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  • Hong Kong shares surge 2 percent on good China earnings Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 4:06 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 30- Hong Kong shares had their best day in more than eight weeks on Wednesday, led upwards by Chinese energy and utilities counters that reported good earnings. The Hang Seng Index finished up 2.00 percent at 23,304.02 points, while the China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong climbed 2.41 percent.

  • 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.

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