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  • PRECIOUS-Gold hovers near 9-week low; eyes U.S. vote Tuesday, 6 Nov 2012 | 11:27 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 6- Gold steadied near a nine-week low on Tuesday as investors assessed potential policy impact from the neck-and-neck U.S. presidential election, while a strike in Greece to protest austerity cuts also kept sentiment cautious. Spot gold rose 0.36 percent to $1,690.30 by 1127 GMT, but stayed close to Monday's nine-week low of $1,672.24.

  • GENEVA, Nov 5- China will later this month enter talks to create an Asian free-trade bloc covering 28 percent of world GDP, a reaction to U.S. progress in forming a Trans-Pacific Partnership that excludes China, South Korean Trade Minister Taeho Bark said on Monday.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 5- The Reserve Bank of India may ease monetary policy in January if growth and inflation develop as expected, Governor Duvvuri Subbarao said on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- The expansion in the vast U.S. services sector slowed slightly last month, suggesting growth in the world's largest economy would remain modest, while activity in China's services industry also waned.

  • Global tourist arrivals close in on 1 billion - UN Monday, 5 Nov 2012 | 3:36 PM ET

    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.

  • *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.

  • 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.

  • *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.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- India's economic growth could slow to as little as 5.5 percent this fiscal year, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told Reuters, signalling the possibility that Asia's third largest economy will expand at its slowest pace in a decade.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan falls, Nikkei drops 0.5 pct. U.S. stock futures suggested a firm Wall Street start, with a 0.2 percent rise, but European shares were seen falling, with financial spreadbetters expecting London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX to open down as much as 0.5 percent.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2230 GMT / 530 PM EST Sunday, 4 Nov 2012 | 10:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK- With freezing temperatures forecast, tens of thousands of people hit by superstorm Sandy need temporary housing, but New York officials say it is not immediately clear where they could all be sheltered.

  • *India re-examining all investment deals due to Vodafone spat.

  • *India re-examining all investment deals due to Vodafone spat.

  • *Speaks on eve of trip to India, Philippines, Hong Kong. Speaking on the eve of a trip to India and other parts of Asia, Harper said in an interview published in Saturday's Postmedia newspapers that Canada as a general rule welcomes foreign investment.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 2- Stronger-than-expected hiring by U.S. employers in October and a small increase in the jobless rate will have a neutral or insignificant impact on U.S. presidential elections next week, according to most economists surveyed in a Reuters poll on Friday.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1830 GMT / 230 PM ET Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 6:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- U.S. employers stepped up hiring in October and a small increase in the jobless rate was due to more workers restarting their job hunts, a hopeful sign for a lackluster economy that has been a drag on President Barack Obama's re-election bid ( USA- ECONOMY/JOBS, moved, 900 words).

  • *Profit of 62 cents a share exceeds Wall St view of 55 cents. *Investigating business practices in India. Nov 2- Beam Inc posted a bigger-than-expected third-quarter profit on Friday, helped by strong demand for its bourbon, and said it still expected earnings to grow at a low double-digit percentage rate this year.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- The contentious U.S.- China trade relationship has been a major issue in the U.S. race for the White House, with President Barack Obama defending his record and Republican challenger Mitt Romney promising tougher tactics if elected.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Gold prices fell to their lowest level since late August on Friday, sliding more than 1 percent as the dollar jumped after better-than-expected U.S. jobs data in the last major signal on the state of the economy before elections next Tuesday. Spot gold was down 1.8 percent at $1,684.36 at 1509 GMT, having earlier hit an eight-week low of $1,682.89.