LONDON, Oct 5- Britain's top share index edged higher in early trading on Friday, helped by stronger mining equities, although the index remained stuck in a range and investors waited for fresh catalysts emerging from events such as U.S. non-farm jobs data.
LONDON, Oct 5- European shares opened higher on Friday, keeping within their recent range, as investors positioned for a sentiment boost from key U.S. jobs data later in the day.
SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares rose 0.9 percent to their highest close in more than 14 months on Friday, tracking a fourth day of gains on Wall Street on expectations of positive U.S. payrolls data later in the day.
LONDON, Oct 5- Britain needs to build a four-runway airport in west London or north of the capital if it wants to compete with other European hubs, according to a report by UK think tank Policy Exchange.
LONDON, Oct 5- Wall Street Journal. *Apollo Global Management is proposing a merger of its Core Media Group and Endemol, the TV production house behind "Big Brother". *Private equity firms are set to take billions of pounds out of UK companies in a refinancing glut that has raised fears of a new credit bubble.
SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares rose 0.9 percent on Friday, lifted by mining and banking stocks as the market was supported by a fourth day of gains on Wall Street ahead of a U.S. payrolls report later in the day.
LONDON, Oct 5- Grainger PLC:. *Sells first phase of major Hampshire housing development to Bloor homes. *End gross development value for Bloor homes is anticipated to be in.
LONDON, Oct 5- Shaft Sinkers Holdings PLC:.
LONDON, Oct 5- KCOM Group PLC:. *During the first half year the group has performed in line with expectations. *First half net debt has increased.
LONDON, Oct 5- Smiths Group PLC:. *Notes, priced with a coupon of 3.625%, maturity in October 2022 and offer. *Notes, priced with coupon of 3.625%, have maturity in October 2022, offer.
LONDON, Oct 5- Earthport PLC:.
index were up by 0.6 percent, while the futures contracts on Germany's DAX and France's CAC were up by 0.5 percent. Financial spreadbetters also expected Britain's FTSE 100. "I think it's going to be reasonably quiet ahead of the payrolls, but Spanish yields are creeping up, which is slightly worrying," said Joe Rundle, head of trading at ETX Capital.
HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, Oct 5- China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, the world's No.2 telecommunications equipment maker, has been in touch with investment banks about a possible initial public offering but has not made any decisions about proceeding with a listing, sources said on Friday.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was down 70 cents to $91.01 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Thursday, tensions between Syria and Turkey gave oil prices their biggest jump in two months. Oil settled at $91.71 per barrel, up by $3.57, or 4 percent, in New York.
ZURICH, Oct 5- The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Friday:. *Credit Suisse will lay off another 78 employees in the New York region by year-end, its fourth round of cuts for the area this year, a regulatory filing showed.
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 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.
*Supportive U.S. data offset by weak China, Europe reports. NEW YORK, Oct 5- Oil prices fell on Friday and headed for a weekly loss as a fragile global economy and uncertainty about Europe's debt crisis countered any support from a better-than-expected U.S. employment report.
LONDON, Oct 5- German foods group Zertus agreed to buy UK- based chocolate maker Zetar Plc in a 43 million pound deal that gives the group its first inroad into the British confectionary market. Zertus will pay 297 pence per share for Zetar, which is listed on London's junior AIM market, a price that is around 26 percent above Zetar's Thursday closing price.
LONDON, Oct 5- European equities powered higher on Friday, propelled by a strong U.S. jobs report which reassured investors about the health of the global economy and opened the door for a further short-term rise in miners and industrials. Equities can still rally in the short term,... maybe a couple of percent more, "said Peter Garnry, equity strategist at Saxo Bank.