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  • BANGKOK, Oct 9- Amata Corporation Pcl:. *The company raised its 2012 land sales target to 3,500 rais from 3,000 rais due to positive investment sentiment, it said in a statement. *It expects an improved investment trend next year due to more manufacturing plant relocations to Thailand.

  • Shares in CIMB Thai Bank Pcl retreated from a near 1-1/ 2 year high after the bank denied a newspaper report about a plan by its parent, CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, to buy a stake in Bank of Ayudhya.

  • Stock markets gains in Asia came despite the International Monetary Fund cutting its forecast for global economic growth, just a day after the World Bank issued a warning about a slackening expansion in Asia. "Asia has grown nearly 32 in the four years since Lehman Brothers collapsed," analysts at DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore said in a market commentary. "

  • Maybank Kim Eng Securities raised its price target on state run Krung Thai Bank Pcl to 25 baht from 19 baht, reflecting strong loan growth outlook boosted by government spending. On Monday, Krung Thai Bank shares closed down 0.5 percent at 18.6 baht.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 9- Following is some company-related and market news which could have an impact on the local market. SE ASIA STOCKS-Most retreat amid global concerns; Jakarta off record STOCKS TO WATCH-- POLYPLEX PCL.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 9- Australian shares climbed 0.5 percent to a fresh 14- month high on Tuesday on a jump in iron ore prices that helped offset concerns about global economic growth. No. 3 iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group. rose 3.6 percent and Northern Iron.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 9- Australian shares eked out a 0.1 percent gain early on Tuesday, with support from higher iron ore prices countered by concerns about the global growth outlook after the IMF cut its economic forecasts for the second time since April.

  • CANBERRA, Oct 9- Australian shares are likely to lack strong direction early on Tuesday, with support from higher iron ore prices and an improvement in China's services sector countered by losses in copper prices and concerns about the global growth outlook.

  • MANILA, Oct 9- The Philippines has long been among Asia's most aggressive sovereign borrowers. Much of the enthusiasm for the Philippines-- not so long ago considered the "sick man of Asia"-- reflects President Benigno Aquino III's efforts to curb corruption, reduce the budget deficit and increase spending on infrastructure.

  • MANILA, Oct 9- The Philippines has long been among Asia's most aggressive sovereign borrowers. Much of the enthusiasm for the Philippines-- not so long ago considered the "sick man of Asia"-- reflects President Benigno Aquino III's efforts to curb corruption, reduce the budget deficit and increase spending on infrastructure.

  • Oct 9- China's economic growth is expected to weaken to 7.8 percent this year, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday as it warned of risks to emerging Asia if the euro zone crisis worsens and the United States does not avoid its "fiscal cliff".

  • By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for November delivery was down $1.31 to $88.57 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The widening spread between the Nymex and Brent contracts, now above $22, was attributed to higher U.S. output and supply risks in Europe and the Middle East.

  • Oct 08-=============================================================================== Summary analysis-- PTT Exploration and Production Public Co. Ltd. 08- Oct-2012=============================================================================== CREDIT RATING: BBB+/ Negative/-- Country: Thailand Primary SIC: Oil and gas exploration services Mult. CUSIP6: 69364 V=============================================================================== Credit Rating History: Local currency Foreign currency 26- Aug-2004 BBB+/-- BBB+/-- 08- Oct-2003 BBB+/-- BBB/--=============================================================================== Rationale.

  • PARIS-- Europe's stock markets fell Monday on concern about the global economy ahead of a two-day meeting of its finance ministers and a cut in the World Bank's growth forecasts for Asia. Investors continue to worry over protests in Spain and IMF concerns over Greece.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 8- Southeast Asian stocks mostly retreated on Monday amid concerns over the global economic outlook, with Indonesia coming off an intraday record on selling in recent gainers such as Astra International. property shares led Singapore lower.

  • Benchmark crude for November delivery tumbled $1.51, or 1.7 percent, to $88.37 per barrel by late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract closed down $1.83 to $89.88 per barrel.

  • BANGKOK-- World stocks fell Monday as Europe's debt crisis continued to roil markets and the World Bank cut its growth forecasts for Asia. "That worried investors that we might have hit the top of the recent rally and we might see some correction in the short term," said Jackson Wong, vice president of Tanrich Securities in Hong Kong.

  • Foreign funds to Indonesia's stock market stood at $99 million in the week ended Oct. 5, a fifth straight week,. It reported $99 million inflows for the week ended Oct. 5, adding to a combined $985 million inflows of the previous four weeks, Thomson Reuters data showed. The Philippine Stock Exchange index closed at a record high of 5,443.74 on Oct. 4.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares fell 0.3 percent, ending seven straight sessions of gains, dragged down by resource sectors as investors worried that the coming U.S. earnings season will feature weaker results.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares fell 0.3 percent on Monday, ending seven straight sessions of gains, dragged down by commodities and mining sectors as investors' attention turned to the coming U.S. earnings season amid concerns of weaker results. 3.2 percent, while Woodside Petroleum. New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index.