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  • *Siemens due to announce further details of savings plan. FRANKFURT, Nov 5- Germany's Siemens AG, looking to narrow the profitability gap with its competitors, could detail likely disposals and the scale of planned cost cuts when it reports results on Thursday.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- A U.S. fine for anti-money laundering rule breaches could cost HSBC significantly more than $1.5 billion and is likely to lead to criminal charges, Europe's biggest bank said on Monday.

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 4- ``Wreck-It Ralph,'' Disney's animated film about a videogame character who destroys everything in his path, scored the highest-grossing opening weekend in Disney animation history with $49.1 million, as box office attendance picked up in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.

  • The tally for ``Wreck-It-Ralph, which featured the voices of John C. Reilly and Jane Lynch, hammered the Denzel Washington film'' Flight, `` which generated ticket sales of $25 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to studio estimates. Walt Disney Co released'' Wreck-It Ralph. ``'' Flight`` was distributed by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Royal Bank of Scotland faces fines for its part in a global interest rate rigging scandal and wants to reach a settlement as soon as possible.

  • LONDON, Nov 2- Royal Bank of Scotland faces fines for its part in a global interest rate setting scandal, a matter the bank said on Friday it was keen to settle as soon as possible.

  • *Q3 operating profit 1.05 bln stg vs 2 mln yr ago. LONDON, Nov 2- Royal Bank of Scotland said it may face fines in relation to how it set Libor and other interest rates and is keen to settle the matter as soon as possible.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 1- Standard Chartered is close to wrapping up discussions to resolve U.S. investigations into its Iran- linked transactions and nearing agreement on a fine in the $300- million range, mirroring a much-publicized state settlement over similar allegations, according to four people familiar with the matter.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Banks will have to hold more capital after recent hefty fines, trading losses, money laundering and rate-rigging showed that operational risks are not being covered properly. U.S. energy regulators this week proposed fining the bank $470 million for alleged rigging of California's power markets.

  • *Super storm Sandy seen impacting fuel demand on US East Coast. LONDON, Nov 1- European oil futures fell on Thursday as investors continued to analyse the aftermath of super storm Sandy, while U.S. futures gained as U.S. markets geared back up after the severe battering to the east coast delivered by Sandy.

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 1- India's oil imports from Iran rose 53 percent in September on the month to 294,400 barrels per day, tanker discharge data made available to Reuters shows, as MRPL resumed buying normal volumes from Tehran after a gap of two months and the sanctions-hit nation got a new client HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd, part owned by steel tycoon L.N. Mittal.

  • *India imported about 294,400 bpd from Iran in September. NEW DELHI, Nov 1- India's oil imports from Iran fell about 19 percent in the first half of 2012/ 13 to about 257,000 barrels per day, even lower than planned, data available to Reuters show, potentially helping New Delhi win a renewal of a waiver from U.S. sanctions.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 1- Brent crude hovered around $108.50 a barrel on Thursday as investors focused on concerns that storm Sandy's rampage across the U.S. East Coast could reduce fuel demand, although data pointing to recovery in China offered some support.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 1- Brent crude edged down toward $108 a barrel on Thursday as investors focused on concerns that storm Sandy's rampage across the U.S. East Coast could reduce fuel demand and shrugged off data pointing to a recovery in China.

  • *Supply rises by 60,000 bpd, led by Iraq, Angola, Libya. LONDON, Oct 31- OPEC oil output has risen slightly in October as extra supplies from Iraq, Angola and Libya have offset disruptions in Nigeria and a further decline in Iran to its lowest in two decades, a Reuters survey found on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- OPEC oil output has risen slightly in October as extra supplies from Iraq, Angola and Libya offset a further decline in Iran to its lowest in two decades and disruptions in Nigeria, a Reuters survey found on Wednesday.

  • *OPEC crude oil output rises slightly in October- survey. LONDON, Oct 31- Brent crude rose above $109 a barrel on Wednesday as the U.S. East Coast began to pick itself up from a massive storm, but gains were capped by concerns over the demand impact on the world's largest oil consumer.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Iran and Syria have arranged a gasoline-for-diesel swap, helping each other overcome international sanctions that have cut them off from fuel supplies needed to keep their economies afloat and support their armies.

  • When plans for Qatar to create a €50 m euro fund to invest in some of Paris's poorest suburbs emerged last month, the French political right and left united in disapproval. Yet the reaction shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the way Qatar operates globally and what it is trying to achieve.

  • NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH- Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States, pounded the east coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign.