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  • *StanChart shares down 0.6 pct in London. HONG KONG/ LONDON, Oct 30- Standard Chartered said it was aiming for a wider year-end settlement with U.S. authorities investigating its Iran- linked transactions.

  • *StanChart shares up a touch in weak Hong Kong. HONG KONG, Oct 30- Asia- focused bank Standard Chartered Plc said its operating profit grew by a mid-single digit rate in the first nine months of the year, keeping it on track for a 10th straight year of record earnings.

  • *StanChart shares down 1.1 pct in Hong Kong. HONG KONG, Oct 30- Asia- focused bank Standard Chartered said its operating profit grew by a mid-single digit rate in the first nine months of the year, putting it on track for a 10th straight year of record earnings.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 30- Asia- focused Standard Chartered said its operating profit so far this year rose by a mid-single digit rate, dented by a settlement paid to New York regulators who had threatened the bank's licence in the state over allegations it hid transactions with Iran.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 30- U.S. crude oil futures slipped to just above $85 a barrel on Tuesday, near the lowest in more than three months, as Hurricane Sandy shut East Coast refineries, roads and airports, reducing crude and fuel demand in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 30- Rising bad loans in some of Asia- focused Standard Chartered's main markets such as India could take some of the shine off an otherwise strong quarterly trading update on Tuesday- which is likely to say the bank is on track for a 10th straight year of record profits.

  • Oil Markets Brace for 'Demand Destruction' After Sandy

    Hurricane Sandy may inflict a negative hit to demand for crude oil and fuel products as production at U.S. East Coast refineries comes to a standstill, reducing demand for the primary input.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- Oil slipped on Monday, with Brent below $109 a barrel, as refineries along the U.S. East Coast wind down operations ahead of approaching Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • DUBAI, Oct 29- Iran holds pictures of Israeli bases and other restricted areas obtained from a drone launched into Israeli airspace earlier this month, an Iranian lawmaker was quoted as saying on Monday. Lebanese militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility for the aircraft, saying its parts had been manufactured in Iran and assembled in Lebanon.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- Oil slipped on Monday, with Brent near $109 a barrel, as refineries along the U.S. East Coast wind down operations ahead of approaching Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • 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.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 29- U.S. crude futures slipped below $86 a barrel on Monday as refineries along the East Coast lowered run rates ahead of approaching Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer. *U.S. crude for December delivery fell 43 cents to $85.85 a barrel by 2316 GMT.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Lakhdar Brahimi's holiday truce may have saved Syrian lives on Friday, as government troops and rebels drew breath on several fronts- though dozens still shed blood on Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threat to U.S. Ease Coast. NEW YORK, Oct 26- Brent oil rose a second day on Friday, recovering from an early decline as supportive U.S. economic data coupled with North Sea and Nigerian production problems yielded some relief from concerns about Spain and tepid global demand.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. NEW YORK, Oct 26- Brent oil pushed higher on Friday in choppy trading, recovering from an early decline as supportive U.S. economic data coupled with North Sea and Nigerian production problems yielded some relief from concerns about Spain and tepid global demand.

  • ``Supply risks are likely to push oil prices higher and ultra-loose monetary policy by major central banks should also increase liquidity in commodity markets and boost demand,'' said Carsten Fritsch, senior commodity analyst at Commerzbank.

  • DEFIANCE, Ohio-- Mitt Romney is trying to close the deal with voters by focusing on their economic concerns, an area where polling shows the Republican nominee has an edge heading into the final days of the campaign.

  • *Arab Spring puts Hamas on broader Islamist path. *Hamas aims to lead Palestinian national movement.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 26- Brent futures fell more than $1 on Friday to slip below $108 a barrel, as investors waited for key U.S. economic data to gauge the demand growth outlook for oil, with rising supplies weighing on prices. Brent crude had slipped as low as $107.40 a barrel and traded at $107.67 by 0648 GMT. U.S. oil slipped 76 cents to $85.29, after ending up 32 cents.

  • LONDON, Oct 25- International oil company BP, weakened and distracted by its troubles in the United States and Russia, is in danger of losing touch with the leaders in an industry where strength and focus yield the richest pickings. ``I can't help thinking they've sort of lost their way.'' Everywhere you look, they're falling behind, `` said a senior executive of one rival this week.