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Amazon's Sales Forecast for Holidays Misses Estimates Inc. (AMZN:US) forecast sales and profit for the holiday quarter that missed analysts' expectations, underlining the limits to Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos's strategy of spending big to fuel growth.
CompaniesAmazon shares drop as revenue and forecast lag  Financial Times
Why (AMZN) Stock Is Down In After-Hours Trading Today
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Wall St. Closes Sharply Higher, Bolstered by Strong Earnings
The stock market rose sharply on Thursday, driven by encouraging earnings from companies including Caterpillar and 3M. Investors were also encouraged by some positive manufacturing news out of Europe.
Stock Market Today: Stocks Pare Sharp Gains on Fears of New York Ebola Case
Stocks surge as US companies report higher profits  SFGate
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Stocks end higher, Ebola scare trims gains
What a day. Stocks got a major boost Thursday from a slew of strong earnings reports from companies ranging from heavy equipment maker Caterpillar (CAT) to automaker General Motors (GM).
UPDATE 4-Caterpillar profit beats view, raises outlook; shares surge  Reuters
Caterpillar Sees More U.S., India Infrastructure Spending  Bloomberg
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GM earns $1.38 billion in 3Q, beats estimates
The automaker said it sold 2.45 million vehicles globally in the third quarter, up 2 percent from the three-month period a year ago and marking its best third-quarter sales performance since 1980.
5 Things to Read Today: GM Posts Strong Profit, Nigeria to Send Medics in ...  Wall Street Journal (blog)
GM profit rises as Barra seeks to put recalls behind company  Chicago Tribune
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EU, China businesses up, US slips
Eurozone businesses performed much better than forecasters expected this month and China's vast factory sector grew a shade faster, but US manufacturing activity sputtered to its slowest since July, underscoring the uneven nature of the post-crisis global ...
China HSBC PMI edges higher in October  TODAYonline
China factory activity lifts, but output drops  The Australian Financial Review
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Target Offers Free Shipping to Cash in on the Holiday Season
Target Corporation (TGT - Analyst Report) has decided to offer its online shoppers free shipping on all products starting from Oct 22 till Dec 20.
Target offers no-minimum free shipping on all orders for the 2014 holiday season
Target Offers Free Shipping on All Orders  ABC News
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401(k) contribution 'max' to rise to $18000 for 2015
Retirement savers will be able to sock away a little more in their 401(k)s and other retirement plans for 2015, according to plan contribution limits announced today by the Internal Revenue Service.
Want to Save More for Retirement? IRS Bumps Up Limits for 2015
IRS adjusts 2015 retirement plan contribution limits for inflation  Pensions & Investments
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Why Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Is Up in After-Hours Trading Today
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Microsoft (MSFT) were gaining 2.7% to $46.22 after-hours Thursday after beating analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the fiscal first quarter.
Microsoft profit dips on charges, while sales jump  Reuters India
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US Tech Firm Fined for Underpaying Indian Workers
A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.. The probe ...
Tech firm fined for paying workers $1.21 per hour  Helena Independent Record
Company Finds Out The Hard Way It's Illegal To Pay $1.21 An Hour In America  Huffington Post
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Saudi Arabia's Risky Oil-Price Play
With the U.S. on track to become the world's largest oil producer by next year, it's become popular in Washington and on Wall Street to call America the new Saudi Arabia.
Oil futures back above $82 after hitting two-year low  MarketWatch
History of controls on US oil exports: Kemp  Reuters
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