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  • *China, U.S. data mildly positive; IMF to cut growth estimates.

  • Oct 08-=============================================================================== Summary analysis-- PTT Exploration and Production Public Co. Ltd. 08- Oct-2012=============================================================================== CREDIT RATING: BBB+/ Negative/-- Country: Thailand Primary SIC: Oil and gas exploration services Mult. CUSIP6: 69364 V=============================================================================== Credit Rating History: Local currency Foreign currency 26- Aug-2004 BBB+/-- BBB+/-- 08- Oct-2003 BBB+/-- BBB/--=============================================================================== Rationale.

  • *A company with the same address and ID number as the Toronto- based owner of a chartered bus that crashed on a New Jersey highway wasn't authorized to operate in the United States, documents indicate.

  • TORONTO, Oct 8- If matching socks is a daily problem a new app that sorts them into pairs and even lets users know when it is time to buy a new pair may help. The free iPhone app called Blacksocks is the brainchild of the Swiss luxury sock company of the same name to help their customers match socks embedded with a chip.

  • LOS ANGELES-- Critics don't like "Taken 2," but Liam Neeson's action sequel has proved twice the hit among fans as the original movie was. "Taken" went on to become a $145 million smash for Neeson, the Academy Award-nominated star of " Schindler's List" who has become an unlikely action hero in his 50 s.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 7- Liam Neeson thriller "Taken 2" captured the No. 1 spot on movie box office charts over the weekend with a brawny $50 million take from theaters in the United States and Canada.

  • *Canada expects Indian companies will make oil sands deals. *Chinese bid for oil producer Nexen makes waves in Canada. To some political consternation in Canada, China is rapidly buying up assets in the tar sands of northern Alberta, one of the world's biggest crude oil deposits.

  • QUITO, Ecuador-- An international arbitration body has ruled Ecuador should pay $1.769 billion to Occidental Petroleum Corp. for revoking the U.S. company's operating concession in 2006..

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court will lead a review of Bangladesh's investigation of alleged corruption tied to a major bridge project, the World Bank said late on Friday.

  • GRAND FORKS, N.D.-- Efforts are under way to speed up trade and travel between Canada and the United States, a move that could help North Dakota sell even more goods to its northerly neighbor, officials said Friday during a conference about the border.

  • *Signs option to purchase Fort McMurray property. *Paid initial deposit to pipl of $3.5 million and will pay a further $5.0. *Says signed an option to purchase a 10 acre property in Fort McMurray,.

  • *Canada announces termination of certain agreements with CIBC Mellon and its. *Canada selected state street trust company Canada to be custodian for the. *Canada- expected that sstcc will appoint state street bank and trust company,.

  • With a looming election keeping Japan from making a decision on how much, if any, of its nuclear reactor fleet it will keep, and slowing growth in China weighing on the broader resource sector, it will likely be months before uranium prices start moving back toward pre-Fukushima levels.

  • *C$ ends at C $0.9789, or $1.0216. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, while Canada added a thumping 52,100 jobs, almost all of them full-time, defying expectations and bolstering the Bank of Canada's case for an eventual interest rate rise.

  • U.S. crude oil futures settled down nearly $2 a barrel as signs this week of slowing in the manufacturing and services sectors in Europe and China continued to weigh on investor sentiment. ,down 0.5 percent to C $33.00, Canadian Natural Resources, down 1.6 percent to C $30.22 and Encana Corp, off 2.6 percent to C $21.27.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 5- Canadian cash crude prices weakened for the fourth straight session on Friday as production from the Alberta oil sands looked set to increase for next month.

  • NASCAR will not race in Montreal next season after the promoter pulled the plug on the six-year relationship when he couldn't secure a premiere Sprint Cup Series event.

  • TORONTO, Oct 5- Toronto's main stock index backed away from its highest level in nearly three weeks on Friday as concerns about weakness in the global economy hurt commodity prices, countering unexpectedly strong North American jobs data. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index. unofficially ended down 28.69 points, or 0.23 percent, at 12,418.99.

  • TORONTO, Oct 5- Toronto's main stock index backed away from its highest level in nearly three weeks on Friday as concerns about weakness in the global economy hurt commodity prices, countering unexpectedly strong North American jobs data.

  • Oct 5- For the folks on the front lines of mutual fund management at Canada's top two banks, investor focus on fixed income and aversion to equities is fueling concern that clients may never risk enough to get the returns they need.