HOUSTON, Jan 31- The United Steelworkers union issued notices of a possible strike to several U.S. refineries on Friday night as the current national contract was set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, sources familiar with the notices said on Saturday. The Exxon Mobil refinery in Beaumont, Texas, received a strike notice on Friday, according to a press release...» Read More
LOS ANGELES-- Occidental Petroleum saw third-quarter profit fall 22 percent as an increase in production was offset by lower oil and natural gas prices. Occidental reported net income of $1.38 billion, or $1.69 per share, in the quarter that ended Sept. 30.
The company also raised its 2012 outlook on Thursday to the top end of its previous forecast of $5.00 to $5.10 a share. The company said third-quarter earnings had risen to $499.2 million, or $1.47 per share, from $490.4 million, or $1.30 per share, a year earlier.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-- Agribusiness and food company Bunge Ltd.' s third-quarter net income more than doubled as revenue rose on strength in its agribusiness division. Bunge said Thursday that crop supplies need to approach record levels to rebuild stocks. For the period ended Sept. 30, earnings rose to $289 million, or $1.92 per share.
WASHINGTON-- Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. helped write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians, which downplayed the risks of the company's best-selling bone graft, according to a report by Senate investigators.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota's largest city is welcoming political figures, family and friends in town to mark the life and career of former Democratic U.S. senator and three-time presidential candidate George McGovern, a legend in state's political history who died Sunday at age 90..
LONDON-- UK police say officers have identified 300 potential victims of the late Jimmy Savile, the disgraced BBC entertainer now believed to be a predatory pedophile. The BBC has been rocked by allegations that Savile sexually abused underage teens over several decades, sometimes on BBC premises.
NEW YORK-- Hershey reported a 10 percent drop in third-quarter net income as one-time charges led to the first such decline in four quarters, but it raised its profit outlook for whole year. The maker of Reese's Pieces, Hershey's Kisses and Jolly Ranchers earned $176.7 million, or 77 cents per share in the three-month period ended Sept. 30.
South Africa's Chamber of Mines, representing mine owners, announced Thursday that it had agreed with the National Union of Mineworkers to raise gold miners' monthly salaries by up to 500 rand, in addition to a pay raise of up to 10 percent that miners got in July, weeks before wildcat strikes hit South Africa's platinum and gold mines.
SPRINTING AWAY: In the July to September period, Sprint Nextel Corp. lost subscribers for the first time in two and a half years. However, Sprint's network offers slower data downloads than the bigger rivals in most places. BOTTOM LINE: Sprint's loss widened to $767 million, or 26 cents per share.
BERLIN-- German authorities ordered a recall Thursday of some batches of Novartis flu vaccine as a precautionary measure after the company reported the appearance of small particles in the manufacturing process. Italy's health ministry banned the sale of four Novartis flu drugs on Wednesday.
HOUSTON-- Linn Energy LLC posted a $430 million loss for the third quarter on Thursday because of losses from commodity derivatives intended to reduce fluctuations in cash flow. The company said that without the hedging losses, it would have earned $89.8 million, or 45 cents per share.
LOS ANGELES-- Imax Corp. said Thursday its third-quarter profit jumped 79 percent, as the company installed its systems in more theaters and made more money from converting movies to the Imax format. The news pleased investors and Imax shares jumped in morning trading.
HAVANA- Hurricane Sandy, strengthening rapidly after crossing the warm Caribbean Sea, slammed into southeastern Cuba early on Thursday with 105 mph winds that cut power and blew over trees across the city of Santiago de Cuba.
HONG KONG, Oct 25- ZTE Corp, the world's fourth-biggest maker of mobile phones and fifth-ranked telecommunications equipment manufacturer, reported a $310 million net loss for July-September, its first quarterly loss, as margins thinned, overseas projects were delayed and it made accounting changes at home in China.
AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson said people who held onto their cars through the Great Recession in 2008 and 2009 now have to make a choice between sinking thousands into repairing old vehicles or buying new ones.
SPRING, Texas-- Investigators say a man suspected of trying to steal copper wire has been found dead at an electrical substation near Houston. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office on Thursday said investigators believe 37- year-old Harold Gene Schneider was electrocuted in the theft process.
Oct 25- Aetna Inc., the third-largest U.S. health insurer, reported a higher quarterly profit on Thursday as it reached its 2012 goal of 18.2 million members ahead of schedule and kept costs down. It previously had forecast $5.00 to $5.10.