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  • Russian stocks, rouble edge lower along with oil Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:45 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 3- Russian shares and the rouble extended losses on Wednesday, in reaction to lacklustre economic data in China and falling oil prices, with strong domestic services PMI data doing little to lift the market.

  • Rioters attack government buildings in Kyrgyzstan Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:32 AM ET

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan-- Protesters clashed with police and tried to break into a building housing the parliament and government offices in Kyrgyzstan's capital Wednesday during a rally to demand the resignation of the prime minister and other top officials.

  • U.S. stock index futures trade slightly lower Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 4:12 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wall Street on Wednesday, with futures for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones down 0.2 percent, while contracts on the Nasdaq 100 were down 0.1 percent at 0751 GMT.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 3- Hong Kong shares rose on Wednesday, led by utilities and property developers, but gains were capped by weakness in energy stocks as oil prices skidded on worries over weak global growth. The Hong Kong market was also catching up to global gains after being closed on Monday and Tuesday for holidays.

  • *Brent crude slips under $111 a barrel* Euro trades under $1.29, little changed from U.S. levels. LONDON, Oct 3- European shares and oil fell on Wednesday after weak data from China and Australia deepened concerns about the global economy, while the euro held steady as traders waited for Spain's next move in solving its debt problems.

  • ASTANA, Oct 3- Kazakhstan's oil pipeline monopoly plans to raise more than $100 million through an initial public share offering as part of the central Asian country's "people's IPO" programme, the deputy head of its parent company said.

  • TOKYO, Oct 3- Benchmark Japanese government bonds were supported on Wednesday, with the 10- year yield revisiting an eight-week low, as weak Chinese data and uncertainty of the timing of Spain's bailout request sapped investor appetite for riskier assets. Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday a request for European aid was not imminent.

  • Demand for office space in Singapore in the third quarter of 2012 was supported by companies beyond the financial services sector, with most taking up Grade A office space below 20,000 square feet, said property consultant Colliers International.

  • Britain's FTSE extends losses as miners slip Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:10 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Britain's top share index fell on Wednesday, dragged down my mining stocks after poor Chinese data raised fresh concerns about raw material demand in the world's biggest metals consuming country.

  • Australia shares at 14-month highs as currency retreats Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:08 AM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 3- Australian shares edged up to a 14- month closing high on Wednesday as banks and broader stocks were boosted by an interest rate cut and a weaker local dollar, enhancing export prospects. He noted markets were cautious after Spain said a request for European aid was not imminent.

  • Japan hopes China friction won't hurt finance ties Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:07 AM ET

    TOKYO-- Japan is hoping the recent flare-up in friction with China will not damage the two Asian economic powers' cooperation in international finance, a finance ministry official said Wednesday.

  • Europe shares dip on China data, Spain doubts Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:07 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 3- European stocks dipped early on Wednesday, adding to the previous session's losses, as uncertainty surrounding a potential bailout for debt-stricken Spain and further signs of a slowdown in China rattled investors. At 0703 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.3 percent at 1,098.30 points.

  • GREECE - Factors to Watch on October 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:53 AM ET

    Greece's Piraeus Bank has struck a preliminary deal to buy French lender Societe Generale's loss-making Greek unit Geniki. FRANCE, FINLAND WANT SWIFT SPAIN, GREECE SOLUTIONS.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Brent crude futures slipped below $111 per barrel on Wednesday, hurt by persistent concerns over global growth and oil demand, while Europe's festering debt crisis added to uncertainty.

  • UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Wed, Oct 3 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:40 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 9 to 14 points lower, or as much as 0.2 percent, on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- European stocks were set for a slightly lower open on Wednesday as new gloomy economic data and uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis eclipsed underlying optimism about coordinated monetary support from central banks across the world.

  • Should Central Banks Have Coordinated Stimulus Moves? Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:33 AM ET
    United States Federal Reserve

    In the space of 30 days, five major central banks round the world took turns to deliver aggressive stimulus measures in a bid to counter a deteriorating economic outlook and boost domestic growth.

  • Australia shares clinch highest close in 14-months Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:29 AM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 3- Australian shares edged up to a 14- month closing high on Wednesday as banks and broader stocks were boosted by an interest rate cut and the local dollar weakened, enhancing export prospects.

  • Nikkei hits 3-week closing low, Fast Retailing shines Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:28 AM ET

    *Fast Retailing strong on report sales to reach 1 trln yen. TOKYO, Oct 3- Japan's Nikkei average fell to a three-week closing low on Wednesday as investors remained cautious ahead of a serious of key events this week, including policy meetings by the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan and U.S. jobs data.

  • *China official services PMI slows. *China, South Korea on holidays. TOKYO, Oct 3- The dollar firmed while most riskier assets fell on Wednesday as data from China and Australia deepened gloom about the global economic outlook, further reducing risk appetite already hurt by uncertainty about the timing of Spain's request for a bailout.