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  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- U.S. crude futures slipped below $86 a barrel on Monday as refineries along the East Coast lowered run rates ahead of approaching Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer. *U.S. crude for December delivery fell 43 cents to $85.85 a barrel by 2316 GMT.

  • FOREX-Yen steadier as BOJ meeting looms Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | 10:41 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Oct 29- The yen got off to a steady start on Monday, having rallied late last week as markets cut bearish positions amid talk the Bank of Japan might not ease as much as expected at its looming policy meeting. The dollar bought 79.63 yen, little changed from late New York levels, having retreated from a high of 80.38.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Oil refineries along the U.S. East Coast began to cut rates and companies prepared other energy facilities on Sunday ahead of Hurricane Sandy's expected landfall along New Jersey's barrier islands.

  • LONDON, Oct 28- British Airways cancelled all flights to New York on Sunday and will suspend most services to and from the U.S. East Coast on Monday as the United States braces for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. The freak storm, due to come ashore in the United States late on Monday, is forecast to bring thrashing winds, flash flooding and even heavy snowfall.

  • New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston in its path. *New York, New Jersey, Amtrak transit systems to shut. The massive storm, which has already killed 66 people in the Caribbean, was headed toward a densely populated region that includes Washington, New York and Boston and its effects could be felt for hundreds of miles, officials warned.

  • *NYSE, Nasdaq, other exchanges to open for trade Monday. *NYSE suspends trading floor for first time since 1985. But NYSE said on Sunday afternoon that it would close its physical trading floor operations for the first time since 1985. It will instead trade NYSE- listed securities on its fully electronic exchange, NYSE Arca.

  • ANGUL, India, Oct 29- A few hundred metres from the high walls and barbed wire guarding billionaire Naveen Jindal's upcoming steel plant, a dozen men have gathered at a tea stall.

  • Take Taiwan's E Ink Holdings Inc, which makes most of the monochrome displays for devices such as Amazon.com Inc's Kindle and Barnes& Noble Inc's Nook. ``The bottom fell out of the market,'' says E Ink Chief Marketing Officer Sriram Peruvemba.

  • BEIJING, Oct 29- The roots of Toyota Motor Corp's China troubles run far deeper than the anti- Japan protests that have swept the country, stretching back to the 2008 launch of the Yaris subcompact-- a spectacular flop with price-conscious Chinese buyers.

  • SEOUL, Oct 29- The first payouts from South Korea's state pension fund only started in 2008, but faced with the fastest ageing population among developed nations and one of the lowest birthrates, the country needs to deal with a looming funding crunch.

  • SUDBURY, Ontario, Oct 28- In an office trailer parked outside a mine shaft in northern Ontario, operator Carolyn St-Jean leans back in her chair and monitors a machine loading nickel-rich ore into rail cars deep underground.

  • ATHENS, Oct 25- Greece's foreign lenders have refused to make any further concessions on changes to labour laws contested by a junior coalition partner, the country's finance minister said on Sunday, prolonging an impasse on a crucial austerity package.

  • *New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston in its path. Sandy, expected to come ashore late on Monday, could deliver a harsh blow to major cities including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Boston. Its center was forecast to strike the New York- New Jersey area and then move inland toward Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania.

  • *Coast Guard issues storm conditions for Mid-Atlantic. Hurricane Sandy, which is expected to come ashore late on Monday, could be the biggest storm to hit the U.S. mainland, bringing strong winds and dangerous flooding to the East Coast from the mid-Atlantic states to New England, forecasters said.

  • Governments to debate 50 bln euro cut to EU budget Sunday, 28 Oct 2012 | 7:58 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Oct 28- European Union governments will debate a cut of at least 50 billion euros this week as the starting point for negotiations on the bloc's proposed 1 trillion-euro long-term budget, a source familiar with the issue said.

  • *Bank of Japan poised to ease as economy takes a hit. LONDON, Oct 28- The last employment report before the U.S. presidential election is likely to have something for everyone- for those bullish and bearish on the economy and for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- The CME said it will suspend floor trading on Monday at its NYMEX world headquarters because of mandatory evacuation by the city of New York ahead of Hurricane Sandy but the move is unlikely to affect trade as higher-volume electronic dealing will operate normally.

  • Oct 28- Goldman Sachs& Co. told employees in an internal memo Sunday that the firm will be open for business on Monday as Hurricane Sandy approaches, though only employees ``critical'' to operations will be asked to get to downtown Manhattan, and then only if they can do so safely.

  • *New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston in its path. Sandy, expected to come ashore late on Monday, could deliver a harsh blow to major cities in its target zone including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Boston. Its center was forecast to strike New York- New Jersey area and then move inland toward Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania.

  • *New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Boston in its path. Sandy, expected to come ashore late on Monday, could deliver a harsh blow to major cities in its target zone including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and Boston. Its center was forecast to strike New York- New Jersey area and then move inland toward Philadelphia and the rest of Pennsylvania.