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  • *Archer Daniels Midland bid $2.8 bln for GrainCorp. MOSCOW, Oct 31- Russian investment and trading group Summa has asked the state development bank Vnesheconombank to fund a possible acquisition of Australia's GrainCorp, sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

  • JERUSALEM, Oct 31- Potash Corp, the world's No. 1 fertilizer maker, is ramping up efforts to buy Israel Chemicals Ltd, appealing directly to Israel's prime minister to back a deal that would rank as the largest foreign takeover of an Israeli company.

  • *Wheat jumps on 300,000 tonnes Egypt purchase. LONDON, Oct 31- Commodities edged higher on Wednesday as investors dipped back into risky assets, but the sector was on track for its worst monthly loss since May as worries resurfaced about demand for raw materials.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 30- Argentina could lose 20 percent of its projected corn crop and 10 percent of its soy this season as violent storms lash the Pampas, turning prime farmland into unplantable mush, a local expert said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- Imperial Tobacco has taken a 1.2 billion-pound writedown on its Spanish business as the impoverished country's smokers turn to cheaper black market cigarettes.

  • *Argentina is world's No. 2 corn exporter after the U.S. BUENOS AIRES, Oct 30- Argentina could lose 20 percent of its projected corn crop and 10 percent of its soy this season because of violent storms that have lashed the Pampas farm belt over the last three months, a local expert said on Tuesday.

  • *Boeing sees up to $27 bln in Russian titanium buying. MOSCOW, Oct 30- Boeing Co will sell 35 of its 737 MAX airliners to an aircraft leasing arm of Russian Technologies in a deal worth $3.5 billion, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- British oil group BP Plc raised its dividend on Tuesday, confident it can fight back from a devastating U.S. oil spill with a big pile of cash, a rejigged business in Russia and a focus on exploration and production.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- British oil group BP Plc raised its dividend on Tuesday, confident it can bounce back from a devastating U.S. oil spill with a rejigged business in Russia and a focus on exploration and oil production over fuel refining and gas.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 30- State-owned industrial and defence vehicle Russian Technologies is to buy 35 737 MAX planes from U.S. aerospace company Boeing Co for $3.5 billion, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday. Boeing has predicted that Russia and neighbouring states will take delivery of 1,140 new aircraft over the next 20 years, valued at $130 billion.

  • Reuters World News Highlights at 1000 GMT, Oct 30 Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    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.

  • UPDATE 2-BP hikes dividend, looks beyond 2014 Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 8:49 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 30- British oil company BP Plc raised its dividend on Tuesday and signaled a more upstream-focused future beyond 2014 along with stronger than expected quarterly profits. Chief Executive Bob Dudley also outlined the British group's preparedness for a court battle with U.S. authorities over its 2010 U.S.

  • 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.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Oct 29- Russia's Gazprom committed more than $38 billion to develop an East Siberian gas field and build a pipeline to the Pacific port of Vladivostok to lessen its reliance on exports to Europe and develop Asian markets.

  • *Gazprom seeks to focus more on Asia, diversify from Europe. NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Oct 29- Russia's Gazprom pledged more than $38 billion to develop an East Siberian gas field and build a pipeline to the Pacific port of Vladivostok to lessen its reliance on exports to Europe and develop Asian markets.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Palladium is heading for its biggest one-month drop since May in October as a weak demand picture for the autocatalyst metal reins in gains made on the back of U.S. monetary stimulus and a sharply higher platinum price.

  • *DOJ, SEC convinced enforcement changing corporate culture. At least eight of the world's top 10 drugmakers, including Bristol-Myers Squibb Co, Pfizer Inc and Johnson&, have disclosed U.S. probes under the 1977 Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • Is Now the Time to Go and Make Money in Russia? Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 9:05 AM ET
    Is Now the Time to Go and Make Money in Russia?

    Perceived risks to investing in Russia have been exaggerated, the chief executive officer at the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) told CNBC on Monday, adding that investors can find interesting opportunities in the country that offer high returns.

  • KIEV, Oct 29- Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich's party was on Monday on course to secure a parliamentary majority after an election, but will face an opposition boosted by resurgent nationalists and a liberal party led by boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko.

  • *Initial results put Yanukovich party ahead. *Regions party leaders foresee parliament majority. KIEV, Oct 29- Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich's party was on Monday on course to secure a parliamentary majority after an election, but will face an opposition boosted by resurgent nationalists and a liberal party led by boxing champion Vital Kitsch.