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  • The gap between U.S. and euro zone equities is set to narrow further, as risk premium attached to the euro zone fades, economic growth in the United States risks disappointing and investors move away from extreme positioning, says BNP Paribas. S&P 500 on a six to 12 months horizon.

  • MADRID, Oct 3- Spain's Telefonica said on Wednesday it expected to list its German unit, Telefonica Deutschland Holding A.G., on the Frankfurt stock exchange in the fourth quarter of this year. The company said had not yet decided what percentage of capital it would list.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Pearson Chief Executive Marjorie Scardino is to step down after 16 years in the job in which she transformed the group from a diverse set of assets into an educational and media powerhouse.

  • *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 9 to 14 points lower, or as much as 0.2 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- European stocks were set for a slightly lower open on Wednesday as new gloomy economic data and uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis eclipsed underlying optimism about coordinated monetary support from central banks across the world.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Heineken NV said on Wednesday it had cancelled a 2.5 billion euro bridge loan to fund its acquisition of Asia Pacific Breweries after the issue of dollar-denominated notes.

  • WARSAW, Oct 3- GDF Suez would demand compensation from Poland if the country brings in a new renewables law cutting support for green energy, Chief Executive of GDF's Polish unit Grzegorz Gorski was quoted saying on Wednesday.

  • HELSINKI, Oct 3- The following stocks may be affected by newspaper reports and other factors on Wednesday:. The government, which owns 13.5 percent of Nordea's shares, has been clear it wants to sell its stake and has a mandate from the parliament. It already sold 6.3 percent of Nordea shares in February 2011.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 3- Australian shares edged up to a 14- month closing high on Wednesday as banks and broader stocks were boosted by an interest rate cut and the local dollar weakened, enhancing export prospects.

  • BRATISLAVA, Oct 3- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Wednesday. SLOVAKIA TO OFFER 13- YEAR BONDS ON OCT. 15- DEBT AGENCY. Slovakia will hold an auction of 13- year, 4.35 percent coupon, state bonds on Oct. 15, the finance ministry's Debt and Liquidity Management Agency said on Tuesday.

  • PRAGUE, Oct 3- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Wednesday. PRAGUE- The Czech cabinet to hold a session. PRAGUE- First round of VAR/23.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Premier Foods PLC:. *Appointment of chief operating officer. *Geoff Eaton appointed chief operating officer.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Timeweave PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Firstgroup PLC:. *Until this point we had no indication that there were any issues with the. *We had received assurances from the dft that their processes were robust.

  • HELSINKI, Oct 3- Struggling cellphone maker Nokia. The glass and steel building by the Baltic Sea is valued at 200- 300 million euros, according to a report by Finnish newspaper Iltasanomat. Nokia, which has been trying to improve its finances through large job cuts and other measures, told investors in July it was.

  • Oct 3- British soft drinks group Britvic and Irn-Bru maker AG Barr said the takeover panel had agreed to extend "the put up or shut up" deadline on their 1.3 billion pound merger. The deadline, which was due to expire on Wednesday, has now been extended to Oct. 31.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- African Barrick Gold PLC:.

  • *Q2 LfL sales up 1.9 pct ex fuel. LONDON, Oct 3- J Sainsbury, Britain's third-biggest supermarket group, posted better than expected quarterly sales growth, boosted by strong take-up of its own label range and the roll out of its convenience stores.

  • *China official services PMI slows. *China, South Korea on holidays. TOKYO, Oct 3- The dollar firmed while most riskier assets fell on Wednesday as data from China and Australia deepened gloom about the global economic outlook, further reducing risk appetite already hurt by uncertainty about the timing of Spain's request for a bailout.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Marjorie Scardino, the chief executive of publishing group Pearson, is to step down at the end of the year after 16 years in the job, bringing to an end a period of transformational change for the group.