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  • MOSCOW, July 10- Russian state companies, the backbone of the economy, can only have accounts at banks with capital of no less than 10 billion roubles or at those with ties to the government, a senior finance ministry official said on Thursday.

  • More litigation for banks ahead: Pro  Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 2:40 AM ET

    Alex Koagne, European head of equity analysis on the banking sector at Natixis, says there will be further litigation issues for European banks ahead.

  • LONDON, July 10- European shares edged lower on Thursday, led by Nordic shares after disappointing updates by Norwegian bank DNB and Swedish construction firm Skanska. Norway's largest bank posted lower than expected second-quarter results, partly due to higher loan losses, while Skanska said its Latin American operations showed continued losses.

  • MOSCOW, July 10- The Russian central bank and the Finance Ministry have agreed that state companies will only be allowed to have accounts at banks with capital of more than 10 billion roubles, a senior finance ministry official said on Thursday. The requirement would be lower than an earlier discussed level of 16.5 billion roubles.

  • Ex-UBS exec to head JPMorgan probe-hit China unit Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 2:05 AM ET
    David Li, Former UBS' chairman of China operations.

    JPMorgan has picked David Li, formerly of UBS, to head its China business, which has been rocked by a probe into its hiring practices in the region.

  • With Democrats controlling the Senate since the 2008 financial crisis, the bank and its supporters have had the luxury of shrugging off Fed-related laws from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

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

  • *Hong Kong property rebounds as interest rate rise seems delayed. HONG KONG, July 10- Hong Kong shares rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve indicated it was in no rush to end quantitative easing and begin raising U.S. interest rates, although gains were trimmed after Chinese export data came in weaker than expected.

  • SHANGHAI, July 10- China's yuan edged higher against the dollar on Thursday as slightly weaker-than-expected trade data partially offset the stronger midpoint set by the central bank, traders said.

  • Bank Danamon: We're prepared for competition  Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 10:33 PM ET

    Vera Eve Lim, Chief Financial Officer & Director at Bank Danamon, says it is ready for competition amid expectations that higher growth in Indonesia will attract more foreign lenders.

  • *CIMB, RHB and Malaysia Building Society to seek merger- reports. KUALA LUMPUR, July 10- CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, Malaysia's second largest bank, is seeking to acquire two other lenders to create the country's biggest bank, media reports said.

  • KUALA LUMPUR, July 10- Malaysia's CIMB Group Holdings Bhd, RHB Capital Bhd and Malaysia Building Society Bhd will seek regulatory approval for a merger, aiming to create the country's largest bank, a newspaper said on Thursday. The Employees Provident Fund will play a significant role in the merger as it owns big stakes in all three firms, said the Star.

  • US uses new tactic to crack bank laundering cases Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 8:06 PM ET

    U.S. is using a new tactic for money laundering crack downs: asking suspects in a range of cases to help them follow the money back to their bankers.

  • BNP pleads guilty again in $9B US sanctions accord Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 7:25 PM ET
    The logo of the French bank BNP Paribas on June 24, 2014 in Lille, France.

    BNP pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions, as part of a nearly $9 billion settlement in which it admitted to breaking embargoes.

  • ST. LOUIS, July 9- U.S. prosecutors are using a new tactic to crack down on banks that fail to fight money laundering: systematically asking suspects in a wide range of criminal cases to help them follow the money back to their bankers.

  • DoJ, BofA mortgage talks stall: Sources Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 5:50 PM ET
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder listens during a news conference to announce indictments against Chinese military hackers on cyber-espionage.

    Talks to resolve probes into shoddy mortgage securities sold by the bank remain at a standstill, according to sources.

  • *Alcoa earnings top expectations; shares at highest since July 2011. NEW YORK, July 9- U.S. stocks finished higher on Wednesday, rebounding from a sharp two-day selloff, after minutes from the last Federal Reserve meeting showed policymakers have started to detail how the central bank will end its easy monetary policy.

  • WASHINGTON, July 9- The Federal Reserve has begun detailing how it plans to ease the U.S. economy out of an era of loose monetary policy, indicating it will end its asset purchases in October and appearing near agreement on a plan to manage interest rates in the future, according to minutes of the last Fed policy meeting.

  • Ex-Im Bank debate: Take it or leave it?  Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:36 PM ET

    Senator Charles Schumer, (D-N.Y.), weighs in on the political controversy over the Export-Import Bank. While many say the bank helps U.S. firms compete overseas, others say it's time to get rid of crony capitalism.

  • NEW YORK, July 9- Wall Street stocks rose on Wednesday, lifting a global equities gauge as the Federal Reserve detailed its plan to allow a strengthening economy to fend for itself, while Brent fell as Libyan oil pumps came back online.

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