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  • 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.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- One morning in April, Ron Conway, the billionaire technology investor, sat in a conference room on the second floor of San Francisco's City Hall with about 50 representatives from the city's business community.

  • *Honda shares drop nearly 6 pct; results released early inadvertently. TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Honda Motor Co cut its full-year net profit forecast by a fifth after sales in China, the world's biggest autos market, were hit by a popular backlash against Japanese products in a dispute over East China Sea islands.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- London copper traded little changed on Monday, holding above 7- week lows plumbed last week, as the prospect of a recovering U.S. economy underpinned prices, although concerns about leadership change and global growth kept a lid on gains.

  • *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 worried about the integrity of markets in the face of Hurricane Sandy.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 28- Wall Street firms were set to open with limited staffing on Monday, as stock markets remain closed ahead of Hurricane Sandy's approach and many traders in other markets as well as other financial professionals worked from home.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Honda Motor Co cut its full-year net profit forecast by a fifth after sales in China, the world's biggest autos market, were hit by a popular backlash against Japanese products in a dispute over East China Sea islands.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- Oil slipped on Monday, with Brent near $109 a barrel, as refineries along the U.S. East Coast lowered run rates ahead of approaching Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer. Brent crude had fallen 33 cents to $109.23 a barrel by 0330 GMT, after posting a 0.5 percent loss last week.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Honda Motor Co cut its full-year net profit forecast by a fifth after sales in China, the world's biggest autos market, were hit by a popular backlash against Japanese products last month in a dispute over East China Sea islands.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- The yen got off on a slightly weak footing on Monday but was well off last week's lows, as investors looked past the Bank of Japan's expected easing steps and focused on U.S. economic factors.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Honda Motor Co cut its full-year net profit forecast by 20 percent after sales in China, the world's biggest autos market, were hit by a popular backlash against Japanese products last month in a dispute over East China Sea islands.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- Gold edged up on Monday after robust U.S. economic data lifted prices in the previous session, but gains could be capped by a firmer U.S. dollar, as well as lingering concerns about Greece's debt woes and a possible bailout for Spain.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- London copper inched higher on Monday, recovering from 7- week lows plumbed last week, as the prospect of a recovering U.S. economy buoyed prices, although lingering concerns about global growth kept a lid on gains. *The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose 0.42 percent to 56,920 yuan a tonne.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 29- Hong Kong shares are set to start the week lower on Monday, dragged lower by local developers after the city's government announced last Friday new property cooling measures aimed at curbing price increases. The Hang Seng Index was set to open down 0.3 percent at 21,478.1.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- Gold edged up on Monday after robust U.S. economic data lifted prices in the previous session, but gains could be capped by a firmer U.S. dollar, as well as lingering concerns about Greece's debt woes and whether Spain will ask for a bailout.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's ruling party looks set to suffer a rout in an election expected in a few months, lagging behind two opposition parties, with voter support for Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's cabinet at its lowest since he took office last year, a media poll showed.

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Nikkei share average seen weakening slightly on Monday after gaining 6 percent since Oct. 12 on growing expectations that the Bank of Japan will take substantial easing steps when it meets on Tuesday.