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  • *Smaller tablet would be new segment for Apple. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 12- Apple Inc will host an event on Oct. 23, said a source familiar with the plan, in what is expected to be the unveiling of a smaller iPad to venture into a market staked out well in advance by rivals Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc.

  • By Adam Tempkin and Charles Williams. Moreover, with frequent issuers Hyundai, Honda, Ally, World Omni and Ford already having tapped the market with large deals in recent weeks, issuance is bound to taper off, potentially focusing more on the so-called off-the run and esoteric sectors, as well as smaller auto issuers.

  • Oct 12- Wells Fargo& Co's independent brokerage business has expanded in Florida and Oregon with veteran adviser teams that joined the company from rival firms UBS Wealth Management Americas and Bank of America's Merrill Lynch.

  • *Smaller tablet would be new segment for Apple. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 12- Apple Inc will host an event on Oct. 23, said a source familiar with the plan, in what is expected to be the unveiling of a smaller iPad to venture into a market staked out well in advance by rivals Amazon.com Inc and Google Inc.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 12- Micron Technology's chief executive said he expects to complete the acquisition of failed Japanese memory chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc in the first half of next year, despite opposition from a group of bondholders.

  • *Wells Fargo weighs on financials. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan's preliminary October reading on consumer sentiment rose to 83.1, well above the 78 forecast for the index as optimism about the economy improved. Wells Fargo, the biggest U.S. home lender, dropped 2.5 percent to $34.40.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 12- Micron Technology's chief executive said he expects to complete an acquisition of failed Japanese memory chipmaker Elpida Memory Inc. in the first half of next year, despite opposition from a group of bondholders.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 12- Micron Technology Inc:. *CEO says still expects to close elpida deal in first half of 2013. *CEO says does not expect elpida bondholder proposal to succeed.

  • Wells Fargo posted record earnings in the third quarter as the bank increased mortgage lending and pocketed more fees. "Real estate is getting better," Wells Fargo chairman, CEO John Stumpf said on a call with analysts. " Wells' net income in the quarter ended Sept. 30 rose 23 percent, to $4.72 billion from $3.84 billion in the same period last year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- IBM Corp.' s third-quarter results are expected to extend the technology company's nearly decade-long streak of earnings growth. That provides IBM with some insulation from the economic uncertainty that has made it tougher for other technology companies to close deals, particularly in Europe and in China, in recent months.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Oct 11- An oil-spill barge that Royal Dutch Shell Plc needs to support drilling in Arctic waters has regulatory approval, even though it has come too late for this year's operations, officials from the U.S. Coast Guard and Shell said on Thursday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 11- Support among likely California voters for Governor Jerry Brown's tax measure on the November ballot has dipped below 50 percent for the first time as they learn more about it and advertising against it takes a toll, according to survey results released on Thursday.

  • The Dow Jones industrial average rose as much as 83 points, shrugging off a widening U.S. trade deficit, higher unemployment in Greece and a ratings cut for Spain. "There's not a lot to move the market today," said Erik Davidson, deputy chief investment officer of Wells Fargo Private Bank in San Francisco. "

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- Victims of the deadly San Bruno gas pipeline blast urged California regulators Thursday to continue public hearings that will determine the amount of fines levied against Pacific Gas& Electric Co, the pipeline's owner.

  • AVONDALE, Penn., Oct 11- The Federal Reserve's intention to keep interest rates ultra low for nearly three more years is suggesting to some that the Fed is willing to cut the jobless rate at the expense of higher inflation, putting the central bank's credibility at risk, a top Fed official said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK-- Williams-Sonoma's potential for international expansion could position the company for solid sales growth in the near and long term, William Blair as it raised its rating on the upscale home goods company.

  • *Research house IDC still ranks HP in the lead* Lenovo shares rise nearly 2 pct in Hong Kong trade* HP stock touches lowest level since October By Poornima Gupta and Lee Chyen Yee.

  • AVONDALE, Penn., Oct 11- The Federal Reserve's stated intention to keep interest rates ultra low for nearly three more years is suggesting to some that the Fed is willing to cut the jobless rate at the expense of higher inflation, putting the central bank's credibility at risk, a top official of the U.S. central bank said on Thursday.

  • *Lenovo shares rise nearly 2 pct in Hong Kong trade. SAN FRANCISCO/ HONG KONG, Oct 11- China's Lenovo Group Ltd edged out Silicon Valley icon Hewlett-Packard Co to become the world's No. 1 PC maker in the third quarter, according to data released by research house Gartner on Wednesday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10- Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt expects more than a billion mobile devices around the world to be running its Android software within a year, intensifying a battle with Apple Inc. Google and Apple were once close partners, with Schmidt serving on Apple's board during part of his tenure as Google CEO.