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NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of U.S. factory activity rose to a reading of 51.5 in September as new orders and employment picked up.
Benchmark crude rose 14 cents to $92.33 around 1:30 p.m. in New York. Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 61 cents to $111.78 on the ICE Futures Exchange in London. Prices at the pump slipped to $3.782 a gallon, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Transocean Ltd. rose Monday after a Brazilian judge said that the company will be allowed to continue to operate drilling rigs in most fields off the shores of Brazil.
NEW YORK-- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. said Monday that its board approved a $1 billion share repurchase plan, prompting an analyst to reiterate a "Buy" rating on the auto parts maker's stock. A significant portion of its sales come from Europe, where new vehicle demand has fallen this year amid the continuing economic uncertainty there.
WASHINGTON-- American Express is paying $112 million in refunds and fines to settle regulators' accusations that it charged unlawful late fees and deceived customers to pressure them to pay off old debts or buy extra credit card services. American Express is refunding $85 million to about 250,000 customers and is paying $27.5 million in civil fines.
*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.
NEW YORK-- Business is looking a little brighter at smaller companies. A survey released Monday shows that they borrowed more money during August _ a sign that business owners are becoming more confident about the economy.
NAIROBI, Oct 1- Kenya wants licensed oil and gas explorers to speed up their work to meet the terms of their contracts, and may invoke its right to cash in their guarantees if they fail to do so, a senior Ministry of Energy official said.
Oct 1- Lazard Ltd has named Edward Yorke as head of its North American financial sponsors group, where he will help advise private equity firms on transactions, the firm said in a press release on Monday. Yorke joins Lazard from Credit Suisse Group AG, where he was a managing director and vice chairman of investment banking for the Americas.
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.
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.
The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday its index of factory activity was buoyed by a jump in new orders. A separate report from the Commerce Department says U.S. builders trimmed their activity for a second straight month in August. Benchmark crude rose 43 cents to $92.62 around 10:30 a.m. in New York.
NEW YORK-- Red Lobster isn't just for the seafood lover in you. Red Lobster also is increasing the number of dishes that cost less than $15 to attract customers who have cut back on spending. The chain, which is owned by Darden Restaurants Inc., says a quarter of the items on its menu will be non-seafood dishes, up from 8 percent.
*Manufacturing in euro zone and Asia wilts in Sept. By Steven C. Johnson and Andy Bruce. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 1- U.S. manufacturing grew slightly last month for the first time since May but euro zone factories suffered their worst quarter since early 2009, suggesting the region may struggle to avoid recession.
The airplane taking the Baltimore Orioles to St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday night had its flight diverted to Jacksonville because of smoke in the forward galley. The Orioles resumed their trip on the same aircraft, leaving Jacksonville International Airport at 10:15 p.m..
NEW YORK-- The NHL and the players' association met for a third straight day Sunday, and again avoided the troublesome money issues that are fueling the ongoing lockout. "We did not discuss core economic issues, as was the plan," NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr said after meeting for five hours with the NHL. "
NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September for the first time since May as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity rose to 51.5 from 49.6 in August, topping expectations in a Reuters poll for 49.7.
NEW YORK, Oct 1- Spanish banks' upcoming recapitalization is credit-positive but it may be insufficient, Moody's Investors Service said on Monday.
HELSINKI, Oct 1- Nokia Oyj has agreed to give Oracle Corp's customers access to its mapping products, as the mobile phone company seeks to expand its location services business. Oracle has developed a link between its own software and the Nokia Location Platform software, Nokia said on Monday.
*Euro zone slipping into recession, China still slowing. The weak U.S. data followed surveys in the euro zone that showed manufacturing slackened in the three months to September while Asia's factories are continuing to struggle in the face of tepid demand from the United States and Europe.