TOKYO, Dec 11- A central bank survey out next week is expected to show Japanese business confidence improved in the three months to December as robust fiscal and household spending made up for soft exports-- thanks to Premier Shinzo Abe's stimulus policies.» Read More
BUDAPEST, Oct 29- ``Life would go on'' if Hungary does not secure funding from the IMF, its chief negotiator said on Monday, casting doubt on Budapest's willingness to reach a deal to help ensure financial stability.
Sandy was expected to lose some punch as she moves over Pennsylvania and Maryland, crossing near Constellation Nuclear Energy Group's 1,705- MW Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant in Maryland, Exelon Corp's 2,244- MW Peach Bottom, 805- MW Three Mile Island and 2,264- MW Limerick in Pennsylvania, and PPL Corp's 2,450- MW Susquehanna in Pennsylvania.
With Sandy gaining strength overnight as the vast storm turned westward toward New Jersey, Philadelphia Energy Solutions began the precautionary closure of key units at its 330,000 barrel-per-day Philadelphia refinery, the biggest in the region, said one source familiar with operations.
NEW YORK- Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the U.S. East Coast, strengthens after hundreds of thousands move to higher ground, public transport shuts down and the U.S. stock market suffers its first weather-related closure in 27 years (STORM-SANDY/ moved, pix, tv, graphic, by Daniel Trotta, 910 words). Politics puts Italy, Spain back in market focus.
NEW YORK, Oct 29- Gasoline and heating oil futures jumped on Monday as Hurricane Sandy approached the U.S. East Coast and refineries in the region shut or curbed production.
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*Euro falls on worries over Greece, Spain. Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded down 1.36 percent at $7,710 a tonne in official midday rings, having earlier touched $7,698, its lowest since Sept. 7.
Colonial Pipeline, the largest U.S. product pipeline, is still shipping gasoline and diesel up from Gulf Coast refineries to the Linden, New Jersey terminus in the New York Harbor, spokesman Steve Baker said.
TOKYO, Oct 29- Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest investment bank, posted its fourth straight quarterly profit on Monday as an upswing in its fixed income operations helped it counter weak equity markets and the fallout from an insider trading probe.
NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Oct 29- India's government vowed on Monday to rein in the country's hefty fiscal deficit, increasing the pressure on the central bank on the eve of its next policy meeting to cut interest rates for the first time since April.
Treasury debt prices rose on Monday as a perceived rise in political risks in Italy and concerns about the strength of the U.S. economic recovery fueled safe-haven buying in thin trade as Hurricane Sandy was on track to pummel the U.S. East Coast.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29- U.S. consumer spending rose solidly in September as households stepped up purchases on automobiles and a range of other goods, but the increase came at the expense of savings. The Commerce Department said on Monday consumer spending rose 0.8 percent, the largest increase since February, after an unrevised 0.5 percent gain in August.
ZURICH/ LONDON, Oct 29- Shares in UBS soared on Monday after media reports the Swiss bank would announce up to 10,000 job cuts as it takes the knife to its investment banking operations, particularly its fixed income business.
*Dry weather seen helping Brazil sugar harvest. LONDON, Oct 29- Liffe robusta coffee futures fell to a seven-week low on Monday, under pressure from origin selling as top producer Vietnam's harvest picked up.
LONDON, Oct 29- Brent crude oil steadied around $110 a barrel on Monday as Hurricane Sandy, which forecasters said could be the largest storm ever to hit the North American mainland, approached the U.S.
*Petronas-Progress extend closing by 30 days to Nov. 30. KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29- Malaysian state oil firm Petronas said on Monday it has extended the closing date on its bid for Canadian gas producer Progress Energy Resources until Nov. 30, as it works to overturn the Canadian government's rejection of the proposed deal.
NEW YORK, Oct 29- The euro slipped against the dollar and yen on Monday, hurt by uncertainty over whether Greece can agree to a deal on austerity and with no sign of when Spain might request aid. Unless Spain seeks a rescue, sentiment towards the euro is unlikely to turn positive, traders said.
*Most states have enough savings, $1.6 trillion in 2011. DUBAI, Oct 29- Most Arab oil exporting countries in the Gulf should plan to reduce growth in government spending to make their budgets more sustainable, as their combined surplus could turn into a deficit around 2017, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday.
*DOJ, SEC convinced enforcement changing corporate culture. At least eight of the world's top 10 drugmakers, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, Pfizer Inc and Johnson&, have disclosed U.S. probes under the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
*FTSEurofirst 300 falls 0.6 pct to 1,090.86 points. *Euro STOXX 50 falls 0.9 pct to 2,473.28 points. LONDON, Oct 29- European shares fell for the first time in four sessions on Monday, with insurance stocks hit by concern about their exposure to the U.S. hurricane, while a backdrop of weak company results also weighed.