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  • Life Partners Holdings files for bankruptcy Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    Jan 20- Life Partners Holdings Inc, which deals in the secondary market for life insurance, said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.

  • *Halliburton says job cuts to be in line with primary competitors. Jan 20- Oilfield service providers Baker Hughes Inc and Halliburton Co plan to cut thousands of jobs as drilling activity slows further due to a steep fall in crude oil prices. Baker Hughes, which is being acquired by Halliburton in a near- $35 billion deal, said earlier in the day it would lay off 7,000...

  • Starboard asks Staples to merge with Office Depot Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    Jan 20- Activist investor Starboard Value LP called for office-supply chains Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc to merge, saying it would lead to greater savings. A merger will result in synergies of at least $2 billion, which would more than double operating profits, and the two chains will be more efficient at closing stores when combined, Starboard said in a...

  • *Baker Hughes fourth-quarter adjusted profit $1.44 vs est $1.07. Jan 20- Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc said it expects to lay off about 7,000 employees, days after industry leader Schlumberger Ltd said it would cut jobs as drilling activity slows due to a steep fall in oil prices. Halliburton, which is buying Baker Hughes in a near- $35 billion deal,...

  • NEW YORK/ TORONTO, Jan 16- Target Corp was scrambling for ways to fix its failing Canadian expansion and considering closing just the weakest locations, but a pre-holiday visit to several stores by CEO Brian Cornell helped seal the decision for a full retreat. Cornell spent the weekend before Christmas making solo visits to stores in Ontario and Quebec, Canada's...

  • Jan 16- Wet Seal Inc filed for bankruptcy protection late on Thursday, a week after the struggling apparel retailer laid off 3,700 employees and closed 338 stores. Wet Seal, which reported slowing year-on-year sales growth for the past five quarters, warned last month that it may seek to restructure under provisions of the U.S. Wet Seal sells apparel and...

  • Retailer Wet Seal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 12:03 AM ET

    Jan 16- Wet Seal Inc filed for bankruptcy protection late on Thursday, a week after the struggling apparel retailer laid off 3,700 employees and closed 338 stores. The company listed assets of $10 million to $50 million and liabilities of $100 million to $50 million, according to the filing. Wet Seal sells apparel and accessories for teen girls and young women...

  • Jan 15- Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said it will cut 9,000 jobs, or about 7 percent of its workforce, as it focuses on controlling costs amid plummeting oil prices. Schlumberger had said last month that it would take a $1 billion charge related to jobs cuts and the writedown of some seismic vessels. Schlumberger's customers- oil...

  • Jan 15- Target Corp's exit from Canada means Chief Executive Brian Cornell will have to rely solely on the saturated U.S. market for growth, the success of which could hinge on a shift towards smaller and urban-based stores. Target announced plans on Thursday to close all of its 133 stores in Canada and put the local business in bankruptcy. "They could easily open in...

  • Schlumberger to cut 9,000 jobs on oil-price plunge Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    Schlumberger Ltd, the world's No.1 oilfield services provider, said it will cut 9,000 jobs, or about 7 percent of its workforce.

  • WILMINGTON, Delaware/ CHICAGO Jan 15- The operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp, the largest U.S. casino company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday in Chicago to cut $10 billion of debt, but a Delaware judge intervened to halt the case before it got started. The bankruptcy was filed overnight by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company Inc and 179...

  • Jan 15- The operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp, the largest U.S. casino company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday to implement its plan to cut $10 billion of debt, but faced an immediate challenge over where the case should proceed. The bankruptcy protection was filed by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company Inc and scores of affiliates...

  • LISBON, Jan 15- The future buyer or buyers of Portugal's flag carrier TAP will be barred from laying off workers en masse as long as the state remains a shareholder, the government said on Thursday. At a cabinet meeting on Thursday, the government approved a prospectus with conditions for TAP privatisation, which also include preserving TAP's status as the...

  • LONDON, Jan 15- Oil majors BP and ConocoPhillips will cut over 500 jobs in the North Sea following similar moves by rivals to reduce costs in one of the world's most expensive exploration areas as oil prices tumble. BP employs 4,000 people in the North Sea and another 11,000 across the UK. Fellow North Sea oil producer ConocoPhillips is cutting 230 jobs in Britain,...

  • TORONTO, Jan 15- Bombardier Inc said on Thursday that it had suspended its Learjet 85 aircraft program and was laying off about 1,000 employees due to weak demand for the business jet. Bombardier said the pause would result in a pretax charge of about $1.4 billion for the fourth quarter, mainly for the impairment of the Learjet 85 development costs.

  • UPDATE 1-BP to cut North Sea jobs as oil price plummets Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 4:59 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 15- BP will cut hundreds of jobs in the North Sea to reduce costs in one of the world's most expensive exploration areas as oil prices fall. The BBC quoted sources as saying staff cuts would be announced later on Thursday in the Scottish city of Aberdeen. Fellow North Sea oil producer ConocoPhillips is also cutting 230 jobs in Britain, with its UK...

  • Caesars Entertainment's unit files for bankruptcy Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 4:26 AM ET
    Caesars Entertainment Corp.'s Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

    The operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp, the largest U.S. casino company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday.

  • Jan 15- The operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp, the largest U.S. casino company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday to implement its plan to cut $10 billion of debt. The bankruptcy protection was filed by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company Inc and several affiliates in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Jan 15- The operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp, the largest U.S. casino company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday to implement its plan to cut $10 billion of debt.

  • Markets split on endgame for Caesars' looming bankruptcy Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 7:17 PM ET

    Jan 14- On the eve of Caesars Entertainment Corp's $10 billion debt-cutting bankruptcy, markets are reflecting two competing views of how the casino company's high-stakes plan will play out. "The fact there is equity value in Caesars, that equity value describes a really optimistic view of how this will play out," said Chris Snow, an analyst with CreditSights.