NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. natural gas futures were trading near flat early on Wednesday, with some follow-through buying after Tuesday's modest rally underpinning prices despite milder Northeast and Midwest weather forecasts for next week that should slow demand.
ALBANY, N.Y.-- New York's 16 medical schools say they have enrolled 2,230 new students this fall, including the second class at Hofstra North Shore's program with 60 students culled from more than 5,000 applicants. Associated Medical Schools of New York, representing all 16 schools, says graduation rates in many of the four-year programs stand at 98 or 99 percent.
NEW YORK-- Safeway Inc. may give investors a glimpse of how the supermarket chain's new loyalty program for shoppers is impacting sales when it reports its third-quarter results Friday.
LONDON, Oct 10- Brent crude oil held above $114 a barrel and close to a three-week high on Wednesday as worries over the security of Middle East supplies outweighed increasing evidence of slowing global economic growth.
Oct 10- Toys R Us Inc said it will open toy departments in 24 Macy's Inc stores this holiday season as the world's largest specialty toy retailer looks to reach more shoppers in the biggest selling season of the year.
NEW YORK, Oct 10- OCZ Technology Group Inc:.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Cummins Inc. tumbled ahead of Wednesday's market opening after the engine maker cut its revenue guidance for the year and announced plans to eliminate up to 1,500 jobs. The Columbus, Ind. company said late Tuesday that it now expects its 2012 revenue to total about $17 billion, down from its previous prediction of $18 billion.
*BC Partners, EQT, Providence, Discovery showed interest. STOCKHOLM/ FRANKFURT, Oct 10- ProSiebenSat1. Private equity firms BC Partners, EQT, Providence Equity Partners and network Discovery Communications have shown interest for the assets, according to two people, who declined to be identified as they are not authorised to speak to media.
NEW YORK-- Investors are driving up shares of FedEx Corp. after the world's second-largest package delivery company promised to boost profits by shedding jobs, aircraft and underused assets. FedEx plans to boost profit by $1.7 billion within three years. Express is where FedEx got its start in 1971, and is still the company's biggest segment by far.
NEW YORK, Oct 10- H& R Block Inc:.
Stocks are under pressure due to a forecast from the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, which said that the global economy continues to weaken and that the recession in Europe could extend to developing nations. Shares of Alcoa are lower Wednesday after the aluminum maker cut its demand expectations for the year, largely because of a slowdown in China.
October 10- Following are terms and conditions. of a bond priced on Wednesday.
*Alcoa beats expectations but cautions of slowdown. NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Wednesday after Alcoa kicked off earnings season by warning of a slight slowdown in some markets, highlighting concerns about sluggish global growth, even as its quarterly results beat expectations. Alcoa shares lost 0.7 percent to $9.07 in.
NEW YORK, Oct 10- Cummins Inc:.
NEW YORK, Oct 10- True Religion Apparel Inc:.
*Alcoa beats expectations but cautions of slowdown. *Yum Brands defies China sluggish growth, raises outlook.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 10- Groupon Inc launched a point-of-sale service called Breadcrumb across the United States on Wednesday as the world's largest daily deal company tries to win more restaurants as clients. Groupon acquired the business in May. Groupon is a pioneer in daily deals, which are heavily discounted online offers for local services.
The PIMCO Total Return Fund, the world's largest mutual fund with about $278 billion in assets, attracted roughly $6.25 billion in new money in the third quarter, according to Morningstar. Meanwhile, the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund was second with $4.45 billion in assets.
PARIS, Oct 10- Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said in a rare magazine interview published on Wednesday that he is tired of being hunted by the media and begged to be left alone as he tries to move on from a sex scandal that wrecked his career.
Pizza Hut is offering a lifetime of free pizza _ one large pie a week for 30 years _ or a check for $15,600 to anyone who poses the question to either President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney during the live Town Hall- style debate next Tuesday.