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  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. RUSSELL PRICE, SENIOR ECONOMIST, AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL, DETROIT. ECONOMIST, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. STORY: TABLE GRAPHIC: COMMENTS: JOHN KILDUFF, PARTNER, AGAIN CAPITAL LLC, NEW YORK. RON FLORANCE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR WELLS FARGO PRIVATE BANK BASED IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. RON FLORANCE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR WELLS FARGO PRIVATE BANK BASED IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA. "It's a little confusing, to be honest with you.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. OMER ESINER, CHIEF MARKET ANALYST, COMMONWEALTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE. "The headline of the day is clearly the drop in the unemployment rate, which was a big surprise.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. LANE NEWMAN, DIRECTOR OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRADING, ING CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS, LISLE, ILLINOIS.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS, LISLE, ILLINOIS.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. It is good for risk but not good for the dollar and it will favor other North American currencies, such as Canada and Mexico. SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK:.

  • Technip leads European share rebound in thin trade Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:08 AM ET

    *Technip rises 2.5 pct after Mexico contract win. LONDON, Oct 5- European shares rose in thin trade on Friday as investors bought into recent dips, with F rench oil services firm Technip.

  • Oct 05- Fitch Ratings has affirmed UK- incorporated Ukrainian iron ore pellets producer Ferrexpo Plc's Long-term foreign currency Issue Default Rating at' B', and its Short-term foreign currency IDR at' B'.

  • MADRID, Oct 5- Spain's most influential newspaper El Pais will fire workers and cut salaries next week, parent media group Prisa said on Friday, as plunging advertising revenues leave media outlets floundering.

  • EU mergers and takeovers (Oct 5) Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:53 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 5- The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:. --Private equity firms Carlyle and BC Partners to acquire U.S. industrial pumps maker Hamilton Sundstrand Industrial which is owned by United Technologies Corp.

  • PRESS DIGEST-Canada-Oct 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 6:11 AM ET

    *XL Foods, the Alberta beef packer at the center of a massive recall, is taking full responsibility for the tainted product as questions mount over why Canadian officials let the company's plant operate for two weeks after the U.S. deemed the meat unfit to cross the border.

  • TEXT-S&P summary: Clariant AG Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:47 AM ET

    Oct 05-=============================================================================== Summary analysis-- Clariant AG----------------------------------- 05- Oct-2012=============================================================================== CREDIT RATING: BBB-/Negative/A-3 Country: Switzerland Primary SIC: Chemicals& allied products, nec Mult.

  • TEXT-S&P summary: Codere S.A. Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:40 AM ET

    Oct 05-=============================================================================== Summary analysis-- Codere S.A.----------------------------------- 05- Oct-2012=============================================================================== CREDIT RATING: B-/Negative/-- Country: Spain Primary SIC: Amusement and recreation, nec=============================================================================== Credit Rating History: Local currency Foreign currency 06- Jul-2012 B-/-- B-/-- 02- Jul-2009 B/-- B/-- 27- Oct-2008 B+/-- B+/--=============================================================================== Rationale.

  • 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.

  • UK- listed miner Rio Tinto was among top gainers, along with French oil services group Technip, which was also boosted by a contract win in Mexico. "A good NFP reading could help German, French or UK stocks but Italy and Spain are more focused on the European problems so if there are problems in Spain they're going to be left behind," a trader said.

  • *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply fears. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Brent futures slipped towards $112 per barrel on Friday, but were on course to end a choppy week nearly flat as rising tensions in the Middle East battle with perennial worries about the global economy and oil demand.

  • *Mills likely to replenish when China returns next week. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Bids for iron ore forward swaps remained firm on Friday, reflecting investor expectations spot iron prices will bounce back as Chinese steel mills replenish inventories when they return next week.

  • French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:13 AM ET

    EADS and BAE Systems have edged closer towards winning political backing for a $45 billion merger amid positive signals from Britain and France, but German misgivings over control remain a major hurdle, sources close to the talks said.

  • Italy - Factors to watch on October 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:00 AM ET

    Italy faces the risk of a credit crunch when its banks have to repay the cheap three-year loans they took from the European Central Bank, the chairman of the country's third-biggest lender Monte dei Paschi said on Thursday.