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  • Among the stock activity stories for Monday, Oct. 1, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of Healthcare Services Group Inc. rose after a UBS analyst said the company, which provides housekeeping and food services to hospitals and nursing homes, should be able to sustain its strong growth.

  • NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- The security contractor at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee was fired Monday after authorities said three protesters cut through fences and vandalized a building in an unprecedented break-in.

  • Among the stock activity stories for Monday, Oct. 1, from AP Business News:. _ Shares of The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. rose after an article posted on the website of Barron's magazine predicted that the investment bank's stock could climb at least 25 percent over the next year.

  • *SEC can't impose limits on HFT without consensus-official. *Retail investors looking for SEC to lead on HFT reform.

  • *China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped on Monday as signs of economic weakness in Asia and a looming recession in the debt-saddled euro zone tempered more optimistic U.S. manufacturing data. Federal Reserve's latest quantitative easing and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- Steven Cohen's $14 billion hedge fund, SAC Capital Advisors, has put long-time portfolio manager Michael Steinberg on leave after his name emerged in a sweeping government investigation into insider trading, according to a person familiar with the matter.

  • *MetLife now has until early January for plan. Oct 1- The Federal Reserve has again extended the deadline for MetLife Inc to resubmit capital plans while the insurer works to complete a sale of its bank deposit-taking operations to a unit of General Electric.

  • --AdvancePierre Foods is refinancing its existing debt and paying a special dividend to its shareholders. Rating Action On Oct. 1, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' B' corporate credit rating on Cincinnati, Ohio- based AdvancePierre Foods Inc. The rating outlook is stable.

  • BERNANKE DEFENDS POLICIES: Chairman Ben Bernanke on Monday defended bold policies adopted at the Federal Reserve's September meeting. The stimulus is needed because economy isn't growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment, Bernanke told the Economic Club of Indiana.

  • DALLAS-- The federal government is examining two separate incidents in which passenger seats came loose midflight on American Airlines planes in the last three days. On Saturday, a flight from Boston to Miami made an emergency landing in New York after three passenger seats came loose shortly after takeoff.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- Hedge fund manager Mick McGuire is betting on an eventual housing recovery by owning stakes in an aerospace and defense company, a sugar farming conglomerate and a land developer. While investments in GenCorp, Alexander& Baldwin.

  • Oct 1- Hercules Offshore Inc:. *Got final payment from insurance underwriters for prior disclosed damage to. *Says received total insurance proceeds of $41.0 million for the rig.

  • Oct 1- Zimmer Holdings Inc said it received a warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration citing problems with manufacturing and testing processes for artificial hip devices made at the company's Ponce, Puerto Rico, plant.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 1- Entergy Corp and ITC Holdings Corp took another step to advance Entergy's $1.78 billion plan to spin off its electric transmission business, late last week.

  • Oct 1- Dollar General Corp:. *American Realty Capital Trust IV acquires its first property. *American Realty Capital Trust IV, inc- the purchase price of the property.

  • Oct 1- Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd:. *Agreed under its $1.4 BLN credit facility to extend its equity raising. of $24.3 million due on that date.

  • Oct 1- Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust:. *Real estate trust's board of trustees adopt unitholders' rights plan. *Set trigger at 20 percent.

  • Oct 1- Standard Parking Corp:. *Provides update regarding central parking merger closing. corporation will be completed tomorrow, October 2.

  • Oct 1- Constellation Energy Partners LLC:. *Partners engages Lantana Oil& Gas partners for the possible sale of Black. *Assets considered for sale include 508 operating natural gas wells in the.

  • *Announces the end of the FCA litigation. *Says certain restrictive covenants and agreements with Hill-Rom automatically. *Says "no finding or admission of liability or wrongdoing".