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Reuters - As unemployment in the United States edges above 10 percent, anxious investors will look to earnings reports from major retailers for signs of life in the beaten-up consumer.
TOKYO (Reuters) - Five years after retiring from Japan Airlines Corp , former pilot Tsutomu Watanabe is fighting to protect the pension he was promised but that the airline can no longer afford to pay.

Two companies with very different tales to tell -- Ford and Australian mining startup Lynas -- show why investors shouldn't rely solely on easy-to-manipulate earnings reports.
AP - Global exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. said Thursday its profit rose as it cut costs and recorded fewer special charges during the third quarter.
Stocks gained on Thursday as a strong reading on productivity and an easing in jobless claims helped cheer investors. Steve Grasso, director of institutional sales at Stuart Frankel and CNBC market analyst, and Alan Valdes, vice president at Kabrik Trading, shared their market insights.
FRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - German and Russian leaders seethed and unions tore up a deal to cut costs in protest at General Motors' "completely unacceptable" decision to keep Opel, its European unit, after months of talks.

AP - A late-day slump left stocks mixed Wednesday as investors couldn't hold on to their optimism after the Federal Reserve gave an encouraging assessment of the economy.
Posted By:JeeYeon ParkMarkets rose on Wednesday despite a weaker-than-expected reading on the services sector. Is the economy in the middle of a recovery and if so, how can investors play it? Bill Spiropoulos, CEO of CoreStates Capital Advisors and John Merrill, founder and CIO of Tanglewood Wealth Management shared their insights.    
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DETROIT/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The board of General Motors Co has opted to keep Opel, undoing months of painstaking negotiations to sell the European unit to a Russian-backed group led by Canada's Magna.

AP - Investors sidestepped some of their doubts about the economy and bought energy and industrial stocks as commodity prices rose.
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