WASHINGTON, Nov 2- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and a small increase in the jobless rate was due to more workers restarting their job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election bid. Employers added 171,000 people to their payrolls last month, the Labor Department said on Friday.
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov 2- The U.S. ``Unemployment is, and should be, a central focus of monetary policy right now,'' San Francisco Fed President John Williams told a group of community leaders here. ``We have substantial scope to use monetary policy to stimulate the economy without creating too much upward pressure on prices.''.
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov 2- The U.S. ``Unemployment is, and should be, a central focus of monetary policy right now,'' San Francisco Fed President John Williams said in remarks prepared for delivery to a group of community leaders here. ``We have substantial scope to use monetary policy to stimulate the economy without creating too much upward pressure on prices.''.
*Profit ex-items $2.55/ share, misses $2.83 analysts' view. Increasing output from the wellhead is a struggle for many big oil companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp and Royal Dutch Shell.
DALLAS-- 7- Eleven Inc. said Friday it completed the acquisition of Tetco Inc., which runs 163 convenience stores in Texas and Utah.
WASHINGTON, Nov 2- After the Nov. 6 elections, urgent tax and spending issues must be addressed, forcing Washington's power players to make some tough decisions before the end of the year. Regardless of who wins the Nov. 6 presidential election, Obama will be in the White House during the final months of 2012 when the ``fiscal cliff'' must be dealt with.
*Buys private oil company with assets in Utah's Uinta Basin. CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 1- Crescent Point Energy Corp, Canada's No. 4 independent oil-exploration company, said on Thursday it will buy privately held oil and gas producer Ute Energy Upstream Holdings LLC for $784 million in cash to gain oil production in the Uinta basin in northern Utah.
Oct 31- Nu Skin Enterprises Inc raised its full-year forecast for the sixth time this year, encouraged by strong demand for its new anti-ageing and body spa products under the ageLOC brand. Nu Skin shares rose 11 percent to $46.70 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday morning.
Oct 31- Nu Skin Enterprises Inc's quarterly results handily beat Wall Street expectations on strong performance of its anti-ageing and nutritional supplement businesses in China, prompting the company to raise its full-year forecast for the sixth time.
Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy will close U.S. stock markets for a second day on Tuesday, as Wall Street turned its attention to whether markets would be able to resume functioning on the month's final trading day on Wednesday. NYSE Euronext and Nasdaq OMX Group, the largest two U.S. exchange operators, said they intend to reopen Wednesday, conditions permitting.
*Equity markets execs, regulators agree to close on Tuesday. Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy will close U.S. stock markets for a second straight day on Tuesday, as Wall Street turned its attention to whether markets would be able to resume functioning on the month's final trading day.
Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy brought wind and rain to the streets of New York City on Monday, but on Wall Street, it also brought a day of eerie, almost unsettling calm. Steve Gerbel, who runs hedge fund Chicago Capital Management, said that, when he called a Goldman trading desk on Monday, he got to talk to employees from its Salt Lake City office for the first time.
Oct 26- Individual donors to U.S. presidential candidates can contribute up to $2,500 for the state-by-state party nominating contests and another $2,500 for the general election.
RAPID CITY, S.D.-- A Texas- based pipe maker has started construction on a manufacturing plant in Rapid City, South Dakota. WL Plastics Director Mike Dahl says the South Dakota plant will help supply North Dakota's oil industry. WL Plastics also has facilities in Texas, Kentucky, Utah, Wyoming and the Canadian province of Alberta, Canada.
MIDVALE, Utah-- Ally Bank, wanting to focus on auto lending and consumer deposits, is trying to take another step away from the mortgage industry.
SALT LAKE CITY-- A sentencing hearing for a scientist who has pleaded guilty in Utah's first industrial espionage case turned on testimony Thursday about the damage to a chemical company. Federal investigators say the 42- year-old chemist emailed a secret drug recipe from a Utah company to a brother-in-law in India.
NEW YORK-- A growth in early voting and tough economy for the media are forcing changes to the exit poll system that television networks and The Associated Press depend upon to deliver the story on Election Night, all with the pressure-filled backdrop of a tight presidential race.
SALT LAKE CITY-- Shares of Fusion-io Inc., a provider of data center technology, tumbled in after-hours trading Wednesday after it said earnings fell 45 percent in its fiscal first quarter, and it offered a weak outlook for the current quarter.
SALT LAKE CITY-- Utah gave its final approval Wednesday for the first commercial tar sands project in the U.S., handing a victory to a Canadian company that aims to start producing 2,000 barrels of oil next year in the start of what could grow into a larger operation.
SALT LAKE CITY-- A report comparing the current housing market to the situation four years ago says the picture is noticeably bleaker in Utah's largest counties. "We are certainly not trying to indict anybody in elected office for causing this," Daren Blomquist, vice president of marketing for RealtyTrac, told the Deseret News. "