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  • He named Family Dollar Stores Inc. as his top pick among the group, rating it at "Outperform" with an $81 price target. The analyst also rated Dollar Tree Inc. at "Outperform" with a $55 target price. In afternoon trading, Family Dollar shares added 42 cents to $69.07; Dollar Tree shares rose $1.33, or 2.8 percent, to $48.18 and Dollar General shares fell 27 cents to $51.80.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of data services company Neutral Tandem Inc. dropped sharply to a new low Friday as R.W. Baird analysts downgraded the company's rating, saying its financial performance has weakened more than expected.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- At 68, Barbara Miller Elegbede is living proof that flower children need not grow up. A self-described hippie, she attended a San Francisco college at psychedelia's height and remembers friends constantly crashing on the couch of her apartment, just a block away from Janis Joplin's pad in the hip Castro neighborhood.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- Brent crude futures fell on Friday and posted a small loss for the week as a fragile global economy countered any support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report, North Sea crude cargo delays and the threat of supply disruptions due to Middle East turmoil.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. The U.S. Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, down from 8.1 percent in August, as 114,000 jobs were added. "The big shock was the drop in the rate, the consensus number was right in line," said Sean Murphy, a Treasuries trader at Societe Generale in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The S&P 500 eased from 5- year highs hit after a strong U.S. jobs report and traded slightly lower on Friday as investors booked profits before the start of third-quarter earnings season next week. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 20.46 points, or 0.15 percent, to 13,595.82.

  • *Barry Zubrow was on watch when derivatives risk grew. Oct 5- Barry Zubrow, who was head of risk management at JPMorgan Chase& Co when the bank was building a dangerously large position in credit derivatives, is retiring. Zubrow, 59, will leave the company at the end of the year, according to an internal memo from CEO Jamie Dimon, which the bank released on Friday.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of business software maker Informatica Corp. made a small rebound Friday after losing more than 20 percent of their value a day earlier following the company's disappointing third-quarter forecast. THE SPARK: On Thursday, Informatica forecast a smaller profit and less revenue than analysts had expected.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. crude futures fell 2 percent on Friday and posted a loss for the week as a fragile global economy and uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis countered any support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report. November crude fell $1.83, or 2.0 percent, to settle at $89.88 a barrel, having traded from $89.01 to $91.71.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of The Medicines Co. slumped Friday after the company said it was ending development of a drug designed to reduce bleeding during surgery because of safety concerns. THE SPARK: After the market closed on Thursday, Medicines Co. said it was ending development of MDCO-2010 because of "serious unexpected patient safety issues."

  • NEW YORK-- Meryl Streep has donated $1 million to The Public Theater in honor of both its late founder, Joseph Papp, and her friend, the author Nora Ephron. The announcement was timed to Thursday's unveiling of the nonprofit's $40 million face-lift to its 158- year-old headquarters in Astor Place.

  • Oct 5- The decision by Standard& Poor's to change the calculation of a key credit metric has left some investors accusing the agency of watering down standards, as it seeks to rebuild its once-dominant market share in the rating of commercial mortgage-backed securities.

  • NEW YORK-- Aluminum manufacturer Alcoa Inc. will open what's expected to be a disappointing earnings season when it reports third-quarter results Tuesday after the markets close. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Alcoa produces aluminum for a wide range of businesses, from automobiles to appliance makers and energy companies.

  • Oct 5- General Motors Co said on Friday it will shift its hydrogen fuel cell development program from upstate New York, and consolidate the operation with its global power train engineering headquarters in Pontiac, Michigan.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Oct 5- Tennessee confirmed on Friday four more cases of rare fungal meningitis, as health officials in 23 states scrambled to notify thousands of patients who received steroid injections linked to an outbreak that has killed five people. Three of the dead were in Tennessee, where the outbreak began, and one each in Virginia and Maryland.

  • --We expect continued deterioration in operating trends to cause U.S.-based school memorabilia company Visant Holding Corp.' s credit metrics to weaken further over the near term. --We are revising our' B+' rating outlook to negative from stable.

  • *Soybean farmer accused of infringing Monsanto patents. Oct 5- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to consider an Indiana soybean farmer's appeal of a decision finding that he infringed Monsanto Co patents over seeds containing the company's genetically altered Roundup Ready technology.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The lack of credit available to home buyers is among the biggest concerns in the still troubled U.S. housing market, a top Federal Reserve official said on Friday.

  • Drilling companies beginning to explore the Utica Shale got a piece of good news Friday when the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the rock formation in Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states holds enormous reserves of natural gas and oil.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls rose 114,000 in September* Unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent, lowest since 2009* Household survey shows most job gains since 1983* Average hourly earnings gain 7 cents* Report is second to last before Nov. 6 elections By Lucia Mutikani.