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  • Qatar seeking to build $1 billion stake in BofA Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 4:10 PM ET

    Oct 30- Qatar's sovereign wealth fund, one of the world's most prolific investors, is building a $1 billion holding in Bank of America, seeking to benefit from the U.S. economic recovery, the Financial Times reported, citing sources close to the plans.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- Copper hit a 1- week high on Wednesday and silver rallied too as the Federal Reserve's decision to retain its stimulus efforts for the U.S. economy pushed several commodities higher.

  • FOREX-Dollar gains versus euro, yen after Fed statement Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 4:07 PM ET

    *Fed to keep buying $85 bln in bonds per month. NEW YORK, Oct 30- The dollar rallied against the euro and yen after the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday it will keep its stimulus for the economy in place but dropped a reference to tightening financial conditions.

  • Oct 30- PricewaterhouseCoopers said on Wednesday it agreed to buy Booz& Co., ratcheting up an aggressive move by large audit firms back into the lucrative consulting business more than 10 years after U.S. regulators tried to tease apart the two sectors.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 index ending a four-day streak of gains, after the Federal Reserve said its outlook for the economy was for weaker growth, even as it held steady with its stimulus program for the time being.

  • Oct 30- Alabama's Jefferson County and Wall Street creditors have reached agreement on a revised plan to end the second-largest U.S. municipal bankruptcy, county officials said on Wednesday.

  • ANALYSIS-Global liquidity swell to spill into 2014 Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 4:00 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 30- After a bone-dry summer, world markets seem awash with cash again and it looks like spilling into 2014.. Since the Fed demurred six weeks ago, the S&P500 index of top Wall St stocks has jumped 3.5 percent.

  • *Treasury sells $29 bln in 7- year notes at high yield of 1.87 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 30- Prices for U.S. "It was much less dovish than was expected, which is why we saw the reaction in markets," said Tom Porcelli, chief U.S Economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York.

  • Oct 30- Shares of Western Union Co fell as much as 19 percent on Wednesday, after the money transfer company said it did not expect earnings growth in 2014 due to higher compliance costs.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- Picketers headed for the Manhattan storefront of Barneys New York Inc on Wednesday to express outrage over black customers' complaints that they were stopped by police after making luxury purchases.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 30- The U.S. government's top health official said on Wednesday that private insurance companies, not President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, are to blame for hundreds of thousands of people losing their coverage in the past few weeks.

  • Western Union's shares tumble as outlook disappoints Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 3:43 PM ET

    Oct 30- Shares of Western Union Co fell as much as 19 percent on Wednesday, after the money transfer company said it did not expect earnings growth in 2014 due to higher compliance costs.

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 30- Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras said on Wednesday it has asked the government to return to a transparent domestic fuel pricing policy in the wake of the latest quarter of dismal earnings.

  • Oct 30- OGX Petróleo e Gas Participações SA, the Brazilian oil company controlled by former billionaire Eike Batista, sought court protection from creditors on Wednesday in Latin America's largest-ever corporate bankruptcy filing.

  • CBOE corrects erroneous quote on Volatility Index Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 3:28 PM ET

    "Today CBOE experienced a software issue related to the disseminated values of some CBOE volatility indexes," according to CBOE's system status page on its website. The issue was corrected as of 12:21 p.m. CDT, CBOE said.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- Recent market trends reversed on Wednesday after a slightly less-dovish-than-expected statement from the Federal Reserve, with stocks and Treasury prices turning lower while the U.S. dollar showed strength. The Fed extended its support for a slowing U.S. economy, saying it will keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month for the time being.

  • *Monthly bond purchases of $85 bln extended. WASHINGTON, Oct 30- The Federal Reserve extended its support for a slowing U.S. economy on Wednesday, sounding a bit less optimistic about growth and saying it will keep buying $85 billion in bonds per month for the time being.

  • UPDATE 1-Brazil's OGX files for bankruptcy protection Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 3:19 PM ET

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 30- OGX Petróleo e Gas Participações SA, the Brazilian oil company controlled by former billionaire Eike Batista, sought court protection from creditors on Wednesday in Latin America's largest-ever corporate bankruptcy filing.

  • TREASURIES-U.S. bond prices fall as Fed seen more dovish Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 3:14 PM ET

    *Treasury sells $29 bln in 7- year notes at high yield of 1.87 pct. NEW YORK, Oct 30- Prices for U.S. "It was much more dovish than was expected, which is why we saw the reaction in markets," said Tom Porcelli, chief U.S Economist at RBC Capital Markets in New York.

  • *General Motors rallies, profit leaps on strong demand. NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, putting the S&P 500 on track to snap a four-day streak of gains after the Federal Reserve said it had a weaker growth outlook for the economy, even as it held steady with its stimulus program for the time being.

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