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  • *Swire Properties to have public float of 18 percent after sale. HONG KONG, Oct 4- Swire Properties Ltd shares sank up to 4.4 percent after the Hong Kong unit of the developer's parent agreed to sell its direct stake in the group for HK $4.88 billion, helping it towards meeting a regulatory requirement.

  • Diary - Hong Kong - to Oct 10, 2012 Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:17 PM ET

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5++ COMPANY RESULTS++- abc Multiactive Ltd Q3 results. -1500 China Nuclear Industry 23 International Corporation Ltd. 28/ F, Manhattan Place, Kowloon Bay.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 3- Britain warned on Wednesday it would be unacceptable for the European Central Bank to have too dominant a role in a new system of supervision designed to watch over the region's banks.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 3- Promsvyazbank, one of Russia's largest privately owned lenders, revealed the details of its initial public offering both in Moscow and London in a deal seen as a test for equity raising by other domestic banks.

  • MIDEAST STOCKS-UAE hits new peaks on property sentiment Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:24 AM ET

    DUBAI, Oct 3- Dubai's bourse hit its highest level in five months, while Abu Dhabi's index ended at a fresh 14- month high, as confidence in the reviving local property market boosted real estate stocks.

  • Without IMF deal, investors wary of Egypt Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    CAIRO, Oct 3- A trickle of foreign donor aid looks like Egypt's best hope of averting a balance of payments crisis for now because many of the investors who fled the country last year are loath to return until the government seals a loan from the IMF.

  • *Strong demand for deal; order books over $6 billion. DUBAI, Oct 3- Qatar Islamic Bank, the Gulf Arab state's largest sharia-compliant lender, returned to global debt markets after two years with a $750 million Islamic bond sale on Wednesday, tapping into strong liquidity for regional issuers.

  • Deutsche Bank seen hardest hit by Liikanen reforms Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 8:04 AM ET

    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.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-HSBC raises STC, Zain Ksa target prices Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 7:34 AM ET

    *HSBC raises STC target price to 48 riyals from 44 riyals; rating.

  • The Glory Days of Currency Trading Are Over: HSBC Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:49 AM ET

    Once upon a time, the foreign exchange (FX) markets enjoyed a clear framework for trading and were seen as a reflection of the health of global economies. But as central bank programs of quantitative easing have been introduced, currency market trades are not so clear cut, according to analysts at HSBC.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 3- Swire Properties Ltd's. John Swire& Sons is offering 217 million shares in Swire Properties, which was spun off from Swire Pacific Ltd in January, at a range of HK $22.51- HK $23.23, added IFR, a Thomson Reuters publication.

  • Oct 03- New Islamic banks set up in Oman will struggle initially to compete with established conventional banks offering sharia-compliant services when the country opens up its banking market, Fitch Ratings says.

  • *China telecoms, AIA outperform, oil plays weak. Hong Kong, Oct 3- Hong Kong shares rose on Wednesday as strength in insurer AIA and telecom stocks helped to offset weakness in oil producers, which fell as crude prices skidded on worries over weak global growth.

  • DUBAI, Oct 3- Qatar Islamic Bank, the Gulf Arab state's largest sharia-compliant lender, will return to global debt markets after two years on Wednesday with a new five-year sukuk, taking advantage of strong liquidity for regional issues.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 3- Hong Kong shares rose on Wednesday, led by utilities and property developers, but gains were capped by weakness in energy stocks as oil prices skidded on worries over weak global growth. The Hong Kong market was also catching up to global gains after being closed on Monday and Tuesday for holidays.

  • Qatar Islamic Bank to sell $750 mln sukuk Wednesday Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 3:40 AM ET

    DUBAI, Oct 3- Qatar Islamic Bank, the Gulf Arab state's largest sharia-compliant lender, is set to issue a $750 million five-year Islamic bond on Wednesday, a document from the lead arrangers said. Final price guidance for the sukuk tightened to 175-180 basis points over midswaps after substantial demand for the deal, with order books over $6 billion.

  • RESEARCH ALERT-HSBC cuts Fortum Oyj to underweight Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 2:08 AM ET

    *HSBC cuts Fortum Oyj to underweight from overweight. For a summary of rating actions and price target changes on European companies:. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.

  • *HSI flat, H-shares index down 0.1 percent* China telecoms, AIA lead gains in HK* IATA profit forecast lifts Cathay Pacific* ADB cuts China GDP forecast, sees soft landing By Vikram Subhedar.

  • Britain's FTSE edges higher as defensive stocks climb Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 12:29 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 closes up 0.3 percent at 5,825.81 points. *Traders say technical levels favouring FTSE at present. *Intl Airlines Group and ARM top FTSE 100 leaderboard By Sudip Kar-Gupta.

  • Big Banks Face Hardest Hit From Ringfencing Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:58 PM ET
    E.U. Flags

    More than a dozen of Europe’s biggest banks face the upheaval and cost of building a ringfence around their trading activities if the findings of the EU-appointed Liikanen review are implemented. The likes of Deutsche Bank, Barclays and BNP Paribas are likely to be the hardest hit. The FT reports.