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  • UPDATE 1-Brazil's Embraer misses profit forecasts Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 7:18 AM ET

    SAO PAULO, Oct 31- Brazil's Embraer SA, the world's third-largest commercial planemaker, posted a 19 percent drop in profit on Thursday because it delivered smaller, less profitable aircraft, underlining questions about its profit margin targets.

  • Oct 31- U.S. coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a wider quarterly loss, hurt by lower coal prices and shipments. Net loss widened to $458 million, or $2.07 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $46 million, or 21 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 25 percent to $1.20 billion.

  • Net income rose to $2.5 billion, or $2 per share in the third quarter, from $1.8 billion, or $1.46 per share, a year earlier.

  • BANGKOK, Oct 31- The Thai economy has struggled free of recession, but latest data is hardly encouraging for a government that is banking on a recovery in slumping exports to offset the heavy cost of populist policies aimed at preserving its power.

  • Oct 31- Barrick Gold Corp said on Thursday it will suspend construction at its Pascua-Lama mine, a surprise reversal on a project that has cost billions after years of delays and cost overruns.

  • Brazilian steelmaker Gerdau's Q3 profit tops estimates Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 6:59 AM ET

    SAO PAULO, Oct 31- Brazil's Gerdau SA, the largest steelmaker in the Americas, reported third-quarter net income of 642 million reais, according to a securities filing on Thursday.

  • *Raises 2013 profit forecast to $2.03- $2.09/ share from $1.95- $2.05. Oct 31- Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc, the world's largest medical contract research provider, raised its full-year earnings forecast after reporting a higher-than-expected quarterly profit due to more contract wins.

  • *South Korea currently bans controversial animal feed zilpaterol. SEOUL, Oct 31- South Korea plans to end its ban on the animal feed additive zilpaterol early next year, a senior food ministry official said on Thursday, opening the door to beef imports containing the growth enhancer and its domestic sale.

  • Barrick to suspend construction at Pascua-Lama mine Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 6:40 AM ET

    Oct 31- Barrick Gold Corp said on Thursday it would suspend construction at its huge Pascua-Lama gold-silver mine. The company had been expected to raise its estimate of the cost of completing the project, located high in the Andes on the border between Chile and Argentina.

  • France can bank on EU budget leniency before polls Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 6:40 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 31- Economic fragility and fear of a far-right political backlash are preventing a clash between France and the European Commission when the latter makes first use of its augmented budget supervision powers next month.

  • Cigna, which provides U.S. and overseas health insurance as well as disability and life insurance, said it expected full-year earnings of $6.70 to $6.90 per share. Cigna's report comes after larger competitor Aetna Inc missed analysts' earnings expectations earlier this week, in part because of funding cuts in private Medicare.

  • *Sour relations between Turkey and Israel delay progress. ISTANBUL/ ANKARA, Oct 31- Turkey's Zorlu Energy is in talks with Israeli firms over the potential for a pipeline to carry Israeli gas to Turkey, industry sources say, but the political rift between the two former allies is holding up progress.

  • The impact was mostly superficial, with European shares opening down just 0.2 percent after MSCI's index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan had edged back 0.6 percent. In Asia, sentiment was helped by the Bank of Japan's decision to stick with a massive stimulus program that has shown tentative signs of breaking the grip of deflation.

  • Green makeover will be struggle for Germany's RWE Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 6:17 AM ET

    *Germany installed 25 GW of solar capacity since 2010. FRANKFURT/ DUESSELDORF, Oct 31- A latecomer to renewable energy, Germany's RWE is trying to turn itself green at a time when it lacks the two resources it needs most: time and money.

  • Time Warner Cable profit drops after CBS blackout Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 6:17 AM ET

    Oct 31- Time Warner Cable Inc, the second largest U.S. cable operator, posted a 34 percent drop in quarterly profit as it lost more video customers than analysts had expected when it blacked out No. 1 broadcaster CBS Corp for a month.

  • Oct 31- Cigna Corp said on Thursday that its third-quarter profit rose due to revenue growth and as it managed medical costs in its commercial business, and the results beat analysts' expectations. The company reported net income of $553 million, or $1.95 per share, up from $466 million, or $1.61 per share, a year earlier.

  • Brazilian planemaker Embraer's profit falls 10 percent Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 6:12 AM ET

    SAO PAULO, Oct 31- Brazil's Embraer SA, the world's third-largest commercial planemaker, said on Thursday that third-quarter earnings fell 10 percent from a year earlier to 118.7 million reais, according to a securities filing. Analysts on average had forecast a profit of $75 million in a Reuters survey published on Wednesday.

  • Quintiles' quarterly profit beats estimates Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 6:11 AM ET

    Oct 31- Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc, the world's largest medical contract research provider, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it signed more contracts. Net income attributable to Quintiles rose to $66.8 million, or 50 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $52.1 million, or 44 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • UPDATE 3-Oil slips on Fed outlook, Libya supports Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 6:07 AM ET

    *Libya may resume exports from major port in 10 days- official. Brent was still set to end October, however, with its fourth monthly gain in five as disruptions to shipments from major producer Libya kept supply tight. "But ongoing supply disruption in Libya should limit any downside."

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Tokyo Electric Power Co reported its first half-year profit since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, but faces an uncertain future as the government threatens to split the utility, which has struggled with cleaning up the site.

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