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  • BRIEF-Family Dollar Stores up premarket after earnings Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 3- Family Dollar Stores Inc:.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- Sarepta Therapeutics Inc:.

  • MetroPCS board ok's merger with T-Mobile USA -report Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:52 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Oct 3- The board of MetroPCS has approved to merge with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA unit, German newspaper Financial Times Deutschland said on its website on Wednesday, citing unidentified people familiar with the process. Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • BRIEF-Harmony Gold Mining shares fall in New York Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:51 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 3- Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd:.

  • BRIEF-MetroPCS Communications shares jump premarket Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:46 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 3- MetroPCS Communications Inc:.

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat ahead of labor, services data Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. stock index futures were little changed Wednesday as expectations that Spain will request a bailout offset concern over a slowing Chinese economy, with modest volume indicating a pause ahead of the release of key U.S. data. *Automatic Data Processing releases its September employment report at 8:15 a.m. ET.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- The proportion of bullish U.S. investment advisors fell below 50 percent for the first time in five weeks, hitting 46.8 percent in the latest week versus 51 percent the prior week, according to a survey by Investors Intelligence on Wednesday.

  • Danish shipper asks Vitol if tanker used for Iran oil Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:29 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Danish oil and shipping group A.P. Moller Maersk says it will talk to Vitol to determine whether one of its tankers was used by the trading house to ship Iranian fuel oil. The cargo was transferred aboard the Danish tanker from Vitol's floating storage off Malaysia, the document shows, and shipped to storage in Singapore.

  • BRIEF-Best BUY shares up 4 pct in premarket trading Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 3- Best Buy Co Inc:. *Shares up 4 percent in premarket trading. ( (New York Treasury Desk; Tel: 223 6300)).

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- Applications for U.S. home mortgages surged last week as demand for refinancing rose to the highest level in more than three years, driven by a drop in interest rates to yet another record low, data from an industry group showed on Wednesday.

  • The findings appear to indicate that wealthy investors are optimistic about the stock market and their financial well-being, said Una Osili, director of research for the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, which conducts the biennial study.

  • TABLE-US mortgage applications surged last week-MBA Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 3- Select seasonally adjusted historical data from Mortgage Bankers Association's weekly mortgage application survey:.

  • Ahead of the Bell: DineEquity upgraded Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:47 AM ET

    Mark Kalinowski of Janney Capital Markets raised DineEquity Inc.' s rating to "Buy" from "Neutral." Kalinowski also says that Wall Street will likely find DineEquity easier to understand once it closes on the sale of some Applebee's locations. DineEquity shares closed at $56.53 on Tuesday.

  • Markets subdued ahead of raft of US economic data Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:15 AM ET

    LONDON-- Markets were subdued Wednesday as investors awaited a run of U.S. economic figures and after Spain's prime minister indicated his cash-strapped country would not request a bailout imminently.

  • Malawi halts talks with Tanzania on border dispute Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:58 AM ET

    *Tanzania claims 50 pct of lake, Malawi all of it. LILONGWE, Oct 3- Malawi has cut off dialogue with Tanzania in a long-time territorial dispute concerning Lake Malawi, thought to sit over highly coveted oil and gas reserves. Malawi claims sovereignty over the entirety of Africa's third largest lake, while Tanzania says 50 percent is part of its territory.

  • Blackstone joins with Anacap for bank deals -source Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:37 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Blackstone has set up a joint venture with mid-sized rival Anacap to hunt for private equity deals in Europe's embattled banking sector, a person familiar with the situation said. Blackstone has a long track record of investing in financial services in the United States, but has found it more difficult to find banking investments in Europe.

  • World stocks fall as US data awaited Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 5:21 AM ET

    The U.S. Labor Department will release employment data for September on Friday. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.1 percent to 5,801.45. Germany's DAX was less than 0.1 percent lower at 7,300.12 and France's CAC-40 lost 0.3 percent to 3,404.64.

  • Seadrill plans to remain listed in Oslo: CFO Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:37 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 3- Oil driller Seadrill plans to stay listed on the Oslo stock exchange even after moving its management out of Norway, the firm's chief financial officer said on Wednesday. "I cannot imagine any changes to that. Bermuda- registed Seadrill is listed both in Oslo and in New York.

  • Australia shares at 14-month highs as currency retreats Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:08 AM ET

    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 a weaker local dollar, enhancing export prospects. He noted markets were cautious after Spain said a request for European aid was not imminent.

  • Australia shares clinch highest close in 14-months Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:29 AM ET

    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.