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  • French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:26 AM ET

    EDF Chief Executive Henri Proglio is expected to step down from French utility Veolia's board, French daily Les Echos reported. Europe's car market will not really recover without EU-led coordination of capacity cuts, Fiat and Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said, in an apparent back-track on comments he made at the Paris auto show last month.

  • Bucking the trend, LME looks at expanding floor trading Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:00 AM ET

    By Josephine Mason and Susan Thomas. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 11- The London Metal Exchange may add morning rounds of open-outcry trading for its unique futures contracts, senior trade sources say, as the new Hong Kong- based owners plot their first major move to hold off intense competition from their Shanghai rival.

  • BBVA makes U-turn on bond call policy Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- BBVA shifted its stance of calling subordinated bonds at the earliest opportunity, as Spain's second largest bank struggles to fund at sustainable levels in the wholesale markets. On Wednesday, Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International gave investors in a Tier 2 bond a similar warning.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting reinforces worry over Middle East supply. NEW YORK, Oct 11- Oil prices rose on Thursday as tensions between Syria and Turkey escalate and maintenance curbs on North Sea output continue.

  • PARIS, Oct 11- European stocks rallied on Thursday after a drop in U.S. jobless claims while Spain's credit downgrade raised expectations that Madrid would soon request a bailout.

  • Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on Oct. 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:53 AM ET

    The head of an internal UBS probe into "rogue trader" Kweku Adoboli, accused of losing the Swiss bank $2.3 billion, did not consider whether others at the bank might have been involved, a London court heard. said Pascal Boillat would take over as the new head of GF AgieCharmilles when Jean-Pierre Wilmes retires on Jan. 1, 2013.

  • Europe Power-Ample wind, French nuclear drag spot down Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:45 AM ET

    *More wind electricity output in Germany, France. *Unions stopped E.ON' s French thermal power plants. ,while Germany's equivalent spot contract also fell 6.85 euros to 45.15 euros per MWh.

  • Paragon targets complete RMBS capital structure sale Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:37 AM ET

    By Owen Sanderson and Anil Mayre. LONDON, Oct 11- UK buy-to-let specialist Paragon will try to sell down the entire capital structure in its new Paragon securitisation, placing not just the super-safe Triple A rated bonds, which many issuers have done since the crisis, but also two riskier tranches subordinated to that.

  • Arms maker BAE fights for growth after merger shot down Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:33 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Its $45 billion merger plan shot down, BAE Systems must now hunt growth elsewhere if the British arms maker is to find the cash needed to sustain big dividends and avert the possibility of a break-up. CEO Ian King is under pressure to spur the search for new business with a lucrative deal in Saudi Arabia now seen as crucial to bolster the balance sheet.

  • North Sea Crude-BP buys 4th Forties this week Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:33 AM ET

    *North Sea output to fall by 1 percent in November. BP purchased its fourth cargo this week on Thursday and rival traders expect the oil to be loaded onto a Very Large Crude Carrier bound for South Korea, removing a chunk of supply from northwest Europe.

  • First private abortion clinic to open in Northern Ireland Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:31 AM ET

    DUBLIN, Oct 11- The first private clinic offering abortions will open in Northern Ireland next week, the Marie Stopes charity said on Thursday, making access to abortion much easier for women in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

  • McGraw-Hill unit Platts buys Swiss firm Kingsman Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. said Thursday that its Platts division is buying Swiss analytics firm Kingsman SA for an undisclosed price. Founded in 1990 and based in Lausanne, Switzerland, Kingsman employs analysts, researchers and report writers in several markets, including London, Montreal, New Delhi and Sao Paulo.

  • UK stocks rise as U.S data sparks recovery hopes Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:19 AM ET

    *FTSE jumps 0.9 pct, snaps three-session losing streak. "FTSE back at the important 5,800 level after bouncing off support. If we can hold this level then we might just be about to hear people discussing a year-end rally, "said Lex van Dam, a partner at hedge fund Hampstead Capital, which manages around $500 million of assets.

  • Med Crude-Urals extends rally to over 10 days Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Russian Urals crude extended its rally to over 10 days on Thursday as the market struggled with poor cargo availability amid healthy refining margins. In the Platts window, BP bid for a 22-26 cargo in the Baltic at dated Brent minus $1.25 a barrel, some 5 cents stronger than earlier in the week.

  • *Southerners: unity a failure, we can handle al Qaeda ourselves. Secessionists in the south, Houthi Islamist tribal rebels in the north and al Qaeda militants all benefited from the popular upheaval in the Arabian Peninsula country that ousted veteran strongman president Ali Abdullah Saleh in February.

  • 49ers to play Jaguars in London in 2013 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:07 AM ET

    LONDON-- The San Francisco 49 ers will return to Wembley Stadium to play an NFL regular-season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013.. The Jaguars, who have a deal to play one home game in London for four consecutive seasons beginning in 2013, will face the 49 ers on Oct. 27, 2013.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms London Power Networks plc Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:05 AM ET

    Oct 11- Fitch Ratings has affirmed London Power Networks plc's Long-term Issuer Default Rating at' BBB+ and South Eastern Power Networks plc and Eastern Power Networks plc's Long-term IDRs at' BBB'. A complete list of rating actions is at the end of this release.

  • 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.