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Small business loans down

The U.S. Small Business Administration has supported more than $29 billion in lending to small businesses in 2013, according to a report issued Tuesday. The 54,106 loans this year are down from 53,848 loans totalling $30.25 billion in fiscal year 2012.

Alloy producer strikes deal

Universal Stainless & Alloy Products said it will supply melting and forging capacity to Haynes International in exchange for the Kokomo, Ind., high-performance alloy producer's help with making advanced nickel-based alloys.

FNB offers common stock

FNB Corp. said Tuesday that it priced an offering of 4.1 million shares of common stock at $12.25 per share. The offering is expected to close on Nov. 1.


* Consol Energy Inc. on Tuesday reported a net loss of $63.7 million, or 28 cents per share, for the third quarter. This was the company's fourth consecutive losing quarter. This time last year, Cecil-based Consol posted a loss of $11.4 million, or 5 cents per share. Tuesday's earnings report, released two days ahead of schedule, came one day after a $3.5 billion deal announcement that will transform the company into an oil and gas firm first and a coal producer second. Revenue and other income was $1.2 million, nearly flat from the same time last year.

* S&T Bancorp on Tuesday reported earnings for the third quarter slipped 3 percent, to $12.2 million from $12.6 million in the same three months last year. Per-share profits fell 5 percent to 41 cents from 43 cents. Net interest income, essentially profit on loans, rose 4 percent to $35.3 million from $33.8 million. Non-interest income declined 15 percent to $12.5 million from $14.7 million. The Indiana, Pa.-based bank also announced a 7 percent increase in the quarterly dividend to 16 cents per share, up from 15 cents, payable Nov. 29 to shareholders of record Nov. 15.

* II-VI on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $9.7 million, or 15 cents per share, compared to $12.7 million, or 20 cents per share, during the same period last year. The Saxonburg-based laser and infrared technology company's revenues increased 14 percent from the same period last year from $132.3 million to $151.2 million. II-VI shares closed Tuesday at $18.18 per share, down 4.32 percent.

* Black Box Corp., a Lawrence-based digital communications company, announced second quarter net income of $5.6 million, or 35 cents per share, down from $7.1 million, or 43 cents per share the same period last year. Company revenues dropped to $246.8 million, a 5 percent decrease from $260.2 million the same period last year.

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The Conference Board said Tuesday that its index of consumer confidence dropped to 71.2 in October, the lowest level since April. ... A decline in food costs helped hold down wholesale prices in September, contributing to a 0.1 percent decline. ... Retail sales dipped 0.1 percent in September, the Commerce Department said Tuesday.

From staff and wire reports

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