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*Traders cite worries over corporate results, Spain. Spain's IBEX stock market outperformed the broader market, dipping 0.2 percent after European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny said the country had no immediate need of help from the bank's planned new bond-buying programme.
*U.S. East Coast refineries cut output ahead of hurricane. LONDON, Oct 29- Brent crude oil fell below $109 a barrel on Monday as refineries along the U.S. East Coast wound down operations ahead of the approach of Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer.
LONDON, Oct 29- The euro fell on Monday, hurt by uncertainty over whether Greece can agree to a deal on austerity and with no sign of when Spain might request aid. Near-bankrupt Greece needs a comprehensive deal on an austerity package to unlock its next tranche of aid before it runs out of cash in mid-November.
*Shionogi takes 10 pct stake in GSK, Pfizer joint venture. LONDON/ TOKYO, Oct 29- GlaxoSmithKline has raised its bet on a promising drug for HIV/AIDS by redrawing a deal with Japan's Shionogi, giving it a much bigger economic interest in the new product.
But activity everywhere was expected to be thin as a massive hurricane closed in on the U.S. East Coast causing regulators to close stock and options trading on Wall Street. London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX opened down between 0.3 and 0.7 percent.
LONDON, Oct 29- European shares fell on Monday as uncertainty over any rescue deal for Spain and worries over weak results from the region's top companies pushed stock markets lower.
SINGAPORE, Oct 29- Oil slipped on Monday, with Brent below $109 a barrel, as refineries along the U.S. East Coast wind down operations ahead of approaching Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer.
SINGAPORE, Oct 29- London copper edged down on Monday, but held above 7- week lows plumbed last week, as concern about global growth and leadership change clouded its demand outlook, but the prospect of a recovering U.S. economy cushioned prices.
SINGAPORE, Oct 29- Oil slipped on Monday, with Brent near $109 a barrel, as refineries along the U.S. East Coast wind down operations ahead of approaching Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer.
*MSCI Asia ex- Japan down 0.2 pct, Nikkei flat. European shares were seen as lacklustre, with financial spreadbetters expecting London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX to open down about 0.1 percent.
*Illinois' importing' corn by rail from N.Dakota, Minnesota. CHICAGO, Oct 29- The devastating U.S. drought and ensuing crop disease are upending traditional grain movement patterns, with dozens of trains and barges shipping North Dakota or Mississippi corn into the Corn Belt rather than out to the coasts.
*Stock, options markets shutting down Monday. NEW YORK, Oct 28- U.S. stock and options markets will be closed on Monday, and possibly Tuesday, as regulators, exchanges and brokers worry about the integrity of markets and the safety of employees in the face of Hurricane Sandy.
SINGAPORE, Oct 29- London copper traded little changed on Monday, holding above 7- week lows plumbed last week, as the prospect of a recovering U.S. economy underpinned prices, although concerns about leadership change and global growth kept a lid on gains.
SINGAPORE, Oct 29- Oil slipped on Monday, with Brent near $109 a barrel, as refineries along the U.S. East Coast lowered run rates ahead of approaching Hurricane Sandy, reducing crude use in the world's largest oil consumer. Brent crude had fallen 33 cents to $109.23 a barrel by 0330 GMT, after posting a 0.5 percent loss last week.
SINGAPORE, Oct 29- London copper inched higher on Monday, recovering from 7- week lows plumbed last week, as the prospect of a recovering U.S. economy buoyed prices, although lingering concerns about global growth kept a lid on gains. *The most-traded February copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange rose 0.42 percent to 56,920 yuan a tonne.
TOKYO, Oct 29- Japan's Nikkei share average seen weakening slightly on Monday after gaining 6 percent since Oct. 12 on growing expectations that the Bank of Japan will take substantial easing steps when it meets on Tuesday.
*NYSE, Nasdaq, other exchanges to open for trade Monday. *NYSE, NYMEX floor trading operations suspended. NYSE said on Sunday afternoon that it will close its physical trading floor operations for the first time in nearly three decades due to a weather-related emergency, but would move trading of NYSE- listed stocks to its fully electronic exchange.
Bank of Japan poised to ease as economy takes a hit. *Spain stuck in recession, underscoring euro zone woes. Oct 28- The last employment report before the U.S. presidential election is likely to have something for everyone- for those bullish and bearish on the economy and for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
LONDON, Oct 28- British Airways cancelled all flights to New York on Sunday and will suspend most services to and from the U.S. East Coast on Monday as the United States braces for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. The freak storm, due to come ashore in the United States late on Monday, is forecast to bring thrashing winds, flash flooding and even heavy snowfall.