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  • Oct 1- Electric and natural gas utility Integrys Energy Group Inc will buy privately held Fox Energy Co LLC for $440 million to add a 593 megawatt power generating plant in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

  • Ikea believes the shift to the longer-lasting bulbs will help set an environmentally friendly example in the industry and also save the company about $10 million to $20 million a year, or 10 percent, in lighting costs at its 300 stores around the globe, said Steve Howard, the company's chief sustainability officer.

  • The rise in futures points to a rebound from the S&P 500 index's biggest weekly drop since June.

  • Oct 1- Honeywell International Inc said its UOP unit would acquire a 70 percent stake in Thomas Russell Co, a privately held provider of technology and equipment for natural gas processing, for $525 million.

  • Oct 1- Warren Buffett has bought an additional 282,403 shares of DaVita Inc, the largest operator of dialysis clinics in the United States, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Buffett, through Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is the largest shareholder in DaVita, owning now about 10 percent of the company's stock.

  • Oct 1- Oct 1- Universal Electronics Inc:. *Press release- Universal Electronics Inc and Logitech settle patent. district of California* Says specific terms of the settlement agreement are confidential () ().

  • Oct 1- Universal Electronics Inc:. *Press release- Universal Electronics Inc and Logitech settle patent. *Settled patent infringement lawsuit in federal district court of central.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- The results of two studies into Roche's breast cancer drug Herceptin published on Monday showed that the current standard treatment of taking the drug for a year provides the best outcome for patients.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- Ceradyne Inc:.

  • NEW YORK-- A Sterne Agee analyst on Monday raised his rating for Finish Line Inc. to "Neutral" from "Underperform," citing the athletic footwear company's new deal that will put its athletic footwear shops in more than 450 Macy's stores in the U.S.

  • Fewer than 1 percent of in-store sales tied to brand advertising campaigns on Facebook come from people who clicked on an ad, according to a new study that Facebook has conducted through a partnership with Datalogix, a data mining firm that tracks real world retail sales.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. stock index futures rose on Monday at the start of a new quarter before data that could show manufacturing's contraction was slowing. *The final Markit Manufacturing PMI for September is due at 8:58 a.m., and the Institute for Supply Management's September manufacturing index is expected at 10 a.m..

  • NEW YORK-- U.S. stock market futures rose Monday, following European markets higher, as investors cautiously welcomed the result of stress tests of Spain's banks and a slight improvement in a survey of the eurozone's manufacturing sector.

  • Oct 1- Integrys Energy Group Inc:. *Wisconsin public service enters into agreement to buy fox energy company llc. *Says the transaction is expected to close on or around April 1, 2013.

  • *Price to hold steady ahead of U.S. jobs numbers* Platinum firm; unrest in South Africa continues By Amanda Cooper. LONDON, Oct 1- Gold eased on Monday, after posting its strongest quarterly gain in over two years, and looked set to hold fairly firm ahead of a U.S. report on employment later this week.

  • Oct 1- Silicon Valley-based Workday Inc, which provides cloud-based human resource software, said it plans to sell 22.75 million Class A shares in its initial public offering at between $21 and $24 each. At the mid-point of the expected range, the offering will raise about $512 million, valuing the company at $3.6 billion.

  • Chief Executive Tim Cook apologized Friday to customers frustrated with glaring errors in its new Maps service and, in an unusual move for the consumer giant, directed them to rival services such as Google Inc's Maps instead. **MICROSOFT CORP, Friday close $29.76, down 0.20 pct premarket. RBC and Jefferies& Co both reduced their price targets on Microsoft's stock.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- Goldman Sachs Group Inc:.

  • HOUSTON-- Bedding company Mattress Firm Holding Corp. says some of its stockholders are planning to sell about 4.7 million shares of the company's common stock. Mattress Firm said Monday that it is not selling any shares in the proposed offering. The Houston company went public in November 2011 at $19 per share.

  • Oct 1- AECOM Technology Corp:. *Awarded design contract to expand north metro rail line in Denver. *Says value of AECOM's contract was not disclosed.