*MSCI Asia ex- Japan steady, Nikkei opens up 0.3 pct. Markets in China, Hong Kong and India are closed for holidays on Tuesday. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan.
SE ASIA STOCKS-Most weak in light volume, Malaysia outperforms STOCKS TO WATCH-- SINGAPORE AIRLINES LTD, TIGER AIRWAYS HOLDINGS LTD. -Singapore Airlines' budget unit, Scoot, and Tiger Airways have signed a partnership agreement and will offer some joint itineraries.
TAIPEI, Oct 2- Following are news items and media reports that may affect the Taiwan stock market. REUTERS HEADLINES> Nokia sells mapping services to Oracle. >3 M, Honeywell step up deals amid econ uncertainty.
MELBOURNE, Oct 2- Australian shares opened 0.3 percent higher on Tuesday, with investors on tenterhooks ahead of a central bank rate decision and resources stocks helped by stronger-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data.
-Citigroup holds roundtable discussion on the impact of the QE3 on Asian policy makers, with Citi Asia Pacific Chief Economist Johanna Chua, Makati Shangri-La Hotel, 10:00 a.m.. STOCKS TO WATCH- JG SUMMIT HOLDINGS.
Thierry Apoteker, CEO, Founder and Chief Economist, TAC Financial says investors need to be aware of the many risks still present in the U.S. and China that could cause further volatility.
SEOUL, Oct 2- South Korean stocks are set to begin the last quarter of this year on a positive note on Tuesday after a three-day holiday, buoyed by a surprise expansion in U.S. manufacturing. Analysts said focus would be on Samsung Electronics.
HONG KONG, Oct 2- At least 25 people died after a Hong Kong ferry packed with more than 120 people collided with another ferry and sank near Lamma island on Monday night in one of the city's worst maritime accidents. The accident occurred on Monday night in the waters off Lamma, an island south of Hong Kong popular with tourists and expatriates.
China is grinding towards its slowest growth in a decade, corporate profits are in free fall and the stock market is in the dumps. But take a random sample of its people, from white-collar workers to migrant laborers, and a large number will express satisfaction with the current state of the economy. The FT reports
SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares are set to open higher on Tuesday, with resources stocks likely to underpin gains after data showed a surprising expansion in U.S. manufacturing in September.
TOKYO, Oct 2- Japan's Nikkei share average was set to rise on Tuesday after data showed U.S. manufacturing expanded in September, beating expectations, while a softer yen should lend support to export-driven stocks.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 1- Miasole, which raised hundreds of millions of dollars as one of Silicon Valley's hottest cleantech startups, has agreed to be sold to China's Hanergy Holding Group for $30 million, according to a source familiar with the matter.
SYDNEY, Oct 2- China's Hanlong Group has sought until mid-October to secure a financing commitment from China Development Bank to sew up a $1.4 billion takeover of Australia- based iron-ore miner Sundance Resources, adding to delays in the deal that has dragged on for a year.
Mad Money host and former hedge fund manager, Jim Cramer, provides stock traders with all manner of investing advice.
*China's factory activity shrinks for 2nd month in Sept. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent crude slipped on Monday as signs of economic weakness in Asia and a looming recession in the debt-saddled euro zone tempered more optimistic U.S. manufacturing data. Federal Reserve's latest quantitative easing and geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.
TORONTO, Oct 1- Canada's main stock index rose moderately on Monday, after touching a one-week high, as optimism over better-than-expected U.S. data was tempered by signs of economic weakness in Asia and evidence of a new recession in the euro zone. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.
NEW YORK, Oct 1- Cotton prices ended higher on Monday on technical buying after testing the 70- cent mark, with traders expecting renewed pressure ahead of the U.S. harvest. It found support at 70 cents, "said John Flanagan, an analyst at Flanagan Trading Corp in North Carolina. New York cotton for December delivery.
Eamon Aghdasi, UBS; Jordan Kimmel, Trust Across America; and Kevin Caron, Stifel Nicolaus discuss what's in store for Europe as markets kick off Q4.
*Alberta premier sees "a lot of benefit" for province. OTTAWA, Oct 1- The premier of the oil-rich province of Alberta said she sees benefits from the proposed $15.1 billion sale of Canadian oil producer Nexen Inc to a Chinese state-owned company, but a survey published on Monday showed half the country's executives would oppose a no-strings deal.
TORONTO, Oct 1- Canada's main stock index rose moderately on Monday, after seeing a one-week high, as signs of economic weakness in Asia and evidence of a new recession in the euro zone tempered optimism over better-than-expected U.S. data. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank.