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  • *Thailand to make all sovereign debt baht-denominated* Thai bond market now equal to Thai loan market* Offshore debt may still be used for infrastructure By Christopher Langner.

  • WASHINGTON-- Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is promising to get tough on China to help American workers, but his plans could backfire. Romney is pledging, on his first day in office, to designate China a currency manipulator, a step no administration has taken against any country for 18 years.

  • Slovakia's centre-left government drew up a deficit-cutting 2013 state budget bill on Wednesday, primarily raising taxes to help it weather the euro zone debt crisis.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting continues, stokes worries about Mideast supply. November Brent crude rose 60 cents to $114.93 a barrel by 0626 GMT after a volatile session on Wednesday that saw the contract rising to $115.59, its highest since Sept. 17, before settling down slightly.

  • TOKYO Oct. 11, 2012-- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services today assigned its' A-' debt ratings to the 44th and 45th series of unsecured straight bonds issued by Hitachi Capital Corp.. Hitachi Capital is one of Japan's major leasing companies and a member of the Hitachi group led by Hitachi Ltd..

  • *S&P/ASX 200 index fell 7 points to 4,483.5* Lynas Corp Ltd. plunges 15 pct on Malaysia delay. Shares pulled back from 14- month highs on Wednesday after the IMF cut its growth forecast for China, Australia's biggest export market.

  • *Car parts maker Tokai Rika sags after Toyota recall. *KDDI climbs after J.P. Morgan lifts price target. TOKYO, Oct 11- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to its lowest close in more than two months on Thursday on mounting fears that upcoming corporate earnings will be weak after the U.S. results season got off to a slow start.

  • TOKYO, Oct 11- Japan's Nikkei share average fell to its lowest close in more than two months on Thursday on mounting concerns that upcoming quarterly corporate earnings will be weak after the U.S. results season got off to a slow start. The Nikkei dropped 0.6 percent to 8,546.78, losing ground for a third straight session, while the broader Topix.

  • TOKYO, Oct 11- Aluminium stocks held at three major Japanese ports stood at 273,900 tonnes at the end of September, up 4.9 percent from 261,000 tonnes a month earlier, trading house Marubeni Corp said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- European equities were set to fall for a fourth straight session on Thursday, mirroring losses on Wall Street and in Asia, with concerns about weaker corporate earnings and global growth seen pushing shares towards one-month lows.

  • TOKYO, Oct 11- Toyota Motor Corp has "high hurdles" to achieving its Lexus luxury brand's 2012 global sales target of 500,000 vehicles after sales of Japanese car brands plummeted in China, a company executive said on Thursday.

  • TAIPEI, Oct 11- Taiwan stocks ended 1.85 percent lower on Thursday, underperforming other regional bourses and pulled down by heavyweights HTC. TSMC shed 1.84 percent, while Hon Hai tumbled 3.7 percent, though both reported rises in September sales. The Taiwan dollar was up by T $0.101 to trade at T $29.298.

  • TOKYO Oct. 11, 2012-- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services today assigned its' A+' debt rating to the U.S. dollar-denominated senior notes issued by Mizuho Corporate Bank Ltd..

  • EDF Chief Executive Henri Proglio is expected to step down from French utility Veolia's board, French daily Les Echos reported. Europe's car market will not really recover without EU-led coordination of capacity cuts, Fiat and Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said, in an apparent back-track on comments he made at the Paris auto show last month.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting continues; Mideast tension supports oil. November Brent crude rose 52 cents to $114.85 a barrel by 0501 GMT after a volatile session on Wednesday that saw the contract rising to $115.59, its highest since Sept. 17, before settling down slightly.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 11- Australian shares fell 0.2 percent on Thursday, weighed by weakness in miners but paring steeper earlier losses after data showed a jump in jobs in September. Lynas Corp Ltd plunged 15 percent as it faced another delay in opening its rare earths plant in Malaysia.

  • TOKYO, Oct 11- Japanese consumer confidence worsened in September, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Thursday. --Ministry of Finance-- Ministry of Economy-- Bank of Japan For more economic news click:. --Top News for the global economy.

  • *Thailand to make all sovereign debt baht-denominated.

  • PARIS, Oct 11- European stocks rallied on Thursday after a drop in U.S. jobless claims while Spain's credit downgrade raised expectations that Madrid would soon request a bailout.

  • --JLS primarily provides special servicing for residential loans that it receives from Japan Housing Finance Agency. TOKYO Oct. 11, 2012-- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services today said that it has revised to positive from stable its outlook on the servicer evaluation ranking on Juutaku Loan Servicer Ltd. as a residential loan special servicer.