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  • Finnvera to debut EMTN programme before year-end Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Finland's export credit agency Finnvera is set to become the country's latest sub-sovereign issuer when it executes its first transaction under a new euro medium-term note programme later this year.

  • UPDATE 1-New Marex Spectron CEO aims to double revenue Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    *Pushes forward with growth drive in U.S. and Asia. LONDON, Oct 3- Brokerage Marex Spectron aims to at least double revenue under a newly appointed chief executive as it pushes forward with a growth drive in the United States and Asia and focuses on its strongest suit, commodities.

  • Luxfer Holdings rises in market debut Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    Oct 3- American Depository Shares of Luxfer Holdings Plc, a British maker of high-performance materials and gas cylinders, rose 17 percent in their market debut, a day after the company priced its initial public offering below its expected price range.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 3- Russian precious metals miner Polymetal is likely to discuss in December whether to pay a special dividend, Chief Executive Vitaly Nesis said on Wednesday. The company, which joined London's FTSE 100 index last year, has a policy of paying a dividend of 20 percent of net earnings if the ratio for net debt to adjusted EBITDA is below 1.75.

  • Albarn, Gilliam back plan to make opera accessible Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    LONDON-- A Python and the founder of Gorillaz are trying to help opera shed its stuffy image. Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and Blur and Gorillaz singer Damon Albarn are supporting a plan by the English National Opera to entice new and younger audience members with the promise of casual clothes, cheap tickets and cocktails.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- France's Areva has dropped out of the race to buy British nuclear new-build project Horizon, the company said on Wednesday, three months after announcing it was bidding for it with China Guangdong Nuclear Power Holding.

  • UPDATE 3-Seadrill looks to move from Norway, CEO quits Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    *Seadrill may move to London, Singapore.

  • LONDON, Oct 3- Music Festivals PLC:. *Further re appointment of administrator. *Principal units benicassim and Kent festival, which are not subject of.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms equity release funding Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:51 AM ET

    Oct 3- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Equity Release Funding No. 4 Plc and Equity Release Funding No. 5 Plc, two UK Prime RMBS transactions which comprise reverse mortgages originated by Aviva Plc. A full list of rating actions is at the end of this comment.

  • *FirstGroup shares fall 19 pct; company says followed guidelines. LONDON, Oct 3- Britain has torn up a deal awarding one of its biggest rail franchises to a private operator, in a humiliating U-turn that raises doubts about the government's handling of the privatised railways.

  • Canada's Simba Energy to drill for oil in Kenya in 2013 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:49 AM ET

    NAIROBI, Oct 3- Pan-African oil& gas explorer Simba Energy is to drill its first well in northeast Kenya in 2013, a company executive said on Wednesday, the latest effort by an energy firm to find oil in the east African nation.

  • UPDATE 2-Direct Line's IPO order book covered -sources Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:46 AM ET

    *Buyers' offers within 160- 195 pence price range- sources. LONDON, Oct 3- Royal Bank of Scotland has found buyers for the full 33 percent stake of insurer Direct Line it is selling to stock market investors, just three days into a nine-day marketing drive, sources close to the transaction said.

  • RLPC-Nestle signs increased 5 bln euro loan Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- Nestle has signed a 5 billion euro, 364- day syndicated loan, which will replace a 4.5 billion euro facility agreed in October last year, active bookrunner Citigroup said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • UPDATE 1-BG offloads Gujarat Gas stake for $470 mln Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    LONDON/ MUMBAI Oct 3- BG Group said it agreed to sell its majority stake in western India- based Gujarat Gas for $470 million to a unit owned by India's state-run Gujarat State Petroleum Corp, as part of the British oil firm's disposal programme.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil falls as economic data dims demand outlook Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:21 AM ET

    *China, Europe services PMI disappoint. LONDON, Oct 3- Crude oil prices fell sharply on Wednesday as weak economic data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook for demand, adding to concerns arising from Europe's festering debt crisis. Brent November crude futures had fallen $2.11 to $109.46 a barrel by 1257 GMT.

  • MOVES-UBS, Scotiabank, Aviva Investors, Marex Spectron Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:19 AM ET

    The bank promoted Min-Lan Tan, who was most recently head of Singapore equities and research, to global head of macro strategy research. The asset manager named David Brunner as a regional sales manager within the UK third-party distribution team. The asset management business of Aviva Plc named Patrick Brien as chief executive of its Asia Pacific region.

  • Latvia to check for bank links with Magnitsky case Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:18 AM ET

    RIGA, Oct 3- Latvia is to investigate whether the country's banks played any part in an alleged multi-million dollar Russian tax fraud made public by Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who died in detention in Russia in 2009..

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms SSE at 'A-', outlook stable Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    Oct 03- Fitch Ratings has affirmed SSE plc's Long-term Issuer Default Rating at' A-', senior unsecured notes at' A-', subordinated notes at' BBB' and Short-term IDR at' F2'.

  • BRIEF-BG offloads stake in Gujarat Gas for $470 mln Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 3- BG Group:. *Agreement reached for $470 M sale of ggcl stake. *Agreement reached for $470 M sale of ggcl stake.

  • Harmony falls 1.5 percent as the gold producer says workers at its Kusasalethu mine near Johannesburg have downed tools in the latest illegal strike to hit South Africa's mining sector. Brasher, who will start in February 2013, will take over the retailer as it fights to defend market share from domestic rivals, including the local unit of U.S. retailer Wal-Mart.