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  • Other global companies, including Caterpillar on Monday, cited slower-than-expected growth in the U.S., China, and noted the broadening recession in Europe. South Korean steel maker Posco said that it expected growth in steel demand to range between 2 percent and 3 percent by 2013 because of slower demand globally in both developed and emerging countries.

  • Benchmark oil dropped $2.32, or 2.6 percent, to $86.29 in afternoon trading in New York. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline dropped 2 cents overnight to $3.65. That's why gasoline futures have plunged 12 percent in less than two weeks, including a 6- cent drop Tuesday to $2.59 per gallon.

  • NEW YORK-- Nobody was expecting this earnings season to be great. Stocks plunged Tuesday, making it one of the worst days on Wall Street so far this year and sending the major indexes to their lowest levels since early September. That was June 1, the day the government released an ominously weak jobs report.

  • NOT ART: Lap dances are taxable because they don't promote culture in a community the way ballet or other artistic endeavors do, New York's highest court concluded Tuesday in a sharply divided ruling.

  • UPS said it predicts earnings of $4.55 to $4.65 per share, compared with its earlier forecast of $4.50 to $4.70. The new outlook indicates that earnings in the fourth quarter will exceed Wall Street expectations. For the three months ending in September, United Parcel Service Inc.' s net income fell 56 percent to $469 million, or 48 cents per share.

  • J.C. Penney Co. said Tuesday that for the entire month of November families can have a portrait done for free. The free portrait service is available at 530 Penney stores that have portrait studios. Penney operates more than 1,100 stores.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of MicroStrategy Inc. fell Tuesday after the business software company shuffled its managerial ranks, prompting at least one analyst to cut his rating for the company.

  • NEW YORK-- A Raymond James analyst lowered his third-quarter estimates for three hospital operators on Tuesday, saying it looks like patient admissions will be lower than he expected.

  • LONDON-- Manchester United will open an office in the United States to target commercial sponsors. Vice chairman Ed Woodward said Tuesday the record 19- time English champions will open the office on the East Coast as they look to raise more cash to reduce the club's debt.

  • Perhaps that's why famous pals Katie Holmes and Julianna Margulies joined Narciso Rodriguez as he launched a limited-edition collection with a more affordable national retailer. Holmes walked the red carpet at the launch party Monday in New York for Rodriguez's line for Kohl's Corp..

  • Boeing fell$. 69 or. 9 percent, to $73.01. Lockheed Martin Corp. fell $1.16 or 1.3 percent, to $91.61. Northrop Grumman Corp. fell$. 82 or 1.2 percent, to $69.38.

  • Baxter International Inc. fell$. 82 or 1.3 percent, to $61.16. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. fell$. 68 or 2.0 percent, to $33.36. Johnson& Johnson fell$. 82 or 1.1 percent, to $70.96.

  • Nearly half of all robberies in San Francisco this year are cell phone-related, police say, and most occur on bustling transit lines. And, in nearby Oakland, City Council candidate Dan Kalb was robbed at gunpoint of his iPhone Wednesday after he attended a neighborhood anti-crime meeting.

  • One of the reports adds that the Marcellus reserves that lie below parts of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York are far larger than recent government estimates, while another said the powerful combination of resource, cost and location is altering natural gas prices and market trends across the nation.

  • On Thursday, Southwest Airlines said demand _ and pricing _ for business travelers grew weaker in September. Revenue seemed to be rebounding this month, Southwest said. But nothing quite says "ka-ching" like $981 for a short-notice round-trip ticket from Minneapolis to New York.

  • NEW YORK-- The Defense Department said Friday that United Technologies Corp. received a $335 million contract with the Air Force. United Technologies is receiving orders for the Air Force's Adaptive Engine Technology Development Program. Shares of United Technologies lost $1.24 to close at $77.99 amid a broad market decline.

  • CRAZY WEATHER: Warm spring weather in the Northeast and Midwest tricked apple trees into budding early this year, and then a late frost damaged the blossoms. CROPS CRIMPED: Crops in apple-producing states like New York and Michigan shrank, falling off as much as 90 percent.

  • NEW YORK-- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services on Friday lowered its rating on solid waste services company Waste Connections Inc. because of its plan to acquire R360 Environmental Solutions Inc. for about $1.3 billion in cash. S&P lowered its corporate credit rating on Waste Connections one step from "BBB" to "BBB-," which is still investment grade.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Healthways Inc. slumped Friday after the wellness program operator posted disappointing third-quarter revenue and cut is annual net income guidance because of the costs associated with new contracts. Analysts expected Healthways to report net income of 13 cents per share and $172.5 million in revenue, according to FactSet.

  • NEW YORK-- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:. McDonald's Corp., down $4.14 at $88.72. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., down $42.93 at $243.