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  • ST. LOUIS/ NEW YORK, Nov 1- The Federal Reserve should wait for signs that U.S. inflation is heading higher before starting to scale back its massive bond buying program, a senior U.S. central banker said on Friday.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 1- A federal appeals court in Washington joined other courts on Friday by ruling for an employer who raised religious objections to a provision of the 2010 U.S. healthcare law requiring companies to provide insurance that covers birth control.

  • Container Store's shares, which had been priced at $18, opened at $35 and touched a high of $36.55, valuing the company at about $1.7 billion. Container Store, established in Dallas in 1978, operates 62 stores in 22 states and the District of Columbia.

  • *Gold falls to three-week low. LONDON, Nov 1- Gold fell to a three-week low on Friday and headed for its worst week since mid-September as upbeat U.S. economic data boosted the dollar, raising anxiety over the Federal Reserve's future monetary policy course.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- A U.S. appeals court declined Friday to lift a freeze on an order requiring Argentina to pay $1.33 billion in favor of bondholders suing for repayment in the wake of the country's 2002 default.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Tumbling euro zone inflation has firmed up market expectations that the European Central Bank will be forced to ease monetary policy in the coming months, taking the shine off a resurgent euro. Indeed some big banks, including UBS, RBS and Bank of America/ Merrill Lynch have said they now expect a cut next week when the ECB meets to discuss policy.

  • "Next year we see production growth accelerating, and to the extent we require coal displacement to balance, the market will still be oversupplied," said Biliana Pehlivanova, head of gas and power research at Barclays in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. natural gas prices at Henry Hub, a key supply point in Louisiana, are expected to average $3.71 per million British thermal units in 2013, down 4 percent from a previous poll published in July but still 34 percent above last year's 13- year-low average of $2.77. For a related story, click on. COMPANY 2013 PREVIOUS 2014 2015.

  • Container Store nearly doubles in market debut Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 11:30 AM ET

    Shares of Container Store Group doubled in its market debut on the NYSE, after pricing at $18 a share, valuing the company at about $1.63 billion.

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 1- Brazil faces no imminent risk of losing its sovereign investment-grade debt ratings over the next 18 months, Paulo Leme, chairman of Goldman Sachs Group Inc in Brazil, said on Friday. Brazil is rated Baa2 by Moody's Investors Service and BBB by Standard and Poor's and Fitch Ratings- the second-lowest investment-grade rating.

  • TORONTO, Nov 1- Canada's SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, one of the world's largest construction and engineering companies, reported a quarterly loss on Friday as cost overruns continued to hit results. It expects net income of C $10 million to C $50 million for 2013, which was a hefty revision from its previous estimate of C $220 million to C $235 million.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded at its fastest pace in years in October despite a partial government shutdown during the first half of the month, according to one industry report, even as a separate reading showed factory output grew at its slowest rate in a year last month.

  • TORONTO, Nov 1- Canada's SNC-Lavalin Group Inc, one of the world's largest construction and engineering companies, reported a quarterly loss on Friday as cost overruns continued to hit results. It expects net income of C $10 million to C $50 million for 2013, which was a hefty revision from its previous estimate of C $220 million to C $235 million.

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 1- Siemens' new chief executive Joe Kaeser faces pressure from shareholders to give a flavour of how he plans to reinvent the industrial giant to catch up with more profitable rivals when he presents annual results next week.

  • *Treasuries earn 0.49 percent return in October- Barclays. NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. It has gained a little steam, but that's not the consensus, "said Matt Duch, a portfolio manager at Calvert Investments in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Nov 1- Shares of Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd, a Chinese travel website controlled by internet giant Baidu Inc, more than doubled in their U.S. debut, valuing the company at $1.05 billion. The company's shares, which opened at $28.35 on the Nasdaq on Friday, were trading at $31.19 at 10.52 a.m. ET.

  • *Brent as low as $106.64, down over $2. LONDON, Nov 1- Brent crude oil dropped to around $107 a barrel on Friday as a strong dollar outweighed concerns over a drop in Libyan crude exports. Brent crude for December delivery was down by $1.84 at $107.00 at 1445 GMT after falling more than $2 to as low as $106.64.

  • Ariad adopts rights plan to protect tax assets Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 10:54 AM ET

    Nov 1- Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc adopted a shareholder rights plan to protect its tax credits, a day after sales of its flagship drug Iclusig were suspended due to safety concerns following an investigation by the U.S. health regulator.

  • NEW YORK/ BEIJING, Nov 1- Manufacturing expanded around the world in October, with business surveys on Friday showing U.S. factory output growing at its fastest pace in 2-1/ 2 years and Asian manufacturers reporting the fastest upturn in months, led by China.

  • UPDATE 1-FDA approves Roche leukemia drug Gazyva Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 10:34 AM ET

    Nov 1- U.S. regulators said on Friday they approved a new treatment from Roche Holding AG for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who have not previously been treated for one of the most common forms of blood cancer.

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