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Unknown election outcome is stocks' big fear

NEW YORK - A handful of toss-up U.S. Senate races next week could hold the key to whether the stock market glides through the year-end in a typical post-midterm election rally or gets hit with a fresh bout of volatility. | Video

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U.S. consumer sentiment at highest since July 2007

NEW YORK - U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to its highest level since in more than seven years on growing optimism about the economy and more favorable personal financial expectations, a survey released on Friday showed.

31 Oct 2014

Exxon, Chevron results boosted by refining as oil prices slip

- A surge in refining profits boosted quarterly results at Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp , helping to offset declining oil and gas production and falling crude oil prices.

31 Oct 2014

Top U.S. oil companies see more pressure to clamp down on spending

HOUSTON - Top U.S. oil producers, which already were reining in spending before crude prices started to slip in June, are now looking to trim more fat from their budgets while reminding investors they must spend to grow.

31 Oct 2014

Dollar General extends tender offer for Family Dollar shares again

- Dollar General Corp extended its tender offer for shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc to Dec. 31, until after a shareholder vote that will decide the fate of a rival bid by Dollar Tree Inc .

31 Oct 2014

Herbalife to pay $15 million to settle class action lawsuit

- Herbalife Ltd would pay $15 million to settle an 18-month battle over a class action lawsuit brought by a former distributor claiming that the nutrition and supplements company is running an alleged pyramid scheme, according to a U.S. court filing.

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