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  • Earnings Preview: eBay to post 3Q results Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- EBay Inc. is expected to post profit and revenue growth in the third quarter, helped by PayPal as well as its e-commerce platform, when it reports its financial results after the market closes on Wednesday.

  • Oil prices little changed on mixed economic data Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    The Labor Department said the consumer price index rose 0.6 percent last month, the same as in August, with inflation still in check. Benchmark U.S. crude was down 5 cents to $91.80 in New York shortly before 2 p.m.. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, lost 27 cents to hit $114.13.

  • Hillenbrand to buy German firm for $300 million Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:53 PM ET

    BATESVILLE, Ind.-- Hillenbrand Inc. on Tuesday said it will acquire Germany's Coperion Capital GmbH for 232 million euros, or about $300 million, expanding Hillenbrand's industrial products operations as the company diversifies beyond its traditional business making burial caskets.

  • Report shows Oregon losing jobs in September Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:46 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.-- The monthly Oregon employment numbers show the state lost nearly 8,000 jobs in September, ending a half-year string of monthly job gains. The state Employment Department said Tuesday the unemployment rate is 8.7 percent, essentially unchanged from the previous month. The rate has ranged between 8.4 percent and 8.9 percent since January.

  • Sector Snap: Analyst says sporting goods strong Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:43 PM ET

    But in a note to investors on Tuesday Stifel Nicolaus analyst David A. Schick said several current trends are supporting stores like Dick's Sporting Goods, Hibbett Sports Inc. and Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp.. He raised his third-quarter earnings estimate on Dick's Sporting Goods by 2 cents to 38 cents per share.

  • Summary Box: UnitedHealth's 3Q profit jumps 23 pct Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:42 PM ET

    THE RESULTS: UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation's largest health insurer, said Tuesday its third quarter net income climbed 23 percent. It earned $1.56 billion, or $1.50 per share, compared to $1.27 billion, or $1.17 per share, in last year's third quarter. A NEW FORECAST: UnitedHealth raised its 2012 earnings forecast for the third time this year.

  • Bettman, NHL make new offer in hope of full season Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:38 PM ET

    TORONTO-- The NHL has made a new offer to the players' association that proposes a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82- game season starting Nov. 2. When asked if the new proposal was an improvement over previous offers made by the NHL, Fehr said: "In some respects I think it is.

  • Penn St. won't renew contract of accused AD Curley Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:36 PM ET

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-- Penn State will not renew the contract of athletic director Tim Curley, who has been on leave since being charged last year with perjury and failing to report a child sex abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky.

  • News Summary: German investor optimism on the rise Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:36 PM ET

    GLASS HALF FULL: Investor optimism in Germany rose in October, sending an upbeat signal about Europe's largest economy. ECONOMIC ENGINE: Germany is Europe's biggest economy and its modest recent growth has kept the eurozone as a whole out of recession.

  • Should Africa be growing more wheat? Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:35 PM ET

    DEBRE ZEIT, Ethiopia-- Bedlu Mamo stood in middle of his field in Ethiopia and cast a wary eye at the new variety of wheat he planted for the first time. As the U.N.' s Food and Agricultural Organization marked World Food Day on Tuesday, experts are reexamining what crops are best produced in Africa, for Africans.

  • Isis Pharma tumbles on Kynamro cancer concerns Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. skidded Tuesday as regulators raised questions about links between the company's experimental cholesterol drug Kynamro and cancer. THE SPARK: Isis and its partner Genzyme will discuss Kynamro with a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Thursday.

  • Obama out to seize momentum from Romney in debate Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:32 PM ET

    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.-- Republican White House challenger Mitt Romney conferred with his debate practice partner while President Barack Obama exercised before his final study review for Tuesday's debate, both hoping it would help them pull ahead in the razor-tight race.

  • EU health chief resigns in corruption scandal Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:29 PM ET

    The EU's anti-fraud office sent a report to the Commission after it investigated a complaint by Swedish Match, a tobacco producer. The Commission said that a Maltese businessman had tried to use his alleged contacts with Dalli to get financial benefit from Swedish Match in return for pressing Dalli to influence future tobacco laws on snus.

  • JA Solar gets listing warning due to stock price Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:24 PM ET

    JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. said Tuesday that it has received a warning from the Nasdaq stock market that its closing price has fallen too low over the past month to meet listing requirements. The company has until April 9, get its share price back above $1 and keep it there for 10 straight business days.

  • News Summary: Iraqi central bank head ousted Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:23 PM ET

    CENTRAL BANK OUSTER: Iraq abruptly removed the longtime governor of the country's central bank after he and other bank officials were targeted in an investigation into alleged financial wrongdoing. CENTRAL BANK VETERAN: Sinan al-Shabibi, is seen as a politically independent economist who has led the bank since shortly after the U.S.-led invasion.

  • News Summary: Costlier gas pushes up US prices Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:22 PM ET

    PRICES RISE: U.S. consumer prices rose 0.6 percent last month, the Labor Department said Thursday, mostly because of higher gas prices. Excluding the volatile energy and food categories, prices rose only 0.1 percent for the third straight month.

  • Tame US prices, more confident builders aid growth Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The outlook for the U.S. economy brightened a little Tuesday after reports that consumer prices stayed tame and homebuilder confidence rose to the highest level in six years. It will be front and center Tuesday night when President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney meet at New York's Hofstra University for the second of three debates.

  • Bankrate shares tumble on projected 3Q profit drop Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Bankrate Inc. lost about a quarter of their value and fell to an all-time low Tuesday, after the online publisher of financial data predicted third-quarter results that fell far short of Wall Street forecasts.

  • General Dynamics gets $459M pact modification Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:18 PM ET

    GROTON, Conn.-- A General Dynamics subsidiary received a $459 million contract modification to provide support services for the Navy's nuclear submarines. It has the possibility of a total value of about $1.2 billion over three years if all options are exercised.

  • Cintas boosts annual dividend to 64 cents Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 1:15 PM ET

    CINCINNATI-- Cintas announced a 10- cent increase to its annual dividend. The new dividend will be paid on Dec. 12 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 9, Cintas said. Shares of Cintas Corp. rose 15 cents to $42.15 in afternoon trading.