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  • George Lucas Just Made $4 Billion—Without VC Money Wednesday, 31 Oct 2012 | 10:19 AM ET

    An entrepreneur by the name of George Lucas just cashed out of the company he founded and built: Lucasfilm. Unlike many entrepreneurs who build companies these days, George Lucas didn't raise any VC money.

  • Disney to Buy Lucasfilm in Deal Worth Over $4 Billion Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 4:38 PM ET

    Walt Disney said it has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm, the film company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas, in a cash-and-stock deal worth $4.05 billion.

  • TD Bank to Buy Target’s Credit Card Portfolio Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 | 8:51 AM ET

    Target said on Tuesday that it plans to sell its credit card portfolio to TD Bank Group, finding a buyer nearly two years after the retailer first said it wanted to sell the business.

  • BAE Shareholders Call for Chairman to Go Monday, 22 Oct 2012 | 11:05 PM ET

    A group of BAE Systems shareholders has demanded the resignation of chairman Dick Olver, saying sweeping changes are needed at the UK defense group following the collapse of the EADS merger two weeks ago.  The FT reports.

  • Ally Financial and Royal Bank of Canada are closing in on a deal that would value Ally Canada at more than $4 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Why the Dollar Is a Deal Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 4:16 PM ET

    A variety of economic factors could finally push a certain currency pair through a key level, this strategist says. 

  • Where the Yen Is Headed Now Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 8:59 AM ET

    Got a yen for the Japanese currency? Be careful, this strategist says.

  • Why the Pound Is a Heavyweight Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 1:19 PM ET

    Wonder what is keeping the British pound so strong? It's the British, stupid.

  • Global Food-Giant Buyouts of Top Organic Brands Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 8:29 AM ET
    The organic foods business has gone so far beyond wheat sprouts and fresh pressed juices that the top company in the sector,  is close to breaking into the top half of the Fortune 500 rankings of America’s largest companies.

    Multinational food and beverage companies have jumped into the fast-growing organic foods markets through strategic acquisition.

  • Invesco Voices Concern Over BAE Tie-Up Monday, 8 Oct 2012 | 2:00 AM ET

    BAE Systems’ largest shareholder will on Monday signal its “significant reservations” about the U.K. defense group’s proposed tie-up with EADS, the FT reports.

  • BAE Tie-Up Bad for UK, Warns Darling Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:37 AM ET

    Alistair Darling has made a forceful intervention in the plans by EADS to combine with BAE Systems, saying British interests were bound to suffer because the UK government would have no equity stake in the enlarged group. The FT reports.

  • Big Banks Face Hardest Hit From Ringfencing Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 11:58 PM ET
    E.U. Flags

    More than a dozen of Europe’s biggest banks face the upheaval and cost of building a ringfence around their trading activities if the findings of the EU-appointed Liikanen review are implemented. The likes of Deutsche Bank, Barclays and BNP Paribas are likely to be the hardest hit. The FT reports.

  • Call for Bank Bonuses to Be Paid in Debt Tuesday, 2 Oct 2012 | 6:14 AM ET
    Bank Metallic Sign

    Banks should pay bonuses in debt, which would be wiped out if a bank failed, an EU banking report will suggest as Europe attempts to step up the fight against bankers’ pay. The FT reports.

  • Xstrata Close to Backing Glencore Offer Sunday, 30 Sep 2012 | 1:40 AM ET
    The headquarters of the Swiss commodities giant Glencore in Baar, Switzerland.

    Xstrata is preparing to recommend the latest merger offer from Glencore on Monday, with the miner over the weekend hammering out a novel structure that is designed to help maximise support from its investors. The FT reports

  • UK Fears French BAE-EADS Stake Push Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 10:16 PM ET

    France is pushing for its government to hold a large stake in the €34 billion defense and aerospace group to be created by combining pan-European EADS and BAE of the UK, raising concerns in London that such a demand would threaten the deal. The FT reports.

  • Banks’ M&A Earnings Drop to Lehman Low Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 7:42 PM ET

    Investment bank earnings from mergers & acquisitions and debt and equity capital markets has slowed to a low not seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, with 2012 on course to be the worst year for the industry since 2004. The FT reports.

  • Mining

    The $90 billion merger of Glencore and Xstrata is on shaky ground as the two sides struggle to come to terms over the makeup of the combined management team, the New York Times reports.

  • A Hedge Fund’s Complex Scheme May Cost It Millions Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 2:12 AM ET

    Hedge funds are supposed to be the smart money, but sometimes even they can be outsmarted. Take the case of Mason Capital Management and the Telus Corporation, a large Canadian telecommunications company. Mason Capital, a New York and London hedge fund with about $8 billion in assets under management, has made a complex bet in Telus stock that looked shrewd at first, but that may now lose tens of millions of dollars, the New York Times reports.

  • Pedestrians cross a street in Jakarta's modern business district.

    Southeast Asia's most populous nation is on track to become the world's 7th largest economy by 2030, putting it ahead of the developed nations of Germany and the U.K., a new report by McKinsey Global Institute showed Tuesday.

  • BAE-EADS Faces Tougher US 'Firewall' Monday, 17 Sep 2012 | 2:14 AM ET

    BAE Systems will have to agree more rigorous US security arrangements if its 38 billion euros ($49.9 billion) deal to combine with EADS is to pass muster in Washington, a former senior US official has warned, the Financial Times reports.

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