*PetroChina up, banking and real estate slip. China's major indexes broke a long-running streak as early gains led by index heavyweight PetroChina Co Ltd were offset by plunging real estate and banking shares. PetroChina was among top index boosts in Shanghai, climbing more than 6 percent at one point.» Read More
BRUSSELS-- So far, it's still a mystery. Was the killing of Nicholas Mockford, a 60- year-old executive for ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company, a car-jacking gone wrong?
LONDON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 26- Top oil companies in the western world are missing out on the full benefits of strong crude prices because of costly production outages and delays in bringing on new capacity, third-quarter results are set to show. ``Earnings are... down 13 percent year-on-year, worse than the 2 percent decrease in Brent prices- once again demonstrating the majors' poor margin capture in a strong commodity price environment and rising cost pressures,'' said Credit Suisse analysts in a note on the top European players.
MIDLAND, Mich.-- Dow Corning's third-quarter net income dropped 45 percent as polysilicon prices continued to fall because of industry oversupply and sales declined in Europe.
Both firms reported losses after the market close on Thursday, contributing to a sour trading session in Asia. "Strength in consumer spending remains an encouraging feature to today's report into the final quarter," said Andrew Wilkinson, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak& Co. "As they say, never write off the consumer."
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for December delivery was up 22 cents to $86.27 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 32 cents to finish at $86.05 a barrel in New York on Thursday. In London, Brent Crude was up 45 cents to $108.94 on the ICE Futures exchange.
LifePoint runs 56 hospitals in rural areas, up 10 percent from a year ago, in 19 states. Excluding one-time items, LifePoint said it earned 60 cents per share. LifePoint said its revenue will be between $3.35 billion to $3.4 billion.
DETROIT-- Toyota has widened its global sales lead over General Motors because its factories have recovered from last year's earthquake. Toyota could face a slowdown in the fourth quarter as sales fall in China. Anti-Japanese sentiment flared in China after Japan nationalized tiny islands in the East China Sea.
HONG KONG, Oct 26- Hong Kong shares snapped a ten-day winning streak on Friday, as the Hang Seng Index retreated from 2012 highs, dragged down by China Unicom's 7.6 percent slump after posting disappointing third quarter corporate earnings.
DETROIT-- Shares of used-car dealership chain Carmax Inc. could get a boost Friday from a Credit Suisse analyst's upgrade. CarMax's store base is rising from 110 to more than 300, one of the largest expansions in the retail business, Balter wrote.
NEW YORK-- Stock futures were mixed but recovered from sharp declines Friday after the government reported that economic growth during the third quarter was slightly better than expected thanks in part to stronger consumer spending. The Commerce Department reported that the economy expanded at 2 percent annual rate from July through September.
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-- Mineral producer Amcol International posted a 6 percent decline in net income for the third quarter, partially as a result of tough comparisons to a prior-year period boosted by the sale of some assets.
WALTHAM, Mass.-- ImmunoGen Inc. on Friday said that its fiscal first quarter loss widened 29 percent, as it spent more money developing its experimental drugs.
MAUMEE, Ohio-- Auto parts maker Dana Holding Corp. said Friday that its third-quarter net income sank by more than half, hurt by soft demand from North American commercial vehicle makers and South America.
ST. LOUIS-- Arch Coal Inc. said Friday that cost-control efforts helped boost its third-quarter results well above Wall Street expectations. Adjusted income was 20 cents per share, compared with a loss of 15 cents on revenue of $1.02 billion, according to FactSet.
LONDON-- Cynthia Carroll will step down as chief executive of mining company Anglo American PLC after almost six years in the job, the company announced Friday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- New Zealand says it will offer residency to all the military translators it employs in Afghanistan. Defense minister Jonathan Coleman on Friday announced New Zealand will offer resettlement packages to 23 Afghan interpreters and their immediate families, a total of about 73 people.
MEXICO CITY-- Laughter was a serious matter at a clown convention in the Mexican capital, where hundreds of the performers gathered this week to discover some of the secrets of making people laugh. The most important lesson at the four-day event was the difference between being a simple joker and a top-notch merry-maker.