NEW YORK-- Shares of real estate services provider Realogy, whose brands include Century 21, Coldwell Banker and The Corcoran Group, soared more than 25 percent in their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Realogy Holdings Corp. said its IPO of 40 million shares priced at $27 per share, at the high end of the projected range of $23 to $27 per share.
*Sprint jumps on reports of possible Softbank deal. NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. stocks advanced on Thursday after data showed initial jobless claims fell to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, suggesting improvement in a key factor for economic growth.
PARIS, Oct 11- A push to extend France's wealth tax to artworks is stirring up a new fiscal flap for President Francois Hollande's Socialist government as it carries out an unpopular belt-tightening drive.
KAMPALA, Oct 11- Uganda's central bank intervened in the currency market for the third time in two days on Thursday, but the move had little impact on the shilling. which is expected to remain vulnerable. The shilling was at 2605/ 2615 when they intervened and they left it at 2600/ 2610, "said Ahmed Kalule, trader at Bank of Africa.
Oct 11- Helen of Troy Ltd:. *Imperial Capital cuts Helen of Troy Ltd price target to $35 from. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.
BISMARCK, N.D.-- The chairman of the Three Affiliated Tribes says construction should start next spring on a $400 million oil refinery in North Dakota. It would be the first one built in the United States in more than 30 years. The U.S. Interior Department has agreed to put the refinery land into trust for the tribe's benefit.
BAKU, Azerbaijan-- Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliev has criticized a consortium led by BP PLC for a slump in production at the Caspian Sea nation's main oil field. A spokesperson for BP Azerbaijan said the company is working together with Azerbaijan's state oil company to address production issues.
Mississippi: Down 3,393, no reason given. Michigan: Down 2,639, no reason given. Florida: Down 1,972, due to fewer layoffs in agriculture, construction, and wholesale trade.
MADISON, Wis.-- Overall attendance and revenue is up at the Wisconsin Historical Society's 11 sites and museums in the state. Cheryl Sullivan, administrator of the society's Division of Museums and Historic Sites, said they were pleased given the economy and that July was the hottest month on record.
LONDON, Oct 11- Office Of Fair Trading:.
--U.S.-based footwear company Wolverine World Wide Inc.. completed its acquisition of Performance and Lifestyle Group from Collective Brands Inc.. Rating Action On Oct. 11, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services assigned Wolverine World Wide Inc. its' BB-' corporate credit rating.
NEW YORK-- One piece of good news on jobs was enough Thursday on Wall Street. That one piece of good news was enough to help traders forget about a drumbeat of worrisome developments, like a widening U.S. trade deficit, higher unemployment in Greece and a ratings cut for Spain. `.
Oct 11- AllianceBernstein Holding LP:. *Announces September 30, 2012 assets under management. *Preliminary assets under management increased to $419 billion from $411.
Oct 11- Apollo Group Inc:. *Piper Jaffray cuts Apollo Group Inc price target to $34 from $37;. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.
NEW YORK-- Safeway Inc. said Thursday that its profit margin slipped in the third quarter as it spent money on launching a new customer loyalty program, an investment the supermarket operator said should drive sales going forward. The sale of Safeway's Genuardi's chain helped offset the declines and pushed the company's net income up 21 percent.
WASHINGTON-- Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages ticked up from record lows last week. Cheaper mortgages are fueling a modest housing recovery that could help the broader economy. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the rate on the 30- year loan increased to 3.39 percent from 3.36 percent.
NEW ORLEANS-- The New Orleans Film Festival opens Thursday with a red carpet showing of the Louisiana- shot thriller "The Paperboy."
PORTLAND, Maine-- Amtrak as well as its Downeaster passenger service between Maine and Boston have set new ridership records. Records were also set in other regions of the country, including New England.
LONDON, Oct 11- Britain's energy minister wants to financially support two pilot carbon capture and storage projects, a technology the UK is banking on to reduce climate-warming emissions and to develop as a new export product.
NEW YORK, Oct 11- Realogy Holdings Corp:.