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  • LPL Financial profit falls as regulatory fines jump Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:29 AM ET

    Oct 30- LPL Financial Holdings Inc reported an 11.6 percent drop in quarterly profit as the brokerage faced more regulatory fines. Net income fell to $33.3 million, or 33 cents per share, in the third-quarter ended Sept. 30, from $37.6 million, or 36 cents per share, a year earlier. The company warned last week it spent $23 million in regulatory expenses in the third...

  • *Gold slides after Fed ends bond buying on hawkish note. LONDON, Oct 30- Gold prices slid towards $1,200 an ounce on Thursday, hitting their lowest in 3-1/ 2 weeks, after the Federal Reserve ended its bond-buying stimulus programme on an unexpectedly hawkish note. Spot gold fell as low as $1,201.21 an ounce and was down 0.5 percent at $1,206.40 an ounce at 1015 GMT.

  • EU COMMISSION SAYS JOINTLY PREPARED DOCUMENTS SETTING OUT A COMMON UNDERSTANDING NOW WAITING FOR RUSSIA, UKRAINE APPROVAL.

  • EU COMMISSION SAYS EU, RUSSIA, UKRAINE GAS TALKS TO CONTINUE ON THURSDAY.

  • Rouble strengthens sharply in volatile trade Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Oct 30- Russia's rouble strengthened sharply against both dollar and euro early on Thursday afternoon, reversing losses from earlier in the session ahead of a central bank meeting on Friday. At 1019 GMT, the rouble was up 0.8 percent from Wednesday's close against the dollar to trade at 42.86 after opening the session around 0.7 percent lower.

  • NEW DELHI, Oct 30- India's universal health plan that aims to offer guaranteed benefits to a sixth of the world's population will cost an estimated 1.6 trillion rupees over the next four years, a senior health ministry official said. Under the National Health Assurance Mission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government would provide all citizens with free...

  • Time Warner Cable reports fall in video subscribers Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:17 AM ET

    Oct 30- Time Warner Cable Inc, the second-largest U.S. cable TV operator, lost more residential video customers in the third quarter than in the preceding quarter. Net income attributable to common shareholders also fell to $499 million, or $1.76 per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $532 million, or $1.84 per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • RUSSIAN ROUBLE STRENGTHENS SHARPLY AGAINST BOTH DOLLAR AND EURO, UP OVER 1 PCT ON THE DAY.

  • TOKYO, Oct 30- Japan's Fujifilm Holdings Corp said it was difficult to estimate the profitability of its influenza drug Avigan, which has been earmarked to fight Ebola, given the uncertainty over the spread of virus, a company executive said on Thursday. France and Guinea plan to conduct clinical trials of Avigan 200 mg tablets, made by Fujifilm group company...

  • Bombardier profit nearly halves on charge for job cuts Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    Oct 30- Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc's quarterly profit dropped nearly 50 percent as it took a $120 million charge related to previously announced job cuts. The Montreal- based company's net income fell to $74 million, or 3 cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, from $147 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose nearly 21...

  • The U.S. company, which is expected to get more than $1 billion from the planned sale, and Hyundai are working with separate investment banks on the deal, the person said. GE's spokesman in South Korea, Bill Joh, declined to comment on the matter, while representatives at Hyundai could not be immediately reached for comment. In response to a local South Korean media...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Moscow and Kiev could sign a gas deal later on Thursday if all the necessary documents were finalised. He added that Moscow would insist on prepayment for future gas deliveries to Ukraine, which it stopped supplying with gas in June, citing unpaid gas debts. Ukraine's efforts to unblock deliveries of...

  • BERLIN, Oct 30- German joblessness unexpectedly fell in October and the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent, underlining the strength of the job market in Europe's largest economy and coming as a welcome bright spot after a slew of weak data. "The German labour market remains solid as a rock, defying all woes from a weakening industry," said Carsten Brzeski,...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- Russia may limit food transit from Belarus and Ukraine to Kazakhstan because of attempts by the countries to supply banned food to Russia, the head of Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary service was quoted as saying on Thursday. Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan have a free trade zone as part of their customs union and Minsk has promised to prevent...

  • LONDON, Oct 30- European shares turned lower on Thursday as banks in countries such as Italy, Greece and Spain resumed their recent downtrend. Shares in peripheral banks have mostly been falling since the publication of the results of the European Central Bank's stress tests over the weekend. Andrea Enria, the chairman of Europe's banking watchdog- the European...

  • *Dollar, yields jump after Fed ends QE. LONDON, Oct 30- The dollar surged to a three-week high, bond yields rose and gold fell on Thursday after the U.S. Asian shares mostly fell, following a slight decline on Wall Street overnight.

  • EU's Barroso urges Russia, Ukraine to finish gas talks Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 5:29 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 30- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called on Russia and Ukraine on Thursday to finish negotiations on deliveries of Russian gas to Ukraine after discussions the previous day failed to produce results. "He urged all sides to seize the opportunity and conclude the negotiations in order to secure a continuous, reliable and...

  • *Central bank has spent more than $20 bln defending rouble. MOSCOW, Oct 30- The rouble hit a new low of more than 43 to the dollar on Thursday, as speculation grew that the Russian central bank will let the rouble float freely when it meets on Friday and as comments by the U.S. "The market is now expecting the central bank to announce the rouble free float at tomorrow's...

  • EU COMMISSION PRESIDENT BARROSO CALLS RUSSIA, UKRAINE TO SEIZE OPPORTUNITY AND CONCLUDE GAS TALKS.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- Royal Dutch Shell quarterly profit rose by almost a third, beating forecasts and adding to what has been a robust three months for European oil majors, who have yet to feel the full impact of a sharp drop in oil prices. Europe's biggest oil company by market value also said it had appointed former banker Charles Holliday as its chairman.