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SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Touch-screen maker Synaptics Inc. said Thursday that its fiscal first-quarter net income fell by more than half on weak sales of screens for desktop computers.
Among the institutions that have reported thus far, the highest return earned for the fiscal year ended June 30, was 15.8 percent and the lowest was a loss of 9.5 percent, according to data gathered from 463 institutions sponsored by Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
Any setback for degludec- which Novo plans to market under the brand name Tresiba- would be good news for rivals Sanofi and Eli Lilly. ``Given the known concerns of the FDA towards cardiovascular risk from new diabetes drugs, today's statement is likely to create volatility in the Novo Nordisk share price,'' Deutsche Bank analyst Tim Race said in a research note.
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.
*McKesson reports Q2 adj EPS $1.92 vs est $1.78. Oct 25- U.S. drug wholesaler McKesson Corp struck a deal to buy medical products distributor PSS World Medical for $1.46 billion to boost scale and margins in its surgical devices supply business as medical procedure volumes fall.
DETROIT, Oct 25- J.D. Power and Associates and LMC Automotive on Thursday raised their forecast for 2012 U.S. auto sales to 14.4 million vehicles, from the previous forecast of 14.3 million, as the auto industry continues to recover from its downturn three years ago.
GOLETA, Calif.-- Shoppers are tugging off their Uggs, and the maker of the sheepskin boots said Thursday that profit fell 31 percent in its most recent quarter, and slashed its outlook for the end of the year. The warning from Deckers Outdoor Corp., which also sells Teva shoes and sandals, comes just as the all-important holiday season kicks off.
CLEANED UP: Procter& Gamble posted the biggest gain of any Dow stock. PulteGroup fell 44 cents to $17.01. Toll Brothers dropped $1.04 to $34.21.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.-- BJ's Restaurants Inc. said Thursday that its net income rose 8 percent in the third quarter on strengthening sales. The restaurant chain reported net income of $6.84 million, or 24 cents per share, for the quarter that ended Oct. 2. That compares with net income of $6.34 million, or 22 cents per share, in the same period last year.
*McDonald's taking on Tim Hortons in Canada. TORONTO, Oct 25- McDonald's Corp has stepped up its expansion in Canada again after holding back for more than five years and the fast food chain's Canadian chief sees the potential for a much larger footprint across the country. McDonald's has about 1,400 outlets in Canada.
LONDON, Oct 25- Miner Anglo American posted increased production in five of its seven key commodities including copper, as it braces for the full impact of crippling South African strikes that have ratcheted up pressure on a management team already under fire.
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-- Shares of Cerner Corp. soared in after-hours trading Thursday after the health care information management company said its third quarter net income increased 25 percent as bookings rose. Cerner predicted fourth-quarter revenue of $670 million to $700 million, and adjusted profit of 62 to 64 cents per share.
*Dow up 0.1 pct, S&P 500 up 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Wall Street edged up on Thursday, retreating from session highs as investors were wary of betting aggressively after the S&P 500' s worst five-day stretch since May and the data sent more tepid signals on the economy.
*Landfall anywhere from mid-Atlantic to Canada. Oct 25- As Hurricane Sandy makes its way toward the eastern seaboard of the United States, disaster experts and meteorologists warn that the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states face dangerous winds and heavy rains that could trigger flooding in the coming days.
WASHINGTON-- All the spare parts appear to be coming together to create what forecasters are calling "Frankenstorm," a monster combination of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow that could cause havoc along the East Coast just before Halloween next week. Hurricane Sandy, having blown through Haiti and Cuba on Thursday, continues to barrel north.
THE SENTENCE: A two-year prison sentence for insider trading at the height of the 2008 economic crisis, by a man who was once one of the nation's most respected business executives, is a fifth of the 10 years requested by the government and well below sentencing guidelines.
Procter& Gamble was the biggest gainer in the Dow after the consumer products company, whose products include Tide, Gillette and Charmin, reported earnings that beat analysts' expectations. The S&P 500 is down 20.22 points, or 1.4 percent. The S&P 500 is up 155.37 points, or 12.4 percent.
John Wiley& Sons has completed its $220 million acquisition of online education provider Deltak.edu, the publisher disclosed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. Deltak.edu LLC is based outside of Chicago and had $54 million in revenue for the year ended Sept. 30. Shares of John Wiley& Sons rose 21 cents to $43.09 Thursday.
*At least three storm-related deaths in Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy grew into a major potential threat to the east coast of the United States on Thursday after hammering Cuba's second-largest city and taking aim at the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.
*Dominion to shut Kewaunee reactor in Wisconsin next year. The three plants Richmond, Virginia- based Dominion is looking to sell are the 1,536- megawatt Brayton Point coal, natural gas and oil-fired plant in Massachusetts; the 1,158- MW Kincaid coal plant in Illinois; and the company's 50 percent stake in the 1,424- MW Elwood gas plant in Illinois.