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  • Greek PM Samaras welcomes Merkel visit Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:01 AM ET

    ATHENS, Oct 5- Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras welcomed on Friday German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit Athens next week, her first since Greece's international bailout two years ago. Merkel has accepted our invitation, "Samaras told reporters in Athens."

  • GM components too costly -Opel exec in paper Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Oct 5- General Motors' ailing European brand Opel believes there is significant potential to cut costs in manufacturing cars by using materials different from its parent, Opel's interim chief executive told a German newspaper. "GM has global requirements for parts and components that are unusual in the industry.

  • Oct 5- Avon Products Inc said on Friday that Executive Chairman Andrea Jung, who was replaced as chief executive officer in April, has decided to step down from the board at the end of 2012, ending what became a tumultuous tenure in recent years. Fred Hassan will become Avon's nonexecutive chairman on Jan. 1.

  • *Zynga shares slide after warning, Facebook slips. *Sprint could counterbid on PCS- sources. NEW YORK, Oct 5- U.S. stocks were poised to rise at the open Friday, with the S&P 500 set to hit its highest since 2007, as a surprise drop in the jobless rate gives legs to this week's rally.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- The booming business of transporting Bakken crude has thrown a lifeline to U.S. railroads, at a time when shipments of coal, their main commodity by volume, have fallen sharply. Coal accounted for just over 43 percent of rail car loadings by weight, and 25 percent of gross revenues, last year according to the Association of American Railroads.

  • Oct 5- WisdomTree Investments Inc:. *Goldman Sachs adds Wisdomtree Investments to americas conviction buy. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.

  • Clearwater Paper CEO to retire, COO to take over Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    Oct 5- Clearwater Paper Corp, which makes paper napkins and packaging paper, said Chief Executive Gordon Jones will retire at the end of the year and Chief Operating Officer Linda Massman will take over. In May, hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors, which at the time held a 7 percent stake in the company, wrote to Jones that Clearwater Paper was "deeply undervalued".

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. RUSSELL PRICE, SENIOR ECONOMIST, AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL, DETROIT. ECONOMIST, RBC CAPITAL MARKETS, NEW YORK.

  • TORONTO, Oct 5- Canada's economy added a higher-than-expected 52,100 jobs in September, largely due to a spike in full-time work, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday. ï¿ ½ LINKS: Story: Web: COMMENTARY PAUL FERLEY, ASSISTANT CHIEF ECONOMIST, ROYAL BANK OF CANADA.

  • *Nielsen: 67M viewers for 1st presidential debate Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:57 AM ET
  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- Primero Mining Corp:.

  • LONDON, Oct 5- Britain faces a battle to keep the lights on in the next three to four years, its power regulator said on Friday, due to the closure of coal and oil-fired plants to cut carbon emissions. This leave would leave the country little leeway if any plants were to suffer unplanned outages or if supply of power imports from Europe were disrupted.

  • *Goldman Sachs raises Owens Illinois to buy from neutral. *Goldman Sachs cuts MeadWestvaco to neutral from buy. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.

  • Oil fluctuates after US jobs report Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 8:56 AM ET

    The Labor Department said employers added 114,000 jobs in August. Benchmark oil is now down 44 cents to $91.27 per barrel in electronic trading in New York. A four percent jump on Thursday followed a 4 percent decline on Wednesday as traders assess the strength of global oil demand while watching development surrounding Syria in the Middle East.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. STORY: TABLE GRAPHIC: COMMENTS: JOHN KILDUFF, PARTNER, AGAIN CAPITAL LLC, NEW YORK. RON FLORANCE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR WELLS FARGO PRIVATE BANK BASED IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA.

  • *Neil Bruce, chief operating officer, will leave the business and step down.

  • Oct 5- Enterprise Products Partners LP:. *Press release- Enterprise Products Partners to present at Barclays Capital. Marcellus and Utica field trip.

  • The Reserve Bank of India said on Friday it accepted all 13 bids for 102.35 billion rupees at its three-day afternoon repo auction, through which it injects liquidity into the banking system. It also accepted all 16 bids for 202.30 billion rupees at its three-day reverse repo auction, through which it absorbs excess liquidity from the banking system.

  • TORONTO, Oct 5- Canada's economy added a higher-than-expected 52,100 jobs in September, largely due to a spike in full-time work, according to Statistics Canada data released on Friday. ï¿ ½ LINKS: Story: Web: COMMENTARY MAZEN ISSA, MACRO STRATEGIST, TORONTO-DOMINION BANK.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 5- The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama's re-election bid. RON FLORANCE, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOR WELLS FARGO PRIVATE BANK BASED IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA. "It's a little confusing, to be honest with you.