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  • INDICATORS - Slovakia - Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:13 AM ET

    NEW LISTINGS OR, AMENDMENTS ARE MARKED* KEY INTEREST RATES ECB'S TWO-WEEK REPO rate 0.75 last changed JULY 5, 2012 former rate 1.00 SLOVAK REAL GDP Q2/12 FLASH ESTIMATE +0.7 +2.7 SLOVAK REAL GDP Q2/12 Q1/12 Q2/11 FY/11 +2.8 +3.0 +3.5 +3.3 Final consumption Household -0.3 -0.1 -0.1 -0.4 Government -2.1 +0.4 -5.1 -3.5 Gross fixed capital formation -1.1 -3.9 +6.4 +5.7 Foreign trade balance exports of goods and services +8.9 +6.0 +13.1 +10.8 imports of goods and services +3.2 +2.1 +10.9 +4.5 SLOVAK REAL GDP FY/2011 +3.3 FY/2010 +4.2 FY/2009 -4.9 FY/2008 +5.9 FY/2007 +10.5 FY/2006 +8.3 FY/2005 +6.7 FY/2004 +5.1 FY/2003 +4.8 FY/2002 +4.6 FY/2001 +3.5 FY/2000 +1.4 C/A BALANCE JUNE 12 MAY 12 JUNE 11 +364.0 +449.0 -19.0 C/A BALANCE END-2011 END-2010 END-2009 +38.0 -1.637 -1.627 FOREIGN TRADE JULY 12 JUNE 12 JULY 11 JAN-DEC 11 Imports 4,578.9 4,983.0 4,227.5 53,966.1 Exports 4,977.9 5,331.9 4,252.6 56,407.9 Balance +399.0 +348.8 +25.1 +2,441.9 DYNAMICS OF TRADE nominal imports +8.3 +8.4 +9.5 +13.6 nominal exports +17.1 +11.4 +12.9 +16.9 SLOVAK UNEMPLOYMENT AUG 12 JULY 12 AUG 11 pct of workforce 13.19 13.27 13.12 number available for work 356,423 358,652 349,885.

  • *Roth Capital raises inContact Inc price target to $6.50 from $5.50;. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.

  • *Nomura cuts SSAB AB price target to 43 Sek from 72 Sek; rating. *Nomura cuts ThyssenKrupp AG price target to 19 euros from 21 euros;. *Nomura cuts voestalpine AG price target to 24 euros from 27 euros;.

  • By Tan Ee Lyn and Donny Kwok. HONG KONG, Oct 2- At least 36 people died and dozens were injured when a ferry carrying more than 120 revellers on a company outing collided with another ferry and sank near an island south of Hong Kong on Monday night, in one of the city's worst maritime accidents.

  • India's Kingfisher halts flights for 3 days Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:10 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India-- Kingfisher Airlines has grounded flights for at least three days after a violent strike over unpaid wages at the cash-strapped Indian carrier. Chief executive Sanjay Aggarwal met with India's airline regulator Tuesday. Aggarwal said half of Kingfisher's employees received their salary for March 2012, though he forfeited his.

  • German stocks - Factors to watch on October 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:08 AM ET

    Separately, Canadian automotive group Magna International Inc may lose the contract with BMW to build the next generation of Mini cars at its Austrian plant as BMW looks to concentrate Mini production in Britain and the Netherlands. Related news BASF Indicated 0.6 percent lower.

  • Oil near $92 after US manufacturing improves Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:05 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- Oil prices dwelled near $92 a barrel Tuesday in Asia after a report showed U.S. manufacturing rose in September for the first time in four months. Benchmark oil for November delivery was down 17 cents to $92.31 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • South African Markets - Factors to watch on Oct 02 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:05 AM ET

    DIARY For South Africa corporate diary, click on For southern and South Africa diary, click on ECONOMIC EVENTS. JOHANNESBURG- The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers releases September new vehicle sales data. JOHANNESBURG- Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus speaks at Nordic-South African Business Association event.

  • *Windows, multiple versions of Android complicate decisions By Bill Rigby. SEATTLE, Oct 2- For Microsoft Corp, and Amazon.com, and the clutch of other companies that hope to carve out a big slice of a mobile computing business currently dominated by Apple Inc, the future depends on people like Scott Porad.

  • New Issue-GE sells $7 bln in 3 parts Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:59 AM ET

    Barclays Capital, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan and Morgan Stanely were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.

  • IMF advises Albania to keep debt in check Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:59 AM ET

    TIRANA, Oct 2- The International Monetary Fund has told Albania to use the proceeds from a planned sale of oil and gas rights to reduce its government debt, which it said has risen to levels that could pose risks to economic stability.

  • Diamondback Energy prices IPO Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    MIDLAND, Texas-- Diamondback Energy Inc. said Tuesday that it plans to sell 12.5 million shares in its business for between $17 and $19 per share in an initial public offering of the oil and gas company.

  • New Issue-Hertz sells $1.2 bln in 2 parts Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    on Monday sold $1.2 billion of senior notes in two parts in the 144 a private placement market, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Barclays Capital, Deutsche Bank and Bank of America Merrill Lynch were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.

  • Asia Oil Swaps-Gasoil weakens on ample supply Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 2- Asia's gasoil refining margin weakened on Tuesday, hurt by increasing supply in the market. The front-month November margin fell 16 cents to a premium of $18.86 a barrel to Dubai crude, lowest in four sessions, according to Reuters data. In the fuel oil market, inter-month spreads were weaker as demand from China and Japan was lacklustre.

  • Seoul, Oct 2- South Korea's main KOSPI share index was up 0.24 percent at 2,001.13 points as of 0434 GMT. The food and beverage index jumped to a record high, which analysts attributed to holidays in Korea and China boosting demand and earnings. Orion Corp, another food manufacturer, was also trading at an all-time high of 986,000 won.

  • Askul Corp rose 4.6 percent to 1,312 yen, a five-month high, after the office supplies company launched a teaser site for its "Yaskul" ordering service, a tie-up with Yahoo on Monday.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australia's central bank cut its main cash rate by a quarter point to 3.25 percent on Tuesday, saying the growth outlook for next year looked a little weaker, while inflation was likely to remained contained within its target. The Reserve Bank of Australia announced the decision after its monthly policy meeting.

  • News Summary: Vanguard switches fund benchmarks Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:56 AM ET

    BENCHMARK SWITCH: The Vanguard Group has negotiated lower cost index-licensing deals that will result in 22 of its index mutual funds switching to new benchmarks, and adjusting stock holdings accordingly. NEW PARTNERS: The funds currently track indexes, or groups of stocks in certain market segments, licensed from the firm MSCI.

  • African Markets - Factors to watch on Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:56 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. *BOTSWANA- Bank of Botswana to auction its 14- day certificate Treasury bill. Brent crude futures steadied near $112 a barrel on Tuesday as investors.

  • Gambling exec: US needs Internet poker regulations Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:56 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS-- Brick-and-mortar casinos are opening in Ohio and Illinois. Voters in Oregon, Rhode Island and Maryland will vote on gambling initiatives Nov. 6.