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  • *China spot copper demand still sluggish. LONDON, Nov 6- Copper rose slightly on Tuesday, recovering from a two-month low hit the previous session, as the lower price triggered new buying, but gains were capped by uncertainty ahead of the presidential election in the United States.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- Gold rose for a second day on Tuesday, largely tracking equities, as the market watched the U.S. presidential election in which a win for President Barack Obama could boost bullion by raising expectations for Federal Reserve stimulus.

  • *UK gave him political asylum. LONDON, Nov 6- Mukhtar Ablyazov, a fugitive oligarch accused of embezzling more than $5 billion, was labelled ``devious'' and ``cynical'' by judges on Tuesday as his former Kazakh bank BTA prepared to pounce on his assets.

  • *Vacancies also dropping in Europe, Asia- study. LONDON, Nov 6- London's financial sector will lay off 13,000 staff in 2013, cutting employment in a key UK economic sector to a 20- year low, as job vacancies also drop in Europe and even Asia, studies showed.

  • U.S. gasoline futures pushed higher as the effort to restart the New York Harbor energy network after Hurricane Sandy hit a bump on Monday when Phillips 66 said its Bayway refinery in Linden, New Jersey, will take two to three weeks to resume operations.

  • PARIS, Nov 6- Pernod Ricard plans to tap Africa's thirst for whisky, vodka and cognac at a time when China is slowing and bets the continent will become a key growth area for the French spirits group within 10 years.

  • Christos Bagios, formerly employed by Swiss financial giants UBS AG and Credit Suisse Group AG, changed his earlier plea from not guilty in the U.S. District Court for Southern Florida. A Greek citizen and Swiss resident, Bagios was sentenced by Judge Kenneth Marra to time already served, including 37 days in prison and nearly 19 months under house arrest in Miami.

  • NYSE said on Tuesday it was ahead of schedule in a $250 million cost-cutting plan launched earlier this year, although savings had yet to show through on the bottom line as revenue fell faster than costs.

  • *Robusta hits lowest level since February, Vietnam crop weighs. LONDON, Nov 6- Robusta coffee futures on Liffe fell to a nine-month low on Tuesday with the market weighed by the prospect of a large harvest in Vietnam while ICE arabica coffee turned higher after setting a 4-1/ 2 month low.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- Dealers on Europe's energy market commonly trade coal, gas or power at a loss to push up profits on futures prices, industry sources say, a practice that regulators want to stop.

  • *Divergent views on Greece's euro zone future fuel trade. LONDON, Nov 6- The Greek bond market is springing back to life as hedge funds bet on whether parliament approves more budget cuts to unlock vital foreign aid, or rejects them and threatens a default.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- British microprocessing firm Imagination Technologies is to buy the operating business of MIPS Technologies for $60 million in a bid to step up its challenge to an increasingly dominant ARM Holdings.

  • *Greece funding deal unlikely next week- source. LONDON, Nov 6- Brent crude rose above $109 per barrel on Tuesday, tracking a rise in equity markets, while uncertainty over the U.S. election outcome and worries about euro zone crisis remained in focus.

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 5- When the European Parliament turned Yves Mersch down for a top central banking post, it wasn't because he lacked the expertise or experience; they rejected him because he is a man. Mersch, a Luxembourger who is highly regarded by his peers, had been expected to get the job on the European Central Bank's all-male board anyway.

  • LONDON- The fourth quarter has so far brought no improvement in the fortunes of most of Europe's economies, which now risk shrinking more than previously expected, gloomy data shows. ( EUROPE- ECONOMY/, moved, by Andy Bruce, 640 words).

  • LONDON- The fourth quarter has so far brought no improvement in the fortunes of most of Europe's economies, which now risk shrinking more than previously expected, gloomy data shows. ( EUROPE- ECONOMY/, moved, by Andy Bruce, 640 words).

  • *China spot copper demand still sluggish. Worries about a fiscal cliff in the U.S., an upcoming leadership transition in China and Greece's strike over a new austerity package also kept sentiment in check. Federal Reserve, the promise of bond buying by the European Central Bank and stimulus measures in Japan and China.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- Natural gas will struggle beyond niche applications in U.S. transport despite a widening discount to rival fuels, given a shortfall in distribution compared with gasoline, biofuels and electric vehicles. Shale gas production has up-ended power generation, under-cutting the economics of older coal plants and new nuclear.

  • *Robusta hits lowest level since March, Vietnam crop weighs. LONDON, Nov 6- Robusta coffee futures on Liffe fell to an eight-month low on Tuesday with the market weighed by the prospect of a large harvest in Vietnam while ICE arabica coffee turned higher after setting a 4-1/ 2 month low during the prior session.

  • *NYSE Euronext costs fall $82 mln year-to-date. NYSE Euronext said on Tuesday it smashed its 2012 cost cut target of $63 million by taking out $82 million of expenses, a third of the $250 million the exchange has pledged to cut by 2014..