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  • Oct 05- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services today said that its ratings and outlook on German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom AG remain unchanged following the announced merger of DT's subsidiary T-Mobile USA, and MetroPCS Communications Inc., a U.S. listed wireless operator.

  • German group T-Mobile, Spanish company Telefonica's Czech unit Telefonica CR, British operator Vodafone, and Czech financial firm PPF's unit PPF Mobile Services all applied.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street, with futures for the S&P 500 slipping by 0.1 percent, while the Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures contracts rose around 0.1 percent. **ZYNGA INC, Thursday close $2.81, down 19.2 pct premarket.

  • *Moody's has today said that it views as credit positive for Deutsche Telekom the announcement by the company and MetroPCS Communications Inc. that they plan to merge T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Wireless Inc..

  • Related news DEUTSCHE TELEKOM Indicated 0.4 percent higher. Sprint Nextel Corp is considering making a rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to sources familiar with the situation.

  • *Sprint may wait until after T-Mobile/ MetroPCS deal- source. *Sprint came close to buying MetroPCS in February- sources. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Sprint Nextel Corp is considering making a rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to people familiar with the situation.

  • *Sprint may wait until after T-Mobile/ MetroPCS deal- source. *Sprint came close to buying MetroPCS in February- sources. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Sprint Nextel Corp is considering making a rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to people familiar with the situation.

  • *Sprint may wait until after T-Mobile/ MetroPCS deal-source. *Sprint came close to buying MetroPCS in February-sources. NEW YORK, Oct 4- Sprint Nextel Corp is considering making a rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to sources familiar with the situation.

  • *Sprint may wait until after T-Mobile USA/ MetroPCS deal-sources. *Sprint already balked at buying MetroPCS- sources* Sprint shares off 4 pct, MetroPCS shares down 2.1 pct.

  • Oct 4- Sprint Nextel Corp is in the early stages of considering a counter-offer for MetroPCS Communications Inc to top Deutsche Telekom AG's. Sprint is holding talks with its advisers to evaluate the feasibility of a higher offer, Bloomberg reported.

  • Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Deutsche Telekom's Long-term Issuer Default Rating at' BBB+' with a Stable Outlook. This includes the debt issued by Deutsche Telekom International Finance B.V. and guaranteed by DT.

  • Oct 4- Deutsche Telekom AG:. *S&P Capital IQ raises Deutsche Telekom AG target price to 10.50. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • Oct 4- Deutsche Telekom AG:. *Deutsche Bank raises Deutsche Telekom AG to buy from hold. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- Sprint Nextel Corp is weighing a potential rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to sources familiar with the situation. Sprint Nextel could also wait until the MetroPCS-T-Mobile deal is complete before making a move, one of the sources said.

  • FRANKFURT/ NEW YORK, Oct 3- T-Mobile USA, which plans to merge with MetroPCS, will have to overcome technology hurdles to be able to take on bigger rivals Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc and Sprint Nextel Corp.

  • Oct 3- Sprint bonds took a hit while MetroPCS saw its bonds jump this week, after the latter scooped up Deutsche Telekom's T Mobile USA unit in a potentially game-changing acquisition. Sprint's junk-rated 6.875% 2028 bonds plunged by as much as 1.5 points in dollar price to $90.5 immediately after news of the merger.

  • --MetroPCS has signed a definitive agreement to combine with T-Mobile USA, a subsidiary of Germany- based Deutsche Telekom AG. Rating Action On Oct. 3, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services placed its ratings on MetroPCS Communications Inc..

  • U.S. stocks advanced on Wednesday after stronger-than-expected employment and service-sector data in the United States. But a gloomier outlook in China and Europe weighed on commodity prices and hit energy and materials shares. **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $41.60, up 177 pct.

  • U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after stronger-than-expected employment and service-sector data in the United States, but a gloomier outlook in China and Europe weighed on commodity prices and hit energy and materials shares. **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $40.65, up 171 pct. **HEWLETT-PACKARD CO, $15.67, down 8.4 pct.

  • The boards of both companies voted on Wednesday to approve the deal, which will see Deutsche Telekom hold 74 percent and MetroPCS 26 percent in the combined entity.