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  • *Russia says vote gives rebels right to speak to Kiev. DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 3- Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine named a leader of their breakaway republic on Monday after a weekend election which was denounced by Kiev and the West and further deepened a standoff with Russia over the future of the former Soviet state. The rogue vote, which Kiev says Russia...

  • *Ryanair increases year profit forecast to 770 mln euros. DUBLIN, Nov 3- Ryanair raised its annual profit forecast almost 20 percent on Monday thanks to a surge in winter bookings as the budget airline pioneer said improvements to its much criticised customer service were paying off. Since a pledge last year by outspoken Chief Executive Michael O'Leary to stop "...

  • Nissan, Honda U.S. October sales rise on crossovers Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    DETROIT, Nov 3- Nissan Motor Co and Honda Motor Co each reported strong crossover model sales and record October U.S. sales for their core brands on Monday. Nissan Motor sales rose 13.3 percent to 103,117 vehicles, beating expectations of a 11 percent rise. Honda Motor's sales rose 5.8 percent, missing expectations of an 8 percent rise.

  • *UK manufacturing surges unexpectedly in Oct- PMI. Monday's Markit/ CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 53.2 from 51.5 to touch its highest level since July, topping even the most optimistic of forecasts in a Reuters poll and well above the 50 mark denoting expansion. "Solid demand in the U.S. and loose UK financial and monetary conditions, at...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- Sapient Corp stock was among the biggest movers of the premarket session on Monday, with the shares jumping after Publicis agreed to buy the digital ad company for $3.7 billion in cash. The stock rose 41 percent to $24.44 and was among the most actively traded Nasdaq names. On the downside, American Realty Capital Properties Inc slumped 14 percent to...

  • LONDON, Nov 3- The dollar rocketed past 113 yen on Monday for the first time since December 2007, extending a sell-off of the Japanese currency after the Bank of Japan's surprise decision to boost its already massive bond-buying stimulus. Sellers also targeted the euro, which slipped to a new two-year low against the dollar ahead of a European Central Bank...

  • LONDON, Nov 3- The dollar powered to a seven-year peak against the yen and a two-year high against the euro on Monday, extending gains on the Bank of Japan's latest stimulus action and punishing oil and gold priced in the U.S. currency. China's services sector grew at its slowest pace in nine months, the National Bureau of Statistics said, as a cooling property sector...

  • *Disposals needed for regulatory approval of Lafarge merger. ZURICH, Nov 3- Switzerland's Holcim has received more than 60 bids for assets it must sell to win regulatory approval for a merger with Lafarge, the cement company said as it reported third-quarter results that missed expectations. Sales and profit were hurt by a weaker than expected recovery in...

  • UPDATE 1-LabCorp to buy Covance for $6.1 bln Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 7:09 AM ET

    Nov 3- Laboratory Corp of America Holdings, a major provider of healthcare diagnostic services, said it would buy Covance Inc for about $6.1 billion in cash and stock to expand into the contract clinical trial business. Covance shareholders will receive $75.76 in cash and 0.2686 LabCorp shares for each share held. The enterprise value of the deal is about $5.6...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- The roaring comeback in U.S. stocks in late October has poked some prominent bears, who have argued the market's rise in the last two weeks is built on sand. "The S&P has been moving back up to the highs but the breadth has been much weaker and there are stocks that have gone down and have stayed down unlike in 2013 and late 2012 and early 2014," hedge fund...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- U.S. stock index futures ticked lower on Monday, with investors taking a pause following a sharp rally on Friday that took the Dow and S&P 500 to record levels. *Equities have been strong of late, with the Dow last week posting its biggest weekly gain since January 2013 and the S&P coming off its biggest two-week jump since December 2011.

  • *Publicis aims to boost growth after failed Omnicom merger. The French group is hoping rapid growth in both North American and internet advertising, which are far outpacing European and traditional ad formats, will help it catch up with sales gains at rivals such as WPP and Interpublic. Chief Executive Maurice Levy has blamed Publicis' recent poor performance...

  • Nov 3- Hotel, energy and financial services conglomerate Loews Corp reported a 26 percent drop in quarterly profit due to lower investment income and weaker earnings from its oil rig and insurance subsidiaries. Net income attributable to Loews fell to $208 million, or 55 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, from $282 million, or 73 cents per share, a...

  • --Neal Kimberley is an FX market analyst for Reuters. LONDON, Nov 3- Foreign exchange traders who want to bet on the outside chance that this month's Swiss referendum on gold will pass might be best served selling the franc rather than holding it into the decision. The initiative, opposed by the Swiss National Bank, is aimed at preventing the central bank from selling...

  • LONDON/ SYDNEY, Nov 3- Factories across Asia and the euro zone reported a general loss of momentum last month that speaks volumes about the need for more policy stimulus on top of Japan's latest efforts to ignite growth. A second month of price-cutting in the euro zone, alongside only tepid expansion in Germany- the bloc's growth engine- and contractions in France...

  • LONDON/ PARIS, Nov 3- European equities retreated from a four-week high on Monday, with a survey showing sluggish euro zone factory growth hurting market sentiment and gas transport group Snam leading the utilities sector lower following a gas storage ruling. The European utilities index fell 1.7 percent, the top sectoral decliner, on an 11 percent drop in Snam...

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 3- India is likely to export up to 1.5 million tonnes of sugar in the year that began in October if the government extends incentives for exports of the raw variety, the country head of Sucden, one of the world's top sugar traders, said. India, the world's biggest sugar producer after Brazil, exported 2.1 million tonnes, mostly raws, in the year to September...

  • *Negative impact of Russia- Ukraine crisis seen smaller. WARSAW, Nov 3- Manufacturing in Poland, ex-communist central Europe's largest economy, returned to growth in October, starting to catch up with stronger expansion in the Czech Republic and Hungary in a sign of regional robustness in the face of Russian sanctions. "It generally looks like central European...

  • Markit manufacturing PMI for Oct at 1445 GMT. LONDON, Nov 3- Copper prices inched higher on Monday, as signs of a slowing economy in top consumer China were offset by support from the Bank of Japan's surprise stimulus measures last week. China's economy lost further momentum heading into the fourth quarter as a cooling property market weighed on activity and...

  • LabCorp to buy Covance for $6.l bln Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 6:19 AM ET

    Nov 3- Laboratory Corp of America Holdings, a provider of healthcare diagnostic services, said it would buy contract research company Covance Inc for about $6.1 billion in cash and stock. Covance shareholders will receive $75.76 in cash and 0.2686 LabCorp shares for each share held. The offer of $105.12 per share, based on LabCorp's Friday closing price,...