Econ 101: October 31, 2012

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  • Hurricane Sandy could shave more than half a percentage point off of U.S. economic growth. [Wall Street Journal]
  • U.S. stock exchanges will reopen today, after being closed for two days due to the storm. [New York Times]
  • Several banks have decided to waive fees for a few days in the aftermath of the hurricane. [CNN Money]
  • The Walt Disney Co. purchased Lucasfilm — and the rights to Star Wars — for more than $4 billion. [Washington Post]
  • Unemployment in the Eurozone countries rose to a record 11.6 percent last month. [Associated Press]
  • Home prices increased for the seventh straight month in August. [Reuters]
  • The free trade agreement between the U.S. and Panama goes into effect today. [The Hill]