JPMorgan Chase is close to a deal to sell half its private equity business, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.» Read More
Trading firms raised concerns about traders at Barclays' "dark pool" months before the U.S. accused the bank of favoring its trading clients.
One of the biggest private equity investors in the banking sector has warned that regulation has depressed profitability, the FT reports.
Stephen Roach, Senior Fellow at Yale University, explains why he disagrees with Christopher Flowers who warned that increased regulation is making the banking sector vulnerable to another crisis.
PANAMA CITY, July 18- Panamanian banking supervisors said on Friday they had taken control of ES Bank SA, a small unit of Portugal's Espirito Santo, which is facing intense scrutiny from investors and regulators over revelations of irregularities at related companies.
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over Eastside Commercial Bank, based in Conyers, Georgia. The FDIC says Macon, Georgia- based State Bank and Trust Company will also buy $42.6 million of Eastside Commercial Bank's loans. The failure of Eastside Commercial Bank is expected to cost the deposit insurance fund $33.9 million.
Portugal's Espirito Santo International, holding company of Banco Espirito Santo, said it has filed for creditor protection.
BRASILIA, July 18- The market is getting ahead of itself if it thinks Brazil's central bank could start cutting interest rates again to rescue a weakening economy, a member of the government's economic team told Reuters.
"People are starting to increase inventory to build for a better economy and a better outlook in quarters three and four," Richard Davis, chief executive of U.S. Bancorp, said after the bank reported earnings on Wednesday. U.S. Bancorp reported a 12.4 percent rise in commercial loans by volume for the quarter.
*Angola central bank says BES's Angola unit needs capital increase. LISBON, July 18- Financial problems at Portugal's Espirito Santo business empire spilled further across national borders on Friday, with Angola's central bank saying the local division of Banco Espirito Santo would need a capital increase to deal with bad loans.
LONDON, July 18- The world's top trading houses appear to be quickly turning into commodity finance banks, by lending billions of dollars to clients as a decades-long dominance of French banks shrinks.
LISBON, July 18- Banco Espirito Santo should be able to tap private investors if it needs to boost its defences against losses, Portugal's central bank governor said on Friday, reiterating that the lender had sufficient capital reserves.
Worldwide merger and acquisition activity has reached $2 trillion so far this year, up 75 percent from last year, according to Thomson Reuters data.
Mike Smith, CEO of ANZ, explains his positive outlook for the region's banking sector in the near term.
A proposed merger in Malaysia will create the first Islamic bank that will have enough clout to challenge conventional, often Western, banks.
WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases Consumer Price Index for June, 8:30 a.m.; National Association of Realtors releases existing home sales for June, 10 a.m.. GENEVA— Credit Suisse, the second-largest bank in Switzerland behind UBS, reports its second quarter results before the opening of trading in Zurich.
OWENSBORO, Kentucky, July 17- The labor participation rate is expected to fall and the government should not expect an influx of workers, a Federal Reserve official said on Thursday, raising a point that goes against the view of Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
Strong showings in wealth management and investment banking helped Morgan Stanley more than double quarterly earnings and beat estimates.
CNBC's Rick Santelli speaks to Rep. Jeb Hensarling, (R-Texas), about Fed transparency and accountability. Hensarling also weighs in on Dodd-Frank.
LONDON, July 17- Britain's financial watchdog said it had prioritized the worst cases of Libor benchmark interest rate fixing, providing a signal that the largest fines for banks' alleged role in the scandal may already have been levied.
*Fed expected to start raising rates in Q2 2015. WASHINGTON, July 17- Rising inflation pressures could push the U.S. "All things considered, there is now an increased risk of an earlier first rate hike," economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a report.
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