FRANKFURT, Sept 22- Drugs and chemicals maker Merck KGaA agreed on Monday to acquire U.S. company Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion in cash to boost its lab supplies business, the biggest takeover in the German group's history.» Read More
*Berkshire Hathaway shares up after results. NEW YORK, Aug 4- U.S. stocks were little changed in volatile trading Monday as earnings, including those of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, were partly offset by drops in high-yielding dividend stocks in the utilities sector.
*Berkshire Hathaway shares up after results. *Michael Kors shares reverse premarket move, fall 5.5 pct. NEW YORK, Aug 4- U.S. stocks rose in morning trading on Monday, lifted by earnings including those of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, with gains partly offset by drops in high-yielding dividend stocks in the utilities sector.
*Berkshire Hathaway shares up after results. *Diamond Offshore weighs on Loews earnings. *Portugal will spend 4.9 billion euros to rescue Banco Espirito Santo, its largest listed lender, testing the euro zone's resilience to another banking crisis just months after Lisbon exited an international bailout.
Aug 4- Hotel, energy and financial services conglomerate Loews Corp reported a 57 percent drop in quarterly profit due to lower earnings from Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc, one of the world's top five offshore rig contractors.
Aug 4- Hotel, energy and financial services conglomerate Loews Corp reported a 57 percent drop in quarterly profit due to lower earnings from Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc.. Net income attributable to Loews fell to $116 million, or 30 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $269 million, or 69 cents per share, a year earlier.
Aug 1- Timber conglomerate Weyerhaeuser Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as its strategy of focusing on wood products paid off. The business brought in $1.08 billion of Weyerhaeuser's total revenue of $1.96 billion and contributed $102 million to pre-tax profit in the second quarter ended June 30.
*Dubai World proposes to make 1st big repayment early, delay 2nd. DUBAI, Aug 1- Economic recovery in Dubai is pushing both creditors and debtors to weigh new strategies in the $25 billion restructuring of state-owned Dubai World, one of the Middle East's largest ever debt deals.
NEW YORK/ HOUSTON, July 31- Chemicals firm LyondellBasell, part of Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik's business empire, said it will quit buying "disputed" oil from Iraq- one day after Reuters identified it as the mystery American importer of Kurdish crude.
TORONTO, July 31- Canadian telecom and media conglomerate Quebecor Inc says it is closing in on a decision on whether to buy up smaller competitors or team up with a partner to expand its wireless operations outside its home province of Quebec.
TORONTO, July 31- Regional Canadian telecom and media conglomerate Quebecor Inc posted a much smaller second-quarter net loss on flat revenue on Thursday, as cost-cutting in its media unit offset weakness in its wireless and cable arm.
NEW YORK, July 30- Chemicals firm LyondellBasell, owned by Ukraine- born billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, appears to be the mystery American buyer of two cargoes of Kurdish crude delivered in May, according to U.S. government data and industry sources.
*Saudi Arabia as big as other Gulf markets combined. DUBAI, July 23- The opening of Saudi Arabia's bourse to international investors may double the amount of foreign money flowing into the Gulf's securities markets, making it more attractive to invest in the region but also bringing new risks.
*Gross refining margin $8.7/ bbl in Q1 from $8.4/ bbl yr ago. MUMBAI, July 19- Indian energy conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd's quarterly net profit topped market expectations, bolstered by strong revenue growth in its oil and gas business and higher margins in its core refining business.
*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.
July 18- General Electric Co reported a 13- percent jump in quarterly net income Friday on improved sales of its jet engines and oil and gas equipment, and said it was targeting the initial public offering of its private-label credit-card business for the end of the month.
GE posted a 13 percent rise in net income, helped by increases in sales of its jet engines and oil and gas equipment.
SYDNEY, July 17- Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Thursday criticised excessive financial regulation as stymieing free markets and urged Group of 20 governments to "take a back seat" to allow businesses to drive economic growth.
NEW YORK, July 16- Time Warner Inc's board, in rejecting 21st Century Fox Inc's $80 billion bid, insisted the offer undervalued the media conglomerate and raised fears about the dominating role that Rupert Murdoch's family would play, a person close to the situation said on Wednesday.
*Time Warner shares up 16.9 percent. NEW YORK, July 16- Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc said on Wednesday that Time Warner Inc had rebuffed its offer to buy the company, but people familiar with his thinking say he is determined to bring the U.S. media conglomerate into his empire.