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  • *Gold, oil seen vulnerable to Fed tapering expectations. NEW YORK, Nov 4- Major world stock indexes mostly rose on Monday, with the S&P 500 poised to extend a four-week winning streak, while European manufacturing data helped the euro recover from a six-week low.

  • *BlackBerry abandons sale plans, to replace CEO. NEW YORK, Nov 4- U.S. stocks edged modestly higher on Monday in the wake of data showing that business spending dropped sharply in September and amid uncertainty over how soon the Federal Reserve would be comfortable enough with growth to begin scaling back stimulus.

  • *BlackBerry abandons sale plans, to replace CEO. Still, U.S.-listed shares of Blackberry tumbled 21.1 percent to $6.13 in premarket trade after the smartphone maker said it was abandoning a plan to sell itself and instead, would replace its chief executive officer.

  • LONDON, Nov 4- Brent crude futures fell towards $105 a barrel on Monday, extending heavy losses on Friday, as concerns the U.S. Brent crude for December delivery fell 45 cents to $105.46 a barrel by 1255 GMT to reach a fresh four-month low after dropping $3 on Friday.

  • *Weyerhaeuser to sell homebuilding unit for $2.7 bln. NEW YORK, Nov 4- U.S. stock index futures advanced on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 will continue to rise after four straight weeks of gains and build on its latest record high.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- It's a good time to be a stock picker. Some 57 percent of U.S. funds run by active managers are beating their benchmark indexes this year, according to fund-tracker Morningstar.

  • *Markets quiet with Japan on holiday. SYDNEY, Nov 4- Asian stocks eased on Monday in sluggish trade as investors chose discretion over valour ahead of central bank meetings in Europe and the always-critical U.S. payrolls report. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was just a shade softer at 478.58.

  • *U.S. crude for December delivery was off 2 cents at $94.59 a barrel by 0040 GMT. *A stronger U.S. currency, which makes dollar-denominated assets such as oil more expensive for holders of other currencies, helped drag down the Thomson Reuters/ Core Commodity CRB index by 1 percent to its lowest since June 2012.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. stocks rose on Friday after surprisingly strong manufacturing data overshadowed expectations that the Federal Reserve might reduce stimulus earlier than expected. The Institute for Supply Management said on Friday its index of U.S. factory activity rose to 56.4 in October, its best reading since April 2011.

  • *Brent down more than $3 during session. NEW YORK, Nov 1- Brent oil fell sharply on Friday, tumbling by nearly $3 a barrel, and settling at its lowest point since early July, narrowing its premium to U.S. crude in heavy selling. Brent crude for December delivery settled down $2.93 at $105.91 a barrel, a loss of 2.7 percent, its largest daily percentage loss since June 20.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- Prices for U.S. But the Institute for Supply Management said its index on national manufacturing activity unexpectedly jumped to a 2-1/ 2 year peak in October.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- Prices for U.S. But the Institute for Supply Management said its index on national manufacturing activity unexpectedly jumped to a 2-1/ 2 year peak in October.

  • Nov 1- J.C. Penney Co Inc shares rose as much as 10.8 percent on Friday after Wall Street firm ITG Investment Research lifted its sales forecast for the department store chain, citing "improving sales trends" in five of the last seven weeks. Penney shares were up 8.7 percent at $8.15 in afternoon trading and rose as high as $8.31.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- Global equity markets slipped on Friday despite upbeat factory data worldwide, while the euro fell to a two-week low against the dollar on expectations that a rate cut by the European Central Bank is possible by the end of the year.

  • *Brent as low as $106.64, down over $2. NEW YORK, Nov 1- Oil prices fell broadly on Friday, heading for a large weekly percentage decline, as a strong dollar and ample supplies outweighed concerns about a drop in Libyan crude exports. Brent crude for December delivery was down by $2.15 to $106.69 a barrel by 1:23 p.m. EDT after falling to a session low of $106.56.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- The major U.S. stock indexes traded mixed on Friday as traders digested October's surprisingly strong manufacturing growth, with the Dow and the S&P 500 not far from record highs reached earlier this week.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- Global equity markets slipped on Friday despite upbeat factory data from around the world, while the euro fell to a two-week low against the dollar as expectations rose a rate cut by the European Central Bank may come by year's end.

  • *Treasuries earn 0.49 percent return in October- Barclays. NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. It has gained a little steam, but that's not the consensus, "said Matt Duch, a portfolio manager at Calvert Investments in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • *Solar companies rally after First Solar outlook. NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. stocks rose on Friday, rebounding following two days of losses as solar companies jumped on results and strong data on manufacturing. said Mark Grant, managing director at Southwest Securities in Fort Lauderdale.

  • UPDATE 2-CBOE profit rises, beating Wall Street view Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 10:32 AM ET

    Nov 1- CBOE Holdings Inc, which operates the biggest U.S. stock-options market, posted a higher quarterly profit Friday on increased trading of exclusively listed contracts, and its CEO forecast "more to come" as volatility rises to historical norms. CBOE's expenses were lower than many analysts expected, and the company's shares rose in morning trading.

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