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Top News & Analysis Massachusetts

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- A Republican win in the US presidential election on November 6 may not be as bullish for financial markets as many believe if the latest equity and rates moves are anything to go by. Romney had consistently trailed about seven percentage points in the Reuters/ Ipsos daily tracking poll of the popular vote but now leads Barack Obama by one point.

  • WASHINGTON-- Staffers at a pharmacy linked to the deadly meningitis outbreak documented dozens of cases of mold and bacteria growing in rooms that were supposed to be sterile, according to federal health inspectors.

  • Oct 26- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday it found ``greenish black foreign matter'' and other contaminants in an injectable steroid produced by the New England Compounding Center, the pharmacy at the heart of a deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak.

  • BOSTON, Oct 26- Citigroup fired top Internet analyst Mark Mahaney and paid a $2 million fine to a Massachusetts regulator to settle charges that the bank improperly disclosed research on Facebook's IPO and information on other tech companies.

  • BOSTON, Oct 26- Massachusetts' top securities regulator said on Friday that his office is looking into whether top Wall Street investment banks in addition to Citigroup have leaked research in violation of state law on how to share this kind of information.

  • Oct 26- A New York man was arrested Friday on charges he forged documents in a multibillion-dollar scheme to defraud Facebook Inc and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, through a lawsuit claiming a huge ownership stake in the Internet company.

  • Oct 26- U.S. electric companies from Maine to Florida were bracing for heavy wind, rain and flooding that could take down power lines and threaten to close some East Coast nuclear plants early next week when Hurricane Sandy comes ashore.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 26- U.S. stocks edged lower on Friday, as investors fretted about Apple's weaker-than-expected results- the latest in a string of lackluster earnings- and signs that economic growth is still not strong enough to make a significant reduction in unemployment. Apple's stock lost 1.4 percent to $601.18.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 26- U.S. economic growth accelerated in the third quarter a s stepped-up purchases by consumers an d a surprise turnaround in government sp ending of f set the first cutback in business investment in more than a year.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of Constant Contact Inc. plunged to their lowest price in four years Friday after the online marketing company struggled to convert trial users into customers in the third quarter. THE SPARK: Constant Contact reported its quarterly results Thursday.

  • BOSTON, Oct 26- Massachusetts fined Citigroup $2 million to settle charges that two bank analysts improperly released confidential information about Facebook's financials before the technology company went public. Citi said its top Internet analyst, Mark Mahaney, who was involved in the Facebook matter, is no longer at the company.

  • NASSAU, Oct 26- Slow-moving Hurricane Sandy, a late season Atlantic storm unlike anything seen in more than two decades, slogged toward the U.S. East Coast on Friday after killing at least 31 people on a trail of destruction across the Caribbean.

  • BOSTON-- Massachusetts officials braced Friday for the arrival of a mega-storm that Gov. Forecasts that show Sandy veering inland and merging with another storm front in the mid-Atlantic could lower the potential for catastrophic damage in Massachusetts, but Patrick still warned of a 4- to 6- foot coastal storm surge and 30-35 foot seas offshore.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- A sell-off of items from the former headquarters of Curt Schilling's failed video game company in Providence brought in about $650,000. An initial auction, at a studio in Maryland acquired by 38 Studios, raised $180,000. 38 Studios was lured to Rhode Island from Massachusetts with a $75 million state loan guarantee.

  • NEW YORK-- The young Citigroup analyst was researching Facebook before it went public. Friday, Massachusetts' top securities regulator dragged the incident into the spotlight, slapping Citigroup with a consent order and charging the bank $2 million for failing to oversee its employee.

  • WASHINGTON-- Federal health inspectors say they found bacteria and mold growing in rooms that were supposed to be kept sterile at the pharmacy linked to a deadly outbreak of meningitis. The Food and Drug Administration has released its initial report after investigating the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., earlier this month.

  • BOSTON-- A new report finds the Massachusetts economy slowed sharply in the third quarter. According to the economic journal MassBenchmarks, the state's real gross domestic product grew by 1.9 percent from July-September, placing it slightly below the nation's growth rate of 2 percent as reported by the U.S. Commerce Department.

  • BOSTON, Oct 26- Massachusetts top securities regulator said on Friday that his office fined a Citigroup Inc unit $2 million after research analysts improperly disclosed confidential information about Facebook Inc's initial public offering.

  • Shares of PerkinElmer soared to a new annual high, a day after the health and industrial sciences company reported third-quarter results that topped Wall Street expectations. PerkinElmer Inc. said Thursday it now expects adjusted 2012 earnings of $2.05 to $2.07 per share. THE BIG PICTURE: PerkinElmer runs human and environmental health businesses.

  • *Storm causes deaths in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica. NASSAU, Oct 26- Hurricane Sandy pounded the Bahamas with battering winds and rain on Friday, sweeping over the island chain after killing 21 people across the Caribbean and posing a menacing threat to the U.S. East Coast.