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Natural gas futures plummet ahead of the US Energy Department's weekly storage report due out Thursday. CNBC's Sharon Epperson takes a look ahead to the next trading session.
Losses in the euro were limited after Greece's finance minister said Athens had been given additional time by international lenders to impose its austerity cuts, an assertion played down by leading EU officials.
*Says not aware of China- Canada quid pro quo talks. OTTAWA, Oct 24- Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Wednesday he knew of no direct talks between Canadian and Chinese officials about making approval of CNOOC Ltd's bid for Nexen Inc conditional on the approval of Canadian deals in China.
Now, there are reports of good production in the Ivory Coast and Nigeria while the harvest is progressing in West Africa, said Jack Scoville, vice president of Price Futures Group. In other trading, most commodity prices were lower after more disappointing economic news from Europe outweighed a positive report on China's manufacturing sector.
NEW YORK, Oct 24- The euro slipped against the dollar and yen on Wednesday on signs of further decline in the economy of regional powerhouse Germany, but global shares rebounded slightly after Tuesday's hefty fall. Boeing Co reported stronger-than-expected earnings and raised its full-year 2012 outlook, supporting the Dow.
LONDON, Oct 24- Brent crude oil fell for a seventh consecutive session on Wednesday after U.S. crude stocks rose last week, offsetting earlier strength prompted by signs that Chinese demand could stage a recovery. Brent crude was down 42 cents at $107.83 a barrel by 1455 GMT and looked on track for its lowest close since early August. U.S. oil fell $1 cents to $85.67.
PARIS, Oct 24- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former IMF chief whose French presidential ambitions were shattered by a sex scandal last year, is making a comeback in business and at conferences. The 63- year-old Strauss-Kahn was accused of trying to rape a New York hotel maid in May 2011.
NEW YORK-- Shares of metal producer Allegheny Technologies Inc. fell Wednesday after it reported third-quarter net income tumbled 43 percent and warned its fourth-quarter earnings will fall below the most recent quarter's results.
*Treasury set to auction $35 billion of 5- year notes. Data showed growth in China's manufacturing sector shrank for a 12th successive month in October. ``Treasuries opened weaker on the back of decent selling in 10- to 30- year paper as Chinese Flash PMI came in stronger,'' said Tom di Galoma, managing director at Navigate Advisors LLC in Stamford, Connecticut.
LONDON, Oct 24- Copper was steady on Wednesday on signs of recovery in top consumer China, although gains were capped by weak euro zone data, including in Germany, and ahead of a Federal Reserve policy statement due later on Wednesday. Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was $7,825 at 1434 GMT from $7,831 a tonne at the close on Tuesday.
NEW YORK, Oct 24- The euro edged lower against the dollar and yen on Wednesday on signs of further decline in the economy of regional powerhouse Germany, but global shares rebounded slightly after Tuesday's hefty fall.
*Boeing climbs after earnings, outlook. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stock edged higher on Wednesday after data from China and Boeing provided temporary relief to a slumping market, following a retreat Tuesday when the Dow Jones industrial average suffered its biggest drop in four months.
LONDON, Oct 24- Brent crude oil steadied around $108 per barrel on Wednesday after a six-day losing streak as weak European data offset earlier strength prompted by signs that Chinese demand could stage a recovery. Manufacturing PMI in Germany, Europe's largest economy, fell unexpectedly, while business sentiment dropped for the sixth consecutive month.
*Economic rot taking root in Germany, France. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 24- Euro zone businesses suffered another dismal month in October as factory output plunged in Germany, the area's top economy and exporter, while conditions improved slightly for U.S. and Chinese manufacturers.
LORDSTOWN, Ohio-- President Barack Obama's decision to help America's automakers could end up being what helps drive him back into the White House.
LONDON, Oct 24- Gold rose on Wednesday along with stock markets, helped by well received data from China and an upbeat earnings report from Boeing, while dealers awaited a Federal Reserve policy statement later in the day. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,709.60 an ounce at 1309 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 60 cents an ounce at $1,710.
Oct 24- Kennametal Inc's quarterly profit missed Wall Street estimates by a wide margin on Wednesday and the industrial toolmaker cut its sales and earnings outlook for the full year, citing slowing economies.
*France's Areva, Japan's Toshiba could benefit. BEIJING, Oct 24- China will approve a small number of new nuclear reactors before 2015 to be built only in coastal regions, the government said on Wednesday, as it unveiled a raft of measures to spur private investments in energy.
NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks opened higher on Wednesday as strong results from Boeing Co and positive data from China eased concerns about sluggish global growth. Boeing rose 2.1 percent to $74.51. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 19.55 points, or 0.65 percent, at 3,010.01.
NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- German automaker Volkswagen AG is considering the introduction of a new midsize SUV for the North American market, and its existing Tennessee plant is a contender for building it.