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  • DUBAI, Oct 29- Iran holds pictures of Israeli bases and other restricted areas obtained from a drone launched into Israeli airspace earlier this month, an Iranian lawmaker was quoted as saying on Monday. Lebanese militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the aircraft, saying its parts had been manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon.

  • China shares close at 1 month-low, financials weigh Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 7:05 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Oct 29- Mainland Chinese shares closed at their lowest in a month on Monday, as investors sold shares to lock in profits on financial firms that have yet to post their third-quarter corporate earnings. The CSI300 Index of the top Shanghai and Shenzhen listings closed down 0.5 percent at 2,235.9, its fifth-straight loss.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- The yen steadied on Monday and began the week well above last week's lows, as investors looked past the Bank of Japan's expected easing steps and focused on U.S. economic factors.

  • *Honda falls after cutting profit forecast. TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Monday as disappointment about a profit warning from Honda Motor Co was balanced by hopes that the Bank of Japan will substantially expand its easing programme when it meets on Tuesday.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to close Monday, possibly Tuesday Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 6:45 AM ET

    As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the New York area, regulators, exchanges and brokers grew increasingly worried about the integrity of markets and the safety of employees. A number of companies have postponed scheduled earnings releases, including Pfizer Inc and power firm Entergy Corp, and more were expected to follow suit.

  • JGBs fall as market awaits BOJ meeting on Tuesday Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 6:34 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese government bonds fell on Monday after the previous session's rise and ahead of Tuesday's Bank of Japan meeting, with the market expecting the central bank to further ease monetary policy.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- Oil slipped on Monday, with Brent near $109 a barrel, as refineries along the U.S. East Coast wind down operations ahead of approaching Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest investment bank, posted its fourth straight quarterly profit on Monday as an upswing in its fixed income operations helped it counter weak equity markets and the fallout from an insider trading probe.

  • Nomura returns Q2 profit on fixed income gains Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 6:11 AM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 29- Nomura Holdings, Japan's largest investment bank, posted its fourth straight quarterly profit on Monday as an upswing in its fixed income operations helped it counter weak equity markets and the fallout from an insider trading probe.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Should the Bank of Japan refrain from easing as strongly as the market expects at a policy review on Tuesday, the yen is likely to recover some lost ground, but futures and options market data suggests the yen's underlying bear trend will remain intact.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Monday as disappointment about profit warnings from Honda Motor Co and NTT DoCoMo Inc balanced hopes that the Bank of Japan will substantially expand its easing programme when it meets on Tuesday. The Nikkei dipped 3.7 points to 8,929.34 after tumbling off a four-week high on Friday.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan down 0.2 pct, Nikkei flat. European shares were seen as lacklustre, with financial spreadbetters expecting London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX to open down about 0.1 percent.

  • *Illinois' importing' corn by rail from N.Dakota, Minnesota. CHICAGO, Oct 29- The devastating U.S. drought and ensuing crop disease are upending traditional grain movement patterns, with dozens of trains and barges shipping North Dakota or Mississippi corn into the Corn Belt rather than out to the coasts.

  • KIEV, Oct 29- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's party was on course on Monday to secure a parliamentary majority after an election, but will face an opposition boosted by resurgent nationalists and a liberal party led by boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko.

  • Yuan extends rise; creeps towards strong-side limit Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 5:41 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 29- China's yuan hit a record high on Monday, creeping towards the strong-side limit of its daily trading band, but traders said upward pressure on the currency had eased from the last session.

  • Oct 29- Moody's upgraded the foreign and local currency long-term bond ratings of the Philippines by one notch to Ba1 from Ba2 On Monday, citing the country's improved economic performance and continued fiscal revenue buoyancy.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 29- Hong Kong shares fell on Monday as local developers tumbled on fears that new measures to cool soaring property prices will sap demand, but broader losses were limited by earnings-driven strength in Chinese banks. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was up 1 percent.

  • *Stock, options markets shutting down Monday. NEW YORK, Oct 28- U.S. stock and options markets will be closed on Monday, and possibly Tuesday, as regulators, exchanges and brokers worry about the integrity of markets and the safety of employees in the face of Hurricane Sandy.

  • Canada blocked Petronas' bid for Progress this month after Industry Minister Christian Paradis said it was not likely to bring a ``net benefit'' to the country.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda made clear on Monday he is in no rush to go to the polls, speaking of unfinished business and the risk of a ``political vacuum'' in a speech likely to anger the opposition, which has been urging him to keep a promise to call an election soon.