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  • US STOCKS-Futures edge up ahead of payrolls report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:26 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher in thin trading Friday, after four days of gains on the S&P 500, and ahead of a government payrolls report expected to show a tick up in hiring last month and a slight increase in the unemployment rate.

  • Stock futures up a bit as market awaits job report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- U.S. stock futures are rising modestly ahead of key U.S. jobs figures that will provide insight into the world's largest economy with just over a month to go before the U.S. presidential election. Dow futures are up 20 points to 13,518. The broader S&P 500 futures are up 2 points to 1,457. Nasdaq futures are up 6 points to 2,828..

  • BRIEF-Zynga shares plunge premarket Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 7:14 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 5- Zynga Inc:.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Zynga Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:50 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Shares of Zynga tumbled in premarket trading on Friday as the online game maker said that it expects a third-quarter loss due to weak demand for some of its titles. Zynga Inc. anticipates a third-quarter loss of 12 to 14 cents per share. Brian Pitz of Jefferies lowered Zynga's price target to $2.50 from $3 and maintained a "Hold" rating.

  • Olive Garden revamps for the modern family Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- Olive Garden is tossing out its famous "When You're Here, You're Family" slogan to cater to a more modern lifestyle. It was a very stereotypical Italian family dinner, "said Jay Spenchian, executive vice president of marketing at Olive Garden.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 5- Asian credit spreads moved in further on Friday boosted by inflows into riskier assets and as sentiment remained upbeat ahead of the crucial US jobs data. The iTraxx Asia ex- Japan investment grade index series 18 tightened by 1-2 bp to 128/ 131 bp after the European Central Bank provided further assurance about its bond buying programme.

  • Markets await key US jobs figures Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:51 AM ET

    In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.3 percent at 5,846 while Germany's DAX rose 0.5 percent to 7,342. The CAC-40 in France was 0.7 percent higher at 3,427.. The price of oil was steady after advancing in the wake of concerns of rising tensions between Turkey and Syria _ the benchmark New York rate was 74 cents lower at $90.95 a barrel.

  • Bond films turn 50 with Adele song and documentary Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:34 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- The James Bond film franchise turns 50 on Friday with the release of a revealing new documentary about its turbulent past and the first listen of the new theme tune performed by Adele.

  • World stocks higher ahead of US jobs report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:52 AM ET

    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.

  • U.S. stock index futures indicate mixed open Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:32 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5-* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 slipping by 0.1 percent, while the Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures contracts rose around 0.1 percent.

  • 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.

  • Australia shares rally on miners and banks Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:17 AM ET

    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.

  • Asia stocks higher ahead of US jobs report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:54 AM ET

    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.

  • index were up by 0.6 percent, while the futures contracts on Germany's DAX and France's CAC were up by 0.5 percent. Financial spreadbetters also expected Britain's FTSE 100. "I think it's going to be reasonably quiet ahead of the payrolls, but Spanish yields are creeping up, which is slightly worrying," said Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital.

  • Oil slips after posting biggest gain in 2 months Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:36 AM ET

    By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was down 70 cents to $91.01 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Thursday, tensions between Syria and Turkey gave oil prices their biggest jump in two months. Oil settled at $91.71 per barrel, up by $3.57, or 4 percent, in New York.

  • Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on Oct 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:19 AM ET

    ZURICH, Oct 5- The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Friday:. *Credit Suisse will lay off another 78 employees in the New York region by year-end, its fourth round of cuts for the area this year, a regulatory filing showed.

  • *Kraft has spun off snacking business from grocery* Danone keeps Vitasnella brand for milk derivatives* Mondelez makes over a third of sales in Europe By Antonella Ciancio and Dominique Vidalon.

  • HollyFrontier: Tulsa East refinery at normal rates Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 5- HollyFrontier Corp said on Friday it had returned its 70,300- barrels-per-day Tulsa East refinery in Oklahoma to normal rates after the company completed repairs on a diesel hydrotreater damaged by an August fire. HollyFrontier had said on Aug. 8 that repairs would take six to eight weeks.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. The U.S. Labor Department said the unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.8 percent in September as 114,000 jobs were added to nonfarm payrolls. "Treasuries sank after the jobs report," said Cary Leahey, economist and senior advisor to Decision Economics in New York. "

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- As the calendar page flips to October, we are fully and unquestionably into autumn.