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PARIS, Oct 9- France's biggest banks are teaming up with part state-owned insurer CNP to pool their shareholdings in various companies into a fund worth at least 1 billion euros, French daily Le Figaro said on Tuesday.
Oct 8- Credit Agricole SA:. *SocGen raises Credit Agricole price target to 6.1 euros from 5.9. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.
OTTAWA, Oct 5- All but 7 percent of Canada's federally regulated, private defined-benefit pension plans were underfunded at the end of 2011, the government's Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions reported on Friday. This has caused some like Air Canada to seek adjustments and concessions.
LONDON, Oct 5- In a startling change of fortune, Spain's BBVA was swamped with USD7.5bn of demand for a USD2bn three-year Yankee bond yesterday, the first time US investors have shown interest in buying Spanish financial risk in more than 17 months.
ATHENS, Oct 5- Two of Greece's biggest banks, National Bank and Eurobank, are in talks over a merger that would create the country's biggest lender, news website To Vima reported on Friday, citing sources.
*Bank of France lent more than 2 bln eur- source. *Bank of France says doesn't comment on liquidity assistance. PARIS, Oct 4- French mortgage bank Credit Immobilier de France was benefiting from emergency Bank of France funding to keep it afloat months before a high-profile government rescue, banking sources told Reuters.
PARIS, Oct 4- French mortgage bank Credit Immobilier de France was benefiting from emergency Bank of France funding to keep it afloat months before a high-profile government rescue, banking sources told Reuters. "The exact number is unclear but it was more than 2 billion euros." The Bank of France said it never comments on details of liquidity assistance.
Oct 4- Canada's main stock index looked set to open higher on Thursday after the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged at its policy meeting and as upbeat U.S. economic data in the previous session helped alleviate fears of global slowdown.
*TD Securities raises Air Canada price target to C $3 from C $2; rating. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.
*National Bank Financial raises Air Canada price target to C $1.70. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.
*Air Canada load factor a record 84.9 pct, traffic up. Oct 3- Canada's two largest airlines, Air Canada. The load factor on Air Canada's flights to Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America made the biggest jump, to 82.9 percent from 79.4 percent in the same period last year.
TORONTO, Oct 3- Canada's main stock index ended modestly lower on Wednesday, as signs of a worsening economic slowdown in China and Europe weighed on commodity prices and resource shares, offsetting better-than-expected U.S. data. Canadian Natural Resources was the most influential decliner, down 2.9 percent to C $30.28.
*Reports record September load factor. *September load factor 84.9 percent, up 2.1 points. *Says September system traffic increased 3.1 per cent on a system-wide.
TORONTO, Oct 3- The Canadian government and its airlines could make a range of policy changes to slow the tide of 5 million travelers a year that head to the United States for cheaper flights, a think tank report said on Wednesday. Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said the loss of travelers to the United States was troubling.
TORONTO, Oct 3- Shares of Air Canada contract carrier Chorus Aviation Inc fell nearly 10 percent on Wednesday, and an analyst warned it might have to cut its dividend, after an arbitration panel ruled in favor of Air Canada in a cost dispute.
Oct 3- WestJet Airlines Ltd said on Wednesday i t flew fuller planes in September t han in the same month a year earlier, helping Canada's No. 2 carrier deliver a third-quarter load factor that exceeded its expectations.
Oct 3- Chorus Aviation Inc:. *Jazz aviation lp received arbitration decision relating to benchmarking. provisions within cpa with Air Canada.
LONDON, Oct 3- Deutsche Bank is set to be the bank most affected, with profits hit hardest, by proposals to separate higher risk banking activities from traditional deposit-taking business, which are likely to affect about 20 banks, analysts said.
*British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has issued a veiled threat to withhold electricity needed to operate controversial oil sands pipelines if the projects do not meet her demands.
TORONTO, Oct 3- The Canadian government and its airlines can make a range of policy changes to slow the tide of 5 million travelers a year that head to the United States for cheaper flights, a think tank report said on Wednesday.