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  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- As residents and businesses clean up from one of the worst storms to hit the U.S. East Coast in memory, investors are preparing for the stock market reaction by betting on or against insurers, casino companies and home improvement stores.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 30- Walt Disney Co agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd and its ``Star Wars'' franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, a b lockbuster deal that includes the surprise promise of a new film in the series in 2015..

  • Late Tuesday, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said it was possible that there would be limited service on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Airlines said they planned to restart service Tuesday at some East Coast airports, including Boston and Philadelphia.

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 30- Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Pena Nieto, will present a tax reform bill during his first year in office, his top aide said on Tuesday, without providing any details on the plan.

  • DETROIT, Oct 30- Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of both Fiat SpA and Chrysler Group LLC, said he wants to achieve ``unification'' of the two automakers by 2015, b ut first he needs to fix Fiat's finances, which have been hit by a sagging European economy.

  • SAO PAULO, Oct 30- TIM Participaçoes, Brazil's second-largest wireless phone company, posted flat third-quarter profit on Tuesday, as a subscriber base bigger than a year ago helped make up for a recent slowdown in sales and costs associated with growing regulatory pressure.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 31- The yen drifted off a one-week high against the dollar on Wednesday thanks to a general improvement in risk appetite, paring gains made after the Bank of Japan balked at delivering bolder action to kickstart growth.

  • *Greece slashes privatisation revenue targets. ATHENS, Oct 30- An overwhelming majority of Greek Socialist lawmakers have agreed to vote in favour of contested austerity reforms, party officials told Reuters on Tuesday, sharply increasing the odds of securing parliamentary approval for the measures.

  • OTTAWA, Oct 30- There are signs that Canada's soaring household debt and its heated housing market- two of the biggest headaches for the country's policymakers- are decelerating, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday.

  • Oct 30- Citigroup Inc said it was ready for markets to re-open on Wednesday despite power outages in the waterside neighborhood where it is located and flood damage in a building where its investment bankers work. It is also used by Citigroup's transaction services unit, which caters to corporations and governments around the world.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30- Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc forecast third-quarter earnings below Wall Street targets on Tuesday after its ``Medal of Honor: Warfighter'' title fell short of expectations for a crowded holiday season.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 30- Argentina was hit by a sovereign credit ratings downgrade on Tuesday after the government blasted a U.S. court ruling that would force the country to repay creditors who have sued to collect on defaulted bonds.

  • *Kodak hopes to emerge from bankruptcy in 2013. Oct 30- Eastman Kodak Co on Tuesday said its third-quarter loss grew 41 percent from a year earlier, reflecting restructuring and other costs as the bankrupt camera pioneer shifts its business focus toward printing from photography.

  • NEW YORK- Millions of people were left reeling in the aftermath of monster storm Sandy on Tuesday as New York City and a wide swathe of the eastern United States struggled with epic flooding and massive power outages.

  • *Philadelphia's 330,000- bpd refinery restarting. *Hess 70,000- bpd NJ refinery, Imperial plant suffer outages.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. gasoline and heating oil futures slid on Tuesday, pulling back from pre-Hurricane Sandy gains as several key East Coast refineries and pipelines restored operations and traders bet on an enormous hit to demand for fuel.

  • *Verizon has flooding central offices, West Street out of action. *AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Sprint suffer service problems. While all the region's telecom service providers were having problems, Verizon Communications, which serves many of the states in the hurricane's path, may have suffered some of the worst damage from the storm to its wireline network.

  • TORONTO, Oct 30- Manulife Financial, one of North America's largest insurers, said its exposure to Hurricane Sandy was manageable and within its risk tolerance. Intact Financial, which is Canada's largest property& casualty insurer, said it has no exposure to the hurricane as it does not have any U.S. operations.

  • LOS ANGELES, Oct 30- Walt Disney Co has agreed to buy filmmaker George Lucas's Lucasfilm Ltd and the ``Star Wars'' franchise for $4.05 billion in cash and stock, a b lockbuster deal that includes the surprise promise of a new film in the series in 2015..

  • OTTAWA, Oct 30- This weekend's meetings of the Group of 20 leading nations are likely to keep pushing Europe and the United States to confront their debt troubles, Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Tuesday.