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Monday, November 3, 2014

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Wall St. ends nearly flat; semis climb
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow ended slightly lower on Monday after briefly climbing to intraday records, but strength in semiconductors boosted the Nasdaq.
AIG beats third-quarter estimates, will buy back more shares
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Insurer American International Group on Monday reported better-than-expected third quarter earnings, bolstered in part by improved performance at core insurance operations.
Sprint third-quarter revenue rises slightly less than expected
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sprint Corp, the No. 3 U.S. mobile provider, on Monday reported an increase in quarterly revenue that was slightly below analysts' expectations.
U.S. factory activity back at three-and-a-half-year high, auto sales rise
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. manufacturing activity unexpectedly accelerated in October and automobile sales were strong, easing concerns of a significant moderation in economic growth in the fourth quarter.
Publicis to buy U.S. digital ad firm Sapient for $3.7 billion
PARIS (Reuters) - Publicis , the world's third-largest advertising agency, is to buy U.S.-based digital ad specialist Sapient for $3.7 billion in cash as it seeks to accelerate growth after a botched merger earlier this year.
GM ignition-switch death, injury claims up 12 percent
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A program to compensate victims of accidents caused by a faulty ignition switch in General Motors vehicles has received 1,772 claims for injuries and deaths, a 12 percent increase from the previous week, according to a report Monday.
Deflation is a growing possibility: Bill Gross
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Famed bond investor Bill Gross on Monday warned that deflation remained a growing possibility despite aggressive monetary policies by central banks around the world.
Alibaba's first earnings to test mettle, investor enthusiasm
SAN FRANCISCO/BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's first full quarterly report card to Wall Street investors on Tuesday will be scrutinized by the hopeful seeking validation for lofty stock price targets and studied by the few skeptics searching for inauspicious signs.
HSBC sets aside $1.8 billion for forex probe, misconduct
LONDON (Reuters) - HSBC's profits fell short of expectations in the third quarter after the bank set aside $1.8 billion for misconduct settlements and compensation for customers, including a potential fine for rigging currency markets.
U.S. October auto sales best in several years, GM misses
DETROIT (Reuters) - Automakers reported their strongest U.S. October sales in years on Monday, but top-seller General Motors Co missed expectations.
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