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  • March 31- Prana Biotechnology Ltd said its experimental drug to treat Alzheimer's disease failed to meet the main goal of a mid-stage study in patients with a mild form of the condition. The company's shares, which have jumped more than 300 percent in the past year, fell as much as 76 percent to $2.35 in premarket trading on Monday.

  • *Full-year net loss balloons to $1.4 billion. HONG KONG, March 31- China Rongsheng Heavy Industries Group has agreed with banks to extend loans and other financing worth 10 billion yuan to 2015, in a signal that the country's biggest private shipbuilder may be too big to be allowed to fail. Jon Windham, an analyst at Barclays, told Reuters. "

  • March 31- Although Seana Mulcahy considers herself tech savvy, she was thrown a bit when her 8- year-old son Logan not once, but twice, ran up charges using apps downloaded from Apple Inc's online iTunes store.

  • FACTBOX-The final tally on U.S. refiners' RIN costs Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 31- In 2013, U.S. oil refiners spent at least $1.35 billion on renewable identification number credits, a Reuters review of securities filings shows.

  • NEW YORK, March 31- Last year's spike in the price of ethanol blending credits cost independent refiners at least $1.35 billion, more than three times as much as the year before, according to a Reuters' review of securities filings.

  • LONDON, March 31- European stocks trimmed gains on Monday while government bond yields and the euro rose after weak euro zone inflation data cemented expectations the European Central Bank will ease policy but also prompted investors to take profit on these bets.

  • Arista Networks files for IPO of up to $200 mln Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    March 31- Arista Networks, a maker of network switches, filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $200 million in an initial public offering. The Santa Clara-based company, whose competitors include Cisco Systems Inc, listed Morgan Stanley and Citigroup as lead underwriters to the offering in its IPO filing on Monday. 1/ 8 ID: http://r.reuters.com/jaw97v 3/ 8.

  • *C/A surplus $5.07 bln in Feb vs $0.22 bln surplus in Jan. BANGKOK, March 31- Thailand's economy will likely post its first contraction in a year as consumption and investment fall, the central bank said on Monday, reflecting how prolonged political unrest is deepening the toll on Southeast Asia's second-largest economy.

  • HONG KONG, March 31- Executives from Evergrande Real Estate Group painted a rosier picture of China's real estate market than their peers after the company posted a 49 percent rise in net profit and outpaced analyst estimates for core profit.

  • March 31- Logistics company UTi Worldwide Inc reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss, hurt by weak demand for air freight. Net loss attributable to UTi Worldwide narrowed to $50.7 million, or 48 cents per share, for the quarter ended Jan. 31 from $142.8 million, or $1.38 per share, a year earlier.

  • BERLIN, March 31- Hundreds of workers at online retailer Amazon in Germany went on strike on Monday, the first stoppage this year in a pay dispute that has been dragging on for months. A spokesman for the Verdi labour union said about 500 of the around 1,200 workers at Amazon's distribution centre in Leipzig were expected to strike.

  • SYDNEY/ HONG KONG, March 31- Earlier this month, the chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, Charles Li, was eager to talk about anything but the years-long warehousing crisis at the London Metal Exchange.

  • March 31- Comcast Corp is planning to increase its share buyback plan by more than 80 percent as its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable Inc undergoes regulatory review in the coming weeks, Bloomberg reported.

  • Prana says drug fails Alzheimer's disease study Monday, 31 Mar 2014 | 6:26 AM ET

    March 31- Prana Biotechnology Ltd said its experimental drug to treat Alzheimer's disease failed to meet the main goal of a mid-stage study in patients with a mild form of the condition. The company's shares fell about 38 percent to $6.13 in premarket trade on Monday.

  • SIMFEROPOL, Crimea, March 31- Russia will make Crimea a special economic zone offering tax breaks and reduced bureaucracy to attract investors, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday.

  • *Hopes bolstered after Beijing says ready to support economy. LONDON, March 31- Copper was down slightly after earlier hitting a two-week high on Monday, following a 2.8 percent gain last week, as investors were wary of China's tighter credit conditions despite hopes Beijing would stimulate its economy.

  • *Up to 100 mln pounds for new drug manufacturing in Africa. *GSK looks at Rwanda, Ghana and Ethiopia for new factories. France's Sanofi has also highlighted Africa as a promising growth market.

  • "Our aim is to make the peninsula as attractive as possible to investors, so that it can generate sufficient income for its own development," Medvedev told a Russian government meeting on the Black Sea peninsula, which Moscow has annexed from Ukraine.

  • BRUSSELS, March 31- Euro zone inflation hit its lowest level since November 2009 in March, a shock drop that raises expectations the European Central Bank will take radical action to stop the threat of deflation in currency bloc.

  • BANGKOK, March 31- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Monday showed up to defend herself against charges linked to a ruinous government rice pledging scheme that could lead to her removal from office, the latest development in a political crisis that has gripped the country for months.