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  • The Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange's VN Index rose by midday as some investors sought bargains in several shares based on solid corporate earnings, while others waited for positive macro news, stock brokers said.

  • WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 8- The Australian and New Zealand dollars traded with a heavy tone near multi-week lows on Monday and looked vulnerable amid persistent concerns about the outlook for the global economy despite better-than-expected U.S. jobs data last week.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 8- Shares in India's DLF Ltd dropped after anti-corruption activists accused the country's biggest property developer of improper dealings with a member of a prominent politician's family, prompting denials from the company.

  • Malaysia's closing tin prices for Oct 8 Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:07 AM ET

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8- Following is a table of Kuala Lumpur tin market prices provided by a Malaysian trader. Date KL Premium/ Spot Bid Offer Final Volumes* Oct 8 22,400 26 80 26 365 Oct 5 22,500 110 21 58 385 Oct 4 22,300 70 20 30 540 Oct 3 22,100 106 25 50 200 Oct 2 21,860 53 15 35 385 Oct 1 21,600 41 18 28 175. #E, J and M signify purchases by European, Japanese, and Malaysian buyers.

  • *Shares in Indian housing finance companies gain after market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India says will allow debt-oriented mutual funds to invest up to 10 percent of their net assets in companies in the sector.

  • Air India awaiting govt approval for bond sale Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:06 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, Oct 8- Ailing national carrier Air India is awaiting approval from the government for a 74- billion-rupee bond sale, Chairman Rohit Nandan said on Monday.

  • Oil falls in Asia on sluggish US hiring Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:05 AM ET

    Benchmark crude for November delivery was down fell 37 cents to $89.51 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract closed down $1.83 to $89.88 per barrel.

  • *World Bank says China economic slowdown could get worse. *Turkey retaliates against Syria bombing for 5th day By Florence Tan.

  • Shares in CIMB Thai Bank Pcl jumped as much as 23 percent to 2.96 baht, the highest since Nov. 5, 2010, after a newspaper reported that its parent, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, planned to buy a stake in Bank of Ayudhya.

  • IKEA closer to India entry after easing of rules Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:52 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM, Oct 8- IKEA, the world's largest furniture retailer, pushed ahead on Monday with a plan to open its first stores in India following the relaxation of rules on sourcing from local suppliers.

  • MARKET EYE-Indian shares edge lower; Reliance falls Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 12:47 AM ET

    falls 1.8 percent after Morgan Stanley cuts its rating to' underweight' from' equal-weight', citing expectations for weaker refining margins and valuation concerns among other factors.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 8- India's aviation minister has urged Asia Pacific regulators to oppose measures like the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, calling it "unilateral".

  • KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8- Austrian rubber and plastic products maker Semperit Holding AG launched a $197.4 million cash offer for Malaysian medical glove maker Latexx Partners Bhd, securing an initial 47 percent stake from core shareholders.

  • Vietnam's credit growth this year could reach 5-6 percent, far below government projections, with the banking industry expected to face more difficulties in the last three months, Vietcombank.

  • India's main BSE index fell 0.2 percent, the 50- share NSE index was also down 0.3 percent. India's benchmark 10- year bond yield. India's benchmark 5- year down 1 bp at 6.99 while the one-year rate up 1 bp at 7.61 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 8- India's Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd sold a November naphtha cargo to PetroDiamond at $34- $35 per tonne above Middle East quotes on a free-on-board basis, reflecting persistently firm premiums, traders said on Monday.

  • *China slowdown may get worse and last longer- World Bank. SINGAPORE, Oct 8- Shanghai rebar steel futures climbed nearly 2 percent on Monday to the highest in almost two months as Chinese traders returned from a week-long break armed with hopes demand in the world's top consumer will pick up as the economy stabilises.

  • Vietnam 2012 trade gap may shrink to $1 bln-report Sunday, 7 Oct 2012 | 11:56 PM ET

    HANOI, Oct 8- Vietnam's trade deficit could shrink to just $1 billion this year from nearly $10 billion in 2011 due to sharp declines in imports, a state-run newspaper quoted a government minister on Monday as saying.

  • COMMERCIAL BANKS' CASH AS ON AVG DAILY CASH FORTNIGHT BALANCES WITH RBI DATE RESERVE REQUIREMENT ENDING 3,235.8200 02/ 10 3,019.2000 05/ 10 3,235.8200 01/ 10 3,019.2000 05/ 10 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:.

  • Shares of Malaysia's shipping firm MISC Bhd rose as much as 5.65 percent after the company said it will dispose of a 50 percent stake in its semi-submersible floating production system unit that could raise $1.7 billion cash.