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U.S. economy shows hints of broadening wage pressures -Fed

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy showed some signs of rising wage pressures in September and early October, but overall compensation growth remained modest, the Federal Reserve says, a further sign of the cloudy outlook facing Fed policymakers as they mull a rise in interest rates. (USA-ECONOMY/BEIGEBOOK (URGENT), moved, by Lindsay Dunsmuir, 350 words)

Morgan Stanley profit rises sharply on bond-trading comeback

Morgan Stanley reports a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, on a surge in bond trading that helped all Wall Street banks last quarter. (MORGAN STANLEY-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 4), moved, by Olivia Oran and Sweta Singh, 670 words)

U.S. single-family housing starts surged; multi-family segment faltered

WASHINGTON - The construction of U.S. single-family housing surged in September, though a drop in apartment building pushed overall home building activity to an 18-month low. (USA-ECONOMY/ (WRAPUP 3), moved, by Lucia Mutikani, 540 words)

Saudi Arabia sets record with mammoth $17.5 billion bond issue

DUBAI/LONDON - Saudi Arabia's government conducts the largest-ever emerging market bond sale, selling $17.5 billion of debt in its first international offer, while attracting investor orders totaling almost four times that amount. (SAUDI-BONDS/ (WRAPUP 2, PIX), moved, by Davide Barbuscia and Sudip Roy, 690 words)

Fed moves to quell charges of opacity, lack of diversity

NEW YORK - In response to criticisms of opacity and a lack of race and gender diversity, the U.S. Federal Reserve has rolled out a series of announcements, online forums and face-to-face meetings with workers to portray a more transparent and inclusive way of selecting district presidents. (USA-FED/POLITICS, expect by 1900 GMT/3 PM ET, 450 words)

Wall St up on oil, upbeat earnings; Intel limits gains

LONDON - U.S. stocks are on track for a second straight day of gains as rising oil prices boost energy stocks and financials receive a lift from Morgan Stanley, which reported strong quarterly earnings. (USA-STOCKS/ (UPDATE 4), updated throughout the day, 440 words)

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- GLOBAL-MARKETS/ (WRAPUP 8, PIX), updated throughout the day, 770 words

ENERGY

U.S. crude hits 15-month highs after big drawdown

NEW YORK - Oil prices rise as much as 3 percent, with U.S. crude reaching 15-month highs after the government reported a surprisingly large drop in domestic inventories for the sixth week out of seven. (GLOBAL-OIL/ (UPDATE 8, GRAPHIC), updated throughout the day, 400 words)

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- OPEC-SAUDI/FALIH (UPDATE 1), moved, by Ron Bousso and Karolin Schaps, 430 words

Another quarter of weak results looms for U.S. refiners

NEW YORK - U.S. refiners are in the midst of their worst year since the shale boom began in 2011, punished by high fuel inventories that have forced some to voluntarily cut production, delay capital work, lay off workers and slash employee benefits. (USA-RESULTS/REFINERS, moved, By Jarrett Rensaw and Devika Krishna Kumar, 570 words)

CANADA

Vancouver builders say foreigner tax hits houses more than condos

VANCOUVER - A tax on foreign buyers aimed at cooling Canada's priciest property market has forced some developers and builders of detached Vancouver homes to hit the pause button, but it has had much less effect on the city's condominium market. (CANADA-HOUSING/VANCOUVER (PIX), moved, by Nicole Mordant, 570 words)

COMPANIES

Starbucks names China CEO, sees 5,000 stores there by 2021

Starbucks Corp names its first chief executive for China and says it plans to more than double its store count in that country to 5,000 by 2021. (STARBUCKS-CHINA, moved, by Lisa Baertlein, 200 words)

Halliburton says 'meaningful' rise in activity likely at $50 oil

Halliburton Co, the world's No. 2 oilfield services provider, says oil prices will have to stabilize at above $50 per barrel for producers to meaningfully increase oilfield activity. (HALLIBURTON-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 4), moved, by Anet Josline Pinto, 390 words)

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