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  • CAIRO, Dec 24- Kellogg Co, the world's largest maker of breakfast cereals, raised its bid for Egyptian snack maker Bisco Misr on Wednesday, topping a rival offer from UAE's Abraaj in an intensifying $144 million takeover battle. Kellogg's latest bid, for 89.86 Egyptian pounds per share, came on the heels of an offer earlier in the day by Abraaj Asset Management for...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 24- China will expand a trial programme next year to allow the creation of purely private banks and ease the entry of private capital into the banking sector, China Banking Regulatory Commission chairman Shang Fulin was quoted saying in state media. The official China Securities Journal on Wednesday reported Shang saying at a meeting that the...

  • BEIJING, Dec 23- New players in China's shadow banking sector are growing rapidly despite attempts to clamp down on opaque lending, taking advantage of a regulatory anomaly to prosper but also raising the risks of a build-up of debt in the slowing economy. Authorities have sought to rein in the riskiest elements of less-regulated lending after a series of...

  • Dec 22- A Michigan board on Monday agreed to send nearly $195 million in state funds to Detroit's two retirement systems on Feb. 9 as part of a pivotal deal that helped to end the city's historic bankruptcy, a state spokesman said. The state funds are part of the so-called grand bargain, which includes $366 million from philanthropic foundations and $100 million...

  • Dec 19- The biggest investor in Meredith Whitney's hedge fund has demanded his money back and two executives have left in the past month, Bloomberg reported, citing a person with knowledge of the firm. Chief Financial Officer Andrew Turchin has also exited, Bloomberg said, quoting the source. Whitney's fund started trading in November 2013 with about $50 million...

  • PARIS/ LONDON, Dec 19- Bargain hunters may have to think twice before scooping up shares of beaten-down oil services companies, as a slump in crude prices raises questions about their ability to pay back debt. "People are just starting to dump these bonds given the trajectory of oil prices," Saxo Bank Chief Investment Officer Steen Jakobsen said.

  • Knock-on effect of dropping oil   Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 AM ET
    Knock-on effect of dropping oil

    A sharp fall in any asset price, particularly oil will have a major "knock-on effect" with other asset prices says Paul Sedgwick, head of investments at Frank Investments.

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 19- China on Friday set up its first insurance fund for its $2.1 trillion trust industry in a move to reduce financial risk in shadow banking, the country's banking regulator said. The fund, jointly established by China Trustee Association and 13 trust firms, will be chaired by Xu Zhichao, an ex-deputy president of the state-owned Cinda Asset...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- Pacific Investment Management Co expects global growth to accelerate in 2015 to around 2.75 percent from around plus 2.5 percent this year, on expectations that supply-driven declines in oil prices were fundamentally positive, the bond giant said on Thursday in its year-end Cyclical Forum outlook report. Pimco said its view that the outlook...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- Pacific Investment Management Co expects global growth to accelerate in 2015 to around 2.75 percent from around plus 2.5 percent this year, on expectations that supply-driven declines in oil prices were fundamentally positive, the bond giant said on Thursday in its year-end Cyclical Forum outlook report. Pimco said its view that the outlook...

  • MIDEAST STOCKS-Gulf markets surge on stronger oil Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:25 AM ET

    *Saudi Arabia's finance minister says state to keep spending. *UAE companies buy back cheap shares. DUBAI, Dec 18- Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates soared on Thursday after the price of oil rebounded and the Riyadh government eased investors' fears by saying it would continue spending heavily on economic development.

  • BOSTON, Dec 17- A top Herbalife salesman said that most people who sell the company's weight loss and nutrition products are doomed to fail, adding fresh grist to accusations by a hedge fund manager that the company is a fraud. Gratziani is a member of Herbalife's elite Chairman's Club sales team. The video of that training session was released publicly on...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 17- Increasingly controversial environmental issues in Australia and a global slump in commodity prices are putting pressure on Australia's A $1.8 trillion pension fund industry to adopt socially responsible investing policies- including a restriction on funding fossil fuels. Ethical funds have grown to more than A $150 billion this year from...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- Vanguard Group became the largest U.S. fund manager by assets by persuading investors that they don't need to pay for a stock picker. Under lead manager James Stetler, the $615 million Vanguard Strategic Small Cap Equity Fund, for example, topped its index by 3.2 percentage points a year over the same period. An investor who put $10,000 into the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- Vanguard Group became the largest U.S. fund manager by assets by persuading investors that they don't need to pay for a stock picker. Under lead manager James Stetler, the $615 million Vanguard Strategic Small Cap Equity Fund, for example, topped its index by 3.2 percentage points a year over the same period. An investor who put $10,000 into the...

  • *Panic returns; UAE minister tries to reassure investors. *UAE markets hit 1- year lows, Oman at 2-1/ 2- year low. DUBAI, Dec 16- A fresh wave of panic selling wiped out $49 billion of stock market value across the Gulf Arab economies on Tuesday as the price of Brent crude oil dropped below $60 a barrel for the first time since 2009..

  • DUBAI, Dec 16- The Arab energy exporting states of the Gulf can cope comfortably with sliding oil prices, an International Monetary Fund official said on Tuesday, as a plunge in regional stock markets showed some local investors were panicking. If those levels persist next year, the six rich nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council will face the most dramatic...

  • TORONTO, Dec 15- The parent of Canada's Porter Airlines is nearing the sale of a passenger terminal it operates at Toronto's Billy Bishop Airport, according to three sources familiar with the process. One of the sources familiar with the process said at least two separate bids are expected this week from pension fund manager Alberta Investment Management Corp...

  • *Qatar's Barwa Real Estate surges after fresh order. DUBAI, Dec 15- Most Middle East stock markets became more stable on Monday, after plunging in previous days, as the price of oil recovered slightly. Brent crude climbed above $62 per barrel, after hitting 5-1/ 2- year lows of $60.28 earlier, as traders began pricing in expectations of improving global...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Investors are optimistic about private equity, but reconsidering their allocations to hedge funds, a survey showed on Monday. The Global Private Equity Barometer by Coller Capital showed that almost two-fifths of investors, or Limited Partners as they are known, are planning to increase allocations targets to private equity over the next year.