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  • Shares in Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland rise as much as 2.5 percent after Liberum Capital upgrades its rating on all three lenders in a note on the UK banking sector, citing reduced tail risks for UK banks leading to lower cost of equity.

  • The market never really opened, "said a trader in Singapore. The Asia iTraxx ex-Japan IG index 18 did widen slightly in the morning as the few stock markets that were open dropped in the wake of negative economic headlines from China and Japan.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Abu Dhabi- listed First Gulf Bank. FGB's existing 2017 maturity- a $500 million Islamic bond, or sukuk,- was yielding about 2.7 percent on Monday, according to Thomson Reuters data, at a z-spread of about 207.6 basis points. Benchmark-sized is understood to mean at least $500 million.

  • DUBAI, Oct 1- Abu Dhabi- listed First Gulf Bank. Citi, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, HSBC, Standard Chartered and Deutsche Bank. Reuters reported last week that the lender, the second biggest by market value in the United Arab Emirates, was eyeing a new bond sale.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 1- State-owned refiner Indian Oil Corp plans to meet investors in Singapore on Wednesday for a possible benchmark Singapore dollar bond sale, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said. The firm has picked Standard Chartered and DBS for the offshore bond sale, said the source.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Thailand's headline inflation rate rose more than expected in September but that was partly due to a low base last year, so the central bank is unlikely to change its stance of leaving policy on hold for now as risks to economic growth remain high.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- Indonesia's exports slumped more than expected in August while annual inflation eased in September, leading economists to expect the central bank to have room to keep benchmark interest rates at a record low all year.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Annual inflation in Thailand jumped to 3.38 percent in September from 2.69 percent in August but that was due in part to a low base last year and inflationary pressures are generally under control, so economists do not expect interest rates to rise.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Annual inflation in Thailand jumped to 3.38 percent in September from 2.69 percent in August but that was due in part to a low base last year and inflationary pressures are generally under control, so economists do not expect interest rates to rise.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Annual inflation in Thailand jumped to 3.38 percent in September from 2.69 percent in August but that was due in part to a low base last year and inflationary pressures are generally under control, so economists see no reason to raise rates.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- Indonesia's exports slumped more than expected in August while annual inflation eased in September, leading economists to expect the central bank to have room to keep benchmark interest rates at a record low all year.

  • October 1- Following are terms and conditions. of a bond priced on Monday.

  • JAKARTA, Oct 1- Indonesian exports in August fell 24.3 percent from a year earlier, a fifth straight month of decline and a deeper fall than expected, the country's statistics bureau said on Monday. Indonesia's inflation in September eased to 4.31 percent from a year earlier, lower t han expected and versus 4.58 percent in August, the statistics bureau said.

  • *Qatar Islamic Bank also in market, may issue sukuk this week. By Rachna Uppal DUBAI, Oct 1- Abu Dhabi- listed First Gulf Bank. FGB may soon be joined by another regional bank, Qatar Islamic Bank, which is expected to issue a sukuk this week, following investor meetings.

  • LTRO a 'Crutch' for European Banks: StanChart Asia CEO Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 3:08 AM ET
    A man walks past a logo of Standard Chartered bank at the headquarters of SC First Bank in Seoul on June 27, 2011.

    Standard Chartered Bank's Asia CEO Jaspal Bindra has warned that the European Central Bank's long-term refinancing operations could lead to unintended consequences.

  • Brace for More Investment Banking Job Cuts: Expert Friday, 7 Oct 2011 | 12:27 AM ET

    The uncertain economic climate has dimmed job prospects for the rest of the year and going forward into 2012, with investment banks especially vulnerable to cuts, Guy Day, CEO of recruitment firm Ambition told CNBC.

  • Banking stocks in Asia have been under selling pressure since the beginning of August on fears that the lenders’ funding positions will be hurt by European debt crisis. But John Wadle, head of regional banks research at Mirae Asset, believes the region’s banks are well positioned to weather the financial volatility.

  • Dollar Seen Losing Global Reserve Status Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 9:41 PM ET

    The US dollar will lose its status as the global reserve currency over the next 25 years, according to a survey of central bank reserve managers who collectively control more than $8,000 billion, the FT reports.

  • Futures Point to Mixed Open Across Europe Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 2:01 AM ET

    European stock market futures pointed to a mixed opening on Wednesday as earnings season got properly underway and Glencore was expected to publish the prospectus for its much anticipated joint flotation on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.

  • UK Banks Brace for Shake-up to Shield Taxpayers Sunday, 10 Apr 2011 | 11:50 PM ET
    The Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters

    Britain's top banks are set to need more capital and ring-fence retail banking to shield taxpayers from another crisis in the most radical industry shake-up for decades, which may prompt some banks to leave.