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  • *Amgen shares rise 1.4 percent. LOS ANGELES, Nov 6- Amgen Inc's experimental cholesterol-lowering drug, AMG145, reduced levels of ``bad'' cholesterol up to 66 percent in patients already taking statin drugs, according to results from a mid-stage trial that were presented on Tuesday.

  • Nov 6- Pearson Plc has decided to consider offers for the Financial Times newspaper this year and may seek at least $1 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the situation. Pearson may initiate the sale preparations ahead of the departure of Chief Executive Marjorie Scardino, Bloomberg said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 6- AT&T set a $50 starting price for Nokia's latest Windows smartphones, on which the struggling Finnish phone maker is pinning its hopes for a turnaround. Nokia, which has lost out hugely to Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co in recent years, is hinging its entire future on Microsoft's mobile software.

  • NEW YORK/ BELMAR, N.J., Nov 6- Storm-weary residents across the New York and New Jersey area encountered confusion and long lines as they went to cast ballots in the presidential election on Tuesday, and regional officials began scrambling to prepare for a new weather threat due as early as Wednesday.

  • PARIS, Nov 6- France is to grant 20 billion euros in annual tax credits to companies as a way of lowering labour costs, in a tougher-than-expected response to calls from business leaders to reverse decades of industrial decline. `` France is not condemned to the spiral of decline. `` France must win back its role as a great industrial power.''.

  • Nov 6- The government's investigation of mortgage-related practices at Wells Fargo& Co includes the making and packaging of home loans by its Wachovia unit, the bank said in a filing Tuesday.

  • *Renault seeks concessions on pay, working time. Opening negotiations on a new nationwide labor deal, Renault indicated that it wanted an agreement by the end of January and it would not choose production sites for future models before then, according to workers' representatives who attended the meeting.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- U.S. stocks climbed on Tuesday as some investors bet that Republican Mitt Romney could pull off a surprise victory in the presidential vote, citing gains in defense and energy shares.

  • LONDON/ NEW YORK, Nov 6- Investor confidence in U.S. equity markets is at an all-time low due to worries over the global economy and greater market complexity, NYSE Euronext's chief executive said on Tuesday after the company reported a 42 percent drop in quarterly profit.

  • *SNC Lavalin sees India designating site for Candu reactors. NEW DELHI, Nov 6- Canadian firms will be able to export uranium and nuclear reactors to India for the first time in almost four decades under an agreement between the two nations, their prime ministers said, but more work is needed to implement the deal.

  • OTTAWA, Nov 6- A top legislator in Canada's ruling Conservative Party on Tuesday made public his fierce opposition to a bid by China's CNOOC Ltd for Nexen Inc, underlining the political challenges facing Ottawa as it studies the takeover.

  • Nov 6- Express Scripts Holding Co on Tuesday said its business of managing pharmacy benefits for large employers will come under pressure next year in the weak economy, but investors questioned whether the company's own strategy was on track.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- U.S. stocks climbed on Tuesday as some investors bet that Republican Mitt Romney could pull off a surprise victory in the presidential vote, citing gains in defense and energy shares.

  • *SNC Lavalin sees India designating site for Candu reactors. NEW DELHI, Nov 6- Canadian firms will be able to export uranium and nuclear reactors to India for the first time in almost four decades under an agreement between the two nations, their prime ministers said, but more work is needed to implement the deal.

  • *L'Oreal Q3 sales up 4.6 pct. *L'Oreal CEO sees market unchanged in 2013 vs 2012. PARIS, Nov 6- L'Oreal's sales trends continued to worsen by the end of September for the third quarter running, particularly for its luxury and professional products, the world's biggest cosmetics group said on Tuesday.

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 6- European Union regulators are to end an antitrust probe into e-book prices by accepting an offer by Apple and four publishers to ease price restrictions on Amazon, two sources said on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- Prices of U.S.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 6- Carlos Slim's America Movil, the top cellphone company in Latin America, will not pursue an additional seat on Telekom Austria's board for now, Chief Executive Daniel Hajj said on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- American Century Investments has hired Patrick Bannigan, an Ameriprise Financial executive, as its new chief operating officer. Bannigan was formerly president of RiverSource Funds, part of Ameriprise's Columbia Management division.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- The U.S. dollar fell against most major currencies on Tuesday as investors bet recent gains were too far, too fast given the outlook for the U.S. economy and problems in Europe, though trading was subdued ahead of the results of the U.S. presidential election.