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TOKYO, Oct 30- Japanese shares climbed to a one-week high on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will maintain its ultra-easy money policy for at least the next few months. The benchmark Nikkei rose 1.2 percent to 14,502.35, the highest closing level since Oct. 22.
TOKYO, Oct 30- Brent crude edged below $109 on Wednesday as worries about disruption to petroleum exports by OPEC member Libya eased a little, while a bigger-than-expected increase in inventories weighed on U.S. oil futures. London Brent crude for December delivery was down 19 cents at $108.82 a barrel at 0539 GMT, after settling down 60 cents on Tuesday.
*IMF upbeat on Japan wages, outlook for Asia. TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's factory output rebounded in September to its highest level in nearly one-and-a-half years as robust domestic demand driven by the government's stimulus policies and a looming tax rise compensated for slowing exports to the rest of Asia.
WASHINGTON, Oct 30- The Federal Reserve is expected to maintain its massive bond-buying campaign when it concludes a two-day meeting on Wednesday and may point to softer readings on the U.S. economy to signal that the policy will be extended into 2014..
Oct 30- When Janet Yellen became president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in June 2004, a massive real estate bubble was building in the vast nine-state area that it oversees.
Oct 30- Apple Inc has not reinvented the wheel with the iPad Air but the thinner device, priced higher than many of its competitors, is a major improvement on a successful product, the reviewers wrote on Tuesday.
*China Modern Dairy sinks after $830 million stake sale. HONG KONG, Oct 30- Shanghai shares rebounded from seven-week lows early on Wednesday, with Hong Kong markets also higher, led by Chinese utilities and energy giants after solid quarterly earnings.
SINGAPORE, Oct 30- London copper rose to its highest level in a week on Wednesday, while aluminium gained for a fourth session in five on expectations the U.S. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange added 0.5 percent to $7,239 a tonne by 0328 GMT, its highest since last Wednesday.
HONG KONG, Oct 30- China's yuan fell to one-week low against the dollar on Wednesday, guided by a weaker yuan midpoint the central bank set for the third consecutive day to reflect a rebound in dollar index.
Oct 30- Institutional investors who met with Twitter Inc this week say they are optimistic about its initial public offering and see little sign of the irrational exuberance that preceded Facebook Inc's splashy coming-out party in 2012..
*Gold falls for second session, below $1,350/ oz. SINGAPORE, Oct 30- Gold slipped further below five-week highs on Wednesday as investors turned jittery waiting for the end of a Federal Reserve policy meeting that may throw more light on the outlook for the U.S. central bank's bullion-friendly stimulus measures.
SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Oct 30- The dollar touched a one-week high against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday as investors further trimmed bearish positions ahead of the outcome of the Federal Reserve policy meeting.
TOKYO, Oct 30- Brent crude edged down below $109 in early Wednesday trade as fears waned about the extent of disruptions to petroleum exports from OPEC member Libya, while a higher-than-expected weekly stock build weighed on market sentiment for U.S. oil futures.
TOKYO, Oct 30- Japanese government bond prices ended the morning session steady to slightly higher on Wednesday, with the 7- year through 20- year curve steepening by 1 basis point from the previous session. Federal Reserve's policy announcement later on Wednesday and the Bank of Japan's meeting on Thursday.
SYDNEY, Oct 30- Asian share markets took heart from record highs in U.S. stocks on Wednesday as investors wagered the Federal Reserve would rock no boats at its policy meeting and leave stimulus in place for the next few months at least. Japan's Nikkei led the way with a gain of 1.2 percent, while Australian shares added 0.4 percent and Shanghai 0.5 percent.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved Tom Wheeler to be the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, enabling the agency to start operating under a permanent leader after a holding period of several months.
*SoftBank, Mitsubishi Motors among top gainers. TOKYO, Oct 30- Japanese shares jumped to a one-week high on Wednesday morning, led by SoftBank Corp surging on hopes of solid earnings, and on expectations the Federal Reserve will maintain its ultra-easy money policy for at least the next few months.
LONDON, Oct 30- Consumer confidence in the United States reached a six-year high in the third quarter, as prospects for jobs and personal finances improved, and also rose sharply in Europe, a global survey showed.
SINGAPORE, Oct 30- London copper was largely unchanged on Wednesday, trading well below last week's one-month high on a weaker fundamental outlook as investors await clues on monetary policy from the U.S.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- How badly does Google want to keep under wraps a mysterious project taking shape on a barge in San Francisco Bay? At least one Coast Guard employee has had to sign a non-disclosure agreement with the Internet giant, said Barry Bena, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman.