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  • Nov 1- Starbucks Corp raised its profit forecast for the current fiscal year and plans to speed up new store openings, as strength in its latest quarter and new products, gave the company confidence not seen by many of its peers in the U.S. restaurant industry.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 2205 GMT Nov 1 Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 10:05 PM ET

    GREEN BAY, Wisconsin- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney were back on the attack on Thursday, breaking a storm-induced campaign truce to hit the road and pound home their closing messages in the final stretch of a tight battle for the White House.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 1- U.S. companies added jobs in October at the fastest pace in eight months, a sign of modest healing in the labor market just days before a presidential election that could hinge on the economy. Private employers added 158,000 workers last month, the biggest gain since February, payrolls processor Automatic Data Processing said.

  • *Joe Hinrichs moves to head of the Americas. Nov 1- Ford Motor Co said Alan Mulally has agreed to stay on as chief executive for at least two more years, giving the No. 2 U.S. automaker more time to gauge potential successors-- or keep Mulally on longer if needed.

  • DETROIT, Nov 1- Superstorm Sandy's fury caused U.S. auto sales to fall short of expectations in October, but industry executives still see a strong fourth quarter as the housing market improves.

  • LIMA, Nov 1- Peru, South America's fastest-growing economy, might prepay billions of dollars in expensive foreign debt to stem the appreciation of the local currency caused by capital inflows, the country's finance minister said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- Brent crude prices fell on Thursday on returning North Sea supply and euro-zone concerns, while U.S. gasoline edged higher as support from supply disruptions after super storm Sandy countered any pressure from data showing rising inventories.

  • *3rd quarter net loss 27 cents a share. Nov 1- Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc reported a net loss for the third quarter on Thursday with results hurt by fast-declining sales of its Incivek hepatitis C drug, as the company turned its attention to developing a next generation of treatments for the serious liver disease.

  • *Yen dips as risk appetite increases, Japan outlook weighs. NEW YORK, Nov 1- The U.S. dollar rose against the yen, while commodity-linked currencies also firmed on Thursday as risk appetite improved after better-than-expected U.S. jobs data, which suggested the world's largest economy was on a more stable path to recovery.

  • Nov 1- DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc's third-quarter results beat analysts' estimates, riding t he international box office success of `` Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted''. DreamWorks' last movie for 2012, ``Rise of the Guardians'', featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman and Jude Law among others, will release on Nov. 21 in the United States.

  • *Public anger in Greece at tax evasion by wealthy. ATHENS, Nov 1- A Greek journalist who published the names of more than 2,000 of his compatriots who held Swiss bank accounts was acquitted on Thursday in a case that touched a nerve over the role of tax evasion in the country's debt crisis.

  • *Data on China's factories, U.S. jobs boost global equities U.S. NEW YORK, Nov 1- Global stocks gained on Thursday on an improving U.S. jobs picture and data that showed China's economy regaining some traction, while U.S. crude futures were supported by the economic news and potential storm-related supply disruptions.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 1- World finance chiefs this weekend will press the United States on how it can prevent its fiscal problems from hitting the global economy and will seek reassurance from Europe that it has a grip on its debt crisis.

  • DreamWorks posts higher quarterly profit Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 8:11 PM ET

    Nov 1- DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc posted a higher quarterly profit, helped by the success of its latest movie `` Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted'' in international markets. Net income rose to $24.4 million, or 29 cents per share, in the third quarter, from $19.7 million, or 23 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 16 percent to $186.3 million.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Banks will have to hold more capital after recent hefty fines, trading losses, money laundering and rate-rigging showed that operational risks are not being covered properly. U.S. energy regulators this week proposed fining the bank $470 million for alleged rigging of California's power markets.

  • *China factory surveys show country's economy gaining traction. U.S. shares followed China's stock markets higher after official and private China manufacturing surveys for October suggested China's economy is finally regaining traction.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- Brent crude prices fell on Thursday on returning North Sea supply and euro-zone concerns, while U.S. gasoline edged higher as support from supply disruptions after super storm Sandy countered any pressure from data showing rising inventories.

  • INSIGHT-Putin's Russia: more fragile than it looks Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 7:48 PM ET

    *Exodus of talent and money from Russia. Russia is exporting three things in great quantity, says a leading Moscow banker: natural resources, capital and people. Only the first could be regarded as healthy and sustainable; the other two imply that oligarchs and ordinary citizens alike are turning their back on Putin's Russia.

  • FACTBOX-Weak rates lead to shipping bankruptcies Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 7:37 PM ET

    Oct. 2- Danish shipping group Torm A/S is forced to reach a restructuring agreement with its banks over its $1.8 billion bank debt. Aug. 9- Britain's oldest shipping firm, Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd, goes into liquidation after nearly 300 years of trading.

  • Nov 1- Overseas Shipholding Group Inc's warning that it may file for bankruptcy protection has companies that lease ships to the world's No. 2 tanker operator scrambling to find alternative customers and writing down the value of their OSG contracts.