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LONDON (MarketWatch) -- Google was upgraded to buy from hold by The Benchmark Co. after the Internet search engine's quarter. The broker expects continued momentum because large advertisers have returned, the seasonally strongest period of the year is starting, currency impacts are turning positive and comparisons are getting easier. It lifted its price target to $625 from $500.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Regions Financial Corp. said late Thursday it named Vice Chairman O.B. Grayson Hall Jr. president and to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Regions Financial said that Dowd Ritter, who has served as president since November 2006, will remain chairman and chief executive officer.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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TEL AVIV (MarketWatch) -- Baker Hughes Inc. and BJ Services Co., the Houston oilfield-services providers, said on Thursday that they had received a second request from the U.S. Department of Justice for additional information regarding their proposal to merge. The companies said they would comply with the request promptly.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.

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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) - Xilinx Inc. on Wednesday reported a fiscal second-quarter profit of $64 million, or 23 cents a share, compared with a profit of $81.1 million, or 29 cents a share, for the year-earlier period. Revenue was $415 million, down from $483.5 million for the same period last year. Analysts had expected the chip maker to report earnings of 22 cents a share, on revenue of $403.8 million, according to data from FactSet Research.
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MADRID (MarketWatch) -- Spanish consumer price inflation fell 1% on an annual basis against a 0.8% fall in August, which was in line with consensus estimates, according to FactSet estimates. Versus the previous month, inflation fell 0.2% against a 0.3% rise in August. The fall in prices was mainly due to a 6.8% fall for transport, a 2.4% fall in the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages, and a 2.2% fall in clothing prices. Prices at hotels, cafes and restaurants rose 1.3%, but this increase was less than what was seen a year ago. Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on st
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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Managed-care stocks deepened their decline Tuesday afternoon after the Senate Finance Committee voted to pass a bill introduced by panel chairman Max Baucus, a Democrat senator from Montana, that would create health cooperatives to extend coverage to more Americans. Aetna, Inc. shares were down nearly 3% compared to a 2.6% drop as the committee started its voting. Cigna Corp. shares sank 2.9% compared with a 2.2% decline as voting started. UnitedHealth Group, Inc. shares dropped 3.1%, WellPoint Inc. lost 0.7% and Humana Inc. lost 0.9%. The committee voted 14
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HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- American International Group Inc. will sell its life insurance unit in Taiwan to a group led by Hong Kong-based investment company Primus Financial Holdings for $2.2 billion, according to media reports Tuesday. Primus, co-founded by former Citigroup banker Robert Morse, will take over Taipei-based Nan Shan Life Insurance Co., Taiwan's third-largest life insurer by premiums, according to newswires reports which cited people with knowledge of the matter.
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NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The Chicago Board Options Exchange's electronic trade resumed Monday after technical trouble earlier on. "CBOE experienced systems difficulties beginning at 8:30 a.m. central time. Trading continued by way of open outcry until 9:25 when CBOE's hybrid system resumed. All systems are now working," said Gail Osten, a spokeswoman for the CBOE.
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HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Hong Kong shares wavered in a narrow range around the break-even level early Monday, as the Shanghai market struggled to stay in the positive territory after soaring on Friday. The Hang Seng Index fell 0.2% to 21,455.46 after opening higher, and the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index was flat at 12,501.32. Shares of Li & Fung Ltd. dropped 2.8%, and Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. fell 0.9% after recent gains, while Industrial & Commercial Bank of China rose 0.7%, leading Chinese lenders. Over in mainland China, the Shanghai Composite rose 0.3% to 2,920.71 aft
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SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said late Friday that that short interest in its exchanged securities continued to decline. The exchange reported short interest of 6.34 billion shares in 2,910 securities at the end of Sept. 30, down from 6.43 billion shares in 2,897 securities at the end of Sept. 15 and 6.61 billion shares in 2,900 securities at the end of Aug. 31.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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