CANBERRA, Oct 12- Australian shares edged up 0.1 percent on Friday as gains in index-heavy mining stocks helped break a two-day run of losses, but the market still ended slightly down on the week. Global miner BHP Billiton Ltd. gained 0.9 percent to A $33.54 and major rival Rio Tinto Ltd rose 1.8 percent to A $56.40, helped by a rebound in iron ore prices.
LONDON, Oct 12- European stocks were set to open slightly lower on Friday as expectations for a weak earnings season and lingering uncertainty about Spain's debt crisis kept investors on the back foot after healthy gains in the previous session. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 15 to 18 points lower, or as much as 0.3 percent.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was up 21 cents to $92.28 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 82 cents to close at $92.07 per barrel in New York on Thursday.
The yield on Turkey's two-year benchmark bond. Turkey's main share index closed up 1.64 percent at 69,577 points, its highest level since May 2011, outperforming a 0.45 percent rise in the emerging markets index. ï¿ ½.
Weekly applications for unemployment aid fell to their lowest since February 2008, the U.S. government said Thursday. "I think you need to wait for a few months to see more figures to confirm the jobs recovery in the U.S.," said Francis Lun, managing director of Lyncean Holdings in Hong Kong.
By John Whitesides and Andy Sullivan. Vice President Joe Biden leaped to the attack against Republican challenger Paul Ryan in a lively debate on Thursday, aggressively defending the Obama administration's economic and foreign policies to try to regain momentum in the White House race.
*Puts 5 investments worth $40 mln into separate vehicle. HONG KONG, Oct 12- Senrigan Capital, an Asia- focused hedge fund backed by Blackstone Group, has removed five investments from its portfolio and placed them into a separate vehicle after heavy losses this year, two sources familiar with the matter said.
FREMONT, Calif.-- IGate beat third-quarter profit beat market expectations on better margins, but the information technology company said Friday that delays in contract renewals has slowed revenue growth. Shares of IGate Corp. fell 17 cents to $17.65 by midday, in line with broader market trends.
Bank and energy stocks led the way lower after investors had a mixed reaction to earnings reports from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Investors haven't had much to get excited about, with mixed results this week from U.S. companies including Alcoa, Safeway and Yum Brands. The S&P 500 is up more than 11 percent since June 1.
Enterprise Holdings provides half of all car rentals in the $22 billion U.S. car rental market, and has a big lead over No. 2 Hertz Global Holdings Inc, even after that company buys Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group.
Eli Lilly and Co. shares now trade at a premium compared to other pharmaceutical stocks despite modest growth prospects, according to a Cowen and Co. analyst who lowered his rating on the drug developer.
MILAN, Oct 12- Italy's government and car maker Fiat SpA have begun looking for ways the state can help the company increase its exports in return for commitments from Fiat, Prime Minister Mario Monti said on Friday.
The Pleasanton, California- based company, considered a leader in the cloud computing sector, opened New York Stock Exchange trading at $48.05 and reached as high as $49.21 after pricing shares above the expected range at $28.00. Duffield and Bhusri left PeopleSoft following its acquisition by Oracle Corp in 2004..
*Turkey- Syria tensions, lower N.Sea output support. SINGAPORE, Oct 12- Brent crude held above $115 a barrel on Friday, trading near four-week highs and on course for its biggest weekly gain in two months, supported by tensions between Turkey and Syria, lower output at North Sea oilfields and upbeat U.S. data.
Oct 12- Low interest rates both hurt and helped third-quarter earnings at Wells Fargo& Co, boosting mortgage lending but squeezing core profitability more than analysts expected.
Oct 12- Charges against a high-ranking Morgan Stanley banker accused of stabbing a New York City cab driver in a dispute over a long-distance fare are set to be dismissed, Connecticut police and the cabbie's attorney said on Friday.
*Pre-weekend profit taking pressures prices. *Coming up: Baker Hughes rig data, CFTC trade data Friday. NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. natural gas futures lost ground on Friday after four straight days of gains, lightly pressured by forecasts for fairly mild U.S. weather next week and some profit taking following the front-month's climb to a fresh 2012 high in overnight trade.
*Worries persist over whether Spain will request aid. NEW YORK, Oct 12- U.S. Worries on whether Spain will ask for a full-blown bailout to help its struggling economy stoked safety bids for Treasuries, while the Federal Reserve's latest bond purchase added to gains in longer-dated debt, analysts said.
Billionaire Vincent Bollore plans to list shares of his holding company's electric-car-and-batteries unit next year, the French tycoon told daily Les Echos in an interview. The French ad group said it had acquired 117,415 shares in LBi International NV as part of a deal to acquire the Dutch agency announced in September.
SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- Radiation therapy system maker Accuray said Friday that healthcare executive Joshua Levine will be its new CEO, replacing Euan Thomson, its head for the past decade. Thomson had been Accuray's president and CEO since 2002. He also resigned from its board of directors. Accuray said that Thomson will likely consult for the company.