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  • HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares ended higher on Friday, reflecting strength in the Chinese market and greater risk appetite after strong U.S. growth data, leaving the market with its biggest monthly gain since July. The Hang Seng Index closed up 1.3 percent at 23,998.06, and the China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose...

  • *Gold drops over 2 pct, silver down 3 pct. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Gold and silver slumped to their lowest since 2010 on Friday, as robust U.S. economic data and a stronger dollar pressured prices, with stop-loss orders accelerating the metals' decline. Gold and silver were hit hard after the dollar rose to a near four-week high against a basket of major currencies on Friday.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 31- The rouble retreated in early trade on Friday, paring some of the strong gains made in the previous session, before a central bank meeting at which the market expects a rate hike to combat above-target inflation and a steep slide in the rouble. "The market will focus on Friday's central bank meeting for clarity on rates and FX policy," Dmitry Polevoy,...

  • *UBS sees copper prices falling below $3 a pound. SYDNEY, Oct 31- London copper climbed on Friday after the Bank of Japan announced a surprise monetary stimulus, and was set to close the week up for the first month in three as tighter than expected supply underpins prices. The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive...

  • LONDON, Oct 31- International Airlines Group reported a 30 percent jump in third-quarter profit on Friday and raised its forecast for the year, in contrast to the British Airways- owner's strike-hit rivals. The company said it now expected to increase this year's operating profit by between 550 million euros and 600 million euros from the 770 million euros it...

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Martin Sorrell's advertising group WPP posted a lower than expected 3 percent rise in third-quarter like-for-like net sales on Friday due to growing concerns over geopolitical tensions and a slowdown in the global economy. WPP, which has been growing steadily through the year due to its broad geographic reach and strong presence in digital...

  • LONDON, Oct 31- SuperGroup, the British company behind the Superdry fashion brand, cut its full-year profit guidance on Friday, becoming the latest retailer to see demand for its winter wares fall victim to an unusually warm autumn. "After a strong start to the quarter, September and October have both seen an exceptional period of warm weather across the UK and the...

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 30- India is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes over the risks to public health that they may cause, a senior Health Ministry official told Reuters. The World Health Organization in August called for stiff regulation of e-cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, in the latest bid to control the booming $3 billion global market.

  • *Russia grappling with falling rouble, rising inflation. MOSCOW, Oct 31- Russia's central bank is expected to raise interest rates at a board meeting on Friday as it grapples with a falling rouble and rising inflation. But its decision will be tough, as higher interest rates will also weigh on economic growth, which is already slowing sharply as falling oil prices,...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japanese stocks soared to levels before the global financial crisis on Friday, after the Bank of Japan stunned markets by easing policy further in a move prompted by slow inflation after an April tax hike dented economic growth. The central bank decided to increase the pace at which it expands base money to about 80 trillion yen per year, up from a...

  • LONDON, Oct 31- SuperGroup, the British company behind the Superdry fashion brand, cut its full-year profit guidance on Friday, saying it had become the latest retailer to see demand for its winter wares fall victim to an unsually warm autumn. The company said it expected full-year profit to now be in the range of 60 to 65 million pounds, versus analyst forecasts of...

  • LONDON, Oct 31- International Airlines Group reported a 30 percent jump in third-quarter profit and upgraded its forecast for the year, reassuring investors after the British Airways- owner's strike-hit rivals cut their guidance. IAG's operating profit before exceptional items for the three months ended Sept. 30 came in at 900 million euros, compared to the...

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's Sony Corp reported a second-quarter operating loss on Friday that was narrower than analysts had estimated, as blockbuster sales of its PlayStation 4 games console reduced the impact of a sluggish smartphone division. The result- unexpected after Sony took an impairment charge of 176 billion yen on its mobile division- indicates...

  • Chinese shares close higher, financials firm Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 3:10 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 31- Chinese shares ended higher on Friday, with most heavyweight stocks firm as investors bet that China's government would roll out more support measures for the economy. Among financials, Bank of China Ltd rose 3.7 percent, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd gained 2.2 percent and China Life Insurance Co Ltd climbed 4.7 percent.

  • WPP posts slowdown in third-quarter net sales growth Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 31- Martin Sorrell's advertising group WPP posted a lower than expected 3 percent rise in third-quarter like-for-like net sales on Friday and said it expected the fourth quarter to slow from the rate recorded in the first nine months. WPP, which has been growing steadily through the year due to its broad geographic reach and strong presence in...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 31- Russian central bank said on Friday it had conducted 125.08 billion roubles worth of forex interventions to defend the rouble on Oct. 29. The central bank releases its interventions data with a delay. The rouble has been sliding on falling oil prices, broad risk aversion towards Russia because of its role in the Ukraine crisis and demand for foreign...

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS CONDUCTS 125.08 BLN ROUBLES WORTH OF FOREX INTERVENTIONS ON OCT. 29.

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- The yen tumbled to its lowest level in almost seven years against the dollar on Friday after the Bank of Japan shocked markets by unexpectedly easing policy further, citing mounting risks it would miss its inflation goal. The BOJ raised its monetary base target to an annual increase of 80 trillion yen from 60- 70 trillion yen and tripled its purchase...

  • BOJ cuts GDP forecast and trims price outlook Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 2:19 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 31- The Bank of Japan cut in half its economic forecast for the current fiscal year on Friday after demand weakened in the wake of a sales tax hike in April. The BOJ also slightly lowered its CPI forecast for fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015, but still expects to meet its inflation target within the two-year timeframe it originally set out.