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  • PIMCO's flagship fund trims Treasury, mortgage holdings Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:42 PM ET

    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.

  • "This outbreak began at a compounding pharmacy and the FDA has very limited authority over what these facilities produce," said an official from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of ongoing public health investigations.

  • AuRico Gold selling Ocampo mine, Orion stake Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    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.

  • Tech standards body diluting Web privacy - EU official Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:41 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 10- Internet standard-setters are watering down a tool that is supposed to help Web users hide their data from companies, the EU's Internet chief, Neelie Kroes, will say on Thursday. When a Web user' likes' something on Facebook or reads an online newspaper, a dozen or more companies are squirreling away data on their tastes, habits, gender and age.

  • Sector Snap: Auto parts retailers downgraded Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:40 PM ET

    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.

  • on Wednesday sold $500 million notes in the 144 a private placement market, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank and US Bancorp were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.

  • 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.

  • BRIEF-Alco Stores buys back $3 mln in shares Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:37 PM ET

    Oct 10- ALCO Stores Inc:. *Purchase price of $6.60 per share of Alco stock resulted in total transaction. value of approximately $3.04 million.

  • NY cotton ends slightly up ahead of USDA monthly report Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:36 PM ET

    *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.

  • Oil prices fall on mixed signals for economy Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:36 PM ET

    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.

  • BRIEF-Ithaca Energy reports Q3 production results Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:35 PM ET

    Oct 10- Ithaca Energy Inc:. *Q3-2012 average production of 5,061 barrels of oil equivalent per day, an. increase of 28%* Source text* Further company coverage ().

  • Huge window switch recall hampers Toyota comeback Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:33 PM ET

    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.

  • Oct 10- Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc:. *Completed type a meeting with FDA on lymphoseek NDA. *Received clarifying guidance from agency in regard to CGMP issues noted in.

  • Endeavour Intl. prices offering of $54M in notes Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:31 PM ET

    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.

  • Sector Snap: Life science stocks trade lower Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:30 PM ET

    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.

  • *Receives $2 billion c-17 aircraft sustainment contract. *Says the latest contract covers fiscal years 2013 through 2017.. *Source text* Further company coverage.

  • TEXT-S&P affirms Dave & Buster's Inc Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    ,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.

  • Oct 10- Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd on Wednesday sold C $200 million of 10- year debt, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters. The 5.84 percent notes, due Oct. 14, 2022, were priced at 99.963 to yield 5.845 percent, or 403.9 basis points over the Canadian government benchmark. The investment dealer arm of Bank of Montreal was the bookrunning manager for the sale.

  • Captain of capsized cruise ship says sacking unfair Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:24 PM ET

    Italian Francesco Schettino was not only fired by Costa Cruises but is accused by prosecutors of causing the accident by sailing the luxury cruiser liner too close to shore. "There is nothing to contest or be amazed about, unless we want to say that what the law allows for all citizens doesn't apply for Francesco Schettino."

  • IRS commissioner Shulman to step down Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:23 PM ET

    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.