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  • LONDON, Nov 1- Gold prices held near $1,720 an ounce on Thursday as stock markets climbed, indicating better appetite for assets seen as higher risk, while investors focused on U.S. employment data due on Friday for clues on monetary policy.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. stocks jumped on Thursday after encouraging data in the labor market, consumer confidence and manufacturing, an improvement in the economic outlook that led investors to move away from the safe-haven dollar and government debt.

  • UPDATE 5-Oil prices ease ahead of EIA data Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:59 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 1- Brent crude oil futures fell to around $108.40 a barrel on Thursday as investors assessed the aftermath of super storm Sandy.

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT - Wall St up 1 pct boosted by data Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:59 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. stocks added to gains on Thursday, with major indexes up more than 1 percent after bullish jobs and consumer confidence data lifted sentiment. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 167.49 points, or 1.28 percent, to 13,263.95. The S&P 500 gained 15.09 points, or 1.07 percent, to 1,427.25.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1430 GMT / 1030 AM ET Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:58 PM ET

    Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reports a lower profit that topped expectations, as higher results from its refining arm counters a 7.5 decline in oil and gas output. (EXXON-EARNINGS/ moved, by Anna Driver, 320 words).

  • UPDATE 3-BCE profit falls on taxes, shares slip Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:55 PM ET

    *Q3 EPS C $0.74 vs C $0.83 year earlier. Nov 1- BCE Inc, Canada's biggest telecom provider, said on Thursday its quarterly profit had fallen from a year earlier, when lower tax expenses boosted results, and its shares fell even as it reported strong wireless and media results.

  • Nov 1- Sirius XM Radio Inc posted better-than-expected revenue growth in the third quarter but fa iled to shed light on company strategy under Liberty Media Corp and its se arch for a new chief executive.

  • Nov 1- Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reported a quarterly profit on Thursday that topped expectations, as higher margins from its refining arm countered a 7.5 percent decline in oil and gas output. Earlier this month, Exxon agreed to buy Celtic Exploration Ltd for $2.64 billion.

  • Financing issues main obstacle on Greek talks-IMF Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:43 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 1- The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday financing issues remained the main obstacle for debt-laden Greece to receive more bailout money from its international lenders.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 1- Apple Inc's new iPad mini appears to include an LCD display driver from South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a key supplier but also the Silicon Valley tech giant's fiercest rival in a global mobile-device war.

  • Nov 1- A significant portion of customers in Wells Fargo& Co's $1.9 trillion mortgage servicing portfolio remain strong candidates for refinancings, the head of the bank's home lending unit said on Thursday.

  • Retail chain revenue comparisons for October Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:41 PM ET

    Bon-Ton Stores Inc. 3.7 pct. Stage Stores Inc. 6.5 pct. Costco Wholesale Corp. 7 pct.

  • Department store revenue comparisons for October Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK-- Summary of revenue at stores open at least a year in October for department store chains, with percentage increase or decrease over the same month last year. Bon-Ton Stores Inc. 3.7 pct. Stage Stores Inc. 6.5 pct.

  • Nov 1- Cargo carrier Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings Inc reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday and cut its full-year forecast, citing a soft air freight market, and its shares fell 16 percent.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rallies after labor market data Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:34 PM ET

    *Jobless claims, ADP both stronger than expected. NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. stocks rallied in morning trading on Thursday after a pair of positive signs about the labor market pointed to improving conditions a day before the U.S. nonfarm payroll report.

  • Nov 1- Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, the biggest utility in New Jersey, said superstorm Sandy had caused severe damage to its infrastructure and it expected its losses to be material.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- U.S. consumer confidence rose in October to its highest in more than four years as Americans were more upbeat about improvements in the labor market, a private sector report showed on Thursday. It was the highest level since February 2008, though it came in shy of economists' estimates for 72.5.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 1- U.S. companies added jobs in October at the fastest pace in eight months, a sign of modest healing in the labor market just days before a presidential election that could hinge on the economy. Payrolls processor Automatic Data Processing said private employers added 158,000 workers last month.

  • UPDATE 3-Exxon quarterly profit falls, output tumbles Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 2:24 PM ET

    Nov 1- Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reported a quarterly profit on Thursday that topped expectations, as higher margins from its refining arm countered a 7.5 decline in oil and gas output. Earlier this month, Exxon agreed to buy Celtic Exploration Ltd for $2.64 billion.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 1- Suncor Energy Inc said on Thursday that it may delay completion of its planned Fort Hills oil sands mine by a year, with production now slated to start in 2017, as it reviews the profitability of its expansion plans.

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