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  • Ahead of the Bell: Goldman lauds UnitedHealth deal Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:09 AM ET

    UnitedHealth's plan to buy a majority stake in a Brazilian health benefits and care provider makes sense for the U.S. health insurer, says a Goldman Sachs analyst, but the deal doesn't resolve uncertainty about the health care overhaul that is keeping investors away from the stock.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Raiffeisen Bank International announced plans to optimise its capital structure on Wednesday by asking investors to exchange an Upper Tier 2 note callable later this month into a new longer dated Tier 2 security.

  • Oct 10- Sutter Gold Mining Inc:. *Provides update on mining, construction activities at the Lincoln project,. *Lincoln project is on track for production in Q4 of this year, ramping up to.

  • BRIEF-Edwards Lifesciences acquires BMEYE Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:08 AM ET

    Oct 10- Edwards Lifesciences Corp:. *Deal for approximately $42 million. *Says expects the net earnings impact from this transaction to be immaterial.

  • Miami Beach hosts tourism to Africa summit Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    The Foundation for Democracy in Africa has collaborated with Miami International Airport for Wednesday's event in Miami Beach. The program includes an analysis of who is traveling to Africa, the role of African governments in tourism promotion as well as highlight travel agents and tour operators.

  • BRIEF-Imperial announces normal course issuer bid Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    Oct 10- Imperial Metals Corp:. *Imperial announces normal course issuer bid. *Pursuant to the bid, the company may purchase up to 2 million common shares.

  • BELGRADE, Oct 10- The Serbian economy will contract by 1.5 percent in 2012 before bouncing back with growth of around 3 percent in 2013, central bank vice governor Veselin Pjescic said on Wednesday.

  • SpaceX cargo ship reaches International Space Station Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct 10- Astronauts aboard the International Space Station plucked a commercial cargo ship from orbit on Wednesday, a key maneuver in the first U.S. supply run to the orbital outpost since the retirement of the cargo-hauling space shuttles last year.

  • NY medical schools report 2,230 new enrollees Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:06 AM ET

    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.

  • BRIEF-African Gold to its Mankranho, Ghana concession Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:06 AM ET

    *Announces sale of mankranho, Ghana concession for $4,000,000. *Says agreement to sell 100% of its mankranho, Ghana concession to Newmont. Ghana gold limited* Source text* Further company coverage.

  • W.Va. pump prices rise 7.6 cents in a week Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:04 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- The average price at the pump took a big jump in West Virginia this week to $3.90 a gallon. It makes the price of gas in West Virginia almost a dime higher than the national average. While lagging California's $4.67 a gallon average, some pumps in West Virginia are inching up to the $4- a-gallon mark.

  • Earnings Preview: Safeway reports 3Q Friday Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    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.

  • Oct 10- U.S. tax preparer H&R Block Inc said it is exploring strategic alternatives for H&R Block Bank, which could result in the company no longer being regulated by the Federal Reserve as a savings and loan holding company. H&R Block said it does not expect any material impact on its earnings for fiscal 2013..

  • USD 70.6 M of SF CDO notes of Claris Limited.

  • Feds: Civil settlement with W.Va. health provider Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:03 AM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Federal prosecutors say an undisclosed settlement has been reached with an in-home health care provider and its owner who was accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $2 million from Medicaid.

  • Spain's PM says confident will meet 2012 deficit goals Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:02 AM ET

    MADRID, Oct 10- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Wednesday he was confident that the country would meet its deficit targets in 2012 while calling for further European integration to improve Spain's economic prospects.

  • 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-=============================================================================== Summary analysis-- Ural Bank for Reconstruction and Development-- 10- Oct-2012=============================================================================== CREDIT RATING: B/Stable/B Country: Russia Primary SIC: Commercial banks, nec=============================================================================== Credit Rating History: Local currency Foreign currency 15- Dec-2011 B/B B/B 07- Mar-2007 B-/C B-/C=============================================================================== Ratings Score Snapshot Issuer Credit Rating B/Stable/B SACP b Anchor bb Business Position Moderate Capital and Earnings Weak Risk Position Moderate Funding and Liquidity Average and Adequate Support 0 GRE Support 0 Group Support 0 Sovereign Support 0 Additional Factors 0 Outlook.

  • Shell's Nyhamna gas plant output cut by 57 mcm/d on Weds Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:59 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 10- Output from Royal Dutch Shell's. Nyhamna gas processing plant in Norway will be reduced by 57 million cubic metres per day on Wednesday, gas system operator Gassco said on Wednesday. The plant, which processes gas from the giant offshore Ormen Lange gas field before it is shipped to Britain, will also see its output reduced by 27 mcm per day on Thursday.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-Nomura raises Givaudan price target Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 8:59 AM ET

    *Nomura raises Givaudan price target to SFR 1035 from SFR 1015; rating reduce. For a summary of rating actions and price target changes on European companies:. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.