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  • *Soy, corn lower after INTL FCStone ups US crop estimates. At the CBOT as of 9:45 a.m. CDT, December corn was down 11-1/ 4 cents, or 1.5 percent, at $7.39- 3/ 4 per bushel, dropping below its 100- day moving average at $7.45- 1/ 2. The contract has not settled below the average since June.

  • Nikkei set to rise, test 9,000 ahead of U.S. jobs data Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 11:09 PM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 2- Japan's Nikkei share average is expected to open higher and test the key 9,000- mark on Friday as upbeat U.S. consumer confidence and private-sector jobs data lifted sentiment ahead of the key nonfarm payroll figures later in the day.

  • Workers at Bombardier commuter rail plant go on strike Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 8:39 PM ET

    *Quebec- based plant makes parts for rail cars. *Customers include New Jersey, Chicago transit groups. Nov 1- Some 330 workers at a Quebec- based rail-car factory belonging to Bombardier Inc, the world's biggest train-maker, went on strike on Thursday over outsourcing and pension fund issues, the company and union said.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- Commodities rose broadly on Thursday as markets tried to regain a sense of normalcy after a storm devastated the economically key U.S. East Coast, but oil prices were mixed on varying reactions to economic data.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 1- The big-bank dominated model for privately traded derivatives is broken and those in the futures business argue that the fix is in Chicago. The Libor revelations show that the banks have ``victimized'' buy-side firms. ``This is a transformational event.'' Going forward, ``I think the solution is going to be found in Chicago and the Chicago community.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 1- Arabica coffee futures dropped to the lowest level in more than four months on Thursday, on pressure from the firm U.S. dollar and as chart-based selling was triggered below the previous low, while robusta coffee was firm, sitting just above a six-month low.

  • Nov 1- Printing services provider RR Donnelley& Sons Co, which mistakenly filed Google Inc's earnings report ahead of schedule two weeks ago, said it has put measures in place to prevent any such incidents in the future.

  • Nov 1- Printing services provider RR Donnelley& Sons Co, which mistakenly filed Google Inc's earnings report ahead of schedule two weeks ago, said it has put measures in place to prevent any such incidents in the future.

  • CBOE beats expectations in 3Q, shares jump Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    CHICAGO-- CBOE Holdings Inc. reported a decline in its third-quarter profit but the exchange operator did better than most on Wall Street had expected and shares jumped Thursday. CBOE, which runs the VIX or "fear" index, also said it saw record volume in trading of VIX futures during the period.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 1- CBOE Holdings Inc will soon offer a new set of fee discounts to its most active traders to head off a recent decline in market share for single-stock options, its chief executive said on Thursday. CBOE has boosted fees on contracts it offers exclusively.

  • Nov 1- Printing firm RR Donnelley& Sons Co reported third-quarter revenue that missed analysts' estimates, hurt by weak printing volumes, and it lowered its full-year forecast. For the full-year 2012, the company lowered its revenue forecast to $10.1 billion to $10.2 billion from its earlier forecast of $10.4 billion to $10.5 billion.

  • RR Donnelley 3Q profit shrinks, cuts forecast Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 7:43 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- R.R. Donnelley& Sons Co.' s third-quarter net income dropped 55 percent as volumes and prices declined, with an extra hit from one-time charges like acquisition costs and the lack of a tax benefit from last year. R.R. Donnelley reported Thursday that it earned $71.4 million, or 39 cents per share, compared with $158 million, or 83 cents per share, a year ago.

  • TOKYO, Nov 1- Japan's Nikkei share average is expected to tread water on Thursday after month-end buying in the previous session took the index to close up for the month and ahead of the key U.S. jobs data on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 31- Corporate treasurers laid in extra cash reserves as the devastating storm Sandy approached the U.S. East Coast, to ensure they could meet payrolls, buy inventory and contend with other short-term needs after the storm hit.

  • *Third-quarter FFO 23 cents matches Wall St view. Improving retail sales and consumer confidence have been good news for mall owners, including Simon Property Group Inc and Macerich Co, which have seen stronger sales at their tenants' stores in the third quarter.

  • Big US companies squirreled cash in face of storm Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 9:48 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 31- Corporate treasurers laid in extra cash reserves as the devastating storm Sandy approached the U.S. East Coast, to ensure they could meet payrolls, buy inventory and contend with other short-term needs after the storm hit.

  • Companies such as environmental cleanup specialist Clean Harbors Inc, building supply chains Home Depot Inc and Lowe's Cos Inc, building products makers Owens Corning and Beacon Roofing Supply Inc, and generator manufacturer Generac Holdings Inc surged in early trading on the assumption that the recovery from Sandy will take years and boost sales.

  • COMMODITIES-Slightly higher on day, end October lower Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 9:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 31- Most commodities eked out small gains on Wednesday as markets started to recover from mammoth storm Sandy, but the sector ended the month weaker, with its biggest decline in five months. Markets overall were still picking up after Sandy battered the U.S. East Coast on Monday.

  • *Lumber futures rise the $10 daily limit. *Home Depot shares rise on expected rebuilding. Trade sources said the home-rebuilding process in the northeastern United States, which bore the brunt of Sandy, could stretch well into 2013, keeping demand for lumber robust.

  • *U.S. stocks trade flat as Wall Street reopens after 2- day closure. *Oil settles below $109 a barrel in face of potential supply rupture.