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  • NY Sen.: Milk prices may double without Farm Bill Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:50 AM ET

    Charles Schumer says milk prices in stores across New York could double if the Farm Bill isn't renewed. The National Milk Producers Federation says government purchases of dairy products under the outdated law could cause milk prices to rise above $6 per gallon.

  • *Front month at highest mark since December 2011. NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. natural gas futures rose more than 3 percent early on Monday, lifted to their highest mark this year amid forecasts for cooler weather in the coming days and strong nuclear power plant outages. As of 9:26 a.m. EDT, front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall Street starts Q4 with gains Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday, starting the last quarter of the year with gains despite data that continued to point to a slowdown in global manufacturing. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 50.99 points, or 0.38 percent, at 13,488.12. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 13.76 points, or 0.44 percent, at 3,129.99.

  • *Fed needs to better describe inflation attitudes- Evans. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans, a big booster of the U.S. central bank's policy easing move last month, said on Monday the Fed can be even more explicit about what economic conditions will influence its future decisions.

  • *Euro zone slipping into recession, China still slowing. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Wall Street was set to start the last quarter on a higher note on Monday even as data continued to point to a slowdown in global manufacturing. The rise in futures points to a rebound from the S&P 500 index's biggest weekly drop since June.

  • *Concern over time Spain is taking to request bailout. Treasuries prices rose on Monday as expectations that a U.S. manufacturing report would be subdued and concern about the time Spain is taking to request a bailout fed the bid for safe-haven U.S. debt.

  • Who is vying to replace NYC's Bloomberg in 2013? Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- New York City's 2013 mayoral race doesn't fully kick off until after voters are done picking a president.

  • *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.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. manufacturing ended its worst quarter in three years in September as foreign demand for U.S. goods fell sharply, an industry survey showed on Monday. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index fell to 51.1 in September from 51.5 in August, and averaged 51.4 in the third quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans, a big booster of the U.S. central bank's policy easing move last month, said the Fed can be even more explicit about what economic conditions will influence its future decisions.

  • Ahead of the bell: Jakks Pacific downgraded Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The holidays might not be so merry for Jakks Pacific, which earned an analyst downgrade after cutting its guidance for the year. It now expects net income, excluding one-time items, of 68 cents to 74 cents per share on revenue of $690 million to $700 million for the year.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Citi Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Sterne Agee analyst on Monday cut his rating for Citigroup Inc. to "Neutral" from "Buy," saying that he doesn't expect the bank's shares to rise significantly any time soon.

  • Molson Coors combines Europe businesses Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    Oct 1- Molson Coors Brewing Co said on Monday that it was combining its businesses in Britain and Ireland with those in Central Europe, and it promoted Mark Hunter to run the new operation. It operates in countries including the Czech Republic, Romania, Croatia and Hungary.

  • BRIEF-Tw telecom shares up 6.6 pct premarket Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 1- tw telecom inc:.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- Gordmans Stores Inc:.

  • *Up 21.6 percent to $1.86 premarket after Freddie Mac reduces capital requirement needed to add to MGIC unit in order to continue writing insurance throughout the United States.

  • The rise in futures points to a rebound from the S&P 500 index's biggest weekly drop since June.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Finish Line Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Sterne Agee analyst on Monday raised his rating for Finish Line Inc. to "Neutral" from "Underperform," citing the athletic footwear company's new deal that will put its athletic footwear shops in more than 450 Macy's stores in the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- Ceradyne Inc:.