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  • On Tuesday, outages climbed to 32,045 megawatts, the highest since the refueling and maintenance season in May 2011, following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in March that year.

  • *Ford, Home Depot among the biggest gainers. *Apple shares fall, weighing on Nasdaq index. Ford Motor Co rallied 5 percent to $10.83 as the most-traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange after reporting strong results during the market closure.

  • *OPEC crude oil output rises slightly in October- survey. LONDON, Oct 31- Brent crude rose above $109 a barrel on Wednesday as the U.S. East Coast began to pick itself up from a massive storm, but gains were capped by concerns over the demand impact on the world's largest oil consumer.

  • *Power outages, flooding hit U.S. East Coast after Sandy. LONDON, Oct 31- Brent crude rose to above $109.50 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by a weaker dollar, as the U.S. East Coast began to pick itself up after storm Sandy, but gains were capped by demand worries in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • *Power outages, flooding hit U.S. East Coast after Sandy. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude held steady near $109 a barrel on Wednesday after the huge storm Sandy whiplashed the U.S. East Coast, reducing fuel demand even as refineries in the region gradually resumed operations.

  • *Power outages, flooding hit U.S. East Coast after Sandy. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude held steady near $109 a barrel on Wednesday after the huge storm Sandy whiplashed the U.S. East Coast, reducing fuel demand even as refineries in the region gradually resumed operation.

  • *Three major New York area airports still closed. *JFK, Newark to resume limited services Wednesday.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • *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.

  • HOUSTON, Oct 30- New York's electric grid operator said more than 90 transmission lines remained out of service on Tuesday afternoon, a day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast with 80 mph winds and record storm surge.

  • Airlines said they planned to restart service Tuesday at some East Coast airports, including Boston and Philadelphia.

  • *JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports are closed until further notice, according to the Port Authority. *US Airways Group Inc is not operating in New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston and several other Northeast airports on Tuesday. *American Airlines has flights scheduled into Richmond, Virginia, several Ohio airports, Pittsburgh and Boston on Tuesday.

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

  • Oct 30- More than 7.3 million homes and businesses along the U.S. East Coast were still without power Tuesday afternoon as the remnants of Hurricane Sandy continued to move across western Pennsylvania. Sandy made landfall in New Jersey Monday night.

  • Oct 30- U.S. Steel Corp, the top steel producer in the United States by volume, warned that its current quarter would be hurt by the global slowdown, joining rivals Nucor Inc and AK Steel Holding Corp in forecasting weak results.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 30- Residents of lower Manhattan faced up to four days without power on Tuesday as Consolidated Edison, New York City's power provider, scrambled to repair the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

  • *Saks, Macy's hope to open in New York City on Wednesday. *Wal-Mart says holiday plans intact. Luxury department store Saks Inc said it would reopen on Tuesday three of the stores that it had to close because of Sandy, including stores in greater Washington and Philadelphia.

  • *Sandy leaves New York City, eastern U.S. crippled. NEW YORK, Oct 30- U.S. gasoline and heating oil futures pulled back on Tuesday on the expected enormous hit to demand for fuel after Hurricane Sandy cut a destructive path across the East Coast of the United States.