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  • Tenn. gov optimistic about state's credit rating Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:25 PM ET

    Tennessee currently has triple-A credit ratings from Moody's Investors Service and Fitch and a double-A-plus rating from Standard and Poor's. Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes said the state could lose about $40 million for education and more in indirect federal spending.

  • News Summary: Rosneft sees $5B savings in TNK deal Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:16 PM ET

    POCKETING BILLIONS: Russian oil company Rosneft said it could make up to $5 billion in savings when it combines its operations with those of its takeover target TNK-BP. TROIKA: Rosneft is buying the 50 percent stake of British oil company BP for $17.1 billion and a 12.84 percent share of Rosneft.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: The environment Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:13 PM ET

    President Barack Obama achieved historic increases in fuel-economy standards that would save drivers money at the pump while raising the cost of new vehicles. Obama failed to persuade a Democratic Congress to pass limits he promised on carbon emissions and shelved a plan to toughen health standards on lung-damaging smog.

  • On the Call: UPS executive discusses forecast Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    Its narrowed outlook for the year indicates that fourth-quarter earnings will beat Wall Street expectations. UPS now predicts earnings of $4.55 to $4.65 per share, compared with its earlier forecast of $4.50 to $4.70. On the earnings conference call, CFO Kurt Kuehn was asked why UPS is confident about the fourth quarter.

  • NY court: Lap dances are not art and are taxable Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:10 PM ET

    ALBANY, N.Y.-- Lap dances are taxable because they don't promote culture in a community the way ballet or other artistic endeavors do, New York's highest court concluded Tuesday in a sharply divided ruling.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Infrastructure Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:09 PM ET

    From bridges to broadband, America's infrastructure is supposed to be speeding along commerce, delivering us to work and piping energy and water into our homes and businesses.

  • Brown & Brown lifts dividend by about 6 pct Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:06 PM ET

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.-- Brown& Brown is raising its quarterly dividend by about 6 percent to 9 cents per share from 8.5 cents. Last week Brown& Brown reported that its third-quarter net income rose 12 percent, boosted by a jump in commissions and fees. Shares of Brown& Brown Inc., which is based in Daytona Beach, Fla., shed 18 cents to $25.16 in afternoon trading.

  • Spainish economy continued to shrink in Q3 Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 2:03 PM ET

    MADRID-- Spain's economy continued to shrink in the third quarter, contracting by 0.4 percent compared with the previous three months, according to central bank estimates Tuesday that will increase pressure on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to seek financial help from Europe. This is the fifth quarter in a row that Spain's economic output has contracted.

  • American Eagle keeps profit view, shares stumble Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of American Eagle Outfitters tumbled Tuesday, after the teen retailer's profit prediction for the current quarter disappointed investors. THE SPARK: American Eagle Outfitters said it's on track to meet its previous fiscal third-quarter profit prediction of 37 cents or 38 cents per share.

  • Chemical makers fall on DuPont weak results Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:58 PM ET

    DuPont reported that it made $10 million, or a penny per share, for the quarter versus $452 million, or 48 cents per share, a year ago. DuPont cited a number of reasons for the weak quarter, including softer demand for a specialty chemical and an unstable solar products market. DuPont shares fell $4.46, or 9 percent, to $45.30 in afternoon trading.

  • Moody's raises some Reynolds American ratings Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Moody's Investors Service raised the senior unsecured ratings of Reynolds American Inc. on Tuesday, on expectations that the tobacco company's profits will continue to improve. Moody's increased the senior unsecured ratings of Reynolds American and subsidiary R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Holdings one notch in investment grade status to "Baa2" from "Baa3."

  • 4th bankruptcy in Perry's tech fund adds to losses Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:50 PM ET

    AUSTIN, Texas-- A fourth Texas high-tech startup that received taxpayer dollars through Gov.

  • WHY IT MATTERS: Campaign finance Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:46 PM ET

    Both President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney benefit from current campaign finance rules. Those groups can raise unlimited cash to help them win the White House this November.

  • Earnings Preview: United Continental Holdings Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:46 PM ET

    CHICAGO-- United Continental Holdings Inc., the parent of United Airlines, reports third-quarter results on Thursday after a tough spring and summer spent trying to absorb Continental Airlines. When Southwest Airlines reported results last week, it said it needed sales to lure business travelers in September, but that things picked up in October.

  • Churchill Downs completes $141M acquisition Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:39 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Churchill Downs has completed its approximately $141 million acquisition of a Mississippi casino and hotel.

  • US may soon become world's top oil producer Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. The Energy Department forecasts that U.S. production of crude and other liquid hydrocarbons, which includes biofuels, will average 11.4 million barrels per day next year.

  • Earnings Preview: Amazon 3Q revenue likely to grow Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- is expected to post yet another double-digit revenue increase when it reports its third-quarter results Thursday. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Amazon's forecast for the current quarter will be important.

  • Greek junior government party blocks reforms deal Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:25 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece-- A junior partner in Greece's governing coalition has refused to lift its opposition to a new package of austerity measures, which bailout creditors have been demanding for months in exchange for more rescue loans.

  • News Summary: Roche probed over lack of reports Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:24 PM ET

    SERIOUS CHARGE: Europe's top drug regulator is taking action against pharmaceutical giant Roche for allegedly failing to properly report the side effects of 19 drugs being used by U.S. patients. The regulator added there was no evidence that users of Roche's drugs were at risk.

  • News Summary: Iraq, South Korea in pipeline deal Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 1:22 PM ET

    PIPELINE DEAL: Iraq signed a $127.5 million deal with South Korea's KOGAS to build two key gas pipelines in northern Iraq as Baghdad takes steps to develop a modern infrastructure that meets growing energy needs.