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UK Stocks - Factors to watch on Oct 2

Source: Reuters - Fri 2th Oct 2009

Britain's FTSE 100 was seen opening 29-31 points, or as much as 0.6 percent lower on Friday, down for a fourth consecutive session as weak U.S. data fueled fears about the recovery's strength.

The blue chip index slid 1.7 percent on Thursday to 5,047.81, its lowest close in over two weeks mirroring falls on Wall Street as data showed the U.S. manufacturing sector grew at a slower pace than expected in September.

Also sapping risk appetite, U.S. auto sales tumbled by 23 percent in September as showrooms emptied after government-funded boom from the cash for clunkers program ended.

This weak data also prompted falls in Asia on Friday with Japanese shares sliding 2.5 percent.

Investors will focus on U.S. non-farm payrolls at 1230 GMT for further evidence of recovery in the world's largest economy.

An report on Thursday showed initial claims for state unemployment insurance rose last week, overshadowing other data showing U.S. consumer data rose at its fastest level in nearly 8 years in August.

Economists polled by Reuters forecast a median decline of 180,000 jobs in September, a slightly smaller decrease than the 216,000 the previous month.

Ahead of that the market will watch UK house price data for September from Nationwide, with analysts forecasting a 0.7 percent increase on the month.

* Nikkei hits 2-mth low on economy worries, yen rise

* US STOCKS-Wall St has worst day in 3 months

* Dollar steady, caution prevails before US data

* TREASURIES-Rise in Asia as stocks fall

* GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares slump on U.S. data

* METALS-LME copper falls; data weighs

* PRECIOUS-Gold inches above $1,000, awaits U.S. data

* Oil dips towards $70 as dollar firms, Iran fears ease

UK stocks to watch on Friday are:


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Returns on debtor-in-possession financing have come down to around 10-12 percent, the top restructuring and finance executive at Barclays', Barclays Capital Unit said on Thursday at the Reuters Restructuring Summit in New York.


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