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  • Analyst downgrades Lilly shares to 'underperform' Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:55 AM ET

    Eli Lilly and Co. shares now trade at a premium compared to other pharmaceutical stocks despite modest growth prospects, according to a Cowen and Co. analyst who lowered his rating on the drug developer.

  • Markets slip after bank earnings reports Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:35 AM ET

    LONDON-- Financial markets slipped on Friday, as disappointing earnings from Wells Fargo bank offset brighter figures from JP Morgan Chase& Co. and a strong U.S. consumer confidence survey. But revenue gains reported by Wells Fargo were below investors' expectations, pushing stock markets back down by the time European exchanges closed.

  • Accuray CEO resigns, replaced by healthcare exec Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:30 AM ET

    SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- Radiation therapy system maker Accuray said Friday that healthcare executive Joshua Levine will be its new CEO, replacing Euan Thomson, its head for the past decade. Thomson had been Accuray's president and CEO since 2002. He also resigned from its board of directors. Accuray said that Thomson will likely consult for the company.

  • Sears' Hometown spinoff edges lower in debut Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Sears Holdings Corp.' s spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet Stores are declining on its debut trading day. The Hoffman Estates, Ill., company, which runs Kmart and Sears stores, had signaled in February that it would split off Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores Inc. as a separate publicly traded entity.

  • Aeterna Zentaris starts $15M stock offering Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Canadian drugmaker Aeterna Zentaris Inc. said Friday it is selling 6.6 million units of stock and warrants to raise money for product development. Shares of Aeterna Zentaris lost 73 cents, or 23.4 percent, to $2.39 in midday trading.

  • Berezovsky to pay Abramovich $56M in legal costs Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:17 AM ET

    LONDON-- A British court has ordered self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky to pay 35 million pounds in legal costs to fellow Russian Roman Abramovich after losing a lawsuit against him.

  • Man jailed after scamming Olympians' parents Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:16 AM ET

    Christakis Ioannou set up websites designed to look like the official portals and received more than $646,500 for non-existent tickets from people in 35 countries. Olympians from France and Greece were among his victims.

  • Webster Financial 3Q net income climbs Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:09 AM ET

    WATERBURY, Conn.-- Webster Financial's third-quarter net income climbed 7 percent as the company gave out more loans and deposits grew. The parent company for Webster Bank earned $44.4 million, or 48 cents per share, for the three months ended Sept. 30.

  • F1 and Speed channel splitting after this season Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:07 AM ET

    Fox Sports Media Group, which owns Speed, confirmed Friday that the partnership will end after this season. "It's disappointing to learn that F1 has elected to move forward with a different media partner," Fox Sports Media Group said in a statement to The Associated Press.

  • Argentina Supreme Court OK's sex slave's abortion Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:06 AM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-- Argentina's Supreme Court has ruled that a woman rescued from a prostitution ring must get the abortion she wants, and chastised public officials who put her in the center of a political firestorm.

  • Celgene gets new Abraxane marketing approval Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:04 AM ET

    SUMMIT, N.J.-- Celgene Corp. said Friday it won a new marketing approval for its drug Abraxane. Shares of Celgene advanced $1.66, or 2.1 percent, to $79.38 in morning trading.

  • *Developer Caruso won't enter LA mayoral race Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET
  • IMF, World Bank chiefs urge focus on fair growth Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:41 PM ET

    TOKYO-- Sacrificing growth for the sake of austerity could put the entire world economy in jeopardy, the head of the International Monetary Fund told global financial leaders Friday, calling for medium-term work to bring down debt levels and urgent action to get the unemployed back to work.

  • Asia stocks up as US jobless claims fall sharply Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:11 PM ET

    Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.9 percent to 21,182.77 and South Korea's Kospi rose 0.1 percent to 1,935.53. The Commerce Department reported that foreign demand declined for American-made cars and farm goods. One big unknown is Spain and whether the government of the recession-mired country will ask for a financial bailout.

  • Warwick, Seagal among those who owe Calif. taxes Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 8:27 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- Two celebrities are on a notable list in California, but it's not exactly the A-list. It says Warwick, who now lives in New Jersey, owes California $2.6 million. Technology entrepreneur Halsey Minor, of San Rafael, owes the most to the state _ $10.7 million.

  • Mexico passes anti-laundering cash purchases ban Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 7:51 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY-- Mexico's Senate passed a bill Thursday banning large cash transactions as part of an effort to fight money laundering that experts estimate may amount to around $10 billion per year in Mexico. It also forbids cash purchases of more than 200,000 pesos for automobiles or items like jewelry and lottery tickets.

  • New Orleans Film Fest opens with 'The Paperboy' Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 7:34 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- Louisiana- made films are being shown alongside the work of filmmakers from across the world at the New Orleans Film Festival, which opened Thursday night with a red-carpet showing of the Louisiana- shot thriller "The Paperboy."

  • Investor wants $20 million for Argentine flagship Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 7:09 PM ET

    Argentina's government said the ruling violates international norms as well as rulings by judges in the U.S., Germany and France that found Argentine military vessels immune from the seizures.

  • Moody's Analytics sees stronger US economy ahead Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 6:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Moody's Analytics' chief economist thinks the U.S. economy could revive next year and cause the pace of growth to roughly double from its current rate by 2014-- unless Washington runs right over the "fiscal cliff" next year. Zandi's brighter outlook for the next two years assumes Congress and the White House tackle "fiscal issues," he writes.

  • Southern auto industry wary of Mexican competition Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 6:26 PM ET

    Bill Haslam was asked at the Southern Automotive Conference on Thursday about what steps are being taken to keep investments from moving abroad, especially in light of a recent decision by German automaker Audi to build its first North American plant in Mexico. Audi is a Volkswagen subsidiary.