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  • Oct 05- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Hong Kong- based Hang Seng Bank Limited's Long-Term Issuer Default Rating at' A+' and its Short-term IDR at' F1'. Its stable margins benefit from the bank's treasury activities and its expansion to mainland China. In addition, they are underpinned by support from the bank's ultimate 62% owner, HSBC Holdings plc.

  • --On Sept. 21, 2012, France- based Groupama S.A. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement with Ageas Ltd. regarding the sale of Groupama Insurance Co. Ltd. for a consideration of GBP116 million.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Design and engineering firm WS Atkins could be next in the firing line for its part in a flawed $9 billion dollar rail deal torn up by Britain's government this week, sending its shares down 4 percent.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.7 pct, MSCI global index up 0.3 pct. *U.S. stocks seen slightly higher, US payrolls data due 1230 GMT.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Graphite Enterprise Trust PLC:. *Sold its investment in NES Group. *Sold NES to funds advised by AEA Investors LP for an enterprise value of  £234.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Pursuit Dynamics PLC:. *Continuing to explore financing options. *Expects to be able to provide an update on its discussions by the end of.

  • *Turkey- Syria conflict stokes supply concern. LONDON, Oct 5- Oil slid below $112 per barrel on Friday as investors awaited data that is expected to show U.S. unemployment is on the rise, reinforcing concern that a fragile global economic recovery is still under threat. Brent futures fell more than $1 a barrel and by 0947 GMT were trading at $111.93- down 65 cents.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- South Africa's rand plunged 2 percent on Friday to just shy of a three-year low against the dollar as labour unrest swept the country, while Turkish assets stabilised after the previous day's sell-off caused by political concerns.

  • Oct 05- London& Regional Debt Securitisation No. 2 plc. *Moody's downgraded the following Notes issued by London& Regional Debt Securitisation No. 2 plc:. previously on Dec 21, 2011 Downgraded to Aa2.

  • Markets await key US jobs figures Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:51 AM ET

    In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.3 percent at 5,846 while Germany's DAX rose 0.5 percent to 7,342. The CAC-40 in France was 0.7 percent higher at 3,427.. The price of oil was steady after advancing in the wake of concerns of rising tensions between Turkey and Syria _ the benchmark New York rate was 74 cents lower at $90.95 a barrel.

  • Investors pile into new Telefonica bond Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:36 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Spain's Telefonica SA, rated Baa2/BBB/BBB+, will price a new EUR1.2bn January 2020 bond at 330 bp over mid-swaps after the deal attracted around EUR8bn of investor demand.

  • Bond films turn 50 with Adele song and documentary Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:34 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- The James Bond film franchise turns 50 on Friday with the release of a revealing new documentary about its turbulent past and the first listen of the new theme tune performed by Adele.

  • UPDATE 1-OFGEM warns of dwindling UK power capacity Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 5:27 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- Britian faces a potential shortfall in electricity generation in the next three to four years, its power regulator said in a report on Friday. Spare generation capacity in the system, called the margin, could fall to 4 percent by 2015/ 2016 from 14 percent today Ofgem said.

  • *FTSE 100 index rises 0.2 percent. LONDON, Oct 5- UK shares edged higher on Friday, boosted by firm commodity markets but trading in a tight range ahead of what many investors expect to be strong U.S. jobs data.

  • *OFGEM-analysis based on joint modelling with national grid shows tightening. margins for electricity generation over next 4 years. *OFGEM-margins are projected to fall from 14 per cent in 2012/ 13 to 4 per cent.

  • World stocks higher ahead of US jobs report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:52 AM ET

    BANGKOK-- Better-than-expected U.S. economic data helped boost stock markets Friday ahead of a monthly report on employment in the world's top economy. Government figures showing the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits for the first time rose to 367,000 last week.

  • UK gas prices remain firm on shaky Norwegian flows Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:44 AM ET

    were trading around 61.50 pence per therm, up 0.1 pence since Thursday morning, and prices for delivery within the day were also trading at 61.50 pence.

  • Oct 05- Fitch Ratings has withdrawn Morgan Stanley Mortgage Servicing's UK and German commercial servicer ratings, as follows:. -UK Commercial Primary Servicer Rating of' CPS1-'; Withdrawn- UK Commercial Special Servicer Rating of' CSS2-'; Withdrawn- German Commercial Primary Servicer Rating of' CPS2'; Withdrawn.

  • U.S. stock index futures indicate mixed open Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:32 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5-* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street on Friday, with futures for the S&P 500 slipping by 0.1 percent, while the Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures contracts rose around 0.1 percent.

  • US investors swamp BBVA as periphery regains favour Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 5- In a startling change of fortune, Spain's BBVA was swamped with USD7.5bn of demand for a USD2bn three-year Yankee bond yesterday, the first time US investors have shown interest in buying Spanish financial risk in more than 17 months.