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Sandy snarls NY oil logistics, NYMEX gasoline deliveries

NEW YORK - Huge logistical problems from power failures and navigational hazards roil the massive New York Harbor oil hub in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, threatening widespread delays in fuel deliveries off the New York Mercantile Exchange's futures contracts (STORM-SANDY/CME-DELIVERIES (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, 800 words)

+ See also:

- STORM-SANDY/LOSSES (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, 480 words

- STORM-SANDY/CONEDISON (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, 530 words

- NEWYORK-FUEL (FACTBOX), expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 1,165 words

U.S. data points to slow healing in labor market

WASHINGTON - U.S. companies added jobs in October at the fastest pace in eight months, a sign of modest healing in the labor market just days before a presidential election that could hinge on the economy (USA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 4), expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, by Jason Lange, 820 words)

Starbucks results due

The coffee shop giant will aim to put up steady or strong numers after its top competitors, such as McDonald's and Chipotle, posted disappointing results. (STARBUCKS-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), By Lisa Baertlein, expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, 600 words)

Oil companies struggle to increase output

The world's top oil and gas companies are struggling to deliver the output growth they need if profits are going to keep up with the burgeoning cost of exploration and development. (BIGOIL-RESULTS/ (WRAPUP 2), expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, 460 words)

Weak Prevnar vaccine, emerging market sales hit Pfizer

Pfizer Inc reports quarterly revenue well below Wall Street expectations, on disappointing sales of its Prevnar pediatric vaccine and a sharp pullback in emerging market revenue. (PFIZER-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Ransdell Pierson, 800 words)

Storm Sandy knocks US Oct auto sales below estimates

DETROIT - The desutruction caused by the super storm Sandy will cause the U.S. auto sector to come up short on sales in October, but industry executives still see a strong fourth quarter as the housing market improves. (AUTO-SALES/ (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, by Ben Klayman and Bernie Woodall, 920 words)

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- CANADA-AUTOS/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 330 words

US retailers' holiday season to withstand Sandy effect

A handful of U.S. retailers expect the massive storm on the U.S. East Coast this week to hurt demand in November, while overall holiday sales should still show the slow growth that was previously forecast. (USA-RETAIL/(WRAPUP 4), moved, by Nevidita Bhattacharjee, 740 words)

MARKETS

Stocks up on China, US data; U.S. crude also up

NEW YORK - Global stocks rise on an improving U.S. jobs picture and data that showed China's economy regaining some traction, while U.S. crude futures are lifted by the supportive economic news and a drop in crude inventories (MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 9, GRAPHICS), moving shortly, by Herbert Lash, 730 words)

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MARKETS-OIL/ (UPDATE 7), moving shortly, by Robert Gibbons, 580 words

ECONOMICS

U.S. fiscal cliff looms large at Mexico G20 meet

MEXICO CITY - Top world policy makers will press the United States on how it will avert the fiscal cliff casting a shadow over the global economy when they meet in Mexico City this weekend. (G20/ (PREVIEW), expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, 800 words)

New Dutch finmin promise cuts, tough line on euro zone

AMSTERDAM - The incoming Dutch finance minister says he will push ahead with budget cuts at home and take a tough line on the euro zone crisis, ensuring policy continuity. (DUTCH-FINMIN/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Thomas Escritt and Anthony Deutsch, 580 words)

Harper to promote Canada business, but no investment rules yet

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper will promote Canada as open for business during a Nov 3-11 trip to Asia, although he is not likely to unveil long-awaited rules for foreign takeovers of Canadian firms. (CANADA-INVESTMENT/HARPER (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, 560 words)

COMPANIES

Cigna ups profit outlook again as HealthSpring pays off

Health insurer Cigna Corp raises its earnings outlook for the year as its recent purchase of specialized Medicare provider HealthSpring again helps the bottom line more than expected, enabling it to beat analyst forecasts for quarterly profits (CIGNA-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 3), moved, by Caroline Humer, 690 words)

BCE profit falls on taxes, shares slip

BCE Inc, Canada's biggest telecom provider, says its quarterly profit had fallen from a year earlier, when lower tax expenses boosted results, and its shares fall even as it reports strong wireless and media results. (BCE-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 4), moved, 630 words)

First iPad mini teardown reveals Samsung display

SAN FRANCISO - Apple Inc's iPad mini uses a display from South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, one of Apple's major suppliers and also its fiercest rival in the global mobile-device market that the two companies dominate (APPLE-IPAD/COMPONENTS (UPDATE 2), moved, by Noel Randewich, 450 worsd)

Estee Lauder scales back sales forecast on Europe worry

Estée Lauder Cos Inc scales back the top end of its full-year forecast for sales amid uncertainty in some key markets, and said it expects poor demand in Europe to persist (ESTEELAUDER-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Phil Wahba, 370 words)

Visteon, Delphi plan deeper cuts as Europe demand sinks

Auto parts suppliers Visteon Corp and Delphi Automotive Plc say they are accelerating cost cutting as carmakers slash production in the face of slowing demand, especially in Europe. (VISTEON-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 4), moved, by Bijoy Anandoth Koyitty, 710 words)