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  • U.S. stock index futures indicate mixed open Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:32 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5-* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 slipping by 0.1 percent, while the Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures contracts rose around 0.1 percent.

  • *LG Display falls after brokerage downgrade. SEOUL, Oct 5- Seoul shares edged up on Friday after bellwether Samsung Electronics. Shares in Samsung Electronics, which makes up over 15 percent of the benchmark KOSPI.

  • Seoul shares edge up after Samsung Elec earnings Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:15 AM ET

    SEOUL, Oct 5- South Korean shares ended slightly higher on Friday, with heavyweight Samsung Electronics. finishing up 0.22 percent after reporting better-than-expected earnings estimates. The Korea Composite Stock Price Index ended up 0.12 percent at 1,995.17 points.

  • TOKYO, Oct 5- Sony Corp said it has halted sales of its Xperia tablet PCs, a month after its launch, after discovering gaps between the screen and the case that make some of the machines susceptible to water damage.

  • Senior smartphone executive leaves Nokia Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:33 AM ET

    HELSINKI, Oct 5- A senior Nokia executive in charge of product marketing has left the company, after a launch event last month for the company's new Lumia smartphones disappointed investors. He spoke to media last month when Nokia unveiled the Lumia 920, a top-of-the-range smartphone using Windows software.

  • *LG Display dives after brokerage downgrade. SEOUL, Oct 5- Seoul shares edged up on Friday morning but pared earlier gains as weakness in LG Display Co Ltd. "The poor performance of LG Display and other laggards is weighing down on the bounce to the KOSPI following Samsung's announcement," said Kim Chul-jung, an analyst at Korea Investment& Securities.

  • Samsung & Apple to Reach a Settlement: Pro     Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 9:50 PM ET

    Rob Bratby, Managing Partner, Olswang Asia, says the legal dispute between Samsung and Apple will eventually result in a settlement and a global cross licensing deal.

  • S.Korea won up on Samsung guidance, ECB; bonds down Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:58 PM ET

    SEOUL, Oct 5- The South Korean won. rose to its highest in almost a year in early trade on Friday after strong earnings guidance from Samsung Electronics Co.. Samsung Electronics said it expects a record 8.1 trillion won operating profit for the July-September period earlier Friday.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan up 0.3 pct, Nikkei opens up 0.3 pct. TOKYO, Oct 5- Asian shares rose and the euro kept most of its overnight gains on Friday as investor risk aversion eased after the European Central Bank said it was ready to buy bonds of troubled euro zone countries, while markets awaited a key U.S. jobs report. The MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan.

  • Taiwan stocks - Factors to watch - Oct 5 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:18 PM ET

    TAIPEI, Oct 5- Following are news items and media reports that may affect the Taiwan stock market. >Zynga warns of 3rd- qtr loss, lowers 2012 outlook. >Google warns of more Motorola cuts, lifts Q3 bill.

  • Seoul shares tick up on Samsung Elec record profits Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 8:11 PM ET

    SEOUL, Oct 5- South Korean shares edged higher on Friday after Samsung Electronics Co estimated record third quarter profits, beating already high expectations. Shares in Samsung Electronics Co rose 1.46 percent on the news. Keywords: MARKETS KOREA STOCKS/ URGENT.

  • Seoul shares seen higher on Samsung Elec results Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:41 PM ET

    SEOUL, Oct 5- Seoul shares are likely to rise on Friday, buoyed by a record quarterly operating profit from tech giant Samsung Electronics.

  • Vanguard move highlights little-known index costs Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:11 PM ET

    BOSTON-- Index mutual fund investors are a cost-conscious bunch. Rather than seek out managers with a good shot at beating the market, they parse tiny differences in fund expenses. Companies such as S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI have created well-known market indexes.

  • will start selling Nokia's two latest Lumia smartphones in November, making it the first carrier to commit to the devices in the United States. Struggling Finnish handset maker Nokia announced earlier it would start selling the smartphones in Europe in November with specific price points.

  • Google acquired Motorola in May for $12.5 billion to bolster its patent portfolio as its Android mobile operating system competes with rivals such as Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. But many investors and analysts have questioned Google's need to be in the hardware business, where profit margins are lower and Google has little experience.

  • In mobile-computing boom, a battle rages for marketing Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 11:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Amazon.com Inc. Take Apple Inc, for example. Now Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, Amazon, Microsoft Corp and other tablet and smartphone makers are stepping up with big spending on TV spots, print ads, guerilla marketing stunts and over-the-top launch events.

  • Google bought Motorola last year for $12.5 billion, with the aim of bolstering its patent portfolio in the intellectual property fight its Android mobile system faces with rivals Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

  • South Korean shares inch lower on global gloom Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:53 AM ET

    *Trading subdued on China, Europe woes. *SK Innovation, S-Oil shares sag on oil price fall. *Foreign investors unload following Vanguard's switch to FTSE index.

  • S.Korea-Market Factors to watch on Oct 4 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:46 PM ET

    SEOUL, Oct 4- Following is a list of events in South Korea as well as news stories and press reports that may influence financial markets. TOP STORIES> S.Korea c.bank switches tack to encourage growth> Google withdraws patent complaint against Apple.

  • said a major patent verdict in favor of Apple Inc. should be overturned because the jury foreman did not disclose that he once was in litigation with Seagate Technology PLC, a company that counts Samsung as a major investor.