• Vice President Joe Biden told a campaign rally on Tuesday that the middle class has been buried for the past four years, just longer than President Barack Obama's time in the White House.

  • Oct 2- Alliance Resource Partners LP:. *L.P. updates production status of pontiki mine in central appalachia; complex. impairment of $34 million of assets.

  • New Issue-Northern States Power sells $100 mln notes Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:56 PM ET

    Oct 2- Northern States Power Co. Tuesday sold $100 million of first mortgage bonds, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Citigroup and Mitsubishi were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.

  • KHL plans hockey broadcasts in US Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- The Kontinental Hockey League says some of its games will be broadcast in the United States on ESPN3 during the NHL lockout. However, ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said "the agreement is not finalized." Four other games were listed through Oct. 9.

  • Antares gets development payment from Pfizer Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:54 PM ET

    EWING, N.J.-- Antares Pharma Inc. said Tuesday it received a $750,000 milestone payment from its partner Pfizer Inc.. In December 2011 Antares licensed drug delivery technology to Pfizer. Shares of Antares Pharma rose 12 cents, or 2.8 percent, to $4.40 on Tuesday.

  • BRIEF-Alta Mesa'S private offering of senior notes Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:52 PM ET

    Oct 2- Alta Mesa Holdings LP:. *Announces $100 million private offering of senior notes. *To use proceeds to repay existing indebtedness under its senior secured.

  • DIARY-U.S. Treasuries, Wednesday, Oct. 3 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:51 PM ET

    The Mortgage Bankers Association releases Weekly Mortgage Market Index for the week ended Sept. 28, versus the prior week, 7 a.m. The mortgage market index read 875.1 and the refinancing index was 4,291.4 in the previous week.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 2- U.S. crude oil inventories rose less than expected last week while oil product stockpiles fell slightly, data from the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday. Crude inventories rose 462,000 barrels in the week to Sept. 28, compared with analysts' expectations for a build of 1.5 million barrels, the API reported.

  • BRIEF-Hallmark consolidates Kansas manufacturing Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:50 PM ET

    *Hallmark cards-greeting card and envelope production to move from Topeka. *Hallmark cards- none of the work currently done in Kansas is being moved out. of Kansas as a result of this consolidation.

  • How the major stock indexes fared on Tuesday Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    The country's largest fertilizer company, Mosaic, said weak demand from China and India have hurt its profits. The S&P 500 index rose 1.26, or less than 0.1 percent, to close at 1,445.75. The S&P 500 is up 5.08, or 0.4 percent.

  • US auto sales stay strong in September Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    DETROIT-- Americans found plenty of reasons to buy new cars in September, making auto sales a bright spot in the economy for yet another month. Sales rose for most carmakers, led by big gains at Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen. Gas prices have jumped 14 percent since July 1, and hit $3.79 per gallon at the end of September, a record for that time of year.

  • BRIEF-Southwest Bancorp appoints new CEO Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    Oct 2- Southwest Bancorp Inc:. *On September 27, Mark Funke took office as president and chief executive. *Says Rick Green resigned as a director and president and chief executive.

  • *Says court has issued a claim construction order in Excentus' lawsuit against the Kroger Company. *Claim accuses Kroger of patent infringement, trademark infringement,. other acts of unfair competition.

  • BRIEF-BWAY Parent to be acquired by Platinum Equity Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:47 PM ET

    Oct 2- BWAY Parent Company Inc:. *BWAY parent co-Platinum equity will acquire BWAY Parent Company Inc from. funds managed by Madison Dearborn partners.

  • ROME, Oct 2- Italian Economy Minister Vittorio Grilli on Tuesday dismissed media speculation that defence group Finmeccanica had ordered false consultancy services from his ex wife, after one newspaper said he should dispel doubts over the reported deal. Finmeccanica's chief executive Giuseppe Orsi had denied similar reports last month.

  • *MSCI says switch covers $24 million of annual operating income. Oct 2- Vanguard Group, the largest U.S. mutual fund manager, said on Tuesday it was switching 22 of its biggest index funds away from benchmarks provided by MSCI Inc in order to cut costs.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 2- Potential buyers are interested in Imperial Oil Ltd's 88,000 barrel per day Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, refinery, which the company put on the auction block in May as it struggled with weak margins, Imperial Chief Executive Bruce March said on Tuesday.

  • BRIEF-Moody's: COMM 2005-LP5 ratings unaffected Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:44 PM ET

    Oct 2- COMM 2005- LP5:. *Moody's: comm 2005- lp5 ratings unaffected by proposed transfer of special. servicing rights for the lakeside mall loan.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Trader Glencore has formally notified the European Commission of its $33 billion plan to take over miner Xstrata, sources familiar with the matter said, after months of preliminary talks designed to pave the way for a swift approval.

  • MetroPCS, Express, Stage Stores are market movers Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Stock Market:. MetroPCS Communications Inc., up $2.05 at $13.57. Deutsche Telekom AG, parent company of cellphone carrier T-Mobile USA, said it is in talks to buy smaller rival MetroPCS.