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  • *U.S. East Coast refineries shutting ahead of hurricane. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. gasoline futures jumped as much as 4 percent while benchmark Brent crude was little changed on Monday as over two-thirds of the East Coast refining sector shut down ahead of Hurricane Sandy.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. Treasury debt prices rose on Monday as a perceived gain in political risks in Italy and concerns about the strength of the U.S. economic recovery fueled safe-haven buying in thin trade as Hurricane Sandy was on track to pummel the U.S. East Coast.

  • *Euro falls on worries over Greece, Spain. The euro was down slightly versus the dollar, hurt by uncertainty over whether Greece can agree to a deal on austerity and with no sign of when Spain might request aid.

  • OTTAWA, Oct 29- Canada expects to maintain real economic growth of at least 2 percent through 2017, but lower commodity prices will cause government revenues to be a little lower than expected, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stock index futures fell in a shortened session on Monday and cash equity trading was canceled as powerful Hurricane Sandy bore down on the U.S. East Coast while renewed uncertainty in Europe hurt sentiment.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Palladium is heading for its biggest one-month drop since May in October as a weak demand picture for the autocatalyst metal reins in gains made on the back of U.S. monetary stimulus and a sharply higher platinum price.

  • US bond market closed on Tuesday for Sandy Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 3:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 29- The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association recommended on Monday that the U.S. bond market stay closed on Tuesday Oct. 30 due to Hurricane Sandy.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 29- EU antitrust regulators have told trader Glencore to offer concessions in its zinc operations to ease concerns about its planned $33 billion buy of miner Xstrata, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Ex-trader Kweku Adoboli said on Monday that others at UBS, including senior executive Carsten Kengeter, had influenced his trading in the summer of 2011, when he took positions that eventually cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion.

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 29- EU antitrust regulators have told trader Glencore to offer concessions to ease concerns about its planned takeover of miner Xstrata, especially the combined group's large share of the zinc market, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.

  • LONDON, 29- Britain's Pearson and Germany's Bertelsmann are to merge their publishing units, Penguin and Random House, to recover ground lost to technology groups Amazon and Apple, the leaders in the ebook revolution.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 29- Essar Energy plans to refinance up to $1.5 billion worth of its rupee debt overseas within six months, its chief executive said on Monday, as the India- focused group concentrates on improving its balance sheet after a turbulent period of heavy capital spending and regulatory setbacks.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether a U.S. company is entitled to a tax credit when it pays a so-called ``windfall tax'' imposed by the United Kingdom.

  • UPDATE 2-Hungary hints at life without IMF deal Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 2:02 PM ET

    BUDAPEST, Oct 29- ``Life would go on'' if Hungary does not secure funding from the IMF, its chief negotiator said on Monday, casting doubt on Budapest's willingness to reach a deal to help ensure financial stability.

  • UPDATE 2-Hundary hints at life without IMF deal Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    BUDAPEST, Oct 29- ``Life would go on'' if Hungary does not secure funding from the IMF, its chief negotiator said on Monday, casting doubt on Budapest's willingness to reach a deal to help ensure financial stability.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest investment bank, posted its fourth straight quarterly profit on Monday as an upswing in its fixed income operations helped it counter weak equity markets and the fallout from an insider trading probe.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether a U.S. company is entitled to a tax credit when it pays a so-called ``windfall tax'' imposed by the United Kingdom.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1400 GMT, Oct 29 Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    ROME- Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi faced a fresh setback on Monday as early counting in a local election in Sicily showed his divided centre-right party trailing in a former stronghold and big gains for the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement.

  • UPDATE 1-Reuters Business News Schedule at 1330 GMT Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the U.S. East Coast, strengthens after hundreds of thousands move to higher ground, public transport shuts down and the U.S. stock market suffers its first weather-related closure in 27 years (STORM-SANDY/ moved, pix, tv, graphic, by Daniel Trotta, 910 words). Politics puts Italy, Spain back in market focus.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 1330 GMT Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 1:49 PM ET

    1530,1930 GMT- Franklin Paul, Chris Kaufman +1 646 223 6200.