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  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October, a hopeful sign for the economic recovery and potentially an 11th hour boost for President Barack Obama's bid for re-election, even though the unemployment rate rose from near four-year lows.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and the jobless rate ticked higher as more workers restarted job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's reelection chances. Employers added 171,000 people to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.

  • Sector Snap: Online Travel Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 1:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of online travel companies soared Friday after both Priceline.com and TripAdvisor reported better-than-expected quarterly results. Priceline.com Inc.' s profit jumped 27 percent as customers made more travel bookings on its website.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 2- Apple fans lined up in several Asian and European cities to buy the iPad mini on Friday, but the device, priced above rival gadgets, drew smaller crowds than previous launches. Apple Inc's global gadget rollouts are typically high-energy affairs attracting droves of buyers who stand in line for hours.

  • Nov 2- Verizon Communications Inc said it expected fourth-quarter results to be hurt significantly due to superstorm Sandy and that it could not estimate the impact at this time.

  • Corporate Europe in pain as Q3 warnings pour in Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 1:09 PM ET

    LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Nov 2- From advertising and luxury goods to cars and heavy engineering, European industry is retrenching and abandoning its already modest growth targets, a worrying sign for investors who bought into the summer stock market rally.

  • Superstorm Sandy blows gasoil bubble away Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 1:09 PM ET

    *Stocks build in Europe as refinery maintenance ends. Middle distillates inventories, which include heating oil, diesel and jet, had been running at multi-year lows in both the United States and Europe- threatening to ramp up heating bills for households in the event of an early cold snap.

  • Orthofix paying $30M to settle kickbacks case Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 1:09 PM ET

    The Justice Department announced Friday that Orthofix International NV agreed to resolve claims that Blackstone Medical Inc., provided surgeons with travel and entertainment and sham consulting, royalty and research deals.

  • BOGOTA, Nov 2- Colombia's regulator said on Friday that it was taking administrative control over the country's biggest stock brokerage, Interbolsa, over a liquidity problem.

  • *LinkedIn shares jump after earnings. *S&P 500 up 7.8 pts, Dow up 32 pts, Nasdaq up 8.75 pts. S&P 500 futures rose 7.8 point and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration on the contract.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October, a hopeful sign for the economic recovery and potentially an 11th hour boost for President Barack Obama's bid for re-election, even though the unemployment rate rose from near four-year lows.

  • Nov 2- Ralph Lauren Corp on Friday reported lower quarterly earnings and reduced its full-year sales forecast because of its ongoing closures of locations in China and the discontinuation of its American Living brand, warning that the global economy is still threatening demand for its fashion items.

  • Ally posts $384M 3Q profit on absence of charges Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 11:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Government-controlled lender Ally Financial Inc. said Friday that it posted third-quarter net income of $384 million, reversing a loss in the same quarter last year, helped by the absence of losses related to its former mortgage business.

  • 7-Eleven completes purchase of Tetco assets Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 11:57 AM ET

    DALLAS-- 7- Eleven Inc. said Friday it completed the acquisition of Tetco Inc., which runs 163 convenience stores in Texas and Utah.

  • UPDATE 3-RBS faces fines to settle Libor probe Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 11:52 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 2- Royal Bank of Scotland faces fines for its part in a global interest rate setting scandal, a matter the bank said on Friday it was keen to settle as soon as possible.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 2- Russia's oil output hit a post-Soviet high in October as a beefed-up Rosneft, soon to be the world's biggest crude supplier, dug deeper into hard-to-reach fields.

  • Penske posts stronger-than-expected profit Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    Nov 2- Penske Automotive Group Inc, the No. 2 U.S. dealership group, on Friday posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by a 24 percent jump in retail sales of vehicles. Net income in the third quarter fell to $41 million, or 45 cents a share, compared with $55.7 million, or 61 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- European stocks flirted with two-week highs on Friday, supported by hopes a U.S. job report will reassure about the health of the world's biggest economy, opening the door to more gains.

  • Nov 2- Beam Inc posted a bigger-than-expected third-quarter profit on Friday, helped by strong demand for its bourbon, and said it still expected earnings to grow at a low double-digit percentage rate this year.

  • Nov 2- Och-Ziff Capital Management reported on Friday a higher quarterly profit which beat Wall Street's forecasts, as the investment manager paid lower taxes and cut compensation costs but earned higher performance fees on its hedge funds.