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AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:53 p.m. EDT


Reports: Increase in consumer confidence and spending helps US economy as election nears

VW, Toyota, GM, Chrysler and Ford all report sales increases despite Sandy; Nissan down

Retailers report strong sales gains for October before Superstorm Sandy hit Northeast

US stocks rise on strong consumer confidence data, positive sales and earnings reports

Applications for US unemployment benefits drop to 363,000, consistent with modest hiring

Measure of US consumer confidence rose in October to highest level since February 2008

Survey: US manufacturing activity expands for second straight month in October

US builders increase spending 0.6 percent in September as home construction posts solid gain

Ford promotes Fields, putting him in line as CEO; Mulally to stay through at least 2014

Barrick Gold 3Q net falls on lower volume and pricing; more delays for Pascua-Lama project


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