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  • *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply fears. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Brent futures slipped towards $112 per barrel on Friday, but were 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.

  • JGB prices slip ahead of U.S. jobs data Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:41 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 5- Japanese government bonds were lower on Friday as stronger equities decreased the appeal of fixed-income assets, while investors also squared their positions ahead of key U.S. jobs data later in the day and a three-day weekend in Japan.

  • *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 17 to 29 points, or as much as 0.3 percent, higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. *The UK blue chip index closed flat at 5,827.78 points on Thursday, shrugging off an expected decision by the Bank of England to leave monetary policy unchanged, but failing to hold on to a one-week intra-day high of 5,854.16 points.

  • Australia shares rally on miners and banks Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:17 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares rose 0.9 percent on Friday, lifted by mining and banking stocks as the market was supported by a fourth day of gains on Wall Street ahead of a U.S. payrolls report later in the day.

  • TOKYO, Oct 5- Japan's Nikkei average hit a one-week high on Friday, lifted by gains in some battered cyclical stocks, but Nikon Corp. took a tumble on reports of poor earnings and carmakers were sold off on concern about plummeting sales in China. edged up 0.4 percent to 8,863.30, but was down on the week by a whisker, while the broader Topix index.

  • UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday, Oct. 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:00 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 17 to 29 points, or as much as 0.3 percent, higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. *The UK blue chip index closed flat at 5,827.78 points on Thursday, shrugging off an expected decision by the Bank of England to leave monetary policy unchanged, but failing to hold on to a one-week intra-day high of 5,854.16 points.

  • Asia stocks higher ahead of US jobs report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:54 AM ET

    Japan's Nikkei 225 index was 0.2 percent higher to 8,844.93 after the Bank of Japan announced no change in the country's key interest rate following a two-day policy meeting. Benchmarks in Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand rose.

  • 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.