Wall Street Turns South

Most U.S. Stocks Fall as Earnings Concern Overshadows Bank Plan

Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — Most U.S. stocks fell a day after the market’s biggest rally since the 1930s as a worsening outlook for earnings forced investors to look beyond a $2 trillion global push to rescue banks.

PepsiCo lost as much as 14 percent, the most since October 1987, after lowering its profit forecast as customers cut back on snacks and soft drinks. Microsoft and Intel slid more than 5 percent as analysts said demand for computers is slowing. Morgan Stanley, Citigroup Inc. and Merrill Lynch & Co. added more than 19 percent, sending banking shares to a third straight advance.

“Notwithstanding the government and Treasury’s actions focusing on financials, the general economic environment has deteriorated quite a bit in the last five or six weeks,” said Jonathan Armitage, head of U.S. large-cap equities at the American unit of Schroders, the U.K. manager of $259 billion. “You’re just seeing different parts of the equity market reacting to that.”

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Coca-Cola to buy Huiyuan in largest China takeover

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Coca-Cola Co (KO.N), the world’s largest soft drinks maker, offered to buy juice maker China Huiyuan (1886.HK) for a hefty premium, marking the biggest takeover in China by a foreign company.

The all-cash deal of $2.5 billion, which still requires regulatory approval, values Huiyuan at nearly three times its closing price on Friday.

Coca-Cola, which has offset flat sales at home by expanding globally, dominates a growing Chinese diluted-juice market and now hopes to make inroads into an untapped pure-juice sector.

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Lawmakers Heavily Invested in Defense

WASHINGTON (AP) – Members of Congress have as much as $196 million collectively invested in companies doing business with the Defense Department, earning millions since the onset of the Iraq war, according to a study by a nonpartisan research group.

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