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Wall Street firms despite terror concerns

TERROR IN PARIS LATEST

In a police raid near Paris today, two people holed up in an apartment died, including a woman who blew herself up. Seven other suspects were arrested, as authorities searched for the alleged mastermind of last week's attacks. (CNBC)

Security fears intensified in Europe as German authorities on Tuesday scrambled to respond to a reported bomb plot, abruptly calling off a soccer match Chancellor Angela Merkel had planned to attend. (Washington Post)

The FBI said there were no explosives on-board two Air France flights that were diverted due to anonymous bomb threats. They were headed from the U.S. to Paris. (CNBC)

In the first tentative steps toward a possible global alliance, France and Russia bombed Islamic State targets in Syria Tuesday, punishing the group for attacks in Paris and against a Russian airliner. (Reuters)

State and federal politicians across the U.S. have called for a block on Syrian refugees, saying the White House plan opens the nation to unnecessary risks. But about 2,200 migrants have already been admitted. (CNBC)

In the wake of the Paris attacks, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush plans to outline his national security strategy today, with a focus on how to deal with ISIS. (USA Today)

IN BUSINESS NEWS

American and European consumers are likely to pull back spending as news of public confrontations with terrorism dominate headlines, market analysts told CNBC.

U.S. stock futures were higher this morning, despite European equities being under pressure on security concerns after Friday's attacks in Paris. While watching international developments, investors also get the latest Fed minutes this afternoon. (CNBC)

Ahead of the Fed minutes, due out at 2 p.m. ET, Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker joins CNBC's "Squawk Box" at 8 a.m. ET. Lacker was the lone dissenter on the central bank's October policy statement.

Retail earnings are also in focus, with Lowe's (LOW) beating on the top and bottom lines, and Staples (SPSL) matching on earnings but missing on revenue. Target (TGT) is also out this morning. L Brands (LB), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), and Salesforce.com. (CRM) are out this afternoon.

Mobile payments company Square, founded and run by Jack Dorsey who's also CEO of Twitter, is set to price its IPO later today, in what is expected to be a harbinger for how other highly valued private tech companies are received. (Reuters)

Ride-hailing startup Lyft is said to be seeking to raise $500 million in new capital. Such fundraising would boost the current valuation by 60 percent to $4 billion. (NY Times)

Federal securities regulators are evaluating whether U.S. mutual funds have proper procedures in place to accurately price shares of private technology companies amid signs the tech boom is wavering. (WSJ)

The New York State attorney general has reportedly expanded his investigation into daily fantasy sport sites, with measures including the issuance of a subpoena to online media company Yahoo (YHOO). (NY Times)

Alphabet's (GOOGL) Google unit unveiled a new, simpler version of its Google Plus service, hoping to attract more users by connecting around common interests rather than people. (WSJ)

Starting tomorrow and running through the day after Thanksgiving, Amazon (AMZN) will one-up itself by adding new holiday deals as often as every five minutes. That compares to last season's deals every 10 minutes. (CNBC)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has suspended his bid for the GOP presidential nomination, tweeting "it's been an incredible honor to run." In a statement he wrote, "this is not my time." (CNBC)

BY THE NUMBERS

Oil prices were higher this morning, partly reversing Tuesday's 2.8 percent drop, following an industry group report showing a decline in U.S. crude stockpiles. Meanwhile, The government's weekly inventory numbers are out at 10:30 a.m. ET.

The government releases October housing starts and building permits at 8:30 a.m. ET, with economists expecting a 4.1 percent drop in starts last month after a 6.5 percent increase in September. Permits are seen rising 3.6 percent in October following a 4.8 percent decline the previous month.

Homebuyers seem undeterred by the highest mortgage rates in five months, with loan application volume increasing 6.2 percent last week, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association.

STOCKS TO WATCH

ConAgra Foods plans to separate into two independent public companies, one of which would focus on its consumer brands and the other on its frozen potato products business.

Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS) has agreed to be bought by rival chip maker ON Semiconductor (ON) for $2.4 billion cash, or $20 per share. Fairchild had closed at $17.88 per share Tuesday.

Norfolk Southern (NSC) said it plans to evaluate and consider a $28 billion buyout offer from Canadian Pacific (CP). The cash and stock bid valued Norfolk Southern 9 percent higher than Tuesday's close.

JPMorgan (JPM) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are under scrutiny from federal prosecutors, according to the Wall Street Journal. Authorities are pursuing criminal cases against executives from the two banks, involving mortgage securities sold ahead of the 2008 financial crisis.

Wells Fargo (WFC) named Timothy Sloan as president and COO. The move is considered by analysts to put Sloan first in line to eventually succeed the bank's current Chief Executive Officer, John Stumpf.

The CEO of TiVo (TIVO) plans to step down after 11 years at the end of January, but continue as non-executive chairman. A search committee to find a successor has been formed.

Citrix Systems (CTXS) plans to spin off its GoTo software business as a separate public company. Under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management, Citrix also plans to cut about 1,000 jobs.

Comcast (CMCSA) dropped the YES Network from its offerings after the NBCUniversal parent and YES owner 21st Century Fox (FOXA) failed to come to a new carriage agreement.

WATERCOOLER

Sales of electronic cigarettes have fallen sharply in recent months, ending five years of triple-digit growth and making the much-touted category look more like a potential fad than real threat to Big Tobacco. (WSJ)

Gawker, a pioneer of the irreverent tone that's come to define Internet journalism, plans to switch from focusing on gossip and media to covering political news, commentary and satire. (NY Times)