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  • Costco September same-store sales rise 6 pct Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:21 AM ET

    Oct 4- U.S. retailer Costco Wholesale Corp. Net sales at Issaquah, Washington- based Costco rose 8 percent to $9.31 billion in the five weeks ended Sept. 30. Excluding the impact of gasoline prices and foreign exchange, comparable September same-store sales were up 5 percent, Costco said.

  • Bahana Securities said crude palm oil price may recover in the next few weeks as the current downturn is not sustainable, and it expects strong demand from India and China.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 4- Australian shares extended their gains by 0.3 percent on Thursday, hitting a 14- month high after banks offset losses in mining, as investors eyed further interest rate cuts in the wake of soft retail sales data. Top banks continued this week's post rate-cut gains, led by Westpac Banking Corp.

  • Australia shares close at 14-month high Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:31 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Oct 4- Australian shares extended their gains by 0.3 percent on Thursday, hitting a 14- month high after banks offset losses in mining. Top banks continued this week's post rate-cut gains, led by Westpac Banking Corp.

  • The Reserve Bank of India said on Thursday it accepted all four bids for 68.5 billion rupees at its one-day repo auction through which it injects liquidity into the banking system. DATE APPLICATIONS APPLICATIONS FIXED RATE RECEIVED ACCEPTED.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:28 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 4- Here are events and news stories that could move Russian markets on Thursday. MOSCOW- "Russia Calling" investment conference held by VTB Capital. MOSCOW- Briefing by Alexey Simanovsky, First Deputy Chairman of the Central Bank of Russia.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 4- India's Kingfisher Airlines Ltd. Kingfisher, once India's second-largest airline, is half a year behind on salary payments and has grounded its fleet since Monday after a protest by engineers over the weekend turned violent, according to the heavily indebted carrier.

  • Taiwan stocks end flat; PC makers weigh Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:36 AM ET

    TAIPEI, Oct 4- Taiwan stocks ended flat on Thursday, with computer shares. The Taiwan dollar was up by T $0.085 to trade at T $29.320. ASIA-PACIFIC STOCK MARKET REPORTS: Japan..........

  • NEW DELHI/ SINGAPORE, Oct 4- India's Essar Oil has sold 35,000 tonnes of naphtha to Itochu for Oct. 26-30 loading from Vadinar at about $31- 32 a tonne above Middle East quotes on a free-on-board basis, with traders saying the premiums reflected a firm market.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 4- Mutual funds in India posted their best gains in eight months in September after a slew of government fiscal and economic reforms sparked a powerful stock market rally, according to data from fund tracker Lipper, a Thomson Reuters company. Diversified equity funds gained 8.5 percent in September.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 4- India's Kingfisher Airlines. expects to resume operations in four or five days after about 100 pilots and engineers in Delhi had agreed to return to work, an executive with the ailing airline told reporters on Thursday.

  • India's HDFC to raise min 2 bln rupees via bonds Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:06 AM ET

    MUMBAI, Oct 4- India's Housing Development Finance Corp plans to raise at least 2 billion rupees through five-year bonds at 9.20 percent, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

  • Hospital stocks fall on Romney debate performance Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:54 AM ET

    Oct 4- Shares of U.S. hospital operators fell after Republican nominee Mitt Romney's strong showing in Wednesday's U.S. presidential debate raised doubts about the future of President Obama' s healthcare reform. Hospital operators Tenet Healthcare Corp, HCA Holdings Inc, Healthsouth Corp and HCP Inc.

  • Morgan Stanley downgrades India's SAIL to 'underweight' Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:39 AM ET

    MUMBAI, Oct 4- Morgan Stanley cut its rating on Steel Authority of India Ltd to' underweight' from' equalweight' and lowered target prices on other Indian steel stocks, citing raw material costs, sluggish volume growth and declining return-on-equity. Morgan Stanley also cut SAIL's price target to 72 rupees from 95 rupees.

  • Barclays announced a shake up at its investment banking business aimed at streamlining the business in the face of a more challenging outlook for the industry. Wells Fargo's international group named Christopher Lewis as executive vice-president and head of global trade services.

