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  • *Britain's FTSE 100 is set to open 12 to 17 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent, according to financial bookmakers. FTSE index closed up 0.3 percent, or 16.36 points higher, at 5,825.81 points on Wednesday driven by gains in "defensive" stocks seen as the most resilient to an economic downturn.

  • ABU DHABI, Oct 4- National Bank of Fujairah. will replace British lender Barclays PLC on the United Arab Emirates' interbank rate setting panel, the banking regulator said on Thursday.

  • STOCKHOLM, Oct 4- Skanska AB:. *Awarded college contract in UK for GBP 33 mln, about SEK 355 mln. *Says contract included in order bookings for Skanska UK for the third quarter 2012, construction to begin immediately.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 4- Australian shares extended their gains by 0.3 percent on Thursday, hitting a 14- month high after banks offset losses in mining. Top banks continued this week's post rate-cut gains, led by Westpac Banking Corp.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- GlaxoSmithKline Plc:. *Completion of dolutegravir registration package. *Shionogi- viiv healthcare announces completion of initial clinical.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Ceres Power Holdings PLC:. *Has been unsuccessful in securing sufficient funding for the business going. *Will continue to explore all strategic options including a sale, orderly wind.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Petroceltic International PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Phoenix IT Group PLC:. *David Courtley, the chief executive officer of the company, has today. *Resignation is not related to the ongoing accounting investigation.

  • BERLIN, Oct 4- EADS Chief Executive Tom Enders is prepared to talk about guarantees for jobs and production sites in a planned merger of the company with Britain's BAE Systems, he told Germany's Bild daily on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Randall and Quilter Investment Holdings PLC:. *has completed the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of RAB Insurance Limited. *Net Asset Value of RAB based on the latest available management accounts is estimated at c. Â £950 k.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Atlantic Coal PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd:. amount of USD$ 200 million. of up to USD$ 25 million.

  • LONDON Oct 4-* Britain's FTSE 100 is set to open 12 to 17 points higher, or as much as 0.3 percent, according to financial bookmakers. FTSE index closed up 0.3 percent, or 16.36 points higher, at 5,825.81 points on Wednesday driven by gains in "defensive" stocks seen as the most resilient to an economic downturn.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Ultra Electronics Holdings PLC:.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- European shares were set to rise on Thursday, mirroring gains in the United States and Asia, with investors positioning for more soothing data and some clarity on Spain's likely aid request during a European Central Bank press conference after its rate verdict.

  • Rising tensions between Syria and Turkey also contributed to higher prices, the geopolitical risk highlighting concerns about Middle East oil supplies. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was up 62 cents to $88.76 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan inches up 0.3 pct, Philippines outperforms. TOKYO, Oct 4- Asian shares and the risk-sensitive Australian dollar edged higher in choppy trade on Thursday, with investors worrying about slow global growth and awaiting fresh U.S. economic data and a European Central Bank policy meeting later in the day.

  • EADS Chief Executive Tom Enders is prepared to talk about guarantees for jobs and production sites in a planned merger of the company with Britain's BAE Systems, he told Germany's Bild daily.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- Russia's largest bank Sberbank. Barclays is coordinating Sberbank's three-year loan, which is the largest such deal in the central and eastern European pipeline, the bankers added. Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Barclays, Citi, HSBC, ING, JP Morgan, WestLB, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and SMBC participated in the 2011 deal.

  • DETROIT, Oct 4- Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk dismissed fears the electric carmaker was in financial trouble and said it was making an advance payment on the federal loan used to make its Model S sedan.