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  • Financing issues main obstacle on Greek talks-IMF Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 1- The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday financing issues remained the main obstacle for debt-laden Greece to receive more bailout money from its international lenders.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rallies after labor market data Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:34 PM ET

    *Jobless claims, ADP both stronger than expected. NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. stocks rallied in morning trading on Thursday after a pair of positive signs about the labor market pointed to improving conditions a day before the U.S. nonfarm payroll report.

  • 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. Payrolls processor Automatic Data Processing said private employers added 158,000 workers last month.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 1- Suncor Energy Inc said on Thursday that it may delay completion of its planned Fort Hills oil sands mine by a year, with production now slated to start in 2017, as it reviews the profitability of its expansion plans.

  • *Public anger in Greece at tax evasion by wealthy. The case has touched a nerve in near-bankrupt Greece, where rampant tax evasion is undermining a struggle to cut public costs and raise revenue under an EU/IMF bailout deal.

  • WRAPUP 1-Oil companies struggle to increase output Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    LONDON/ HOUSTON, Nov 1- The world's top oil and gas companies are struggling to improve output and failing to capture the full value of a resilient price for crude oil while weak gas prices in the United States take their toll.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- BP's decision to scrap plans for a U.S. cellulosic ethanol refinery is a setback for second generation biofuels and opens the door to alternatives including Brazilian sugar ethanol, biodiesel and electric vehicles.

  • *Cuts focused on Europe; Visteon to close Philippines plant. *Delphi third-quarter EPS $0.84 vs est $0.73. Nov 1- Auto parts suppliers Visteon Corp and Delphi Automotive Plc said they were accelerating cost cutting as carmakers slash production in the face of slowing demand, especially in Europe.

  • Investors skirt new shorting curbs to bet on EU woes Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 1:44 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 1- New rules to stop speculators making Europe's debt crisis worse by betting on government bond defaults are prompting investors to find alternative ways to insure against or profit from bad news in the region.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 1- Rosneft more than doubled its cash reserves in the third quarter, as the state-owned Russian oil firm bolsters its finances ahead of its $55 billion acquisition of Anglo-Russian oil producer TNK-BP. ``It is always like this,'' said Vitaly Kruykov from brokerage IFD Kapital. ``The company had been accumulating cash... in this case for TNK-BP.''.

  • Growing numbers of accountants, banks and consultants are signing lengthy office leases in Luxembourg and the Channel Islands as they flock to serve customers seeking the legal ways to cut their tax bills offered by having a offshore base.

  • UPDATE 2-JDA Software to go private in $1.9 bln deal Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 1:37 PM ET

    *RedPrairie to buy JDA for $45 per share. Nov 1- JDA Software Group Inc, a maker of supply-chain management software, agreed to be bought by privately held rival RedPrairie for about $1.9 billion in cash.

  • Data over the past month has shown the health of the global economy remains fragile, with retail sales and the housing market pointing to an improvement in the United States but Europe is still struggling.

  • *Profit excluding items 79 cents/ share vs Street view 77 cents. Shares of New York- based Estee Lauder fell 2.6 percent to $60 in premarket trading. Revenue in the fiscal first quarter rose 2.9 percent to $2.55 billion, dragged down by disappointing sales in Europe that included decreases in key markets like Russia and France.

  • 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. Payrolls processor Automatic Data Processing said private employers added 158,000 workers last month.

  • UPDATE 4-Oil falls on weaker demand after Sandy Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 1:10 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 1- Brent crude oil futures fell to $108 a barrel on Thursday as investors continued to analyse the aftermath of super storm Sandy.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- European shares rose on Thursday, bolstered by relatively robust earnings reports despite economic weakness, while the euro was flat as uncertainty over how the euro zone will handle crises in Spain and Greece dragged on.

  • Greek journalist tried over Swiss bank list Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 11:59 AM ET

    ATHENS, Nov 1- Greek lawyers launched their defence of a prominent journalist on Thursday charged with breaking private data rules after he published the names of more than 2,000 wealthy Greeks believed to be holding Swiss bank accounts.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Copper rose for a third day on Thursday, helped by data that showed a glimmer of recovery in big metals consumer China and other Asian economies, but gains were tempered by concerns about demand and Europe's grinding debt crisis.

  • Still, Estee Lauder reported a higher than expected quarterly profit, helped by large gains in U.S. and China that helped make up for weakness in Europe. The company reported net profit of $299.5 million, or 76 cents a share, in the first quarter, ended Sept. 30, compared with $278.6 million, or 70 cents a share, a year earlier.