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  • LONDON, Oct 10- Quindell Portfolio PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Alternative Liquidity Solutions Ltd:.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- SABMiller PLC:. *Doubles its traditional African beer operations. *Expanded its African beer brand, Chibuku, into ten countries across the.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- ASOS PLC:. *Kate Bostock will be joining the company and board in January 2013 as. *Robert Bready, product director, has resigned from the board after 7 years,.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Oxford BioMedica PLC:. *To close phase II study in US to assess Trovax in patients with prostate. *Continues to have an active phase II development programme in other.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Avanti Communications Group PLC:. *FY pretax loss 16 million STG. *FY revenues and other operating income increased by 246% to  £15.0 million.

  • *Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 24-25 points, or 0.4 percent lower on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, tracking falls on Wall Street and in Asia on mounting concerns the latest corporate earnings will disappoint.

  • MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki. MOSCOW- Putin to meet with officials to discuss the situation on the national and international grain market. MOSCOW- Court hearing in appeal by members of punk group Pussy Riot.

  • Financial spreadbetters expect Britain's FTSE 100. to open 24 to 25 points lower, or down 0.4 percent, Germany's DAX to open 26 points lower, or down 0.4 percent, and France's CAC-40 to open 17 to 18 points lower, or down 0.5 percent. >Wall St falls in tech-led sell-off, Alcoa up late.

  • By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil was down 28 cents to $92.11 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $3.06 on Tuesday to finish at $92.39 per barrel on concerns about supplies from the Middle East and the North Sea.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 10- Australian shares slipped 0.3 percent on Wednesday, pulling back from 14- month highs after the IMF cut its growth forecasts for a second time, sending shares around most of the region lower. climbed 6 percent to $117.20 a tonne, its highest since Aug. 1, according to data provider Steel Index, taking gains to 12.5 percent over the past two days.

  • SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Oct 10- Singapore has issued full banking licences to two Chinese lenders, moving it a step closer to getting a yuan-clearing bank that will let it compete more aggressively with Hong Kong in the growing market for yuan-denominated trades and financial products.

  • PARIS, Oct 10- Below are company-related news and stories from French and Benelux media which could have an impact on the region's markets or individual stocks. CAC40 futures are 0.4 percent lower at 0649 GMT PEUGEOT.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- Controversial former Conservative Party deputy chairman Lord Ashcroft on Wednesday uncorked plans to tap into Britain's burgeoning sparkling wine industry.

  • PARIS, Oct 10- French media group Lagardere, owner of 7.5 percent of EADS, on Wednesday renewed its support in the management of the Airbus maker after its merger talks with Britain's BAE Systems failed.

  • ZURICH, Oct 10- The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Wednesday:. Alleged rogue trader Kweku Adoboli exposed Swiss bank UBS to billions of dollars of hidden market risk for weeks on end, peaking at nearly $12 billion on Aug. 8 last year, a London court heard on Tuesday.

  • By Claire Ruckin and Tessa Walsh. LONDON, Oct 10- State-backed Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, the former Anglo Irish Bank, is considering selling a loan portfolio of up to 2 billion euros as part of its push to wind up its operations by 2020, banking sources said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 10- 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 on Wednesday. Adoboli, 32, is on trial at London's Southwark Crown Court accused of two charges of fraud and false accounting, which he denies.

  • BANGKOK/ SINGAPORE, October 10 Fitch Ratings Limited says Thailand's economic performance has continued to show resilience to global shocks but slower regional growth and increasing leverage in the corporate and bank sectors will constrain ratings.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 10- Sweden's financial watchdog said on Wednesday that banks should retain responsibility for setting Swedish interbank rates, the system for which is under review by the central bank in the wake of the rigging of its London equivalent.