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  • LONDON, Nov 5- A U.S. fine for anti-money laundering rule breaches could cost HSBC significantly more than $1.5 billion and is likely to lead to criminal charges, Europe's biggest bank said on Monday.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- Oil prices slipped to around $105 a barrel on Monday, weighed down by a strong dollar and demand destruction after Superstorm Sandy, while investors remained cautious ahead of the U.S. presidential election. Front-month Brent futures were down 65 cents at $105.03 a barrel at 0946 GMT, while U.S. crude was down 34 cents to $84.52 a barrel.

  • *PBOC sets weaker midpoint for third day. SHANGHAI, Nov 5- The yuan closed down slightly on Monday but its weakness was largely imposed by the central bank, which fixed a softer midpoint even as customers continued to unload dollars.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 0930 GMT / 04.30 AM ET Monday, 5 Nov 2012 | 9:54 AM ET

    HSBC profit hit by $800 mln charge for U.S. fine. LONDON- HSBC sets aside $1.5 billion to cover potential U.S. fines for lax anti-money laundering controls and the final bill could be significantly higher. ( HSBC/, expect by 1000 GMT/ 5 AM ET, by Steve Slater and Matt Scuffham, 400 words).

  • PARIS, Nov 5- The French government is expected to largely brush aside a review on Monday that will prescribe slashing payroll taxes and loosening labour laws to reverse a long slide in competitiveness that has eaten away at exports and bled factory jobs.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- Business in Britain's dominant service sector grew at the slowest pace in almost two years in October and optimism about the outlook waned, a survey showed on Monday, pointing to a fragile economic recovery.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- The euro fell to a near two-month low against a broadly firmer dollar on Monday on uncertainty over a Greek vote on austerity and before this week's U.S. presidential election. The euro fell 0.4 percent to $1.2778, breaking below a reported options barrier at $1.2800 and stop loss sell orders at $1.2780 to mark its lowest since Sept. 11.

  • VERKHNYAYA SINYACHIKHA, Russia, Nov 5- Factory smokestacks tower over weathered wooden houses in this provincial Russian town, part of the industrial heartland that helped propel Vladimir Putin into the presidency.

  • *Schatz yields turn negative, Bund futures at two-month high. LONDON, Nov 5- Two-year German bond yields fell below zero on Monday as low-risk assets rallied before an uncertainU.S. presidential election and another make-or-break parliamentary vote in Greece.

  • *Banks fall as HSBC announces hit to Q3 profit. *Ryanair gains as the airline raises its outlook. LONDON, Nov 5- European stocks edged lower in cautious trade on Monday as investors opted for safer havens ahead of a too-close-to-call presidential election in the United States this week.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- HSBC has taken a $1.15 billion hit to cover a potential U.S. fine for lax anti-money laundering controls and to pay compensation for mis-selling products in Britain, eating into its quarterly profit.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- European shares fell and the dollar firmed on Monday as low-risk assets gained at the start of a week in which the United States elects a new president and Greece faces a make-or-break parliamentary vote. London's FTSE 100 was down 0.4 percent, Paris's CAC-40 was down 0.7 and Frankfurt's DAX was down 0.6 percent.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- European stocks edged lower in cautious trade on Monday as investors opted for safer havens ahead of the upcoming too-close-to-call presidential election in the United States.

  • JAKARTA, Nov 5- Indonesia's supreme court has scrapped a government ban on the export of unprocessed minerals, the country's chamber of commerce said on Monday, and urged the government to draft new mineral export rules.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 5- Hong Kong shares eased slightly on Monday, as caution ahead of the U.S. presidential election spurred mild profit-taking after a strong run-up last week lifted the Hang Seng Index to a 15- month high.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Overseas investors, many of whom are creditors to the highly-indebted U.S. government, reckon a re-election of President Barack Obama would be best for world markets even if U.S. counterparts say otherwise.

  • TIANJIN, China, Nov 5- Aluminum Corp of China Ltd is willing to get involved in the Oyu Tolgoi copper project in Mongolia, owned by Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd, the firm's senior vice president Liu Xiangmin said on Monday. Turquoise Hill, previously know as Ivanhoe Mines Ltd, is controlled by Rio Tinto Ltd.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 4- India's economic growth could slow to as little as 5.5 percent this fiscal year, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram told Reuters, signalling the possibility that Asia's third largest economy will expand at its slowest pace in a decade.

  • JAKARTA, Nov 5- Indonesia's supreme court has scrapped a government ban on the export of unprocessed minerals, the country's chamber of commerce said on Monday, and urged the government to draft new mineral export rules.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 5- Brent crude edged above $106 per barrel on Monday as a more than 2 percent drop in the previous session attracted some buyers, although investors remained focused on the U.S. presidential elections and demand worries.