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  • *Platinum firm; unrest in South Africa continues By Amanda Cooper. Spot gold was up 0.9 percent on the day at $1,785.80 an ounce at 1445 GMT, having fallen earlier by as much as 0.4 percent to a low of $1,762.94, before a flurry of fund-related buying saw nearly 4.0 million ounces change hands on the futures market in a matter of moments, traders said.

  • He will be based in London. Willett joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where most recently he was chairman of corporate finance for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A top Morgan Stanley broker, Jonathan Madrigano, who last year managed about $2 billion in client assets left the company's brokerage division on Friday to join J.P. Morgan Securities.

  • World markets gain but Spain downgrade looms Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:46 AM ET

    LONDON-- Global markets rose Monday as investors cautiously welcomed the result of stress tests of Spain's banks and upbeat U.S. economic data and looked past the threat that Moody's might downgrade the country's debt rating to junk status.

  • Oct 1- New Oriental Education& Technology Group Inc said its investigation did not find any "significant" evidence to support certain allegations raised by short-seller Muddy Waters.

  • Oct 1- Sunshine Heart Inc said its flagship device to treat heart failure was approved for trials in the United States, sending its shares up as much as 15 percent. Sunshine Heart plans to start a pivotal trial in North America in the fourth quarter of 2012.. Sunshine Heart shares were up 7 percent at $8.94 on the Nasdaq on Monday.

  • Generac raises full-year sales outlook Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    Oct 1- Generator maker Generac Holdings Inc. Generac's shares rose almost 17 percent to $26.78 on Monday morning. For the third quarter, Generac expects to report earnings of 31 cents to 36 cents per share on sales of $295 to $300 million.

  • Oct 1- Bombardier Inc, the world's largest train maker, said it won two contracts totaling about 121 million euros for rail networks in Germany and Malaysia. Separately, it said it will also supply five double-deck trains to Deutsche Bahn AG, the German national railway company, for about 50 million euros.

  • MOVES-StanChart, BlackRock, Lazard, Barclays Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    The bank named Tom Willett as head of mergers and acquisitions, Europe. He will be based in London. Willett joins from Royal Bank of Scotland, where most recently he was chairman of corporate finance for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

  • US manufacturing grows for 1st time in 4 months Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:09 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- U.S. manufacturing grew for the first time in four months, buoyed by a jump in new orders and more jobs. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of factory activity rose to 51.5.

  • **CERADYNE INC, $34.92, up 42.9 pct** 3 M, $93.79, down 1.5 pct. 3 M said it will acquire the ceramic component maker for about $847 million. The offer of $35 per share represents a premium of about 43 percent to Ceradyne's Friday closing.

  • U.S. Silica names CFO Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    Oct 1- Commercial silica maker U.S. Silica Holdings Inc named Donald Merril as chief financial officer, replacing William White who will retire on Dec. 31. Merril, who joins Frederick, Maryland- based U.S. Silica as the vice-president of finance effective immediately, served Myers Industries Inc as its CFO from January 2006 to August 2012.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 1- Labour unrest forced India's Kingfisher Airlines Ltd to cancel all its flights on Monday in the latest blow for the ailing carrier as it scrambles to find an investor, sending its stock down by its maximum daily limit.

  • UN urges protection for elderly as world grays Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    TOKYO-- The fast aging of Japanese society is evident as soon as one lands at Tokyo's Narita airport and sees who is doing the cleaning. Having the world's highest percentage of older people is creating unique challenges for Japan, but a report released Monday by the U.N. Population Fund warns that they will not be unique for long.

  • Chief Executive Tim Cook apologized Friday to customers frustrated with glaring errors in its new Maps service and, in an unusual move for the consumer giant, directed them to rival services such as Google Inc's Maps instead. **GOOGLE INC, Friday close $754.50, up 0.6 pct premarket.

  • Chief Executive Tim Cook apologized Friday to customers frustrated with glaring errors in its new Maps service and, in an unusual move for the consumer giant, directed them to rival services such as Google Inc's Maps instead. **GOOGLE INC, Friday close $754.50, up 0.6 pct premarket.

  • Oct 1- Auto parts supplier Visteon Corp named Timothy Leuliette, who has been acting chief executive since Aug. 10, as CEO and president and said Francis Scricco would take over as chairman.

  • Oct 1- Warren Buffett's conglomerate, Berkshire Hathaway Inc, now owns more than 10 percent of dialysis clinic operator DaVita Inc after adding to its position at the end of last month, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

  • *Lobo succeeds interim CEO Curt Hartman. Oct 1- Medical device maker Stryker Corp on Monday named Kevin Lobo, a unit president hired just last year, as chief executive, succeeding Curt Hartman, who had held the position on an interim basis.

  • UPDATE 2-3M to buy Ceradyne for $860 million Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    *3 M's largest deal since naming new CEO. Oct 1- 3 M Co reached an $860 million deal to buy Ceradyne Inc, a maker of advanced technical ceramics, in what is set to be the diversified U.S. manufacturer's largest acquisition since Inge Thulin took over as chief executive in February.

  • Oct 1- Electric and natural gas utility Integrys Energy Group Inc will buy privately held Fox Energy Co LLC for $440 million to add a 593 megawatt power generating plant in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.