*Saudi Arabia also boosted by lavish royal payout. DUBAI, Feb 1- Saudi Arabia's stock market rose sharply on Sunday after King Salman ordered a lavish payout to state employees and oil prices jumped on reports of declining U.S. drilling activity. Petrochemicals giant Saudi Basic Industries, up 7.8 percent, was the main support on Sunday.» Read More
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*China Aug factory output growth slows to near 6- year low. SINGAPORE, Sept 15- Brent crude slumped to a more than two-year low under $97 per barrel on Monday as lacklustre economic data from China, the world's top energy consumer, cast a shadow on the outlook for oil demand amid abundant global supplies.
LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 15- The pressing problem for some resource-rich countries isn't that prices for commodities have dropped sharply, it's that their currencies haven't dropped in tandem.
MOSCOW, Sept 15- Russia will create a multi-billion dollar anti-crisis fund in 2015 of money destined for the Pension Fund and some left over in this year's budget to help companies hit by sanctions, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov was quoted as saying on Monday.
HONG KONG, Sept 15- A disappointing first year for Shanghai's much-hyped free-trade zone, seen as a pet project of Premier Li Keqiang and billed as a reform laboratory, raises questions about China's commitment to opening up its markets as it wrestles with a slowing economy.
Sept 15- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd could have sold nearly $2 billion worth of stock without lifting a finger. One of the sources said that Alibaba eventually was satisfied that Nasdaq had solved the issue and chose NYSE because its overall pitch was better.
SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Sept 15- China shares fell early Monday on worries rooted in a slew of weaker-than-expected economic data, while Sinopec Corp led a bigger slide in the Hong Kong market.
MOSCOW, Sept 15- Russia's Finance Ministry will create a multi-billion dollar anti-crisis fund in 2015 to aid those companies hit by sanctions, Russian news agencies cited Finance Minister Anton Siluanov as saying on Monday.
*China Aug factory output growth slows to near 6- year low. SINGAPORE, Sept 15- Brent crude slumped to a more than two-year low under $97 per barrel on Monday as a slew of lacklustre economic data from China, the world's top energy consumer, cast a shadow on the outlook for oil demand amid abundant global supplies.
*Aussie tests psychological 90- cent support on soft China data. SYDNEY, Sept 15- The Australian dollar slid to a six-month low on Monday as worries about slower Chinese growth hit a nerve, but other major currencies held their ground ahead of this week's Federal Reserve policy meeting.
*Gold recovers slightly after dropping to lowest since January. SINGAPORE, Sept 15- Gold edged higher on Monday as Asian equities tumbled but the metal continued to struggle near an eight-month low due to weak physical demand and fears the Federal Reserve may signal an early interest rate increase at this week's policy meeting.
SHANGHAI, Sept 15- China's yuan weakened against the dollar on Monday as growth fears deepened after the release of China's factory output data over the weekend, offsetting a firmer midpoint set by the central bank. China's factory output grew at the weakest pace in nearly six years in August while growth in other key sectors also cooled.
*China slowdown worries curb risk appetite. SYDNEY, Sept 15- Asian stocks stumbled to their lowest in five weeks on Monday after a batch of weak data out of China raised the specter of a sharp slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. The Australian dollar, considered a liquid proxy for China plays, also took a hammering and slumped to a six-month low.
MELBOURNE, Sept 15- London copper slipped towards three-month lows on Monday after growth at China's factories stumbled to its weakest in nearly six years in August, fueling concerns over its metals demand.
MELBOURNE, Sept 15- London copper slipped towards three month lows on Monday after growth at China's factories stumbled to the weakest in nearly six years, fuelling concerns over its metals demand.
SINGAPORE, Sept 15- Gold dropped to fresh eight-month lows on Monday on fears that the U.S. *Spot gold fell to $1,225.30 an ounce, its lowest since January, early on Monday before steadying at $1,227.70 by 0020 GMT. *Silver fell 0.2 percent to trade near a 14- month low.
SYDNEY, Sept 15- Asian stocks stumbled to a five-week low on Monday after a batch of disappointing data out of China raised the spectre of a sharp slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slipped 0.4 percent to its weakest level since the middle of August.
*Aussie extends fall on disappointing China data. *China's factory output grows at weakest pace in nearly six years. "China data was the catalyst of the move lower.
*Roche, Novartis say Lucentis is most appropriate drug. Avastin is not licensed for wAMD but it works in a similar way to authorized treatments for the condition- Lucentis, which is marketed by Novartis and Roche, and Eylea, from Bayer and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.