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  • UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Friday Oct 12 Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 1:40 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 15 to 18 points, or 0.3 percent on Friday, according to financial bookmakers, retreating after a strong rise in the previous session after Wall Street pared its gains to end flat and Asian markets fell overnight. *Banks will be in focus as JPMorgan Chase& Co. and Wells Fargo.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- European stocks were set to open slightly lower on Friday as expectations for a weak earnings season and lingering uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis kept investors on the back foot after healthy gains in the previous session. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 15 to 18 points lower, or as much as 0.3 percent.

  • Oil prices rise after US jobless claims fall Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 1:19 AM ET

    By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was up 21 cents to $92.28 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 82 cents to close at $92.07 per barrel in New York on Thursday.

  • US stocks fall, headed for weekly decline Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:56 AM ET

    Bank and energy stocks led the way lower after investors had a mixed reaction to earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Investors haven't had much to get excited about, with mixed results this week from U.S. companies including Alcoa, Safeway and Yum Brands. The S&P 500 is up more than 11 percent since June 1.

  • TEXT-S&P cuts Victoria Funding (EMC-III) ratings Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:46 AM ET

    --Following our review of the remaining loan backing Victoria Funding, we consider that the risk of principal losses and cash flow disruption has increased. --Victoria Funding is a 2005- vintage transaction currently backed by one loan secured by seven commercial real estate assets in the U.K..

  • Med Crude-Urals strongest in Baltic since end Aug Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:45 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Russian Urals crude extended its rally on Friday, trading in the Baltic at a discount of less than $1 a barrel to dated Brent for the first time since late August, as refiners scrambled to pick up remaining scarce volumes. In the Platts window, BP continued to bid for an Oct 22-26 cargo in the Baltic at dated Brent minus $1 but found no sellers, traders said.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Irish originator Permanent TSB made a capital gain in excess of EUR150m with its RMBS tender offer, repurchasing EUR644.6m of bonds from the Fastnet 2 transaction.

  • Markets slip after bank earnings reports Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:35 AM ET

    LONDON-- Financial markets slipped on Friday, as disappointing earnings from Wells Fargo bank offset brighter figures from JP Morgan Chase& Co. and a strong U.S. consumer confidence survey. But revenue gains reported by Wells Fargo were below investors' expectations, pushing stock markets back down by the time European exchanges closed.

  • *JPMorgan has lower' London whale' losses than in 1st half. Oct 12- Two of the nation's biggest banks, Wells Fargo& Co and J.P. Morgan Chase& Co, made record profits over the last three months from a sharp rise in mortgage lending, though performance stumbles elsewhere hurt J.P. Morgan more than Wells Fargo.

  • North Sea Crude-BP buys 6th Forties, values up Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:29 AM ET

    Signs of tight crude supply from the North Sea in November and expectations of stronger refinery demand in Europe have also supported the market. Shipments of Forties to South Korea, encouraged by a free trade agreement during 2012, tend to support prices in the North Sea market, as well as Brent swaps and timespreads.

  • MOMBASA, Kenya, Oct 12- The number of tourists visiting Kenya's coast fell by 22 percent in the first eight months of this year compared to 2011 due to concerns over Islamist violence and the cost of landing rights in the traditional tourist hot spot, tour operators said.

  • UK shares bruised by earnings concerns Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:27 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 down 0.5 percent on day, 1.2 pct on week. LONDON, Oct 12- Britain's FTSE 100 fell on Friday, dented by corporate earnings concerns after a second profit warning in a week from the engineering sector and by more weak data from mega metals consumer China.

  • TNK-BP likely to expand 2013 oil buyers list Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:19 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 12- Russian oil firm TNK-BP will likely award its 2013 crude sale tender to six oil companies and trading houses, up from three last year, effectively diluting the influence a buyer can have on prices, trading sources said on Friday.

  • Berezovsky to pay Abramovich $56M in legal costs Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:17 AM ET

    LONDON-- A British court has ordered self-exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky to pay 35 million pounds in legal costs to fellow Russian Roman Abramovich after losing a lawsuit against him.

  • Man jailed after scamming Olympians' parents Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:16 AM ET

    Christakis Ioannou set up websites designed to look like the official portals and received more than $646,500 for non-existent tickets from people in 35 countries. Olympians from France and Greece were among his victims.

  • TEXT-S&P raises SEAT PagineGialle rating to 'B-' Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:09 AM ET

    --Italy- based classified directories publisher SEAT PagineGialle SpA. Rating Action On Oct. 12, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services raised to' B-' from' CCC' its long-term corporate credit rating on Italy- based classified directories publisher SEAT PagineGialle SpA.

  • LONDON, Oct 12- Diamond Circle Capital PLC:. *Sold a further three diamonds out of remaining portfolio of six diamonds for. *Continues to explore& consider all opportunities to realise remaining.

  • Goldman Sachs metals chief to retire post LME sale Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 12- Stephen Branton-Speak, the head of metals trading at Goldman Sachs, is set to retire after 15 years and after playing a key role in steering the 1.4 billion pound sale of the London Metal Exchange, sources told Reuters on Friday.

  • TOKYO, Oct 12- The stand-off between Japan's government and opposition parties is a concern as it has stalled important legislation needed to fund government spending, credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service said on Friday.

  • PRESS DIGEST - British business - Oct 12 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:40 PM ET

    EADS boss Tom Enders has been accused of being "naive" for misunderstanding the nature of Berlin's political structure and failing to approach Germany directly over the group's proposed merger with BAE Systems.