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

  • 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. "

  • *Supportive U.S. data offset by weak China, Europe reports. NEW YORK, Oct 5- Oil prices fell on Friday and headed for a weekly loss as a fragile global economy and uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis countered any support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report.

  • Oct 5- RBC Wealth Management, a division of the Royal Bank of Canada, said on Friday it hired a veteran adviser and manager from UBS Wealth Management Americas, the brokerage owned by the Swiss Bank UBS AG. Rabbe joined RBC as a branch director based in Burlington, Massachusetts, also overseeing the firm's satellite office in Andover.

  • *Zynga shares slide after warning, Facebook slips. *Sprint could counterbid on PCS- sources. Labor Department data showed the jobless rate dropped by 0.3 percentage point in September to 7.8 percent, its lowest since January 2009.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 5- An American man opened fire in an Israeli seaside hotel packed with tourists on Friday after losing his job there, killing one person before being shot dead in a stand-off with security forces.

  • Jobs report gives Obama much-needed boost Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:29 AM ET

    FAIRFAX, Va.-- President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. " Republican rival Mitt Romney retorted the president still hasn't done enough to help millions of people who are out of work.