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  • WRAPUP 1-France, Britain set stage for EU budget wrangling Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 10:44 PM ET

    *France objects to proposed farm subsidy cuts. BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Nov 1- British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure to act tough on the European Union budget and France threatened to use its veto, signalling a divisive start to bargaining over the 1 trillion euro long-term spending plan.

  • *France objects to proposed farm subsidy cuts. BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Oct 31- British Prime Minister David Cameron came under pressure to act tough on the European Union budget and France threatened to use its veto, signalling a divisive start to bargaining over the 1 trillion euro long-term spending plan.

  • *Archer Daniels Midland bid $2.8 bln for GrainCorp. MOSCOW, Oct 31- Russian investment and trading group Summa has asked the state development bank Vnesheconombank to fund a possible acquisition of Australia's GrainCorp, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 31- Potash Corp, the world's No. 1 fertilizer maker, is ramping up efforts to buy Israel Chemicals Ltd, appealing directly to Israel's prime minister to back a deal that would rank as the largest foreign takeover of an Israeli company.

  • *Wheat jumps on 300,000 tonnes Egypt purchase. LONDON, Oct 31- Commodities edged higher on Wednesday as investors dipped back into risky assets, but the sector was on track for its worst monthly loss since May as worries resurfaced about demand for raw materials.

  • WRAPUP 1-Veto threats fly in EU budget fight Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 5:32 PM ET

    *France objects to proposed farm subsidy cuts. BRUSSELS, Oct 31- France joined a growing list of European Union governments threatening to veto the bloc's next long-term budget, turning up the heat at the start of divisive bargaining over a 1 trillion euro spending plan.

  • WRAPUP 1-Polish, Czech PMIs point to more weakness Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 10:20 AM ET

    The figures pointed to an overall economic slowdown in the third quarter in Poland, whose impressive growth has begun to fizzle out, and an extension of the recession that has strangled the Czech economy since the last quarter of 2011..

  • Are Volumes in Equity Markets Set to Pick Up?     Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 2:50 AM ET

    Michael Buhl, CEO of CEE Stock Exchange (the largest player among the stock exchanges of Central and Eastern Europe) tells CNBC that equity cash trading is picking up but a financial transaction tax is not positive for the stock exchange.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 30- Argentina could lose 20 percent of its projected corn crop and 10 percent of its soy this season as violent storms lash the Pampas, turning prime farmland into unplantable mush, a local expert said on Tuesday.

  • Oct 30- U.S. Steel Corp, the top steel producer in the United States by volume, warned that its current quarter would be hurt by the global slowdown, joining rivals Nucor Inc and AK Steel Holding Corp in forecasting weak results.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- Imperial Tobacco has taken a 1.2 billion-pound writedown on its Spanish business as the impoverished country's smokers turn to cheaper black market cigarettes.

  • PRAGUE, Oct 30- The Czech Republic's ruling coalition postponed on Tuesday a vote on a law to raise taxes that will double as a vote of confidence in the government, hoping extra time will allow them to prevent a lawmakers' rebellion. Prime Minister Petr Necas' cabinet will resign if the 22 billion crowns mainly in additional value-added and income tax is rejected.

  • BUDAPEST, Oct 30- Hungary's central bank cut interest rates again on Tuesday, prioritising growth, and hinted at more easing even though doubts about an aid deal threaten to limit room to relax policy.

  • Oct 30- U.S. Steel Corp, the top steel producer in the United States by volume, warned that its current quarter would be hurt by the global slowdown, joining rivals Nucor Inc and AK Steel Holding Corp in forecasting weak results.

  • *Argentina is world's No. 2 corn exporter after the U.S. BUENOS AIRES, Oct 30- Argentina could lose 20 percent of its projected corn crop and 10 percent of its soy this season because of violent storms that have lashed the Pampas farm belt over the last three months, a local expert said on Tuesday.

  • *Boeing sees up to $27 bln in Russian titanium buying. MOSCOW, Oct 30- Boeing Co will sell 35 of its 737 MAX airliners to an aircraft leasing arm of Russian Technologies in a deal worth $3.5 billion, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- British oil group BP Plc raised its dividend on Tuesday, confident it can fight back from a devastating U.S. oil spill with a big pile of cash, a rejigged business in Russia and a focus on exploration and production.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1400 GMT, Oct 30 Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Millions of people across the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to scenes of destruction wrought by monster storm Sandy, which knocked out power to huge swathes of the nation's most densely populated region, swamped New York's subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan's financial district.

  • Oct 30- U.S. Steel Corp's third-quarter profit handily beat analysts' estimates, but the company warned that its current-quarter results would be affected by the global slowdown.

  • BUDAPEST, Oct 30- Hungary's divided central bank cut interest rates for the third successive month on Tuesday, shrugging off inflation and market scepticism over whether the indebted country will secure an international financing backstop.