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  • TEXT-S&P summary: Codere S.A. Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:40 AM ET

    Oct 05-=============================================================================== Summary analysis-- Codere S.A.----------------------------------- 05- Oct-2012=============================================================================== CREDIT RATING: B-/Negative/-- Country: Spain Primary SIC: Amusement and recreation, nec=============================================================================== Credit Rating History: Local currency Foreign currency 06- Jul-2012 B-/-- B-/-- 02- Jul-2009 B/-- B/-- 27- Oct-2008 B+/-- B+/--=============================================================================== Rationale.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 5- Iron ore shipments to China from Australia's Port Hedland, a bellwether for Chinese industrial activity, fell by 9.5 percent in September from the previous month to be flat on the year, port authority data showed. September shipments to China dipped to 15.13 million tonnes, from 16.72 million tonnes in August, according to the data.

  • UK- listed miner Rio Tinto was among top gainers, along with French oil services group Technip, which was also boosted by a contract win in Mexico. "A good NFP reading could help German, French or UK stocks but Italy and Spain are more focused on the European problems so if there are problems in Spain they're going to be left behind," a trader said.

  • *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply fears. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Brent futures slipped towards $112 per barrel on Friday, but were on course to end a choppy week nearly flat as rising tensions in the Middle East battle with perennial worries about the global economy and oil demand.

  • *Mills likely to replenish when China returns next week. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Bids for iron ore forward swaps remained firm on Friday, reflecting investor expectations spot iron prices will bounce back as Chinese steel mills replenish inventories when they return next week.

  • French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:13 AM ET

    EADS and BAE Systems have edged closer towards winning political backing for a $45 billion merger amid positive signals from Britain and France, but German misgivings over control remain a major hurdle, sources close to the talks said.

  • Italy - Factors to watch on October 5 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 1:00 AM ET

    Italy faces the risk of a credit crunch when its banks have to repay the cheap three-year loans they took from the European Central Bank, the chairman of the country's third-biggest lender Monte dei Paschi said on Thursday.

  • *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply fears. SINGAPORE, Oct 5- Brent futures slipped below $112 per barrel on Friday, but they are on course to end a choppy week nearly flat as rising tensions in the Middle East battle with perennial worries about the global economy and oil demand.

  • Pan Pacific sees H2 copper output up 12.4 pct y/y Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:24 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 5- Pan Pacific Copper, Japan's biggest copper smelter and a subsidiary of JX Holdings, said it plans to produce 268,300 tonnes of refined copper in the October-March second half, up 12.4 percent from the same period last financial year.

  • Brazil's Olympic chief keeps power despite critics Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:08 AM ET

    SAO PAULO-- The man who has headed the Olympic movement in Brazil for decades and helped bring the Summer Games to Rio de Janeiro is set to extend his rule amid increased criticism and accusations of wrongdoing.

  • Aussie & NZ dollars bob up, BOJ eyed Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 10:20 PM ET

    WELLINGTON/ SYDNEY, Oct 5- The Aussie and New Zealand dollars bobbed up on Friday, as risk aversion eased after the European Central Bank said it was ready to buy bonds of troubled euro zone countries, while markets awaited the outcome from a Bank of Japan policy meeting.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 5- Hong Kong shares are expected to rise for a fifth straight session and poised to end a holiday-shortened week with mild gains, although caution ahead of U.S. payrolls data is likely to keep trading activity light.

  • *Says EBX to raise $2 billion before year-end. SAO PAULO, Oct. 4- Eike Batista, Brazil's richest man, said his energy, mining and shipbuilding conglomerate EBX will raise $2 billion by the end of the year, without specifying the means.

  • *Facebook confirms billion user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.

  • *ISS recommends shareholders vote to re-elect all News Corp directors. Oct 4- News Corp's controlling Murdoch family received a major endorsement, and won a symbolic victory, with proxy advisory group Institutional Shareholder Services' recommendation that shareholders vote to re-elect the company's board of directors at its annual shareholder meeting.

  • Brazil wants safer and more fuel-efficient cars Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 3:49 PM ET

    BRASILIA, Brazil-- Brazil says it will grant tax breaks to companies that produce safer and more fuel-efficient cars. Next year, all cars made in Brazil must have air bags and ABS brakes. Brazil is the world's seventh-largest motor vehicle producer.

  • *Facebook confirms billion-user mark, growth slows. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 4- Facebook Inc.

  • Power outage hits 5 states in Brazil Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    SAO PAULO-- Fire forced the shutdown of a transformer in a substation, causing a 30- minute-long power outage in five Brazilians states, the country's Electric Energy System Operator said Thursday. "There was no blackout, but a preventive and controlled shutdown," agency director Hermes Chipp told reporters.

  • Oct 4- Fitch Ratings has affirmed the' BBB' investment grade debt ratings and Issuer Default Ratings of The Mosaic Company. Demand will be enhanced by the drought and heat damage to this season's crops, particularly in the U.S. but also in Russia and India.

  • Argentine ship stuck in Africa in bondholder fight Thursday, 4 Oct 2012 | 1:07 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-- The flagship of Argentina's navy has been ordered held in Africa by a judge answering a complaint from a U.S. hedge fund. Courts in the United States and Britain have granted judgments worth $1.6 billion to the hedge fund, but it and other bondholders are still suing for billions more and Argentina has refused to pay.