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  • DOHA, Oct 2- Qatar Airways backs the proposed $45 billion merger of EADS and BAE Systems, the Gulf carrier's chief executive said on Tuesday, arguing a combined entity would make better products. Airbus parent EADS and BAE Systems are battling to save their tie-up, which would create a European aerospace and defence giant, amid competing government interests.

  • 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.

  • UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:55 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. *The UK blue chip index closed up 1.4 percent, or 78.38 points, higher at 5,820.45 points on Monday.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Wall Street Journal - Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 1:50 AM ET

    *New York's top prosecutor opened a new front in efforts to hold banks accountable for the financial crisis by filing a civil lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase& Co, alleging widespread fraud by the company's Bear Stearns unit in the sale of mortgage-backed securities. *The judge overseeing the patent dispute between Apple Inc.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- European shares were set to retreat in early trading on Tuesday after strong gains in the previous session, with uncertainty over the timing of a likely aid request by Spain seen prompting investors to cut their exposure to riskier assets.

  • 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.

  • French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 12:50 AM ET

    CAC-40 futures are 0.7 percent lower at 0620 GMT FRANCE TELECOM. The oil services company said on Tuesday it has signed a lump-sum contract with Murphy Exploration& Production Company for the development of an offshore field in the Gulf of Mexico.

  • *Banks lower as UBS cuts ratings. *Babcock climbs after strong first-half. LONDON, Oct 2- Britain's top share index continued its choppy trend and was pulled marginally lower on Tuesday, as weakness in banks and miners overpowered results-related gains for companies such as Babcock and Tesco.

  • PRESS DIGEST - British business - Oct 2 Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 9:21 PM ET

    A new hurdle to the 27 billion pound tie-up between BAE Systems and EADS was put up by the French on Tuesday as the country's largest industrial shareholder in EADS said that the 60-40 merger terms were unsatisfactory. Stephen Hester, chief executive of Royal Bank of Scotland, has admitted the institution is a "British poster child for what went wrong in banking".

  • PRESS DIGEST - Financial Times - Oct 2 Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:55 PM ET

    Financial Times Headlines BANKS REAP PROFITS ON MORTGAGES AFTER QE3- CALL FOR BANK BONUSES TO BE PAID IN DEBT- GOOGLE MARKET CAP TOPS MICROSOFT- XSTRATA RECOMMENDS GLENCORE OFFER- FOUR CHARGED IN INSIDER TRADING DEALING CASE- WORKDAY EYES $3.8 BLN VALUATION IN IPO- BAKRIES TO SELL ASSETS TO REPAY LOAN- FRANCE THROWS COLD WATER ON EADS DEAL- SAC PLACES TOP MANAGER ON LEAVE- Overview BANKS REAP PROFITS ON MORTGAGES AFTER QE3.

  • *UK could use "golden share" to block deal unless terms met. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 1- EADS and BAE Systems battled to save their $45 billion merger plan from the crossfire of competing interests on Monday as governments and shareholders staked out positions in talks aimed at creating the world's biggest arms firm.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- EADS Chief Executive Tom Enders called for negotiators to resolve uncertainty as soon as possible over a planned $45 billion merger with BAE Systems. We cannot go on much longer, "he told an audience at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London. EADS board chairman Arnaud Lagardere, whose Lagardere.

  • By Gernot Heller and James Regan. BERLIN/ PARIS, Oct 1- Airbus parent EADS and arms group BAE Systems must restructure a $45 billion merger, a top shareholder said, as a government source threatened that Britain would block talks to create the world's biggest defence company unless its demands were met.

  • LONDON, Oct 1- The British government would be prepared to use its' golden share' to veto the proposed $45 billion merger between EADS and BAE Systems if the terms were not right for Britain, a defence ministry source said. Priorities for the British government include jobs and future security for BAE plants in Britain.

  • Lagardere, EADS heads hold meeting on Monday Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 8:08 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 1- Lagardere Chief Executive Arnaud Lagardere met with EADS CEO Tom Enders on Monday after the media conglomerate issued a statement calling for a rethink of the planned merger between EADS and BAE Systems.

  • EADS-BAE deal risks collapse due to govts-sources Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 7:19 AM ET

    BERLIN, Oct 1- Talks on creating a European aerospace and defence giant through a merger of Airbus parent EADS and Britain's BAE Systems are at risk of failing due to the divergent stances of the governments involved, three German sources said on Monday.

  • By James Regan PARIS, Oct 1- EADS shareholder Lagardere. told the aerospace group on Monday to review the "unsatisfactory" terms of its planned $45- billion merger with BAE Systems, raising the pressure before a British regulatory deadline next week.

  • BAE, EADS blast merger 'myths and misconceptions' Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 4:59 AM ET

    BERLIN-- The chief executives of BAE Systems PLC and EADS NV sought to drum up support Monday for the merger of their two aeronautics and defense companies in the face of growing criticism to the deal, saying in a joint newspaper article an agreement would help both organizations grow.

  • PARIS, Oct 1- European stocks are set to open lower on Monday, adding to the previous session's losses on mounting concerns over Spain's economic crisis and as data signalled further evidence of slowing growth in China. ,for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC.

  • German stocks - Factors to watch on October 1 Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 2:30 AM ET

    COMMERZBANK Indicated 0.5 percent lower. Commerzbank on Saturday declined to comment on a magazine report that it planned to pay no dividend for its 2013 financial year.