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  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Some very big investors are betting on an upswing in two problematic parts of the world right now, Europe and Japan, their confidence bolstered by the brisk money-printing from central banks in both regions. Standard Life Investments, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and Seven Investment Management are among those who believe in the potential...

  • FOREX-Risk-on trade pulls dollar higher Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:42 AM ET

    *U.S. leading economic indicators better than expected. *German and eurozone flash PMIs beat expectations. NEW YORK, Oct 23- The dollar rallied on Thursday as investors plowed cash back into riskier asset classes, with an underpinning of promising data from the United States and better-than-expected manufacturing data in Europe and China.

  • DUBAI, Oct 23- Saudi Arabia supplied less crude oil to the market in September than a month earlier, an industry source said on Thursday, at a time when some OPEC members are calling on the top oil exporter to cut back output to lift prices. Crude supplies from the OPEC heavyweight fell by some 328,000 barrels per day, to 9.36 million bpd in September, from 9.688 million...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- British estate agent Foxtons warned profits would fall this year because of a marked slowdown in London's previously runaway property market, sending its shares tumbling by a fifth. Foxtons, which has become a symbol of the British capital's property boom, said sales volumes had fallen sharply and commissions were down in the third quarter.

  • LONDON/ BEIJING/ NEW YORK, Oct 23- Euro zone businesses performed much better than forecasters expected this month and China's vast factory sector grew a shade faster, but U.S. manufacturing activity sputtered to its slowest since July, underscoring the uneven nature of the post-crisis global economy. The improvement in purchasing managers' surveys in Europe...

  • Wall Street lifts European shares despite earnings drag Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 AM ET

    *Michelin and Unilever fall, flagging weak EM demand. EDINBURGH, Oct 23- European stocks edged higher in choppy trade on Thursday, buoyed by strength on Wall Street but hindered by weak corporate results from companies including French tyre-maker Michelin. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former cut its full-year revenue...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 23- Pressure is growing on Russia's central bank to adopt more radical measures to defend the tumbling rouble, such as interest rate rises, but there is no easy fix. The bank's board meets on Oct. 31 to discuss monetary policy and there is growing speculation it may soon raise rates to support the rouble, which is being hit by plunging oil prices and Western...

  • *Expectations for a "big bang" style revamp not high in Europe. *Market expects a handful of failures from Europe's stress tests. But expectations for a "big bang"- style restructuring of the banking sector are low, given the political sensitivities at play, and instead the market is factoring in just a handful of failures out of the 130 banks set to be tested, with a few...

  • *Europe and China manufacturing beat expectations. *OPEC members unable to agree on cut. LONDON, Oct 23- Brent crude oil rose above $85 a barrel on Thursday on news Saudi Arabia cut its supply to the market in September, even though its overall production grew month on month, and on strong economic data from Europe and China.

  • *ECB bank test results due to be made public at 1100 GMT Sunday. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Oct 23- The euro zone's 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances on Thursday after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region's banking sector. They will not be made public until 1100 GMT on...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- The chairman of Britain's biggest grocery chain, Tesco, announced his resignation on Thursday after the company reported a bigger than expected hole in its finances and said accounting transgressions went back further than initially thought. Tesco, Britain's biggest private employer and once the juggernaut of its retail sector, has lost half...

  • UPDATE 4-Oil rises above $85 on Saudi market supply cut Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    *Saudi Arabia increases output but cuts market supply. *OPEC members unable to agree on cut. LONDON, Oct 23- Brent crude oil rose above $85 a barrel on Thursday on news Saudi Arabia cut its supply to the market in September, even though its overall production grew month on month.

  • LONDON, Oct 23- Britain's Serious Fraud Office has asked the government for an extra 26.5 million pounds to help fund complex inquiries such as financial benchmark manipulation and top corruption cases. Its biggest and costliest cases remain the investigation into the manipulation of Libor interest rates, an inquiry into circumstances surrounding...

  • *Mixed morning in Europe after Asia shares slide. LONDON, Oct 23- European and Asian stock markets ground lower on Thursday, worries over banks and corporate results again darkening the mood despite a surprisingly upbeat survey of Germany's manufacturing and service sectors. French tire maker Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets in...

  • *Michelin and Unilever fall, flagging weak EM demand. EDINBURGH, Oct 23- European stocks fell on Thursday, hindered by weak corporate results from companies including French tyre-maker Michelin, despite receiving support from better-than-expected euro zone business activity data. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing has signed a preliminary deal with China Merchant Group companies aimed at expanding London Metal Exchange warehouses in Asia and developing new products and services for the Asian market. To this end, it has long planned to steer the LME into mainland China, the world's biggest metals market.

  • *ECB bank test results due at 1100 GMT Sunday. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Oct 23- At around noon on Thursday, the euro zone's 130 biggest banks will receive the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region's banking sector. They will not be made public until 1100 GMT on...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- Britain's leading prosecutor, the Serious Fraud Office, has asked its government paymasters for an extra 26.5 million pounds to help fund complex investigations, such as alleged financial benchmark manipulation and corruption cases. The agency, which nine months ago sought another 19 million pounds to bolster investigations such as the Libor...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-German survey props up European shares Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:59 AM ET

    *Mixed morning in Europe after Asia shares slide. LONDON, Oct 23- Stock markets in Europe recovered from a poor start on Thursday after a batch of more optimistic than expected surveys of German and euro zone purchasing managers leavened an otherwise shaky mood. Concerns over growth, banks and a beckoning era of deflation in Europe were at the heart of a stock...

  • *Michelin, Unilever fall, flag weak EM demand. Michelin and Unilever cited poor demand from emerging markets as the former cut its full-year revenue goal and the latter reported weaker-than-expected quarterly sales. Unilever's London- listed shares were down 2.4 percent, while Michelin shed 3.6 percent.