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  • By Sam Forgione and Jennifer Ablan. The PIMCO Total Return Fund, the world's largest mutual fund with about $278 billion in assets, attracted roughly $6.25 billion in new money in the third quarter, according to Morningstar. Meanwhile, the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund was second with $4.45 billion in assets.

  • YUMMY: Third-quarter profit at Yum Brands Inc. rose 23 percent, thanks to rebounding profit growth in China and strong demand in the U.S. at its Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains. CHINESE FOOD: Third-quarter operating profit rose 22 percent in China. Yum expects to open at least 750 new restaurants in China this year, up from its prior forecast of 700 new stores.

  • BY THE NUMBERS: Alcoa reported a third-quarter loss of $143 million, or 13 cents per share, largely on one-time charges. WHY IT MATTERS: Alcoa produces aluminum for a wide range of businesses. ECONOMIC EFFECT: Alcoa lowered its 2012 forecast for growth in global aluminum demand to 6 percent from 7 percent, citing China's economic slowdown.

  • Oct 10- Horizon Oil Ltd:. *Announces discovery in beibu gulf offshore China; well has confirmed 59 mtrs. of net oil pay in gross sand thickness of 79 mtrs.

  • Alcoa Inc. has slightly lowered its aluminum demand expectations for the rest of the year largely because of China's economic slowdown. Alcoa, which makes aluminum for a wide range of businesses, predicted aluminum demand would grow 6 percent this year, down from 7 percent in the previous quarter.

  • OTTAWA, Oct 9- Canada indicated strongly on Tuesday it would exclude Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from helping to build a secure Canadian government communications network because of possible security risks.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares may ease from 14- month highs on Wednesday after U.S. stocks fell on concerns over third-quarter earnings, although energy companies may be boosted by a sharp rise in oil prices. *Energy companies such as Woodside Petroleum.

  • Oct 9- Stronger demand for aluminum products from airplane and automobile producers helped Alcoa Inc's third-quarter profit beat Wall Street's expectations, offsetting weak aluminum prices and worries about China's slumping economy.

  • NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives are expected to brief Wall Street analysts Wednesday on topics ranging from the retailer's plans to expand its small stores to its strategies for improving profitability in its overseas business.

  • Oct 9- In a step toward resolving U.S.- China tensions over corporate auditing, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday they have finalized an agreement to let them begin observing corporate audits in China.

  • NEW YORK-- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives are expected to brief investors Wednesday on topics ranging from the retailer's plans to expand its small stores to its strategies for improving profitability in its overseas business.

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  • *China- Japan relations rocked by island dispute* Xinhua report suggests Beijing may want to snub Japan* State-owned banks will reportedly not attend meeting.

  • Among the earnings stories for Tuesday, Oct. 9, from AP Business News:. _ Aluminum manufacturer Alcoa Inc. said that it lost $143 million in the third quarter due to hefty one-time charges but the results topped Wall Street estimates.

  • Oct 9- Lincoln Electric Holdings Inc:. *Provides statement regarding fire damage to its Jin Tai Welding. *There were no injuries and all employees working in the building were safely.

  • Oct 10- When one of Vietnam's richest and best-connected bankers was arrested in August, a move that sent the country's stock market tumbling, a little-known blog broke the news hours ahead of state media.

  • *India plans to raise nearly $6 bln from stake sales by end-March. That choosiness comes at a bad time for India, which may struggle to hit its goal of raising nearly $6 billion from share sales in state companies by the end of March with investor demand for new shares expected to remain modest.

  • STALL: The International Monetary Fund says the world economy has weakened further and will grow more slowly than previously expected this year and next year. REASONING: The IMF cited the risk of recession in advanced economies in Europe and in the U.S., and said the malaise is spreading to emerging economies including China.

  • Aluminum manufacturer Alcoa Inc. said Tuesday that it lost $143 million in the third quarter due to hefty one-time charges but the results topped Wall Street estimates. Alcoa's loss amounted to 13 cents per share. Excluding $175 million in charges, Alcoa earned $32 million, or 3 cents per share.

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- For the owner of the Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC chains, it was a profitable combo _ higher demand in the U.S. and a quick turnaround in its fast-growing China division. Operating profit in China rose 22 percent, when adjusted for currency fluctuations.