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  • LONDON, Oct 2- Qatar Airways will become the first Gulf carrier to join the oneworld alliance of airlines with an agreement due to be announced early next week, according to sources close to the alliance.

  • TEXT-Fitch affirms the Bank of England at 'AAA' Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 5:01 AM ET

    The BoE's ratings reflect its central role in the UK and international financial system. They remain underpinned by support from the' AAA'-rated UK sovereign. The near certainty of sovereign support for the BoE derives primarily from its national strategic importance, as well as its ownership by the UK Treasury.

  • UPDATE 1-Bank stocks push UK FTSE lower Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:55 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 slips 0.2 pct, close to key 5,800 technical level. LONDON, Oct 2- UK shares fell on Tuesday, led by banks after a sector downgrade by UBS, and analysts said the market would stay in a tight range while uncertainty over the weak economy and the euro zone persists. The blue-chip FTSE 100 was down 0.2 percent, or 8.27 points, at 5,812.18 points.

  • OSLO, Oct 2- Statoil said on Tuesday its gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf was reduced by 12 million cubic metres per day due to "decreased availability".

  • European shares steady; Spain in focus Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:35 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 2- European stocks pared early losses and steadied on Tuesday, with investors looking for clues on whether Spain will soon request a bailout that would ease fears of contagion from the euro zone debt crisis.

  • UK construction contracts again in Sept - Markit Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 2- Construction activity contracted in Britain for a second straight month in September as business morale held close to its lowest since Britain entered recession in 2008, a survey of industry managers showed on Tuesday.

  • *Qatar airways to join oneworld alliance, to be unveiled at press conference.

  • Oct 02- Fitch Ratings has maintained its Stable Outlook on the UK non-life insurance sector, even as fundamental indicators in the sector remain weak. The Stable Outlook indicates that the vast majority of UK non-life insurers' ratings are likely to be affirmed over the next 12-24 months.

  • UK shares slip as euro concerns weigh Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:16 AM ET

    *FTSE 100 down 0.2 percent; close to 5,800 technical level. LONDON, Oct 2- Britain's benchmark share index edged lower on Tuesday, with sentiment driven by concerns about Europe that traders said could drive the market down further.

  • US stock index futures signal higher Wall St open Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 4:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 2-* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street on Tuesday, with futures for the S&P 500, the Dow Jones and the Nasdaq 100. *ICSC/ Goldman Sachs release at 1145 GMT chain store sales for the week ended Sept. 15.

  • The A2/A-/A- rated issuer mandated Commerzbank, HSBC, ING and SG CIB for the transaction that is expected to be priced today.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- 3 Legs Resources PLC:. *ConocoPhillips did not give notice to exercise option for 70% interest in. three baltic concessions before September 30.

  • *European shares fall in early trading, euro dips back below $1.29. LONDON, Oct 2- European shares and the euro dipped on Tuesday as investors worried about Spain's economic troubles and a gloomy outlook for global growth, cashing in recent gains.

  • Wolseley leads Britain's FTSE lower Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:14 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 2- Britain's benchmark share index slipped back on Tuesday, falling below a key technical level of 5,800 points, with plumbing and building supplies group Wolseley. the worst-performer after posting profits below the consensus forecast. The blue-chip FTSE 100 index was down by 0.5 percent, or 29.36 points lower, at 5,791.09 points by 0710 GMT.

  • Kollsnes ramp up delayed once again: Gassco Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 3:14 AM ET

    OSLO, Oct 2- Norway's Kollsnes gas processing plant will return to full production on Wednesday, later than earlier expected, gas system operator Gassco said in a market message on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 2- FirstGroup said it was preparing to take over the running of Britain's West Coast rail line Later this year, despite a legal appeal over the contract award by incumbent Virgin Trains.

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

  • UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:38 AM ET

    *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 30 to 39 points, or as much as 0.7 percent, according to financial bookmakers. *European officials told Reuters late on Monday that Spain was ready to request a bailout for its public finances as early as next weekend, but Germany had signalled that it should hold off.

  • Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on Oct 2 Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 2:30 AM ET

    PRAGUE, Oct 2- Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Tuesday. EUROBOND: The Czech Republic took advantage of record low yields to raise funds for 2013, surprising markets with a 750 million euro reopening of a 10- year Eurobond.

  • 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.