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  • The Nasdaq Composite Index added 8.92 points, or 0.28 percent, to 3,158.38. **PRIMERO MINING CORP, $7.70, up 42.75 pct. The ruling confirms that Primero can record silver revenue and taxes from its San Dimas gold mine in Durango state at the realized silver price rather than the spot price.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Aurubis, Europe's biggest copper smelter, will offer 2013 copper cathode term premiums for its European customers at $86 a tonne, unchanged from levels set in June this year, a spokeswoman for the company said on Friday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- California gas prices rose 17 cents a gallon overnight due to supply disruptions at some refineries and seasonally low inventories, bringing the one-week increase in the Golden State to nearly 36 cents. The average retail price of gasoline was $4.486 on Friday morning, up from $4.315 on Thursday and $4.131 a week ago, according to AAA data.

  • BRIEF-Inland Real Estate corp CEO to retire Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:57 AM ET

    Oct 5- Inland Real Estate Corp:. *Investment corporation announces the retirement of brian m. conlon. *Conlon, CEO of Inland Real Estate investment corp, will retire from industry.

  • Court urges change in Florida workers comp law Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:56 AM ET

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- An appellate court is urging the Florida Legislature to reconsider a state law that makes injured employees pay employers' legal costs if they lose good faith workers compensation appeals. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee made that recommendation Friday in upholding such an order.

  • OTTAWA, Oct 5- Canada's budget deficit for the 2011-12 fiscal year was a higher-than-forecast C $26.2 billion, in part because the European crisis cut revenues, government officials said on Friday.

  • New Hampshire notes popcorn recall Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:53 AM ET

    CONCORD, N.H.-- The New Hampshire Department of Health says it's not aware of any illnesses in the state associated with the recall of ready-to-eat bags of select flavors of popcorn. Manufacturer Dale and Thomas Popcorn is voluntarily recalling select flavors of Popcorn, Indiana- brand products because of possible Listeria contamination.

  • US unemployment falls to 7.8 pct., a 44-month low Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:53 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month, dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years and giving President Barack Obama a potential boost with the election a month away.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. crude futures extended losses to more than $2 on Friday, as did Brent oil briefly, with a fragile global economy and Europe's debt crisis countering any support from a better-than-expected U.S. U.S. crude was down $2.42 at $89.29 a barrel by 11:45 a.m. EDT, having swung from $89.15 to $91.71.

  • S.African stocks at record high as miners rebound Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:51 AM ET

    *All-share index up 0.88 percent at 36,588.67. *Top-40 index down 1.11 percent at 32,361.91. JOHANNESBURG, Oct 5- South African stocks set a record high on Friday with mining shares among the top performers as investors chased bargains in the sector battered in recent days by a wave of wildcat strikes.

  • UPDATE 1-Opel "vital" for GM in Europe Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:51 AM ET

    *GM says Opel not for sale despite Fiat's reported interest. *Opel executive says aims to source more parts from PSA, not GM. Earlier on Friday, Italian daily Il Sole-24 Ore said in an unsourced report that Fiat SpA Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne was ready to buy Opel if GM's alliance with Peugeot dissolves.

  • *Purchasing differentials for Ivory Coast cocoa beans firm. AMSTERDAM, Oct 5- Price ratios for cocoa butter were firm in Europe's cash cocoa market on strong demand for nearby contracts, traders said.

  • CANADA STOCKS-TSX turns negative as resources weigh Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    TORONTO, Oct 5- Canada's main stock index turned negative in choppy trade on Friday, easing from a two-week high as a rally in financials was offset by weakness in energy and materials shares. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index. fell 1.58 points to 12,446.10, before modestly extending losses to 12,437.29.

  • Hertz extends offer for Dollar Thrifty shares Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:48 AM ET

    Park Ridge, N.J.- based Hertz is in the process of acquiring Tulsa, Okla.- based Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. for $87.50 per share, or about $2.3 billion. The offer, which was previously set to expire on Friday, will now expire on Oct. 22, Hertz said. Hertz shares fell 2 cents to $14.54 in midday trading Friday.

  • Issuers stay aggressive in US high-yield market Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:48 AM ET

    In all, US $9.266 bn in US dollar volume priced from 18 issuers, with another roughly US $1 bn in volume anticipated for Friday. This week, Tenet Healthcare was able to achieve a record low yield- 6.75%- in seven-year maturities for its Triple C rated tranche, part of a US $800 m two-part offering, while Petco popped in on Thursday with a PIK toggle dividend offering.

  • Key revenue measure stops climbing at Southwest Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    DALLAS-- Southwest Airlines Co. was left at the gate when other airline stocks rose strongly on Friday morning after the company gave a weak report on September traffic and revenue trends. THE SPARK: Southwest, which also operates AirTran Airways, said September traffic dropped by 2.1 percent and a key revenue measure fell by 2 to 3 percent.

  • NAIROBI, Oct 5- Kenya's stock market edged higher for the third day in a row on Friday, boosted by a jump in shares of Equity Bank. Equity Bank, Kenya's biggest bank by customer numbers, rose 2.2 percent to 23.50 shillings per share, cheered by the appointment of a new chief operating officer and a group finance director on Thursday.

  • BRIEF-Snacks firm Zetar agrees takeover bid Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Zetar PLC:. issued share capital of Zetar. *297 pence in cash for each Zetar share.

  • PARIS/ FRANKFURT, Oct 5- Talks over a European supermerger between EADS and BAE Systems reached a political crunch point on Friday as Britain, France and Germany attempted to narrow differences on a $45 billion proposal to create the world's largest aerospace and arms group. Time is running out before a UK deadline of Oct. 10 for a deal.

  • Angry birds attack French tax on entrepreneurs Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:46 AM ET

    A group of entrepreneurs calling themselves "pigeons" _ French slang for someone who has been taken advantage of _ have mounted a campaign on Facebook and Twitter against a new law that will tax investments along the same lines as salaries _ on a sliding scale _meaning they would have to pay a lot more.