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  • *PMIs from India, Indonesia, Taiwan improve. TOKYO, Nov 1- Asian shares fell on Thursday but losses were curbed as the region's factory activity surveys mostly improved, with China's official and private sector manufacturing PMIs confirming a recovery in the growth trend even if it lacked punch.

  • TOKYO, Nov 1- Japan's Sharp Corp, the struggling maker of Aquos TVs, increased its full-year operating loss forecast to 155 billion yen from a previous 100 billion yen loss forecast.

  • TOKYO, Nov 1- Japan's Sony Corp booked a small operating profit in the second quarter, after a loss a year ago, helped by the sale of a chemicals business that offset weak demand for its TVs and other devices, and it kept its full-year profit guidance.

  • Sharp forecasts bigger full-year operating loss Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 6:16 AM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 1- Japan's Sharp Corp, the struggling maker of Aquos TVs, increased its full-year operating loss forecast to 155 billion yen from a previous 100 billion yen loss forecast. At a net level, Sharp slashed its full-year loss forecast to 450 billion yen from a previous forecast of 250 billion yen.

  • Sony posts Q2 operating profit of 30.30 bln yen Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 6:11 AM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 1- Japan's Sony Corp returned to an operating profit in the second quarter after a loss a year ago, helped by the sale of a chemicals business that offset weak demand for its TVs and other devices, and it kept its full-year profit guidance.

  • TOKYO, Nov 1- Japan's Nikkei average edged up on Thursday as a pick-up in Chinese manufacturing data helped construction makers and shippers, offsetting weakness in Panasonic Corp. The Nikkei rose 0.2 percent to 8,946.87, and the broader Topix index added 0.1 percent to 743.32.

  • Philippines grapples with cost of economic success Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 5:51 AM ET

    MANILA, Nov 1- Reforms pushed through by President Benigno Aquino have put the Philippines back on the map for international investors but authorities are struggling to control an inflow of capital that has pushed up the currency and threatens asset price bubbles.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 1- Brent crude edged down toward $108 a barrel on Thursday as investors focused on concerns that storm Sandy's rampage across the U.S. East Coast could reduce fuel demand and shrugged off data pointing to a recovery in China.

  • SEOUL, Nov 1- Hyundai Motor Co posted record monthly sales for October, but its shares tumbled on Thursday, which analysts said was sparked by market rumours that the South Korean automaker may face a recall or litigation in the United States.

  • BEIJING/ SEOUL, Nov 1- Big Asian economies are slowly picking up after a year spent battling against global headwinds, according to business surveys and data released on Thursday that showed renewed vim from China's factory sector and a rebound in South Korean exports.

  • UPDATE 1-Riyadh industrial building hit by explosion Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 5:20 AM ET

    RIYADH, Nov 1- An industrial building in eastern Riyadh was almost entirely destroyed by a large explosion on Thursday, a Reuters witness said. The building was almost levelled by the blast, with one corner left standing, the witness said. Nearby vehicles were on fire and at least five fire engines were arriving at the scene.

  • China central bank reins in yuan rise with weaker fix Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 5:20 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Nov 1- China's central bank set a weaker midpoint for the yuan against the dollar on Thursday aiming to slow the currency's rise, dealers said, as it hit the strong-side limit of the trading band for a third straight day. The People's Bank of China set its midpoint at 6.3017 per dollar, slightly weaker than Wednesday's fix of 6.3002.

  • Nov 1- New York power company Consolidated Edison Inc restored power to about 2,000 homes in lower Manhattan and 28,200 in the Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon, it said in a statement. That included about 227,000 homes and businesses in Manhattan and 74,000 in Brooklyn.

  • Riyadh industrial building hit by explosion -witness Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 5:13 AM ET

    RIYADH, Nov 1- An industrial building in eastern Riyadh was almost entirely destroyed by a large explosion on Thursday, a Reuters witness said. The building was almost levelled by the blast, with one corner left standing, the witness said. Nearby vehicles were on fire and at least five fire engines were arriving at the scene.

  • BANGALORE, Nov 1- India' a manufacturing growth inched up in October from September's 10- month low, supported by a pick up in new orders and an easing of price pressures, a survey released on Thursday showed.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 1- Mainland Chinese shares lifted Hong Kong markets with their best daily performance in nearly a month on Thursday, boosted by stronger Chinese economic data and a report that more city governments were easing restrictions on the real estate sector. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong rose 0.8 percent.

  • *HSBC index highest since February, but still below 50. BEIJING, Nov 1- China's economy is finally regaining some traction, official and private sector factory surveys showed on Thursday, although they pointed to a sluggish recovery with the latter recording its 12th straight month of slowing growth.

  • French firm: 7 kidnapped sailors freed in Nigeria Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 4:30 AM ET

    LAGOS, Nigeria-- Kidnappers freed six Russian sailors and an Estonian on Wednesday who had been abducted from a ship off Nigeria's southern delta, a French oil and gas services company said. Typically, foreign companies operating in Nigeria's Niger Delta pay cash ransoms to free their employees after negotiating down kidnappers' demands.

  • *Icahn says Netflix undervalued, possible takeover target. *Netflix shares jump 14 percent on Nasdaq.

  • UPDATE 2-Hyundai Motor shares tumble on recall rumours Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 3:54 AM ET

    SEOUL, Nov 1- Hyundai Motor Co shares fell more than 5 percent on Thursday ahead of the release of its October auto sales figures with analysts citing market rumours that the South Korean automaker may announce a recall in the United States or face fuel-economy related lawsuits.