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  • SAN FRANCISCO-- Autodesk Inc. said Monday that it has bought certain assets of HSMWorks so it can add software to control machinery to its portfolio of software used in computer-aided manufacturing.

  • As the government closed the books Sunday with a $1.1 trillion deficit for the year, which required borrowing 32 cents for every dollar it spent, budget analysts have little confidence in either man's plan to address the accumulating debt, now at about $16 trillion.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. JOSEPH TREVISANI, CHIEF MARKET STRATEGIST, WORLDWIDE MARKETS, WOODCLIFF LAKE, NEW JERSEY. CRAIG DISMUKE, CHIEF ECONOMIC STRATEGIST, VINING SPARKS, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York regulators expect to reopen their rulemaking process for natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing, casting doubt on whether a 4- year-old moratorium on development will be lifted before next year.

  • DALLAS-- Hospital operator Tenet Healthcare Corp. plans acquisitions, a new share repurchase program and a 4- to-1 reverse stock split to help speed up growth and improve the value of its stock for shareholders.

  • WASHINGTON-- U.S. manufacturing grew for the first time in four months, buoyed by a jump in new orders and more jobs. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its index of factory activity rose to 51.5.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. Treasuries prices turned lower on Monday after the Institute for Supply Management reported U.S. manufacturing grew in September, contrary to market expectations. The benchmark 10- year Treasury note, up 2/ 32 before the report, was down 2/ 32 afterwards, allowing its yield to rise to 1.65 percent from 1.63 percent earlier.

  • NEW YORK-- A New York auto dealer must pay almost $300,000 in restitution to customers for fraudulent sales practices _ including adding unwanted options and pressuring customers into signing blank contracts.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. stocks added to gains, with the Dow and S&P 500 climbing more than 1 percent after data from the Institute of Supply Management showed the manufacturing sector grew for the first time since May. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 139.50 points, or 1.04 percent, to 13,576.63.

  • Oct 1- The Institute for Supply Management on Monday reported its monthly indexes of manufacturing activity for September. Reuters Terminal users should click. for the text of the Institute for Supply Management's Purchasing Managers Survey.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. CRAIG DISMUKE, CHIEF ECONOMIC STRATEGIST, VINING SPARKS, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. ADAM SARHAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SARHAN CAPITAL IN NEW YORK.

  • CHICAGO-- Integrys Energy Group Inc., a provider of electricity and natural gas, said Monday that it is buying one of its suppliers, a Wisconsin power plant, for $440 million. Fox Energy Co. is owned by General Electric Co. and Tyr Energy Inc., a privately held company.

  • WASHINGTON-- U.S. builders trimmed their activity for a second straight month in August as a solid gain in home construction failed to offset declines in nonresidential activity and government projects. Overall construction spending dipped 0.7 percent in August, compared to July, the Commerce Department reported Monday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness as new orders and employment picked up, an industry report showed on Monday. STORY: TABLE COMMENTS: ADAM SARHAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF SARHAN CAPITAL IN NEW YORK.

  • *Front month at highest mark since December 2011. NEW YORK, Oct 1- U.S. natural gas futures rose more than 3 percent early on Monday, lifted to their highest mark this year amid forecasts for cooler weather in the coming days and strong nuclear power plant outages. As of 9: 4 6 a.m. EDT, front-month November natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • MIAMI-- Heating and cooling company Watsco Inc. said Monday that its board declared a special cash dividend of $5, totaling about $172 million, and a regular quarterly cash dividend of 62 cents. Albert Nahmad, Watsco's chairman CEO, said the special dividend shows management's confidence in the company and its continued ability to generate free cash flow.

  • **CERADYNE INC, $34.92, up 42.9 pct** 3 M, $93.79, down 1.5 pct. 3 M said it will acquire the ceramic component maker for about $847 million. The offer of $35 per share represents a premium of about 43 percent to Ceradyne's Friday closing.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in September, shaking off three months of weakness 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 for 49.7, according to a Reuters poll.

  • Oct 1- U.S. Commerce Department seasonally adjusted annual rates of construction spending, with comparisons:.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- U.S. construction spending in August fell by the most in a year as a rebound in residential projects was offset by weak non-residential structures and public sector project outlays, a government report showed on Monday.