*H2 profit up 8 pct to $5.69 bln. MELBOURNE, Aug 19- Top global miner BHP Billiton will spin off a roughly $14 billion company to shareholders, mostly offloading assets it acquired in its 2001 merger with Billiton, as it looks to focus on its strongest businesses.» Read More
OCBC SAYS SINGAPORE NEW MORTGAGE VOLUME DOWN 40 PCT; IMPACT ON BALANCE SHEET PROBABLY FELT IN 2 H 2015.
SEOUL, March 14- POSCO's new chief executive said the South Korean steelmaker will sell non-core assets and list some affiliates to shore up its balance sheet, shying away from major new investments in a marked break from his predecessor's strategy.
*Italy no longer cause for alarm among foreign investors. Italy's largest bank by assets UniCredit and troubled lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena this week announced the write-downs- of 13.7 billion and 2.75 billion euros respectively- as they prepare for an industry-wide health check that European lenders are undergoing this year.
FRANKFURT, March 11- The European Central Bank will press euro zone banks to revalue their assets and take a more realistic view on likely losses when it probes their balance sheets in the coming months, signalling a new, more aggressive era of banking supervision.
MILAN, March 11- UniCredit posted a record 14 billion-euro loss on Tuesday due to huge writedowns on bad loans and past acquisitions as it moved to clean up its balance sheet ahead of an industry-wide health check by European regulators.
FRANKFURT, March 11- The European Central Bank will press banks to revalue their assets and take a more realistic view on likely losses when it probes their balance sheets in coming months, signalling a new, more aggressive era of banking supervision in the bloc.
*Impairments and' hard to value' assets key areas. DUBLIN, March 10- The European Central Bank's stance on how bad loans are defined will be one of the biggest revelations to the euro zone's largest banks when it details on Tuesday how it will test balance sheets, three sources with knowledge of the tests told Reuters.
*ECB disappoints bears, euro seen rising to $1.40. LONDON, March 7- The euro raced to a 2-1/ 2 year high against the dollar on Friday as short term money market rates rose on signs that the European Central Bank's balance sheet was contracting at a time when other major central banks were still expanding theirs.
MILAN, March 4- Euro zone banks could be forced to disclose any major balance sheet gaps discovered in a health check on the industry before the results are made public in October, the head of the European banking watchdog said on Tuesday.
March 3- Civil unrest in Ukraine has put pressure on its banks which could need liquidity and capital support due to falling deposits, a high level of non-performing loans and a depreciating currency.
Others, including Britain and the Netherlands, have taken longer. Bankia, Spain's fourth-biggest lender, needed 22.4 billion euros in bail-out funds from Europe and Spain's bank restructuring fund FROB. Britain pumped 66 billion pounds into Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds in 2008 and 2009 and provided tens of billions more in liquidity support to the sector.
Deutsche Bank said it will beef up its balance sheet with a 2.8 billion euro capital increase and unveiled forecast-beating first-quarter earnings following a wave of aggressive cost cuts.
The stock market is bolstered by the strength of corporate balance sheets, said Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Shawn Matthews Tuesday on "Squawk on the Street."
Kraft Foods Group said fourth-quarter revenue likely declined about 11 percent from a year earlier due to reductions in trade inventories, but raised its forecast for 2013.
Chris Wheeler, bank analyst at Mediobanca, tells CNBC that the big question is what state the balance sheets of European banks are in.
Ashok Shah, CIO at London and Capital, tells CNBC that banks have been given a ¿free lunch¿ borrowing at very low cost in order to boost their profitability.
The U.S. economy is on the mend and has been getting better, but JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon said chief executives he has spoken to have told him they are already making decisions to protect their companies from a looming "fiscal cliff."
Thanks to the Federal Reserve, Jamie Dimon and the Obama administration, the U.S. economy is “bleeding”, John McCain, the Republican Senator from Arizona and former presidential candidate, told CNBC.
Philipp Hildebrand, BlackRock's newly appointed vice chairman, discusses his new role at BlackRock and how he intends to help clients deal with the difficult investing environment. He also weighs in on Europe's current fiscal fragmentation and why it's important to get a clear read on the banks' balance sheets, with CNBC's Steve Liesman.
The "Squawk Box" news team and Sallie Krawcheck, Motif Investing, provide perspective on damaged balance sheets at Europe's big banks and the impact on governments.