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  • *Renault seeks concessions on pay, working time. Opening negotiations on a new nationwide labor deal, Renault indicated that it wanted an agreement by the end of January and it would not choose production sites for future models before then, according to workers' representatives who attended the meeting.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- U.S. stocks climbed on Tuesday as some investors bet that Republican Mitt Romney could pull off a surprise victory in the presidential vote, citing gains in defense and energy shares.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- U.S. stocks climbed on Tuesday as some investors bet that Republican Mitt Romney could pull off a surprise victory in the presidential vote, citing gains in defense and energy shares.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 6- U.S. wheat futures rose for the second day in a row o n T uesday amid concerns over the poor condition of the just-planted winter crop in the United States and weather trouble in major exporters Australia and Argentina.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- U.S. stocks gained steam on Tuesday, with the Dow climbing 1 percent and the S&P 500 on track for a second straight advance, as voters chose the next president. Polls showed President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney neck-and-neck, with a handful of battleground states expected to decide the winner.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 6- U.S. wheat futures rose for the second day in a row o n T uesday amid concerns over the poor condition of the just-planted winter crop in the United States, and weather trouble in major exporters Australia and Argentina.

  • *Some big-name Romney backers will be watching from Boston. Now, some heavyweights of the $2 trillion industry plan to break out the champagne and party in style Tuesday night as they cheer on their man at events in Boston, New York and even Las Vegas, according to people familiar with the Romney campaign and some of the big contributors.

  • TOKYO, Nov 6- Japan's Nikkei share average is likely to be contained in a narrow range on Tuesday as investors avoid taking big positions ahead of the U.S. election outcome, with a weak yen offering support to exporters.

  • *Transocean shares up after results, Time Warner off on video demand. *Apple's stock gains 1.4 pct and bolsters the Nasdaq. The Nasdaq was the strongest of the three major U.S. stock indexes, helped by a rally in Apple Inc, the most valuable publicly traded U.S. company.

  • *Greece funding, China leadership adds to uncertainty. NEW YORK, Nov 5- Oil rebounded on Monday from the previous session's sharp loss while metals and crop prices mostly fell as financial markets treaded warily ahead of the U.S. presidential election and amid recovery work on the destruction left by Hurricane Sandy.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- Oil prices rose on Monday in very choppy trading as investors remained cautious ahead of the U.S. presidential election and with the recovery from Hurricane Sandy under way in the affected East Coast region.

  • At 10:05 a.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade December wheat futures were up 6-1/ 2 cents at $8.71 a bushel. CBOT January soybeans were 11-1/ 2 cents lower at $15.15- 1/ 4 a bushel. CBOT December corn was up 3/ 4 cent at $7.40- 1/ 4 a bushel.

  • TOKYO, Nov 5- Japan's Nikkei average is expected to open lower on Monday, tracking weakness on Wall Street despite better-than-expected U.S. jobs data, although a softer yen is likely to limit losses for exporters.

  • *Investment boom is legacy of party boss aiming for China's top ruling body. TIANJIN, China, Nov 5- Dong Zizhou casts his fishing net from the shore and fixes his gaze on a stand of 15 unfinished skyscrapers rising like concrete skeletons beside the Hai River, heralding China's ambition to develop the world's largest financial centre.

  • Nov 3- As Sandy hammered the northeast United States this week killing more than 100 people, contingency plans were washed away and businesses had to improvise as the storm knocked out power to millions and stranded entire communities.

  • *Jones Act shipping waivers to ease East Coast fuel crunch. NEW YORK, Nov 2- Crude oil and gasoline futures fell more than 2 percent on Friday after Washington issued a waiver allowing foreign tankers to bring fuel to the East Coast from U.S. ports, holding out some promise of relief from supply disruptions caused by superstorm Sandy.

  • *Jones Act shipping waivers to ease East Coast fuel crunch. NEW YORK, Nov 2- Crude oil and gasoline futures fell more than 2 percent on Friday after Washington issued a waiver allowing foreign tankers to bring fuel to the East Coast from U.S. ports, holding out some promise of relief from supply disruptions caused by superstorm Sandy.

  • *U.S. grants Jones Act waivers to ease East Coast crunch. Gasoline futures weakened as oil tankers and pipelines supplying New Jersey and the New York Harbor- the delivery point for the U.S. contract- restored more operations that had been roiled by Sandy.

  • *Nebraska, Colorado among states with badly depleted soil moisture. *Driest summer on record for Nebraska, preliminary data says. Indeed, Nebraska recorded the driest June, July and August on record and the third-driest September ever, according to preliminary data from the National Climatic Data Center.

  • *New York restoration lags, 1.2 million still without power. New York power companies, meanwhile, still seem to be lagging behind on outage restoration with 800,000 back in service, while over 1.2 million continue to wait without it.