SINGAPORE, March 4- U.S. crude held on to overnight gains to stay above $50 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and a rise in Saudi oil prices. *Saudi Arabia raised the official selling prices for its oil deliveries to Asia and the United States on Tuesday, in the latest signal OPEC's largest exporter is seeing signs of...» Read More
The more than 1 billion pounds of oilfield waste produced this year is roughly weight of the sunflower harvest in North Dakota, which is the nation's top sunflower producer.
BOSTON-- Shares of property insurers fell more sharply than the broader market on Friday as investors weighed the potential for heavy damages from Hurricane Sandy, which was heading north from Haiti and Cuba toward the East Coast.
REASSURING RESULTS: Drugmaker Merck posted a 2 percent increase in third-quarter profit, at $1.7 billion. It had generated $5.5 billion a year. THE NUMBERS: Adjusted net income was $2.9 billion, or 95 cents per share, 2 cents more than expected.
SAN DIEGO-- Cymer Inc. said Friday that its third-quarter net income fell 13 percent as higher expenses, mainly for research and development, outpaced a slight revenue increase. Cymer's operating costs rose 21 percent from a year earlier to $62.7 million. Shares of Cymer climbed 49 cents to $79.66 in midday trading.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Cabot Oil& Gas Corp. jumped to a new high Friday after the company reported better-than-expected third-quarter net income, helped by higher oil production and prices.
WASHINGTON-- The government's snapshot Friday of the U.S. economy's growth will be its last before Americans choose a president in 11 days. And it would give Mitt Romney's team evidence to argue that the economy is growing at an unacceptably subpar pace. "We are stuck in this half-speed growth mode," said David Wyss, an economics professor at Brown University.
*BOJ seen cutting econ forecasts, easing on Oct. 30. TOKYO, Oct 26- Japan's core consumer prices fell for the fifth straight month in the year to September, showing the economy remained mired in deflation and keeping the pressure on the central bank to do more to achieve its inflation target.
*Shares up 24 pct YTD; Seoul mkt up 5 pct; Apple up 52 pct. Samsung, reporting its results just hours after main rival Apple Inc, did not detail its third-quarter smartphone shipments, though these are estimated to have soared to 58 million. Apple said it shipped 26.9 million iPhones in July-September It launched its latest iPhone 5 on Sept. 21.
*Capital investment falls on weak Europe, China demand. SEOUL, Oct 26- South Korea's economic growth almost halted in the third quarter as hesitant and indebted consumers were unable to make up for steep spending cuts by companies on declining exports to Europe and China.
*Dean Foods' Morningstar draws strategic, PE interest. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Dean Foods Co's Morningstar business has attracted takeover interest from Michael Foods and Mexican dairy company Grupo Lala, people familiar with the matter said, in a deal that could be valued in the $1 billion to $1.5 billion range.
NEW YORK, Oct 25- The so-called fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and tax rises set to occur on Jan. 1 if Congress fails to act before then will be the most important issue facing the next U.S. president after the election, BlackRock Chief Executive Laurence Fink said on Thursday, citing a ``very strong risk'' of another U.S. ratings downgrade.
WASHINGTON, Oct 25- China has lost $3.79 trillion over the past decade in money smuggled out of the country, a massive amount that could weaken its economy and create instability, according to a new report.
Samsung, reporting its results just hours after main rival Apple Inc, did not detail its third-quarter smartphone shipments, though these are estimated to have soared to 58 million. Apple said it shipped 26.9 million iPhones in July-September It launched its latest iPhone 5 on Sept. 21.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand-- New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra is launching a fund on the New Zealand and Australian stock markets worth at least 500 million New Zealand dollars. Fonterra chairman Henry van der Heyden says the listing will provide the cooperative with capital security while preserving 100 percent farmer control and ownership.
*Amazon spending heavily on warehouses, Kindle technology, cloud business. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- Amazon.com Inc reported its first quarterly net loss in more than five years on Thursday as the world's largest Internet retailer spent heavily and suffered from an economic slowdown in Europe.
TOKYO, Oct 26- Japan's core consumer prices fell 0.1 percent in the year to September, down for the fifth straight month, government data showed on Friday, in a sign the economy has a long way to go before achieving the Bank of Japan's inflation target of 1 percent.
TOKYO, Oct 26- Japan's Nikkei share average is expected to rise on Friday, supported by expectations of significant easing by the Bank of Japan, while investors appear to have priced in cuts to profit forecasts in the current earnings season.
LOS ANGELES/ KANSAS CITY, Oct 25- Heavy advertising spending by Monsanto Co and others opposed to a California ballot proposal to require labels on grocery products containing genetically modified organisms is paying off, according to a new poll that shows the measure has slipped into a virtual tie.
HAVANA, Oct 25- Hurricane Sandy swelled into a major threat to much of the U.S. East Coast on Thursday after lashing Cuba with heavy rains and tree-toppling winds and swirling through the Bahamas, U.S. forecasters said.
SEOUL, South Korea-- Kia Motors Corp. reported its third-quarter profit came in below expectations, impacted by a labor strike and weak demand at home. South Korea's second-biggest carmaker said Friday its July-September quarter's net income rose 28 percent over a year earlier to 829 billion won.