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  • *AngloGold Ashanti suspends operations at S. African mine. Spot gold was at $1,709.26 at 1102 GMT, down 0.63 percent, while U.S. gold futures for December fell $5.80 to $1,709.70. ``The stronger dollar is bringing down a number of markets including gold,'' Standard Chartered analyst Daniel Smith said.

  • *Yen hampered by Japan's trade deficit, economic woes. LONDON, Nov 2- The dollar rose to a near four month-high against the yen on Friday as investors bet on an upbeat U.S. payrolls report after private employers added jobs at the fastest pace in eight months.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- World shares were steady near two-week highs and the dollar at a seven-week high ahead of U.S. jobs data that will provide the last major signal on the state of the world's leading economy before its voters pick a president on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Euro zone manufacturing shrank for the 15th month running in October as output and new orders fell, a survey showed on Friday, fuelling expectations of further easing from the European Central Bank.

  • UPDATE 1-Europe approves high-price gene therapy Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:43 AM ET

    *European Commission clears Glybera for ultra rare disease. The formal clearance from the European Commission paves the way for a launch next summer of the treatment for an ultra rare genetic disease that will cost around 1.2 million euros per patient, a new record for pricey modern medicines.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Copper prices slipped on Friday, and were on course for their fourth weekly drop, as uncertainty about economic growth and the outlook for demand kept investors cautious ahead of the release of labour market data from the United States.

  • Markets unmoved by upbeat US jobs news Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 10:37 AM ET

    The Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy generated 171,000 jobs in October, higher than the 125,000 or so expected in the markets. "The data is clearly risk positive, although some may argue that it hurts Romney's chances, which neutralizes some of the risk impact," said Alan Ruskin, an analyst at Deutsche Bank.

  • By Radu Marinas and Sam Cage and Justyna Pawlak and Raissa Kasolowsky. BUCHAREST/ BRUSSELS/ DUBAI, Nov 2- Two months into anti-government protests in Syria last year, as the military crackdown grew more vicious, the European Union and United States introduced sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad, his security chiefs and members of his family.

  • *North Sea supply expected to return, Angolan force majeure. LONDON, Nov 2- Oil fell on Friday as weak European data reinforced a gloomy picture for the demand outlook, with investors nervous ahead of U.S. non-farm payrolls data. Brent crude for December was down 31 cents to $107.86 a barrel by 0943 GMT, while U.S. crude for December was down 80 cents at $86.29.

  • *Focus on U.S. payrolls data but trader positioning light. LONDON, Nov 2- German Bund futures rose on Friday, testing the top of their recent range but many investors shied away from taking large positions before U.S. jobs data and with Greece again facing crisis.

  • UK construction ekes out growth in Oct - Markit Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 9:30 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 2- LONDON, Nov 2- The. However, new orders fell for the fifth straight month- the longest period of decline since the 2008-2009 recession- and firms reduced headcount at the fastest pace since August 2011. ``The bigger picture remains bleak,'' said Tim Moore, senior economist at Markit, which compiles the survey.

  • *Focus on U.S. payrolls data but trader positioning light. LONDON, Nov 2- German Bund futures rose on Monday, testing the top of their recent range but many investors shied away from taking large positions before U.S. jobs data and with Greece again facing crisis.

  • UPDATE 2-RBS faces fines to settle Libor probe Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 9:24 AM ET

    *Q3 operating profit 1.05 bln stg vs 2 mln yr ago. LONDON, Nov 2- Royal Bank of Scotland said it may face fines in relation to how it set Libor and other interest rates and is keen to settle the matter as soon as possible.

  • *Yen hampered by Japan's trade deficit, economic woes. LONDON, Nov 2- The dollar rose to a near four month-high against the yen on Friday as investors bet on an upbeat U.S. payrolls report after private employers added jobs at the fastest pace in eight months.

  • *USA and Japan also need fiscal consolidation. BERLIN, Nov 2- The United States and Japan must share responsibility with Europe for ensuring global economic stability, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said, signalling that a G20 meeting this weekend should not focus solely on the euro zone crisis.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Euro zone manufacturing shrank for the 15th month running in October as output and new orders fell, a survey showed on Friday, likely fuelling expectations of further easing from the European Central Bank.

  • *Alcatel down, Beiersdorf up in mixed earnings season.

  • The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares opened broadly flat at 1109.98 points, with London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX mixed as investors opted for caution ahead of the U.S. data.

  • Europe shares steady, eye gains post U.S. jobs data Friday, 2 Nov 2012 | 8:04 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 2- European equities steadied on Friday but could test recent two-week highs if U.S. jobs data reassures on the health of the world's biggest economy.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Royal Bank of Scotland said it may face ``material fines'' in relation to how Libor and other interest rates were set after talks with regulators which it expects to begin soon.