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  • *Euro falls on worries over Greece, Spain. Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded down 1.36 percent at $7,710 a tonne in official midday rings, having earlier touched $7,698, its lowest since Sept. 7.

  • *Petronas-Progress extend closing by 30 days to Nov. 30. KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29- Malaysian state oil firm Petronas said on Monday it has extended the closing date on its bid for Canadian gas producer Progress Energy Resources until Nov. 30, as it works to overturn the Canadian government's rejection of the proposed deal.

  • *DOJ, SEC convinced enforcement changing corporate culture. At least eight of the world's top 10 drugmakers, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, Pfizer Inc and Johnson&, have disclosed U.S. probes under the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • *Strong headwinds remain, with growing focus on France. BRUSSELS, Oct 30- Europe has won the immediate battle to save the euro, but the war to make the single currency sustainable in the long run has only just begun.

  • LONDON,- Copper hit a 7- week low on Monday as the euro edged lower and as concern about global growth, sparked by disappointing corporate earnings, dented risk appetite and overshadowed solid U.S. third quarter economic growth.

  • *Resource stock performance tied to China, commodities.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Global consumer confidence edged higher in the third quarter, underpinned by an improvement in the United States, although uncertainty about the economy continued to cap spending, a survey showed. Sixty two percent of global consumers said they believed their national economies were in recession, up from 57 percent in the previous quarter, according to the survey by global information company Nielsen, released on Monday.

  • *Brent oil falls below $109/ bbl, East Coast refineries wind down. Activity across all markets was expected to be thin as the Category 1 Hurricane Sandy neared landfall along the mid-Atlantic states of the United States, forcing shops, offices and share markets in New York to close.

  • WASHINGTON- With one week left in the tight battle for the White House, it's all about the vital swing state of Ohio. Unless it's about Colorado- or Iowa, or tiny New Hampshire.

  • *Yuan hits record strong point before weakening. SHANGHAI, Oct 29- The yuan hit another record high on Monday, but then slipped back as traders said pressure on the Chinese currency eased from levels seen late last week. ``Everyone has cooled off a little,'' said a trader at a commercial bank in Shanghai after the morning session during which the new high was hit.

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  • *Exec hopes China output back to normal in Feb. TOKYO, Oct 29- Honda Motor Co cut its full-year net profit forecast by a fifth after sales in China were hit by a popular backlash against Japanese goods, and warned it could be February before business in the world's biggest autos market returns to normal.

  • *Hong Kong developers slump on fears curbs will crimp sales. *Hong Kong turnover lowest in almost two weeks, Shanghai weak too. HONG KONG, Oct 29- Hong Kong shares edged lower on Monday, as local developers tumbled on fears that new measures to cool soaring property prices will sap demand, but broader losses were limited by earnings-driven strength in Chinese banks.

  • Greece Riskier Investment Than Libya, Syria: CFO Survey

    Despite huge efforts to keep the euro zone afloat, business leaders now believe that some of the region’s most troubled countries are riskier places to invest than war-torn nations in the Middle East or North Africa.

  • BEIJING, Oct 29- Toyota Motor Corp blames its China underperformance on the widespread anti- Japan protests triggered by a territorial row.

  • *China Telecom Q3 net down, lags China Mobile's 1.3 pct rise, Unicom's 27 pct gain. HONG KONG, Oct 29- China Telecom and China Unicom are set to further narrow the gap in 3 G subscribers with bigger rival China Mobile when Apple launches the iPhone 5 in the world's largest smartphone market as early as this quarter.

  • NEW YORK- Hurricane Sandy, which could become the largest storm ever to hit the United States, is set to bring much of the East Coast, including New York and Washington, to a virtual standstill in the next few days with battering winds, flooding and the risk of widespread power outages.

  • Move offers rare chance for miners who may not have considered Japan. TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's biggest utility, Tokyo Electric Power Co, plans to buy coal from a wider group of suppliers in a drive to cut costs as it starts operations of new coal-fired power stations, a company official said.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made clear on Monday he was in no rush to go to the polls, speaking of the risk of a ``political vacuum'' in a speech likely to anger an opposition that has urged him to keep a promise to call an election soon.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- London copper edged down on Monday, but held above 7- week lows plumbed last week, as concern about global growth and leadership change clouded its demand outlook, but the prospect of a recovering U.S. economy cushioned prices.