Today's Best Market Rumors (11/2/2009) (LVS)(PFE)(PLX)(BK)(ODFL)(PALM)(AAPL)

Updated throughout the day.

Updated 1.05 PM EST:  Las Vagas Sands (NYSE:LVS) will try to raise $2.5 billion though an IPO in Hong Kong  (AP)

Updated 11.12 AM EST: Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) is considering a joint venture with Protalix Biotherapeutics (AMAX:PLX) and may buy the Israeli company. (Reuters)

Updated 9.50 AM EST: The Fed will keep rates as they are  (CBNC)

A deal for Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) to take control of NBCU from GE (NYSE:GE) is imminent, as usual.  (NYTimes)

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) is considering buying Fannie Mae (NYSE:FNM) tax credits (WSJ)

Bank of NY Mellon’s (NYSE:BK) CEO turned down a chance to be considered for the Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) CEO job.  (WSJ)

Roger Nightingale, economist at Pointon York, says the world faces a 1930s type depression if government stimulus packages are pulled too soon  (CNBC)

A draft order to approve AT&T’s (NYSE:T) $2.8 billion acquisition of Centennial Communications Corp is circulating at the Federal Communications Commission. (The Deal)

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) top advertising strategist is not leaving his job.  (AppleInsider)

Sprint (NASDAQ:S) is starting to downplay the importance of the Palm (NASDAQ:PALM) Pre compared to other smartphones it is marketing.  (Barron’s)

Shares of Old Dominion (NASDAQ:ODFL) could move from $27 to $40 in a year  (BusinessWeek)

The market share of Apple’s Mac has not been hurt by the release of Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 7.

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