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Wall Street rallies on Caterpillar, 3M results
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks jumped 1 percent on Thursday as a number of strong results, including from a pair of Dow components, reassured investors that corporations continued to fare well despite concerns about global economic growth.
U.S. stocks surge; Dow rises 200 points  MarketWatch
Stocks Surge as Caterpillar's Strong Earnings Provide a Boost
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Air-bag recalls trigger new scrutiny
A suddenly expanded recall of air bags is turning into a new safety crisis for the auto industry and intensifying scrutiny of U.S.
Air-bag deaths draw scrutiny of Congress as recalls widen  Tribune-Review
Government ups air bag warning to 7.8M vehicles  The Elkhart Truth
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US Jobless Claims Remain Near 14-Year Lows
A recruiter talks with a job seeker at a career fair in New York City on May 13, 2014. Bloomberg News. WASHINGTON�The number of new claims for jobless benefits rose last week but remained near 14-year lows, the latest sign of an improving labor market.
US jobless claims up; four-week average lowest since 2000  Reuters
Jobless claims jump, but one-month average lowest since 2000  Los Angeles Times
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Caterpillar Boosts Profits, Outlook Despite Flat Revenue And Shaky Economy
Caterpillar Caterpillar shares helped the Dow Jones industrial build an opening gain Thursday morning, after the heavy equipment maker beat earnings expectations despite little progress on the revenue front.
Caterpillar Earnings Up; Sees 2015 Growth  Wall Street Journal
Caterpillar profit beats view, raises outlook; shares gain  Reuters
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GM earns $1.4B in Q3 on strong North America, China
General Motors said it earned $1.4 billion in the third quarter on strength in North America and China, where newly introduced models are more profitable than the ones they replace.
GM Profit Rises as Barra Seeks to Put Recalls Behind Company  Bloomberg
US Auto Sales Fuel General Motors' Earnings  Wall Street Journal
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US Mortgage Rates Fall With 30-Year at 3.92%
Mortgage rates in the U.S. declined, remaining at a 16-month low as more affordable borrowing costs fuel an increase in refinancing.
Mortgage Rates Decline Further  CNNMoney
Mortgage rates continue downward trend this week  Washington Post (blog)
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Business activity improves in China, euro zone but US slips
Euro zone businesses performed much better than forecasters expected this month and China's vast factory sector grew a shade faster, but U.S.
Copper Climbs as Chinese Manufacturing Signals Growth  Businessweek
Business activity improves in China, euro zone but little sign of turnaround  Reuters
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Fewer customers drop Comcast cable subscriptions
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp reported higher quarterly revenue and income on Thursday as more people signed up for its high-speed Internet service and fewer customers dropped their cable subscriptions.
Action slows on big cable TV acquisitions  SFGate
Comcast Q3 Broadband Gets College, Campus Streaming Boost CMCSA  Investor's Business Daily
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Spanish jobless figure drops as economy picks up
MADRID (AP) - Spain's unemployment rate dropped to 23.7 percent in the third quarter from 24.5 percent in the previous three-month period thanks to a recovering economy and a bumper summer tourism season, official statistics showed Thursday.
Spanish economy grew by 0.5% in third quarter  MarketWatch
Spain grows 0.5% in Q3  Business Spectator
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UK Retail Sales Decline More Than Forecast
U.K. retail sales declined more-than-expected in September, driven by a sharp contraction in clothing sales. Retail sales fell 0.3 percent in September from a month ago, when it rose 0.4 percent, the Office for National Statistics said Thursday.
U.K. retail sales fall, suggest faltering economy  MarketWatch
British retail sales fall in warm September  GlobalPost
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