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  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- Advanced Micro Devices Inc:.

  • NEW YORK-- JPMorgan Chase, the country's biggest bank, reported a record quarterly profit Friday, helped by a surge in mortgage refinancing. It worked out to $1.40 per share, blowing away the $1.21 predicted by analysts polled by FactSet, a provider of financial data. Revenue rose 6 percent to $25.9 billion, beating expectations of $24.4 billion.

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  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- JPMorgan Chase& Co:.

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  • HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-- Sears Holdings has completed the spinoff of its Hometown and Outlet stores. Sears Holdings Corp. received $446.5 million in gross proceeds. Sears Holdings, which also runs Kmart, said Thursday that Sears Hometown is expected to start trading on the Nasdaq on Friday under the "SHOS" ticker symbol.

  • *Says market has slowed in the United States. COPENHAGEN, Oct 12- Danish wind turbine maker Vestas said the impending expiry of a U.S. tax credit had exacerbated a fall in orders for next year, forcing it to make more than 800 job cuts in the United States and Canada so far this year.

  • WASHINGTON-- The end of the 2012 federal budget year is expected to produce the fourth straight annual deficit above $1 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the deficit totaled $1.1 trillion for the 12 months that ended Sept. 30.

  • TRENTON, N.J.-- Johnson& Johnson will likely discuss the health of its prescription-drug business and progress on its manufacturing problems when it reports third-quarter results before the stock market opens Tuesday.

  • TOKYO, Oct 12- Softbank Corp chief Masayoshi Son told reporters last week he decided to buy a smaller rival for $1.84 billion on an impulse- small change for someone who Forbes estimates lost $18 billion in the dotcom bust, but an unusual move in staid Japan.

  • NEW YORK-- Workday has raised $637 million from its initial public offering of approximately 22.8 million shares. The company, which provides remote storage applications for human resources and finance, said Friday that it priced the IPO at $28 per share, which is above the projected range of $24 to $26 a piece.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 12- South Africa's rand extended earlier gains to a fresh one-week high against the dollar on Friday after news that employers and unions had reached an agreement to end a three-week long truckers' strike. The rand firmed to 8.5920, its strongest level since last week Friday, gaining from 8.6305 before the news of the agreement.

  • WASHINGTON-- More expensive gas likely drove overall wholesale prices higher in September. But excluding that surge, inflation likely stayed tame. The Labor Department will release the report at 8:30 a.m. EDT Friday.

  • OSLO, Norway-- The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for promoting peace and democracy in Europe _ an honor that came as 27- nation bloc was struggling with its biggest crisis since it was created in the 1950 s.

  • *Chemring profit warning contributed to delay- source. has been granted more time by the UK Takeover Panel to hammer out a deal to buy Chemring Group Plc, which makes defence equipment such as flares and explosive device detectors. Carlyle now has until Nov. 9 to either bid for Chemring or walk away.

  • The money came on the initiative of the " Deauville Partnership," which was formed after uprisings last year in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya ended decades-long dictatorships. The partnership includes the Group of Eight major nations as well as oil producers from the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

  • U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

    Thanks to the Federal Reserve, Jamie Dimon and the Obama administration, the U.S. economy is “bleeding”, John McCain, the Republican Senator from Arizona and former presidential candidate, told CNBC.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 12- Gazprombank, Russia's No. 3 lender by assets, has mandated banks to hold meetings with investors as it eyes a possible subordinated perpetual Eurobond offering, IFR and a banking source said on Friday.

  • *Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing. *Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply. LONDON, Oct 12- The world could see a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth and rising energy efficiency and as production increases steeply in Iraq and North America, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • Weekly applications for unemployment aid fell to their lowest since February 2008, the U.S. government said Thursday. "I think you need to wait for a few months to see more figures to confirm the jobs recovery in the U.S.," said Francis Lun, managing director of Lyncean Holdings in Hong Kong. Britain's FTSE 10 dropped 0.2 percent to 5,815.68.