NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stocks dipped on Monday, weighed by soft data out of China and Boeing's latest production setback. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 33.84 points or 0.21 percent, to 16,418.88, the S&P 500 lost 0.85 points or 0.05 percent, to 1,877.19 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.775 points or 0.04 percent, to 4,334.448.» Read More
SINGAPORE, Oct 31- London copper fell on Thursday after the U.S. *Copper prices touched a one-week top at $7,299.50 a tonne on Wednesday. *The most-traded January copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed by 0.1 percent to 51,910 yuan a tonne.
TAIPEI, Oct 31- Taiwan's economy grew by a preliminary annual pace of 1.58 percent in the third quarter and was flat from the previous three months, reflecting how global demand for Asia's exports remains sluggish. "It's a big downside surprise," said Raymond Yeung, senior economist at ANZ in Hong Kong.
*NYMEX crude for December delivery was down 13 cents at $96.64 a barrel by 0112 GMT, after settling $1.43 lower on Wednesday. *London Brent crude for December delivery had lost 28 cents to $109.58 a barrel, after finishing 85 cents higher on Wednesday.
*Honda Motor down on disappointment it didn't upgrade earnings f'cast. TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's Nikkei share average pulled back from a one-week high on Thursday morning on earnings concerns, with blue-chips Toshiba Corp and Honda Motor Co Ltd coming under pressure after reporting quarterly results.
BOGOTA, Oct 30- Colombia's Ecopetrol posted a net profit of 3.86 trillion pesos in the third quarter of 2013, up 19.6 percent from a year ago mainly due to higher oil production, the state oil company said on Wednesday.
HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares may open lower on Thursday after two of China's five biggest banks reported weaker than expected quarterly earnings. *China's fifth-biggest lender Bank of Communications Co Ltd posted a 3.4 percent gain in third-quarter net profit, missing analyst estimates, as margins shrank and non-performing loans rose.
MEXICO CITY, Oct 30- Mexico's Senate on Wednesday was close to passing a package of measures to bolster the country's weak tax revenues, including higher taxes for the rich, levies on sugary drinks and junk food, as well as a charge on stock market gains.
TOKYO, Oct 31- Following is a table of bond holdings of Japan's nine major life insurers as of the end of March, and the amount they held in currency hedges via forward contracts. Data for September 2013 is scheduled to be published in November. As of March 2013, in billions of yen:.
Nippon Life wants to increase foreign bonds if currency rates attractive Dai-ichi to keep holding without currency hedging steady Meiji Yasuda plans to increase holdings, possibly by 700 billion Sumitomo to gradually reduce currency hedges on foreign bonds Mitsui no major plan to increase foreign bond holdings Taiyo to increase holdings, mostly with currency hedging Daido have increased holdings by Y35 bln in H1 Fukoku to maintain holdings after having bought Y100 bln more than.
SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Gold slipped on Thursday despite the U.S. Gold is heading for a 1- percent monthly gain. *Hedge funds and money managers cut their bullish bets in U.S. gold, silver and copper futures and options in the week ended Oct. 15, a delayed report by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission showed on Wednesday.
SYDNEY, Oct 31- Asian markets suffered a glancing blow on Thursday after the U.S. Yet the losses were modest with MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan off just 0.2 percent. Shares in Australia lost a tenth of a percent while Japan's Nikkei eased 0.3 percent.
WASHINGTON, Oct 30- The Obama administration expressed concern on Wednesday that Republicans may block a vote in the U.S. Senate on the nomination of the president's choice to regulate mortgage finance firms Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
NEW YORK, Oct 30- Biofuel and oil industry lobbyists have raced to the White House over the past two weeks in a last-ditch effort to sway controversial ethanol blending rules for next year, fueling talk of that a decision may be just a few weeks away.
LONDON, Oct 31- The cost to banks of cleaning up past misdeeds has soared over $100 billion and is leaving lenders running scared from areas that put them in potential danger of upsetting regulators.
*Britain to make company ownership register public. *Britain acting alone, hopes others will follow its lead. LONDON, Oct 31- British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce on Thursday that he will make public a new database of company ownership details designed to expose international money laundering and tax evasion schemes.
WASHINGTON, Oct 30- The political uproar over alleged U.S. eavesdropping on close European allies has produced an unusual defense from the National Security Agency: NSA says it was the Europeans themselves who did the spying, and then handed data to the Americans.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30- The National Security Agency has tapped directly into communications links used by Google and Yahoo to move huge amounts of email and other user information among overseas data centers, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
*NBC/ WSJ poll shows Obama approval rating at new low. BOSTON/ WASHINGTON, Oct 30- President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that "bad apple" insurance companies, not his signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks.
SYDNEY, Oct 31- Australia's competition regulator said on Thursday it would not block a bid for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Ltd by domestic rival Bega Cheese Ltd, enabling Bega to re-enter the international battle for the dairy company.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 30- Brazil's BM&F Bovespa, operator of the São Paulo stock exchange, said late on Wednesday that it would remove oil company OGX Petróleo e Gas Participações SA from its various stock indices but that the shares, after a brief suspension on Thursday, would continue to trade.