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  • Survey: Confidence slips among Mass. employers Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:55 AM ET

    BOSTON-- A monthly index measuring confidence among Massachusetts employers has slipped a bit after showing improvement for two consecutive months.

  • Spain PM: Bailout request is not imminent Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:51 AM ET

    MADRID-- Spain's prime minister denied Tuesday that he was ready to request a bailout for the country, fending off mounting speculation that a move to ask the European Central Bank to buy Spanish bonds and push down the nation's high borrowing costs was near.

  • Aruba Networks delays 2012 filing, stock falls Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Aruba Networks fell more than 7 percent on Tuesday after the company delayed the filing its full-year results because of internal control issues.

  • Oil slightly higher amid economic questions Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    Benchmark oil rose 13 cents Tuesday to $92.61 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 29 cents to $111.90 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.

  • *List of Vanguard index funds switching benchmarks Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:37 AM ET
  • Celgene edges higher on Abraxane melanoma study Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:35 AM ET

    SUMMIT, N.J.-- Shares of Celgene Corp. rose Tuesday after the company said its cancer drug Abraxane slowed the progression of melanoma in a late-stage clinical trial. Celgene said patients who were treated with Abraxane had greater progression-free survival than patients who were treated with the chemotherapy drug dacarbazine.

  • Holiday sales seen rising 4.1 percent in 2012 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:08 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop `til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

  • LDK Solar says lenders give shareholder more time Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Chinese solar equipment maker LDK Solar says lenders to its controlling shareholder won't sell loan-related collateral for a year. That gave lenders the right to sell the collateral, which includes shares of LDK Solar.

  • Stocks sink on mixed economic signals Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:05 AM ET

    The country's largest fertilizer company, Mosaic, said weak demand from China and India weighed on its profits. Mosaic, Dupont and stocks of other companies in the materials industry fell. Shortly before noon, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 75 points at 13,439. Dupont led the Dow lower, sinking 1.8 percent, or 84 cents, to $49.52.

  • Rdio to pay artists $10 per new subscriber Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:03 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- Music subscription service Rdio is looking to dispel the notion that streaming services underpay artists for their work. Starting Tuesday, it will start paying musicians $10 for every person they convince through social media to sign up for an Rdio plan. For $10 a month, they allow users to stream an unlimited number of songs on mobile devices.

  • *NHL, NHLPA resume secondary talks at league office Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:02 AM ET
  • NRF: Holiday sales to rise 4.1 percent in 2012 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Americans are expected to spend more during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, but they're not exactly ready to shop `til they drop like they have been in the past two years.

  • Feds throw support behind lawsuit against JPMorgan Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:02 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The federal government on Tuesday threw its support behind a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase accusing Bear Stearns, the investment bank JPMorgan bought in 2008, of engaging in massive fraud in deals involving billions in residential mortgage-backed securities. Bear Stearns was sold to JPMorgan Chase in 2008..

  • Schmidt: Autographs getting way too hard to read Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Since when did the signatures of today's celebrity athletes become worse than your local physician's scrawl on a prescription slip? Yes, I know, some now put their uniform number under their scribble. Have the constant paparazzi-like, autograph-stalking fans caused players to rebel by putting a bumpy line with a number as their autograph?

  • Asia stocks gain on US manufacturing upswing Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:47 PM ET

    South Korea's Kospi rose nearly 0.3 percent to 2,001.41 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6 percent to 4,413.80. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia also rose. The better news on manufacturing helped investors set aside concerns of a possible downgrade by credit rating agency Moody's of Spain's debt rating to junk status.

  • Court trims verdict over 'Nash Bridges' profits Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:17 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES-- A divided appellate court on Monday upheld Don Johnson's multimillion jury award over profits from the series "Nash Bridges" but significantly reduced the amount the actor is eligible to receive.

  • World markets gain, but Spain downgrade looms Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:57 PM ET

    South Korea's Kospi rose nearly 0.3 percent to 2,001.41 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6 percent to 4,413.80. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia also rose. The better news on manufacturing helped investors set aside concerns of a possible downgrade by credit rating agency Moody's of Spain's debt rating to junk status.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Auto sales remain strong Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:13 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Interest rates are low, trade-in values are high, and carmakers are rolling out attractive new models in key areas. All of these factors combined to keep auto sales strong in September.

  • YSL underwhelms, as Chloe and McCartney get fresh Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:15 PM ET

    PARIS-- Everyone loves a high-profile rivalry, but perhaps the fashion world more than most. In the Christian Dior ring, Raf Simons _ the house designer appointed in April whose Friday collection wowed journalists _ and in Yves Saint Laurent's, Hedi Slimane, the 44- year-old appointed in March, who himself used to work at Dior menswear.

  • Toys R Us to offer price matching in stores Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Toys R Us will offer a price matching guarantee on all of its toys and products in stores this holiday season, the toy seller said Monday. Toy analysts say retailers are being tight with inventory this year, so those wanting in-demand toys like Monster High dolls and the LeapPad2 tablet should buy early.