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  • US investors swamp BBVA as periphery regains favour Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- In a startling change of fortune, Spain's BBVA was swamped with USD7.5bn of demand for a USD2bn three-year Yankee bond yesterday, the first time US investors have shown interest in buying Spanish financial risk in more than 17 months.

  • 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.

  • UPDATE 1-Telefonica revives peripheral bond push Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:11 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Spain's Telefonica SA, rated Baa2/BBB/BBB+, has opened books on its second bond deal in a month looking to emulate the success of its EUR750m bond that priced in September as a wave of corporate issuers ended a gridlock for peripheral issuers.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- G4S PLC:. *G4S Plc UK dk: acquisition. *Deal for 2.975 million stg.

  • Telefonica plans new long seven-year Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Telefonica SA, rated Baa2/BBB/BBB+, has mandated BayerLB, BNP Paribas, Citi, Commerzbank, MUSI and SG CIB for a new January 2020 euro benchmark issue.

  • JOHANNESBURG, Oct 5- Aleaxander Forbes said on Friday that it is selling a portion of Alexander Forbes Consultants& Actuaries, its UK business, to the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group for 17 million bounds.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.4 pct, MSCI global index up 0.2 pct. Markets were also reassured by ECB President Mario Draghi's statement on Thursday that it has a "fully effective backstop mechanism in place" to buy the bonds of euro zone states, and by industrial production data from Spain that was not as bad as some analysts had feared.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group PLC:.

  • NORWAY GAS-Flows to Europe rise as Kollsnes returns Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:31 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 5- Norwegian gas exports to Europe rose on Friday morning as key gas processing plant restarted after a power supply glitch shut it on Thursday. Exports to Europe including Britain rose by 47.8 million cubic metres to 287.4 mcm per day by 0715 GMT compared to 239.6 mcm daily average on Thursday.

  • Miners push FTSE higher, focus on U.S. jobs data Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 3:13 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Britain's top share index edged higher in early trading on Friday, helped by stronger mining equities, although the index remained stuck in a range and investors waited for fresh catalysts emerging from events such as U.S. non-farm jobs data.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- European shares opened higher on Friday, keeping within their recent range, as investors positioned for a sentiment boost from key U.S. jobs data later in the day.

  • CANBERRA, Oct 5- Australia did not infringe tobacco companies' intellectual property rights by forcing them to sell cigarettes in plain packets, Australia's highest court said on Friday, killing off any domestic challenge to the plain-packet ruling. Tobacco giants British American Tobacco, Britain's Imperial Tobacco, Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco.

  • London needs four-runway airport - study Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:48 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Britain needs to build a four-runway airport in west London or north of the capital if it wants to compete with other European hubs, according to a report by UK think tank Policy Exchange.

  • PRESS DIGEST-Funds Industry News - Oct 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:42 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Wall Street Journal. *Apollo Global Management is proposing a merger of its Core Media Group and Endemol, the TV production house behind "Big Brother". *Private equity firms are set to take billions of pounds out of UK companies in a refinancing glut that has raised fears of a new credit bubble.

  • *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 17 to 29 points, or as much as 0.3 percent, higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. *The UK blue chip index closed flat at 5,827.78 points on Thursday, shrugging off an expected decision by the Bank of England to leave monetary policy unchanged, but failing to hold on to a one-week intra-day high of 5,854.16 points.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Grainger PLC:. *Sells first phase of major Hampshire housing development to Bloor homes. *End gross development value for Bloor homes is anticipated to be in.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Shaft Sinkers Holdings PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- KCOM Group PLC:. *During the first half year the group has performed in line with expectations. *First half net debt has increased.

  • BRIEF-Smiths Group in $400 mln bond offering Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:04 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Smiths Group PLC:. *Notes, priced with a coupon of 3.625%, maturity in October 2022 and offer. *Notes, priced with coupon of 3.625%, have maturity in October 2022, offer.

  • BRIEF-Earthport says CFO stepping down Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:02 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Earthport PLC:.