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  • Bayer to split off polymer division with IPO Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    BERLIN— German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Bayer AG says it plans a separate stock listing for its polymer division. German news agency dpa reported that analysts have valued the polymer division at about $10 billion. Shares in the group were up 4.9 percent at 111.40 euros on the Frankfurt exchange by midday Thursday.

  • *Supply risks rise with Libyan setback, OPEC talk. Threats to supply as Libya's output fell and talk of OPEC production cuts limited the decline for global benchmark Brent, which hit a 26- month low on Monday after data showing a slowdown in China's factory output raised demand concerns.

  • New central bank stimulus launched for eurozone Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:37 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— The European Central Bank has launched a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more— but low demand for its super-cheap money shows the difficulty it faces in trying to revive a stalling economy. The central bank for the 18- country eurozone on Thursday handed out 82.6 billion euros in ultra-low interest loans to 255 banks.

  • Hyundai to pay $10B for land in Gangnam district Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:37 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— A consortium led by Hyundai Motor Co. offered more than $10 billion for land in Seoul's tony Gangnam district where it will build a new headquarters.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Sept 30 Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    DALLAS- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher moderates panel, "Perspectives on the Fed's Role in International Crises" before a conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas- 2100 GMT.

  • *Sulzer worth $4.6 bln, Dresser-Rand worth $5.6 bln. Sept 17- Swiss pump maker Sulzer said on Wednesday it is in talks on a potential combination with U.S. compressor and turbine maker Dresser-Rand, a deal that would create a machinery company with a combined market valuation exceeding $10 billion.

  • Investors buy German debt at negative rates Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 12:20 PM ET

    Germany auctioned 3.34 billion euros Wednesday in two-year notes at an average yield of minus 0.07 percent. Expectation the European Central Bank will buy bonds has also driven down yields, which move opposite to prices. The European Central Bank has slashed its interest rate benchmarks in an attempt to spur growth and lift inflation.

  • Exodus hits U.S. law firm Bingham amid merger talks Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 9:37 AM ET

    Sept 17- Twenty-two partners have jumped ship en masse from Bingham McCutchen's marquee restructuring practice, raising questions about the fate of the law firm's closely watched merger talks with the larger Morgan Lewis& Bockius.

  • BERLIN, Sept 17- Oliver Samwer and his brothers Marc and Alexander are on the brink of becoming Germany's newest billionaires with the flotations of Rocket Internet and the European online fashion site Zalando it helped launch in 2008..

  • *Need for skilled talent puts London at odds with national policy. LONDON, Sept 17- When Efe Cakarel picked London as a new base for his video streaming company, he was counting on its location, capital markets and infrastructure, but also on the city's reputation as a hub for talented people from Europe and beyond.

  • Chinese shoe manufacturer says CEO, cash vanished Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 5:37 AM ET

    Germany- listed Ultrasonic AG said in a statement Tuesday it has been unable to reach its chief executive, Qingyong Wu, and chief operating officer, Minghong Wu, since the weekend.

  • *Shoemaker Ultrasonic says cash in China, Hong Kong transferred. FRANKFURT/ HONG KONG, Sept 17- A Germany- listed shoemaker became the latest Chinese company to report the disappearance of top executives, underscoring the danger of doing business in the Asian powerhouse at a time of heightened scrutiny of its firms' corporate governance.

  • *Brussels will review any state capital injections. DUBLIN/ FRANKFURT, Sept 16- For the first time since its financial crisis struck in 2008, Europe is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections.

  • FRANKFURT/ HONG KONG, Sept 17- Ultrasonic AG, a Chinese footwear maker listed in Germany, said most of its cash reserves in China and Hong Kong had disappeared and it had lost trace of its chief executive and chief operating officer.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 29 Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM- Sveriges Riksbank will release the minutes of September monetary policy meeting- 0730 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden Central Bank Deputy Governor Martin Floden speaks on the topic "The economic situation and my views on monetary policy"- 0900 GMT.

  • PARIS, Sept 16- French Prime Minister Manuel Valls headed off a backbench revolt against his government on Tuesday, winning a confidence vote after promising to preserve France's social model while pushing pro-business reforms intended to boost economic growth.

  • *Frankfurt judge sets aside previous injunction. FRANKFURT, Sept 16- A Frankfurt judge granted a reprieve to Uber, the online transportation service, setting aside a temporary injunction issued two weeks ago against the Silicon Valley company from operating a novel car-sharing service across Germany.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 16- The co-head of Deutsche Bank has backed the German government in a debate over how to jump-start the stalled euro zone economy, telling Reuters that structural reforms, rather than looser fiscal policy, are what is needed to boost growth.

  • PARIS, Sept 16- Prime Minister Manuel Valls vowed to preserve France's social model while pushing pro-business reforms ahead of a parliament confidence vote on Tuesday in which left-wingers have threatened to abstain in protest.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 16- U.S. buyout firm Blackstone is acquiring two office towers in Frankfurt, Germany, for a combined 350 million euros to bolster its real estate business, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.