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BANGKOK (AP) — International stock markets are mostly higher today as investors look ahead to U.S. data on jobs and factory output, while Hong Kong rose despite pro-democracy protests. Futures point to a strong Wall Street opening today. Benchmark U.S. crude oil rose to stay above $91 a barrel. The dollar rose against the yen and was steady against the euro.

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's the kind of information investors tend to focus on -- the monthly U.S. employment data. And the Labor Department will release September's data today. Also, the Commerce Department will report on international trade in August and the Institute for Supply Management will issue its service sector index for September.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The employment data being released today by the Labor Department is expected to be spotlighted by the Federal Reserve as it tracks various indicators of full economic health to determine when a short term interest rate hike is warranted. A FactSet survey finds economists predicting that employers added 215,000 jobs last month, and that the unemployment rate will remain at 6.1 percent.

LONDON (AP) — A closely-watched survey says the economic recovery across the 18-country eurozone proved to be even more subdued than previously thought during September, with France and Italy the chief culprits. Financial information company Markit says its monthly purchasing managers' index, a gauge of business activity, was at 52.0 points in September. That's a 10-month low and down on the initial estimate of 52.3. Anything above 50 indicates expansion.

UNDATED (AP) — What's in a name? Plenty if it's a business with the name Isis in it. Branding experts say an unfortunate name can scar a company. Aeran Brent is so tired of the questions she wants to rename her bridal shop, even though the mythical goddess Isis represents the ideal mother and wife. It's also an acronym used for the Islamic State extremist group. Brent isn't alone. Government data shows more than 270 product, service or business names using Isis among active federal trademarks.

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