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  • US jobs relief wears off in markets Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 6:11 AM ET

    LONDON-- Stocks drifted lower Friday after big gains the day, when U.S. jobs figures came in stronger than expected, and as investors awaited earnings from major banks, starting with JP Morgan Chase& Co..

  • The money came on the initiative of the " Deauville Partnership," which was formed after uprisings last year in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya ended decades-long dictatorships. The partnership includes the Group of Eight major nations as well as oil producers from the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

  • Shares in London- listed engineering firms fill out the top FTSE350 faller list, led by Morgan Crucible, down 11 percent after the maker of carbon, ceramics and other advanced materials warns on profit.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- UK refiners face a further squeeze on their profitability if a raft of new environmentally-friendly legislation is applied from 2013, threatening more plant closures, an industry lobby group said.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Britain's regulatory shakeup of how financial products are sold to small investors is boosting the market dominance of investment manager Hargreaves Lansdown, which has seen assets grow to all-time highs in a soft market.

  • UK gas prices fall on weather, supply boosts Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:56 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- British prompt gas prices fell on Friday morning as warmer weather weighed on demand and Norway boosted deliveries to the UK following maintenance-related supply interruptions earlier this week.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 12- Gazprombank, Russia's No. 3 lender by assets, has mandated banks to hold meetings with investors as it eyes a possible subordinated perpetual Eurobond offering, IFR and a banking source said on Friday.

  • *Turkey- Syria tensions, lower N.Sea output support. LONDON, Oct 12- Oil fell below $115 a barrel on Friday, as a prediction of a further decline in oil consumption and higher supplies offset concerns about potential output disruptions in the Middle East.

  • Lehman Europe plans creditor payout by end November Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:39 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- The European arm of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers, which collapsed in September 2008, is planning to return cash to unsecured creditors for the first time by the end of November, administrators said on Friday.

  • EMERGING MARKETS-Turkish stocks rally, forint strong Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:37 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Turkish stocks extended gains on Friday as investors welcomed strong balance of payments data and the government's tough stance on Syria, while the forint rose after Hungary's leader talked up prospects of an IMF deal.

  • *Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing. *Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply. LONDON, Oct 12- The world could see a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth and rising energy efficiency and as production increases steeply in Iraq and North America, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 12- UK- based The Children's Investment Fund Management said on Friday it has filed a lawsuit in Calcutta High Court against the directors of state miner Coal India Ltd for failing to perform their functions with care and skill.

  • World stocks mixed after US joblessness drops Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:18 AM ET

    Weekly applications for unemployment aid fell to their lowest since February 2008, the U.S. government said Thursday. "I think you need to wait for a few months to see more figures to confirm the jobs recovery in the U.S.," said Francis Lun, managing director of Lyncean Holdings in Hong Kong. Britain's FTSE 10 dropped 0.2 percent to 5,815.68.

  • *Pressure on OPEC to produce more easing. *Iraq, North America to increase oil production steeply. LONDON, Oct 12- The world could see a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth and rising energy efficiency and as production increases steeply in Iraq and North America, the West's energy watchdog said on Friday.

  • Brent crude falls over $1/bbl Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:10 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Brent crude futures fell more than $1 a barrel on Friday after the International Energy Agency said it saw a gradual easing of oil prices over the next five years due to sluggish economic growth.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Adair Turner seems to be offering to pilot the monetary helicopter as he raises his profile in the race to be Bank of England governor. The chairman of the Financial Services Authority says "still more innovative and unconventional" policies may be needed to combat the forces of deleveraging and deflation.

  • Gas producers, buyers square up in pricing deadlock Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 5:02 AM ET

    *Tokyo Gas says oil-indexation "not rational". Producers BG Group, Russia, Norway and Qatar regard them as cornerstones of the business. Tokyo Gas, Japan's single biggest importer of oil-linked, called the global gas pricing mechanism "not rational" in light of cheap U.S. gas exports expected to flood markets by 2016..

  • MOSCOW, Oct 12- Russian private healthcare provider MD Medical Group's London listing got off to a smooth start, with its global depositary receipts trading at a 3 percent premium to their issue price on the first morning.

  • U.S. stock index futures point slightly higher Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:47 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a fractionally higher open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 up 0.2 percent, and contracts on the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100 up 0.1 percent at 0828 GMT.

  • STOCKS NEWS EUROPE-UK small caps outperform early on Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 4:41 AM ET

    The FTSE Small Caps index gains 0.2 percent in early trade, outperforming weaker showings by both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 indexes, down 0.3 percent and 0.4 percent respectively.