After FedEx and UPS failed to deliver some presents in time for Christmas last year, the two package carriers improved their performance this holiday season. FedEx delivered more than 99 percent of express packages as promised on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23, according to shipment tracker ShipMatrix. The improved performance comes after delays by FedEx and UPS last year...» Read More
*Microsoft showcases new Windows Phones. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday demand for the company's new Windows 8 operating system, released to the public on Friday, was running at a higher rate than its last release, Windows 7..
Oct 29- U.S. stock and bond markets will be closed on Tuesday, as Hurricane Sandy forced Wall Street to shut down trading for at least a second straight day. NYSE Euronext and Nasdq OMX Group said they made their decision in consultation with industry executives and regulators, and intend to reopen Wednesday, conditions permitting.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it will take the rare step of considering a tax case, one with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake and broad implications for companies with businesses abroad an d for the Internal Revenue Service.
*SEC will seek more comments on Nasdaq's proposal. *SEC: more time needed to review ``legal and policy'' issues. WASHINGTON, Oct 29- U.S. securities regulators are taking a closer look at Nasdaq OMX's $62 million plan to compensate brokers who suffered losses from the exchange operator's botched handling of Facebook's initial public offering.
TORONTO, Oct 29- Production at General Motors Co's Oshawa, Ontario, plant slowed to a crawl on Monday as a strike at Lear Corp cut off supplies of car seats used in vehicles assembled there, the Canadian Auto Workers union said.
NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. gasoline and heating oil futures gained and U.S. Treasuries also rose on Monday, as economic worries over Hurricane Sandy fueled safe-haven buying in thin trading volume as the powerful storm began to batter the U.S. East Coast.
LISBON, Oct 29- Portugal's ruling coalition parties said on Monday they will not run against each other in next year's local elections, sending a signal of unity before Wednesday's vote on a tax-heavy draft 2013 budget aimed at meeting the country's bailout goals.
Oct 29- Anadarko Petroleum Corp on Monday reported a quarterly profit compared with a year-ago loss when the U.S. oil and gas company set aside funds to settle with BP Plc over its Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Oct 29- Burger King Worldwide Inc turned in stronger-than-expected U.S. and Canadian restaurant sales for the latest quarter- when rival McDonald's Corp posted its worst quarterly restaurant sales growth in nine years.
LONDON, Oct 29- Ex-trader Kweku Adoboli told a court on Monday his bosses at UBS, including senior executive Carsten Kengeter, had been pushing him to take more risks when he took positions that eventually cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion.
*Hurricane Sandy hits U.S. East Coast. NEW YORK, Oct 29- Gold edged lower on Monday on worries about the global economy, and trading was far below normal as a monster hurricane began battering the U.S. East Coast and exchanges were shut in New York. CME Group Inc. closed the COMEX/NYMEX trading floor while keeping its Globex electronic platform running.
*Guardian Care Homes says wrongly sold interest rate swaps. LONDON, Oct 29- Barclays became the first bank to be ordered to stand trial in a British court over damages stemming from manipulation of the Libor interest rate after a High Court ruling on Monday.
*U.S. East Coast refineries shutting ahead of hurricane. *Hurricane expected to hit U.S. East Coast later Monday. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. gasoline futures rallied even as Brent crude seesawed and U.S. crude retreated on Monday as over two-thirds of the East Coast refining sector shut down ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
TOKYO, Oct 29- Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest investment bank, posted its fourth straight quarterly profit on Monday as an upswing in its fixed income operations helped it counter weak equity markets and the fallout from an insider trading probe.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday sales of the company's new Windows 8 operating system, released to the public on Friday, were running at a higher rate than its last release, Windows 7..
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 29- Arabica coffee futures trading on ICE turned higher after hitting a four-month low on Monday, on concern about possible flooding in areas where stocks are stored on the U.S. East Coast and as the market approached a key support level.
Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy, located about 110 miles southeast of Atlantic City, New Jersey, and about 175 miles south-southeast of New York City, is expected to make landfall early Monday evening, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest bulletin. ``Sandy is now moving toward the northwest near 28 miles per hour.
DETROIT, Oct 29- Chrysler Group LLC posted an 80 percent rise in quarterly net income on Monday on the back of stronger new vehicle sales, continuing the U.S. automaker's comeback from its 2009 bankruptcy. Chrysler, majority owned by Italy's Fiat SpA, also reaffirmed its outlook for the year.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Google Inc unveiled a larger version of its Nexus-branded tablet computer on Monday, and updated its mobile gadget and online content offerings as competition with Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp heats up ahead of the holiday sales season.
WASHINGTON- With one week left in the tight battle for the White House, it's all about the vital swing state of Ohio. MADRID/ ROME- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy kept financial markets guessing on Monday over whether he will seek a credit line from the euro zone's rescue fund but said he would do so ``when I think it is in the interests of Spain''.