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Stocks, euro sink on weak earnings, Spain worries

NEW YORK - Global shares slide more than 1 percent and the euro falls as a slew of weak U.S. corporate earnings results and credit rating downgrades of several indebted regions of Spain triggered a new round of fears over the global economy (MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 9), moving shortly, by Angela Moon, 1,050 words)

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- MARKETS-USA-STOCKS (UPDATE 5), moved, by Atossa Araxia Abrahamanian, 500 words

- MARKETS-USA-BONDS/ (UPDATE 4), moving shortly, by Chris reese and Luciana Lopez, 420 words

- MARKETS-OIL/ (UPDATE 8), moving shortly, by Robert Gibbons, 710 words

Apple's iPad mini to start at $329, go on sale Friday

SAN JOSE - Apple Inc takes the wraps off a smaller 7-inch iPad in its biggest product move since debuting the iPad two years ago, offering its new ``iPad mini'' for $329 and up, which is more than some industry observers had expected (APPLE-IPAD/ (UPDATE 4, PIX), expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, by Poornima Gupta and Noel Randewich, 425 words)

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- APPLE-SAMSUNG/PATENT, moved, by Diane Bartz, 240 words

Facebook results due

Wall Street is looking for any signs of re-acceleration in Facebook's revenue growth, with the company having rolled out a series of new advertising products in recent months, including improved ad targeting capabilities for marketers and additional mobile advertising features (FACEBOOK-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, about 450 words)

Netflix results due

Video rental company Netflix, riding a 20 percent share boost in October, updates investors on whether it can meet its new subscriber target for this year, after having warned it might be tough to reach its goal for new U.S. streaming customers and that new international launches will pressure earnings (NETFLIX-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, about 450 words)

Amgen results due

Amgen is expected to report higher profit and revenue for the third quarter and first full quarter under new CEO Bob Bradway (AMGEN-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, about 450 words)

Panera Bread results due

Panera, one of the restaurant industry's top performing chains, reports with investor jitters high after Chipotle Mexican Grill, another leading chain, forecast a cool-down in its growth in sales at established restaurants next year (PANERA-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, about 450 words)

U.S. companies sharpen job-cutting shears as sales slow

BOSTON - Faced with weakening revenue, two of the largest U.S. companies, DuPont and United Technologies, warn they plan to cut jobs as a way of protecting their profits (USA-CORPORATE/RESULTS (WRAPUP 2), moved, by Scott Malone, 1,000 words)

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- FORTUNEBRANDS-RESUTLS/ (UPDATE 1),expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, about 450 words)

- BOSTONPROPERTIES-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, about 450 words)

- GILEAD-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, about 450 words)

- AFLAC-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, about 450 words)


Obama's vow against automatic cuts surprises Washington

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama caught Capitol Hill by surprise with his comment that automatic spending cuts looming in January ``will not happen,'' kindling hope among Democrats but doubt among Republicans that he has a viable plan to replace them (USA-CAMPAIGN/FISCALCLIFF (UPDATE 1), moved, by David Lawder, 840 words)

US quizzes Canada at WTO over aid for paper mill

GENEVA - Canada finds itself lumped together with China and India as a country that the United States suspects of paying illegal subsidies that distort trade, with C$162 million ($163 million) of aid to a Nova Scotia paper mill under scrutiny (USA-CANADA/TRADE, moved, by Tom Miles, 400 words)

Europe considers how to let non-euro states into bank union

BRUSSELS - European Union countries will examine a plan this week to allow the ECB supervise banks in states outside the euro alongside those within the currency area, according to a document that lays down limits on the central bank's role (EU-BANKINGUNION/, moving shortly, by John O'Donnell, 540 words)

EU delays vote on quotas for women in the boardroom

STRASBOURG - The European Commission postpones a vote on a plan to force companies to allot 40 percent of their board seats to women by 2020 as lawyers question its legality under EU rules (EU-GENDER/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Claire Davenport, 520 words)


UPS profit drops, shares rise on outlook

United Parcel Service Inc reports lower quarterly profit, citing slowing global trade, and said there was ``some uncertainty'' about the strength of the coming holiday season (UPS-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Lynn Adler, 820 words)

Did French PM accidentally reveal big Airbus order?

TOULOUSE - Airbus parent EADS, whose merger talks with BAE Systems were leaked to the press in the summer, may find itself again the subject of inadvertant early disclosure - by the French prime minister (AIRBUS-A350/AYRAULT, expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, by Tim Hepher and Jean Decotte, 710 words)

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- BAE-SHAREHOLDERS/, moved, by Sinead Cruise, Chris Vellacott, 790 words

US auto dealership groups post larger adjusted profit

U.S. auto dealership groups Sonic Automotive Inc and Asbury Automotive Group Inc post higher third-quarter adjusted earnings as vehicle sales rose and costs stayed about flat (DEALERS-EARNINGS/ (WRAPUP 1), moved, 700 words)

Harley-Davidson profit falls as it revamps production

Harley-Davidson Inc reports lower quarterly earnings as it revamps production at its largest factory, but the motorcycle maker kept its full-year forecast for shipments unchanged ( HARLEYDAVIDSON-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Nick Zieminski, 320 words)

Xerox trims earnings forecast on worsening economy

Xerox Corp trims its full-year earnings forecast and says it will take a restructuring charge of up to $100 million to account for a tougher economy as large companies tightened budgets and government had less funding for projects (XEROX-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 4), moved, by Nicola Leske, 640 words)

Canada allows plant that shipped tainted beef to reopen

The Canadian plant that produced millions of pounds of tainted beef was set to reopen as food inspection officials tried to restore consumer confidence in the country's food safety system (CANADA-BEEF/ECOLI (UPDATE 2), moved, by Rod Nickel, 720 words)

Nokia to sell $972 mln in convertible bonds

HELSINKI - Mobile phone maker Nokia plans to raise 750 million euros ($972 million) from bonds convertible into shares, seeking a cheap way to help finance its fight to claw back market share lost to Apple and Samsung (NOKIA-BONDS/ (UPDATE 4), moved, by Ritsuko Ando, 510 words)

BMW sees double-digit Chinese growth mid-term

MUNICH - German carmaker BMW hopes to maintain double-digit sales growth in China, banking on new leadership there to inject fresh stimulus into the economy (BMW-CHINA/ (INTERVIEW, UPDATE 1), moved, by Irene Preisinger and Christian Hetzner, 640 words)