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  • COLOMBO, Oct 2- Sri Lankan stocks ended weaker on Tuesday for a second straight session as investors booked profits from an overbought market, while the rupee slipped from a more than four-month high. The Colombo Stock Exchange's main index dropped 0.6 percent or 35.76 points to close at 5,928.53.

  • New Issue-GE sells $7 bln in 3 parts Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:59 AM ET

    Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanely were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.

  • New Issue-Hertz sells $1.2 bln in 2 parts Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    on Monday sold $1.2 billion of senior notes in two parts in the 144 a private placement market, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.

  • This is particularly true in the euro area, where the European Central Bank seems to go ever further to support bank liquidity. Reuters parent company Thomson Reuters Corp collects information from banks and uses it to calculate Libor rates according to specifications drawn up by lobby group the British Bankers Association, which will no longer be involved.

  • New Issue- Sabine Pass sells $420 mln in notes Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:07 PM ET

    Oct 10- Sabine Pass LNG LP. ,on Monday sold $420 million of senior secured notes, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Credit Suisse and HSBC were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.

  • on Monday added $150 million of notes to an existing issue, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Citigroup and J.P. Morgan were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.

  • Oct 1- Darden Restaurants Inc. on Monday sold $450 million of senior notes, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. AMT $450 MLN COUPON 3.35 PCT MATURITY 11/ 1/ 2022 TYPE SR NTS ISS PRICE 98.828 FIRST PAY 5/ 1/ 2013 MOODY'S Baa2 YIELD 3.37 PCT SETTLEMENT 10/ 4/ 2012 S&P TRIPLE-B SPREAD 175 BPS PAY FREQ SEMI-ANNUAL FITCH TRIPLE-B MORE THAN TREAS MAKE-WHOLE CALL 30 BPS.

  • WHAT: Autodata Corp. Total U.S. That's a bit below August's 14.5 mln, but still should be good enough for the third-best reading since April 2008. --by Theodore Littleton of IFR Markets, a unit of Thomson Reuters.

  • 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.

  • Oct 1- Weingarten Realty Investors. Monday sold $300 million of senior notes, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, J.P. Morgan and Wells Fargo were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.

  • Microsoft launching news operation, new MSN Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:30 AM ET

    SEATTLE, Oct 1- Microsoft Corp is launching its own news operation as part of its new-look MSN website when Windows 8 launches later this month. Microsoft sold its 50 percent stake in news website MSNBC.com in July to longtime partner NBCUniversal, now majority-owned by Comcast Corp.

  • The fund is managed by Jupiter Asset Management Ltd.. Jupiter India Select SICAV is a long-only Indian equities fund with USD140m of assets as of end-August 2012. The highly accountable lead portfolio manager, Avinash Vazirani, benefits from significant leeway in portfolio construction, in line with Jupiter's investment culture.

  • Oct 1- Canada's main stock index looked set to open higher on Monday at the start of the quarter, with investors hoping for aggressive action from central banks after economic data from Asia and Europe showed further signs of slowing global growth.

  • COLOMBO, Oct 1- Sri Lankan stocks ended slightly weaker on profit taking on Monday after hitting a 10- month high in early trading, while the rupee firmed to a more than four-month high as banks sold dollars. The Colombo Stock Exchange's main index or All Share Price Index rose 0.95 percent in early trading to surpass the psychological barrier of 6,000 points.

  • By Jilian Mincer and Steven C. Johnson. NEW YORK, Sept 30- U.S. stocks have more than doubled since the financial crisis and are closing in on a five-year high, but many Main Street investors have been absent from the party- especially those with the least saved.

  • U.S. small-business borrowing rises in August Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO, Oct 1- Lending to small U.S. businesses rose in August for a second straight month, a report showed on Monday, a sign the economy may have been regaining its footing even before the U.S. central bank's latest round of stimulus.

  • *Arrium rejects bid, calling it undervalued and conditional. SYDNEY/ MELBOURNE, Oct 1- A consortium including Noble Group and POSCO urged Arrium.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-SocGen raises Trigano to buy Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 3:26 AM ET

    *SocGen raises Trigano to buy from hold. For a summary of rating actions and price target changes on European companies:. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - Oct 1 Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:19 AM ET

    Oct 1- The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages on Monday. *A tax break for wage earners for which the White House campaigned hard last winter now finds little support in Washington, as Congress struggles with deficits.

  • *Arrium rejects bid, calling it undervalued and conditional. *Arrium shares soar as much as 29 percent to one-month high. SYDNEY/ MELBOURNE, Oct 1- Australian miner and steel maker Arrium rejected a A $1.01 billion takeover offer from a consortium including Noble Group.