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  • HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, Oct 5- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecommunications equipment maker, has been in touch with investment banks about a possible initial public offering but has not made any decisions about proceeding with a listing, sources said on Friday.

  • Taiwan stocks end up; biotech, dept stores gain Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:37 AM ET

    TAIPEI, Oct 5- Taiwan stocks ended 0.11 percent higher on Friday, with biotech. The Taiwan dollar was up by T $0.140 to trade at T $29.248. ASIA-PACIFIC STOCK MARKET REPORTS: Japan..........

  • Hong Kong shares inch up, poised for weekly gain Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:30 AM ET

    *HSI up 0.3 pct, investors away China markets reopening* Mining companies rise as gold hits 11- mth high. HONG KONG, Oct 5- Hong Kong shares rose on Friday, putting them on track for a fifth straight session of gains, and poised to end the holiday-curtailed week higher as oil stocks, hit by lower crude prices, regained ground.

  • German stocks - Factors to watch on Oct. 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:25 AM ET

    Related news DEUTSCHE TELEKOM Indicated 0.4 percent higher. Sprint Nextel Corp is considering making a rival bid for MetroPCS Communications Inc, which agreed on Wednesday to a merger with Deutsche Telekom AG's T-Mobile USA, according to sources familiar with the situation.

  • *Mills likely to replenish when China returns next week. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Bids for iron ore forward swaps remained firm on Friday, reflecting investor expectations spot iron prices will bounce back as Chinese steel mills replenish inventories when they return next week.

  • fell 4.5 percent in August, the biggest year-on-year drop in nearly three years, on weaker demand in the European Union and China, and imports rose less than expected, threatening the growth prospects of the Southeast Asian nation.

  • *BOJ seen under pressure to ease at Oct. 30 meeting. TOKYO, Oct 5- The Bank of Japan resisted political pressure for action and kept monetary policy steady on Friday, but left the door open to more monetary easing later this month by striking a pessimistic note on the state of the world's third-largest economy.

  • *BOJ seen under pressure to ease at Oct. 30 meeting. TOKYO, Oct 5- The Bank of Japan resisted political pressure for action and kept monetary policy steady on Friday, but left the door open to more monetary easing later this month by striking a pessimistic note on the state of the world's third-largest economy.

  • *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply fears. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Brent futures slipped below $112 per barrel on Friday, but they are on course to end a choppy week nearly flat as rising tensions in the Middle East battle with perennial worries about the global economy and oil demand.

  • *Supportive U.S. data offset by weak China, Europe reports. NEW YORK, Oct 5- Oil prices fell on Friday and headed for a weekly loss as a fragile global economy and uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis countered any support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report.

  • UN chief says sanctions on Iran affecting its people Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    *Iran currency plummets, sanctions seen as partial cause. *Western envoys: Iran not serious about negotiations.

  • HONG KONG Oct. 5, 2012-- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services said today that it had assigned its' B+' issue rating and' cnBB-' Greater China regional scale issue rating to the proposed issue of U.S.-dollar fixed-rate senior unsecured notes by Sunac China Holdings Ltd.. The ratings are subject to our review of the final issuance documentation.

  • Chinese artist Ai Weiwei gets Smithsonian showcase Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who helped design Beijing's Olympic Stadium and has since drawn tough scrutiny for his political activism, is opening the first North American retrospective exhibition of his work in Washington.

  • Pan Pacific sees H2 copper output up 12.4 pct y/y Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:24 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 5- Pan Pacific Copper, Japan's biggest copper smelter and a subsidiary of JX Holdings, said it plans to produce 268,300 tonnes of refined copper in the October-March second half, up 12.4 percent from the same period last financial year.

  • *Canadian PM says CNOOC bid raises difficult issues. *Government deciding whether to approve CNOOC bid for Nexen.

  • *Exports to China down 10.6 pct on yr; up 15.4 pct to Japan. KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5- Malaysia's August 2012 trade data released by the Trade Ministry on Friday:. *Reuters poll: Malaysia's August exports seen lower for second month.

  • S.Korean refiner lifts Iranian crude cargo -source Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:59 PM ET

    *South Korea's biggest refiner SK Energy received Iran cargo on Oct 2. *Iran has $5- 6 bln in bank accounts in South Korea- govt source.

  • *BOJ seen under pressure to ease at Oct. 30 meeting. TOKYO, Oct 5- The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Friday despite mounting political pressure for action as sagging exports to China and Europe heighten the chance of a recession, preferring to hold fire now to assess the effect of last month's stimulus.

  • TOKYO, Oct 5- The Bank of Japan kept monetary settings unchanged on Friday after having loosened policy only last month, but it cut its assessment of the economy due to weakening exports and production. "Japan's economic activity is more or less levelling off," the BOJ said in a statement announcing its policy decision.

  • BOJ keeps policy steady but cuts economic assessment Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:26 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 5- The Bank of Japan kept monetary settings unchanged on Friday after having loosened policy only last month, but it cut its assessment of the economy due to weakening exports and production. "Japan's economic activity is more or less levelling off," the BOJ said in a statement announcing its policy decision.