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  • WASHINGTON, Sept 29- Cisco Systems will invest $1 billion over two years to expand its cloud offerings, the company said on Monday, linking hundreds of data centers and cloud providers around the world in a network with more than 30 partners.

  • *Tens of thousands pour on to Hong Kong streets. HONG KONG, Sept 29- They are dubbed the "umbrella generation"- teenaged students who have stormed the streets of Hong Kong in their tens of thousands and electrified a long-running protest campaign against Beijing's attempts to control the financial hub.

  • Sept 29- Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp said its lead pain drug failed the main goal of a mid-stage study, sending its shares down by nearly half in premarket trading. Tonix said it plans to discuss the trial results and the design for a late-stage trial with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • By Andy Bruce and Costas Pitas. LONDON, Sept 29- British mortgage approvals slipped a three-month low in August, according to official data, falling slightly more than expected and adding to signs the housing market has cooled in recent months.

  • Sept 29- Seattle Genetics Inc and Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd said their approved cancer drug was successfully used as a consolidation therapy in a late-stage trial for patients with a type of lymphatic cancer. Consolidation therapy is given to cancer patients who have undergone initial therapy and kills any cancer cells that may be left in the body.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 29- Evraz North America, the U.S. unit of Russian steelmaker Evraz, wants to raise about $400 million from an initial public offering of between 25 percent and 35 percent of its shares, two banking sources in Moscow said on Monday.

  • ZURICH, Sept 29- Switzerland's largest bank UBS warned it faced new fines after confirming it was holding talks to settle allegations it was involved in rigging foreign exchange rates.

  • UNIT OF RUSSIAN STEELMAKER EVRAZ WANTS TO RAISE ABOUT $400 MLN FROM IPO OF 25-30 PCT OF ITS SHARES- BANKING SOURCES IN MOSCOW.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 29- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday, indicating Wall Street's recent weakness would continue amid ongoing civil unrest in Hong Kong.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- The mobile Internet economy remains mostly uncharted territory for app publishers, their competitors, the advertisers who support them, and investors deciding where to place their bets.

  • *Hong Kong unrest hits some European shares. LONDON, Sept 29- The dollar hit its highest in almost two years against the euro, with German inflation data expected to keep pressure on the ECB to ease monetary policy. Unrest in Hong Kong hurt Asian-exposed European shares.

  • *Hong Kong unrest hits some European shares. LONDON, Sept 29- The dollar hit its highest in almost two years against the euro, with German inflation data expected to keep pressure on the ECB to ease monetary policy. Unrest in Hong Kong hurt Asian-exposed European shares.

  • Sept 29- Encana Corp, Canada's largest natural gas producer, said it would buy Athlon Energy Inc for $5.93 billion in cash, excluding debt, as it accelerates its plan to focus on more-lucrative oil and natural-gas liquids.

  • Tonix Pharma's pain drug fails mid-stage study Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    Sept 29- Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp said its lead pain drug had failed the main goal of a mid-stage study testing if it reduced pain experienced by patients by the 12th week of the trial. The drug, TNX-102, is being tested to treat fibromyalgia, a chronic syndrome characterized by widespread pain and lack of sleep.

  • *Hong Kong pro-democracy supporters clash with police. LONDON, Sept 29- Gold was little changed on Monday as the negative impact of multi-year dollar highs was offset by unrest in Hong Kong that hit companies exposed to the territory and boosted some demand for the metal.

  • GENEVA, Sept 29- The Swiss National Bank does not rule out the use of negative interest rates to defend its cap on the Swiss franc and ward off deflation, Chairman Thomas Jordan said on Monday.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- Shares in Balfour Beatty plunged on Monday after the British construction firm cut its profit forecast for the third time in less than five months, blaming increased losses on the mismanagement of a number of UK contracts.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 29- The European Commission will publish on Tuesday its reasons for opening an in-depth inquiry into the Irish government's tax treatment of Apple, a Commission spokesman said.

  • LONDON, Sept 29- Copper prices fell to their lowest level in almost three months on Monday, weighed down by a sharp rise in the dollar and uncertainty about the outlook for growth in China, its top consumer.

  • *Allianz says Gross departure does not change Pimco relationship. FRANKFURT, Sept 29- German insurer Allianz says it has no plans to increase oversight of its California- based investment unit Pimco after the shock departure of co-founder Bill Gross sent shares in the Munich- based parent tumbling at the end of last week.