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  • *LG Display dives after brokerage downgrade. SEOUL, Oct 5- Seoul shares edged up on Friday morning but pared earlier gains as weakness in LG Display Co Ltd. "The poor performance of LG Display and other laggards is weighing down on the bounce to the KOSPI following Samsung's announcement," said Kim Chul-jung, an analyst at Korea Investment& Securities.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares gained 0.7 percent to a 14- month high on Friday, with mining stocks rising and the market supported by a fourth day of gains on Wall Street ahead of a U.S. payrolls report later in the day.

  • South Korea's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 1,997.84 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.2 percent to 20,958.21. Benchmarks in Taiwan and New Zealand also rose. Later in the day, the Bank of Japan will announce the outcome of its two-day policy meeting.

  • SEOUL, Oct 5- South Korean automaker Hyundai Motor said on Friday its China sales climbed 15 percent to 84,188 vehicles in September from a year earlier, as anti- Japan protests in the world's top market hit sales of Japanese rivals. Hyundai's September sales mark a rise of 12 percent from August sales of 75,158, according to an emailed response to a Reuters query.

  • **LG DISPLAY FALLS MORE THAN 4 PCT** Shares in LG Display fell more than 4 percent after a local brokerage cut its outlook for the South Korean flat-screen maker, citing its weakening earnings momentum in the fourth quarter.

  • SEOUL, Oct 5- The South Korean won. rose to its highest in almost a year in early trade on Friday after strong earnings guidance from Samsung Electronics Co.. Samsung Electronics said it expects a record 8.1 trillion won operating profit for the July-September period earlier Friday.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 5- Hong Kong shares are expected to rise for a fifth straight session and poised to end a holiday-shortened week with mild gains, although caution ahead of U.S. payrolls data is likely to keep trading activity light.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares rose 0.5 percent to 14- month highs early on Friday, with mining stocks rising as the market was supported by a fourth day of gains on Wall Street ahead of the U.S. payrolls report later in the day. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index.

  • SEOUL, Oct 5- South Korean shares edged higher on Friday after Samsung Electronics Co estimated record third quarter profits, beating already high expectations. Shares in Samsung Electronics Co rose 1.46 percent on the news. Keywords: MARKETS KOREA STOCKS/ URGENT.

  • SEOUL, Oct 5- Seoul shares are likely to rise on Friday, buoyed by a record quarterly operating profit from tech giant Samsung Electronics.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 5- Australian shares are set to rise after a fourth day of gains on Wall Street, as investors await the release of the closely watched U.S. payrolls report later on Friday.

  • MANILA, Oct 3- Philippine annual inflation probably stayed close to 4 percent in September due to higher food costs, but the pace is unlikely to reduce the central bank's ability to cut interest rates, with the overall price outlook still favourable. "We are not unduly worried about inflation," said Eugene Leow, an economist at DBS in Singapore.

  • SEOUL, Oct 5- Following is a list of events in South Korea as well as news stories and press reports that may influence financial markets. >AT&T to sell Nokia's latest Lumias, Samsung camera. >S.Korea' s S-Oil looks to expand berth.

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  • SEOUL, Oct 5- Foreigners' net investment in South Korean bonds in September rose by the most since March due to a series of sovereign credit rating upgrades and expectations for additional monetary easing by the Bank of Korea, government data showed on Friday.

  • SEOUL, Oct 5- South Korea's foreign reserves rose by 1.6 percent in September to a record high on a rise in the value of European currencies against the U.S. dollar and on investment gains, the central bank said on Friday.

  • The constitutional judges argued that "the foreign investment expected to be received by the state of Honduras implies transferring national territory, which is expressly prohibited in the constitution," according to a copy of the ruling obtained by The Associated Press. South Korea has given Honduras $4 million to conduct a feasibility study.

  • KUWAIT, Oct 4- State-owned Kuwait Oil Company has picked a South Korean group to construct power station components and reinforce gas storage tanks in a deal worth 107 million dinars, state news agency KUNA said on Thursday.

  • TOKYO, Oct 4- Government officials from China and South Korea are expected to participate in the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Tokyo next week, a Japanese government official said, despite territorial rows over disputed islands.

  • *Trading subdued on China, Europe woes. *SK Innovation, S-Oil shares sag on oil price fall. *Foreign investors unload following Vanguard's switch to FTSE index.