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  • UPDATE 3-Phillips 66 quarterly profit up on good margins Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 6:35 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Oct 31- Increased access to cheaper crude oil from the United States and Canada boosted Phillips 66' s quarterly profits above analyst expectations after the U.S. refining company spun off from ConocoPhillips earlier this year, the company reported on Wednesday.

  • *Reuters Business News Schedule at 1430 EDT / 1830 GMT Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 6:35 PM ET
  • US Bush-era trade deal with Panama goes into force Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 6:32 PM ET

    ``This trade deal will guarantee access to Panama's $20.6 billion services market and more than $15 billion in infrastructure projects...

  • Companies like environmental cleanup specialist Clean Harbors, building supply chains Home Depot and Lowe's, building products makers Owens Corning and Beacon Roofing and generator manufacturer Generac Holdings surged in early trading on the assumption that the recovery from Sandy will take years and boost sales.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Former UBS trader Kweku Adoboli said on Wednesday that he and Jerome Kerviel, the Societe Generale ``rogue trader'', got into trouble only because they had lost money for their employers. Adoboli, 32, was arrested on Sept. 15, 2011, and blamed for losses of $2.3 billion.

  • *New York, New Jersey each have more than 2 million out. At the storm's peak, 8.48 million customers were without power after Sandy came ashore with hurricane-force winds in New Jersey on Monday, according to a Department of Energy collection of data.

  • EXCLUSIVE-Perfume-makers fear EU legal blow to industry Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 6:06 PM ET

    *EU Commission says consulting widely on issue. PARIS, Oct 31- Perfume-makers are urging the European Commission to back down from possible legislation they fear could kill top fragrances by restricting natural ingredients linked to allergies, industry sources say.

  • Sandy clouds capital outlook for NY's MTA -comptroller Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 6:00 PM ET

    Oct 31- New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority faces ``very significant'' repair costs following massive storm Sandy, adding a still-unknown burden to a system that had already cut its proposed capital budget, the state comptroller said on Wednesday.

  • Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT Oct 31 Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 6:00 PM ET

    JERUSALEM- Most Israelis would be reassured if Mitt Romney won next week's U.S. presidential election, feeling they had an unquestioning friend rather than a dispassionate critic in the White House.

  • *Cleveland Clinic compiles annual list of top innovations. Oct 31- The best medical innovations for next year include an almond-size device implanted in the mouth to relieve severe headaches and a handheld scanner resembling a blow dryer that detects skin cancer, the Cleveland Clinic said on Wednesday.

  • Bank loan standards ease, loan demand up-Fed survey Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 5:59 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Oct 31- The U.S. Federal Reserve said on Wednesday that some banks continued to ease lending standards for businesses and consumers, while a number reported improved borrower appetite for real estate and auto loans in the last three months.

  • EURO GOVT-Bunds rebound after strong auction Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 5:57 PM ET

    *Germany sells 1.7 bln euros of 2044 bonds. *France also finds high demand for long-term debt. Investors snapped up long-term debt from Germany and France as a recent European Central Bank- inspired lull in the three-year-old crisis persuaded some investors to look at longer-maturities.

  • METALS-Copper up but set for weakest month since May Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 5:55 PM ET

    *Market awaits China's official PMI on Thursday. LONDON, Oct 31- London copper rose on Wednesday, buoyed by a softer dollar, but gains were limited with U.S. stock markets falling after a two-day closure for the storm Sandy and as metals investors stayed wary about demand from China.

  • *Short-term gas demand lower on lost power generation. NEW YORK, Oct 31- As the U.S. The United States last year initiated closer scrutiny of U.S. nuclear plants and their safety features following the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent flooding in Japan that caused a nuclear plant meltdown there.

  • *Lumber futures rise the $10 daily limit. *Hope for repair demand also boosts Home Depot shares. Chicago Mercantile Exchange November, January and March lumber futures rose by the daily trading limit of $10 per thousand board feet and were locked at those levels to effectively shut down trading.

  • Oct 31- Casino operator MGM Resorts International posted a larger loss, missing analysts' expectations, due to a steep drop in tax benefits, soft demand in Las Vegas and disappointing margins in Macau. Shares of the operator of the Mirage and Bellagio casino resorts MGM Resorts fell 4.1 percent to $10.16 on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Storm-closed US nuclear power plants may boost natgas use Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 5:45 PM ET

    *Short-term gas demand lower on lost power generation. NEW YORK, Oct 31- As the U.S. The United States last year initiated closer scrutiny of U.S. nuclear plants and their safety features following the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent flooding in Japan that caused a nuclear plant meltdown there.

  • Oct 31- Knight Capital told clients on Wednesday to route all stock orders away from the brokerage due to power issues as a result of the massive storm that slammed into the U.S. East Coast. It said clients should ``seek an alternate destination'' for trading in NYSE- listed and Nasdaq stocks, along with options trades.

  • Barclays CEO juggles client grab with cost cuts Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 5:41 PM ET

    LONDON, Oct 31- Barclays' new boss Antony Jenkins must decide in the coming months whether to pick up business left open by a retreat from investment banking by UBS and other rivals, or push even harder with cuts to the British bank's own operation.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 31- Potash Corp, the world's No. 1 fertilizer maker, is ramping up efforts to buy Israel Chemicals Ltd, appealing directly to Israel's prime minister to back a deal that would rank as the largest foreign takeover of an Israeli company.

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