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Dow hits record high; BOJ ramps up stimulus
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose sharply on Friday, with the Dow hitting an intraday record high as the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program, just days after the Federal Reserve wound down its years-long package of incentives.
Recent moves by central banks, at a glance  Washington Post
FTSE 100 up on bank news and Japan move  BBC News
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Hot or not? Starbucks delivery won't be easy, say experts
Experts are scratching their heads wondering how Starbucks will possibly pull off delivery. On Thursday, CEO Howard Schultz announced plans to offer limited food and beverage delivery in some markets in the second half of 2015.
Starbucks Run Faces Extinction as Chain Tests Delivery  Businessweek
Starbucks' Top-line Growth in FY2014 Driven By Higher Pricing & ...  Forbes
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Gas Prices Will Dip Below $3 Nationally This Weekend
It's been nearly four years since the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline started with a $2. But on Saturday, we'll drop below the $3 mark.
Average US Gasoline Drops Below $3 for First Time Since 2010  Businessweek
Average gasoline drops below $3 for first time since 2010  Jacksonville Daily Progress
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Retailers Are Launching Black Friday Sales the Day After Halloween
Drop the trick-or-treat bag and commence holiday shopping. That's the scenario retailers are hoping for this season, and they're using big sales starting November 1 to make it happen.
Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping  WNAX
Amazon Black Friday 2014 Deals: What to Expect  Gotta Be Mobile
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US consumer spending falters; wage gains highest since 2008
WASHINGTON, Oct 31 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending fell for the first time in eight months in September, suggesting the economy lost some momentum heading into the fourth quarter.
US consumer spending down 0.2% in September  The Detroit News
Consumers Need Fuel-Cost Rescue as U.S. Spending Falls: Economy  Bloomberg
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Profits Up, As Chevron Outspends Exxon On Megaprojects
Exxon posted net income of $8.1 billion, 2.5% higher in the quarter, with particularly strong results from U.S. upstream operations.
CompaniesExxon Mobil posts Q3 earnings surprise  Financial Times
Exxon, Chevron profits boosted by refining as oil prices fall  CNBC
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Consumers not letting Ebola or other fears hurt outlook
The scary stuff is out there - shaky days a few weeks ago on Wall Street, Ebola, sticker shock in the dairy aisle, you name it. But consumers posted their most optimistic outlook since before the start of the Great Recession.
Consumer sentiment index at 7-year high  USA TODAY
Consumers are feeling better than they have in years  CBS News
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Virgin Galactic spaceship has in-flight problem
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes During Flight Test
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has 'in-flight anomaly' during ...  Los Angeles Times
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Budweiser profits pinched by Russia
Russia was a major buzz kill for the brewer of Budweiser and other well-known beers. Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), the world's largest beer company, reported earnings and sales that badly missed analysts' expectations on Friday.
Key beer markets go flat for AB InBev  Financial Times
AB InBev Q3 Earnings Miss Estimates but Up Y/Y, View Intact
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Citi cuts earnings due to regulatory probes
NEW YORK (AP) - Citigroup has slashed its third-quarter earnings by $600 million, saying that recent investigations by regulators have altered the results it reported earlier this month.
Storm brewing as legal costs crimp Citigroup's style  The Australian
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