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  • -Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, Sept 22- The spot price of liquefied natural gas in Asia has started its seasonal climb, but the peak this northern cold season is likely to be well below the record high of the previous winter.

  • *Investors look past possible OPEC output cut. Comments from OPEC's secretary general last week that the group could cut output next year buoyed Brent on Friday, but investors' attention turned back to the gloomy economic outlook in Europe and China which has curbed oil demand.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 22- Russia's auto market shows no signs of improving in the next two years having been hit by an economic slowdown and weak rouble, the head of Ford Motor Co's Russian venture told Reuters. Russia had been expected to overtake Germany as Europe's biggest auto market earlier this decade, but its progress has been delayed.

  • Obama tries Reagan touch on economy, but wages weigh Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 22- President Barack Obama, stumping for the Democrats ahead of November's congressional elections, has twice invoked Ronald Reagan's seminal campaign question: "are you better off than you were four years ago?"

  • *Agile Property plunges after rights issue plan. HONG KONG, Sept 22- Hong Kong shares slumped to two-month lows on Monday, as investors fretted that a preliminary factory survey on Tuesday could provide more evidence of a slowdown in China. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong slid 1.8 percent to its lowest since July 22.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 22- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's initial public offering now ranks as the world's biggest in history at $25 billion, after the e-commerce giant and some of its shareholders sold additional shares.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 22- London copper futures slipped for a third session on Monday to their weakest since June, as the dollar firmed and investors fretted over China's slowing economic growth. This week's focus will be on China's flash manufacturing PMI reading on Tuesday, as fears over the outlook for country's economy mount.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 22- The missing chief executive of embattled German-listed Chinese shoe maker Ultrasonic AG resurfaced in a video interview with a Chinese news outlet, denying rumours he absconded with millions of dollars of company money.

  • *Silver drops more than 2 pct to lowest since 2010. *Gold drops below $1,210/ oz. SINGAPORE, Sept 22- Silver's sell-off extended to a second session on Monday, with the metal tumbling to a four-year low, as investors unwound long positions amid strength in the dollar and the possibility of a sooner-than-expected U.S. rate hike.

  • *Investors look past possible OPEC output cut. Comments from OPEC's secretary general last week that the group could cut output next year buoyed Brent on Friday, but investors' attention turned back to the gloomy economic outlook in Europe and China which has curbed oil demand.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 22- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and some of its shareholders have sold an additional 48 million shares, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said on Monday, making its IPO the biggest-ever globally at a value of $25.03 billion.

  • *Nikkei heavyweight Softbank falls on profit-taking after Alibaba. TOKYO, Sept 22- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Monday as investors booked gains in heavyweight Softbank after the listing of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, but the broader market held firm near six-year high.

  • TOKYO, Sept 22- Asian shares skidded on Monday as investors awaited data this week that could provide more evidence of a slowdown in China, while the dollar gave back a little of its recent gains. Mitul Kotecha, head of FX strategy Asia-Pacific for Barclays in Singapore, said in a note to clients.

  • ULTRASONIC AG CEO TELLS CHINESE NEWS OUTLET SINA HE DID NOT ABSCOND WITH MONEY, COMPANY'S FINANCIAL SITUATION "NORMAL".

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 22- Industrial conglomerate Siemens AG said on Monday it would buy U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group Inc for $7.6 billion in a move that would significantly boost the German company's oil and gas business in North America.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 22- London copper futures slipped for a third session on Monday as the dollar firmed on the likelihood of a U.S. interest rate hike and investors fretted over China's slowing economic growth. This week's focus will be on China's flash manufacturing PMI reading on Tuesday, as fears over the outlook for country's economy mount.

  • Sept 21- New York's insurance regulator is investigating sales of one of the fastest growing products in the life insurance industry, know as indexed universal life, according to a letter reviewed by Reuters on Sunday.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 22- Gold was stuck near its lowest since January on Monday on fears that a stronger dollar and an earlier-than-expected hike in U.S. interest rates would dim the metal's appeal. Silver was trading close to a four-year low, while platinum fell to its lowest since December.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 22- U.S. crude futures steadied above $92 a barrel on Monday ahead of the contract's expiry after losses in the prior session fueled by ample supplies and the dollar's strength. *Brent November oil dropped 33 cents to $98.06 per barrel.

  • Siemens to buy Dresser-Rand for $7.6 bln Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 8:22 PM ET

    Sept 22- Industrial conglomerate Siemens AG said on Monday it would buy U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group Inc for $7.6 billion, in a move that would significantly boost the German company's oil and gas business in North America.