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  • *U.S. East Coast refineries shutting ahead of hurricane. NEW YORK, Oct 29- U.S. gasoline futures jumped as much as 4 percent while benchmark Brent crude was little changed on Monday as over two-thirds of the East Coast refining sector shut down ahead of Hurricane Sandy.

  • *Euro falls on worries over Greece, Spain. The euro was down slightly versus the dollar, hurt by uncertainty over whether Greece can agree to a deal on austerity and with no sign of when Spain might request aid.

  • 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.

  • US bond market closed on Tuesday for Sandy Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 3:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 29- The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association recommended on Monday that the U.S. bond market stay closed on Tuesday Oct. 30 due to Hurricane Sandy.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Ex-trader Kweku Adoboli said on Monday that others at UBS, including senior executive Carsten Kengeter, had influenced his trading in the summer of 2011, when he took positions that eventually cost the Swiss bank $2.3 billion.

  • LONDON, 29- Britain's Pearson and Germany's Bertelsmann are to merge their publishing units, Penguin and Random House, to recover ground lost to technology groups Amazon and Apple, the leaders in the ebook revolution.

  • MUMBAI, Oct 29- Essar Energy plans to refinance up to $1.5 billion worth of its rupee debt overseas within six months, its chief executive said on Monday, as the India- focused group concentrates on improving its balance sheet after a turbulent period of heavy capital spending and regulatory setbacks.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether a U.S. company is entitled to a tax credit when it pays a so-called ``windfall tax'' imposed by the United Kingdom.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 29- The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether a U.S. company is entitled to a tax credit when it pays a so-called ``windfall tax'' imposed by the United Kingdom.

  • UPDATE 1-Reuters Business News Schedule at 1330 GMT Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 1:54 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Hurricane Sandy, the monster storm bearing down on the U.S. East Coast, strengthens after hundreds of thousands move to higher ground, public transport shuts down and the U.S. stock market suffers its first weather-related closure in 27 years (STORM-SANDY/ moved, pix, tv, graphic, by Daniel Trotta, 910 words). Politics puts Italy, Spain back in market focus.

  • Reuters Business News Schedule at 1330 GMT Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 1:49 PM ET

    1530,1930 GMT- Franklin Paul, Chris Kaufman +1 646 223 6200.

  • *Euro falls on worries over Greece, Spain. Benchmark three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded down 1.36 percent at $7,710 a tonne in official midday rings, having earlier touched $7,698, its lowest since Sept. 7.

  • ZURICH/ LONDON, Oct 29- Shares in UBS soared on Monday after media reports the Swiss bank would announce up to 10,000 job cuts as it takes the knife to its investment banking operations, particularly its fixed income business.

  • *Dry weather seen helping Brazil sugar harvest. LONDON, Oct 29- Liffe robusta coffee futures fell to a seven-week low on Monday, under pressure from origin selling as top producer Vietnam's harvest picked up.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- Brent crude oil steadied around $110 a barrel on Monday as Hurricane Sandy, which forecasters said could be the largest storm ever to hit the North American mainland, approached the U.S.

  • Weak insurers and earnings worries hit Europe shares Monday, 29 Oct 2012 | 11:55 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 falls 0.6 pct to 1,090.86 points. *Euro STOXX 50 falls 0.9 pct to 2,473.28 points. LONDON, Oct 29- European shares fell for the first time in four sessions on Monday, with insurance stocks hit by concern about their exposure to the U.S. hurricane, while a backdrop of weak company results also weighed.

  • LONDON, Oct 29- As the Northeast United States locks down in the path of Hurricane Sandy, the freakishly large tropical storm careening in from the Atlantic, the main impact is likely to be on fuel demand rather than supply.

  • LONDON,- Copper hit a 7- week low on Monday as the euro edged lower and as concern about global growth, sparked by disappointing corporate earnings, dented risk appetite and overshadowed solid U.S. third quarter economic growth.

  • *U.S. East Coast refineries cut output ahead of hurricane. LONDON, Oct 29- Brent crude oil fell towards $109 a barrel on Monday as U.S. East Coast refineries shut ahead of the approach of Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • *Shionogi takes 10 pct stake in GSK, Pfizer joint venture. *Reduces upfront costs for Japan's Shionogi. LONDON/ TOKYO, Oct 29- GlaxoSmithKline has raised its bet on a promising drug for HIV/AIDS by redrawing a deal with Japan's Shionogi which gives it a much bigger economic interest in the new product.