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  • SINGAPORE/ MANILA, Feb 3- Standard Chartered is looking to sell its retail business in the Philippines, part of a wider bid by embattled CEO Peter Sands to cut costs and shrink the bank's asset base, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said. A spokesman for Standard Chartered said the bank would "not comment on speculation". Standard Chartered's assets in the...

  • *Saudi Arabia also boosted by lavish royal payout. DUBAI, Feb 1- Saudi Arabia's stock market rose sharply on Sunday after King Salman ordered a lavish payout to state employees and oil prices jumped on reports of declining U.S. drilling activity. Petrochemicals giant Saudi Basic Industries, up 7.8 percent, was the main support on Sunday.

  • It is seen as a potential distribution center for the Caribbean and Central and South America and is at the heart of a special development zone designed to attract foreign investment in Cuba. The United States and Cuba are restoring diplomatic relations after five decades of hostilities, though full trade and travel will take longer as President Barack Obama...

  • United Tech cuts 2015 forecasts on currency worries Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:24 PM ET
    United Technologies

    United Technologies cut its full-year outlook because of the negative impact of a stronger dollar as the U.S. conglomerate reported higher earnings.

  • Jan 26- United Technologies Corp on Monday cut its full-year outlook because of the negative impact of a stronger dollar even as the U.S. conglomerate reported higher quarterly earnings on a rise in profit at its aerospace businesses. United Technologies said fourth-quarter net income rose 0.7 percent to $1.47 billion from the same period a year ago.

  • HONG KONG, Jan 26- Dalian Wanda Group, China's biggest commercial real estate conglomerate, said on Monday it is investing $1 billion in a prime property development close to Sydney Harbor, its second large investment in Australia. Australia was the third top destination for Chinese property investment after the United States and Britain in the first eleven...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 26- U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group said it has agreed to sell a prime Sydney office building to China's Dalian Wanda Group for about A $415 million. China's biggest property conglomerate plans to build a 5- star hotel as well as luxury residential and retail developments at the location, the company said in a statement.

  • Jan 23- General Electric Co reported a 9 percent rise in quarterly industrial profit on Friday as its businesses that sell power-generating turbines and jet engines helped offset weak sales in its oil and gas unit. "It's going to be an albatross... as long as energy prices stay low," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Asset Management.

  • Jan 23- General Electric Co reported a 9 percent rise in quarterly industrial profit on Friday as its businesses that sell power-generating turbines and jet engines helped offset weak sales in its oil and gas unit. The U.S. conglomerate said its fourth-quarter net income rose 61 percent to $5.15 billion, or 51 cents per share, from a year earlier, when results...

  • Jan 23- General Electric Co's quarterly earnings topped Wall Street's estimate on Friday as its business of selling power-generating turbines drove a 9 percent increase in industrial profit despite weak sales in its oil and gas unit. The U.S. conglomerate said its fourth-quarter net income rose 61 percent to $5.15 billion, or 51 cents per share, from a year...

  • GE profit rises, helped by power, aviation units Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 6:45 AM ET

    The U.S. conglomerate said its fourth-quarter net earnings rose to $5.15 billion, or 51 cents per share, from $3.21 billion, or 32 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • PREVIEW-Low oil prices put pressure on GE shares Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 2:22 PM ET

    Jan 22- For massive conglomerate General Electric Co, the plunge in oil prices stands to both help and hurt. Since 2007, GE has invested $14 billion in this once-fast-growing unit through acquisitions. "We recognize that lower oil prices will affect this business, but no one knows how much yet," said Charlie Smith, chief investment officer of Fort Pitt Capital, which...

  • *He is Hong Kong's top tax payer for 5 years- report. HONG KONG, Jan 22- In late summer 2014, as mass protests rocked central Hong Kong, Canning Fok sat in his office quietly planning a business overhaul that would make his boss Li Ka- shing, Asia's richest man, richer still. After Li revealed the fruits of Fok's labour on Jan. 9, describing it as a "watershed" moment in the...

  • *Deal to help Dalian diversify, expand in entertainment. BEIJING, Jan 21- China's biggest property conglomerate, Dalian Wanda Group Co, has bought 20 percent of Spanish soccer champions Atletico Madrid for 45 million euros, becoming the first Mainland company to invest in a premier European club. Under terms of the investment, Dalian will spend an additional 15...

  • MELBOURNE, Jan 21- Chevron Corp, which has been struggling to lock in long-term sales contracts for its Australian liquefied natural gas, said it has lined up South Korean conglomerate SK Group as a new customer from its $54 billion Gorgon LNG project. "This agreement is an important step in the commercialization of Chevron's significant natural gas holdings in...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 20- European Union antitrust regulators have set a Feb. 23 deadline for a decision on whether to clear General Electric's planned purchase of most of French engineering group Alstom's power equipment business. The European Commission said on Tuesday the companies requested approval for their deal on Jan. 19. U.S. conglomerate GE received the...

  • *Itochu and CP Group to take 20 pct stake in Citic. TOKYO/ HONG KONG, Jan 20- Japanese trading house Itochu Corp and Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group said on Tuesday that they plan to jointly invest $10 billion in Citic Ltd, part of China's oldest and biggest conglomerate. Itochu and CP Group plan to take a joint stake of 20 percent in Citic Ltd, increasing their...

  • TOKYO, Jan 20- Japanese trading house Itochu Corp and Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group said on Tuesday that they plan to jointly invest $10 billion in Citic Group, China's oldest and biggest conglomerate. Itochu and CP Group plan to contribute evenly to the investment, taking a joint stake of as much as 20 percent, as both seek to raise their exposure to the...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 20- Japanese trading house Itochu Corp and Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group will jointly invest a total of HK $80.3 billion in China's Citic Group, the companies said in a Hong Kong stock exchange filing on Tuesday. Citic, China's oldest and biggest financial conglomerate, has been trying to broaden its investor base. It completed a restructuring...

  • BEIJING, Jan 19- China's anti-corruption watchdog has stepped up inspections of state-run conglomerates, focusing on strategic firms, as Beijing prepares to implement its most ambitious reform of government industry in nearly two decades. The Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the ruling Communist Party's top anti-corruption body, said it...