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  • SYDNEY, Oct 4- Australian retail sales edged up only marginally in August as weakness in household goods and clothing pointed to restraint in discretionary spending, adding to the case for further supportive cuts in interest rates. The softness-- you can see it in a range of indicators, "said Su-Lin Ong, a senior economist at RBC Capital Markets.

  • Maybank Kim Eng initiated coverage of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust with a' buy' rating and a target price of $0.925, citing an attractive distribution yield, resilient earnings and growth potential.

  • Indonesia - Market factors to watch on Oct 4 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:09 PM ET

    STOCKS TO WATCH> State-owned coal miner PT Bukit Asam Tbk will spend $580 million until 2016 to build infrastructure, including railway track, seaport and steam power plants, said CEO Milawarman.> State-controlled lender PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia Tbk.

  • *Markets still wagering on another rate cut for November By Wayne Cole. SYDNEY, Oct 4- Australian retail sales edged up only marginally in August as weakness in household goods and clothing pointed to restraint in discretionary spending that adds to the case for further supportive cuts in interest rates.

  • Thailand - Market factors to watch on Oct 4 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:52 PM ET

    BANGKOK, Oct 4- Following is some company-related and market news that could have an impact on the local market. SE ASIA STOCKS-Most retreat; energy-related shares weak. Thailand's second-biggest liquefied petroleum gas company has bought LPG businesses in Malaysia and Vietnam, it said in a statement.

  • STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE-CIMB raises Midas target price Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:44 PM ET

    CIMB Research raised its target price for Midas Holdings Ltd, which supplies components for railway projects, to S $0.63 from S $0.41 and kept its' outperform' rating, citing expectations of more high-speed rail contract wins. At 0126 GMT, Midas shares were up 1.2 percent at S $0.425.

  • PERTH, Oct 4- Australia's thermal coal price benchmark was relatively steady this week with Chinese buyers away from the market for a week-long national holiday, but prices may rebound soon as buyers begin to restock for winter.

  • Hong Kong shares firmer, financials support Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:26 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 4- Hong Kong shares were set to open slightly higher on Thursday, with the banking sector underpinning gains and helping to offset weakness in oil producers. The Hang Seng index was projected to open up 0.1 percent at 20,914.3 while the China Enterprises index of top mainland firms was indicated to open down 0.1 percent.

  • *A $1.70/ share offer at 51 pct premium. MELBOURNE, Oct 4- China's Cathay Fortune Corp, founded by billionaire Yu Yong, has offered $847 million for Australia's Discovery Metals and its Boseto copper project in Botswana, Discovery said on Thursday.

  • About the issue: China Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:10 PM ET

    The United States accuses China of flouting trade rules and undervaluing its currency to helps its exporters. Many U.S. companies outsource production to China. One study estimated that between 2001 and 2010, 2.8 million U.S. jobs were lost or displaced to China.

  • Taiwan stocks slip, PC makers drag after HP warning Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:07 PM ET

    TAIPEI, Oct 4- Taiwan stocks dipped soon after opening flat on Thursday, with computer shares. among the top losers, down 1.26 percent after Hewlett-Packard Co. The Taiwan dollar was up by T $0.076 to trade at T $29.329.

  • Hong Kong shares seen firmer, defensives in favour Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:51 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 4- Hong Kong shares were set to open slightly higher on Thursday with defensive sectors such as telecoms continuing to attract investor interest although gains are likely to be capped by weakness in oil producers after crude prices slumped overnight.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 4- Australia's Discovery Metals. has received a takeover offer worth A $830 million from China's Cathay Fortune Corp, the company said on Thursday. The proposal is for a joint venture that would be 75 percent owned by CFC and 25 percent owned by China-Africa Development Fund.

  • RPT-Philippines - Market factors to watch on Oct 4 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:45 PM ET

    MANILA, Oct 4- Following are some company-related and market news which could have an impact on the local market. -Bureau of Customs and Department of Justice hold joint press conference on latest smuggling case, 11:00 a.m.. -Closing of the Asean Maritime Forum, Manila Hotel.

  • Philippines - Market factors to watch on Oct 4 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:41 PM ET

    MANILA, Oct 4- Following are some company-related and market news which could have an impact on the local market. -Bureau of Customs and Department of Justice hold joint press conference on latest smuggling case, 11:00 a.m.. -Closing of the Asean Maritime Forum, Manila Hotel.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan steady, Nikkei up 1.2 pct. TOKYO, Oct 4- Asian shares steadied on Thursday while the dollar index stayed under pressure, leaving investors who worry about global growth awaiting fresh U.S. economic data and a European Central Bank policy meeting later in the day. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan.

  • Taiwan stocks - Factors to watch - Oct 4 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:35 PM ET

    TAIPEI, Oct 4- Following are news items and media reports that may affect the Taiwan stock market. REUTERS HEADLINES> Fubon aims to close $683 mln China bank deal.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 4- U.S. crude held near $88 a barrel in Asia on Thursday after plunging more than 4 percent the day before, with data from the euro zone and China heightening worries about economic growth and oil demand. was up 5 cents at $88.19 a barrel by 0013 GMT.

  • Australia shares rise early as banks gain Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:32 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Oct 4- Australian shares rose 0.2 percent early on Thursday as gains in banks offset weaker miners, with sentiment supported by encouraging jobs growth data in the United States.

  • Malaysia-Market factors to watch on Oct 4 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:23 PM ET

    *Malaysian court to hear application on injunction against Australian miner Lynas. *Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Bernard Dompok opens Malaysia Timber Council's Global Woodmart 2012 at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre at 0830 am.