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  • *JPMorgan's Dimon: housing has turned a corner. NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose to its highest in five years in October in the latest in a string of encouraging signs from the economy that may boost President Barack Obama's re-election hopes next month.

  • New Issue-MPM sells $1.1 bln in notes Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:45 AM ET

    Oct 12- MPM Escrow LLC and MPM Finance Escrow Corp on Thursday sold $1.1 billion of first-priority senior secured notes in the 144 a private placement market, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service.

  • New Issue-PrivateBancorp sells $125 mln in notes Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 11:32 AM ET

    on Thursday sold $125 million of subordinated debentures, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Peripheral banks unwilling or unable to lengthen their maturity profiles are building up a redemption hump which they will have to face just as billions of euros of cheap ECB money is coming up for repayment.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose to its highest in five years in October as consumers became more optimistic about the economy in a possible boost to President Obama' s reelection hopes.

  • *Wells Fargo weighs on financials. The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan's preliminary October reading on consumer sentiment rose to 83.1, well above the 78 forecast for the index as optimism about the economy improved. Wells Fargo, the biggest U.S. home lender, dropped 2.5 percent to $34.40.

  • Shares of JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo& Co. both fell after they released their results, even though JPMorgan posted record profits, prompting Canadian financials to follow suit, dropping 0.2 percent. Bank of Nova Scotia was down 0.3 percent at C $53.31, and Toronto-Dominion Bank was 0.2 percent lower at C $80.85.

  • Short-end trap adds to peripheral bank funding woes Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:39 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Peripheral banks unwilling or unable to lengthen their maturity profiles are building up a redemption hump which they will have to face just as billions of euros of cheap ECB money is coming up for repayment.

  • *Worries persist over whether Spain will request aid. Persistent worries on whether Spain will ask for a full-blown bailout to help its struggling economy also fed safety bids for Treasuries, analysts said.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose to its highest level in five years in October as consumers became more optimistic about the overall economy in a possible boost to President Obama' s reelection hopes next month.

  • TREASURIES-Prices trim gains after U.S. consumer data Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:03 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. Treasuries prices pared earlier gains on Friday after a private report showed consumer optimism rose to its highest in five years, reducing anxiety about a deterioration in U.S. economic growth.

  • Oct 12- Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers' preliminary October consumer sentiment index rose to 83.1 from 78.3 in the final September report, according to a report released on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose in October to its highest level in five years as optimism about the overall economy improved, a survey released on Friday showed.

  • TOKYO, Oct 12- Japanese wireless service provider Softbank Corp is in talks with three major Japanese banks to borrow $23 billion to finance a bid for U.S. operator Sprint Nextel Corp, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday.

  • Oct 12- Toronto's main stock index looked set to open higher on Friday, taking cues from its largest trading partner, after robust earnings from JPMorgan marked a strong start for the U.S. banks earnings season.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. stock index futures advanced on Friday, indicating the S&P 500 may crimp its worst weekly decline since early June, following a robust earnings report from JP Morgan and ahead of data on consumer confidence and inflation. But Wells Fargo& Co lost 1.8 percent to $34.55 in premarket trading after reporting its third-quarter results.

  • *JP Morgan climbs after earnings, Wells Fargo due. NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, indicating the S&P 500 may crimp its worst weekly decline since early June, after robust earnings from JP Morgan and ahead of data on consumer confidence and inflation.

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise on JPMorgan results, data due Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 7:25 AM ET

    *JP Morgan climbs after earnings, Wells Fargo due. NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, indicating the S&P 500 may crimp its worst weekly decline, after robust earnings from JP Morgan and ahead of data on consumer confidence and inflation.

  • U.S. stock index futures point slightly higher Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:47 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a fractionally higher open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.2 percent, and contracts on the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 up 0.1 percent at 0828 GMT.

  • *Softbank shares down as much as 17 pct in Tokyo* Softbank and Sprint have confirmed in talks* Broker warns of "unacceptable" gearing levels.

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