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  • Oct 4- Calpine Corp, the largest U.S. independent power generator, said it will buy an 800- megawatt power plant in Texas from Bosque Power Co LLC for $432 million plus adjustments.

  • Oct 4- SunCoke Energy Inc:. *U.S. coke production estimated to be nearly 1.1 million tons in third quarter. *Middletown, Ohio facility, which began operations in late October 2011,.

  • Oct 4- Calpine Corp, the largest U.S. independent power generator, said it will buy an 800- megawatt power plant in Texas from Bosque Power Co LLC for $432 million plus adjustments.

  • *To purchase bosque power plant for $432 million, increasing size of Texas. *Says expects to fund the acquisition with cash on hand. *Upon purchase, Calpine will change the name of the merchant plant to the.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, ahead of a central bank decision in Europe and the release of U.S. data on the labor and manufacturing sectors.

  • KEARNEY, Neb.-- Buckle's September revenue at stores open at least a year dipped 0.8 percent, missing Wall Street's expectations. Analysts predicted a 1 percent increase in the figure, according to a Thomson Reuters poll. Buckle Inc., a teen retailer, said Thursday that total revenue for the five weeks ended Sept. 29 climbed 0.8 percent to $99.1 million.

  • Oct 4- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday the social media company reached the 1 billion active monthly users threshold last month. At the end of June, Facebook had 955 million active monthly users.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 rising between 0.2 and 0.5 percent. **NUVASIVE INC, Wednesday close $22.62, down 27.4 pct premarket.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms in September rose 4.9 percent after hitting a 20- month low in August, a report on Thursday showed. Employers announced planned job cuts of 33,816 last month, up from 32,239 in August, according to the report from consultants C hallenger, Gray& Christmas, Inc..

  • *Sales from Costco, Limited, Zumiez top expectations. Retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp and Victoria's Secret operator Limited Brands Inc posted bigger-than-expected gains in September sales at stores open at least a year.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, ahead of a central bank decision in Europe and the release of U.S. data on the labor and manufacturing sectors. *The U.S. Labor Department releases first-time claims for jobless benefits for the week ended Sept. 29 at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

  • *Yields fall on two of three bonds as investors await Spain rescue call. *Demand strong on all three bonds* International investors still shun Spain debt By Nigel Davies. Spain is at the sharp end of the euro zone debt crisis as it weighs applying for an aid package that would pave the way for the European Central Bank to buy its bonds.

  • TEHRAN, Iran-- Iran deployed riot police at key Tehran intersections on Thursday, after tensions flared over the nation's plunging currency in the most widespread display of anger linked to the country's sanctions-hit economy.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 4- The European Union is poised to ban imports of Iranian gas into Europe as part of its efforts to ratchet up pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear programme, diplomats said on Thursday.

  • The private equity firm named Phil Seskin as an industry executive in the communications vertical. Most recently, Seskin was senior vice-president of corporate development at Verizon Communications Inc.

  • VIENNA, Oct 4- The fabled Viennese fondness for fine funerals and "a schoene Leich"- a beautiful corpse- is about to get a modern twist. The first QR codes will start appearing on graves in Austria within weeks, said Joerg Bauer, project leader for Austrian bereavement company Aspetos, who has been working on the QR project for five years.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- The activists who have protested in recent months at the tax arrangements of some leading British companies are united with many politicians in wanting to cut corporate tax avoidance.

  • The European Central Bank is not expected to cut rates at the monthly policy making session despite weaker economic data, but was seen likely to be pressed on negotiations with Spain over its financing needs in the news conference which follows.

  • *Oil India to get 20 pct, Indian Oil Corp 10 pct in Niobrara shale acreage. and Indian Oil Corp have jointly bought a 30 percent stake in Houston- based Carrizo Oil& Gas's Niobrara shale asset in Colorado for $82.5 million, the companies said in a statement.

  • *Seadrill may move to London, Singapore* CEO Thorkildsen disagreed with move, leaves firm.