NEW YORK, Oct 1- The creation of a mammoth database that was ordered up in the wake of the Flash Crash will cost $255.6 million over five years to operate, according to the average cost estimate of six entities vying to build the system, a regulatory filing showed. The CAT, one of Wall Street's biggest undertakings in years, took on urgency after the Flash Crash when it...» Read More
*Ford to close Southampton plant, Dagenham stamping plant. LONDON/ BASILDON, England, Oct 25- Ford will stop making vans in Britain next year, with the potential loss of 2,000 jobs, as part of a plan by the U.S. car maker to drag its European operations back into profit.
NEW YORK-- Procter& Gamble, the world's largest consumer products maker, said Thursday that its net income fell 7 percent on the stronger dollar and restructuring charges, but adjusted results met expectations.
HOUSTON-- Noble Energy, while wresting with falling natural gas prices and a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, topped Wall Street expectations for the third quarter. The Houston energy producer said Thursday that its net income totaled $221 million, or $1.23 per share, in the July-through-September quarter.
SAO PAULO, Oct 25- Brazil's jobless rate rose slightly in September but continued near record lows, data showed on Thursday, reinforcing the view that Brazil's tight labor market remains well suited to support an economic recovery.
WASHINGTON, Oct 25- Raytheon Co, maker of Patriot missiles, radar and other military equipment, reported higher-than-expected quarterly earnings despite a 1 percent drop in revenues, and raised its forecast for 2012 earnings.
*Shares in Hong Kong more than halved this year. 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 quarterly net loss, its first since listing in Hong Kong in 2004, on shredded margins, project delays and accounting changes in China.
*Large number of Brazil mills still open for crushing. LONDON, Oct 25- ICE raw sugar futures bounced off a three-week low on Thursday, although the upside was capped by fast progress in Brazil's harvest and surplus supplies, while coffee and cocoa also edged higher.
THIRD QUARTER: Health insurer Aetna Inc. said its third-quarter earnings rose 2 percent as lower-than-expected health care use and revenue gains helped the insurer trump Wall Street expectations. Aetna earned $499.2 million, or $1.47 per share.
Oct 25- Simon Property Group Inc reported an 18.8 percent increase in a key earnings measure on higher rents and sales at its malls and outlet centers, easily beating estimates, and the real estate investment trust raised its outlook for the year.
CHICAGO, Oct 25- CME Group Inc, the biggest operator of U.S. futures exchanges, reported a 30.5 percent decline in quarterly profit as investors bought and sold fewer futures and options. Net income fell to $218.9 million, or 66 cents a share, in the quarter, from $315 million, or 95 cents a share, a year earlier, CME said on Thursday.
BRUSSELS, Oct 25- Euro zone officials are expected to press ahead on Thursday with plans to give Athens two more years to meet its budget goals as well as examine ways of closing the yawning gap in Greece's finances.
Oct 25- Sprint Nextel Corp posted a wider loss in the third quarter as it spent heavily on a network upgrade and lost customers from its iDen network, which it is shutting down.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Rayonier said Thursday that its third-quarter net income dropped 23 percent, pulled down by an interest tax expense while the year-ago period included a tax gain. The forest products company earned $80.6 million, or 62 cents per share, compared with $104.9 million, or 71 cents per share, during the same period a year ago.
CARMEL, Ind.-- ITT Educational Services Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income fell 36 percent as enrollment fell amid stricter federal regulations that hold for-profit online schools more accountable for graduation rates and job placement.
Oct 25- International Paper Co reported a 49 percent drop in third-quarter net earnings on Thursday, due in part to a decline in consumer packaging sales. The company posted net earnings of $237 million, or 54 cents per share, compared with $468 million, or $1.08 per share, a year earlier. Net sales rose 6 percent to $7 billion.
Oct 25- Procter& Gamble Co posted a quarterly profit and maintained its key earnings forecast for the year as the world's largest household products maker cut costs and narrowed its focus on key markets, products and countries.
SAO PAULO, Oct 25- Brazil's jobless rate rose slightly in September to 5.4 percent, up from 5.3 percent in August, the government's statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday. September's unemployment rate had been expected to be 5.3 percent, according to the median forecast of 31 economists surveyed by Reuters. The estimates ranged from 5.0 percent to 5.4 percent.
THE NEWS: Procter& Gamble, the world's largest consumer products maker, said Thursday that its net income fell 7 percent, as restructuring charges and the stronger dollar outweighed its cost-cutting plan. But adjusted results beat expectations.
Oct 25- Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen Inc said it still expects a $15.1 billion takeover bid by China's CNOOC Ltd to close in the current quarter. Ottawa has promised to release a set of clear guidelines for large foreign investments when it announces its decision on the CNOOC takeover bid around Nov. 11.
CALGARY, Alberta-- Canadian oil and gas producer Nexen says it continues to expect the $15.1 billion takeover of the company by Chinese state-owned CNOOC to be completed by the end of the year. It would be China's biggest overseas energy acquisition.