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  • *European markets shrug off rising concern about Ukraine/ Russia. LONDON, Sept 1- European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia's conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control on Monday, as investors focused on the European Central Bank's meeting this week and hopes it will strengthen its stimulus plans.

  • Borealis buys rest of Dutch plant from DuPont Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    VIENNA, Sept 1- Austria's Borealis has bought out partner DuPont's majority stake in a polymers joint venture in the Netherlands, Borealis said on Monday. It gave no financial terms for the transaction, in which Borealis will buy DuPont's 67 percent stake in Speciality Polymers Antwerp N.V..

  • Heineken sells Mexican packaging business to Crown Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM— Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion to reduce debt. Philadelphia- based Crown said the deal will make it the second-largest beer and soft drink can producer in the United States and the maker of 20 percent of all cans globally.

  • AP Top Financial News At 4:31 a.m. EDT Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 4:31 AM ET

    Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure Asia stocks rise on S&P high, China stimulus hopes China manufacturing growth slowed in August Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years Cuba cracks down on goods in flyers' luggage Heineken sells Mexican packaging business to Crown A timeline of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan Unions: FairPoint not playing fair in labor talks Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker

  • Alibaba IPO comes with unusual business structure that is price of admittance to China growth Asian stocks rise on Wall Street record, China stimulus hopes after manufacturing growth fades China manufacturing growth slowed in August on sluggish global demand for exports $2.4 B Revel Casino Hotel starts shutdown Monday after just over 2 years in Atlantic City Cuba cracks down on multi-billion dollar flow of consumer goods in air passengers' luggage Heineken sells Mexican packaging business to Crown for $1.23 billion A look at the key moments in the history of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel India Prime Minister Modi wins pledges of support from Japan government, industry Unions knew concessions were necessary but say FairPoint isn't playing fair in labor talks States' bidding war for $5 B Tesla Motors battery factory like a game of high-stakes poker

  • The Markit/ CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index fell to 52.5 in August- its lowest level since June last year and below all forecasts in a Reuters poll- from July's downwardly revised 54.8.

  • AMSTERDAM/ BRUSSELS, Sept 1- Dutch brewer Heineken has agreed to sell its Mexican packaging business Empaque to Crown for $1.23 billion including debt, shedding a non-core business it acquired when entering the Mexican market in 2010..

  • HONG KONG, Sept 1- Hong Kong's benchmark index failed to hold onto midday gains on Monday, hurt by a weaker gambling sector after data showed Macau casino revenue declined for the third straight month in August. The Hang Seng Index closed barely changed at 24,752.09 points.

  • LONDON, Sept 1- Euro zone manufacturing growth slowed slightly more than initially thought last month as new orders dwindled and factories suffered amid rising tensions in Ukraine, a business survey showed on Monday.

  • LONDON, Sept 1- The euro hit a year-low against the dollar on Monday, as investors added to bets against the single currency before a policy meeting this week and as worries about the crisis in Ukraine kept alive risks to the euro zone's economic recovery.

  • Alibaba IPO comes with unusual business structure that is price of admittance to China growth Asian stocks rise on Wall Street record, China stimulus hopes after manufacturing growth fades China manufacturing growth slowed in August on sluggish global demand for exports $2.4 B Revel Casino Hotel starts shutdown Monday after just over 2 years in Atlantic City Cuba cracks down on multi-billion dollar flow of consumer goods in air passengers' luggage A look at the key moments in the history of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel India Prime Minister Modi wins pledges of support from Japan government, industry Unions knew concessions were necessary but say FairPoint isn't playing fair in labor talks States' bidding war for $5 B Tesla Motors battery factory like a game of high-stakes poker A look at incentives that 5 states competing for huge Tesla Motors' battery factory can offer

  • AP Top Financial News At 3:44 a.m. EDT Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    Alibaba IPO comes with unusual structure Asia stocks rise on S&P high, China stimulus hopes China manufacturing growth slowed in August Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years Cuba cracks down on goods in flyers' luggage A timeline of Atlantic City's Revel Casino Hotel Modi visit draws pledges of support from Japan Unions: FairPoint not playing fair in labor talks Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker Incentives states can offer to get Tesla factory

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.1, Euro STOXX 50 flat. LONDON, Sept 1- European shares kicked off September on a flat note as investors weighed mergers and acquisitions speculation and expectations of new monetary largesse in Europe against tensions in Ukraine and weak economic data out of China.

  • Obama promoting economic gains as elections near Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 3:39 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections.

  • *Board meets Sept 3-4, decision expected Sept 4 0230-0330 GMT. TOKYO, Sept 1- The Bank of Japan will maintain its existing stimulus policy and optimistic economic view when it meets on Thursday, sources say, preferring to take more time to gauge whether a run of weak data is sufficient to threaten a fragile recovery.

  • BARCELONA, Sept 1- A nerve stimulation device from Cyberonics improved cardiac function in heart failure patients in a small clinical trial, in contrast to an unsuccessful study backed by Boston Scientific.

  • BERLIN, Sept 1- Weak investment spending and slow trade led Germany to contract for the first time in over a year in the second quarter, data showed, suggesting Europe's largest economy is running out of steam just as the impact of the crisis in Ukraine starts to bite.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 1- China shares rose on Monday as gains in defence and media firms helped to offset a lower-than-expected official Purchasing Managers' Index that added to signs of softness in the economy. Defence stocks were the key outperformers again after Friday, bolstered by President Xi Jinping's comment that China will spur military innovation.

  • UPDATE 2-Brent drops below $103, China data weighs Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 3:10 AM ET

    *Russia- Ukraine tensions rise, EU prepares new sanctions. SINGAPORE, Sept 1- Brent crude dropped below $103 a barrel on Monday, as a recent rebound in oil prices was checked by fresh data suggesting a slower growth in China's factory activity.

  • European shares edge up on M&A, ECB speculation Monday, 1 Sep 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    LONDON, Sept 1- European shares kicked off September a touch higher on Monday, helped by some mergers and acquisitions speculation and expectations of new monetary largesse in Europe.