Calendar day; October 31, 2014: Stocks Zoom Back Up to Record High

Major U.S. Stock indexes zoom back to record highs:

cats-1 NE YORK (AP) – Major U.S. stock indexes are back at record highs after a turbulent month.

Stocks rallied in the U.S. and overseas after Japan’s central bank surprised investors with a new round of economic stimulus. Just two weeks ago the U.S. market had its biggest slump in two years. Specialist Anthony Rinaldi, right, works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. U.S. stocks are opening higher following big gains in Asia after Japan made moves to rev up its economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 194 points, or 1.1 percent, to close at an all-time high of 17,390 Friday. The Standard & Poor’s 500 reached its own record, climbing 23 points, or 1.2 percent, to 2,017.

The Nasdaq rose 64 points, or 1.4 percent, to 4,630.

Japan’s benchmark index soared 5 percent to its highest level since 2007.

In the U.S., GoPro jumped 13 percent after the maker of wearable video cameras posted strong earnings.300px-olbers_paradox_-_all_points (1)

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Friday, the 31st of October, 2014 is the 304th day in 2014 and in the 44th calendar week.

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Halloween or All Hallows Eve
October 31, 2014 in the World

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints, but is today largely a secular celebration. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, ghost tours, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.

According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christianized feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Other scholars maintain that it originated independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

The word Halloween is first attested in the 16th century and represents a Scottish variant of the fuller All-Hallows-Eve…

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Morning Clouds Moving On, Madera Canyon

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Sunrise (1 of 1)-3 blogMorning Clouds Moving On, Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains — Images by kenne

An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

— Henry David Thoreau

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China to Invest $1 Billion in Russian Solar Energy

CHINA TO INVEST $1 BILLION IN RUSSIAN SOLAR ENERGY

Chinese power giant Amur Sirius plans to invest up to 45 billion rubles ($1 billion) in Russian solar energy starting next year, business daily Vedomosti reported Wednesday.

Russia has blazing summers to match its harsh winters, and despite the country’s wealth of hydrocarbon resources, the government is making moves to encourage the emergence of green energy.

Solar Systems, a subsidiary of Amur Sirius, will start construction of a solar panel factory in the Alabuga special economic zone in Russia’s Tatarstan region next year, the company’s investment and finance chief Olga Bykova told the newspaper. Costing between 6 billion and 9 billion rubles, the plant should be completed by 2016, she said.

Solar Systems this summer also won tenders to build 175-megawatt solar power plants in three Russian regions, which will be commissioned between 2016 and 2018. Amur Sirius plans to continue bidding for new energy projects, and the company’s total investment in Russia could reach 45 billion rubles, Bykova said.

The government offers to subsidize green energy sales to guarantee a return on investment, but to qualify for the scheme, solar plants must use domestically produced equipment — hence the Tatarstan factory, Vedomosti reported.

Solar Systems is also considering new projects in Kazakhstan, Armenia and Eastern Europe, Bykova said.

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Chinese power giant Amur Sirius plans to invest up to 45 billion rubles ($1 billion) in Russian solar energy starting next year, business daily Vedomosti reported Wednesday.

Russia has blazing summers to match its harsh winters, and despite the country’s wealth of hydrocarbon resources, the government is making moves to encourage the emergence of green energy.

Solar Systems, a subsidiary of Amur Sirius, will start construction of a solar panel factory in the Alabuga special economic zone in Russia’s Tatarstan region next year, the company’s investment and finance chief Olga Bykova told the newspaper. Costing between 6 billion and 9 billion rubles, the plant should be completed by 2016, she said.

Solar Systems this summer also won tenders to build 175-megawatt solar power plants in three Russian regions, which will be commissioned between 2016 and 2018. Amur Sirius plans to continue bidding for new energy projects, and the company’s total investment in Russia could reach 45 billion rubles, Bykova said.

The government offers to subsidize green energy sales to guarantee a return on investment, but to qualify for the scheme, solar plants must use domestically produced…

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