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  • Oct 1- Fitch Ratings has assigned a' BBB-' rating to CenturyLink, Inc.' s proposed offering of 10- and 30- year senior unsecured notes. Fitch currently rates CenturyLink's Issuer Default Rating' BBB-'.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. "There was a surprise in the ISM, after Chicago on Friday a lot of people were looking to some downside risk to that number," said Richard Gilhooly, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • Grains futures fall, livestock prices rise Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:45 PM ET
  • Kraft Foods to split company after market closes Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:27 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Kraft Foods Inc. will spin off of its North American grocery business after the market closes Monday, a move intended to let it focus on its global snack brands. The remaining company will be called Mondelez International Inc. and will be home to brands such as Oreo, Cadbury and Nabisco.

  • Citigroup was second with $32.6 billion in 348 deals and J.P. Morgan Securities was third with $30.7 billion in 265 deals. The New York State Dormitory Authority was the top issuer of debt as of the end of the third quarter, selling $5.5 billion in 31 deals, Thomson Reuters reported.

  • TEXT-Fitch rates Darden's proposed notes 'BBB' Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    Oct 1- Fitch Ratings has assigned a' BBB' rating to Darden Restaurants, Inc.' s. proposed $300 million senior unsecured notes due 2022. At Aug. 26, 2012, Darden had approximately $2.1 billion of total debt.

  • Allscripts gains as analysts ponder report of sale Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:32 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. continued to rise Monday as Wall Street evaluated a report that the electronic health records company may sell itself to a private buyer. THE SPARK: Bloomberg News reported Friday that Allscripts is considering a sale and had engaged Citigroup Inc. as it considered its options.

  • Court seems unclear on house versus boat question Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:18 PM ET

    The Supreme Court struggled with all types of questions Monday as it tried to figure out what kind of floating structures fall under maritime law, a question that could have a profound impact on popular businesses like floating casinos, hotels and restaurants.

  • Fitch affirms HCC's ratings; outlook stable Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 1:56 PM ET

    CHICAGO, October 01 Fitch Ratings has affirmed the ratings of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc., including the senior debt rating at' A', as well as the Insurer Financial Strength ratings of its operating subsidiaries at' AA'. The Rating Outlook is Stable.

  • News Summary: Ex-Johnson & Johnson CEO Burke dies Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 1:29 PM ET

    LEADER DIES: James E. Burke, who as CEO steered Johnson& Johnson through the Tylenol poisonings that led to the first tamper-resistant packaging, died at 87 after a long illness.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal by Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch unit of a ruling that allowed black brokers who accused it of bias to pursue their lawsuit as a class action.

  • CHICAGO, October 01 Fitch Ratings has affirmed the' BB+' rating on the following revenue bonds issued by Norman Regional Hospital Authority, OK:-- Approximately $88.5 million series 2007;-- Approximately $67 million series 2005;-- Approximately $45.9 million series 2002;-- Approximately $16.5 million series 1996 B. The Rating Outlook is revised to Positive from Stable.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 1- As global economies from Beijing to Berlin struggle to keep their heads above water, a new wave of stimulus spending is under way.

  • *Euro zone heading toward recession, China still slowing. NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. stocks advanced on Monday after a surprise expansion in U.S. manufacturing last month eased concerns about the economy and offset a gloomier outlook in Asia and Europe.

  • Former Johnson & Johnson CEO Burke dies at 87 Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:31 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- Former Johnson& Johnson CEO James E. Burke, who steered the health care giant through the Tylenol poisonings in the 1980 s that resulted in the first tamper-resistant product packaging, has died.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER AT OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS LLC IN LISLE, ILLINOIS. DAVID SLOAN, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. STORY: TABLE COMMENTS: DAVID SLOAN, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK. JOSEPH TREVISANI, CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, WORLDWIDE MARKETS, WOODCLIFF LAKE, NEW JERSEY.

  • Integrys buys Wisconsin power plant for $440M Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:05 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Integrys Energy Group Inc., a provider of electricity and natural gas, said Monday that it is buying one of its suppliers, a Wisconsin power plant, for $440 million. Fox Energy Co. is owned by General Electric Co. and Tyr Energy Inc., a privately held company.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider an appeal by Bank of America Corp's. Merrill Lynch unit of a ruling that allowed black brokers who accused it of bias to pursue their lawsuit as a class action.

  • 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.