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  • HONG KONG, Oct 29- A member of China's central bank's advisory body warned on Wednesday that Beijing will punish Hong Kong if pro-democracy protests that have paralysed parts of the Chinese-controlled financial centre for a month are allowed to continue. Joseph Yam, executive vice president of advisory body China Society for Finance and Banking and a former...

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Britain's No.2 clothing retailer Next cut its profit guidance on Wednesday after unusually warm weather suppressed demand for its winter wear, sending an ominous sign to rivals ahead of the crucial Christmas season. Next, which trades from over 500 stores in Britain and Ireland, about 200 stores overseas, and through its Directory internet and...

  • SEOUL, Oct 29- The Shanghai Stock Exchange is unaware of when a landmark trading scheme with the exchange in Hong Kong will launch, an exchange official said, adding that the two bourses had already "done their jobs" for the project to take off. Bo Que, executive vice president of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, said the exchange was optimistic. It is entirely up to the...

  • PARIS, Oct 29- The new head of Total will embark on a tour to meet crucial contacts at oil-rich countries in the next few weeks and will forge ahead with cost cuts in the face of the falling oil prices that squeezed third-quarter profits. Europe's second-largest oil company elevated former refining head Patrick Pouyanne to the CEO position following the sudden...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 29- China shares showed solid gains, with transportation stocks leading the way, on hopes the government will unveil reform measures. Hopes for reform at state-owned enterprise were lifted as China's domestic media reported that China CNR and CSR Corp were planning to merge. China Eastern Airlines Corp Ltd and COSCO Shipping Co Ltd both climbed...

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Britain's No.2 clothing retailer Next cut its profit guidance on Wednesday after unusually warm weather suppressed demand for its winter wears, sending an ominous sign to rivals ahead of the crucial Christmas season. Next, which trades from over 500 stores in Britain and Ireland, about 200 stores overseas, and through its Directory internet and...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 29- The minimum interest rate on a 28- day dollar repo auction to be held on Wednesday will be 2.4035 percent, the Russian central bank said.

  • Rouble weakens vs dollar, euro in early trade Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 29- The rouble weakened against both the dollar and the euro in early trade on Wednesday, extending losses from the previous session. At 0705 GMT, the rouble was 0.38 percent weaker against the dollar at 42.62 and lost 0.5 percent to trade at 54.32 versus the euro. The rouble has been sliding on falling oil prices, broad risk aversion towards Russia...

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS SHIFTS BOUNDARIES OF ITS FLOATING ROUBLE CORRIDOR BY 40 KOPECKS.

  • *RUSSIAN ROUBLE 0.3 PCT WEAKER VS DOLLAR IN EARLY TRADE Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 3:02 AM ET
  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS MINIMUM RATE AT FX REPO AUCTION TO BE HELD LATER ON WEDNESDAY WILL BE 2.4035 PCT.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 29- Russia's central bank said on Wednesday it had conducted 104.88 billion roubles worth of forex interventions to defend the rouble on Oct. 27. The central bank releases its interventions data with a two-day delay. The rouble has been sliding on falling oil prices and broad risk aversion towards Russia because of its role in the Ukraine crisis.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK CONDUCTS 104.88 BLN ROUBLES WORTH OF FOREX INTERVENTIONS ON OCT. 27.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese government bonds edged lower on Wednesday as investors took their cue from stronger equities and on news that Japan's $1.1- trillion public pension fund has reduced its holdings of JGBs. The Government Pension Investment Fund, the world's largest public pension, allowed domestic bonds to fall below half of its portfolio for the first...

  • PARIS, Oct 29- Air France-KLM said it would limit investments and accelerate cost controls next year to mop up the remaining impact of a recent pilots' strike that helped slash its operating profit by more than half in the third quarter. The Franco-Dutch airline group said on Wednesday its revenue fell 6.7 percent in the third quarter to 6.695 billion euros, while...

  • Thai rice audit shows 70 pct of stocks deteriorating Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 2:47 AM ET

    *Audit results could speed up stockpile sales. BANGKOK, Oct 29- An audit of Thailand's massive stockpiles of rice has found about 70 percent is deteriorating and another fifth is inedible, leaving only one tenth of standard export quality. The findings in the state inspection will ramp up pressure on the generals running Thailand as they battle to offload grain...

  • *Sanofi shares fell over 10 pct on Tuesday. PARIS, Oct 29- Sanofi will hold a special board meeting on Wednesday at 0700 GMT to examine the French drugmaker's management structure, a source close to Sanofi told Reuters amid uncertainty over the future of its chief executive. Several sources close to Sanofi's board told Reuters of an increasingly frosty...

  • UPDATE 1-Brent extends gains; market awaits Fed statement Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 2:39 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 29- Brent oil prices extended gains above $86 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by short-covering and drawdowns in U.S. product stockpiles, as investors waited for news later in the day from a U.S. Brent crude for December delivery was up 46 cents at $86.49 a barrel by 0609 GMT, after settling up 20 cents on Tuesday. NYMEX crude for December delivery was up 30...

  • The two sets of researchers have been examining when paying subscribers receive SEC filings compared with when they become available on the agency's website, the newspaper reported. The ability to get the information before it is on the SEC website can give traders extra seconds to act on the news, WSJ said. Representatives for the SEC were not immediately...

  • Nikkei rises on Fed view, industrial data, GPIF news Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 2:28 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese stocks rose 1.5 percent to a three-week high on Wednesday, buoyed by hopes that the U.S. Federal Reserve will reiterate its willingness to wait some time before hiking interest rates and by stronger-than-expected domestic industrial data. Also underpinning sentiment was a Reuters report that Japan's $1.1- trillion public pension...