SINGAPORE, March 6- U.S. crude nudged up to hover around $51 a barrel on Friday, set to post the first weekly gain in three, as geopolitical tensions in the Middle East supported oil. *U.S. crude rose 26 cents to $51.02 a barrel by 0006 GMT, on track for a more than 2 percent gain this week. *Libya's warring factions held United Nations- backed talks on Thursday after...» Read More
BEIJING, Oct 31- China unveiled on Wednesday a natural gas policy designed to spur the transport sector's use of the cleaner-burning fuel, and particularly of liquefied natural gas, as the world's second-largest user of fuel reins in consumption of dirtier oil.
The figures pointed to an overall economic slowdown in the third quarter in Poland, whose impressive growth has begun to fizzle out, and an extension of the recession that has strangled the Czech economy since the last quarter of 2011..
*Yuan posts strongest ever open and close. *Ends day at strong-side limit. SHANGHAI, Oct 31- China's yuan recorded its strongest ever close on Wednesday after it hit the strong-side trade band limit for a fourth time in less than a week, and held there until trading shut.
*Net income forecast Y765 bln loss vs prior Y50 bln profit. TOKYO, Oct 31- Panasonic Corp said it will lose almost $10 billion this business year as it cleans house of poorly performing operations, writing down billions of dollars of goodwill and assets in its mobile and energy units while its new boss readies for a fresh bout of restructuring.
LONDON, Oct 31- European shares and the euro rose on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to key economic data and waited for Wall Street to re-open after a two-day closure.
KETTERING, Ohio- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney briefly put aside their fierce battle for the White House on Tuesday, avoiding politics to focus on relief efforts after mammoth storm Sandy left millions of Americans struggling to recover.
NEW YORK, Oct 31- U.S. stock index futures rose on Wednesday ahead of what could be a volatile session's trading as Wall Street re-opens after a two-day closure following a damaging storm along the U.S. east coast. Stocks moving in early trade include Ford Motor Co, which posted earnings reports during the closure and rose 1.9 percent to $10.56.
INDIANAPOLIS-- Republic Airways Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it has worked out changes to its Chautauqua regional airline business that will save it roughly $45 million per year over the next five years. Major airlines such as Delta and United hire regional operators like Republic's Chautauqua to handle flying from smaller cities to their hubs.
*BG, Barclays knocked by earnings. *Traders look to Wall Street reopening after storm closure. U.S. futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street.
DETROIT-- A turnaround in South America and a rosier outlook in Europe helped push General Motors shares up in premarket trading Wednesday, even though the company's third-quarter net profit fell 14 percent. But South America swung to a big profit and GM posted better-than-expected results internationally outside of China.
LONDON, Oct 31- The euro rose on Wednesday, lifted as equity market gains helped perceived riskier currencies, and with direction likely to be determined by how Wall Street reopens after storm disruption. A sustained rise above $1.30 could see it target the Oct. 25 high of $1.3023 and then the mid-October peak of $1.3140.
Oct 31- PVH Corp has agreed to buy apparel firm Warnaco Group Inc for about $2.9 billion, in a deal to bring all Calvin Klein clothing under its control. Warnaco's Calvin Klein businesses will be moved to PVH and run by Tom Murry, chief executive of Calvin Klein following the cash and stock deal.
*Barclays also under investigation on past U.S. power prices. LONDON, Oct 31- Barclays, already rocked by an interest rate rigging scandal, unveiled two new U.S. regulatory investigations into the bank's financial probity on Wednesday and said its profit was hit by charges for mis-selling insurance.
*HSI up 1 pct, climbs 3.8 pct this month. HONG KONG, Oct 31- Hong Kong shares posted a second-straight monthly gain on Wednesday, bouncing off a near two-week low after Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the country's largest bank, posted third-quarter earnings that beat expectations.
*Germany to sell 2 bln euros of 2044 bonds. *France to sell 7.5 bln euros of paper. LONDON, Oct 31- German government bonds slipped on Wednesday before longer-dated auctions from Germany and France as traders braced to absorb the supply, though they expected Bunds to rally later on month-end position adjustment.
JERUSALEM, Oct 31- Potash Corp, the world's largest fertiliser maker, is in talks with Israel's government about merging with its smaller rival Israel Chemicals, ICL's parent company said. Conglomerate Israel Corp owns 52.3 percent of ICL.
SANTA MONICA, Calif.-- The Macerich Co. said conditions improved during the third quarter with better revenue from rent and higher occupancy rates at malls. The real estate investment trust said Wednesday that funds from operations, totaled $145.1 million, or 33 cents per share.
VIENNA, Oct 31- T-Mobile Austria could slash investment or even withdraw from the country if it is not allowed to compete with rivals that get frequencies needed for fourth-generation LTE mobile products, CEO Andreas Bierwirth told a newspaper. The Deutsche Telekom unit is Austria's second-biggest mobile provider after Telekom Austria.