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  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 1- Arabica coffee futures dropped to the lowest level in more than four months on Thursday, on pressure from the firm U.S. dollar and as chart-based selling was triggered below the previous low, while robusta coffee was firm, sitting just above a six-month low.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- German government bonds were steady on Thursday, as uncertainty over the outcome of the presidential election in the United States limited the impact of better-than-expected economic data. In Europe, worries over Greece's efforts to seal a deal to draw more money from its bailout were keeping safe haven assets such as Bunds in demand.

  • European shares spurred on by earnings and macro data Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 4:34 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 1- Investors set aside growth worries as European shares clawed back the previous session's losses on Thursday, buoyed by earnings from European companies and better macro economic data in China and the United States.

  • UK comedian arrested by sex scandal detectives Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 4:30 PM ET

    LONDON-- The child abuse scandal consuming the legacy of the late entertainer Jimmy Savile netted its second celebrity arrest Thursday as police swooped in on British comedian Freddie Starr, media reported.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Mining group Anglo American is starting the search for a new chief executive to replace Cynthia Carroll and take on what analysts and investors say is one the toughest jobs in the resources sector. South Africa, for its part, has indicated it would prefer a South African for the job. *Rene Medori, finance director, 55.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Brent crude oil futures fell to around $108.40 a barrel on Thursday as investors assessed the aftermath of super storm Sandy, while U.S. futures gained on the back of larger than expected crude oil stock draws and U.S. manufacturing data.

  • CoCos seen as acquired taste as Barclays opens door Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 4:03 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 1- After several false starts, Barclays is optimistic it can sell a debt instrument that bolsters capital at times of trouble and could clear a path for European rivals to follow. ``I have no doubt that Barclays can get one away- because there are lots of sovereign wealth funds and hedge funds who will love this.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Robusta coffee futures rose on Thursday from a six-month low the previous day as harvest progress picked up in top world producer Vietnam, where a second consecutive bumper crop is expected.

  • *James Murdoch re-elected with 95 pct shareholder support. LONDON, Nov 1- James Murdoch was re-elected to the board of BSkyB on Thursday, ensuring his family's media empire retains a direct influence at Britain's biggest pay-TV company despite being weakened by a phone hacking scandal.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Gold prices held near $1,720 an ounce on Thursday as stock markets climbed, indicating better appetite for assets seen as higher risk, while investors focused on U.S. employment data due on Friday for clues on monetary policy.

  • UPDATE 5-Oil prices ease ahead of EIA data Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:59 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 1- Brent crude oil futures fell to around $108.40 a barrel on Thursday as investors assessed the aftermath of super storm Sandy.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1430 GMT / 1030 AM ET Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:58 PM ET

    Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reports a lower profit that topped expectations, as higher results from its refining arm counters a 7.5 decline in oil and gas output. (EXXON-EARNINGS/ moved, by Anna Driver, 320 words).

  • WRAPUP 1-Oil companies struggle to increase output Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:14 PM ET

    LONDON/ HOUSTON, Nov 1- The world's top oil and gas companies are struggling to improve output and failing to capture the full value of a resilient price for crude oil while weak gas prices in the United States take their toll.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- BP's decision to scrap plans for a U.S. cellulosic ethanol refinery is a setback for second generation biofuels and opens the door to alternatives including Brazilian sugar ethanol, biodiesel and electric vehicles.

  • Investors skirt new shorting curbs to bet on EU woes Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 1:44 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 1- New rules to stop speculators making Europe's debt crisis worse by betting on government bond defaults are prompting investors to find alternative ways to insure against or profit from bad news in the region.

  • Growing numbers of accountants, banks and consultants are signing lengthy office leases in Luxembourg and the Channel Islands as they flock to serve customers seeking the legal ways to cut their tax bills offered by having a offshore base.

  • Data over the past month has shown the health of the global economy remains fragile, with retail sales and the housing market pointing to an improvement in the United States but Europe is still struggling.

  • UPDATE 4-Oil falls on weaker demand after Sandy Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 1:10 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 1- Brent crude oil futures fell to $108 a barrel on Thursday as investors continued to analyse the aftermath of super storm Sandy.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- European shares rose on Thursday, bolstered by relatively robust earnings reports despite economic weakness, while the euro was flat as uncertainty over how the euro zone will handle crises in Spain and Greece dragged on.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Copper rose for a third day on Thursday, helped by data that showed a glimmer of recovery in big metals consumer China and other Asian economies, but gains were tempered by concerns about demand and Europe's grinding debt crisis.