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  • However, rising speculation that Spain will soon ask for help to keep its borrowing costs down continues to shore up European markets, particularly in Madrid. The surprise decision late Tuesday by Moody's to maintain its credit rating on Spain has also helped shore up sentiment.

  • NEW YORK-- EBay Inc. is expected to post higher third-quarter earnings and revenue Wednesday after the market closes, thanks to strength in its PayPal unit as well as its e-commerce platforms.

  • WASHINGTON-- Builders likely started construction on more homes in September than August, as many gained confidence in their prospects for sales in the coming months. If the forecast is correct, that would be the fastest pace since October 2008. The Commerce Department will release the report at 8:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday.

  • BANGKOK-- A positive day for stock markets and hopes that Spain might be on the verge of requesting a bailout to fix its debt crisis kept oil prices steady Wednesday. Benchmark oil for November delivery was unchanged at $92.09 a barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Second Presidential Debate: A Real Slugfest: Experts

    Mary Jo Jacobi, former U.S. presidential advisor , and Aaron Task, editor-In-chief of Yahoo Finance, tell CNBC the second presidential debate was an intense slugfest that featured numerous misrepresentations of each candidate by the other.

  • SUMNER, Texas-- Oil has long lived in harmony with farmland and cattle across the Texas landscape, a symbiosis nurtured by generations and built on an unspoken honor code that allowed agriculture to thrive while oil was extracted. In the minds of some landowners approached by TransCanada for land, the company has broken the code.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- It's difficult to argue with the goals of the World Food Prize Foundation _ to recognize people who have helped improve the quality and availability of food to reduce world hunger.

  • AMSTERDAM-- ASML Holding NV, the biggest supplier of equipment to semiconductor manufacturers, has offered to buy Cymer Inc. of the U.S. for around $2.55 billion in cash and shares.

  • BANGKOK-- A positive day for stock markets and hopes that Spain might be on the verge of requesting a bailout to fix its debt crisis helped push oil prices higher Wednesday. Benchmark oil for November delivery was up 16 cents to $92.25 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • WILMINGTON, Mass.-- Shares of UniFirst Corp. rose Wednesday after the uniform company said that its fiscal fourth-quarter profit rose 25 percent, although it issued a modest full-year forecast due to concerns about high unemployment.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY-- A second man who was injured in an explosion at an Oklahoma oil refinery has died. A University of Oklahoma Medical Center spokesman says Russell Mann of Davis died Tuesday at the Oklahoma City hospital.

  • BOISE, Idaho-- A large shipment of water-purification equipment will be transported through Idaho to Montana on a disputed mountain highway where big loads have been the subject of oversized controversy.

  • WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- BB&T Corp. says it will create 1,700 new jobs over five years in a large back-office operation near Piedmont Triad International Airport. The bank said Tuesday that it has signed a seven-year sublease to take over a former American Express Co. call center in Greensboro.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Labor statistics show the percentage of West Virginia workers paid an hourly wage at or below the federal minimum standard declined in 2011.. There were 462,000 workers being paid hourly rates in West Virginia last year.

  • AUSTIN, Texas-- The balance in Texas' Rainy Day Fund is climbing to $8.1 billion. A director from the Texas comptroller's office Wednesday told lawmakers the state's emergency savings account is expected to hit that number when nearly $2 billion in anticipated oil and gas tax collections is transferred into the fund next month.

  • SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Two brothers from central New York have claimed a $5 million lottery prize for a scratch-off ticket they bought at their parents' Syracuse store six years ago, state officials said.

  • CHICAGO-- Northern Trust Corp. said Wednesday that its third-quarter net income rose 5 percent due to higher fees from clients for managing their money. The wealth management firm, which is based in Chicago, earned $178.8 million, or 73 cents per share, in the three months through Sept. 30, up from $170.4 million, or 70 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • RICHMOND, Va.-- Many of us know firsthand that losing weight and staying fit can be tough. For me, I started a journey a little over a year ago to get in better shape before my 30th birthday.

  • NEW YORK-- An analyst says that Johnson Controls' agreement to buy battery maker A123 Systems' automotive assets is a good strategic fit and gives it access to new lithium ion battery technology. Johnson Controls Inc., an auto parts and building equipment maker, plans to keep A123 plants open and sell the company's lithium-ion battery technology.

  • NEW YORK-- PepsiCo Inc.' s net income dipped 5 percent in the third quarter as the snack food and beverage maker poured more money into bolstering its flagship brands and developing new products that position it for the future.