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  • HONG KONG, Jan 16- Standard Chartered's abrupt move to shut its global equities business last week could be a prelude to the lender selling off stakes in a number of Asian banks as it looks to boost capital, people familiar with the lender's thinking said. The most likely potential sale is Standard Chartered's $621 million holding in Agricultural Bank of China...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 14- China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Wednesday it had bought a controlling stake in online marketing company AdChina, an investment aimed at bolstering its advertising business. Alibaba did not close the size of the deal or the stake it would take in AdChina, a Shanghai- based firm founded in 2007. The internet marketing...

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 8- Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa on Thursday said it sold its 50 percent stake in cellphone company Iusacell back to its joint-venture partner Grupo Salinas, paving the way for U.S. phone giant AT&T Inc to acquire Mexico's No. 3 phone company. AT&T, which said in November it would buy all of Iusacell from Grupo Salinas, received regulatory...

  • Dec 29- Carl Icahn reported a 7.7 percent stake in Manitowoc Co Inc, and became the second activist investor this year to push for a splitup of the company's crane and foodservice equipment businesses. Manitowoc's shares rose 11 percent to $23.25 before the bell on Monday. Ralph Whitworth's Relational Investors urged the company to spin off the foodservice...

  • Icahn acquires stake in Manitowoc, seeks splitup Monday, 29 Dec 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    Dec 29- Activist investor Carl Icahn reported a 7.77 percent stake in Manitowoc Co Inc, and said he intended to seek a split of the company's cranes and food-service equipment businesses. Icahn said he would seek board representation, if appropriate. Icahn said he had not yet had any discussions with the company.

  • SAO PAULO, Dec 17- Brazilian billionaire Abilio Diniz agreed to buy a 10 percent stake in Carrefour SA's Brazilian unit, a source with direct knowledge of the situation said on Wednesday, potentially strengthening its ability to take on the supermarket chain Diniz's father founded. Under terms of the deal, Diniz, whose Peninsula ParticipaƧƵes holding...

  • Dec 16- Progressive Corp, a provider of auto insurance products, said it would acquire a controlling stake in property insurer ARX Holding Corp for $875 million in cash. Progressive Corp said it would increase its share in the parent of American Strategic Insurance to 67 percent from 5 percent after it buys shares from non-management shareholders.

  • Dec 5- Private equity firm JH Partners has sold its 40 percent stake in jeweler Alex and Ani, according to people familiar with the matter, who added the charm bracelet maker could be worth as much as $1 billion. San Francisco- based JH Partners, which bought the stake in 2012, sold its holding to British buyout firm Lion Capital LLP, three people confirmed this week.

  • LONDON, Dec 4- European pay-TV group Sky has agreed to sell a controlling stake in Sky Bet to CVC Capital Partners in a deal which values the online betting business at 800 million pounds. Sky said the sale would enable it to focus on the growth areas within its pay-TV business, where it has recently expanded into continental Europe with the purchase of Sky Italia...

  • LONDON, Dec 4- Pay-TV group Sky said on Thursday it had agreed to sell a controlling stake in Sky Bet to CVC Capital Partners in a move which values the online betting business at 800 million pounds. Sky, which operates in Britain, Italy, Germany, Austria and Ireland, said it would receive 600 million pounds in cash at completion and would retain a stake of around 20...

  • Eni asset sales hit trouble due to oil rout Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    *Oil plunge complicating Mozambique, Saipem stake sales- sources. CEO Claudio Descalzi still needs to raise 6 billion euros under an 11 billion euro program lasting until 2017. The firm has pinned its hopes on selling minority stakes in its Mozambique gas field, and non-core assets such as its 43 percent holding in oil services contractor Saipem.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Brazil's Vale SA said on Thursday it is considering the sale of a minority stake in its base metals unit in an initial public offering, as it looks to raise funds for key projects in the midst of sliding commodity prices. Chief Executive Murilo Ferreira told investors in New York that Vale is considering selling 30 percent to 40 percent of the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Brazil's Vale SA is considering the sale of a minority stake in its base metals division through an initial public offering as it looks to raise cash for core projects amid lower commodity prices, its CEO said on Tuesday. Vale Chief Executive Murilo Ferreira told investors in New York that the IPO would only take place if market conditions were "...

  • Nov 28- BCE Inc, Canada's largest telecommunications company, said it would buy its mobile products distributor, Glentel Inc, for about C $594 million in cash and stock. Glentel's shareholders will receive C $26.50 per share, which represents a 108 percent premium to its Thursday close on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Including net debt and minority interest of...

  • MADRID/ LONDON, Nov 24- Spain's Telefonica could sell its UK mobile operator O2 to British Telecom in return for a 20 percent stake in BT as part of a "strategic alliance" to strengthen the pair, Spanish website El Confidencial reported on Monday. A deal would bring O2- among Britain's leading mobile operators alongside EE and Vodafone- back into the BT fold, having...

  • Telefonica in talks to sell O2 to BT - report Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 2:22 AM ET

    MADRID, Nov 24- Spain's Telefonica could sell its UK mobile operator O2 to British Telecom in return for a 20 percent stake in BT as part of a "strategic alliance" to strengthen the pair, Spanish website El Confidencial reported on Monday. "According to various sources, the talks between Telefonica and British Telecom are advanced although no final deal has been...

  • SEOUL, Nov 24- U.S. automotive parts maker Visteon Corp has signed a preliminary deal to sell its controlling stake in South Korea's Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp to a local private equity firm for $3.6 billion, Korean media reports said. The Korea Economic Daily said on Monday Visteon plans to sign a final deal to sell its 69.99 percent stake in Halla Visteon...

  • GrooveBook's promising future  Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:46 AM ET

    Brian Whiteman, GrooveBook founder; discusses how he got the idea to start his photobook company. And Jeffrey Housenbold, Shutterfly president & CEO, shares his outlook for GrooveBook.

  • GrooveBook: 'Shark Tank's' first buyout  Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:43 AM ET

    Discussing Shutterfly's $14.5 million acquisition of "Shark Tank" backed GrooveBook, with Brian Whiteman, GrooveBook founder; Jeffrey Housenbold, Shutterfly president & CEO, and Kevin O'Leary, "Shark Tank" investor.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn increased his stake in e-commerce company eBay Inc. while booking more profits from his stake in Netflix Inc. in the third quarter, a regulatory filing showed on Friday. He cut his stake in Netflix, the streaming video company, by 353,000 shares to 1.4 million shares, a filing with the Securities and...