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  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares rallied 1 percent to their highest close in five months after Australia's central bank cut its main cash rate in a bid to bolster growth in the face of weak commodity prices and global uncertainty.

  • Singapore shares rose after a surprising expansion in factory activity in the United States, with traders buying small and mid-cap stocks such as Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd and firms with exposure to Myanmar. The Straits Times Index was up 0.5 percent at 3,072.96 points, while the MSCI index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 percent.

  • BANGKOK-- Oil prices dwelled near $92 a barrel Tuesday in Asia after a report showed U.S. manufacturing rose in September for the first time in four months. Benchmark oil for November delivery was down 17 cents to $92.31 a barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Shares in Susco Pcl gained as much as 10.7 percent to touch their highest since September 1994 on expectations the oil retailer would get a strong revenue boost from its recent acquisition of petrol stations of Malaysia's Petronas. Susco shares were up 9.1 percent at 2.64 baht, climbing at one point to 2.68 baht.

  • UOB Kay Hian raised its target price on Super Group Ltd. 11:38 STOCKS NEWS SINGAPORE- Singapore Q3 home prices rise on mass-market growth. Singapore's private home prices in the third quarter rose 0.5 percent from the previous quarter, data from the Urban Redevelopment Authority showed, making it the highest rate of increase so far this year.

  • Property developers listed in Singapore have surged nearly 35 percent so far this year, compared to the benchmark Straits Times Index's 15.9 percent gain. The rate of increase is likely to continue into the fourth quarter and next year, helped by a prolonged low interest rate environment and low unemployment rate in Singapore, Knight Frank said.

  • Shares of Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd rose more than 3 percent after the budget carrier signed a partnership agreement with the low-cost unit of Singapore Airlines Ltd. "We view the news positively as this will increase traffic flow to Tiger Airways," said DMG& Partners Securities, which has a' neutral' rating and S $0.76 target price on the stock.

  • South Korea's Kospi rose nearly 0.3 percent to 2,001.41 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6 percent to 4,413.80. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia also rose. The better news on manufacturing helped investors set aside concerns of a possible downgrade by credit rating agency Moody's of Spain's debt rating to junk status.

  • -Vietnam's exports may hit $113 billion this year, $4 billion over the government's target, said Nguyen Tien Vi, director of the Trade and Industry Ministry's planning department.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 2- Following are some company-related and market news which could have an impact on the local market. SE ASIA STOCKS-Most weak in light volume, Malaysia outperforms. STOCKS TO WATCH-- SANSIRI PCL.

  • South Korea's Kospi rose nearly 0.3 percent to 2,001.41 and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.6 percent to 4,413.80. Benchmarks in Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia also rose. The better news on manufacturing helped investors set aside concerns of a possible downgrade by credit rating agency Moody's of Spain's debt rating to junk status.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 2- Australian shares advanced 0.5 percent on Tuesday, with investors on tenterhooks ahead of a central bank rate decision and resources stocks helped by stronger-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 2- Australian shares opened 0.3 percent higher on Tuesday, with investors on tenterhooks ahead of a central bank rate decision and resources stocks helped by stronger-than-expected U.S. manufacturing data.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 2- Australian shares are set to open higher on Tuesday, with resources stocks likely to underpin gains after data showed a surprising expansion in U.S. manufacturing in September.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 1- The U.S. Export-Import Bank on Monday said it has approved an $118 million direct loan to a Vietnamese state-owned company to buy a telecommunications satellite and other goods and services from Lockheed Martin.

  • LONDON-- Global markets rose Monday as investors cautiously welcomed the result of stress tests of Spain's banks and upbeat U.S. economic data and looked past the threat that Moody's might downgrade the country's debt rating to junk status.

  • While Norwegian gas exports to continental Europe are supplied under long-term contracts that are linked to the oil price, Britain receives most of its Norwegian gas under hub market terms that are priced off Britain's National Balancing Point and have lesser binding supply obligations.

  • LONDON-- European stocks edged higher on Monday as investors cautiously welcomed the result of stress tests of Spain's banks. But the threat that Moody's might downgrade the country's debt rating to junk status limited gains. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1 percent to 5,800.63 while Spain's Ibex was up 0.6 percent at 7,752.10.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 1- Southeast Asian stock markets ended mostly lower on Monday, tracking weak global equities and after a lacklustre session amid market holidays in Asia, but foreign buying pushed Malaysian shares to their highest in almost two weeks. Banking stocks gained due to optimism about third-quarter earnings, with Kasikornbank.

  • Athens needs the lenders to approve a proposed package of spending cuts and tax hikes to receive the next installment of emergency loans intended to keep Greece from defaulting on its massive debts. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1 percent to 5,801.13. In Asia, markets in China, Hong Kong and South Korea were closed for public holidays.