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  • *Transocean shares rise after results. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney sprinted through key states on the last day of campaigning for the White House, with investors eyeing some congressional races.

  • LONDON- A U.S. fine for anti-money laundering rule breaches could cost HSBC significantly more than $1.5 billion and is likely to lead to criminal charges, Europe's biggest bank says. ( HSBC/, expect 1715 GMT/ 12.15 PM ET, by Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham, 870 words).

  • ABUJA, Nov 5- Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is coming under increasing pressure to tackle government corruption after an oil probe released last week showing billions of dollars of lost state revenues sparked a political row.

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 5- When the European Parliament turned Yves Mersch down for a top central banking post, it wasn't because he lacked the expertise or experience; they rejected him because he is a man. Mersch, a Luxembourger who is highly regarded by his peers, had been expected to get the job on the European Central Bank's all-male board anyway.

  • The $2.3- billion project by the small, British company London Mining Plc would also bring diesel power plants, a road and a port near Greenland's capital Nuuk.

  • *Hong Kong's gold shipments to China jump in September. ``Obama is supporting Bernanke, and is supporting monetary stimulus,'' Saxo Bank vice president Ole Hansen said. Spot gold was at $1,677.69 at 1131 GMT, up 0.08 percent, having earlier touched a nine-week low of $1,672.24, while U.S. gold futures for December rose $3.10 an ounce to $1,678.30.

  • *Demand slowing in Europe, China. Nov 5- TE Connectivity Ltd reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Monday but said the economic environment was weaker than expected and it will spend $200 million this fiscal year to restructure operations.

  • LONDON/ SHANGHAI, Nov 9- Copper hit two-month lows on Monday as the forthcoming U.S. presidential election, a leadership transition in China and two central bank meetings this week kept risk-averse investors on the sidelines of financial markets.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- World stocks fell and the dollar firmed on Monday as low-risk assets gained at the start of a week in which the United States elects a new president and Greece must navigate a fraught parliamentary vote to secure fresh rescue funds.

  • *PBOC sets weaker midpoint for third day. SHANGHAI, Nov 5- The yuan closed down slightly on Monday but its weakness was largely imposed by the central bank, which fixed a softer midpoint even as customers continued to unload dollars.

  • HSBC profit hit by $800 mln charge for U.S. fine. LONDON- HSBC sets aside $1.5 billion to cover potential U.S. fines for lax anti-money laundering controls and the final bill could be significantly higher. ( HSBC/, expect by 1000 GMT/ 5 AM ET, by Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham, 400 words).

  • *Banks fall as HSBC announces hit to Q3 profit. *Ryanair gains as the airline raises its outlook. LONDON, Nov 5- European stocks edged lower in cautious trade on Monday as investors opted for safer havens ahead of a too-close-to-call presidential election in the United States this week.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 5- Hong Kong shares eased slightly on Monday, as caution ahead of the U.S. presidential election spurred mild profit-taking after a strong run-up last week lifted the Hang Seng Index to a 15- month high.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Overseas investors, many of whom are creditors to the highly-indebted U.S. government, reckon a re-election of President Barack Obama would be best for world markets even if U.S. counterparts say otherwise.

  • TIANJIN, China, Nov 5- Aluminum Corp of China Ltd is willing to get involved in the Oyu Tolgoi copper project in Mongolia, owned by Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd, the firm's senior vice president Liu Xiangmin said on Monday. Turquoise Hill, previously know as Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, is controlled by Rio Tinto Ltd.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 5- Brent crude edged above $106 per barrel on Monday as a more than 2 percent drop in the previous session attracted some buyers, although investors remained focused on the U.S. presidential elections and demand worries.

  • *Spot gold to hover above $1,678/ oz- technicals. SINGAPORE, Nov 5- Gold nudged a touch higher on Monday, paring falls after stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs data sent gold to a two-month low in the previous session, but a stronger dollar curbed the rebound.

  • *Toyota shares up 2.2 pct ahead of Q2 results. TOKYO, Nov 5- Toyota Motor Corp nudged its full-year net profit forecast up to $9.7 billion, even as it put the cost of recent anti-Japanese protests and a slowing economy in China, the world's biggest autos market, at lost sales of 200,000 cars.

  • *Toyota lifts mood in automakers. But Toyota Motor Corp rose 2.2 percent to a one-month high at 3,210 yen after public broadcaster NHK said it was set to slightly raise its operating profit forecast.

  • LAGOS, Nov 5- Passengers arriving at Murtala Mohammed airport in Lagos could be forgiven for thinking they had stumbled into a refugee camp. 'Last flight to Abuja', a film about a plane crash caused by mechanical failure, is the longest running box office smash in' Nollywood', Africa's answer to Hollywood and the world's third biggest film industry.