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AP Top Business News At 11 a.m. EDT

Gas almost under $3 nationwide: What to know
NEW YORK (AP) -- The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price under $3 a gallon....

Exxon defies low oil price with refining strength
NEW YORK (AP) -- ExxonMobil Corp.'s refining and chemical operations rescued the company's third-quarter results amid falling global oil prices and lower oil and gas production....

Q&A: Why Japan's economy needs more juice
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is pumping more money into its lagging economy, expanding an already lavish stimulus effort. The surprise announcement Friday highlights diverging fortunes among the world's top economies. Earlier this week, the U.S. Federal Reserve ended its own unprecedented stimulus in a sign of increased confidence in economic recovery....

Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wal-Mart is doing whatever it takes to rope in holiday shoppers however they want to buy....

Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool
TOKYO (AP) -- When she came to life in 1974, she was a kitty without a name, sitting sideways in blue overalls and a big red bow, on a coin purse for Japanese girls. On Saturday, fans around the world celebrate the 40th anniversary of this global icon of "cute-cool." That is, Hello Kitty....

US, global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks in the U.S. and across the globe rose sharply Friday after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced a new stimulus package to boost the country's struggling economy. Japan's stock market jumped 4.8 percent to reach its highest level since 2007....

US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer cut spending in September for the first time in eight months, as incomes grew at the slowest pace this year. The figures underscore nagging economic soft spots that are expected to ease in the coming months....

US consumer sentiment index reaches 7-year high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumers expect better economic growth and rising incomes in the coming months, pushing a measure of confidence to a seven-year high in October....

Russia: Natural gas will flow after Ukraine pays
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday....

UK Treasury chief set to pay off World War I bonds
LONDON (AP) -- Britain is repaying some of the 2 billion pounds ($3.2 billion) it still owes investors who helped finance World War I....

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Exxon defies low oil price with refining strength

Wal-Mart ups ante on holiday shopping

US consumer sentiment index reaches 7-year high

US, global stocks get big boost from Bank of Japan

US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September

Nissan recalls Infiniti SUVs to fix air bags

US stocks open higher, following gains in Asia

AbbVie hikes forecast, tops Street expectations

Exxon posts surprise profit jump on refining

Omega to buy out rival Aviv in $3B all-stock deal

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