- Asian stocks drop on National Australia loss, Canon earnings; Yen advances.
- Consumer Confidence in US unexpectedly fell in October on job concerns.
- Euro up slightly to $1.4830 in European morning trade amid US consumers' worries.
- Oil falls to near $79 a barrel in Asia amid mixed signals about strength of US recovery.
- France announces €1.65B plan to prop up the country's agricultural companies.
- Home Prices in 20 US cities rise for third straight month: S&P/Case-Shiller.
- Russia postpones plan to sell up to $1.7B in gold after news was leaked to local media.
- AK Steel's Q3 profit tumbled 97% to $6.2M as shipments plunged 29%.
- ArcelorMittal's Q3 net falls 76% to $903M on 35% dip in revs and shipments fell 29%.
- E*Trade's Q3 loss widened to $832M on charges related to debt exchange it completed.
- EcoLab posts Q3 profit rise of 15% at $145M, despite 5% decline in sales to $1.55B.
- Franklin Resources beats by $0.27, posts Q4 EPS of $1.60. Revs fell 6.3% to $1.24B.
- GMAC may receive as much as $5.6B in third US government bailout.
- Harrah's Ent's Q3 loss widened to $1.62B on $1.33B of write-downs. Revs dip 14%.
- Heineken NV raised its Y09 forecast for organic net profit growth to low double-digit growth.
- National Australia Bank turns to loss of $69M on bad-debt charge, tax settlement.
- News Corp., CBS Corp. asking cable operators to pay monthly fees to carry their stations.
- Praxair's Sept. net income declines from $355M last year to $325M this year.
- Publicis Groupe SA says advertising markets have started a gradual recovery.
- SAP AG cut Y09 revenue outlook; sees decline of 6-8% (prev 4-6% decline).
- TD Ameritrade Q4 net slips 8.9% to $156.7M despite highest qtr of trading activity in its history.
- Textron's Q3 profit beats est., at $4M helped by savings from job cuts.
- US Steel anticipates losses in Q4; posts Q3 loss of $303M as revs slump 61% to $2.82B.
- Valero reported a wider-than-expected Q3 loss of $489M on shrinking margins, low demand.
- Visa Q4 net hints at turnaround; profit of $514M suggests spending is stabilizing.
- Wynn Resorts' Q3 net falls 33% to $34.2M on higher interest costs, lower tax benefit.
- WellPoint's 3Q profit declines 11 percent as enrollment in employer plans continues to slip.
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