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  • BRIEF-Balfour Beatty wins U.S water contracts Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Balfour Beatty PLC:. *Balfour Beatty water and wastewater strategy delivers contracts over  £185. * £45 million, three year contract at the Galveston main water and wastewater.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- Burberry Group PLC:. *Fragrance and beauty to be directly operated. *Fragrance and beauty will be run as Burberry's fifth product division.

  • BRIEF-Ashmore says assets rise to $68 bln Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:01 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Ashmore Group PLC:. *The quarter saw assets under management increase 6.8% to US $68.0 billion. billion and net inflows of US $0.6 billion.

  • RPT-"Major Tom" brought to earth as Merkel says 'Nein' Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:00 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 10- Tom Enders was flying high six weeks ago; newly elevated to the top job at Europe's EADS, his secret merger deal to create the world's biggest aerospace group and rid himself of burdensome government meddling was preparing for launch.

  • UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Thursday Oct. 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:54 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 6 to 18 points, or as much as 0.3 percent on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. *The expected fourth day of weakness on the UK index- which would be its longest down run since May- follows on overnight from selloffs on Wall Street, where the S&P 500 closed down 0.6 percent, and in Asia.

  • PRESS DIGEST - Wall Street Journal - Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:54 AM ET

    Oct 11- The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. *BAE Systems Plc and EADS called off their merger after the UK, France and Germany failed to agree on how much influence they should have over the combined entity.

  • LONDON, Oct 11- European equities were set to fall for a fourth straight session on Thursday, mirroring losses on Wall Street and in Asia, with concerns about weaker corporate earnings and global growth seen pushing shares towards one-month lows.

  • Oil prices up amid escalating Turkey-Syria tension Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:31 AM ET

    The price of oil rose above $92 a barrel Thursday as growing tensions between Turkey and Syria caused worries about the future of Middle East crude supplies. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was up 90 cents to $92.15 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Oct 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:26 AM ET

    EDF Chief Executive Henri Proglio is expected to step down from French utility Veolia's board, French daily Les Echos reported. Europe's car market will not really recover without EU-led coordination of capacity cuts, Fiat and Chrysler Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said, in an apparent back-track on comments he made at the Paris auto show last month.

  • Bucking the trend, LME looks at expanding floor trading Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 1:00 AM ET

    By Josephine Mason and Susan Thomas. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 11- The London Metal Exchange may add morning rounds of open-outcry trading for its unique futures contracts, senior trade sources say, as the new Hong Kong- based owners plot their first major move to hold off intense competition from their Shanghai rival.

  • BBVA makes U-turn on bond call policy Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:58 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- BBVA shifted its stance of calling subordinated bonds at the earliest opportunity, as Spain's second largest bank struggles to fund at sustainable levels in the wholesale markets. On Wednesday, Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International gave investors in a Tier 2 bond a similar warning.

  • *Turkey, Syria fighting reinforces worry over Middle East supply. NEW YORK, Oct 11- Oil prices rose on Thursday as tensions between Syria and Turkey escalate and maintenance curbs on North Sea output continue.

  • PARIS, Oct 11- European stocks rallied on Thursday after a drop in U.S. jobless claims while Spain's credit downgrade raised expectations that Madrid would soon request a bailout.

  • Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on Oct. 11 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:53 AM ET

    The head of an internal UBS probe into "rogue trader" Kweku Adoboli, accused of losing the Swiss bank $2.3 billion, did not consider whether others at the bank might have been involved, a London court heard. said Pascal Boillat would take over as the new head of GF AgieCharmilles when Jean-Pierre Wilmes retires on Jan. 1, 2013.

  • Europe Power-Ample wind, French nuclear drag spot down Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:45 AM ET

    *More wind electricity output in Germany, France. *Unions stopped E.ON' s French thermal power plants. ,while Germany's equivalent spot contract also fell 6.85 euros to 45.15 euros per MWh.

  • Paragon targets complete RMBS capital structure sale Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:37 AM ET

    By Owen Sanderson and Anil Mayre. LONDON, Oct 11- UK buy-to-let specialist Paragon will try to sell down the entire capital structure in its new Paragon securitisation, placing not just the super-safe Triple A rated bonds, which many issuers have done since the crisis, but also two riskier tranches subordinated to that.

  • North Sea Crude-BP buys 4th Forties this week Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:33 AM ET

    *North Sea output to fall by 1 percent in November. BP purchased its fourth cargo this week on Thursday and rival traders expect the oil to be loaded onto a Very Large Crude Carrier bound for South Korea, removing a chunk of supply from northwest Europe.

  • Arms maker BAE fights for growth after merger shot down Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:33 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 11- Its $45 billion merger plan shot down, BAE Systems must now hunt growth elsewhere if the British arms maker is to find the cash needed to sustain big dividends and avert the possibility of a break-up. CEO Ian King is under pressure to spur the search for new business with a lucrative deal in Saudi Arabia now seen as crucial to bolster the balance sheet.

  • First private abortion clinic to open in Northern Ireland Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:31 AM ET

    DUBLIN, Oct 11- The first private clinic offering abortions will open in Northern Ireland next week, the Marie Stopes charity said on Thursday, making access to abortion much easier for women in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

  • McGraw-Hill unit Platts buys Swiss firm Kingsman Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 12:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. said Thursday that its Platts division is buying Swiss analytics firm Kingsman SA for an undisclosed price. Founded in 1990 and based in Lausanne, Switzerland, Kingsman employs analysts, researchers and report writers in several markets, including London, Montreal, New Delhi and Sao Paulo.