LONDON, Nov 5- International tourist arrivals grew 4 percent between January and August year-on-year and are heading for the 1 billion mark for the first time by December, the UN World Tourism Organization said on Monday.
*Technology key to new industrial model Brazil seeking. Trade and Industry Minister Fernando Pimentel told Reuters that Brazil has paved the way for a sustainable burst of economic growth with record-low interest rates and a competitive exchange rate.
NEW YORK, Nov 5- World stocks fell and the dollar firmed on Monday as investors either moved to the sidelines or favored low-risk assets before Americans choose their president and while China starts a leadership transition and Greece faces a fraught vote to secure fresh rescue funds.
*Siemens due to announce further details of savings plan. FRANKFURT, Nov 5- Germany's Siemens AG, looking to narrow the profitability gap with its competitors, could detail likely disposals and the scale of planned cost cuts when it reports results on Thursday.
*Hong Kong's gold shipments to China jump in September. The U.S. elections will be closely watched by financial markets, with incumbent Barack Obama seen as more supportive of continued stimulus measures, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney is expected not to favour additional easing.
LONDON, Nov 5- Oil prices dipped towards $105 a barrel on Monday as investors remained cautious ahead of the U.S. presidential election and eyed demand destruction after Superstorm Sandy, whilst a stronger dollar also weighed.
China will undergo a major political transition at the end of the week, and this pro has a trading plan.
*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.