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  • LONDON, Sept 30- Global investor sentiment is diverging, with Europeans, including the UK, remaining bullish on stocks and keeping allocations in place while the United States and Japan fret over rising risks, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.

  • *1st export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade. NEW YORK/ SEOUL, Sept 30- The first U.S. export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade set sail at the weekend, according to a company source and shipping data, marking another milestone as booming shale oil output forces domestic drillers to seek new customers.

  • DUBAI, Sept 30- Gulf banks are feeling the pinch of rapidly shrinking corporate loan margins, with some predicting a bounce in lending rates as soon as the first half of 2015 as the escalating price war bites into profitability.

  • DUBAI/ RIYADH, Sept 30- The decision by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to join air strikes in Syria reflects an increasingly muscular foreign policy by the Gulf Arab heavyweights that has already started to reshape the balance of power in the Middle East.

  • SHEKHAN, Iraq, Sept 30- For Salah Paulis, it came down to a choice between his faith and his crop. A wheat farmer from outside Mosul, Paulis and his family fled the militant group Islamic State early last month. The group overran the family farm as part of its offensive that captured vast swathes of territory in northern Iraq.

  • There are several reasons this may be the case, but chief among them is probably concern over market share in Asia. This pivot from North America can be seen in the OSPs this year for the various regions, with prices rising for cargoes to the United States and dropping for Asia.

  • *Asia's Jan-Aug imports from Iran hit 1.15 mln bpd, up 23.6 pct. Six world powers have been trying to overcome significant disagreements with Iran in the more-than-decade-long nuclear standoff that led to tough sanctions being imposed on Tehran in 2012, cutting its crude exports by more than half.

  • *1st export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade. NEW YORK/ SEOUL, Sept 30- The first U.S. export of Alaskan crude to South Korea in more than a decade set sail at the weekend, according to a company source and shipping data, marking another milestone as booming shale oil output forces domestic drillers to seek new customers.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 29- U.S. securities regulators can move forward with a lawsuit accusing two Dubai residents of making $3.7 million through insider trading in Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc and another biotechnology company, a Manhattan federal judge ruled on Monday.

  • Qantas puts world's largest plane on longest route Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 4:23 PM ET

    A Qantas Airbus A380 touched down Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport about 15 hours after leaving Sydney, Australia, on the 8,578- mile journey. Qantas previously flew the Sydney- Dallas route with the Boeing 747, which required a stopover in Brisbane, Australia.

  • *Corn hits new 5- year low, soybeans at 4-1/ 2 year low. Corn had its first gains in three sessions after falling as low as $3.22 per bushel, the lowest since September 2009. Soybeans rebounded after dropping to $9.05-1/ 2, a 4-1/ 2 year low.

  • BUDAPEST, Sept 29- Hungarian oil group MOL is reasonably confident that its crude supplies from Russia will not be disrupted by the Ukraine conflict because its Russian partners are reputable companies, the head of its downstream business said.

  • *World's biggest tugboat operator eyes growth in Africa. COPENHAGEN, Sept 29- Denmark's Svitzer, the world's biggest tugboat operator, plans to expand in Africa and focus on long-term contracts with oil companies to offset tough trading in its main Australian and European markets, its chief executive told Reuters.

  • JetBlue and El Al Israel to broaden cooperation Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 11:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK— JetBlue and El Al Israel Airlines plan to expand their partnership, allowing El Al sell seats on some JetBlue flights to and from the New York area. If approved, El Al plans to put its "LY" code on certain JetBlue- operated flights to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Liberty airport in Newark, New Jersey.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- U.S. demand for petroleum products has experienced an unprecedented and broad-based decline over the last eight years as soaring oil prices have forced consumers to become more efficient and seek cheaper alternatives.

  • DUBAI, Sept 29- Dubai's Emaar Properties has priced the initial share sale of its malls business at the top end of the proposed range, marking another milestone in the return of investor confidence in the Gulf Arab state after the financial crisis.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- The mobile Internet economy remains mostly uncharted territory for app publishers, their competitors, the advertisers who support them, and investors deciding where to place their bets.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- Brent crude oil fell below $97 a barrel on Monday, moving closer to a two-year low hit last week as weak data from major buyer China and a stronger U.S. dollar added to pressure from strong supplies. Brent for November delivery fell 61 cents to $96.39 a barrel by 0757 GMT.

  • TOKYO, Sept 29- Brent crude oil fell below $97 a barrel in Asian trade on Monday, moving closer to a two-year low hit last week due to weak data from major buyer China and a stronger U.S. dollar. The London benchmark has fallen from $115 in June as geopolitical tension in the Middle East has failed to derail petroleum output, while concerns about slow demand have grown.

  • *Also tapping oil suppliers in Africa, Europe and Russia. SEOUL, Sept 29- South Korean refiners faced with weak margins want to cut costs by diversifying away from their traditional crude suppliers in the Middle East, and U.S. condensate could be an attractive option now that a long-standing U.S. export ban has been eased.