  • Oct 4- Pfizer Inc said a late-stage trial of its vaccine to protect against pneumococcal bacteria suggested it would also work in adults aged 18-49, thereby possibly expanding its sales.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 4- India's Oil and Natural Gas Corp has sold 35,000 tonnes of naphtha to Total for Oct. 26-27 loading from Hazira at around $30 a tonne above Middle East quotes on a free-on-board basis, down from previous sales for the month.

  • *India'S Gujarat State Petroleum Corp'S Open Offer To Acquire 26. Percent more In Bg unit Gujarat Gas to be launched at 314.17 Rupees/ Share- Manager. *GSPC open offer to be worth up to 10.5 billion rupees if fully accepted-.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 4- India's Power Finance Corp. is planning to launch an unsecured bond sale to raise at least 1.5 billion rupees, a term sheet seen by Reuters showed. A total of 19 arrangers have been asked to provide commitments by 2 p.m. IST on Thursday.

  • COMMERCIAL BANKS' CASH AS ON AVG DAILY CASH FORTNIGHT BALANCES WITH RBI DATE RESERVE REQUIREMENT ENDING 3,420.5000 29/ 09 3,019.2000 05/ 10 3,360.6100 28/ 09 3,019.2000 05/ 10 3,144.3200 27/ 09 3,019.2000 05/ 10 3,038.2600 26/ 09 3,019.2000 05/ 10 3,192.3100 25/ 09 3,019.2000 05/ 10 3,130.1100 24/ 09 3,019.2000 05/ 10 3,122.5700 22/ 09 3,019.2000 05/ 10 3,195.7200 21/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,243.4800 20/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,155.0800 19/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,136.0400 18/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 2,946.4300 17/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,255.7000 15/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,481.2400 14/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,221.2400 13/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,187.3400 12/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,342.4800 11/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,146.0900 10/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,188.1700 08/ 09 3,172.5000 21/ 09 3,171.0000 07/ 09 3,156.9000 07/ 09 2,947.0500 06/ 09 3,156.9000 07/ 09 2,961.4300 05/ 09 3,156.9000 07/ 09 3,096.5500 04/ 09 3,156.9000 07/ 09 3,132.0200 03/ 09 3,156.9000 07/ 09 3,393.6800 01/ 09 3,156.9000 07/ 09 3,301.2000 31/ 09 3,156.9000 07/ 09 3,175.7400 30/ 08 3,156.9000 07/ 09 3,262.0100 29/ 08 3,156.9000 07/ 09 3,249.5700 28/ 08 3,156.9000 07/ 09 3,244.1700 27/ 08 3,156.9000 07/ 09 3,219.7500 25/ 08 3,156.9000 07/ 09 2,939.2100 23/ 08 3,100.7800 24/ 08 2,974.5500 22/ 08 3,142.2000 24/ 08 3,006.9800 21/ 08 3,142.2000 24/ 08 3,300.0800 20/ 08 3,142.2000 24/ 08 3,301.5000 18/ 08 3,142.2000 24/ 08 3,276.4300 17/ 08 3,142.2000 24/ 08 3,192.0700 16/ 08 3,142.2000 24/ 08 3,247.4100 15/ 08 3,142.2000 24/ 08 3,247.4100 14/ 08 3,142.2000 24/ 08 3,083.8900 13/ 08 3,142.2000 24/ 08 3,242.6900 11/ 08 3,142.2000 24/ 08 3,237.6600 10/ 08 3,134.6000 10/ 08 3,161.4600 09/ 08 3,134.6000 10/ 08 2,988.4400 08/ 08 3,134.6000 10/ 08 2,892.0600 07/ 08 3,134.6000 10/ 08 3,039.5500 06/ 08 3,134.6000 10/ 08 3,174.7600 04/ 08 3,134.6000 10/ 08 3,177.8400 03/ 08 3,134.6000 10/ 08 3,176.5700 02/ 08 3,134.6000 10/ 08 3,315.0000 01/ 08 3,134.6000 10/ 08 Source- RBI website:.