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European Stocks Seen Inching Higher Ahead Of Fed Meeting - Nasdaq.com

Aetna, Corning, DuPont, Honda, Pfizer and Whirlpool are among the companies due to release their quarterly results before the U.S. opening bell. Asian stocks are trading mixed as investors look ahead to the Federal Reserve decision on its interest rate policy as the central banking authority completes its phased exit from quantitative easing. Japan's Nikkei index fell 0.4 percent, Australia'sS&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.1 percent and South Korea's Kospi declined 0.3 percent, while Chinese and Hong Kong shares are rallying after declining on Monday on disappointment over a delay to the start of the Hong Kong-Shanghai bourse link. In domestic corporate news, exchange operator Deutsche BArse AG confirmed its forecast for 2014 after posting higher third-quarter net income of 160 million euros, helped by growth across most segments. Standard Chartered Plc said it expects underlying profits in the second half to be lower than the same period last year, partly due a higher UK bank levy, regulatory and restructuring costs. French telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent SA and The Internet Society announced that both have signed a memorandum of understanding to provide equipment to support the development of the Bangkok Internet Exchange Point. Swiss banking giant UBS posted higher net profit of 762 million Swiss francs for the third quarter of 2014, but warned on litigation charges of 1.8 billion Swiss francs ($1.9 billion). Drug maker Novartis AG confirmed its outlook for FY14 after reporting third-quarter net income of $3.22 billion, up from $2.23 billion last year. European stocks fell on Monday as downbeat German business confidence data fueled concerns the euro area is on the verge of another recession. Banks ended mostly lower despite largely positive results from the European Central Bank's stress tests of European banks. The German DAX lost a percent, France's CAC 40 shed 0.8 percent and the FTSE 100 index of the U.K.

Breaking News - Showtime 2014/2015 Winter Programming Overview | TheFutonCritic.com

Jessika Borsiczky, Don Cheadle and David Walpert return as executive producers for season four. EPISODES (Season 4) Premieres: Sunday, January 11th 2015 at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Visit: http://www.sho.com/sho/episodes/home In the hilarious, award-winning, critically-acclaimed comedy series, EPISODES, from creators David Crane (Friends) and Jeffrey Klarik (Mad About You), Matt LeBlanc plays an outrageous version of himself, for which he won a Golden Globe(R) and received multiple Emmy(R) nominations for 'Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series.' Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, two of the crown jewels of British comedy, are Sean and Beverly Lincoln, an English couple whose hit U.K. sitcom is remade for U.S. audiences and corrupted beyond recognition. At the start of the fourth season, Matt faces a financial crisis and is forced to make some tough decisions. Matt being Matt, he will likely make the wrong ones. Sean and Beverly have been dragged back to LA to shoot more episodes of their disastrous sitcom "Pucks!" Meanwhile, their other project "The Opposite of Us" refuses to go away. And there's a new head of the network who will, in all likelihood, make life more complicated for everyone.

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