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  • CHICAGO, Oct 31- Business activity in the U.S. Midwest contracted for a second month in October, a report showed on Wednesday, although the forward-looking measure for new orders rose. The Institute for Supply Management-Chicago business barometer rose slightly to 49.9, from 49.7 in September.

  • Grains futures mostly rise, livestock prices mixed Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 10:59 AM ET

    CHICAGO-- Grain prices mostly rose Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery rose 7.75 cents to $8.6450 a bushel; December corn added 5.75 cents to $7.4750 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $3.8875 a bushel; while November soybeans are flat at $15.3375 a bushel.

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's Nikkei share average was seen moving higher on Wednesday after losing 1 percent on profit-taking a day earlier when the Bank of Japan eased monetary policy in line with expectations. ``Since the reaction to the BOJ was fully priced in yesterday, I think we should bounce back today,'' said Toshiyuki Kanayama, senior market analyst at Monex. ``The index should be steady, with some small gains, although there's a lack of incentives because the U.S. wasn't open.'' Market players said the Nikkei was likely to trade between 8,850 to 8,950 on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. gasoline and heating oil futures slid on Tuesday, pulling back from pre-Hurricane Sandy gains as several key East Coast refineries and pipelines restored operations and traders bet on an enormous hit to demand for fuel.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 30- Argentina could lose 20 percent of its projected corn crop and 10 percent of its soy this season as violent storms lash the Pampas, turning prime farmland into unplantable mush, a local expert said on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. gasoline and heating oil futures slid on Tuesday, pulling back from pre-Hurricane Sandy gains as several key East Coast refineries and pipelines restored operations and traders bet on an enormous hit to demand for fuel.

  • *Saks, Macy's hope to open in New York City on Wednesday. *Wal-Mart says holiday plans intact. Luxury department store Saks Inc said it would reopen on Tuesday three of the stores that it had to close because of Sandy, including stores in greater Washington and Philadelphia.

  • *Sandy leaves New York City, eastern U.S. crippled. NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. gasoline and heating oil futures pulled back on Tuesday on the expected enormous hit to demand for fuel after Hurricane Sandy cut a destructive path across the East Coast of the United States.

  • *Argentina is world's No. 2 corn exporter after the U.S. BUENOS AIRES, Oct 30- Argentina could lose 20 percent of its projected corn crop and 10 percent of its soy this season because of violent storms that have lashed the Pampas farm belt over the last three months, a local expert said on Tuesday.

  • U.S. companies hustle to re-staff, reopen after Sandy Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 3:46 PM ET

    *Saks, Macy's hope to open in New York City on Wednesday. Luxury department store Saks Inc said it would reopen on Tuesday three of the stores that it had to close because of Sandy, including stores in greater Washington and Philadelphia.

  • *Boeing sees up to $27 bln in Russian titanium buying. MOSCOW, Oct 30- Boeing Co will sell 35 of its 737 MAX airliners to an aircraft leasing arm of Russian Technologies in a deal worth $3.5 billion, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- State-owned industrial and defence vehicle Russian Technologies is to buy 35 737 MAX planes from U.S. aerospace company Boeing Co for $3.5 billion, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday. Boeing has predicted that Russia and neighbouring states will take delivery of 1,140 new aircraft over the next 20 years, valued at $130 billion.

  • Oct 30- U.S. buyout firm Cerberus Capital Management LP is working with a group of real estate firms on a possible bid for supermarket chain Supervalu Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 29- CME Group Inc will maintain the nearly round-the-clock electronic grain-trading that it implemented in May despite criticism by some traders that the new format is hurting market liquidity, a top executive told Reuters on Monday. The exchange expanded the grain trading session to fend off a challenge from rival IntercontinentalExchange.

  • Nikkei seen boxed in range ahead of BOJ decision Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 11:16 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's Nikkei share average is expected to hold in a narrow range early on Tuesday ahead of a much-anticipated meeting by the Bank of Japan, which is widely expected to ease monetary policy.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- Commodities fell broadly on Monday after a powerful storm lashed the U.S. East Coast, closing down Wall Street and whittling investor activity across financial markets. The U.S. currency ran up as the euro fell on uncertainties on whether Greece could agree to a deal on austerity and whether Spain would request for aid.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 29- U.S. soybean futures fell 2.2 percent on Monday, their biggest daily slide in almost a month, due to crop-friendly weather forecasts for top producer Brazil and concerns about Hurricane Sandy's impact on the U.S. financial sector.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 29- Arabica coffee futures trading on ICE turned higher after hitting a four-month low on Monday, on concern about possible flooding in areas where stocks are stored on the U.S. East Coast and as the market approached a key support level.

  • CHICAGO, Oct 29- U.S. soybean futures fell nearly 2 percent on Monday, the biggest daily slide in two weeks, on long liquidation tied to improving weather outlooks in top producer Brazil and concerns about Hurricane Sandy's impact on the U.S. financial sector.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stock index futures fell in a shortened session on Monday and cash equity trading was canceled as powerful Hurricane Sandy bore down on the U.S. East Coast while renewed uncertainty in Europe hurt sentiment.