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  • MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent on Wednesday, pulling back from 14- month highs after the IMF cut its growth forecasts for a second time, sending shares around most of the region lower. climbed 6 percent to $117.20 a tonne, its highest since Aug. 1, according to data provider Steel Index, taking gains to 12.5 percent over the past two days.

  • BANGKOK-- Worries about Europe's debt crisis, signs of weak global growth and expectations of lower U.S. corporate earnings sent most Asian stock markets down Wednesday.

  • The yield on Turkey's two-year benchmark bond. A reduction in natural gas exports from Iran would not have much impact on world energy markets, but could hurt Turkey and part of Azerbaijan, according to a U.S. report due to be released on Tuesday.

  • * "The jobs data last week was good, and some recent U.S. indicators have shown signs of strength, but there are many other factors," said Ayako Sera, senior market economist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank in Tokyo. *Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen emphasized in a speech in Tokyo that the central bank remains committed to its easy policy.

  • PARIS, Oct 10- Below are company-related news and stories from French and Benelux media which could have an impact on the region's markets or individual stocks. CAC40 futures are 0.4 percent lower at 0649 GMT PEUGEOT.

  • 11:49 STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE- Maybank ups target price on Keppel Corp. Maybank Kim Eng raised its target price on rigbuilder Keppel Corp Ltd to S $13.30 from S $12.90, and kept its' buy' rating to reflect the higher share prices of some of its units such as Dyna-Mac Holdings Ltd. At 0221 GMT, Keppel shares were down 0.97 percent at S $11.23.

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    Are this week's numbers from Taiwan showing a double-digit rise in September exports something to get excited about? Taiwan’s trade data, after all, are widely regarded as a leading indicator of the health of the world economy.

  • *Value of shipments lowest since December 2011. MANILA, Oct 10- The Philippine's annual exports fell by the most in eight months in August, casting doubt on the government's 2012 export growth goal and increasing the pressure on the central bank to ease policy further to support the trade-reliant economy.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 10- Singapore conglomerate Fraser and Neave Ltd, the takeover target of a Thai tycoon, said it had rebuffed a S $1.4 billion bid for its hospitality and serviced residence business.

  • Ford's newest gasoline-electric vehicle, the C-Max Hybrid, is so roomy, stylish and smart, it's likely to attract buyers before they see the noteworthy 47 miles-per-gallon fuel rating on the window sticker.

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.6 percent. LONDON, Oct 10- Global growth worries prodded Britain's top share index lower on Wednesday as a failed merger with a French peer hurt shares in defence and aviation firm BAE Systems.

  • TOKYO, Oct 10- Following is a table of Tokyo Electric Power's. fossil fuel consumption and purchases for last month, a year earlier, and the previous month, with year-on-year percentage changes and changes in inventories.

  • Europe is gripped by a debt crisis and stalled growth. A budget standoff in the United States is set to trigger tax increases and spending cuts and perhaps a recession. And it's warning that even its dimmer outlook might prove too optimistic if Europe and the United States fail to resolve their crises.

  • Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's government unexpectedly cut the lowest income tax rates ahead of next year's national election, promising to meet the budget goals it has agreed with the European Union. Italy's Treasury sells 3.0 billion euros 3- month BOTs maturing Jan. 14, 2013 and 8.0 billion euros 12- month BOTs maturing Oct. 14, 2013.

  • TOKYO-- China's central bank governor and finance minister won't be attending IMF and World Bank annual meetings in Tokyo this week, a Japanese official said Wednesday _ cancelations that come as the two Asian giants remain at odds over a cluster of tiny islands both claim.

  • NAGOYA, Oct 10- Boeing Co is on course to achieve a difficult production target for its fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner jets, an executive said on Wednesday, after the company fell behind its initial delivery schedule due to development delays. Boeing now makes three and a half of the new carbon-composite jets a month.

  • S Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will visit Mumbai. *Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to speak at International Energy ministers meeting in New Delhi. *World Steel Association's 2- day annual conference in New Delhi.

  • *Nifty futures on the Singapore Exchange. *A government panel recommended in a draft report on Tuesday that India should scrap a law that taxes asset transfers retrospectively, a move that could save Britain's Vodafone $2 billion.

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    The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday that China's central bank governor will not lead the Chinese delegation at the IMF's semi-annual meeting this week, in what appeared to be a snub to host Japan.

  • TOKYO, Oct 10- Japan's Nikkei average fell to a two-month low on Wednesday on concerns that upcoming corporate earnings for the latest quarter would be hurt by sluggish global growth, as the IMF cut its forecasts for the second time since April.