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  • TEXT-S&P affirms Marathon Petroleum, Corp ratings Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 3:36 PM ET

    --Marathon Petroleum Corp. announced that it will acquire BP PLC's Texas City refinery and related assets for $598 million, plus an additional $1.2 billion for inventories. Rating Action On Oct. 8, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' BBB' and' A-2 ratings' on U.S.-based Marathon Petroleum Corp. The outlook is stable.

  • A fruit grower carries a bucket of freshly harvested strawberries on a farm in Gouso.

    India, a major player in global agriculture, has struggled to attract foreign investment. But that may change.

  • A fruit grower carries a bucket of freshly harvested strawberries on a farm in Gouso.

    India, a major player in global agriculture, has struggled to attract foreign investment. But that may change.

  • U.S. stocks declined after the World Bank cut growth forecasts for East Asia, highlighting concerns about the global economic climate and corporate profits on the cusp of the quarterly earnings season.

  • Oct 8- Media General Inc exited its nearly two-centuries-old newspaper business by selling the Tampa Tribune, and raised its revenue forecast for political advertising on its TV stations due to stronger-than-anticipated demand in key election battlegrounds.

  • WAfrica Crude-Diffs pressured as buying slack Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 11:19 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 8- West African crude oil differentials slipped on Monday as a glut of unsold cargoes for loading in November showed that a range of grades were out of favour. Demand from China was reported to be lower, in part due to refinery outages and the closure of three Sinopec plants due to environmental problems.

  • Oct 8- Gannett Co Inc said it reached a deal with Charles Ergen's Dish Network Corp on Monday avoiding a blackout that would have prevented some Dish customers in the United States from seeing content broadcast by networks ABC, NBC and CBS.

  • Morgan Stanley's Qatar head Khalid al-Subeai resigned last week to join the investment banking division of unlisted Barwa Bank, while Goldman's Qatar Chief Executive Tamim al-Kawari has joined investment bank QInvest, part-owned by Qatar Islamic Bank, as deputy CEO, according to several sources aware of the matter.

  • Oct 8- Media General Inc said it has sold its last newspaper, the Tampa Tribune, and raised its full-year revenue forecast for political advertising on its TV stations due to stronger-than-anticipated demand in key election battlegrounds.

  • Oct 8- NBT Bancorp Inc will buy Alliance Financial Corporation in a deal valued at about $233.4 million to expand its footprint in New York. The NBT-Alliance deal is valued at $48.24 per share-- a 22 percent premium to the stock's Friday close. NBT, which had assets of $6 billion as of June 30, will get an additional $1.4 billion in assets through the deal.

  • U.S. stocks declined after the World Bank cut growth forecasts for East Asia, highlighting concerns about the global economic climate and corporate profits on the cusp of the quarterly earnings season. **GREEN DOT CORP, $10.55, down 17.9 pct. **NETSPEND HOLDINGS INC, $10.00, down 6.98 pct.

  • Oct 8- Vringo Infrastructure Inc, a unit of mobile phone software maker Vringo Inc, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the UK unit of Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp, driving up Vringo's shares by as much as 21 percent in early trading.

  • Oil prices fall after warning from World Bank Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 10:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A strong warning from the World Bank that growth in Asia may slow further dragged the price of oil Monday to its lowest close in two months. The World Bank signaled the possibility of a "more pronounced slowdown" in China, the world's second largest economy after the United States.

  • Oct 8- Navistar International Corp agreed to appoint three new members to its board, avoiding a proxy fight with activist investors Carl Icahn and Mark Rachesky, who have demanded changes at the U.S. truck and engine maker. Navistar shares gained 5 percent to $22.28 in early trading on Monday following the news.

  • *Move to hit Bharti, Idea, Reliance Comm, Vodafone. NEW DELHI, Oct 8- Long-established Indian mobile operators face a total surcharge of at least 270 billion rupees to continue using the airwaves, reflecting an expected rise in prices paid by newer rivals in an upcoming auction.

  • **GREEN DOT CORP, $10.31, down 19.8 pct. **NETSPEND HOLDINGS INC, $10.00, down 6.98 pct. **WAL-MART STORES INC, $75.47, down 0.45 pct.

  • Oct 8- Targacept Inc said it would cut its workforce to 43, or by about 38 percent, due to the failure of its attention deficit hyperactivity disorder drug, and expects the move to save about $9.6 million per year beginning next year. Targacept expects one-time severance and other charges of about $1.5 million in the fourth quarter due to the layoffs.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 8- Indian state-fuel retailers will marginally cut gasoline prices from Tuesday, reflecting a strengthening rupee, the country's largest fuel retailer Indian Oil Corp said on Monday. The new retail prices of gasoline in Delhi will be 67.90 rupees a litre, about 0.8 percent lower than current 68.46 rupees a litre.

  • **GREEN DOT CORP, Friday close $12.85, down 23 pct premarket. **NETSPEND HOLDINGS INC, Friday close $10.75, down 12 pct premarket. Shares of Prepaid card companies Green Dot and NetSpend fell after Wal-Mart and American Express announced a partnership to offer customers an alternative to debit and checking accounts.

  • Allscripts gets first offers from PE group - report Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    Oct 8- Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. received offers from a private-equity consortium including Blackstone Group LP and Carlyle Group LP, Bloomberg reported, sending the healthcare company's shares up 6 percent in premarket trade. Bloomberg, quoting sources, said Allscripts wanted second-round offers within three to four weeks.