MEXICO CITY, April 1- At least four people died after a fire broke out on an oil processing platform in the Gulf of Mexico early on Wednesday, leading to the evacuation of 302 workers, Mexican state-run oil company Pemex said. The fire, which burned throughout the day, erupted overnight on the Abkatun Permanente platform in the oil-rich Bay of Campeche.» Read More
DETROIT, Oct 29- Ford Motor Co tumbled to nearly the bottom of an annual survey of vehicle reliability due to flaws in its touch-screen navigation and entertainment system, while Japanese rival Toyota Motor Corp swept the top three spots. Scion, Toyota's youth-oriented brand, kept its place as the most reliable brand.
NEW YORK, Oct 29- BAT Global Markets, the No. 3 U.S. stock exchange, said on Monday its U.S. markets will be closed on Tuesday due to Hurricane Sandy, following a coordinated decision made by regulators and industry executives.
Oct 29- S&P said on Monday the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index will be released at 9:00 am ET on Tuesday, Oct. 30, as scheduled.
Oct 29- U.S. stock market executives, regulators and brokers have agreed to close the U.S. stock markets on Tuesday because of Hurricane Sandy, with an official announcement coming shortly, said people who were on an industry-wide call on the matter on Monday.
*U.S. East Coast refineries shutting ahead of hurricane. *Hurricane expected to hit U.S. East Coast later Monday. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. gasoline futures rallied even as Brent and U.S. crude retreated on Monday as over two-thirds of the East Coast refining sector shut down ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
NEW YORK, Oct 29- The U.S. stock market is expected to be closed on Tuesday because of Hurricane Sandy, a source said on Monday. The decision to close markets for a second straight day because of the storm was made during a call between industry executives and regulators, said one person who was on the call. An official announcement was expected shortly.
NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. stock market executives, regulators and brokers have agreed to close the U.S. stock markets on Tuesday, with an official announcement coming shortly, people who were on an industry-wide call on the matter said on Monday.
NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Oct 29- Russia's Gazprom committed more than $38 billion to develop an East Siberian gas field and build a pipeline to the Pacific port of Vladivostok to lessen its reliance on exports to Europe and develop Asian markets.
*Petronas-Progress extend closing by 30 days to Nov. 30. KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 29- Malaysian state oil company Petronas said on Monday it has extended the closing date on its bid for Canadian gas producer Progress Energy Resources until Nov. 30, as it works to overturn the Canadian government's rejection of the proposed deal.
Oct 29- The Florida Department of Health has temporarily suspended compounding operations at a pharmacy, the latest in a growing number of closings since a deadly meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated drugs in a Massachusetts facility.
LONDON, Oct 29- European stocks fell on Monday, led by insurers on expectations the sector will see profits hit hard by clean-up costs resulting from a huge hurricane nearing the United States.
LONDON, 29- Britain's Pearson and Germany's Bertelsmann are to merge their publishers Penguin and Random House, aiming to gain the upper hand in their relationship with Amazon and Apple, the leaders in the ebook revolution.
``We will assess the situation when the weather emergency is over and notify the press and public of any changes at that time,'' said Bureau of Labor Statistics spokesman Gary Steinberg.
MADRID/ ROME, Oct 29- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy kept financial markets guessing on Monday over whether he will seek a credit line from the euro zone's rescue fund but said he would do so ``when I think it is in the interests of Spain''.
NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. Treasury debt prices rose on Monday as a perceived gain in political risks in Italy and concerns about the strength of the U.S. economic recovery fueled safe-haven buying in thin trade as Hurricane Sandy was on track to pummel the U.S. East Coast.
The Rome insight story slugged ITALY- CHAOS scheduled to move at 1500 GMT will not now move today.
*Greek banks to face 9 pct Core Tier 1 capital requirement. ATHENS, Oct 29- Greek banks will have to issue shares to meet more than half of a 9 percent capital adequacy requirement to be set as part of their recapitalisation, sources said, in a move that could help them avoid nationalisation.
NEW YORK, Oct 29- The euro fell against the dollar and yen on Monday, hurt by uncertainty over whether Greece can agree to a deal on austerity and with no sign of when Spain might request aid. Near-bankrupt Greece needs a comprehensive deal on an austerity package to unlock its next tranche of aid before it runs out of cash in mid-November.
*U.S. East Coast refineries shutting ahead of hurricane. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. gasoline futures jumped as much as 4 percent while benchmark Brent crude was little changed on Monday as over two-thirds of the East Coast refining sector shut down ahead of Hurricane Sandy.
*Gazprom seeks to focus more on Asia, diversify from Europe. NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Oct 29- Russia's Gazprom pledged more than $38 billion to develop an East Siberian gas field and build a pipeline to the Pacific port of Vladivostok to lessen its reliance on exports to Europe and develop Asian markets.