The gargantuan stimulus Japan is pumping into its economy will have to be even larger to achieve the desired results, said Hayman Capital founder Kyle Bass.» Read More
TOKYO, Oct 12- Bank of England Deputy Governor Paul Tucker said on Friday that he was confident the central bank's new scheme to boost bank lending would help lower interest rates faced by businesses and households.
TOKYO, Oct 12- Japan's Chubu Electric Power Co. has signed a contract to buy liquefied natural gas from Qatar for 15 years from 2013 to ensure a stable electricity supply, the company said in a statement on Friday.
TOKYO, Oct 12- Japanese government bonds rose for the first time in four days, as investors took profits after benchmark yields closed at a nine-week low in the previous session.
*FTSE 100 down 0.1 percent after gains Thursday. Morgan Crucible shares dropped 12.3 percent, topping the FTSE 250. In response, Oriel Securities downgraded its rating for Morgan Crucible to "hold" from "buy".
TOKYO, Oct 12- Sony Corp's long-term debt rating was lowered one notch by Moody's Investor Service to the second-lowest investment grade because of weak profitability in products ranging from televisions to mobile phones. The downgrade to Baa2 follows a similar cut to Sony's credit standing by Standard& Poor's last month.
*Softbank slumps 17 pct, in talks to invest in Sprint Nextel. TOKYO, Oct 12- Japan's Nikkei share average slipped to a fresh two-month low on Friday, with Softbank Corp. tumbling 17 percent after the wireless service provider said it was in talks to invest in U.S. firm Sprint Nextel.
BUDAPEST, Oct 12- Hungary is close to an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on setting up a financial safety net, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. Orban said pressure on Hungary to secure a deal at all costs had abated and confidence in the country had strengthened recently.
TOKYO, Oct 12- Iran's finance minister said on Friday that despite sanctions imposed on the country by Western nations, Iran's foreign exchange reserves are in a "good position".
CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares edged up 0.1 percent on Friday as gains in index-heavy mining stocks helped break a two-day run of losses, but the market still ended slightly down on the week. gained 0.9 percent to A $33.54 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltd rose 1.8 percent to A $56.40, helped by a rebound in iron ore prices.
TOKYO, Oct 12- Japan's Nikkei share average slipped to its lowest close in more than two months for the second day in a row on Friday, with Softbank Corp. tumbling 17 percent after it said it was in talks to invest in U.S. firm Sprint Nextel. But losses were capped by gains in exporters gained as news of the potentially huge deal helped weaken the yen.
BUDAPEST, Oct 12- Hungary is close to an agreement with the International Monetary Fund on a financial safety net, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. "There is a good chance. Orban said further progress in the talks could be made after the IMF concludes its annual meetings in Tokyo.
SINGAPORE, Oct 12- India's Reliance Industries. Itochu paid close to $50 a tonne premium to Middle East quotes on a free-on-board basis for the 25,000- tonne heavy naphtha cargo for Oct. 21-25 loading.
TAIPEI, Oct 12- Taiwan stocks ended 0.2 percent lower on Friday, constrained by concerns over weak company earnings, though computer maker Acer Inc. ASIA-PACIFIC STOCK MARKET REPORTS: Japan.......... A multimedia version of Reuters Top News is available at:.
CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares edged up 0.1 percent on Friday as gains in index-heavy mining stocks helped break a two-day run of losses, but the market still ended slightly down on the week. Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd. gained 0.9 percent to A $33.54 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltd rose 1.8 percent to A $56.40, helped by a rebound in iron ore prices.
LONDON, Oct 12- European stocks were set to open slightly lower on Friday as expectations for a weak earnings season and lingering uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis kept investors on the back foot after healthy gains in the previous session. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 15 to 18 points lower, or as much as 0.3 percent.
Porsche indicated 0.6 pct lower, Volkswagen 0.1 pct lower. The holding company of German carmaker Porsche has received a fresh lawsuit from the family of a deceased industrialist, linked to its 2008 attempt to take over Volkswagen.
Weekly applications for unemployment aid fell to their lowest since February 2008, the U.S. government said Thursday. "I think you need to wait for a few months to see more figures to confirm the jobs recovery in the U.S.," said Francis Lun, managing director of Lyncean Holdings in Hong Kong.
*Softbank shares down as much as 17 pct in Tokyo* Softbank and Sprint have confirmed in talks By Taro Fuse and Mari Saito.
TOKYO, Oct 12- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5 hit eastern Japan on Friday, public broadcaster NHK said.
*Territorial spat between Japan and China may hit sales. TOKYO, Oct 12- Japan's government downgraded its view of the economy for the third straight month in October as worries about Europe's debt crisis and China's slowdown intensified, adding pressure on the central bank to offer further stimulus to support growth.