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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.
SEOUL, Oct 5- South Korea will have to spend more of next year's budget in the January-June period to help stimulate the economy, Finance Minister Bahk Jae- wan said on Friday, adding a major rebound was only expected in the second half.
*LG Display falls after brokerage downgrade. SEOUL, Oct 5- Seoul shares edged up on Friday after bellwether Samsung Electronics. Shares in Samsung Electronics, which makes up over 15 percent of the benchmark KOSPI.
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.
SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares rose 0.9 percent on Friday, lifted by mining and banking stocks as the market was supported by a fourth day of gains on Wall Street ahead of a U.S. payrolls report later in the day.
SEOUL, Oct 5- South Korean shares ended slightly higher on Friday, with heavyweight Samsung Electronics. finishing up 0.22 percent after reporting better-than-expected earnings estimates. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index ended up 0.12 percent at 1,995.17 points.
Japan's Nikkei 225 index was 0.2 percent higher to 8,844.93 after the Bank of Japan announced no change in the country's key interest rate following a two-day policy meeting. Benchmarks in Singapore, Indonesia and New Zealand rose.
*Sept pace was 3.6 pct y/y, down from Aug's 3.8 pct. By Karen Lema and Erik dela Cruz. MANILA, Oct 5- Philippine inflation slowed in September, raising the odds of an interest rate cut late this month to support the economy and contain the strength of the peso, emerging Asia's best performing currency this year.
*South Korea's biggest refiner SK Energy received Iran cargo on Oct 2. *Iran has $5- 6 bln in bank accounts in South Korea- govt source.
*LG Display dives after brokerage downgrade. SEOUL, Oct 5- Seoul shares edged up on Friday morning but pared earlier gains as weakness in LG Display Co Ltd. "The poor performance of LG Display and other laggards is weighing down on the bounce to the KOSPI following Samsung's announcement," said Kim Chul-jung, an analyst at Korea Investment& Securities.
SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares gained 0.7 percent to a 14- month high on Friday, with mining stocks rising and the market supported by a fourth day of gains on Wall Street ahead of a U.S. payrolls report later in the day.
South Korea's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 1,997.84 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.2 percent to 20,958.21. Benchmarks in Taiwan and New Zealand also rose. Later in the day, the Bank of Japan will announce the outcome of its two-day policy meeting.
SEOUL, Oct 5- South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor said on Friday its China sales climbed 15 percent to 84,188 vehicles in September from a year earlier, as anti- Japan protests in the world's top market hit sales of Japanese rivals. Hyundai's September sales mark a rise of 12 percent from August sales of 75,158, according to an emailed response to a Reuters query.
**LG DISPLAY FALLS MORE THAN 4 PCT** Shares in LG Display fell more than 4 percent after a local brokerage cut its outlook for the South Korean flat-screen maker, citing its weakening earnings momentum in the fourth quarter.
SEOUL, Oct 5- The South Korean won. rose to its highest in almost a year in early trade on Friday after strong earnings guidance from Samsung Electronics Co.. Samsung Electronics said it expects a record 8.1 trillion won operating profit for the July-September period earlier Friday.
HONG KONG, Oct 5- Hong Kong shares are expected to rise for a fifth straight session and poised to end a holiday-shortened week with mild gains, although caution ahead of U.S. payrolls data is likely to keep trading activity light.
SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares rose 0.5 percent to 14- month highs early on Friday, with mining stocks rising as the market was supported by a fourth day of gains on Wall Street ahead of the U.S. payrolls report later in the day. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index.
SEOUL, Oct 5- South Korean shares edged higher on Friday after Samsung Electronics Co estimated record third quarter profits, beating already high expectations. Shares in Samsung Electronics Co rose 1.46 percent on the news. Keywords: MARKETS KOREA STOCKS/ URGENT.
SEOUL, Oct 5- Seoul shares are likely to rise on Friday, buoyed by a record quarterly operating profit from tech giant Samsung Electronics.