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  • Italy - Factors to watch on Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Moody's has Spain on review for a possible downgrade. Italy's government expects to raise at least 1 billion euros from the financial transaction Rome aims to introduce starting from the beginning of next year, daily Il Corriere della Sera said on Thursday.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 11- The directors of troubled Bumi Plc, one of the world's largest thermal coal exporters, gathered for a board meeting on Thursday amid an uncertain future for the company created by British-born financier Nat Rothschild and Indonesia's Bakrie family.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Another round of quantitative easing may not be "compatible" with the Bank of England's inflation target, and does not provide a definite answer to boost Britain's economy, Martin Weale, a top BoE policymaker, said in comments published on Thursday.

  • BoE Weale casts doubts on QE, warns on triple dip - paper Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 9:28 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Another round of quantitative easing may not be "compatible" with the Bank of England's inflation target, and does not provide a definite answer to boost Britain's economy, Martin Weale, a top BoE policymaker, said in comments published on Thursday.

  • PRESS DIGEST - British business - Oct 11 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:40 PM ET

    The boss of JPMorgan Chase has admitted his regret for the bank's rescue of its ailing rival Bear Stearns through a contentious deal brokered by Washington at the height of the global financial crisis. The Telegraph FUND MANAGERS' MUST SPEAK OUT'.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Financial Times - Oct 11 Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:37 PM ET

    Financial Times Headlines POLITICAL BACKLASH OVER BA DEAL COLLAPSE- GOLDMAN'S' MUPPET HUNT' DRAWS A BLANK- PUBLIC TO TAKE 51 PCT IN DIRECT LINE IPO- IMF SOUNDS ALARM OVER JAPANESE BANKS- BRANDS FEAR PITFALLS OF AMAZON CATWALK- DOWNING ST CAUGHT IN BAE/EADS CROSSFIRE- CAMERON VOWS TO UNLOCK BRITAIN'S POTENTIAL- APPLE RETREAT SPURS SWITCH OUT OF TECHS- Overview POLITICAL BACKLASH OVER BA DEAL COLLAPSE.

  • Troubled coal miner Bumi holds crucial board meeting Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 7:11 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 11- The directors of troubled Bumi Plc, one of the world's largest thermal coal exporters, hold a board meeting on Thursday as the future of the company created by British financier Nat Rothschild and Indonesia's Bakrie family hangs in the balance. The Bakries and Tan each hold half of a 47.6 percent stake in Bumi Plc, while Rothschild owns 12 percent.

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Oct 11- Europe's two biggest aerospace firms will go back to the drawing board to find new strategies after Germany stymied the world's biggest arms and aviation company merger.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms RBS Securities IDRs at 'A-/F1' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:38 PM ET

    Oct 10- Fitch Ratings has affirmed RBS Securities Inc.' s' A-' Long-term Issuer Default Rating and' F1' short-term IDR. RBSSI is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc. Today's rating action on RBSSI was taken in conjunction with Fitch's global trading and universal bank periodic review, which included the RBS Group.

  • Direct Line IPO to be priced around middle of range Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:29 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 10- Royal Bank of Scotland will fix a price on Thursday for the stock market listing of insurer Direct Line at around the middle of the range originally set, market sources and a source close to the transaction told Reuters.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms Royal Bank Of Scotland at 'A' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:15 PM ET

    Oct 10- Fitch Ratings has affirmed The Royal Bank of Scotland Group's and The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc's Long-term Issuer Default Ratings at' A', Short-term IDRs at' F1', Support Ratings at' 1' and Support Rating Floors at' A'. The banks' Viability Ratings have also been affirmed at' bbb'.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms Credit Suisse at 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:11 PM ET

    At the same time, Fitch affirmed the ratings of Credit Suisse's subsidiaries and holding company and of its issues. The rating actions on Credit Suisse have been taken in conjunction with Fitch's Global Trading and Universal Bank periodic review.

  • Oil ends lower, near $91 a barrel Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 5:01 PM ET

    On the New York Mercantile Exchange:. Benchmark crude fell $1.14 to finish at $91.25 per barrel. Heating oil rose 1 cent to finish at $3.21 a gallon.

  • YANGON, Oct 11- Holy water is sprinkled over a new Honda sub-compact festooned with flowers and red ribbons. The Honda's owner, Nyein Chang Aung, hopes the blessing will protect him from accidents in a country with some of the world's most treacherous roads. As Myanmar opens up, its antiquated transportation system is undergoing dramatic change.

  • "Major Tom" brought to earth as Merkel says 'Nein' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:58 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 10- Tom Enders was flying high six weeks ago; newly elevated to the top job at Europe's EADS, his secret merger deal to create the world's biggest aerospace group and rid himself of burdensome government meddling was preparing for launch.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms Barclays Bank at 'A' Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:40 PM ET

    Oct 10- Fitch Ratings has today affirmed Barclays Bank plc's Long-term Issuer Default Rating at' A' with a Stable Outlook and Short-term IDR at' F1'. The agency has also affirmed the ratings of Barclays Bank's parent, Barclays plc.

  • TEXT-S&P assigns NBTY Inc notes preliminary 'B-' rating Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:36 PM ET

    --U.S.-based NBTY Inc. proposed today a $500 million notes issuance in order to fund an approximately $700 million investor dividend; the remainder is to be funded with cash from the balance sheet. --We are affirming the' B+' corporate credit rating on NBTY Inc..

  • Investors cut back on hedge funds despite rally-data Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 10- Hedge fund clients pulled out more money than they put in over the past month in spite of a strong performance, in a possible sign of nerves that the parlous state of major economies could hit their returns.

  • UPDATE 8-EADS, BAE call off world's biggest arms merger Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:50 PM ET

    *Sources said Germany opposed the $45 billion aerospace merger. PARIS/ BERLIN/ LONDON, Oct 10- EADS and BAE Systems called off the world's largest defence and aviation merger on Wednesday, and pinned the blame on Germany for wrecking the $45 billion deal.

  • News Summary: $45 billion aerospace deal grounded Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | 3:49 PM ET

    In the end, it was the reluctance of governments in Germany, Britain and France that led to the demise of the $45 billion deal that would have combined Britain's BAE Systems, with EADS NV, of Germany and France. Questions were also raised about what the deal would do to the delicate balance that Germany and France have achieved in EADS after years of bickering.