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LONDON, Oct 31- Flagging growth prospects for the euro zone's biggest economies will prompt the European Central Bank to ease monetary policy more early next year, according to a slim majority of economists polled by Reuters.
*U.S. stocks higher as Wall Street reopens after 2- day closure. LONDON, Oct 31- World shares and the euro edged up on Wednesday as a storm-hit Wall Street began trading after its two-day closure and investors looked ahead to economic data later in the week.
LONDON, Oct 31- World shares and the euro edged up on Wednesday as investors braced for a storm-hit Wall Street to reopen after its two-day closure and looked ahead to economic data later in the week. Equity futures are higher, so people are expecting a positive opening,'' said Arne Lohmann Rasmussen, head of currency research at Danske Bank in Copenhagen.
LONDON, Oct 30- Copper rose on Tuesday, rebounding from a near 2- month low hit in the previous session, supported by a weak dollar and some cautious industrial buying, but concerns about sluggish demand from top consumer China capped further gains.
LONDON, Oct 30- Copper edged up on Tuesday from a near 2- month low hit the previous session, helped by a weaker dollar and as lower prices encouraged some cautious industrial buying, but concerns about soft demand from top consumer China capped gains.
*StanChart shares down 0.6 pct in London. HONG KONG/ LONDON, Oct 30- Standard Chartered said it was aiming for a wider year-end settlement with U.S. authorities investigating its Iran- linked transactions.
HONG KONG, Oct 30- Hong Kong shares sank to their lowest in almost two weeks on Tuesday, with most local developers slipping further in the wake of fresh curbs on real estate purchases in the territory. Investors also took profits on Chinese banks, recent outperformers after strong third-quarter earnings from three of China's ``Big Four'' banks.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan inches up 0.1 pct. TOKYO, Oct 30- Asian shares rose modestly but momentum was curbed by a giant, powerful storm that will keep U.S. markets shut, while the dollar slid to an intraday low against the yen after the Bank of Japan unveiled further easing steps.
*StanChart shares up a touch in weak Hong Kong. HONG KONG, Oct 30- Asia- focused bank Standard Chartered Plc said its operating profit grew by a mid-single digit rate in the first nine months of the year, keeping it on track for a 10th straight year of record earnings.
*StanChart shares down 1.1 pct in Hong Kong. HONG KONG, Oct 30- Asia- focused bank Standard Chartered said its operating profit grew by a mid-single digit rate in the first nine months of the year, putting it on track for a 10th straight year of record earnings.
HONG KONG, Oct 30- Asia- focused Standard Chartered said its operating profit so far this year rose by a mid-single digit rate, dented by a settlement paid to New York regulators who had threatened the bank's licence in the state over allegations it hid transactions with Iran.
HONG KONG, Oct 30- Rising bad loans in some of Asia- focused Standard Chartered's main markets such as India could take some of the shine off an otherwise strong quarterly trading update on Tuesday- which is likely to say the bank is on track for a 10th straight year of record profits.
LONDON, Oct 26- Gold fell on Friday, edging closer to seven-week lows touched earlier this week as equities came under pressure from disappointing earnings results, with the focus on U.S. third-quarter growth data due later in the day.
Nigeria's explosive population rise and emerging middle class has catapulted it from so-called "new frontier" status to emerging market status, and is increasingly attracting investor interest.
JOHANNESBURG, Oct 12- Standard& Poor's cut South Africa's credit rating one notch on Friday to BBB with a negative outlook, saying mining strikes and social tensions could reduce fiscal flexibility and hurt growth in the continent's biggest economy. It was trading at 8.75 at 1737 GMT, from 8.65 just before the announcement.
LONDON, Oct 12- Britain's main financial regulator will decide what activities the country's retail banks are able to carry out under a new reform aimed at shielding taxpayers from having to bail out the industry again.
Morgan Stanley sees Barclays and HSBC as set for encouraging results from the third quarter, rating both "overweight", while it gives Lloyds an "underweight" rating based on a more cautious outlook. However, Morgan Stanley is more cautious heading into Lloyds' results.
MUMBAI, Oct 12- India's industrial production rose by a higher-than-expected 2.7 percent in August from a year earlier, after contracting in July. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a rise of 1.1 percent in August output. COMMENTARY RAJEEV MALIK, SENIOR ECONOMIST, CLSA, SINGAPORE.
MUMBAI, Oct 12- India's industrial production rose by a higher-than-expected 2.7 percent in August from a year earlier, after contracting in July. COMMENTARY JYOTINDER KAUR, ECONOMIST, HDFC BANK, NEW DELHI. RADHIKA RAO, ECONOMIST, FORECAST PTE., SINGAPORE.
MUMBAI, Oct 12- India's industrial production rose by a higher-than-expected 2.7 percent in August from a year earlier, after contracting in July. COMMENTARY ANUBHUTI SAHAY, ECONOMIST, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK, MUMBAI. SONAL VARMA, INDIA ECONOMIST, NOMURA, MUMBAI.