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  • *Power outages, flooding hit U.S. East Coast after Sandy. LONDON, Oct 31- Brent crude rose to above $109.50 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by a weaker dollar, as the U.S. East Coast began to pick itself up after storm Sandy, but gains were capped by demand worries in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- European shares and the euro rose on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to key economic data and waited for Wall Street to re-open after a two-day closure.

  • KETTERING, Ohio- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney briefly put aside their fierce battle for the White House on Tuesday, avoiding politics to focus on relief efforts after mammoth storm Sandy left millions of Americans struggling to recover.

  • *BG, Barclays knocked by earnings. *Traders look to Wall Street reopening after storm closure. U.S. futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- The euro rose on Wednesday, lifted as equity market gains helped perceived riskier currencies, and with direction likely to be determined by how Wall Street reopens after storm disruption. A sustained rise above $1.30 could see it target the Oct. 25 high of $1.3023 and then the mid-October peak of $1.3140.

  • *Barclays also under investigation on past U.S. power prices. LONDON, Oct 31- Barclays, already rocked by an interest rate rigging scandal, unveiled two new U.S. regulatory investigations into the bank's financial probity on Wednesday and said its profit was hit by charges for mis-selling insurance.

  • *Germany to sell 2 bln euros of 2044 bonds. *France to sell 7.5 bln euros of paper. LONDON, Oct 31- German government bonds slipped on Wednesday before longer-dated auctions from Germany and France as traders braced to absorb the supply, though they expected Bunds to rally later on month-end position adjustment.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- European shares and the euro rose on Wednesday as investors looked ahead to key economic data and waited for Wall Street to re-open after a two-day closure.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- European stocks rose on Wednesday, helped by bullish earnings from the likes of airline Lufthansa, ahead of the reopening of the U.S. stock market later in the session. Trading volume, however, was the second lowest daily volume of the year as many investors stayed on the sidelines while Wall Street remained shut.

  • NEW DELHI/ HONG KONG, Oct 31- Under-fire Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is reaching out to one of its sternest critics: a hacker who accused it of making shoddy products.

  • *Barclays also under investigation on past U.S. power prices. LONDON, Oct 31- Beleaguered UK bank Barclays, already rocked by an interest rate rigging scandal, unveiled two new U.S. regulatory investigations into its financial probity and said third quarter profits fell by a fifth due to charges for the mis-selling of insurance.

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 31- London copper climbed for a second session on Wednesday, pushing further away from two-month lows as risk appetite picked up, but the industrial metal is heading for its weakest month since May as demand growth from top consumer China slows.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Hong Kong was named the world's top financial centre for the second year running by the World Economic Forum, thanks to the strength of its business environment, infrastructure and a favourable tax regime. The United States, Britain, Singapore, Australia and Canada followed Hong Kong in the 2012 rankings.

  • The euro, pound, Australian dollar and Swiss franc all posted gains against the US currency, helped by better-than-expected third-quarter corporate earnings in Asia and Europe.

  • A source close to Ed Davey said the remarks by John Hayes, newly appointed Tory energy minister, did not represent government policy and vetoed a speech in which Mr Hayes had planned to attack wind power.

  • 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.

  • The Bank of England will not give a full response to internal reviews of its handling of the financial crisis until a new governor is chosen, who is likely to take a different view on some recommendations than Sir Mervyn King, the incumbent.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- British academic researchers have secured 7 million pounds of funding from the country's Medical Research Council to investigate a range of potential new drugs made available free-of-charge by AstraZeneca. AstraZeneca did initial tests on these chemicals but then put them on hold for a variety of reasons.

  • MILAN, Oct 30- Fiat SpA sharply cut its performance targets for the next two years, saying languishing sales in austerity-hit Europe may lop off a third of its previous projections for 2014 trading profit.

  • TOKYO, Oct 31- Japan's Nikkei share average was seen moving higher on Wednesday after losing 1 percent on profit-taking a day earlier when the Bank of Japan eased monetary policy in line with expectations. ``Since the reaction to the BOJ was fully priced in yesterday, I think we should bounce back today,'' said Toshiyuki Kanayama, senior market analyst at Monex. ``The index should be steady, with some small gains, although there's a lack of incentives because the U.S. wasn't open.'' Market players said the Nikkei was likely to trade between 8,850 to 8,950 on Wednesday.