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  • Labor standoffs silence orchestras in Minn., Indy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:24 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world's greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians outside a top cultural center. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the average musicians' salary by $46,000 a year.

  • Mo. revenues up 6.6 percent through September Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:23 PM ET

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.-- Missouri revenues are up 6.6 percent through the first quarter of its budget year. Figures released Tuesday by the Office of Administration show most the growth resulted from a decline in income tax refunds paid to businesses and individuals compared with last year. Missouri's budget year began July 1.

  • Cenovus gets approval for Oilsands Quest purchase Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:22 PM ET

    Cenovus Energy Inc. said Tuesday that it has received Canadian court approval for its plans to buy the remaining assets of oil sand exploration business Oilsands Quest for $10 million. The deal includes three oil sands leases in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Cenovus was able to acquire the assets through the liquidation of OIlsands Quest.

  • News Summary: Soybeans fall as new supplies arrive Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:19 PM ET

    RACE TO HARVEST: Soybean prices fell as a fast-paced harvest delivers more supplies to the marketplace. EYES ON SPAIN: Other commodities were mixed after Spain's prime minister said a request for bailout funding isn't imminent.

  • Resorts, Mohegan casinos launch linked program Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:18 PM ET

    Resorts has begun a new joint marketing program in which its gamblers and those two other Mohegan-owned casinos in Connecticut and Pennsylvania can use rewards points at any of the three destinations. The company will now let gamblers use their credits at Resorts, as well as Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania.

  • September Auto Sales: Hyundai Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:16 PM ET

    COSTA MESA, Calif.-- Hyundai Motor America said Tuesday that U.S. vehicle sales rose 15.3 percent in September, as rising sales of its Elantra sedan overcame a decline in its other big seller, the Sonata. BY THE NUMBERS: Hyundai sold 660,025 vehicles last month, up from 52,051 a year earlier.

  • September Auto Sales: Subaru Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:12 PM ET

    CHERRY HILL, N.J.-- Subaru of America Inc. said Tuesday that U.S. sales rose 32 percent in September on strong gains for the Outback wagon and the Legacy sedan. BY THE NUMBERS: The Japanese automaker said sales rose to 27,683 in September, from 20,934 a year earlier. TOP SELLER: The company sold 10,583 Outbacks, an increase of 39.1 percent from a year ago.

  • Fifth & Pacific down after full-year guidance cut Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Fifth& Pacific slid Tuesday after the clothing maker cut its guidance due to weak sales of Juicy Couture. Moody's Investors Service said the guidance cut is bad for Fifth& Pacific's credit, but said it is not making any immediate changes to its ratings. Moody's currently has a "B2" rating on Fifth& Pacific.

  • Stocks struggle to a mixed close on Wall Street Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stocks are struggling to a mixed close on Wall Street after spending most of the day lower, pulled down by weakness in materials and energy companies. Mosaic blamed poor demand from China and India. Rising stocks narrowly outnumbered falling ones on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • A glance at NRF holiday forecasting Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:07 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- It's not even Halloween yet, but once again a slew of forecasters are out with sales predictions for the all-important holiday shopping season. Economists carefully study the numbers because they're an important gauge for merchants that depend on the period for up to 40 percent of their annual sales.

  • News Summary: Banks urged to fence off risky ops Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:02 PM ET

    BUILDING FENCES: European bankers were urged to build a firewall between their retail operations and their riskier trading activities and be prepared to shoulder some losses when their banks fail, according to a report requested by the European Union to help head off another financial crisis.

  • LCA says LasikPlus procedures fell in 3rd quarter Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:59 PM ET

    CINCINNATI-- Laser eye surgery provider LCA-Vision Inc. said Tuesday that LasikPlus procedures decreased 8 percent in the third quarter, and the company said coverage of the upcoming presidential election is partly to blame. LCA-Vision reported 11,510 LasikPlus procedures in the third quarter, down from 12,444 a year ago.

  • Oil falls amid concerns about global economy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:57 PM ET

    Benchmark oil dropped 59 cents to end at $91.89 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 62 cents to $111.57 per barrel in London. At the pump, the national average for gasoline was unchanged at $3.78 per gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.

  • Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens, 4th wife to divorce Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:52 PM ET

    DALLAS-- Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens and his fourth wife, Madeleine, are filing for divorce. Boone Pickens is an Oklahoma native who made much of his fortune in oil drilling.

  • Sector Snap: Diagnostic test makers Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Analysts for Cowen and Co. started coverage of a group of companies that make tests used to diagnose infectious diseases, assigning top ratings to companies including Cepheid, Hologic Inc., and Meridian Bioscience Inc..

  • SHR extends Quicken Loans as Ryan Newman's sponsor Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    KANNAPOLIS, N.C.-- Stewart-Haas Racing announced some much-needed sponsorship Tuesday when Quicken Loans said it will double its commitment to Ryan Newman. Quicken Loans, a new sponsor in NASCAR this year and the primary backer for nine races with Newman, will return for 18 races next year.

  • Judge tosses BP fuel dealers' brand-name claims Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:51 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS-- A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed claims by BP fuel stations and convenience stores that the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico diminished the value of the oil giant's brand and cost them business.

  • Soybean prices fall as supplies hit marketplace Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:45 PM ET

    November soybeans fell 29.75 cents to finish Tuesday at $15.305 per bushel. Sterling Smith, a Citi futures specialist, said exports sales have been slower this week because markets in China are closed for public holidays. Corn for December delivery rose 1.5 cents to end at $7.5825 per bushel and December wheat dropped 12.75 cents to $8.715 per bushel.

  • NHL defines preseason losses as lockout continues Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- The financial losses are starting to pile up as a result of the NHL lockout. In speaking to reporters after talks finished up for the day between the NHL and the NHLPA, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly estimated that the league has lost $100 million in revenues from the canceled preseason.

  • Analyst downgrades Starwood on slow global economy Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- An analyst cut his rating on shares of Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday because of the weaker global economy. Raymond James' William Crow lowered his rating to "Outperform" from "Strong Buy" for the operator of the Sheraton, Westin, W and St.