Mario Draghi is to push the ECB to buy bundles of Greek and Cypriot bank loans with "junk" ratings, the Financial Times reports.» Read More
*Nordics increase share of Europe's M&A, listings. STOCKHOLM, May 15- Scandinavia has become a hot spot in Europe's corporate dealmaking scene this year, almost doubling its share of merger and acquisition activity and listing more companies than anywhere but Britain.
It's a shift that could set the stage for New Delhi to follow an influential recommendation by a panel appointed by the central bank to reduce its holdings in the lenders to below 50 percent. The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, led by prime ministerial front-runner Narendra Modi, is widely expected to form the next government.
LONDON, May 15- European stocks followed Asia higher on Thursday while the euro fell as investors bet central banks in developed markets would continue their monetary support, with the European Central Bank poised to cut interest rates next month.
SINGAPORE, May 15- A Goldman Sachs banker who helped the company win Malaysian state fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad deals left the bank last month, two people familiar with the move said.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 15- Economists within the Federal Reserve are struggling to size up the strength of the U.S. labor market but can't even agree what yardstick to use.
BERLIN, May 14- The Bundesbank is ready to back ECB policy action if needed but not every measure under discussion is suitable and large-scale asset purchases may well not be, the president of the German central bank said on Wednesday.
NEW YORK, May 14- Benchmark government bond yields in the U.S. and Germany dropped on Wednesday after sources told Reuters a European Central Bank rate cut next month is "more or less a done deal," while U.S. stocks retreated slightly from recent record highs. UK yields also fell after the Bank of England said it was in no hurry to raise rates.
NEW YORK, May 14- Benchmark government bond yields in the U.S. and Germany fell sharply on Wednesday after sources told Reuters a European Central Bank rate cut next month is "more or less a done deal," while U.S. stocks edged off recent record highs. UK yields also fell after the Bank of England said it was in no hurry to raise rates.
Citigroup has fired 11 more people after an internal investigation found lax controls and bogus loans at its Mexico unit, Banamex.
*Fed to buy $350 mln- $600 mln bonds due 2024-2031. Treasuries yields fell to six-month lows on Wednesday, with prices rallying with German government bonds on expectations the European Central Bank will cut interest rates in June as the region grapples with low inflation, even as U.S. producer price data showed solid gains.
TOKYO, May 14- Japan's three biggest banks beat market forecasts with record annual profits, fuelled by a stock market boom, but said earnings will fall this business year as the glow of "Abenomics" fades and lending gains remain restrained.
*Mersch, Praet point to gradual pick up in loan demand. BERLIN, May 14- Top European Central Bank policymakers highlighted on Wednesday the importance of banks being able to meet rising loan demand as the economy recovers, suggesting the ECB may consider another liquidity injection.
BEIJING, May 14- Hong Kong shares hit a three-week high on Wednesday, as property and banking stocks continued to rise after China's central bank urged mainland lenders to speed up the granting of home loans. China Overseas Land& Investment Ltd jumped 4.1 percent and China Resources Land Ltd gained 6.0 percent.
TOKYO, May 14- Japanese banks' profits are likely to fall this business year from last when stock-related gains sent earnings soaring, but the overseas reach of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc will ensure the biggest lender by assets loses out the least.
*Tencent volatile ahead of earnings. BEIJING, May 14- Hong Kong shares hit a three-week high on Wednesday as investors snapped up property and banking stocks after China's central bank urged mainland banks to speed up the granting of home loans. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong also gained 0.9 percent.
The Robin Hood Foundation's annual gala raised $60 million to help fight poverty. The annual event, held Monday at New York's Jacob Javitz Center, gathers a crowd of bankers and hedge fund titans and is one of New York's most significant charity events each year.
Discussing regulatory pressure on the banks, and what his top pick is, with Mike Mayo, CLSA bank analyst.
BNP Paribas is in talks with the US to pay more than $3 billion to resolve probes into whether it violated US sanctions.
Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, one of the most pivotal and controversial figures during the financial crisis, defends his actions and reveals what he would do over.
CNBC's Mary Thompson reports from the Morgan Stanley annual shareholder meeting where CEO James Gorman spoke about selling part of its commodities business to Russia's Rosneft.
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