*Philadelphia's 330,000- bpd refinery restarting. *Hess 70,000- bpd NJ refinery, Imperial plant suffer outages. NEW YORK, Oct 30- The second-largest refinery on the U.S. East Coast has suffered ``some'' flooding and a power outage because of Hurricane Sandy, while two smaller plants also lost power, as glitches threaten to slow the recovery in fuel supplies.
Oct 30- U.S. Steel Corp, the top steel producer in the United States by volume, warned that its current quarter would be hurt by the global slowdown, joining rivals Nucor Inc and AK Steel Holding Corp in forecasting weak results.
*Saks, Macy's hope to open in New York City on Wednesday. Luxury department store Saks Inc said it would reopen on Tuesday three of the stores that it had to close because of Sandy, including stores in greater Washington and Philadelphia.
Oct 30- U.S. East Coast electric companies say outages from Hurricane Sandy so far have hit more than 8.1 million homes and businesses, the U.S. Department of Energy said in a report early on Tuesday.
NEW YORK, Oct 30- The biggest U.S. East Coast refinery in Philadelphia began restoring production after Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday and a smaller nearby plant operated without trouble as energy firms began assessing the storm's damage.
*Storm forces two-thirds of U.S. East Coast refineries to shut. LONDON, Oct 30- Brent crude fell towards $109 on Tuesday on concerns about weak demand from the U.S. East Coast in the aftermath of storm Sandy, that swept through the area shutting refineries, roads and airports.
*AT&T, T-Mobile USA customers say service is spotty. Sprint Nextel, the No. 3 U.S. mobile provider said it was seeing outages at some cell sites because of the power outages across all the states in Sandy's path including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland, North Virginia and New England.
Oct 30- U.S. Steel Corp's third-quarter profit handily beat analysts' estimates, but the company warned that its current-quarter results would be affected by the global slowdown.
*Exelon declares alert at NJ Oyster Creek reactor. *Exelon says no threat to public health or safety. Exelon Corp's 43- year-old New Jersey Oyster Creek plant remains on ``alert'' status, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said early Tuesday.
*Philadelphia 330,000 bpd refinery, biggest on coast, undamaged-source. NEW YORK, Oct 30- The biggest U.S. East Coast refinery in Philadelphia appears to have emerged undamaged from Hurricane Sandy and a smaller nearby plant operated without trouble, sources said on Tuesday as energy firms began assessing the storm's damage.
Oct 30- U.S. buyout firm Cerberus Capital Management LP is working with a group of real estate firms on a possible bid for supermarket chain Supervalu Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.
*Exelon Corp declares alert at New Jersey Oyster Creek nuclear plant on storm surge. *Exelon says no threat to public health or safety.
WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy is shaping up to be one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States but even with the severe damage that is expected, the blow to the economy is seen as short-term.
*Seven major New York bridges closing; two tunnels closed. *Rail, container ports closed in New York, New Jersey. New York said it would close seven major bridges at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, including the George Washington Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to consider two appeals in a case weighing the ability of tens of millions of Americans to bring lawsuits over their retirement plans.
The nuclear reactors in Sandy's current path include units at Public Service Enterprise Group Inc's 2,332- megawatt Salem and 1,161- MW Hope Creek plants in New Jersey, which were likely to bear the brunt of the storm before it moves inland.
NEW YORK, Oct 29- The supply of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel into the U.S. East Coast ground almost to a halt on Monday as Hurricane Sandy forced the closure of two-thirds of the region's refineries, its biggest pipeline, and most major ports.
*New York, Philadelphia and Washington in its path. NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH, Del., Oct 29- Hurricane Sandy, one of the biggest storms ever to hit the United States, battered the densely populated East Coast on Monday, shutting down transportation, forcing evacuations in flood-prone areas and interrupting the presidential election campaign.
NEW YORK, Oct 29- For some homeowners, the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy could bring a whole second round of troubles. You may be unpleasantly surprised: After Hurricane Irene hit in August 2011, more insurers tucked hefty wind and hurricane deductibles into their policies.
WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it will take the rare step of considering a tax case, one with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake and broad implications for companies with businesses abroad an d for the Internal Revenue Service.