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LONDON, Oct 4- U.S. wheat futures rose slightly on Friday, supported by brisk demand from Brazil and China, and were on track for a third straight week of gains. Corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade also edged up although remain on course for a weekly loss while soybean prices eased as the U.S. harvest continued to advance.
*Tropical Storm Karen shutting production in Gulf of Mexico. LONDON, Oct 4- Brent crude oil edged above $109 a barrel on Friday as concerns over a prolonged U.S. government shutdown were offset by a tropical storm constraining supply in the Gulf of Mexico.
*Tropical Storm Karen shutting production in Gulf of Mexico. LONDON, Oct 4- Brent crude oil edged above $109 a barrel on Friday as concerns over a prolonged U.S. government shutdown triggered by a row over state spending were offset by a tropical storm curbing supply in the Gulf of Mexico.
LONDON, Oct 4- Italian bonds rose on Friday, extending this week's relief rally after Prime Minister Enrico Letta's government won a confidence vote in parliament.
LONDON, Oct 2- Copper rose off a one-week low on Wednesday, as the dollar struggled against the euro on weak U.S. jobs data and after the European Central Bank decided to keep rates unchanged.
The confidence vote in Italy was called after five ministers from Berlusconi's party resigned at the weekend. Berlusconi backed off just before the confidence vote in parliament after divisions within his camp widened sharply this week, easing market concern that Italy could face a fresh round of potentially inconclusive elections.
LONDON, Oct 2- Copper turned positive after hitting a one-week low on Wednesday as the dollar fell sharply against the euro on weak U.S. job data and as the European Central Bank decided to keep rates unchanged.
*Cushing oil stocks down for 13th successive week. LONDON, Oct 2- Brent crude oil steadied around $108 a barrel on Wednesday, consolidating after five weeks of falls, after U.S. data showed lower crude oil stocks at the key Midwest delivery hub.
*ECB keeps rates unchanged, press conference at 1230 GMT eyed. LONDON, Oct 2- The euro held steady against the dollar on Wednesday ahead of a European Central Bank news conference where President Mario Draghi will be watched for signs of any further stimulus. It had hit an eight month high of $1.3589 in the previous session.
LONDON, Oct 2- Brent crude oil slipped below $108 a barrel on Wednesday, extending five weeks of falls on signs of improving global supply.
Oil prices have tumbled over the past month as output has improved, with Libya ramping up production, while tensions over Syria and Iran have eased, dampening worries of any disruption to production from the giant Middle East oilfields.
GENEVA, Oct 1- Switzerland is obliged to hold a vote on banning speculation in agricultural commodities after a left wing political initiative gained enough signatures to force it to under Swiss law.
LONDON, Oct 1- Italian bonds rallied on Tuesday on signs the government will have sufficient support in a confidence vote to avoid a fresh round of tightly-contested elections.
NEW YORK/ BEIJING, Oct 1- U.S. manufacturing grew last month at its fastest clip in nearly 2-1/ 2 years but expansion in China's massive factory sector was slight and deep divergences persisted in euro zone countries, surveys on Tuesday showed.
LONDON, Oct 1- A year after the European Central Bank pledged to do all it could to save the euro, the currency's new-found strength is tangling with its efforts to keep euro zone monetary policy loose.
*Market lets go of pre-shutdown gains, looking technically weak below $1,300. LONDON Oct 1- Gold slid quickly below $1,300 per ounce to its lowest since early August on Tuesday, unwinding much of the steam built up as investors had anticipated a partial U.S. government shutdown, with most betting it would be resolved shortly.
LONDON Oct 1- Gold fell on Tuesday, letting go of slight gains made after the U.S. government entered a partial shutdown, with investors betting the stand-off would be resolved shortly.
Manufacturing growth in Italy and Spain, the euro zone's third and fourth biggest economies, eased off in September, suggesting economic recovery there remains fragile. Germany, Europe's largest economy, grew but saw the pace of growth ease slightly from August.
*Iran to meet P5 +1 in mid-October for nuclear talks. LONDON, Oct 1- Brent crude eased to $108 a barrel on Tuesday, near a seven-week low, on worries that a shutdown of the U.S. government will crimp oil demand, while easing tensions in U.S.- Iran nuclear talks boosted prospects for rising supply. Brent crude fell 40 cents to $107.97 a barrel by 0934 GMT.
NEW YORK, Sept 30- Brent crude oil fell on Monday, heading for its first monthly decline since May, as a looming U.S. government shutdown clouded the outlook for demand while tensions over Iran continued to ease.