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  • UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:38 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 30 to 39 points, or as much as 0.7 percent, according to financial bookmakers. *European officials told Reuters late on Monday that Spain was ready to request a bailout for its public finances as early as next weekend, but Germany had signalled that it should hold off.

  • Australia commodity index falls 1.3 pct in Sept -RBA Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:35 AM ET

    SYDNEY, Oct 2- The Reserve Bank of Australia's index of commodity prices fell 1.3 percent in September, from August, when measured in special drawing rights terms. The drop followed a revised 2.8 percent fall in August. The largest contributors to the fall in August were declines in the prices of iron ore, coal and oil.

  • UPDATE 1-African Markets - Factors to watch on Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:34 AM ET

    NAIROBI, Oct 2- The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Tuesday. *UGANDA- Bank of Uganda releases its decision on the benchmark lending rate. *BOTSWANA- Bank of Botswana to auction its 14- day certificate Treasury bill.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 2- Russia's oil output, the world's largest, edged up 0.3 percent in September compared with August to reach a new post-Soviet high of 10.41 million barrels per day on the back of oil price increases, Energy Ministry data showed on Tuesday. In tonnes, Russia's crude production stood at 42.59 million last month, the ministry said.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 2- Skanska AB:. *Sells two properties at Uppsala Entré, Sweden, to SPP Properties. value of SEK 537 million.

  • Torm says reaches restructuring deal with banks Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:32 AM ET

    COPENHAGEN, Oct 2- Debt-stricken Danish shipping company Torm A/S on Tuesday said its banks and partners had thrown it a lifeline consisting of a $100 million new working capital facility and deferred instalments on its $1.8 billion of debt.

  • Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:30 AM ET

    PRAGUE, Oct 2- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Tuesday. EUROBOND: The Czech Republic took advantage of record low yields to raise funds for 2013, surprising markets with a 750 million euro reopening of a 10- year Eurobond.

  • Bahrain's Ithmaar Bank to merge with affiliate Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:28 AM ET

    DUBAI, Oct 2- Ithmaar Bank, Bahrain's sixth-largest bank by market capitalisation, is in advanced talks to merge with an affiliate through a share swap agreement, the Islamic lender said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • Oct 2- Walker Greenbank PLC:. *Wh Ireland starts Walker Greenbank PLC with buy rating; price target. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-Investec raises Barclays price target Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:27 AM ET

    *Investec raises Barclays PLC price target to 250 p From 240 p; rating. For a summary of rating actions and price target changes on European companies:. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • Slovakia - Factors To Watch on Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:27 AM ET

    BRATISLAVA, Oct 2- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Tuesday. Austria's Raiffeisenbank board member Aris Bogdaneris to meet with media on new retail banking model in Slovakia, 0700 GMT.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-HSBC cuts Inmarsat to neutral Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:26 AM ET

    *HSBC cuts Inmarsat to neutral from overweight; raises price target to 650 p from 640 p. For a summary of rating actions and price target changes on European companies:. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-HSBC cuts RusHydro target price Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:26 AM ET

    *HSBC cuts RusHydro target price to 1.07 roubles from 1.78 roubles; rating overweight. For a summary of rating actions and price target changes on European companies:. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares rallied 1 percent to their highest close in five months after Australia's central bank cut its main cash rate in a bid to bolster growth in the face of weak commodity prices and global uncertainty.

  • TABLE-India's Hero MotoCorp Sept sales down 26 pct Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:22 AM ET

    MUMBAI, Oct 2- India's Hero MotoCorp. two-wheeled vehicle sales: Sept 2012 Sept 2011 Pct change TOTAL SALES 404,787 549,625 -26.4. Note: Hero MotoCorp is the world's largest manufacturer of two-wheeled vehicles.

  • BRIEF-Ceramic Fuel signs powder plant project Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:22 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 2- Ceramic Fuel Cells Ltd:.

  • Russian markets - Factors to Watch on Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:22 AM ET

    MOSCOW- The VTB Capital " RUSSIA CALLING!" MOSCOW- Russia's Deputy Agriculture Minister Ilya Shestakov holds a briefing. MOSCOW- Russia's monthly oil output and export and gas output data.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- Restore PLC:.

  • Kawasan Industri Jababeka Tbl Pt leads on analyst revisions among 24 companies in Indonesia's financials sector that includes real estate companies, tracked by at least three analysts, data from Thomson Reuters SmarMine shows. The industrial estate developer has an Analyst Revision score of 99, the highest in the sector.

  • BRIEF-John Laing raises 60 mln stg Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:19 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 2- John Laing Infrastructure Fund Ltd:.