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  • *Exports to U.S., China gain while shipments to EU fall. Shipments were mainly propped up by demand from the United States and China, while consumer goods imports gained, easing concerns over a slow recovery in domestic spending. Exports grew 2.5 percent to $51.8 billion in October from a year earlier and imports fell 3.0 percent to $44.3 billion, the Ministry of...

  • China's October official PMI edges down to 50.8 Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 9:14 PM ET

    BEIJING, Nov 1- China's factory sector grew in October but at a pace that was slightly slower than expected, underlining the challenges facing the sector as manufacturers fight rising costs and softening demand in a cooling economy. The official Purchasing Managers' Index eased to 50.8 in October from September's 51.1, but above the 50- point level that...

  • Morgan Chase& Co learned about hackers who stole the bank's contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses through a corporate event that it sponsors, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The Corporate Challenge website, operated by Simmco Data Systems, was later taken offline after the...

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 31- Mexico and its main construction companies could help carry out a plan to spur economic growth and jobs in Central America to stem illegal immigration to the United States, a senior Mexican government official said on Friday. Struggling to stop a record flood of child migrants to the United States earlier this year, Guatemala, Honduras and El...

  • SEOUL, Nov 1- South Korean exports in October rose slightly faster than expected from a year earlier but imports set their sharpest drop in 13 months, government data showed on Saturday, underscoring a still weak domestic demand. The median forecasts from a Reuters survey were for exports by South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, to grow 1.9 percent in...

  • TABLE-South Korea Oct exports rise 2.5 pct yr/yr Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    SEOUL, Nov 1- Following are South Korea's preliminary export and import figures for October, released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Saturday:. OCT* SEPT Balance 7.5 3.4 Exports 51.8 47.7 2.5 6.9 Imports 44.3 44.3 -3.0 8.0* Revised figures released on Oct. 15. -The average export value per working day stood at $2.25 billion in October, compared with a...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Nov 14 Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher speaks on "Preparing to Normalize Monetary Policy" before a Shadow Open Market Committee meeting sponsored by the Manhattan Institute for Public Policy Research- 1740 GMT. CHICAGO- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans gives welcome and opening remarks before the "...

  • DETROIT, Oct 31- U.S. auto safety officials on Friday told Japan's Takata Corp to work harder to meet demand for replacement parts for air bags that could prove defective in millions of U.S. cars. On Thursday, Takata agreed to add two production lines to make more air bag parts. Friedman also said Takata had not yet heeded NHTSA's request to contact other air bag...

  • MOJAVE, Calif., Oct 31- A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said. The crash of the vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 31- U.S. authorities are investigating London- based Standard Chartered Plc for potential U.S. sanctions violations connected to its banking for Iranian-controlled entities in Dubai, according to people familiar with the probe. Investigators also learned that the company used to have an account with Standard Chartered, according to the source.

  • LIMA, Oct 31- Workers at Peru's top copper producer, Antamina, accepted management's invitation to talk on Tuesday about the indefinite strike they plan to start on Nov. 10, a union leader told Reuters on Friday. BHP Billiton and Glencore Xstrata each have 33.75 percent stakes in Antamina. Antamina, also Peru's top zinc miner, has urged the union to reconsider its...

  • Medicare program's payment rate for hospital outpatient services will increase 2.3 percent in calendar year 2015, while the rate for ambulatory surgical services will rise 1.4 percent, the federal government announced on Friday. The Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled will also begin to pay doctors a monthly fee to coordinate...

  • Oct 31- Corporate America's love affair with China has cooled for lots of reasons, from the slowdown in the Chinese economy to the flurry of crack-downs targeting Western multinationals. A lawsuit filed in federal court in Arkansas presents another example of why U.S. companies may reconsider plans to move production to China: getting out of the country could...

  • Jefferies CEO, chairman take drug tests Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    Oct 31- Jefferies Group LLC said on Friday Chief Executive Rich Handler, Chairman Brian Friedman and executives at its healthcare division were tested negative for drug usage, after one of its investment banking head was accused of drug abuse. Sources told Reuters on Thursday that Sage Kelly, the head of Jefferies' healthcare investment banking group, is taking...

  • Ad tech firm Simulmedia ties TV spots to purchases Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 31- Advertising company Simulmedia said it can now tie TV commercials to purchases by using data from set-top boxes to help marketers reach specific, more defined audiences. "There is a tremendous appetite in the industry to make your TV advertising smarter and data is a part of that," said Melissa Keller, executive vice president integrated...

  • Morgan Stanley board member Griffith Sexton retires Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    Oct 31- Morgan Stanley said Griffith Sexton, a director since 2005, retired from its board. Sexton was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley from 1973 to 1995, after which he taught at Columbia Business School and Princeton University as a visiting lecturer. He was also an advisory director at Morgan Stanley from May 1995 to September 2008.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 31- U.S. authorities have opened a criminal probe of American Realty Capital Properties in the wake of the real estate investment trust's disclosure that it had uncovered accounting problems, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. American Realty Capital Properties said on Wednesday it would have to restate earnings after it...

  • FBI, PROSECUTORS OPEN CRIMINAL PROBE OF AMERICAN REALTY CAPITAL PROPERTIES IN WAKE OF ACCOUNTING SCANDAL-SOURCES.

  • Oct 31- Construction equipment company Caterpillar Inc on Friday said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating how it accounted for its July 2011 purchase of Bucyrus International Inc.. In its quarterly report, Caterpillar said the Sept. 10 subpoena from the SEC seeks information about its accounting for goodwill relating to the $7.6...

  • Kimberly-Clark announced the spin-off last November, saying it would focus on its core business of diapers and Kleenex tissues. Existing Kimberly-Clark shareholders will be able to exchange eight shares of the company for one share of Halyard. The healthcare business was Kimberly-Clark's smallest, with sales of $1.7 billion in 2013..