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  • Sharp drops in many of the stocks owned by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in recent weeks hit the sprawling conglomerate's equity portfolio hard. The loss on seven of those holdings alone totals more than $5 billion provided Berkshire's stakes have remained the same since June 30, the last date for which they were disclosed. Berkshire Hathaway did not respond...

  • Two manufacturers with significant exposure to oil markets, General Electric Co and Honeywell International Inc, said in interviews they did not see any short-term impact, but that sustained lower prices could alter the picture. They include Emerson Electric Co, which sells equipment such as valves, as well as automation software and services to help manage...

  • *UAE, Qatar change direction as Western markets dip. DUBAI, Oct 20- Most Middle Eastern stock markets fell on Monday as a rebound by global equities turned out to be short-lived, but Saudi Arabia's bourse rose after a string of strong quarterly earnings. Stock indexes in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar rose in early trade but quickly gave up all their gains after...

  • Oct 17- General Electric Co reported a slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, with cost cuts that helped boost margins across its industrial businesses offsetting revenue that missed analysts' targets. GE reported a 4 percent rise in organic revenue, which excludes acquisitions, at its industrial manufacturing businesses, where Chief...

  • Oct 17- General Electric Co reported a slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, as cost cuts that helped boost margins across its industrial businesses offset revenue that fell below analysts' targets. The U.S. conglomerate posted a 4 percent rise in organic revenue, which excludes acquisitions, for its industrial manufacturing...

  • UPDATE 1-GE profit tops estimates as margins improve Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    Oct 17- General Electric Co reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, as margin improvement across its industrial businesses offset revenue that came in below analysts' targets. Third-quarter net income rose to $3.54 billion, or 35 cents per share, from $3.19 billion, or 31 cents per share, a year earlier. Excluding special items, earnings of 38...

  • RPT-Buffett cuts Tesco stake to below 3 pct Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:20 AM ET

    LONDON, Oct 16- Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman and chief executive of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, has cut his vehicle's stake in troubled British grocer Tesco to below 3 percent, according to a stock market notification. The filing, published on Thursday, said that on Oct. 13 Berkshire reduced its Tesco holding to "less than 3 percent."

  • Levy was drafted in 2002 into the management team that revived the then telecoms-to-media conglomerate Vivendi. The 59- year-old, who began his career at France Telecom, spent a decade paring back Vivendi film, TV and Internet assets. "At Vivendi and at Thales, he didn't turn up with an entourage," said Capron, who was finance director at Vivendi during part of Levy's...

  • *Dubai closes below 200- day average, first time since 2012. *Ezz Steel lifts Egypt after govt restricts steel imports. DUBAI, Oct 15- Most stock markets in the Middle East continued to decline on Wednesday as global equities remained under pressure and disappointing quarterly earnings and forecasts weighed on bourses in Oman and Kuwait.

  • HONG KONG, Oct 15- China Resources Holding Co Ltd's new chairman has met with at least 10 provincial governments since taking the helm six months ago- a charm offensive that is helping the state-owned conglomerate move past a major corruption scandal. The campaign by the politically connected Fu, formerly chief of China Merchants Group, which is also a sprawling...

  • MUMBAI, Oct 13- Reliance Industries Ltd, a conglomerate that operates the world's biggest refinery, reported a rise in profits that beat forecasts, helped by stronger refining margins, and said it would invest up to $9 billion in the next two quarters. The company, controlled by India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has been expanding beyond its core refining and...

  • PANAMA CITY, Oct 10- The Panama Ports Company, a unit of Hong Kong- based conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, will invest about $110 million through 2015 to expand Panama's Balboa Port, the company's top executive told reporters on Friday. The expansion will add loading and unloading space to the Pacific coast facility as well as wire the port's fuel-burning...

  • GE unit in talks to buy Milestone Aviation - WSJ Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 6:32 PM ET

    Oct 10- General Electric Co's finance arm is in talks to buy Milestone Aviation Group Ltd, as the U.S. conglomerate looks to expand its aircraft-leasing operation into helicopters, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Milestone, co-founded by NetJets Inc founder Richard Santulli, has announced plans for an initial public...

  • Oct 8- Vivian Schiller said she was stepping down as Twitter Inc's news head after nearly a year at the microblogging website, the latest executive exit from the company this year. Stanton, who also is on the board of French conglomerate Vivendi SA, became Twitter's new media chief in July, placing the former Google Inc executive at the heart of crucial...

  • Laguna Niguel, Calif., Oct 7- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett on Tuesday predicted Democrat Hillary Clinton would run for the U.S. presidency in 2016 and win. "Hillary is going to run," said Buffett, the chairman and chief executive of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc, speaking at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, California.

  • John Flannery, 53, was appointed president and chief executive officer of GE Healthcare, effective immediately. With 27 years at GE, Flannery most recently was GE's senior vice president of business development, which recently included a key role in the $16.9 billion purchase of the power assets of France's Alstom. Previously, Flannery served as president and...

  • Siemens may close some energy plants amid low margins Saturday, 4 Oct 2014 | 7:38 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Oct 4- German industrial conglomerate Siemens expects low profit margins at its energy division in the next couple of years and could close some factories as a result, the head of the division told the Boersen-Zeitung newspaper. Siemens strengthened it this year with the acquisitions of U.S.-based Dresser Rand as well as Rolls Royce's power unit.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 3- Argentina has defaulted on its debt, the economy is stagnant, inflation is soaring and its market-friendly central bank chief has just been forced out. President Christina Fernandez this week publicly blasted the trading as unpatriotic, accusing those involved in it of trying to pull down her government and ordered an investigation into...

  • Oct 2- Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman and chief executive officer of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc, praised Coca-Cola's altered executive compensation plan on Thursday. Buffett also said Burger King Worldwide Inc's $11.5 billion purchase of Tim Hortons Inc was not a tax-motivated deal. " Berkshire committed $3 billion in preferred equity...

  • NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Oct 2- Subrata Roy, the jailed head of India's Sahara conglomerate, is back in a cell after living in a makeshift prison office for two months while working on the sale of three luxury hotels in New York and London, a deal that is still hanging. India's top court had allowed the tycoon to use an office, phone, Internet connection and three secretaries in...