*Fighting has surged in eastern Ukraine. *Putin blames Kiev but could see gains. MOSCOW, Jan 28- Boxed into a corner by a financial crisis and the West's refusal to drop sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out fighting.» Read More
*Ford to move Southampton production to Turkey. LONDON/ DETROIT, Oct 25- Ford motor Co unleashed a second volley of European job cuts and plant closures on Thursday in a bid to halt regional losses that the automaker now expects to surpass $3 billion over two years.
Oct 25- General Motors Co said it will invest $450 million to expand production in Argentina and launch a new Chevrolet model in late 2015.. The new Chevrolet, which is slated to go into production at GM's Rosario plant in October 2015, will be sold in Argentina and exported to other markets in the region.
NEW YORK, Oct 25- Shares on major world markets edged up on mildly positive corporate earnings and economic data on Thursday, while the U.S. dollar rallied to a four-month high against the yen on expectations Bank of Japan will ease monetary policy next week. after the S&P500 index lost 3.6 percent in the past five days, but corporate results were not strong enough to inspire significant buying.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 25- Brazilian mining company Vale SA plans to sell underperforming assets to control costs and boost profit, executives said on Thursday, a day after reporting weak earnings and halting work on a giant iron ore mine in the West African nation of Guinea.
*Q3 FF0 $1.99/ share vs Street view $1.92. Oct 25- Simon Property Group Inc reported a 19 percent increase in a key earnings measure Thursday on higher rents and sales at its malls and outlet centers, easily beating estimates, and the real estate investment trust raised its outlook for the year.
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.
NEW YORK, Oct 25- A panel of judges explored the ramifications Thursday of a potential reversal of hedge fund tycoon Raj Rajaratnam's conviction as they heard arguments on whether FBI wiretap evidence should have been allowed at his insider-trading trial.
PARIS, Oct 25- France's prosecutor has asked an investigating judge to question jailed swindler Bernard Madoff and Swiss bank UBS as part of a probe of investor losses from Madoff's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme, a judicial source told Reuters.
GENEVA, Oct 25- Nigerian oil exports in December are expected reach the highest level since May, pointing to a swift recovery of production after floods knocked out a fifth of the output in the top African producer.
NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher on Thursday after seven straight sessions of losses, as the threat of Hurricane Sandy to East Coast gasoline and heating oil supplies lifted markets.
SAO PAULO, Oct 25- Brazil's banking sector will undergo profound changes over the next two years as government efforts to keep interest rates at record lows translate into lower credit costs and more competition, the head of the nation's largest foreign lender said on Thursday.
*At least three storm-related deaths in Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba. HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy swelled into a serious threat to much of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday after hammering Cuba's second-largest city and taking aim at the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.
Oct 25- United Continental Holdings Inc, the world's biggest airline, missed Wall Street estimates for third-quarter profit as revenue fell and expenses rose, sending its shares down nearly 4 percent on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Two influential U.S. senators on Thursday urged regulators to resolve any differences and finish writing a controversial ban on proprietary trading known as the Volcker rule.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Hospital operator HealthSouth Corp. reported a smaller third-quarter profit Thursday as expenses increased, though company results still beat Wall Street expectations. HealthSouth said revenue increased 7.9 percent to $537 million as the company treated 4.2 percent more patients in the quarter.
*Dow up 0.1 pct, S&P 500 up 0.2 pct, Nasdaq up 0.2 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Wall Street rose modestly on Thursday after the S&P 500' s worst five-day stretch since May, but economic figures and corporate results were not strong enough to inspire heavy buying.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.-- Months after the federal Indian Health Service said it was finalizing a policy that would make emergency contraception more accessible to American Indian women, advocates say they're still waiting.
*Adjusted loss 5 cents/ share vs Street view loss 7 cents. Oct 25- Fashion company Fifth& Pacific Cos Inc on Thursday said sales at its struggling Juicy Couture brand are improving so far this quarter and gave an encouraging holiday sales forecast for all three of its major brands, sending its shares up 11.4 percent.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- Yahoo Inc said on Thursday it bought a small, mobile start-up company in New York, marking one of new Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's first moves to revamp the struggling Web pioneer by acquiring outside products and technology.