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  • Fraud investigators quiz top Portuguese banker Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— Portugal's attorney general's office says prosecutors investigating a suspected tax fraud and money-laundering conspiracy have detained the former head of the country's largest bank.

  • Lisbon rallies as European shares edge higher Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    *Investors keeping wary eye on Ukraine crisis. LONDON, July 23- Portugal's stock market outperformed other European bourses on Wednesday, rallying after investors bought stakes in the country's troubled lender Banco Espirito Santo.

  • *Rioforte owes Banco Espirito Santo 220 million euros. The announcement from Rioforte came less than an hour after Banco Espirito Santo, which the family founded, said that two heavyweight U.S. investors had taken a combined stake of almost 5 percent in BES.

  • *Rioforte owes Banco Espirito Santo 220 million euros. The announcement from Rioforte came less than an hour after Banco Espirito Santo, which the family founded, said that two heavyweight U.S. investors had taken a combined stake of almost 5 percent in BES.

  • LISBON, July 21- Portugal's president warned on Monday that fallout from the financial troubles of the founding family of Banco Espirito Santo could affect the wider economy, while the bank said it was appointing a special financial advisor to help boost its capital structure.

  • LISBON, July 21- Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo is appointing a special financial advisor to help it raise capital to cope with large debts at the bank's founding family.

  • *Angola central bank says BES's Angola unit needs capital increase.

  • *Angola central bank says BES's Angola unit needs capital increase. LISBON, July 18- Financial problems at Portugal's Espirito Santo business empire spilled further across national borders on Friday, with Angola's central bank saying the local division of Banco Espirito Santo would need a capital increase to deal with bad loans.

  • LISBON, July 18- Banco Espirito Santo should be able to tap private investors if it needs to boost its defences against losses, Portugal's central bank governor said on Friday, reiterating that the lender had sufficient capital reserves.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 31 Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    PARIS- IMF chief Christine Lagarde and Germany Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble take part in a debate on the future of the euro zone at a conference in Paris- 0900 GMT.

  • *Portugal Telecom considering lawsuit targeting BES. LISBON, July 17- Banco Espirito Santo could be sued over a loan that one of its founding family's holding companies failed to repay to Portugal Telecom, sources said on Thursday, as credit rating agencies downgraded the bank and its key shareholder.

  • LISBON, July 17- Two of the big three ratings agencies slashed their credit marks for Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo and its biggest shareholder on Thursday, warning of an impact on their solvency from the founding family's growing financial problems.

  • *Portugal Telecom salvages Oi merger but cuts stake. *Portugal Telecom shares jump in relief. LISBON, July 16- Portugal Telecom has been forced to take a cut in its share of the merger with Brazil's Grupo Oi after a holding company of the Espirito Santo family failed to repay more than $1 billion it owed to the telco.

  • European shares recover as BES and miners bounce back Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1.2 pct. LONDON, July 16- European equity markets recovered on Wednesday from losses in the previous session as a rebound in Banco Espirito Santo and in mining stocks lifted the region's bourses.

  • *China data lifts stocks, oil and metals outlook. LONDON, July 16- Stocks rose in Europe on Wednesday after China reported economic growth figures that were slightly stronger than markets had expected, although the reaction in Asia was more muted. The China data helped push Shanghai zinc and London aluminium close to their highest in more than a year.

  • European shares buoyed after miners receive China boost Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 4:04 AM ET

    Dutch blue chip toolmaker ASML, down 1 percent, and Swedish telecoms firm Tele2, down 1.1 percent, both reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings but had a cautious tone for their full-year outlook statements. Analysts at Espirito Santo said that "uncertainty remains high" for Tele2.

  • Otto Dichtl, managing director at Stifel Nicolaus, comments on Portugal Telecom, as reports indicate that one of the holding companies of the Espirito Santo family, Rioforte, could fail to repay its debt.

  • Rio de Janeiro- based Oi and Portugal Telecom agreed to keep the terms of their merger unaltered for now, the paper said, adding that Portugal Telecom will continue to have a 37 percent stake in CorpCo, as the company resulting from the merger is known. Efforts to reach Lisbon- based Portugal Telecom were unsuccessful.

  • *Portugal jitters seen as sign of things to come. LONDON, July 15- Investors are bracing for more "mini-crises" in the euro area's periphery- like that triggered by Portugal's biggest listed bank last week- after a two-year rally that has left stocks and bonds looking pricey.

  • *Debt owed to Portugal Telecom, which is merging with Brazil's Grupo Oi. By 2200 GMT Rioforte is supposed to repay 847 million euros in maturing debt to the country's largest telecom services provider, Portugal Telecom, currently in the throes of a tie-up with Brazil's Grupo Oi, which is likely to amend the terms of the deal in the event of a default.