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  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. RON FLORANCE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR WELLS FARGO PRIVATE BANK BASED IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA. "It's a little confusing, to be honest with you.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. OMER ESINER, CHIEF MARKET ANALYST, COMMONWEALTH FOREIGN EXCHANGE. "The headline of the day is clearly the drop in the unemployment rate, which was a big surprise.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. LANE NEWMAN, DIRECTOR OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRADING, ING CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS, LISLE, ILLINOIS.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. PETER JANKOVSKIS, CO-CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER, OAKBROOK INVESTMENTS, LISLE, ILLINOIS.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. It is good for risk but not good for the dollar and it will favor other North American currencies, such as Canada and Mexico. SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK:.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. STORY: TABLE GRAPHIC: COMMENTS: SEAN INCREMONA, ECONOMIST, 4 CAST LTD, NEW YORK:. ROBBERT VAN BATENBURG, HEAD OF GLOBAL RESEARCH, LOUIS CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. ROBBERT VAN BATENBURG, HEAD OF GLOBAL RESEARCH, LOUIS CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK. DAVID MANN, SENIOR CURRENCY STRATEGIST, STANDARD CHARTERED, NEW YORK.

  • MANILA, Oct 5- The Philippines' annual inflation rate slowed in September, increasing the scope the central bank has to cut rates to support the domestic economy in the face of gloomy global conditions. The consumer price index rose 3.6 percent in September from a year earlier, slowing from the previous month's 3.8 percent pace.

  • TAIPEI, Oct 4- Taiwan's consumer price index dipped in September from the previous month's spike as vegetable prices stabilised after recent bad weather, though the less than expected decline is unlikely to change view that interest rates will remain on hold.

  • TAIPEI, Oct 4- Taiwan's consumer price index dipped in September from the previous month's spike, though by less than expected, as vegetable supplies and prices stabilised after recent bad weather, but the figure is unlikely to change view that interest rates will remain on hold.

  • Indian Cabinet approves new economic reforms Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:54 AM ET

    NEW DELHI-- India's Cabinet pushed ahead with a second wave of economic reform proposals, endorsing higher levels of foreign investment in insurance and pension funds and amendments to laws governing competition, Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said.

  • DUBAI, Oct 4- Deals from two major banks this week have reopened the Gulf debt market after an extended summer lull, and highlighted the lower yields that investors in the region are settling for as liquidity continues to far outstrip supply.

  • By Saeed Azhar and Kelvin Soh SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Oct 4- Standard Chartered's.

  • Qatar's QIIB picks banks for potential Islamic bond Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 7:59 AM ET

    DUBAI, Oct 4- Qatar International Islamic Bank. HSBC, Standard Chartered and QNB Capital. will arrange the investor meetings in the Middle East, Asia and Europe after which a dollar-denominated Reg S sukuk may follow, subject to market conditions.

  • By Saeed Azhar and Kelvin Soh SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Oct 4- Standard Chartered's. Six of Standard Chartered's 16 directors hold executive positions at the bank, including CEO Peter Sands, Finance Director Richard Meddings and Asia Chief Executive Jaspal Bindra.

  • UK shares turn lower on Greece, Mideast concerns Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 5:09 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 falls 0.2 pct, sheds early gains. LONDON, Oct 4- UK shares turned lower on Thursday, hit by concerns over bailout talks in Greece and tensions in the Middle East, ahead of central bank meetings in Britain and Europe that are unlikely to generate new stimulus moves. By 0836 GMT, the UK's FTSE 100.

  • PRESS DIGEST-Funds Industry News - Oct 4 Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:54 AM ET

    *Morgan Stanley is in talks to sell a majority stake in its commodities business to the Qatar Investment Authority. *Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings is putting pressure on Standard Chartered to appoint more independent directors.

  • UK FSA's Bailey says banks still "too big to fail" Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 12:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 4- The failure of one Britain's big banks would still wreak market havoc and leave taxpayers on the hook as more needs to be done to curb their complexity and risks, the country's top banking supervisor said on Thursday.

  • PERTH, Oct 4- Australia's thermal coal price benchmark was relatively steady this week with Chinese buyers away from the market for a week-long national holiday, but prices may rebound soon as buyers begin to restock for winter.

  • Temasek pushes for board changes at StanChart: WSJ Wednesday, 3 Oct 2012 | 6:32 PM ET

    is putting pressure on Standard Chartered Plc t o appoint more independent directors, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Shares of Standard Chartered fell more than 3 percent on Sept. 25 on renewed speculation that Temasek may sell its 18 percent stake in the Asia- focused bank.