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  • The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.37 percent. **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, $30.30, up 102 pct. **INTERMUNE INC, $9.74, up 10 pct.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- France's Areva has dropped out of the race to buy British nuclear new-build project Horizon, the company said on Wednesday, three months after announcing it was bidding for it with China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding.

  • CAIRO, Oct 3- Egypt's prime minister said on Wednesday that an IMF team would come to Cairo in the last week of October to resume negotiations on a loan sought by Egypt and that his government was still working on the key issue of how to reduce fuel subsidies.

  • **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, Tuesday close $14.99, up 135 pct premarket. **HEWLETT-PACKARD CO, Tuesday close $17.13, up 0.4 pct premarket. **GOOGLE INC, Tuesday close $756.99, up 0.13 pct premarket.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as weak economic data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, adding to concerns arising from Europe's festering debt crisis. Brent November crude futures had fallen $2.11 to $109.46 a barrel by 1257 GMT.

  • **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, Tuesday close $14.99, up 135 pct premarket. **HEWLETT-PACKARD CO, Tuesday close $17.13, up 0.4 pct premarket. **GOOGLE INC, Tuesday close $756.99, up 0.13 pct premarket.

  • NEW YORK-- U.S. births fell for the fourth year in a row, the government reported Wednesday, with experts calling it more proof that the weak economy has continued to dampen enthusiasm for having children. But there may be a silver lining: The decline in 2011 was just 1 percent _ not as sharp a fall-off as the 2 to 3 percent drop seen in other recent years.

  • *Best Buy founder, private equity firms, examine books. Automatic Data Processing said 162,000 private jobs were created in September in the United States, more than the 143,000 expected by analysts, and down from a revised 189,000 in August.

  • CAIRO, Oct 3- Egypt's prime minister said on Wednesday that an International Monetary Fund team will come to Cairo in the last week of October to resume negotiations on a loan sought by Egypt. Egypt has been negotiating a $4.8 billion loan from the fund, but has indicated it may seek to increase that amount.

  • BRISBANE, Calif.-- Women's clothing company Bebe says revenue at stores open at least a year fell 8.7 percent in its most recent quarter, which included the key back-to-school shopping season.

  • **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, Tuesday close $14.99, up 135 pct premarket. **INTERMUNE INC, Tuesday close $8.85, up 10.7 pct premarket. **B&G FOODS INC, Tuesday close $33.51, down 8.4 pct premarket.

  • *Best Buy founder, private equity firms, examine books. *Motorola Mobility drops patent complaint against Apple. 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.

  • PARIS, Oct 3- European stocks edged down on Wednesday, adding to the previous session's losses, weighed down by doubts about whether Spain will soon request a bailout and further signs of a slowdown in China and Europe.

  • U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wall Street on Wednesday, with futures for the S&P 500, Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 down between 0.01 and 0.08 percent at 1111 GMT. **SAREPTA THERAPEUTICS INC, Tuesday close $14.99, up 100 pct premarket. **B&G FOODS INC, Tuesday close $33.51, down 8.4 pct premarket.

  • *Infosys falls on July-Sept earnings concern. MUMBAI, Oct 3- Indian shares gained on Wednesday for a third consecutive session after infrastructure companies extended gains on hopes for additional support measures for the sector, while insurance-related stocks also gained on optimism for government action.

  • 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.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil prices fell on Wednesday as weak economic data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, adding to concerns arising from Europe's festering debt crisis. Brent November crude futures had fallen 96 cents to $110.61 a barrel by 1054 GMT.

  • Taiwan's EVA Airways recently announced it will begin Yangon- Bangkok- Taipei flights on Oct. 19. Deputy Director of Civil Aviation Nweni Win Kyaw told The Associated Press several other airlines have recently announced direct flights to Yangon, including Korean Air, Japan's ANA and Germany's Condor.

  • *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil prices fell on Wednesday, as weak data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to the gloom. Brent November crude futures had fallen 96 cents to $110.61 a barrel by 1000 GMT.

  • 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.