15 Most Important Business Stories for Today

BOSTON (TheStreet) -- Earnings releases from companies like JPMorgan Chase (JPM) lead your quick fix of company, market, economic and investing news for Thursday, Oct. 13.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon

The Big Story

Earnings! Earnings! Earnings! First up, JPMorgan Chase, which beat earnings-per-share estimates. That is, until you realize what the main source of earnings was. Zero Hedge

Google ( GOOG) is out with results after the closing bell. Given the unpredictably of what Larry Page will say, the conference call is a must-listen. Fast Company

Quote of the Day

"I wanted to buy shoes during my lunch break, but now I can't even leave!" a communications official for a bank in New York said of Research In Motion's ( RIMM) widespread BlackBerry outage. NYT DealBook

Company News

Morgan Stanley ( MS) is totally fine, except for the whole "investor trust" thing. ProPublica

Anatomy of a market rumor: Akamai Technologies ( AKAM) surges more than 15% late Wednesday on a report Google ( GOOG) may want to buy it, only to come crashing back to reality. WSJ Deals

PepsiCo ( PEP) would appreciate it if you would stop asking about when that Frito-Lay spinoff is coming. WSJ Deals, again

Regions Financial ( RF) is between a rock and a hard place: The bank still owes TARP money and can't sell off its Morgan Keegan brokerage. Investment News

Markets

There is still no clarity on whether a recession is fate. Capital Spectator

The market may be broken, but it's due to government intervention, not ETFs or high-frequency trading. Kid Dynamite

Capitalism fails, stocks rise. Makes sense. MarketWatch

China exports rose 17.1% in September, although the rate of growth has slowed on "severe" challenges. Bloomberg

Investment Strategy

Bond fund managers are seeking yield in other places with higher value than junk bonds of U.S. companies. Wall Street Journal

Want to go whale watching? JAT Capital is betting against Chinese Internet companies. Bloomberg

Investors in Visa ( V) should watch for the $90-to-$100 rule in effect. The Reformed Broker

Time to sell the Nasdaq 100? Young Guns Trading

Odds and Ends

The article about the Red Sox collapse everyone is talking about should have carried the headline "Beer, Fried Chicken and Video Games." At least I have a team name for my fantasy league next year. Boston Globe

The wittiest comebacks from the Apple ( AAPL) iPhone 4S new feature Siri. Mashable

The epic rant accidentally posted publicly about Google, Amazon's ( AMZN) Jeff Bezos, and Google+ Google+

It's a rainy autumn day here in Boston, reminding me that Halloween is nearing. Here's a band whose name I always think of around this time of year. YouTube

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston.

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