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  • Chip gear maker Applied Materials to cut jobs Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:58 PM ET

    Oct 3- Chip gear maker Applied Materials Inc. The company expects to record a pretax restructuring charge of between $180 million and $230 million. Applied Materials expects to substantially complete the restructuring plan by the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2013..

  • The asset management and investment firm hired vetran brokers E.H. Stanley Jr. and Geddings H. Crawford Jr, who previously worked at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, the brokerage majority-owned by Morgan Stanley. The asset management business of Aviva Plc named Patrick Brien as chief executive of its Asia Pacific region.

  • Google was sued by Innovate/Protect Inc, which was acquired by Vringo. Vringo is seeking an award of at least $696 million from Google, financial website iStockAnalyst reported. In July, Vringo completed its merger with Innovate/Protect Inc- who had sued Google and AOL Inc, among others, for patent infringement.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 3- The United States has taken steps to shut down several fake tech support scams that have cost consumers tens of millions of dollars, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.

  • News Summary: Forecasts cut for developing Asia Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:57 PM ET

    LOWERING THE BAR: After years of rapid growth, Asia's developing economies now face much more modest prospects, the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday in a report that slashes growth forecasts for this year and next.

  • MARKET PULSE-Sarepta, HP, Leap, Ocwen, Netflix, Adtran Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    U.S. stocks advanced on Wednesday after stronger-than-expected employment and service-sector data in the United States. But a gloomier outlook in China and Europe weighed on commodity prices and hit energy and materials shares. **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $41.60, up 177 pct.

  • Oct 3- Coatings and sealants maker RPM International Inc raised its profit and sales growth forecast for 2013 on recent acquisitions and growth expectations in North America. The company, which has manufacturing facilities in 20 countries outside the United States, acquired three companies during the first four months of the year, it said.

  • Oct 3- Alere Inc said it reached an agreement with U.S. health regulators on product specifications related to the manufacture of its diagnostic test for critical disease.

  • Oct 3- Network gear maker Adtran Inc said typical seasonality and a weak spending environment may lead to a decrease in fourth-quarter revenue. The company said it expects revenue for the period to fall by a "teens" percentage point from the third quarter. Adtran shares were down 6 percent at $16.10 on the Nasdaq on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 1-Hess' Port Reading propane truck leak stopped Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 1:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 3- The leak in a truck loading propane at Hess Corp's 70,000 barrel per day refinery in Port Reading, New Jersey, has been stopped, and emergency responders are demobilizing, a company spokesman said on Wednesday. The leak developed at about 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday. Emergency responders worked to safely disperse the vapors.

  • U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after stronger-than-expected employment and service-sector data in the United States, but a gloomier outlook in China and Europe weighed on commodity prices and hit energy and materials shares. **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $40.65, up 171 pct. **HEWLETT-PACKARD CO, $15.67, down 8.4 pct.

  • *Co plans to meet with FDA around year-end or early next year. By Adithya Venkatesan and Balaji Sridharan. Oct 3- An experimental drug improved walking ability in boys suffering from a rare degenerative disease that causes progressive muscle loss, data from a new study showed, nearly tripling the market value of its developer Sarepta Therapeutics Inc.

  • By Neil Maidment LONDON, Oct 3- British outsourcing firm Capita. The trade union representing staff under Capita's existing contract said the coalition government is likely to award the deal to Tata Consultancy Services, part of India's salt-to-steel conglomerate Tata Group.

  • **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $40.19, up 168 pct. **BIOLASE INC, $2.11, up 27 pct. The company said health regulators in Europe and the United States approved its laser device for use in soft tissue surgery, teeth whitening, and pain therapy.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 3- India's cabinet is set approve bills that would raise the cap on foreign direct investment in insurance firms and open the pension sector to foreign investors, a government minister told reporters on Wednesday.

  • Biolase shares soar as dental laser device gets approval Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:48 AM ET

    Oct 3- Biolase Inc said health regulators in Europe and the United States granted approval for its laser device Epic 10 for use in soft tissue dental surgery and other procedures, sending its shares up as much as 34 percent.

  • Citi reiterates "buy" rating on Netflix, shares rise Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:36 AM ET

    Oct 3- Citi Investment Research stood by its "buy" rating on Netflix Inc despite several risks surrounding the online streaming video company's growth prospects. "Netflix remains one of the most controversial stocks we cover," Citi analyst Mark Mahaney said in a research note to clients. "

  • The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.37 percent. **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $30.30, up 102 pct. **INTERMUNE INC, $9.74, up 10 pct.

  • RPM fiscal 1Q profit tumbles on charges Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    MEDINA, Ohio-- RPM International Inc. said Wednesday its fiscal first-quarter net income fell by more than half, hurt by hefty charges mostly related to a drop in value of assets in India.

  • Luxfer Holdings rises in market debut Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    Oct 3- American Depository Shares of Luxfer Holdings Plc, a British maker of high-performance materials and gas cylinders, rose 17 percent in their market debut, a day after the company priced its initial public offering below its expected price range.