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FRANKFURT, Oct 5- General Motors reaffirmed its commitment to its ailing European arm Opel, rejecting on Friday speculation it might be interested in disposing of the loss-making brand to rival Fiat. GM fully stands behind Opel, "GM Vice Chairman Stephen Girsky said in a brief statement sent by email.
LONDON, Oct 5- Royal Bank of Scotland has suspended a trader for attempting to manipulate a reference lending rate in Singapore, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters, showing the global spread of the scandal over setting rates such as Libor.
LONDON, Oct 5- Britain risks eroding support for nuclear power if it buries long-term waste near an existing processing facility without considering wider, potentially safer options. West Cumbria authorities in Britain this week delayed a formal decision to participate in preliminary investigations.
LONDON, Oct 5- Spain's Telefonica and Italy's Mediobanca, encouraged by a sell-out deal from Spanish bank BBVA in the dollar market overnight, took advantage of more stable market conditions to bring new euro bonds on Friday.
*France, Britain said to support deal, Germany seeks stake. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 5- EADS and BAE Systems have edged closer towards winning political backing for a $45 billion merger to create the world's biggest arms group amid positive signals from Britain and France, but German misgivings over control is a big obstacle, sources close to the talks said.
Oct 05- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Hong Kong- based Hang Seng Bank Limited's Long-Term Issuer Default Rating at' A+' and its Short-term IDR at' F1'. Its stable margins benefit from the bank's treasury activities and its expansion to mainland China. In addition, they are underpinned by support from the bank's ultimate 62% owner, HSBC Holdings plc.
--On Sept. 21, 2012, France- based Groupama S.A. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Ageas Ltd. regarding the sale of Groupama Insurance Co. Ltd. for a consideration of GBP116 million.
LONDON, Oct 5- Design and engineering firm WS Atkins could be next in the firing line for its part in a flawed $9 billion dollar rail deal torn up by Britain's government this week, sending its shares down 4 percent.
*FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.7 pct, MSCI global index up 0.3 pct. *U.S. stocks seen slightly higher, US payrolls data due 1230 GMT.
LONDON, Oct 5- Graphite Enterprise Trust PLC:. *Sold its investment in NES Group. *Sold NES to funds advised by AEA Investors LP for an enterprise value of Â £234.
LONDON, Oct 5- Pursuit Dynamics PLC:. *Continuing to explore financing options. *Expects to be able to provide an update on its discussions by the end of.
*Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil slid below $112 per barrel on Friday as investors awaited data that is expected to show U.S. unemployment is on the rise, reinforcing concern that a fragile global economic recovery is still under threat. Brent futures fell more than $1 a barrel and by 0947 GMT were trading at $111.93- down 65 cents.
LONDON, Oct 5- South Africa's rand plunged 2 percent on Friday to just shy of a three-year low against the dollar as labour unrest swept the country, while Turkish assets stabilised after the previous day's sell-off caused by political concerns.
Oct 05- London& Regional Debt Securitisation No. 2 plc. *Moody's downgraded the following Notes issued by London& Regional Debt Securitisation No. 2 plc:. previously on Dec 21, 2011 Downgraded to Aa2.
In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.3 percent at 5,846 while Germany's DAX rose 0.5 percent to 7,342. The CAC-40 in France was 0.7 percent higher at 3,427.. The price of oil was steady after advancing in the wake of concerns of rising tensions between Turkey and Syria _ the benchmark New York rate was 74 cents lower at $90.95 a barrel.
LONDON, Oct 5- Spain's Telefonica SA, rated Baa2/BBB/BBB+, will price a new EUR1.2bn January 2020 bond at 330 bp over mid-swaps after the deal attracted around EUR8bn of investor demand.
LONDON, Oct 5- The James Bond film franchise turns 50 on Friday with the release of a revealing new documentary about its turbulent past and the first listen of the new theme tune performed by Adele.
LONDON, Oct 5- Britian faces a potential shortfall in electricity generation in the next three to four years, its power regulator said in a report on Friday. Spare generation capacity in the system, called the margin, could fall to 4 percent by 2015/ 2016 from 14 percent today Ofgem said.
*FTSE 100 index rises 0.2 percent. LONDON, Oct 5- UK shares edged higher on Friday, boosted by firm commodity markets but trading in a tight range ahead of what many investors expect to be strong U.S. jobs data.
*OFGEM-analysis based on joint modelling with national grid shows tightening. margins for electricity generation over next 4 years. *OFGEM-margins are projected to fall from 14 per cent in 2012/ 13 to 4 per cent.