*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- 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.
*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- 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.
*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.
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.
China’s largest state-owned banks are moving big chunks of their European business to Luxembourg as they seek to escape tougher regulation in the City of London. The FT reports.
*NYSE, Nasdaq, other exchanges to open for trade Monday. *NYSE suspends trading floor for first time since 1985. But NYSE said on Sunday afternoon that it would close its physical trading floor operations for the first time since 1985. It will instead trade NYSE- listed securities on its fully electronic exchange, NYSE Arca.
*Bank of Japan poised to ease as economy takes a hit. LONDON, 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.
WASHINGTON, Oct 28- The United States runs the risk of a recession far deeper than many investors and policymakers may think if lawmakers fail to avert looming tax hikes and cuts to public spending.
ZURICH/ LONDON, Oct 28- A metal door set into a mountain in Switzerland offers a way out for fine art investors forced to pay over the odds to insure their collections.
LONDON, Oct 28- A global race for grain trading power is putting more of the world's vital cereals in the hands of fewer companies, with a string of recent acquisitions raising fears that consumers will pay even more for their food, while farmers are squeezed.
BERLIN, Oct 28- With the U.S. presidential election too close to call, hundreds of thousands of Americans living in Europe have been posting their absentee ballots with a sense that they could truly make a difference on Nov. 6.
*BP, Justice Department seek to settle civil, criminal charges.
LONDON, Oct 26- Lakhdar Brahimi's holiday truce may have saved Syrian lives on Friday, as government troops and rebels drew breath on several fronts- though dozens still shed blood on Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Feast of Sacrifice.