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  • *Best Buy founder, private equity firms examine books. Stocks oscillated between gains and losses as hopes that Spain will eventually request a bailout were offset by concern over China's slowing economy.

  • The commission voted 3-0, with two members absent, to approve a 15- year contract with Rhode Island- based GTECH that is expected to make $1.7 billion in profit over five years _ a $500 million increase over state projections. GTECH already provides and maintains vending machines for the Hoosier Lottery.

  • LONDON-- Markets remained subdued Wednesday despite some moderately encouraging U.S. jobs figures as investors awaited a key government report later in the week and more clarity over Spain's request for a bailout.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York's Health Department has selected a health care plan offered by Oxford as the benchmark for the state's health insurance exchange, which is intended to help extend coverage to the uninsured and reduce costs for individuals, small businesses and local governments. The New York Health Benefit Exchange Gov.

  • NEW YORK-- In a marketing gimmick that piggybacks on next month's presidential election, JetBlue is offering a way for Americans to make good on threats to leave the country if "the other guy" wins.

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

  • "The price action today seems boring, but the economic data is pretty strong," said Ryan Detrick, senior technical strategist at Schaeffer's Investment Research. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of service companies, which includes everything from financial firms to clothing stores, rose in September to the highest level since March.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as better-than-expected service sector and employment data in the United States were offset by concerns about a slowdown in the Chinese economy that weighed on materials and energy shares. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.19 points, or 0.01 percent, to 3,120.23. Keywords: MARKETS USA STOCKS/ISM SERVICES.

  • PAUL EDELSTEIN, ECONOMIST, IHS GLOBAL INSIGHT, LEXINGTON, MASSACHUSETTS. But exports orders fell again given what's happening in Europe and China and employment also slowed from August. If things don't deteriorate further in Europe and China, we should avoid a recession but the economy will not expand fast enough to create more job growth. "

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- Brent oil futures fell more than $3 and U.S. crude dropped more than $2 on Wednesday, hit by weak economic data from Europe and China along with sharp slides in gasoline and heating oil futures. Brent was down $3.20 at $108.37 a barrel by 10:13 a.m. EDT, having fallen as low as $108.22. U.S. crude was down $2.29 at $89.60, having dropped as low as $89.25.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- The pace of growth in the vast U.S. services sector picked up in September as new orders accelerated, though employment cooled, an industry report showed on Wednesday. STEVEN WOOD, CHIEF ECONOMIST, INSIGHT ECONOMICS, DANVILLE, CALIFORNIA. THOMAS DI GALOMA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NAVIGATE ADVISORS, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT.

  • THOMAS DI GALOMA, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NAVIGATE ADVISORS, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT. WILLIAM LARKIN, FIXED INCOME PORTFOLIO MANAGER, CABOT MONEY MANAGEMENT, SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS. STEPHEN STANLEY, CHIEF ECONOMIST, PIERPONT SECURITIES, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as better-than-expected service sector and employment data in the United States were offset by concerns about a slowdown in the Chinese economy that weighed on materials and energy shares. The Nasdaq Composite Index gained 0.19 points, or 0.01 percent, to 3,120.23. Keywords: MARKETS USA STOCKS/ISM SERVICES.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- U.S. But a subdued reading on the Institute for Supply Management service sector index's employment component balanced out the better-than-expected reading on the overall index. Trade in subdued volume and narrow ranges is expected before the Labor Department's influential employment data for September due this Friday.

  • BERLIN-- Struggling cellphone companies T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications are set to merge, in a deal that will create an operator with more than 40 million subscribers.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- The pace of growth in the vast U.S. services sector picked up in September as new orders accelerated, though employment cooled, an industry report showed on Wednesday. WILLIAM LARKIN, FIXED INCOME PORTFOLIO MANAGER, CABOT MONEY MANAGEMENT, SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS. STEPHEN STANLEY, CHIEF ECONOMIST, PIERPONT SECURITIES, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- The pace of growth in the vast U.S. services sector picked up in September as new orders accelerated, though employment cooled, an industry report showed on Wednesday. STEPHEN STANLEY, CHIEF ECONOMIST, PIERPONT SECURITIES, STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT. "It's in line with the factory report on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 3- The pace of growth in the vast U.S. services sector picked up in September as new orders accelerated, though employment cooled, an industry report showed on Wednesday.

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 3- Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS said they will merge their U.S. mobile operations to create a larger fourth-place player better able to compete with rivals. 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.

  • There were twice as many restaurant openings than closings in New York over the past year and diners still eat out three times per week-- the same number as in each of the past three years, according to the survey of 44,306 people, which will be released on Wednesday.