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EADS and BAE Systems have edged closer towards winning political backing for a $45 billion merger amid positive signals from Britain and France, but German misgivings over control remain a major hurdle, sources close to the talks said.
Ibarra also said plans by Telecom Italia to separate its fixed network into a new company should be open to the state, broadband infrastructure company Metroweb and alternative carriers to join.
*Switzerland want good progress by end-2012-SIF* A deal could raise Rome proceeds of 120- 150 bln euros By Elvira Pollina. MILAN, Oct 5- Switzerland says it wants good progress by the end of the year on an agreement to tax assets held by Italians in Swiss bank accounts but talk of a deal being done before Italian elections in the spring is premature.
STOCKS NEWS Reuters Results diary Stocks on the move Real-time Equity News 1716 GMT 05 Oct12- West Africa bourse rises on Sodeci, Saph----------------------------------------------------------. West Africa's regional BRVM bourse closes slightly up in the week to Friday for its third consecutive weekly gain, propelled by water utility Sodeci and natural rubber producer Saph.
*Supportive U.S. data offset by weak China, Europe reports. NEW YORK, Oct 5- Oil prices fell on Friday and headed for a weekly loss as a fragile global economy and uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis countered any support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report.
*Iran currency plummets, sanctions seen as partial cause. *Western envoys: Iran not serious about negotiations.
LONDON, Oct 5- German foods group Zertus agreed to buy UK- based chocolate maker Zetar Plc in a 43 million pound deal that gives the group its first inroad into the British confectionary market. Zertus will pay 297 pence per share for Zetar, which is listed on London's junior AIM market, a price that is around 26 percent above Zetar's Thursday closing price.
LONDON, Oct 5- European equities powered higher on Friday, propelled by a strong U.S. jobs report which reassured investors about the health of the global economy and opened the door for a further short-term rise in miners and industrials. Equities can still rally in the short term,... maybe a couple of percent more, "said Peter Garnry, equity strategist at Saxo Bank.
LONDON, Oct 5- Private equity group Permira. Credit Suisse is advising on the deal and Permira is looking at options to take a dividend by raising around 250 million euros of senior secured notes via the high-yield bond market, as well as using some cash from the balance sheet, banking sources said.
*A deal could raise Rome proceeds of 120- 150 bln euros. MILAN, Oct 5- Switzerland says it wants good progress by the end of the year on an agreement to tax assets held by Italians in Swiss bank accounts but talk of a deal being done before Italian elections in the spring is premature.
LONDON, Oct 5- Titan Europe PLC:. *Titan International had got valid acceptances of offer in respect of. *It represents 65.56 percent of existing issued share capital of Titan Europe.
*BAE Systems wanes on EADS merger concerns. LONDON, Oct 5- UK equities rallied on Friday as better than expected employment figures in the United States, the world's biggest economy, spurred buying of commodity stocks and banks. "To see the rate of unemployment fall so much was a big surprise," said Oliver Wallin, investment director at Octopus Investment.
TOKYO, Oct 5- Asian shares rose and the euro clung on to most of its overnight gains on Friday as investors awaited a key U.S. jobs report, sustaining a positive mood after the European Central Bank said it stands ready to buy bonds of troubled euro zone countries.
SINGAPORE, Oct 5- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has reached out to investment banks for advice on an initial public offering, the Wall Street Journal reported. Huawei is leaning towards a listing in the United States, but is also considering Hong Kong or London, the newspaper reported.
LONDON, Oct 5- Russia is considering allowing Western companies to own oil licences in its Arctic waters, Energy Minister Alexander Novak was quoted as saying in Friday's Financial Times. Earlier this month, state-owned oil giant Gazprom OAO. The Arctic is seen as a key source of oil in the next decade for Russia, the world's largest producer.
HONG KONG, Oct 5- Hong Kong shares are expected to rise for a fifth straight session and poised to end a holiday-shortened week with mild gains, although caution ahead of U.S. payrolls data is likely to keep trading activity light.
Financial Times Headlines JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS- MORGAN STANLEY CHIEF WARNS ON WALL ST PAY- GOOGLE EBOOK WIN LITTLE THREAT TO AMAZON- RUSSIA MOOTS ARCTIC OIL LICENCES FOR WEST- BAE TIE-UP BAD FOR UK, WARNS DARLING- BARCLAYS ALTERS INVESTMENT BANKING SHAPE- REDROW'S CHAIRMAN RAISES BID FOR GROUP- ECB KEEPS INTEREST RATES UNCHANGED- FACEBOOK EXPANDS TO 1 BLN USERS- Overview JOHNSON SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER AIRPORTS.
By Tom Bill and Chris Vellacott. LONDON, Oct 5- The love affair between the global super-rich and London property is souring as UK politicians tap into a mood of public resentment of the wealthy, with tax increases and rhetoric playing up their own humble origins.
The company appointed Anne Donahue to New York market leader for the private client reserve of US Bank. The bank also appointed Lynn Maaske as vice president and wealth management adviser for the private client reserve in St. Paul. The firm added Al Weaver and John Worcester to its advisor force in Massachusetts.
*ISS recommends shareholders vote to re-elect all News Corp directors. Oct 4- News Corp's controlling Murdoch family received a major endorsement, and won a symbolic victory, with proxy advisory group Institutional Shareholder Services' recommendation that shareholders vote to re-elect the company's board of directors at its annual shareholder meeting.