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  • *Lafarge and Holcim selling assets as part of merger. DUBLIN, Feb 1- Irish building supplies group CRH said on Sunday it had agreed to pay 6.5 billion euros for assets Lafarge and Holcim were obliged to sell ahead of their planned merger. France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim announced merger plans last year, hoping to cut costs and tackle overcapacity and weak...

  • LONDON, Jan 26- When Mario Draghi announced the European Central Bank's trillion-euro scheme to buy government bonds, he acknowledged that in the round of strategies to revive inflation and boost the economy, the bank had just played its last hand. Asked by reporters what would happen if the plan to purchase 60 billion euros of assets a month for 19 months failed,...

  • Gurría on ECB QE: 'Just do it already'  Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 5:10 AM ET

    Ahead of the European Central Bank first meeting of 2015, Ángel Gurría, secretary-general at OECD says the ECB is "the last actor to join in" on quantitative easing, and they should "just do it already!"

  • Reasons behind the SNB's decision  Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 5:45 AM ET

    The Swiss National Bank has scrapped the franc's peg to the euro. Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank, shares her thoughts on the move which has shocked markets.

  • Jan 8- Tesco's new chief executive announced initial measures on Thursday to strengthen the balance sheet, including cost cuts, no final dividend for 2014/ 15, lower capital expenditure and asset disposals. -Closure of Cheshunt headquarters planned in 2016, with Welwyn Garden City office to become UK and group headquarters. -To sell Tesco Broadband and...

  • LONDON, Jan 8- Britain's biggest grocer Tesco plans to sell assets and cut hundreds of millions of pounds of costs to fund lower prices in store as part of its plan to fight back from the biggest crisis in its 95- year-history. Seeking to recover from four profit warnings and an accounting scandal last year, new Tesco boss Dave Lewis unveiled his plan alongside a...

  • Tesco's most lucrative non- UK assets are its businesses in South Korea and Thailand, which could be sold outright or made separate businesses with local management teams and listed locally. The South Korea business is seen as worth around 4 billion pounds, and Thailand worth up to 5 billion pounds. Tesco has businesses in Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 27- The head of China's central bank's research department told a forum in Beijing on Friday that China's current monetary policy is appropriate but that liquidity management is increasingly important in the face of high funding costs. However, while bank lending rebounded in November, there is little sign of an impact of funding on lending rates,...

  • PARIS, Dec 16- There is a broad consensus on the European Central Bank's governing council in favor of more action to revive the economy and a decision on what tools to use could come soon, Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said in an interview published on Tuesday. The size of the ECB's balance sheet is important as a signal of its determination to act, he said, but "...

  • *U.S. crude continues to slip after drop under $60 a barrel. LONDON, Dec 12- A relentless slide in crude prices put energy stocks and currencies exposed to oil exports under pressure on Friday, dampening appetite for riskier assets and underpinning flows into the safety of core government bonds. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index declined by 0.8 percent...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 11- If you were looking for a sign that coal prices have finally bottomed out, then the ramping up of merger and acquisition activity is often a good indicator. In the past few days, a flurry of announcements have hit the headlines, including Anglo American's proposed sale of coal assets in Australia and South Africa, and Peabody Energy and...

  • Dec 4- A liquidity trap and a realistic threat of both recession and deflation: if the euro zone were any other major economy, official buying of government bonds would have started some time ago. And yet, while Mario Draghi seemingly moves half the distance to outright quantitative easing with every European Central Bank meeting and major speech, somehow he, and...

  • Eni asset sales hit trouble due to oil rout Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    *Oil plunge complicating Mozambique, Saipem stake sales- sources. CEO Claudio Descalzi still needs to raise 6 billion euros under an 11 billion euro program lasting until 2017. The firm has pinned its hopes on selling minority stakes in its Mozambique gas field, and non-core assets such as its 43 percent holding in oil services contractor Saipem.

  • *To pay dividend of 0.50 euro/ share for 2014, 2015. *Sells Spain, Portugal assets to Macquarie for 2.5 bln euros. FRANKFURT, Dec 1- Germany's top utility E.ON said it would split in two, spinning off power plants to focus on renewable energy and power grids, a dramatic response to industry changes that could trigger similar moves at European peers.

  • *To pay dividend of 0.50 euro/ share for 2014, 2015. *Sells Spain, Portugal assets to Macquarie for 2.5 bln euros. FRANKFURT, Dec 1- Germany's biggest utility E.ON announced plans on Sunday to split in two and spin off most of its power generation, energy trading and upstream businesses, responding to a crisis that has crippled the European energy sector.

  • TOKYO, Nov 25- European Central Bank Governing Council member Christian Noyer said on Tuesday the central bank's statements on the size of its balance sheet are not a firm commitment but an expectation of how large the balance sheet will grow. "The statement by the Governing Council is not formulated as a firm commitment but as an expectation," Noyer said.

  • *BHP aims for at least $4 bln in savings by June 2017. MELBOURNE, Nov 24- BHP Billiton stepped up its cost-cutting plans on Monday as the world's biggest miner battles a sharp slide in iron ore, coal and oil prices, and said the unloved assets it is spinning off are still making money despite the rout. BHP expects to reap savings of at least $4 billion by June 2017, up from an...

  • LONDON, Nov 21- Commercial banks' lacklustre appetite for its almost free money could leave the European Central Bank struggling to prime the fragile euro zone economy with another trillion euros as planned. Draghi has set a target of returning the ECB's balance sheet to its level of March 2012-- around 3 trillion euros, compared with the current 2 trillion.

  • LONDON, Nov 18- Markets are overly worried about the U.S. Pascal Blanque, Chief Investment Officer at the $1.2 trillion Amundi Asset Management, sees a' low probability' of the Fed making its first rate rise in 9 years in 2015- despite consensus forecasts of a mid-year hike. What's more, investors needed to stay focused on the global liquidity pool, which is also being...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- Any changes the Federal Reserve makes to its vast portfolio of bonds in the coming years is likely to have a bigger impact on U.S. financial and housing markets than any interest rate hike the U.S. central bank may make in 2015, Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan said on Monday. The Fed's balance sheet stands at $4.22 trillion, including $2.46...