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  • *P&G profit of $1.06/ share tops expectations of 96 cents. Oct 25- Procter& Gamble Co's profit rose more than expected, indicating that the world's largest household products company is making progress in cutting costs and giving Chief Executive Bob McDonald a little relief after months of pressure.

  • Varian Medical shares rise on positive 3Q earnings Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:11 PM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Shares of Varian Medical Systems Inc. jumped 13 percent in afterhours trading Thursday after the company reported a 20 percent rise in its fourth-quarter profit fueled by higher device sales. Varian reported net income of $120.2 million, or $1.08 per share, up from $101 million, or 87 cents per share, in the prior year period.

  • 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.

  • VeriSign 3Q profit rises on higher revenue Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:03 PM ET

    RESTON, Va.-- VeriSign Inc., which registers domain names on the Internet, said Thursday that third-quarter profit rose 32 percent, topping expectations. VeriSign's shares lost 9 cents to $46.60 in regular trading, then dropped $7.10, or 15.2 percent, to $39.50 in after-hours trading after the earnings report and update on the registry agreement.

  • *Eyes on next week's Bank of Japan policy meeting. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Gold rose above $1,700 an ounce on Thursday, a day after it fell under that, in reaction to encouraging United Kingdom GDP growth data and expectations the Bank of Japan will further loosen its monetary policy.

  • Columbia Sportswear 3Q net income dips Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:01 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.-- Outdoor clothing maker Columbia Sportswear Co. said Thursday its third-quarter net income fell 5 percent, hurt by weakness in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT Oct 25 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 6:01 PM ET

    BEIRUT/ GENEVA- Syria's army command announced a ceasefire on Thursday to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha but said it reserved the right to respond to any rebel attack or moves to reinforce President Bashar al-Assad's armed foes.

  • Chief Executive Officer Stephen Chazen set a target of lowering costs to 2011 levels by the end of next year, zeroing in on those in the company's home state of California. The stock is down 13 percent so far in 2012, while Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp are up for that period.

  • CORRECTED-UPDATE 3-NY Times misses revs view Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:58 PM ET

    Wall St view EPS 8 cents. Oct 25- The New York Times Co reported worse-than-expected results on Thursday as advertisers cut spending on both print and digital outlets, sending shares down 16 percent.

  • Aeon to buy Carrefour's Malaysian business - Nikkei Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:57 PM ET

    Oct 26- Japanese retailer Aeon Co is set to acquire France- based Carrefour SA's Malaysian business for slightly more than 20 billion yen as part of its push into Southeast Asia, the Nikkei said. Carrefour made the announcement two years after it unsuccessfully tried to sell its operations in Singapore and Malaysia.

  • GM plans to bring Trax small SUV to Brazil Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:55 PM ET

    *Chevy Trax will enter Brazil next year as import-source. SAO PAULO, Oct 25- General Motors Co plans to bring its new Chevrolet Trax to Brazil in an effort to end the dominance its smaller U.S. rival Ford Motor Co has enjoyed in the small sport utility vehicle segment.

  • DeVry 1Q profit falls 44 percent Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:54 PM ET

    DOWNERS GROVE, Ill.-- DeVry Inc.' s fiscal first-quarter profit fell 44 percent on declining enrollment, but the for-profit education company beat market expectations. DeVry and other for-profit education companies have struggled for more than a year with the impact of new government regulations and increased scrutiny.

  • International Paper Q3 profit down by nearly half Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:52 PM ET

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- International Paper Co. said Thursday its third-quarter net income dropped by nearly half as it rang up charges for restructuring and for absorbing smaller rival Temple-Inland. Excluding special items and charges, International Paper said it earned $330 million, or 75 cents per share, in the latest quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- The monetary and fiscal policies in the United States are creating enormous risks and the Federal Reserve's actions in particular are now harming the economy, influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn said on Thursday.

  • Insurance co. apologizes for rift with Neb. deputy Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:51 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.-- An insurance company that canceled the homeowner's policy of a Nebraska sheriff's deputy because of his K-9 unit dog said Thursday it's looking to change its practices regarding police dogs.

  • IPC The Hospitalist 3Q earns up, but guides lower Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:50 PM ET

    NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.-- IPC The Hospitalist Company Inc. said Thursday that its net income rose 21 percent in the third quarter as it added more providers. Earnings in the July-September quarter came to $7.8 million, or 46 cents per share, from $6.5 million, or 38 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • Oct 25- International Business Machines Corp disclosed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday that it has received communications from the U.S. Commerce Department about a probe into ZTE Corp..

  • Meredith posts higher 1Q earnings, revenue Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:48 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Women's magazine publisher Meredith Corp. said Thursday that its fiscal first-quarter net income rose 15 percent as both circulation and ad revenue increased, thanks largely to recent acquisitions.

  • Synaptics 1Q net plunges Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:46 PM ET

    SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Touch-screen maker Synaptics Inc. said Thursday that its fiscal first-quarter net income fell by more than half on weak sales of screens for desktop computers.

  • U.S. education endowments post losses in fiscal 2012 Thursday, 25 Oct 2012 | 5:43 PM ET

    Among the institutions that have reported thus far, the highest return earned for the fiscal year ended June 30, was 15.8 percent and the lowest was a loss of 9.5 percent, according to data gathered from 463 institutions sponsored by Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers.