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  • TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's Dai-ichi Life Insurance is likely to increase its yen bond portfolio in October-March but its stance will depend on their yield levels, a senior official said on Wednesday.

  • BEIJING, Oct 30- China's manufacturing activity in October likely grew at its fastest rate since April 2012, a Reuters poll showed, adding to signs of a stabilisation in the world's No.2 economy as the government readies a series of key economic reforms.

  • *Gold recovers from early losses, still below 5- week high. SINGAPORE, Oct 30- Gold edged higher on Wednesday as investors bet the Federal Reserve would stick to its bullion-friendly stimulus measures but the metal was still trading below five-week highs as a stronger dollar kept gains in check.

  • METALS-Copper hits one-week high ahead of Fed decision Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 3:27 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 30- London copper rose to its highest level in a week on Wednesday, while aluminium gained for the fourth session in five on expectations the U.S. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.8 percent at $7,260 a tonne at 0707 GMT, having earlier reached $7,273, its highest since last Wednesday.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 30- China shares posted their biggest daily gain in more than a week on Wednesday, led by energy and utilities giants after robust quarterly earnings. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings finished up 1.5 percent at 2,407.5 points. It was the biggest daily gain for both indexes since Oct. 21.

  • Twitter goes for more eye-catching look Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 3:01 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30- Twitter was born in 2006 as a stream of SMS text messages. The most re-circulated tweet in Twitter history, for instance, was a picture sent from President Obama' s account on Election Night in 2012. Three words- "Four more years"- captioned a photo of Barack and Michelle Obama embracing the moment the president declared victory.

  • TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's Dai-ichi Life Insurance plans to maintain the size of its foreign bonds investment without currency hedging steady in the six months to March, a senior official said on Wednesday.

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 29- Mexico's Senate on Tuesday gave general approval to a tax overhaul aimed at raising weak government revenues by slapping higher taxes on the rich, levies on sugary drinks and junk food, and a charge on stock market gains.

  • TOKYO, Oct 30- Honda Motor Co's second-quarter net profit rose 46 percent, slightly less than expected, after strong car sales in its biggest market, the United States, and motorbike sales in India and Thailand.

  • Oct 30- Apple Inc has not reinvented the wheel with the iPad Air, but the thinner device, priced higher than many of its competitors, is a major improvement on a successful product, the reviewers wrote on Tuesday.

  • BEIJING, Oct 30- China Mobile has put an advert for the faster 4 G mobile network on its website, raising expectations that a long-awaited distribution deal between the world's largest mobile carrier and Apple Inc may be announced as early as next week.

  • TOKYO, Oct 30- Japanese shares climbed to a one-week high on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will maintain its ultra-easy money policy for at least the next few months. The benchmark Nikkei rose 1.2 percent to 14,502.35, the highest closing level since Oct. 22.

  • TOKYO, Oct 30- Brent crude edged below $109 on Wednesday as worries about disruption to petroleum exports by OPEC member Libya eased a little, while a bigger-than-expected increase in inventories weighed on U.S. oil futures. London Brent crude for December delivery was down 19 cents at $108.82 a barrel at 0539 GMT, after settling down 60 cents on Tuesday.

  • *IMF upbeat on Japan wages, outlook for Asia. TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's factory output rebounded in September to its highest level in nearly one-and-a-half years as robust domestic demand driven by the government's stimulus policies and a looming tax rise compensated for slowing exports to the rest of Asia.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 30- The Federal Reserve is expected to maintain its massive bond-buying campaign when it concludes a two-day meeting on Wednesday and may point to softer readings on the U.S. economy to signal that the policy will be extended into 2014..

  • Oct 30- When Janet Yellen became president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco in June 2004, a massive real estate bubble was building in the vast nine-state area that it oversees.

  • Oct 30- Apple Inc has not reinvented the wheel with the iPad Air but the thinner device, priced higher than many of its competitors, is a major improvement on a successful product, the reviewers wrote on Tuesday.

  • Shanghai shares rebound from 7-week lows, Hong Kong up too Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 12:27 AM ET

    *China Modern Dairy sinks after $830 million stake sale. HONG KONG, Oct 30- Shanghai shares rebounded from seven-week lows early on Wednesday, with Hong Kong markets also higher, led by Chinese utilities and energy giants after solid quarterly earnings.

  • METALS-Copper rises above $7,200 ahead of Fed decision Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 12:08 AM ET

    SINGAPORE, Oct 30- London copper rose to its highest level in a week on Wednesday, while aluminium gained for a fourth session in five on expectations the U.S. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange added 0.5 percent to $7,239 a tonne by 0328 GMT, its highest since last Wednesday.

  • China's yuan falls but upside pressure persists Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 12:01 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 30- China's yuan fell to one-week low against the dollar on Wednesday, guided by a weaker yuan midpoint the central bank set for the third consecutive day to reflect a rebound in dollar index.

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