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  • *BC Partners, EQT, Providence, Discovery showed interest* Price tag seen at up to 1.4 bln euros* Final bids due later this months By Sven Nordenstam and Arno Schuetze STOCKHOLM/ FRANKFURT, Oct 10- ProSiebenSat1.

  • Brent November crude was up 89 cents at $115.39 a barrel at 11:02 a.m. EDT, having traded from $113.77 to $115.59.

  • Treasury debt prices in the latest week as worries over the outcome of Europe's debt crisis supported safe-haven buying of U.S. government debt, a survey released on Wednesday showed. The share of investors who were "short", or holding fewer Treasuries than their benchmarks, was unchanged on the week at 15 percent, according to the latest J.P. Morgan survey.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • *Alcoa beats expectations but cautions of slowdown. *Yum Brands defies China sluggish growth, raises outlook. NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. stocks dipped on Wednesday as earnings season began with Alcoa forecasting slower demand for aluminum, while a profit warning from Chevron weighed on the energy sector.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. crude futures extended gains to more than $1 on Wednesday, testing resistance at highs from late September and earlier this month just above $93.30, as Middle East tensions continued to support oil prices. November crude was up 80 cents at $93.19 a barrel at 10:41 a.m. EDT.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- U.S. natural gas futures traded nearly flat early on Wednesday, with some follow-through buying after the previous day's modest rally underpinning prices despite milder Northeast and Midwest weather forecasts for next week that should slow demand.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- The Federal Reserve on Wednesday was selling on the open market U.S. Treasuries maturing April 2014 through February 2015, the New York Fed said on its website. The Fed previously said it intended to sell $7 billion to $8 billion of short-dated Treasuries on Wednesday.

  • The weeklong program of panel discussions, speakers and demonstrations, which opened Monday, was the brainchild of Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell, who regards Chicago Ideas Week as a startup, albeit one that will never be publicly traded on Wall Street. The Chicago- based entrepreneur was briefly a billionaire after Groupon Inc.' s IPO last year.

  • NEW YORK-- Downbeat reports from Alcoa and Chevron at the start of a critical corporate earnings season pulled stock indexes lower for a third straight day Wednesday. Alcoa, the aluminum producer, beat Wall Street earnings estimates on Tuesday night but said it expects a slowdown in China to weaken demand for aluminum.

  • NEW YORK-- With a grand entryway of ornate white stonework, the elegant building seems to blend right into this Manhattan neighborhood of multimillion-dollar brownstones.

  • AKRON, Ohio-- Republican Mitt Romney is making a fresh bid for Ohio voters, trying to use post-debate momentum to make up ground in a state that has been a mainstay of GOP presidential candidates and could help President Barack Obama hold onto the White House. We're going to do it here in Ohio. "

  • NEW YORK-- Shares of basmati rice seller Amira are rising in their first day of trading Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange after the company raised $90 million in an initial public stock offering. Amira Nature Foods Ltd., which is based in the United Arab Emirates, sells packaged rice grown in India in more than 40 countries.

  • NEW YORK-- Americans will pay more to heat their homes this winter as they feel something they didn't feel much of last year: cold. But customers will have to use more energy to keep warm than they did a year ago, according to the annual Winter Fuels Outlook from the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 10- The U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday said it expected domestic natural gas production in 2012 to be up nearly 4 percent from 2011' s record levels.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Brent crude oil eased towards $114 a barrel but stayed 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.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Slovenia has confirmed that it has mandated BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan to arrange investor meetings with a potential US Dollar 144 a/Reg S offering to follow, subject to market conditions. The Slovenes will meet investors across the US starting on the West Coast on October 15, then in Boston on October 16, and New York on October 17.

  • Oct 10- Danaher Corp and Cooper Industries will sell their hand and power tools joint venture, Apex Tool Group, to Bain Capital for about $1.6 billion, joining a growing group of U.S. conglomerates that is divesting its non-core assets.