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  • Oct 10- Blackstone Group LP closed on its most recent global real estate fund, Blackstone Real Estate Partners VII, raising $13.3 billion, the largest opportunistic real estate fund ever, the company said Wednesday. The private equity firm raised the funding over the past 13 months from more than 250 investors globally.

  • Oct 10- Enterprise Products Partners LP:. *Enterprise declares third quarter 2012 distribution; 33rd consecutive. *Declared an increase in quarterly cash distribution rate paid to partners to.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-Canaccord raises IAG price target Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    Oct 10- Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc:. *Canaccord raises IAG price target to C $29 from C $26. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.

  • TEXT-S&P rates Quintiles Transnational loan 'BB-' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    --Research Triangle Park, N.C.- based contract services provider Quintiles Transnational Corp. is issuing $175 million in incremental term debt to fund a shareholder distribution.

  • SpaceX Dragon capsule arrives at space station Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.-- A private company successfully delivered a half-ton of supplies to the International Space Station early Wednesday, the first official shipment under a billion-dollar contract with NASA. Williams thanked SpaceX and NASA for the delivery, especially the chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream stashed in a freezer.

  • BERLIN, Oct 10- Germany's leading economic institutes see Europe's largest economy growing by 1 percent next year, halving their April forecast due to a worsening global economic outlook, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

  • --We are assigning' B' issue-level ratings to its $30 million first-lien revolving credit facility due 2016 and $260 million first-lien term loan due 2018, with recovery ratings of' 3'.

  • Burton's 'Frankenweenie' opens London Film Fest Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    LONDON-- This year's London Film Festival has Ben Affleck, Dustin Hoffman and the Rolling Stones _ and it's bookended by one of the city's premiere cinematic couples. Britain's biggest film showcase opens Wednesday with the European premiere of London- based American director Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," the animated tale of a boy and his beloved _ but dead _ dog.

  • Oct 10- U.S. tax preparer H&R Block Inc said it was exploring strategic alternatives for its banking unit to avoid heavy costs associated with stricter supervision under the Dodd-Frank Act. H&R Block, like other companies with small banking units, is under pressure to get out of the business to escape costly oversight by the U.S.

  • Alcoa's shares fall after posting $143M loss in 3Q Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Alcoa Inc. fell Wednesday after the aluminum manufacturer reported a third-quarter loss and lowered its 2012 forecast for growth in aluminum demand. THE SPARK: Alcoa said Tuesday that it lost $143 million, or 13 cents a share, in the July-September quarter, largely due to one-time charges.

  • TEXT-S&P raises OSI Restaurant Partners rating to 'B+' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    --We also assigned a' B+' corporate credit rating to Bloomin' Brands Inc., as well as a' BB' issue rating and a' 1' recovery rating to OSI Restaurant Partners LLC's proposed $225 million revolving credit facility due 2017 and $1.0 billion term loan due 2019..

  • UPDATE 4-Jeans maker True Religion says exploring sale Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:55 AM ET

    By Juhi Arora and Siddharth Cavale. Oct 10- Premium jeans maker True Religion Apparel Inc, which has been hit by falling sales after a series of fashion missteps, said it may sell itself after receiving interest from potential buyers. Shares of the company jumped as much as 25 percent to $26.25 in early trading on Wednesday, valuing it at about $680 million.

  • Oct 10- Tourmaline Oil Corp:. *Announces increase to flow-through common share bought deal financing. *Will now issue 1 million flow-through common shares at a price of $36.90 per.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- The shale boom has left some of the most sophisticated refineries in the United States hunting across Europe and Africa for more of the heavy residue left over from other refiners' crude distillation units, as they try to find a use for all the expensive coking units built in the last decade.

  • Kenya President vetoes huge bonuses for parliament Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

    NAIROBI, Kenya-- Kenya's president vetoed a move by the country's parliament to award legislators bonuses of up to $110,000 at the end of their term next year. Kenya's 222 legislators currently make about $120,000 a year each. The minimum wage in Nairobi, the capital, is about $1,500 a year.

  • Oil prices rise on wholesale stockpiles and sales Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The price of oil is rising Wednesday after the government reported U.S. wholesalers' sales rose for the first time in four months. Benchmark crude is up 74 cents to $93.13 per barrel in New York morning trading. The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline stayed at $3.81.

  • UPDATE 2-Rabobank weighs bids for asset manager Robeco Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:53 AM ET

    *AMG/Permira plan to split up Robeco- sources. *Robeco could fetch more than 2 bln euros- sources. is weighing three offers for its asset management arm Robeco, facing a choice between bids to split the 2 billion euro- plus business or sell it in one piece, people familiar with the situation said.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 10- Sweden is to delay new rules forcing banks to put aside more capital than other banks in Europe to protect themselves against risk to the middle of next year, Financial Markets Minister Peter Norman said on Wednesday.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 10- British singer Sarah Brightman announced on Wednesday she had bought a seat to fly on a Russian spaceship, describing the journey as a chance to fulfil a childhood desire "beyond her wildest dreams."

  • Luke Bryan leads American Country Awards nominees Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 10:51 AM ET

    Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with six nominations apiece, while Swift and Eric Church took five nods each for the third annual fan-voted awards. Bryan, Swift, Lady A, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean are up for the night's top honor, artist of the year.