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  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Bill Gross's PIMCO Total Return Fund, the world's largest mutual fund, trimmed its exposure to mortgage securities and U.S. government debt in September after the U.S. PIMCO, Pacific Investment Management Co, which had $1.82 trillion in assets as of June 30, noted on its website that the flagship fund's holdings of government debt include U.S.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of AuRico Gold surged more than 17 percent on Wednesday, as the Canadian gold mining company announced that it is selling the Ocampo mine, adjacent exploration projects and half of the Orion development project for $750 million.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of auto parts retailers declined Wednesday after Sterne Agee& Leach downgraded Penske Automotive Group and Group 1 Automotive Inc., after their stock had gained value for months. Group 1 shares lost $1.34, or 2.1 percent, to $63.04 in afternoon trading and Penske stock lost 86 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $31.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 10- CBS on Wednesday axed its new legal drama "Made in Jersey" after just two episodes, in the first cancellation of the new U.S. television season. But poor reviews and lower audiences for the second episode caused CBS to pull the new show from its schedule. CBS, owned by CBS Corp, has long been the most-watched of the four leading U.S.

  • NEW YORK-- The price of oil finished lower Wednesday after some mixed economic signals. Benchmark crude rose early in the day after the government reported wholesale stockpiles rose, and sales were up for the first time in four months. The Labor Department said Wednesday that job openings dropped by 32,000 to 3.56 million in August.

  • *Cotton market awaits USDA supply/demand report Thursday. The cotton market was awaiting the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly report due on Thursday for any signs of damage to new crops in west Texas, the major U.S. growing region, after recent wet weather.

  • DETROIT-- The largest recall in Toyota's 75- year history could undermine the Japanese automaker's comeback from natural disasters and embarrassing safety problems. Toyota said grease wasn't applied evenly to the switch during production, causing friction and sometimes smoke and fire.

  • HOUSTON-- Endeavour International Corp. on Wednesday priced its private offering of an additional $54 million of its 12 percent first priority notes due 2018.. The Houston oil and gas company said the notes were priced at 109 percent of par, at a yield worst of 9.436 percent. Endeavor shares fell 53 cents, or 5.7 percent, to $8.83 in afternoon trading.

  • Analyst Sung Ji Nam said that for now, the major sources of growth for companies including Illumina Inc. and Life Technologies Corp. will be sales of new, more advanced gene-sequencing products and disposable items used in testing, and their biggest clients will remain academic and clinical customers.

  • ,parent of Dave& Buster's Inc., announced that it is suspending its IPO. Rating Action On Oct. 10, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its ratings on Dallas- based restaurant and out-of-home entertainment company Dave& Buster's Inc., including the' B-' corporate credit rating.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- McGraw-Hill Companies Inc's. McGraw-Hill, which is running the auction as an alternative to its planned spin-off of the business, wants to get more than $3 billion and could still decide against a sale if the bids fail to meet its price expectations, the people said. McGraw-Hill, Cengage, Apollo, THL and Providence declined to comment.

  • Shulman, who was appointed IRS commissioner by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate in March, 2008, will leave the post on Nov. 9. The IRS, in its biography of Shulman, noted that under his tenure the agency has gone from eighth to third out of the 14 largest federal agencies in a rating of the best places to work.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 10- At least 130 projects that capture and store carbon emissions at coal power and industrial plants must come online by 2020 if the world is to stay on course to keeping the rise in global temperatures below a threshold deemed dangerous by scientists, a new report released Wednesday said.

  • Atlantic City's newest casino took less money from gamblers in September than it did in August. Atlantic City's 12 casinos collectively saw their September revenue fall by 6.3 percent to $276 million compared with September 2011. So far, Revel has not been the catalyst that many in Atlantic City had hoped it would be.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- Brent crude futures eased on Wednesday in choppy trading as concerns about slowing economic growth hit Wall Street equities and pulled oil lower, after prices had received an early lift from tension in the Middle East.

  • *Steven Miller, an IRS veteran, to be acting chief. Miller, IRS deputy commissioner for services and enforcement since September 2009, is a 25- year veteran of the agency. Before Shulman was confirmed by the Senate at the start of his term, the IRS was led by two acting commissioners over a transition period of more than nine months.

  • Eight times a year, the Federal Reserve issues the Beige Book, a snapshot of business conditions in each of the Fed's 12 regional bank districts. The Beige Book is updated two weeks before each meeting of the Fed's policymaking meeting in Washington. GDP is the value of all goods and services produced in the United States.

  • By Jennifer Saba and Peter Lauria. Oct 10- Sirius XM Radio Inc CEO Mel Karmazin said the company will add 446,000 new subscribers for the third quarter and raised its full-year forecast to 1.8 million net additions. Karmazin gave the updated business outlook for the satellite radio broadcaster while speaking at Liberty Media Corp's.

  • A small Coke bottler in Minnesota says it's stopping production of the bottles, which customers could return to get back a 20- cent deposit. The company in Winona, Minn., had been refilling the returnable bottles since 1932 but said it no longer makes business sense to continue doing so.

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of several oil refining companies fell Wednesday after Chevron Corp. said its third-quarter results will be substantially lower than its second-quarter earnings.