After a week dominated by U.S. quarterly results, it's time for Europe's earnings season to get into full swing, and so far the signs are upbeat.» Read More
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MADRID, Oct 9- Spanish gas company Gas Natural. was pricing on Tuesday a four-year 500 million euro bond at mid-swaps plus 335 basis points, according to IFR Markets, a Thomson Reuters news and market analysis service. The banks handling the sale are Barclays, CaixaBank, Citigroup, Mitsubishi and Societe Generale.
*ING effectively pays Barclays to take UK business. LONDON, Oct 9- Barclays' new chief executive showed off his determination to put retail banking at the heart of his strategy with his first deal, adding 1.5 million customers by taking over the UK savings and loan business of Dutch bank ING.
*Barclays raises Fidelity National Financial, First American Financial. price target to $18 from $17; rating equal weight. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.
AMSTERDAM-- ING Groep NV says it is selling its British businesses linked to online banking arm ING Direct UK to Barclays at a 320- million loss. ING did not disclose what the actual sales price was. ING said in a statement Tuesday it was selling in order to "sharpen the focus of the bank."
TOKYO, Oct 9- Japanese government bonds rose on Tuesday, as heightened worries about slowing global growth and sagging stocks supported demand for fixed income assets.
*Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 14 to 16 points higher, or up 0.3 percent, according to financial bookmakers. *The UK blue chip index closed down 0.5 percent, or 29.28 points lower, at 5,841.74 points on Monday.
LONDON, Oct 9- Barclays PLC will buy the deposits, mortgages and business assets of ING Direct UK, as it looks to expand its retail operations and minimise exposure to a shrinking investment banking market.
LONDON, Oct 9- Barclays PLC will buy the deposits, mortgages and business assets of ING Direct UK valued at more than 11 billion pounds, the British bank said in a statement on Tuesday.
AMSTERDAM, Oct 9- Dutch bank and insurance group ING said on Tuesday it had agreed to sell ING Direct UK to British bank Barclays, taking a 320 million euro loss on the transaction after tax.
PARIS, Oct 9- European stocks are set to inch higher on Tuesday, halting the previous session's sell-off as expectations mount of further stimulus measures from China, although gains could be limited by broad worries over global growth and on whether or not Spain will request a bailout. ,for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC were up 0.2-0.5 percent.
FRANKFURT, Oct 9- The DAX top-30 index looked set to open 0.3 percent higher on Tuesday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang& Schwarz at 0619 GMT. Related news DEUTSCHE BANK, COMMERZBANK Deutsche Bank indicated 0.3 percent higher Commerzbank indicated unchanged.
Oct 9- TGS Nopec Geophysical Co ASA:. *Barclays raises TGS price target to Nok 225 from Nok 215; rating. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.
*Barclays raises Polycom Inc price target to $9 from $8; rating equal. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.
Oct 9- Marathon Petroleum Corp:. *Barclays raises Marathon Petroleum Corp price target to $88 from $80;. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.
*Barclays raises Northeast Utilities price target to $45 from $43;. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.
*Barclays raises Delphi Automotive price target to $42 from $37;. *Barclays raises Visteon Corp price target to $53 from $47; rating. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.
Oct 9- Mitchells and Butlers PLC:. *Barclays raises Mitchells and Butlers Plc to overweight from equal. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.
Oct 9- Greene King PLC:. *Barclays cuts Greene King Plc to equal weight from overweight. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.
*Barclays cuts Metro AG to equal weight from overweight; target. price to 23 euros from 32 euros. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.