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  • 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.

  • World markets gain but Spain downgrade looms Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:46 AM ET

    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.

  • TEXT-S&P assigns Darden Restaurants notes 'BBB' Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:44 AM ET

    Oct 1- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that it assigned its' BBB' rating to Orlando- based Darden Restaurants Inc.' s.

  • By Gernot Heller and James Regan. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 1- Airbus parent EADS and arms group BAE Systems must restructure a $45 billion merger, a top shareholder said, as a government source threatened that Britain would block talks to create the world's biggest defence company unless its demands were met.

  • Carmike Cinemas buys 16 theaters from Rave Reviews Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ga.-- Carmike Cinemas Inc. said Monday that it has bought 16 theaters for $19 million in cash, part of Carmike's push to expand through acquisitions. The theater chain bought the theaters, which have 251 screens, from Rave Reviews Cinemas LLC, which is owned by investment firm BV Investment Partners.

  • Oil prices higher after manufacturing report Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    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.

  • Oct 1- Sunshine Heart Inc said its flagship device to treat heart failure was approved for trials in the United States, sending its shares up as much as 15 percent. Sunshine Heart plans to start a pivotal trial in North America in the fourth quarter of 2012.. Sunshine Heart shares were up 7 percent at $8.94 on the Nasdaq on Monday.

  • Red Lobster _ for the non-seafood lover in you Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:39 AM ET

    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.

  • Tredegar buys AACOA for about $50.8 million Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:38 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.-- Tredegar, which makes plastic films and aluminum extrusions, said Monday it bought aluminum extrusion maker AACOA Inc. for about $50.8 million. Tredegar said that the acquisition will add fabrication capabilities to the products and services of its subsidiary, The William L. Bonnell Co..

  • Court won't hear anti-gay marriage group appeal Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:38 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a national anti-gay marriage group that tried to thwart Maine's campaign disclosure law requiring it to release its donor list.

  • *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.

  • Orioles' plane diverted because of smoke in galley Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:36 AM ET

    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..

  • Generac Holdings gives strong 3Q outlook Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    WAUKESHA, Wis.-- Generac Holdings Inc. offered higher-than-expected earnings and revenue guidance for the third quarter on Monday saying demand was strong for its home stand-by and portable generators due to recent, major power outages.

  • NHL, locked-out players meet for 3rd straight day Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:35 AM ET

    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.

  • *Tredegar stock rises more than 3 percent. Oct 1- Tredegar Corp said on Monday that its subsidiary Bonnell Aluminum has acquired 100- percent ownership of AACOA Inc, a U.S. manufacturer of extruded aluminum for machinery and equipment.

  • Gun owned by Butch Cassidy auctioned in Calif. Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    VENTURA, Calif.-- A. 45- caliber gun once owned by Butch Cassidy has sold at auction in Southern California for $175,000. Cassidy, the infamous Old West bank robber, bought the revolver in a hardware store in Vernal, Utah, in 1896. He turned it over to Utah authorities in early 1900 in an unsuccessful attempt to gain amnesty.

  • *U.S. manufacturing sector expands in September* China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept* Japan's business sentiment worsens* Euro zone manufacturing points to a new recession By Dmitry Zhdannikov.

  • Former Johnson & Johnson CEO Burke dies at 87 Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:31 AM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.-- Former Johnson& Johnson CEO James E. Burke, who steered the health care giant through the Tylenol poisonings in the 1980 s that resulted in the first tamper-resistant product packaging, has died.