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  • Oct 05- Fitch Ratings has revised China Oriental Group Company Limited's Outlook to Negative from Stable, following worse-than-expected deterioration in the company's operating environment. China Oriental's Long-Term Issuer Default Rating and senior unsecured rating have been affirmed at' BB+'.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Singapore's economy probably contracted further in the third quarter because of poor demand for its manufacturing exports, tipping the island into a recession and reinforcing expectations of policy easing by the central bank at its meeting next Friday.

  • TOKYO, Oct 5- Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said on Friday that the central bank will not link the timing of further monetary easing automatically to its price outlook, signalling that falling short of its 1 percent inflation target would not guarantee immediate policy action.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 5- Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland, a bellwether for Chinese industrial activity, fell by 9.5 percent in September from the previous month to be flat on the year, port authority data showed. September shipments to China dipped to 15.13 million tonnes, from 16.72 million tonnes in August, according to the data.

  • BANGKOK-- Better-than-expected U.S. economic data helped boost stock markets Friday ahead of a monthly report on employment in the world's top economy. Government figures showing the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits for the first time rose to 367,000 last week.

  • 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 warning of looming risks to the outlook for the world's third-largest economy.

  • TOKYO, Oct 5- Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said on Friday that the central bank will not link the timing of further monetary easing automatically to its price outlook, signalling that falling short of its 1 percent inflation target would not guarantee immediate policy action.

  • LONDON, Oct 5-* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 slipping by 0.1 percent, while the Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures contracts rose around 0.1 percent.

  • *HSI up 0.5 pct, investors await China markets reopening. *Auto stocks rise after BMW reports strong China sales. HONG KONG, Oct 5- Hong Kong shares rose for a fifth straight session on Friday to end the holiday-shortened week higher, helped by a recovery in oil-related stocks while autos jumped after BMW reported strong sales in China last month.

  • TAIPEI, Oct 5- Taiwan's foreign exchange reserves rose to $397.95 billion at the end of September, the central bank said on Friday, citing the appreciation of the euro and other currencies against the U.S. dollar and higher returns from the management of forex reserves. Taiwan's reserves are the world's fourth-largest after China, Japan and Russia.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 5- Hong Kong shares rose for a fifth straight session on Friday to end the holiday-curtailed week higher, helped by a recovery in oil-related stocks while autos jumped after Germany's BMW reported strong sales in China last month. Baoxin Auto, on which Goldman Sachs initiated coverage with a "buy" on Thursday, rose 7 percent.

  • A local investor watches the share-prices index display at a stock brokerage in Shanghai.

    Chinas corporate reporting season for the third quarter kicks off on Monday amid profit warnings and earnings downgrades, but analysts think the worst may be over for Chinese firms, with the last quarter of the year expected to bring back some cheer.

  • TOKYO, Oct 5- Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said on Friday that the central bank will not link the timing of further monetary easing automatically to its price outlook, signalling that falling short of its 1 percent inflation target would not guarantee immediate policy action.

  • TOKYO, Oct 5- Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said on Friday that the central bank will not link the timing of further monetary easing automatically to its price outlook, signalling that falling short of its 1 percent inflation target would not guarantee immediate policy action.

  • Oct 05- Fitch Ratings has revised China Oriental Group Company Limited's Outlook to Negative from Stable, following worse-than-expected deterioration in the company's operating environment. China Oriental's Long-Term Issuer Default Rating has been affirmed at' BB+'.

  • WASHINGTON-- With a month to go until the presidential election, the government on Friday issues its September jobs report, expected to show an uptick in the U.S. unemployment rate after employers added only a modest number of jobs. The Labor Department issues the jobs report at 8:30 a.m. EDT.

  • *Nikon extends losses on report of disappointing H1 profit. 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 tumbled on reports of poor earnings and carmakers were sold off on concern about plummeting sales in China.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares rose 0.9 percent to their highest close in more than 14 months on Friday, tracking a fourth day of gains on Wall Street on expectations of positive U.S. payrolls data later in the day.

  • *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.

  • 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.