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  • UPDATE 2-Talanx shares rise in IPO debut Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 7:08 AM ET

    *Talanx CEO says no big takeovers planned in next 2 years. FRANKFURT, Oct 2- Shares in Talanx, Germany's third-biggest insurer, inched higher on their Frankfurt stock market debut on Tuesday, vindicating the company's decision to go ahead with the share sale after dithering last month over the state of Europe's fragile IPO market.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Britain's financial regulator has proposed far-reaching reforms of its listing rules to close loopholes allowing reverse takeovers and reinforce corporate governance standards, in a bid to better protect investors.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- The British Bankers' Association released the following London Interbank Offered Rates for dollars, euro and sterling at its daily fixing. The spread of three-month Libor rates over three-month OIS rates, calculated from Reuters' data, expresses the three-month premium paid over anticipated central bank rates, or Overnight Index Swap rates.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 2- Banks should separate deposit taking from trading and other high-risk investment banking work to shield taxpayers from further bailouts and protect savers, an EU advisory group said on Tuesday. The European Commission set up the group of experts, led by Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen, to examine bank structures.

  • --In our view, Luxembourg- based insurer The West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association has good financial flexibility and improved capitalization, offset by a historically marginal operating performance and its concentration on a volatile insurance class.

  • Another top executive at the JPMorgan unit that lost $5.8 billion on derivatives trades this year is leaving the company. The real estate investment manager named Jeroen Verheijden as a senior vice-president to spearhead the company's client business in the UK, the euro zone and the Middle East.

  • Poland to price new benchmark at tight end Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 2- The Republic of Poland, rated A2/A-/A-, will price a new 12- year euro benchmark well inside where it first started to sound out investors after demand reached over EUR3.3bn.

  • TEXT-S&P ratings - West of England Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:49 AM ET

    Oct 02-=============================================================================== Ratings-- West of England---------------------------------------- 02- Oct-2012=============================================================================== CREDIT RATING: Country: Luxembourg Local currency BBB-/Stable/-- Primary SIC: Fire, marine, and casualty insurance=============================================================================== Credit Rating History: Local currency Foreign currency 02- Oct-2012 BBB-/----/-- 01- Oct-2012 NR/----/-- 23- Jan-2012 BBpi/----/--=============================================================================== Issues: Rating Rating Date Finl Strength Rtg BBB-/Stable 02- Oct-2012 ().

  • US hopes buoy markets despite Spain uncertainties Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:41 AM ET

    LONDON-- Surprise good news from the U.S. continued to shore up financial markets Tuesday despite concerns about the economic outlook of both Greece and Spain. "The ISM rose above the critical 50 mark in a surprise move yesterday thus creating a jamboree of good sentiment," said Carolin Hecht, an analyst at Commerzbank.

  • Vestas clinches 68 MW turbine order in the UK Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:39 AM ET

    COPENHAGEN, Oct 2- Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas said on Tuesday it had received a 68 megawatt turbine order for a wind project in Britain. The order was for 34 units of the V90-2.0 MW turbine for the Keadby Wind Farm project in Lincolnshire, Vestas said in a statement.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 2- Syria's civil war has made Friday afternoons a busy time at Bambuser, a tiny Swedish IT startup in an old bicycle factory which streams live video from the latest uprisings.

  • TEXT-S&P summary: Ship Luxco 3 S.a.r.l. (Worldpay) Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:28 AM ET

    Oct 02-=============================================================================== Summary analysis-- Ship Luxco 3 S.a.r.l.------------------------- 02- Oct-2012=============================================================================== CREDIT RATING: B+/ Stable/B Country: United Kingdom Primary SIC: Computer related services, nec=============================================================================== Credit Rating History: Local currency Foreign currency 15- Aug-2011 B+/ B B+/ B 08- Sep-2010--/----/--=============================================================================== Rationale.

  • PRECIOUS-Gold adds to gains as euro edges higher Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:26 AM ET

    Spot gold was up 0.3 percent on the day at $1,778.89 an ounce by 0945 GMT, having touched a peak of $1,791.20 on Monday, its highest since mid-November last year. "Overnight the mood has been quiet, but it feels just a matter of time before $1,800 breaks," Edel Tully, a strategist at UBS, said.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Emerging stocks hit 11- day highs on Tuesday and emerging debt spreads tightened on mounting expectations of an imminent bailout request from Spain, while the forint weakened on expectations of lower interest rates in Hungary.

  • UPDATE 1-Volcker to appear before UK bank commission Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:18 AM ET

    *Volcker will compare and contrast U.S., UK regulation. LONDON, Oct 2- Paul Volcker, the former U.S. Volcker, who led the Fed under presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, has been at the forefront of recent regulatory attempts to reform the U.S. banking system and will compare and contrast banking practices in Britain and the United States.

  • New Barclays CEO rejigs retail banking structure Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:17 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 2- Barclays is changing its retail and business banking structure under new Chief Executive Antony Jenkins and has appointed the separate heads of retail banking and credit cards to its executive committee.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 2- Banks should separate their deposit-taking arms from proprietary trading and other risky investment banking work to shield taxpayers from further bailouts and protect savers, an EU advisory group said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Britain's financial regulator, the Financial Services Authority, has proposed reforms of its listing rules to tighten up the requirements on reverse takeovers in a bid to better protect investors.

  • Credit Suisse strategists maintain a "small underweight" position on European banking shares while cutting their stance on European insurers to "benchmark" from "overweight", citing risks to the sectors from the euro zone debt crisis, amid other factors.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Brent crude oil slipped to around $112 a barrel on Tuesday as investors weighed a weaker outlook for fuel demand and sluggish economic growth against the risk of possible supply disruptions.