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  • PARIS, Oct 1- Key French EADS shareholder Lagardere said the conditions attached to a planned merger of the European aerospace group with Britain's BAE Systems were unsatisfactory and called on management to reexamine the project.

  • *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 8 to 12 points lower, or down 0.2 percent, on Monday, according to financial bookmakers.

  • Separately, the bank's brokerage unit Cheuvreux could cut 290 jobs in France as part of a possible deal with financial services group Kepler Capital Markets to buy Cheuvreux, French daily Les Echos wrote, citing sources close to the matter.

  • PARIS, Oct 1- Key French EADS shareholder Lagardere said on Monday the conditions attached to a planned merger of the European aerospace group with Britain's BAE Systems were unsatisfactory and called on management to reexamine the project.

  • Commerzbank on Saturday declined to comment on a magazine report that it planned to pay no dividend for its 2013 financial year.

  • *UK could use "golden share" to block deal unless terms met. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 1- EADS and BAE Systems battled to rescue their $45 billion merger plan from a barrage of competing interests on Monday as governments and shareholders staked out positions in tense negotiations to try to forge the world's largest arms firm.

  • Italy needs a strong political government, not another technocrat administration when Prime Minister Mario Monti's term ends in the spring, the head of the country's main employers' confederation said on Sunday.

  •  Will Politics Decide Outcome of BAE-EADS Deal?

    Squawk Box presenters discuss what could be the biggest defence merger in a decade between Britain's BAE Systems and France's EADS. The combination of the two companies would create an industry giant that would rival Boeing.

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    Defense manufacturers suffered a further blow on Wednesday as the UK became the latest European nation to announce military cutbacks as part of austerity measures.

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    European shares were expected to open lower as voters in France and Greece both reacted to austerity measures in their countries by kicking out incumbent governments in elections over the weekend.

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    Take a look at some of Wednesday morning's early movers:

  • Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or gold? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months while others have significantly fallen off their highs. In fact, the a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities mostly traded in the U.S., is down 32 percent from its all-time high back in July 2008. So far in 2011, the CRB index is down 3.8 percent compared to an 8.2 percent loss for the S&P 500. Despite that trend, several in

    CNBC’s Analytics Team compiled a list of the 10 best and worst performing commodities in the CRB index. Click ahead to learn about the hot and the not-so-hot commodities of 2011.

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    Ask a kid about LeBron James and he'll most likely perk up and say, "Yeah, he's cool." Mention the name Steve Jobs and that same kid will set the ringtone on his iPhone to crickets chirping. Some companies and organizations are aiming to change all that, investing in programs that teach kids that science and technology are cool.

  • Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or copper? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months. In fact, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded, is near a two-and-a-half year high. In 2010 the CRB index rose by 17% compared to a 13% gain for the S&P 500. Several individual commodities continue to greatly outperform the broader market year-to-date, affecti

    CNBC’s analytics team compiled a list of the 10 best-performing commodities in the CRB index so far this year, based on the closing prices on March 29, 2011.

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    If you're looking to profit from rising world food prices or simply want to diversify your portfolio to hedge against inflation, the number of products offered continues to mushroom.

  • The Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index is a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded.

    We took a look at the commodities in the CRB Index, and calculated the ones with the best YTD performance based on the closing price on Oct. 14, 2010.

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    When the economy rebounds, where's your portfolio going to be? UBS says that's a question to answer right now. The bank released what it calls its "'New' Nifty Fifty," a list of 50 companies from around the world that can use today's troubling market conditions to position themselves to thrive when the economy rebounds. (PART 2)

  • Saudi Arabia said on Monday it had signed an agreement with the British government to buy 72 Eurofighter Typhoon jets from BAE Systems for 4.43 billion pounds ($8.84 billion).