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  • *Citi fired top Internet analyst and junior analyst. BOSTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 26- Citigroup fired its top Internet analyst, Mark Mahaney, and paid a $2 million fine to a Massachusetts regulator to settle charges that the bank improperly disclosed research on Facebook IPO and information on other tech companies.

  • New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland declared states of emergency to free up resources. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell urged residents in coastal areas to prepare to evacuate before the storm hits and advised others in the state to stock up on provisions needed to get through any disaster.

  • UPDATE 5-U.S. court rejects Argentina's debt fix Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 10:14 PM ET

    *Argentina says court battle not over; bond prices fall. Oct 26- A U.S. appeals court said Argentina improperly discriminated against bondholders who refused to take part in two massive debt restructurings, setting back the country's efforts to recover from a roughly $100 billion default a decade ago.

  • Cooper, Eaton shareholders approve $11.8 bln merger Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 10:08 PM ET

    Oct 26- Shareholders of electrical products makers Cooper Industries Plc and Eaton Corp approved the two companies' $11.8 billion merger on Friday, the companies said. Cooper Industries said 68 percent of its total outstanding shares were voted at a shareholder meeting, out of which 99.45 percent were in favor of the merger.

  • *Dow up 0.03 pct, S&P 500 down 0.1 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 26- U.S. stocks finished flat on Friday, recovering from moderate declines as bargain hunters rushed in to buy Apple, lifting it off its lows, and scooped up other stocks recently battered by disappointing results.

  • In shaky Syrian holiday truce, enemies eye victory Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:58 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 26- Lakhdar Brahimi's holiday truce may have saved Syrian lives on Friday, as government troops and rebels drew breath on several fronts- though dozens still shed blood on Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- The pharmacy company at the center of a deadly meningitis outbreak knew of contamination at its Framingham, Mass., facility as early as January but has no record of acting to safeguard the drugs prepared there, U.S. health officials said on Friday.

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 26- Mexico's central bank said on Friday it could tighten monetary policy soon for the first time in four years if inflation persists and price pressures do not abate.

  • FACTBOX-The wealthy behind U.S. presidential race Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:48 PM ET

    Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- Shares on major markets ended little changed on Friday as weak corporate earnings offset better U.S. economic data, though investors remained concerned about slowing global growth.

  • UPDATE 4-US court rejects Argentina debt fix Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 9:23 PM ET

    *Argentina says court battle not over; bond prices fall. Oct 26- A U.S. appeals court said Argentina improperly discriminated against bondholders who refused to take part in two massive debt restructurings, setting back the country's efforts to recover from a roughly $100 billion default a decade ago.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- Switzerland's biggest bank, UBS AG, is expected to cut up to 10,000 jobs, or 16 percent of its workforce, as it contends with shrinking revenue and rising capital requirements, a person familiar with the company said on F rid ay. The cuts would be among the biggest in banking history.

  • Oct 26- U.S. electric companies from Maine to Florida were bracing for heavy wind, rain and flooding that could take down power lines and threaten to close some East Coast nuclear plants early next week when Hurricane Sandy comes ashore.

  • Oct 26- A U.S. federal court has upheld a $520,000 arbitration ruling against Merrill Lynch that led to the firing- and rehiring- of three securities arbitrators.

  • *Dow up 0.03 pct, S&P 500 down 0.1 pct, Nasdaq up 0.1 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 26- U.S. stocks finished flat on Friday, recovering from moderate declines as bargain hunters rushed in to buy Apple and other stocks recently battered by disappointing results.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- U.S. economic growth accelerated in the third quarter as a last minute spurt in consumer spending and a surprise turnaround in government outlays offset the first cutback in business investment in more than a year.

  • *Declines to say directly if Spain should seek aid. Mexico will host finance ministers and central bankers from the bloc of advanced and developing countries next weekend at a meeting that is expected to focus heavily on Europe's ongoing debt crisis, with Spain tipped as the next country to seek aid.

  • Shares of Dean Foods Co spin-off closed at $16.75 after pricing at $17 on Thursday evening. Reuters reported late on Thursday that Mexico's Grupo Lala, Michael Foods and Apollo were eyeing the Morningstar business, which could be valued between $1 billion and $1.5 billion.

  • UBS to cut up to 10,000 jobs bankwide -source Friday, 26 Oct 2012 | 8:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 26- UBS AG, Switzerland's biggest bank, is expected to cut up to 10,000 jobs across the company as it contends with shrinking revenue and rising capital requirements, a person familiar with the company said.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threat to U.S. Ease Coast. NEW YORK, Oct 26- Brent oil rose a second day on Friday, recovering from an early decline as supportive U.S. economic data coupled with North Sea and Nigerian production problems yielded some relief from concerns about Spain and tepid global demand.