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  • BUENOS AIRES/ NEW YORK, Oct 31- Argentina's debt default spread to its Par bonds on Friday after the country failed to complete an interest payment, raising the risk that creditors could demand that its cash-strapped government immediately repay all of its debt. Argentina had already defaulted in July on its Discount notes, but holders of the Par bonds are more...

  • KIEV, Oct 31- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, speaking after a gas agreement with Russia was nailed down, said on Friday Ukraine would guarantee deliveries of gas through its territory to Europe to make sure Moscow had no room for "blackmailing." "It will not give Russia the means of blackmailing Ukraine and Europe with different flows," he said.

  • Exxon quarterly profit rises 3 percent on refining Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 8:10 AM ET

    Oct 31- Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, on Friday reported a 3 percent increase in quarterly profit on higher results in its refining and chemicals businesses. Profit in the third quarter rose to $8.07 billion, or $1.89 per share, from $7.87 billion, or $1.79 per share in the year-ago period. Oil and gas production fell 4.7 percent,...

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Britain will pay back part of the outstanding debt used to fund World War One next year, when it redeems government bonds first issued almost 90 years ago by then-finance minister Winston Churchill. Issued in 1927, the consols were used to refinance government bonds bought by Britain's public to help fund World War One. Speculation about the...

  • UKRAINE'S POROSHENKO SAYS IN A TWEET THAT HE WANTS HIS POLITICAL BLOC TO SUPPORT YATSENIUK STAYING ON AS PRIME MINISTER FOLLOWING LAST SUNDAY'S ELECTION.

  • Imperial Oil's quarterly profit jumps 45 pct Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    Oct 31- Imperial Oil Ltd, Canada's second largest integrated oil producer and refiner, reported a 45 percent jump in quarterly profit as revenue rose in its downstream and chemical businesses. Net income rose to C $936 million, or C $1.10 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from C $647 million, or 76 Canadian cents per share, a year earlier.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Gasoline prices in all parts of the United States are tied to Brent rather than the domestic crude oil benchmark WTI, according to a detailed study published on Thursday by the Energy Information Administration. "The issue of which crude oil matters most for U.S. gasoline prices is particularly relevant as policymakers in the executive branch and...

  • Spirit AeroSystems profit up 79 pct Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    Oct 31- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc, which makes parts for Boeing Co and Airbus Group NV, reported a 79 percent rise in quarterly profit and raised its full-year profit forecast. Spirit's net profit rose to $168 million, or $1.20 per share, in the third quarter ended Oct. 2, from $93.7 million, or 65 cents per share, a year earlier. The company raised its full-year...

  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla./ ZURICH, Oct 27- From bundles of cash inside scraps of newspaper to setting up shell companies, the trial in Florida of a former UBS executive is a reminder of the extreme methods some Swiss bankers used to hide clients' cash. Raoul Weil, 54, is the highest ranking Swiss banker to be arrested in the United States and prosecutors are seeking to paint...

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Copper rose on Friday, on track for its first monthly gain in three months, as risk appetite improved after the Bank of Japan's surprise move to expand its stimulus program boosted equity markets. The Bank of Japan unexpectedly eased monetary policy on Friday in a 5-4 vote, due to concerns that cheaper oil would weigh on consumer prices and delay a...

  • LONDON, Oct 31- The yen tumbled to its lowest level in nearly seven years against the dollar on Friday, putting it on track for its biggest losses in 18 months, after the Bank of Japan shocked markets by unexpectedly easing policy further. It raised its monetary base target to an annual increase of 80 trillion yen from 60- 70 trillion yen and tripled its purchase of...

  • Oct 31- MoneyGram International Inc, the world's second-largest money transfer company, said it would cut prices for transfers within the United States due to rising competition, and withdrew its forecast for the year.

  • UKRAINE'S YATSENIUK SAYS WILL SPEAK WITH IMF LATER ON FRIDAY TO DISCUSS HOW TO ADAPT STAND-BY PROGRAM GIVEN AGREEMENT WITH RUSSIA ON GAS.

  • *OPEC expected to maintain production quotas at Nov meeting. "We should not take for granted that OPEC will go back to its old role as a swing producer," said Maria van der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency. "But what we see as likely is that some higher cost production in OPEC countries and non- OPEC countries will be tested in the event of...

  • YATSENIUK SAYS UKRAINE WILL GUARANTEE TRANSIT OF GAS TO EUROPE, "WILL NOT GIVE RUSSIA MEANS OF BLACKMAILING UKRAINE AND EUROPE".

  • US STOCKS-Futures rally after BOJ ramps up stimulus Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 31- U.S. stock index futures rallied on Friday after the Bank of Japan significantly ramped up its stimulus program just days after the U.S. *At the same time, Japan's $1.2 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund announced new allocations for its portfolio, including raising its holdings of domestic and foreign stock holdings to 25 percent each...

  • UKRAINE PM YATSENIUK, SPEAKING AFTER GAS AGREEMENT IN BRUSSELS, SAYS KIEV EXPECTS DELIVERIES OF RUSSIAN GAS 36 HOURS AFTER PRE-PAYMENTS MADE.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 31- Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, in a telephone call, welcomed an agreement on gas supplies to Ukraine, the Kremlin said. "The leaders welcomed the agreements reached on the conditions of supply and transit of Russian natural gas to...

  • *Ups 2014 forecast to 550 mln- 600 mln euros above 2013. LONDON, Oct 31- The owner of British Airways and Iberia raised its forecast for profits this year and said it was on course for another rise in 2015 despite an increasingly competitive backdrop that has hit rival European airlines. International Airlines Group's performance contrasts with Air France-KLM...

  • RUSSIA'S PUTIN, GERMANY'S MERKEL, FRANCE'S HOLLANDE, UKRAINE'S POROSHENKO WELCOME AGREEMENT ON GAS SUPPLIES TO UKRAINE- KREMLIN.