Neither the Malaysian agency leading the investigation locally, Special Branch, nor spy agencies in the United States and Europe have ruled out the possibility that militants were involved in downing the aircraft, which suddenly disappeared while flying at 35,000 feet en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.» Read More
CHICAGO, Oct 30- Agribusiness giant Cargill Inc said on Wednesday that it will not buy cattle fed Merck& Co Inc's controversial cattle-feed additive, Zilmax, and will not feed it to its own cattle, until it is "100 percent confident" the animal welfare issues are resolved.
Oct 30- Community Health Systems Inc reported sharply lower quarterly net profit on Wednesday due to a $98 million charge to cover eventual settlement of a U.S. government investigation into its Medicare admissions between 2005 and 2010..
*Gold, euro flatten after posting previous gains. NEW YORK, Oct 30- A gauge of global stocks dipped after hitting a near six-year high and Treasury bond prices fell on Wednesday while the U.S. dollar strengthened after a slightly less-dovish-than-expected statement from the Federal Reserve.
*3rd- qtr operating earnings $1.34/ shr vs est $1.36. Oct 30- MetLife Inc reported a third-quarter profit that narrowly missed analysts' estimates as the largest U.S. life insurer paid more in claims and benefits to policyholders, sending its shares down about 3 percent after the bell.
*General Motors rallies, profit leaps on strong demand. *Facebook and Expedia rally in extended trading, Starbucks falls.
BEIJING, Oct 31- China says it will remain self sufficient in corn. If imports of corn substitutes are added, China is already pushing up against its target of growing 95 percent of the corn it uses. With that target China would import 10 million tonnes of corn, 3 million tonnes more than expected this year.
HONG KONG, Oct 31- For all the grand talk of far-reaching reforms when China's leadership meets early next month, foreign investors have refused to become carried away, with most choosing to shun the country's mammoth state-owned enterprises. But investors harbour doubts over how far China's leaders will go to shake up SOEs in desperate need of reform.
*New quarterly GDP, CPI forecasts due 0600 GMT. TOKYO, Oct 31- The Bank of Japan is expected to slightly revise up its economic growth forecast to around 1.5 percent for the next fiscal year at a policy review on Thursday on hopes a government's stimulus package will offset slowing exports to Asia.
WASHINGTON, Oct 30- U.S. regulators hope to vote in December on a rule that would bar banks from gambling with their own money, the nation's top derivatives regulator said on Wednesday, a sign that the controversial Volcker rule may soon become law.
Oct 30- Allstate Corp, the largest publicly traded home and auto insurer in the United States, reported a quarterly profit that beat Wall Street estimates as it wrote more premiums across its businesses. Allstate's net income fell to $310 million, or 66 cents per share, in the third quarter from $723 million, or $1.48 per share, a year earlier.
Oct 30- Visa Inc, the world's largest credit card company, reported a 28 percent fall in quarterly profit due to a higher income tax provision. Net income attributable to Visa fell to $1.19 billion, or $1.85 per Class A share, from $1.66 billion, or $2.47, a year earlier.
BOSTON, Oct 30- The security of the Obama administration's healthcare website was at "high risk" because of lack of testing before it opened for enrollment on Oct. 1, according to a government memorandum reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday.
Oct 30- Starbucks Corp's profit forecast for 2014 fell short of Wall Street's view, overshadowing fourth quarter profits that jumped 34 percent bolstered by strong traffic gains. Seattle- based Starbucks on Wednesday said it expects fiscal 2014 earnings in the range of $2.55 to $2.65 per share.
Oct 30- Business software company Open Text Corp's revenue missed market estimates as revenue from its cloud services business fell 5 percent. First-quarter net income rose to $30.63 million, or 52 cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $19.4 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30- The founder of the Lavabit encrypted email service, which shut down rather than allow potentially unlimited government interception, said he will release his programming code to the public in an effort to improve communication security.
Oct 30- MetLife Inc, the largest U.S. life insurer, reported a third-quarter profit that narrowly missed analysts' estimates as it paid more in claims and benefits to policyholders. MetLife reported a net profit of $942 million, or 84 cents per share, for the quarter ended Sept. 30.
Oct 30- Starbucks Corp reported a 34 percent jump in quarterly profit on Wednesday after a rise in visits caused a surprisingly big rise in cafe sales. Global sales at Starbucks cafes open at least 13 months jumped 7 percent, versus analysts' average estimate for a 6.7 percent rise, according to Consensus Metrix.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30- Facebook Inc topped Wall Street's revenue targets on Wednesday, as robust growth in its mobile advertising business drove a 60 percent increase in revenue. Shares of Facebook, the world's No.1 online social network, rose 15 percent to $56.45 in after-hours trading.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 30- OGX Petróleo e Gas Participações SA, the Brazilian oil company controlled by former billionaire Eike Batista, sought court protection from creditors on Wednesday in Latin America's largest-ever corporate bankruptcy filing.