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  • Oct 12- Fitch Ratings has downgraded The Co-operative Bank plc's (Coop,' BBB+'/ Rating Watch Negative/' F2') GBP600m mortgage covered bonds to' AA+'/ RWN from' AAA'/RWN.

  • Oct 12- Fitch Ratings has downgraded Yorkshire Building Society's GBP1.8bn mortgage covered bonds to' AA+', Stable Outlook from' AAA'/Rating Watch Negative.

  • UPDATE 3-UK energy bills to rise as winter looms Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:02 AM ET

    *British Gas prices to rise 6 pct from Nov. 16. LONDON, Oct 12- Two of Britain's biggest energy suppliers are raising their prices just as millions of cash-strapped consumers switch on their central heating for the winter, saying higher costs made the move unavoidable.

  • By Luke Baker and John O'Donnell. It was prepared by Herman Van Rompuy, who as president of the European Council will chair a European Union summit next week.

  • UK regulator to have last word in retail bank reform Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:52 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Britain's main financial regulator will decide what activities the country's retail banks are able to carry out under a new reform aimed at shielding taxpayers from having to bail out the industry again.

  • --We are placing our' BBB' long-term and' A-2' short-term ratings on Telefonica and three of its subsidiaries, and our issue ratings on Telefonica and six of its subsidiaries on CreditWatch negative.

  • Short-end trap adds to peripheral bank funding woes Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:39 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Peripheral banks unwilling or unable to lengthen their maturity profiles are building up a redemption hump which they will have to face just as billions of euros of cheap ECB money is coming up for repayment.

  • Europe Power-Spot up, curve near 2012 lows Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    In France, workers at E.ON coal-fired plants were striking again on Friday, having started selected actions on Monday in a dispute over site closures and job losses. Monday baseload in France was up by 12.25 euros at 58.50 euros a megawatt hour.

  • Global LNG-Asian prices steady as supply tightens Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:26 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Asian spot prices of liquefied natural gas steadied this week amid early signs that potential supply disruption from Nigeria and Indonesia may offset weak Japanese demand.

  • JP Morgan, US data shore up markets Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:24 AM ET

    LONDON-- Upbeat earnings from JP Morgan Chase& Co. and a strong U.S. consumer confidence survey helped shore up markets Friday, though investors remained cautious after buying up stocks aggressively the previous day.

  • RLPC: CLO spreads remain stubbornly high Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 12- Demand for collateralized loan obligations remains robust as September saw managers price $6.7 billion of new vehicles, making it the busiest month for issuance in what is already the busiest year since 2007. Despite a thriving leveraged finance market and a similarly strong CLO market, spreads on recently raised AAA rated CLO tranches hover stubbornly above those printed last spring.

  • TEXT-S&P Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:18 AM ET

    --U.S. river cruise operator Viking Cruises Ltd. plans to issue $250 million in senior notes. On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services assigned Woodland Hills, Calif.- based river cruise operator Viking Cruises Ltd. its' B+' corporate credit rating.

  • Oct 12- Investment Property Databank:. *UK commercial property values fall 0.4 percent in September, versus -0.3. *UK commercial property total return 0.2 percent in September, unchanged from.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil falls to $115 on weaker demand forecast Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:11 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell towards $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • EU detractors slam Nobel Peace Prize decision Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:58 AM ET

    Set up with noble goals after the devastation of World War II, the EU to critics now appears impotent amid a debt crisis that has widened north-south divisions, threatened the euro currency and plunged several members, from Greece to Ireland to Spain, into economic turmoil.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russian private healthcare company MD Medical Group's London share listing made a smooth start on Friday, with the global depositary receipts trading at a 2 percent premium to their issue price of $12.

  • Outbreak of dengue fever hits island of Madeira Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control which monitors disease in the European Union, said the outbreak was "significant but not entirely unexpected" given that the most efficient carriers of the disease, mosquitoes known as Aedes aegypti, have an established presence in Madeira.

  • OSLO, Oct 12- Output from Statoil's Troll natural gas field offshore Norway has been reduced due to safety issues, gas system operator Gassco said on Friday, raising concern about supply safety after a string of outages.

  • UK's npower to raise gas, power prices from Nov. Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 9:17 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- The UK arm of German utility RWE. on Friday became Britain's third energy supplier to raise power and gas prices from this winter, citing the cost of government schemes, transmission and higher wholesale prices. RWE npower customers will see electricity prices increase 9.1 percent and gas prices by 8.8 percent from Nov. 26.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Environmental Recycling Technologies PLC:. *Reached agreement on terms of a debt restructuring and debt-for-equity. *Agreed to issue 225,241,928 new ordinary shares of 2.5 P each to third party.