THE WOODLANDS, Texas _ Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $2.9 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 3 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $12.2 million.» Read More
DALLAS-- The CEO of American Airlines said the company expects to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years as it ramps up international flights.
BYE-BYE: Best Buy said Wednesday two executives, including its U.S. president, are leaving the company. Shares of Best Buy fell in after-hours trading. Joly plans to give his assessment of Best Buy's prospects at the company's Nov. 1 meeting.
Oct 24- Visa Inc said Charles Scharf, a former head of JPMorgan Chase& Co's retail financial services division, will succeed Joseph Saunders as chief executive, effective Nov. 1. Scharf worked closely with Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO of JPMorgan, when the two men were at Citigroup Inc in the 1990 s.
SILVER SPRINGS, Md.-- Choice Hotels International Inc. said Wednesday that its third-quarter net income jumped 5 percent to beat expectations and it issued better-than-expected full year forecast. Choice Hotels said its net income increased to $44.4 million, or 76 cents per share, for the period that ended Sept. 30.
NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks briefly dipped into negative territory and then inched higher on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve, in its latest policy statement, stuck to its stimulus plan. The Fed also repeated its vow to keep rates near zero until mid-2015. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 1.96 points, or 0.07 percent, at 2,992.42.
Credit Suisse Securities LLC, BofA Merrill Lynch and Leerink Swann LLC will act as joint managers. The company hopes to file in late 2013, triggering a 10- month review process by the FDA. The FDA refused to approve the drug in February 2011.
*Several brokerages raise price targets on Facebook shares. Oct 24- Facebook Inc's shares headed towards their biggest one-day jump on Wednesday after the company reported a surprising rise in mobile advertising, easing concerns it was having trouble capitalizing on soaring use of smartphones and tablets.
*Sees no impact from Southern Copper judgment. MEXICO CITY, Oct 24- Mexican copper miner and railroad operator Grupo Mexico reported a third-quarter profit on Wednesday of $311 million, down 54 percent on a double-digit fall in metals prices. Grupo Mexico files results to the Mexican stock exchange in dollars.
Oct 24- Embattled U.S. truck and engine maker Navistar International Corporation said it would sell 10 million common shares to the public to raise about $190 million to fund capital expenditure and other initiatives.
LUCK OUT: Casino hotel operator Wynn Resorts Ltd. saw is profit decline nearly 12 percent in the third quarter, as a debt-related loss drove expenses higher. NUMBERS GAME: Net income fell to $112 million, or $1.11 per share, compared with net income of $127.1 million, or $1.01 per share, a year earlier.
WASHINGTON, Oct 24- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday stuck to its plan to keep stimulating the U.S. economy until the job market improves and repeated its vow to keep rates near zero until mid-2015. Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker again dissented against the decision, as he has done at every meeting this year.
LAS VEGAS-- Wynn Resorts Ltd.' s profit fell nearly 12 percent in the third quarter, as a debt-related loss boosted expenses for the casino operator. The latest quarterly report card showed Wynn's casino resorts in Las Vegas benefited from a stronger gambling business, as its table games and slot machines generating more revenue.
THE COSTS: Since President Barack Obama took office, average tuition at public four-year colleges has grown 26 percent beyond overall inflation. THE PRESIDENT: Obama argues he's taken bold steps on student aid that minimized the damage of a deep recession and will build for the future.
Delta Air Lines reported a billion-dollar third-quarter profit and said demand is holding up well. The world's second-largest airline posted net income of $1.05 billion, or $1.23 per share, compared with $549 million, or 65 cents, a year earlier. And Southwest is still integrating AirTran _ 17 months after buying the company.
BILLERICA, Mass.-- Entegris Inc. said Wednesday that its chief operating officer will become CEO next month as its chief executive steps aside. Gideon Argov, 55, Entegris' current CEO, will step down Nov. 27, when Loy, 47, will officially become CEO.
*US says bank sold toxic loans to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac. Oct 24- The United States filed a civil mortgage fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of selling thousands of toxic home loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that went into default and caused more than $1 billion of losses.
LONDON-- The New York Times stood by its incoming chief Wednesday as he denied knowledge of a BBC child sex abuse scandal that threatened to follow him from one of Britain's most respected news organization to one of America's.
BEIRUT/ CAIRO- Syria said on Wednesday its military command was still studying a proposal for a holiday ceasefire with rebels- contradicting international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's announcement that Damascus had agreed to a truce.
MINNEAPOLIS-- Ameriprise Financial Inc. said Wednesday its third-quarter net income dropped nearly in half as the company recalculated how much its insurance and annuities were worth.
NEW YORK-- Best Buy said Wednesday two executives, including its U.S. president, are leaving the company as it eliminates the most senior level of its U.S. operations, the latest move by CEO Hubert Joly to turn around the struggling electronics chain. Shares of Best Buy fell 7.5 percent in after-hours trading.