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  • *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:.

  • Fewer than 1 percent of in-store sales tied to brand advertising campaigns on Facebook come from people who clicked on an ad, according to a new study that Facebook has conducted through a partnership with Datalogix, a data mining firm that tracks real world retail sales.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday at the start of a new quarter before data that could show manufacturing's contraction was slowing. *The final Markit Manufacturing PMI for September is due at 8:58 a.m., and the Institute for Supply Management's September manufacturing index is expected at 10 a.m..

  • US stock futures rise on cautious Euro optimism Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 7:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. stock market futures rose Monday, following European markets higher, as investors cautiously welcomed the result of stress tests of Spain's banks and a slight improvement in a survey of the eurozone's manufacturing sector.

  • *Price to hold steady ahead of U.S. jobs numbers* Platinum firm; unrest in South Africa continues By Amanda Cooper. LONDON, Oct 1- Gold eased on Monday, after posting its strongest quarterly gain in over two years, and looked set to hold fairly firm ahead of a U.S. report on employment later this week.

  • BRIEF-Goldman Sachs shares rise on Barron's view Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 7:29 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 1- Goldman Sachs Group Inc:.

  • WARSAW, Oct 1- Brokerage houses in Warsaw are scaling back operations and in some cases could leave altogether because the boom in stock-market listings that helped them escape blood-letting in other financial hubs is fizzling out.

  • 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.

  • *Chicago Fed warned of need for "kill switch" in 2010* SEC can't impose limits on HFT without consensus-official* Some traders are trying to build HFT-free trading zone* Retail investors looking for SEC to lead on HFT reform By Emily Flitter and Sarah N. Lynch. Only now is the SEC getting around to taking a closer look at some of those issues.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Wendy's downgraded Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 6:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- An analyst lowered his rating on Wendy's Co. on Monday, saying that he has concerns that a key revenue metric may disappoint in the third quarter.

  • UPDATE 3-Oil slips on weak global economies Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 6:45 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 1- Brent crude fell below $112 per barrel on Monday, reflecting investor concerns that a shaky global economy may hurt oil demand following fresh signs of weakness in China and Japan and evidence of a new recession in the debt-saddled euro zone.

  • European markets rise but Spain downgrade looms Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 6:43 AM ET

    LONDON-- European stocks edged higher on Monday as investors cautiously welcomed the result of stress tests of Spain's banks. But the threat that Moody's might downgrade the country's debt rating to junk status limited gains. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1 percent to 5,800.63 while Spain's Ibex was up 0.6 percent at 7,752.10.

  • *Price to hold steady ahead of U.S. jobs numbers* Platinum firm; unrest in South Africa continues By Amanda Cooper. LONDON, Oct 1- Gold steadied just below one-week highs on Monday, after posting its strongest quarterly gain in over two years, and looked set to hold fairly firm ahead of a key U.S. report on employment later this week.

  • KABUL, Oct 1- Afghan journalists are claiming a small victory in their battle for press freedom after the government agreed to some softening of media restrictions, industry representatives said on Monday. The Ministry of Information and Culture agreed to five of 19 changes suggested by journalists.

  • UPDATE 1-Nokia, Oracle to announce mapping deal Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:29 AM ET

    HELSINKI, Sept 30- Phone maker Nokia Oyj. will announce on Monday a deal that will give Oracle Corp's customers access to its mapping services, Nokia said on Monday. In stark contrast with Nokia's troubled phone business, sales at Nokia's location business grew last quarter, although it still generates only 4 percent of group revenue.

  • KABUL, Oct 1- Afghan journalists are claiming a small victory in their battle for press freedom after the government agreed to some softening of media restrictions, industry representatives said on Monday. The Ministry of Information and Culture agreed to five of 19 changes proposed by journalists.

  • Europe stocks rise, Japan down on dour survey Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 5:21 AM ET

    Athens needs the lenders to approve a proposed package of spending cuts and tax hikes to receive the next installment of emergency loans intended to keep Greece from defaulting on its massive debts. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1 percent to 5,801.13. In Asia, markets in China, Hong Kong and South Korea were closed for public holidays.