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  • *CIMB aims to acquire RHB and Malaysia Building Society. KUALA LUMPUR, July 10- Malaysia's CIMB Group Holdings Bhd is seeking to acquire two lenders to create the country's biggest bank in a move that is likely to push larger rival Maybank and others in the region to bulk up too.

  • July 9- Struggling apparel and accessories retailer American Apparel Inc said it has reached a deal with hedge fund Standard General LP and founder Dov Charney to remake its board and bolster finances.

  • MOSCOW, July 9- Wall Street bank JPMorgan Chase& Co is reducing equity market staff in Russia as business falls off in areas such as initial public offerings due to the Ukraine crisis, two financial sources said.

  • LONDON, July 8- Energy exchange-traded products attracted almost $200 million in June as investors moved into crude oil after civil war broke out in Iraq, the latest monthly flows data from asset manager BlackRock showed.

  • July 7- Longview Asset Management LLC became the latest PetSmart Inc shareholder calling for the company's board to consider selling itself, even as the retailer said on Monday it was reviewing potential changes in its capital structure.

  • *Peers seek exit from Spain's alternative market. The supervision of Spain's alternative stock exchange Mercado Alternativo Bursatil, which was thrown into the spotlight by the case, falls under the responsibility of both the market operator Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles and the bourse watchdog Comision Nacional del Mercado de Valores.

  • LONDON, July 6- A flurry of initiatives by China to open up its currency, stock and bond markets inside and outside the country has failed so far to allay international investor concerns about performance, accessibility and liquidity.

  • Chinese assets warm, not hot for Western investors Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    LONDON, July 6- A flurry of initiatives by China to open up its currency, stock and bond markets inside and outside the country has failed so far to allay international investor concerns about performance, accessibility and liquidity.

  • *PetSmart rallies as hedge fund seek sale. NEW YORK, July 3- Wall Street's holiday-shortened session ended with multiple records on Thursday, with the Dow topping 17,000 for the first time after the June jobs report came in much stronger than expected.

  • Strong gains in its top holdings, including Canadian Pacific, Air Products& Chemicals and Burger King Worldwide helped fuel the rise. Ackman has spent much of June trying to convince pharmaceutical company Allergan, in which he is the biggest investor, to sell itself to rival Valeant Pharmaceuticals, with which he is working to negotiate a deal.

  • *PetSmart shares rise as much as 15 pct. July 3- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said it planned to ask PetSmart Inc to explore a sale, underlining troubles at the pet product retailer. Jana Partners reported a 9.9 percent stake in PetSmart, making it the company's largest shareholder.

  • July 3- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said it planned to ask PetSmart Inc to explore a sale, sending the pet product retailer's shares up 15 percent. Jana Partners reported a 9.9 percent stake in PetSmart in a regulatory filing, making it the company's largest shareholder.

  • July 3- Activist hedge fund Jana Partners LLC said it planned to ask PetSmart Inc to explore a sale, sending the pet products retailer's shares up 13 percent in premarket trading.

  • Earlier Standard General had loaned its American Apparel shares to Charney, according to regulatory documents, allowing him to boost his stake in the company from about 27 percent to 43 percent. Charney had hoped to gain majority control, but American Apparel countered with an anti-takeover plan that prompted him to change his strategy.

  • UPDATE 1-Fiber network company Zayo Group files for IPO Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 5:44 PM ET

    July 2- Fiber network company Zayo Group Holdings Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Wednesday to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. The Boulder, Colorado- based company listed Morgan Stanley, Barclays and Goldman Sachs as lead underwriters for the IPO.

  • NEW YORK, July 2- U.S. U.S. companies hired 281,000 workers in June, marking the biggest monthly increase since November 2012, the ADP National Employment Report showed. "It was an unassailably good number- you couldn't fault it," said David Keeble, global head of interest rates strategy at Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank in New York.

  • First-half investment bank fees at highest since 2007 Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 11:51 AM ET

    *JPMorgan tops league table, earns fees of $3.4 bln. Global investment banking fees totalled $47.1 billion in the first six months of the year, compared to $42.2 billion last year, according to data from Thomson Reuters and Freeman Consulting. They were up 6 percent in the Americas and down 15 percent in Africa and the Middle East.

  • SAO PAULO, July 2- Mergers and acquisitions in Brazil are expected to gain steam by the year-end as economic and political risks ease, helping companies and private-equity firms scouring for takeover targets focus on tapping the country's long-term potential.

  • *ING will earn gross proceeds of 1.5 bln euros. AMSTERDAM, July 2- Shares in NN Group, the insurance arm of Dutch financial services company ING Group, rose more than 5 percent on their stock market debut on Wednesday, in what was set to be Europe's largest stock flotation so far this year.

  • HONG KONG/ SEOUL, July 2- Investment bankers are jostling to win plum roles from the founding Lee family of Samsung Group, South Korea's top fee-payer, as it prepares to hand the baton to the next generation in a restructuring that could land more than $100 million in advisory fees alone.