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  • GRAINS-U.S. soy falls after rally, pulls corn lower Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    *Wheat firm but poor export demand limits gains. Good harvest weather in the U.S. and better planting weather in South America suggest that supply will remain comfortable, " Tobin Gorey, an analyst at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, said in a research note to clients. Chicago Board of Trade soybeans for January delivery were down 19-3/ 4 cents at $10.29-1/ 2 a bushel at...

  • Nov 3- Botox maker Allergan Inc, which is fending off an acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc, said on Monday that it had been approached by another party regarding a potential transaction. Valeant and Pershing Square Capital Management, which owns nearly a 10 percent stake in Allergan, made an offer now worth $55 billion for Allergan at the end of April.

  • *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...

  • BOSTON, Nov 3- Big mutual funds at T. Rowe Price Group and Fidelity Investments are the industry's largest holders of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd shares, according to recent fund disclosures. Alibaba's initial public offering in late September, the largest in history, has helped boost the performance of many fund managers, the data show. Alibaba's IPO initially...

  • Nov 3- ConEdison Solutions is ready to supply power and natural gas to U.S. customers this winter after learning lessons from the polar vortex that vexed utilities last winter. The extreme cold earlier this year caused gas prices to spike to record highs in many U.S. "The polar vortex took all suppliers by surprise," ConEdison Solutions CEO Jorge Lopez told Reuters...

  • DETROIT, Nov 3- Automakers reported their strongest U.S. October sales in years on Monday, but top-seller General Motors Co missed expectations. Ford Motor Co said utility vehicles and trucks accounted for 72 percent of its sales, up from 68.5 percent a year ago.

  • European companies defy gloomiest results forecasts Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 3- The European reporting season is not turning into the rout investors feared as many of the largest companies managed to navigate weak demand through cost cuts and innovation to deliver earnings in line with or ahead of downbeat forecasts. Of the fifth of companies in the European Stoxx 600 index that have reported so far, 60 percent have beaten...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 3- President Barack Obama and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will discuss the long-term outlook of the U.S. economy during a White House meeting on Monday afternoon, Obama's spokesman said. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said besides the U.S. economy, they will also discuss the global economy. Earnest said the meeting is significant in...

  • ISTANBUL, Nov 3- Turkey's largest food group Yildiz Holding has bought UK- based cookies and snacks maker United Biscuits, in a deal it said made it the world's third-biggest biscuit maker and would help it expand into new markets. "We want to grow United Biscuits to be a global player as part of Yildiz," said Murat Ulker, chairman of Yildiz Holding.

  • McCarthy said Hyundai and Kia had committed the most egregious violation of the reporting standards, but she declined to say whether other violators may also be fined. In November 2012, Hyundai and Kia conceded they overstated fuel economy by at least a mile per gallon on vehicles after the EPA found errors for 13 Hyundai and Kia models from the 2011 to 2013 model...

  • LONDON, Nov 3- Greek bond yields rose on Monday after a senior European Union official said Athens was "highly unlikely" to end its bailout programme without some new form of assistance that will require it to meet targets. Faced with the growing popularity of the anti-bailout Syriza party, Athens had voiced its intention to make an early exit from the strict...

  • *Snam leads European utilities index lower. LONDON, Nov 3- European shares slipped from a four-week high on Monday, with disappointing data from Europe and the United States hurting sentiment and gas transport group Snam leading the utilities sector down following a regulatory setback. The European utilities index fell 2.3 percent, the top sectoral decliner,...

  • LONDON, Nov 3- Thermo Fisher Scientific has pledged to correct a glitch in software used to analyse data from clinical drug trials within "four to eight weeks", after independent experts highlighted a potential for errors. "We are currently implementing a software update and will be performing rigorous testing to ensure that this issue is resolved," Sanjay...

  • *Data shows China economy lost more momentum in Q4. LONDON, Nov 3- Copper prices inched higher on Monday as weak manufacturing data from top consumer China sparked speculation over stimulus action from policymakers there, and on support from the Bank of Japan's surprise stimulus measures last week. "Any weakness out of China starts to raise question marks about...

  • US STOCKS-Dow, S&P 500 hit records in quiet session Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    *Sapient, Covance rally on heavy volume; both to be bought. NEW YORK, Nov 3- U.S. stocks were little changed on Monday, with investors mostly taking a pause following a sharp rally on Friday, but both the S&P 500 and the Dow inched up to intraday records, while strength in semiconductors boosted the Nasdaq. "The bull market may be old and wrinkly, but it is still alive and...

  • Nov 3- Shares of Halyard Health Inc, the spun-off healthcare unit of Kimberly-Clark Corp, rose marginally in their market debut on Monday after many of the investors who expect the company to benefit from the Ebola crisis apparently bought the stock during its near two-week period of unofficial trading. Kimberly-Clark announced the spinoff a year ago, saying...

  • *China data shows orders, factory output fall. *Reuters OPEC survey shows slightly lower OPEC output. U.S. crude for December delivery dropped to a session low of $79.65 per barrel before paring losses to last trade down 40 cents on the day at $80.14 at 1614 GMT.

  • Nov 3- Allergan Inc, which is fending off an acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals Inc, said on Monday that it had been approached by another party regarding a potential transaction. Valeant and Pershing Square Capital Management made an offer, now worth $55 billion, for Allergan at the end of April. Pershing Square owns nearly a 10 percent stake in Allergan.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- Famed bond investor Bill Gross on Monday warned that deflation remained a growing possibility despite aggressive monetary policies by central banks around the world. Gross, who oversees the Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, said Alibaba Group Holding Ltd shares had soared from $68 to $92 in the first minute of their public debut, but other...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 3- The dollar topped 114 yen on Monday, its highest level in nearly seven years, extending gains spurred by the Bank of Japan's surprise decision last week to boost its already massive bond-buying stimulus in an effort to lift a moribund economy. In New York trade, the greenback was given a brief push higher on an Institute of Supply Management report...