported weak quarterly results on Thursday as the world's largest Internet retailer spent heavily and suffered from an economic slowdown in Europe. Amazon shares fell more than 5 percent to $211 in after-hours trading following the results.

  • *Dow up 0.2 pct, S&P 500 up 0.3 pct, Nasdaq up 0.2 pct. There were a few bright spots, such as Procter& Gamble, which rose 2.9 percent to $70.07 after reporting stronger-than-expected results. The broad S&P 500 has declined 3.6 percent over the previous five sessions.

  • TORONTO, Oct 25- McDonald's Corp will start selling ground coffee in major Canadian stores in November, in a new challenge to rivals like Starbucks Corp and Dunkin Donuts. The coffee, priced at C $6.99 for 340 grams, launches as McDonald's steps up its expansion in Canada, after holding back for more than five years. McDonald's has about 1,400 outlets in Canada.

  • *Stronger than expected UK growth supports risk-on trade. *Treasury sells $29 billion in seven-year notes. ``Today's auction was pretty lackluster,'' said Kim Rupert, managing director of global fixed income analysis at Action Economics in San Francisco.

  • Pussy Riot got what they deserved - Putin

    NOVO OGARYOVO, Russia, Oct 25- President Vladimir Putin flatly rejected on Thursday Western criticism of the imprisonment of the Pussy Riot punk protest band, saying its three female members deserved their fate because they threatened the moral foundations of Russia.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Industrial machinery maker Gardner Denver Inc is exploring a sale and has drawn initial interest from several major private equity firms, according to people familiar with the matter, in a deal that would top $3 billion.

  • *Conoco 2012 spending seen at $15.5 billion- $16 billion. Oct 25- ConocoPhillips and Occidental Petroleum Corp reported quarterly results that topped Wall Street estimates as they produced more oil and gas than expected, even as lower prices hurt profits.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc agreed to pay $95 million to U.S. government agencies to settle civil allegations that it illegally marketed drugs for unapproved uses, the U.S. Justice Department said on T hur sday.

  • Oct 25- The New York Times Co posted worse-than-expected results on Thursday as advertisers cut spending on both print and digital outlets, sending its shares down 22 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- U.S. stocks eked out small gains on Thursday in another uninspiring session on Wall Street, with worries about weak business spending keeping investors wary. Based on the latest available data, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 26.34 points, or 0.20 percent, to end unofficially at 13,103.68.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Microsoft Corp launched its new Windows 8 operating system and Surface tablet on Thursday in a bid to revive interest in its flagship product and regain ground lost to Apple Inc and Google Inc in mobile computing.