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  • Brown's Calif. tax initiative hit from both sides Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:15 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.-- After returning to the governor's office, Jerry Brown criticized a political culture he said lacked a common purpose and warned of a "war of all against all" unless the sniping camps learned to compromise and fix California's persistent budget problems.

  • Coca-Cola's 3Q should show shifting trends Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:15 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Coca-Cola Co. should give investors a snapshot of the ever-shifting geographic and product mixes that are fueling growth for the world's biggest beverage maker when it reports its third quarter results Tuesday. WHY IT MATTERS: Coca-Cola sells its products in nearly every corner of the globe _ Cuba and North Korea are the exceptions.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Analyst rates Wal-Mart 'buy' Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:52 AM ET

    Wal-Mart's turnaround effort is gaining firmer footing, and more improvement is expected as international operations improve and growth accelerates for smaller-format stores, according to Jefferies Equity Research, which boosted its rating on the world's largest retailer.

  • Ecolab buying Champion Technologies in $2.2B deal Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:46 AM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Ecolab, the cleaning, food safety and pest-control services company, is buying the specialty chemical company Champion Technologies in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $2.2 billion.

  • JP Morgan earnings fail to lift markets Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:44 AM ET

    LONDON-- Upbeat earnings from JP Morgan Chase& Co. did little to lift the mood in markets Friday as stocks continued to shed some of the gains made the previous day, when U.S. jobs figures came in stronger than expected.

  • IBM's 3Q earnings likely to extend growth streak Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:23 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO-- IBM Corp.' s third-quarter results are expected to extend the technology company's nearly decade-long streak of earnings growth. That provides IBM with some insulation from the economic uncertainty that has made it tougher for other technology companies to close deals, particularly in Europe and in China, in recent months.

  • Austerity cutbacks hit Spain's national day parade Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:23 AM ET

    MADRID-- Spain observed its National Day festivities in somber mood on Friday as the traditional military pageant was scaled back to cut costs. Spain is under pressure to fix its finances as it struggles through a recession.

  • Forest Oil selling South Louisiana properties Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:16 AM ET

    DENVER-- Forest Oil is selling all of its South Louisiana properties for about $220 million as part of its plan to shed some non-core assets. Forest Oil Corp. previously announced that it is selling its East Texas natural gas gathering assets for $34 million. The Eagle Ford shale formation stretches from the western Texas- Mexico border to Louisiana.

  • JPMorgan turns in record profit, higher revenue Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- JPMorgan Chase, the country's biggest bank, reported a record quarterly profit Friday, helped by a surge in mortgage refinancing. It worked out to $1.40 per share, blowing away the $1.21 predicted by analysts polled by FactSet, a provider of financial data. Revenue rose 6 percent to $25.9 billion, beating expectations of $24.4 billion.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Sears completes spinoff Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:00 AM ET

    HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-- Sears Holdings has completed the spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet stores. Sears Holdings Corp. received $446.5 million in gross proceeds. Sears Holdings, which also runs Kmart, said Thursday that Sears Hometown is expected to start trading on the Nasdaq on Friday under the "SHOS" ticker symbol.

  • Japan utility agrees nuclear crisis was avoidable Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:44 AM ET

    TOKYO-- The utility behind Japan's nuclear disaster acknowledged for the first time Friday that it could have avoided the crisis.

  • $165 mln pledge for fund backing Arab democracies Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:44 AM ET

    The U.S. has pledged $50 million, Britain $25 million, Saudi Arabia $25 million and Japan and France $12 million each. The group also announced that Yemen was joining the Arab Spring countries participating in the Deauville Partnership, which also include Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Morocco and Libya.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US budget deficit Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The end of the 2012 federal budget year is expected to produce the fourth straight annual deficit above $1 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the deficit totaled $1.1 trillion for the 12 months that ended Sept. 30.

  • J&J 3Q report to focus on pharmaceutical business Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:39 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- Johnson& Johnson will likely discuss the health of its prescription-drug business and progress on its manufacturing problems when it reports third-quarter results before the stock market opens Tuesday.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Workday prices IPO Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Workday has raised $637 million from its initial public offering of approximately 22.8 million shares. The company, which provides remote storage applications for human resources and finance, said Friday that it priced the IPO at $28 per share, which is above the projected range of $24 to $26 a piece.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US wholesale Prices Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- More expensive gas likely drove overall wholesale prices higher in September. But excluding that surge, inflation likely stayed tame. The Labor Department will release the report at 8:30 a.m. EDT Friday.

  • Praise and shock: EU Nobel Peace Prize reactions Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:22 AM ET

    Some reaction to the European Union being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday:. "The stabilizing part played by the European Union has helped to transform a once-torn Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace" _ Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland.

  • Crisis-ridden EU wins Nobel Peace Prize Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:16 AM ET

    OSLO, Norway-- The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for promoting peace and democracy in Europe _ an honor that came as 27- nation bloc was struggling with its biggest crisis since it was created in the 1950 s.

  • US jobs relief wears off in markets Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:11 AM ET

    LONDON-- Stocks drifted lower Friday after big gains the day, when U.S. jobs figures came in stronger than expected, and as investors awaited earnings from major banks, starting with JP Morgan Chase& Co..

  • Court orders arrest of Kingfisher Airlines boss Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:05 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India-- An Indian court Friday ordered the arrest of the highflying owner of Kingfisher Airlines for bouncing checks, adding to the beleaguered airline's woes as its struggles to resume flights that have been grounded since the start of the month.