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  • *Russia to meet with OPEC as low prices pressure budget. NEW YORK, Sept 15- Brent and U.S. crude futures fell in choppy trading on Monday, with weak Chinese economic data pushing the expiring October Brent contract to a two-year low and news that Russia's energy minister would meet OPEC officials cushioning the drop.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Smaller-cap shares were being pressured on Monday, pulled lower by disappointing earnings outlooks from midcaps MDU Resources and Terex Corp, while smallcap GTAT continued its recent move lower.

  • LJUBLJANA, Sept 15- Slovenia must privatise 15 firms earmarked for sale last year, including telecoms operator Telekom Slovenia, and use the funds to rein in rising public debt, finance minister Dusan Mramor said on Monday.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 15- China will ban the import and local sale of coal with high ash and sulphur content starting from 2015 in a bid to tackle air pollution, with tough requirements in major coastal cities set to hit Australian miners the hardest.

  • Sept 15- Alere Inc's former Chief Executive Ron Zwanziger said he intends to take the diagnostic device and service provider private in a deal that values the company at $3.82 billion. Alere's shares rose as much as 17 percent to $43 in early trading on Monday. Alere's shares were up 12.56 percent at $41.21 on the Nasdaq.

  • TORONTO, Sept 15- Canada's WestJet Airlines Ltd said on Monday it will start charging some economy passengers for their first checked bag, sending its stock, as well as the shares of rival Air Canada, up more than 6 percent.

  • *Yahoo gives up near 3 pct jump, volume high. Alibaba Group plans to increase the size of its U.S. initial public offering because of "overwhelming" investor demand, people familiar with the deal said, giving a short-lived push to shares of Yahoo, who owns a 23 percent stake.

  • PARIS, Sept 15- Nissan may begin purchasing electric-vehicle batteries from LG Chem as it opens procurement to external suppliers in addition to its own manufacturing with NEC Corp, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said on Monday.

  • NISSAN MAY OPEN ELECTRIC-CAR BATTERY PROCUREMENT TO SUPPLIERS INCLUDING LG CHEM- CEO.

  • TORONTO, Sept 15- Canada's WestJet Airlines Ltd said on Monday it will start charging some economy passengers for their first checked bag, sending its stock, as well as the shares of rival Air Canada, up more than 6 percent.

  • PARIS, Sept 15- European shares slipped on Monday, with stocks trading in a narrow range before Scotland votes on independence and the Federal Reserve holds it latest policy meeting, both events that are due later this week.

  • Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes that Syncora and the city "have laid down their swords." In a court filing on Monday, Syncora confirmed a "comprehensive settlement" with the city that was still subject to "definitive documentation and resolution of other terms.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Brent crude fell below $97 per barrel on Monday to its lowest in more than two years as lackluster economic data from China damped prospects for oil demand at a time of abundant supply, while expectations the Federal Reserve will provide new details this week about its plans to raise interest rates lifted the dollar.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- Biotech stocks were tracking for their third straight decline on Monday, weighed down by a drop in Gilead Sciences after the latest developments regarding its hepatitis C drug.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 15- Russia's rouble fell to a record low against the dollar on Monday, as Russian companies made payments on foreign debt, oil prices dropped and markets came to expect the central bank would not intervene to defend the currency.

  • STOCKHOLM, Sept 15- Microsoft Corp said on Monday it has agreed to acquire Stockholm- based games developer Mojang and the company's wildly popular Minecraft video game franchise for $2.5 billion.

  • LONDON, Sept 15- Nickel dropped to the weakest levels in nearly 12 weeks on Monday after inventories hit a record high and weak factory output in China raised fears about growth in the world's biggest metals consumer. Three month nickel on the London Metal Exchange shed 1.2 percent to $18,176 a tonne by 1407 GMT, the lowest since June 25.

  • CRUDE FUTURES TURN HIGHER, CHOPPY AS OCT BRENT APPROACHES CONTRACT EXPIRATION.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 15- U.S. "It's that circular argument that weak growth is going to inhibit the Fed from raising rates any time soon," said Kim Rupert, managing director at Action Economics in San Francisco. Trading was also driven in part by unexpectedly strong New York State manufacturing data but which also contained weak jobs indicators, Rupert said.

  • Alere's former CEO offers to take company private Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 10:27 AM ET

    Sept 15- Alere Inc's former Chief Executive Ron Zwanziger said he intends to take the diagnostic company private in a deal that values it at $3.82 billion. The company' shares rose as much as 17 percent to $43, but were trading below the offer price of $46 per share.