KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong's Hang Seng sank 0.8 percent to 24,392.86 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.6 percent to 5,496.20. China's Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.3 percent to 2,326.06. Singapore, Seoul, Jakarta and Taipei also fell.
*Reinsurers in Monte Carlo for Sept. 13-17 conference. "I am disappointed, exasperated, and even rather appalled by what is happening in the market," said Nikolaus von Bomhard, chief executive of the world's biggest reinsurer, Munich Re.
Sept 12- BRP Inc, the maker of Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Sea-Doo watercrafts, warned that results for the rest of the year could be hurt by sanctions on Russia and a softer economy in South America. Shares of the Quebec- based company, which in March had said uncertainty in Russia would hurt demand, fell as much as 4 percent on Friday.
Below are some of the big issues that would have to be resolved between an independent Scotland and the remainder of the UK, if Scots vote' yes' on Sept 18. Britain's three main political parties have all ruled out sharing sterling on the grounds a UK- Scotland currency union could suffer the same problems as the euro zone, which shares a currency but not a government.
The Quebec- based company said strong demand for products such as the Sea-Doo Spark watercraft, Can-Am Spyder motorcycles and side-by-side off-roaders drove up seasonal product sales by 85 percent to C $259.8 million in the quarter ended July 31.
*Barclays shares up 1.4 pct, Aviva down 0.8 percent. LONDON, Sept 12- Barclays has appointed banking and insurance veteran John McFarlane as its new chairman to oversee the British bank's efforts to stamp out wrongdoing and improve performance. McFarlane, a Scot, will step down as chairman of British insurer Aviva and take the Barclays hot seat in April.
Sept 12- Cananda's BRP Inc halved its net loss in the second quarter as it sold more of its flagship Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Sea-Doo watercrafts. Net loss shrank to C $3.6 million, or 3 Canadian cents per share, in the quarter ended July 31, from C $7.9 million, or 7 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose by a quarter to C $780 million.
*Tokyo shares highest since 2008, other markets cautious. LONDON, Sept 12- The U.S. dollar headed for its ninth straight week of gains on Friday, some measure of how the economic fortunes of the United States and its major economic peers are diverging after six years of financial turmoil.
E2open Inc. fell 26.3 percent to $11.51. Identive Group fell 22.0 percent to $15.25. Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. fell 10.5 percent to $5.28.
*Standard Life, RBS rally after latest opinion poll. LONDON, Sept 11- European shares closed near a one-week low on Thursday after a report showed U.S. jobless claims rose last week, with mining stocks slipping amid concern about China's economic growth.
*Standard Life, RBS rally after latest opinion poll. LONDON, Sept 11- European shares slipped to a one-week low on Thursday after a report showed U.S. jobless claims rose last week, with mining stocks slipping amid concern about China's economic growth.
*Overnight poll shows more Scots favour staying in UK. LONDON, Sept 11- Sterling rose off multi-month lows on Thursday as a poll showing that most Scots intend to vote against independence next week alleviated concerns over the future of the UK, but equities slipped on an unexpected rise in U.S. jobless claims.
LONDON, Sept 11- The dollar powered to a fresh six-year high against the yen on Thursday, while sterling got some respite from a poll that helped calm nerves over Scotland's vote on independence in a week's time.
Switzerland's Sonova, Danish companies William Demant and GN Resound, a unit of GN Store Nord, each generate about 35 to 45 percent of their revenues from North America, with most of that coming from the United States. Germany's Siemens, the world's third-biggest hearing aids maker, does not disclose figures for this part of its business.
*Standard Life, RBS rally after latest opinion poll. LONDON, Sept 11- European shares edged higher on Thursday, with Scottish-exposed companies such as Standard Life, SSE and Royal Bank of Scotland rallying after a poll suggested voters in Scotland would reject independence in next week's referendum.
EDINBURGH, Sept 11- Three British banks said they would relocate to London if Scotland were to break away from the United Kingdom, a setback for supporters of independence with the vote just a week away.
LONDON, Sept 11- The U.S. dollar powered to a six-year high against the yen on Thursday and sterling recovered some ground after a recent bout of nerves over the prospect of Scotland voting for independence in a week's time.
*Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland rally after latest poll. *Air France-KLM rises after pledging to boost core earnings. PARIS, Sept 11- European shares rose early on Thursday, with Scottish-based banks Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland rallying after a poll showed a majority of Scots intend to vote against independence in next week's referendum.
*RBS says would re-locate holding company in England. *To retain significant operations in Scotland. LONDON, Sept 11- Scotland's two biggest banks have said they would relocate to England if Scots vote for independence next week, adding to the economic uncertainties the country faces if it decides to end its 307- year union with the rest of the UK.
PARIS, Sept 11- European shares rose early on Thursday, with Scottish-based banks Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland rallying after a poll showed a majority of Scots intend to vote against independence in next week's referendum. A survey showed late on Wednesday that 53 percent of Scots intend to vote against splitting away from the UK.