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  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian shares slipped 0.1 percent in early trade on Monday, with mining stocks losing ground while banks gained, and traders were looking for new momentum drivers as the market consolidated last week's rise to 14- month highs.

  • Philippine bourse listings hit record $4.2 bln- Philippine Daily Inquirer. Marriott to build $300 mln convention center- The Philippine Star. Tender for $1.5- bln railway project set for Jan- The Philippine Star.

  • Marriott to build $300 mln convention center- The Philippine Star. Tender for $1.5- bln railway project set for Jan- The Philippine Star. NOTE: Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

  • Bidding for $1.5- bln railway project set for Jan- The Philippine Star.

  • *WHAT: Singapore monetary policy statement. The Singapore dollar, the world's 12th most-traded currency, has gained around 5.7 percent so far this year, helped by rising foreign investment in Singapore assets that are seen as a safe haven amid the turmoil in global financial markets.

  • MANILA, Oct 8- Following are some market news which could have an impact on the local market. INSTRUMENT LAST PCT CHG NET CHG S&P 500 1460.93 -0.03 -0.470 USD/JPY 78.7 0.06 0.050 10- YR US TSY YLD 1.7428-- 0.000 SPOT GOLD 1778.6 -0.11 -1.880 US CRUDE 89.66 -0.24 -0.220 DOW JONES 13610.15 0.26 34.79 ASIA ADRS 120.65 -0.45 -0.55.

  • NOTE: Reuters has not verified this story and does not vouch for its accuracy.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 8- Hong Kong shares are set to extend a five-session gaining streak on Monday helped by a higher open in Chinese markets that resume trading after a week-long holiday.

  • LONDON, Oct 8- Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi's flag carrier, will announce a code share agreement with Air France-KLM on Monday, the Financial Times reported. The deal will not include an equity stake and signals a thawing of relations between Europe's flag carriers and the younger Gulf airlines, the FT said.

  • Seven global electricity and nuclear technology companies are threatening on Monday to withdraw plans for hundreds of millions of pounds of future investment in Britain because of attempts by George Osborne to water down the government's green commitments.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 8- Australian job advertisements in newspapers and on the internet fell 2.8 percent in September, a sixth straight month of decline that points to some softening in labour demand, a survey showed on Monday. The report by Australia and New Zealand Banking Group.

  • TAIPEI, Oct 8- Following are news items and media reports that may affect the Taiwan stock market. >Huawei, ZTE should be kept from US: Congress. >Taiwan Sept CPI dips, rate view seen unchanged.

  • MELBOURNE, Oct 8- Shares in Seven West Media Ltd, owner of Australia's top-rated free-to-air television networks, surged by more than six percent on Monday on speculation of a buyout by its largest shareholder. Seven West Media went public last year through a merger with West Australian Newspapers.

  • SEOUL, Oct 8- South Korean shares edged lower on Monday as investors awaited a euro zone finance ministers meeting for signals on progress in fighting the region's debt crisis, while an upbeat U.S. jobs report was unable to provide any lift. Shipbuilders fell across the board, with Hyundai Heavy Industries down 1.6 percent. Keywords: MARKETS KOREA STOCKS/ URGENT.

  • -Singapore on Friday set a maximum tenure of 35 years for all new residential property loans as part of new measures to cool its housing market.

  • BERLIN, Oct 6- Germany will start talks with Singapore next week on a deal to prevent its citizens from evading taxes by shifting their money to the Asian state, a government source said on Saturday.

  • WASHINGTON-- American companies should avoid doing business with China's two leading technology firms because they pose a national security threat to the United States, the House Intelligence Committee is warning in a report to be issued Monday.

  • SEOUL, Oct 8- Seoul shares are likely to hold a narrow range on Monday as the market awaits stronger signals on progress in combating the euro zone's ills, despite positive U.S. jobs data. Investors here will likely wait for more news from the euro zone, "said Cho Byung- hyun, an analyst at Tong Yang Securities.

  • *State cuts stake in QR National in half to 16 pct. *QR National to buy back A $1 bln of state's shares. MELBOURNE, Oct 8- Australia's Queensland state government said on Monday it was selling $1.5 billion worth of shares in QR National, the country's top coal-freight operator, with the company planning to buy back two-thirds of those shares.