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*Hyundai global sales reach 371,743 vehicles, up 3.4 pct. *Hyundai may have benefited from anti- Japan protests in China. The figures, although below some expectations for record monthly numbers, will provide some reassurance that Hyundai has put its costliest strike ever behind it.
Macquarie Equity Research initiated coverage on retailer PT Sumber Alfaria Trijaya Tbk with' outperform' and a target price of 7,000 rupiah, saying the company is well-positioned to ride Indonesia's consumer wave.
LONDON, Oct 4- European shares rose on Thursday as better economic data from the United States eased fears over global growth, while the euro strengthened ahead of an European Central Bank policy meeting later where is expected to keep rates unchanged.
Bahana Securities said crude palm oil price may recover in the next few weeks as the current downturn is not sustainable, and it expects strong demand from India and China.
SYDNEY, Oct 4- Australian shares extended their gains by 0.3 percent on Thursday, hitting a 14- month high after banks offset losses in mining, as investors eyed further interest rate cuts in the wake of soft retail sales data. Top banks continued this week's post rate-cut gains, led by Westpac Banking Corp.
HONG KONG, Oct 4- Gambling revenue in Macau, the world's largest casino market, rose 12.3 percent in September year-on-year, government data showed on Thursday. Analysts had forecast September growth in the tiny enclave on China's southern coast, to be up 15-17 percent ahead of a national holiday week starting in October.
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4- A Malaysian court kept on hold the licence granted to Lynas Corp Ltd's controversial rare earth plant by delaying until Oct. 10 a decision on whether it will consider judicial reviews to permanently block production.
*Weaker yen drives shares in Toyota, Honda, Nissan higher. *Canon, Nidec sag after Hewlett-Packard warns on outlook. TOKYO, Oct 4- Japan's Nikkei share average snapped a four-session losing streak on Thursday as sentiment was boosted by a strong showing by the pro-business U.S.
*Jittery investors await U.S. job data, watch Europe. *Social unrest in Iran, Turkey- Syria clashes in focus. SINGAPORE, Oct 4- Brent futures edged up towards $109 per barrel on Thursday as a steep drop in the previous session brought in bargain hunters, while investors awaited further cues from a European Central Bank policy meeting and critical U.S. jobs data.
BEIJING, Oct 4- Mazda Motor Corp said on Thursday sales in China for September tumbled 35 percent, one of the first signs that sales from Japanese automakers there are likely to weaken sharply on a row over islands claimed by both nations.
*Britain's FTSE 100 is set to open 12 to 17 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent, according to financial bookmakers. FTSE index closed up 0.3 percent, or 16.36 points higher, at 5,825.81 points on Wednesday driven by gains in "defensive" stocks seen as the most resilient to an economic downturn.
SYDNEY, Oct 4- Australian shares extended their gains by 0.3 percent on Thursday, hitting a 14- month high after banks offset losses in mining. Top banks continued this week's post rate-cut gains, led by Westpac Banking Corp.
SINGAPORE, Oct 4- Prices for iron ore forward swaps rose on Thursday, extending gains from late last week, as buyers banked on expectations for a rebound in spot iron ore prices when top consumer China returns next week from a holiday. traded at $111 a tonne, said a Hong Kong- based trader, up 2 percent from Wednesday's close of $108.75.
*Hyundai global sales reach 371,743 vehicles* Hyundai ramps up output after strike ends* Production rises in U.S., China help ease tight supply SEOUL, Oct 4- South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co.
The annual Golden Week holiday in China is typically marked by chaos in motorways as millions of Chinese travelers hit the holiday trail, and this year is no different. The upside? The clogged roads are hints the economy may avert a hard landing, at least for now.
LONDON Oct 4-* Britain's FTSE 100 is set to open 12 to 17 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent, according to financial bookmakers. FTSE index closed up 0.3 percent, or 16.36 points higher, at 5,825.81 points on Wednesday driven by gains in "defensive" stocks seen as the most resilient to an economic downturn.
TOKYO, Oct 4- Japan's biggest copper smelter, Pan Pacific Copper Co, is offering a term premium of $85 per tonne to clients in China for 2013 shipments, down 15 percent from last year, a source familiar with the matter said.
**DENTSU INC FALLS, SMBC NIKKO CUTS RATING**. Dentsu fell 2.4 percent to 1,858 yen, marking its seventh straight losing session and striking a three-year low, after SMBC Nikko Securities downgraded Japan's biggest advertising company to' underperform' from' neutral', lowered its target price and cut earning forecasts.
TAIPEI, Oct 4- Taiwan stocks ended flat on Thursday, with computer shares. The Taiwan dollar was up by T $0.085 to trade at T $29.320. ASIA-PACIFIC STOCK MARKET REPORTS: Japan..........
Rising tensions between Syria and Turkey also contributed to higher prices, the geopolitical risk highlighting concerns about Middle East oil supplies. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was up 62 cents to $88.76 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.