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  • LONDON, Nov 1- Norwegian shipper Golar LNG made big waves on Thursday by ordering its first floating liquefied natural gas plant, an innovation that analysts said could loosen the grip on LNG production enjoyed by oil majors.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 1- Brent crude oil edged lower on Thursday on the restarting of North Sea production and euro zone economic concerns, while U.S. gasoline seesawed as support from supply shortages after super storm Sandy was countered by bearish news of rising inventories.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- The world's top accounting rulesetter unveiled plans on Thursday aimed at buttressing its authority and independence in the face of calls from European groups for a greater say in how new standards are shaped.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Gold prices eased a touch on Thursday as the dollar firmed, but moves were muted as investors remained focused on U.S. employment data due on Friday for clues on monetary policy. Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,716.45 at 1643 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for December were down $2.29 an ounce at $1,716.20.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Copper rose on Thursday, helped by data that showed a glimmer of renewed vigour in big metals consumer China, other Asian economies and the United States, but gains were tempered by concerns about demand and Europe's grinding debt crisis.

  • Nov 1- Engineering company Foster Wheeler AG is moving its corporate headquarters for the second time in three years, this time from Geneva to a city just outside London. According to a letter amending the contract of Chief Executive Kent Masters, the date of the company's headquarters move from Switzerland to Reading, England, is March 1, 2013.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 1- Arabica coffee futures dropped to the lowest level in more than four months on Thursday, on pressure from the firm U.S. dollar and as chart-based selling was triggered below the previous low, while robusta coffee was firm, sitting just above a six-month low.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- German government bonds were steady on Thursday, as uncertainty over the outcome of the presidential election in the United States limited the impact of better-than-expected economic data. In Europe, worries over Greece's efforts to seal a deal to draw more money from its bailout were keeping safe haven assets such as Bunds in demand.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Investors set aside growth worries as European shares clawed back the previous session's losses on Thursday, buoyed by earnings from European companies and better macro economic data in China and the United States.

  • LONDON-- The child abuse scandal consuming the legacy of the late entertainer Jimmy Savile netted its second celebrity arrest Thursday as police swooped in on British comedian Freddie Starr, media reported.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Mining group Anglo American is starting the search for a new chief executive to replace Cynthia Carroll and take on what analysts and investors say is one the toughest jobs in the resources sector. South Africa, for its part, has indicated it would prefer a South African for the job. *Rene Medori, finance director, 55.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Brent crude oil futures fell to around $108.40 a barrel on Thursday as investors assessed the aftermath of super storm Sandy, while U.S. futures gained on the back of larger than expected crude oil stock draws and U.S. manufacturing data.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- After several false starts, Barclays is optimistic it can sell a debt instrument that bolsters capital at times of trouble and could clear a path for European rivals to follow. ``I have no doubt that Barclays can get one away- because there are lots of sovereign wealth funds and hedge funds who will love this.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Robusta coffee futures rose on Thursday from a six-month low the previous day as harvest progress picked up in top world producer Vietnam, where a second consecutive bumper crop is expected.

  • *James Murdoch re-elected with 95 pct shareholder support. LONDON, Nov 1- James Murdoch was re-elected to the board of BSkyB on Thursday, ensuring his family's media empire retains a direct influence at Britain's biggest pay-TV company despite being weakened by a phone hacking scandal.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Gold prices held near $1,720 an ounce on Thursday as stock markets climbed, indicating better appetite for assets seen as higher risk, while investors focused on U.S. employment data due on Friday for clues on monetary policy.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- Brent crude oil futures fell to around $108.40 a barrel on Thursday as investors assessed the aftermath of super storm Sandy.

  • Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, reports a lower profit that topped expectations, as higher results from its refining arm counters a 7.5 decline in oil and gas output. (EXXON-EARNINGS/ moved, by Anna Driver, 320 words).

  • LONDON/ HOUSTON, Nov 1- The world's top oil and gas companies are struggling to improve output and failing to capture the full value of a resilient price for crude oil while weak gas prices in the United States take their toll.

  • LONDON, Nov 1- BP's decision to scrap plans for a U.S. cellulosic ethanol refinery is a setback for second generation biofuels and opens the door to alternatives including Brazilian sugar ethanol, biodiesel and electric vehicles.