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  • MADRID, May 9- Spain's Telefonica set the tone for another difficult year as it missed first-quarter earnings forecasts, hit by falling sales in Europe, weaker currencies in Latin America and the sale of its Czech unit last year.

  • April 29- Britain's Rolls-Royce said on Tuesday it was in talks with Germany's Siemens AG to sell a unit that makes equipment for the oil and gas industry and power-generation gear for utilities.

  • Union plus Rustenburg mines could sell for $1- 2 bln- analysts. LONDON/ JOHANNESBURG, April 25- If Anglo American pushes ahead to divest underperforming platinum assets, a sale to a small South African company that specialises in squeezing profit out of mines nearing the end of their lives is seen as the most likely option.

  • April 22- Darden Restaurant Inc will have to call a shareholder meeting to vote on Starboard Value LP's proposal to delay the company's plan to spin off its struggling Red Lobster chain, after the activist investor secured the support of a majority of the company's shareholders.

  • ZURICH, April 22- Swiss drugmaker Novartis is transforming its business by exchanging certain assets with GlaxoSmithKline and divesting its animal health business to Eli Lilly in deals worth billions of dollars. Novartis said it had agreed to acquire GSK's oncology products for a $14.5 billion payment.

  • April 16- Chemtura Corp plans to sell its agrochemicals business to Platform Specialty Products Corp for about $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Chemtura's agrochemicals unit sells chemicals-based products such as insecticides and growth regulators.

  • April 14- Liquid natural gas supplier Stabilis Energy said on Monday it would buy most of the U.S. assets of Encana Natural Gas Inc, a unit of Canada's Encana Corp, for an undisclosed price.

  • Encana unit to sell US LNG assets to Stabilis Energy Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 6:35 AM ET

    April 14- LNG supplier Stabilis Energy said on Monday it would buy most of the U.S. assets of Encana Natural Gas Inc, a unit of Encana Corp..

  • BHP polishes up nickel unit as demerger talk swirls Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 PM ET

    *Could make it easier to find buyer for Nickel West division in Australia. SYDNEY, April 11- Breakthroughs in the way BHP Billiton processes nickel ores could help the world's biggest miner find a buyer for its ailing Nickel West division in Australia.

  • HELSINKI, April 8- Nokia has received approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft Corp, it said on Tuesday, and added there had been no request for it to change its patent practices. Nokia agreed in September to sell the business to Microsoft in a 5.4 billion euro deal.

  • PARIS, April 7- Cement makers Lafarge and Holcim said on Monday that two-thirds of the divestments needed for their merger to satisfy competition watchdogs would be in Europe and the rest outside of the continent.

  • *Apple interested, could pay 500 bln yen by summer- Nikkei. TOKYO, April 2- Renesas Electronics Corp is talking with Apple Inc and other potential buyers of a stake in a smartphone display chip unit, as the struggling Japanese chipmaker restructures its business around the automotive industry, said a person familiar with the matter.

  • *Raises about $900 mln from sale of 9 pct stake in Axis Bank. MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, March 21- The Indian government on Friday raised as much as $1.4 billion through share sales, in a push to shore up state finances before it heads into a tough parliamentary election next month.

  • March 19- Darden Restaurants Inc on Wednesday urged shareholders not to support activist investor Starboard Value LP's proposal for a special meeting to vote on the company's plan to divest its Red Lobster chain. Darden on Dec. 19 announced plans to spin off or sell its 705- restaurant Red Lobster chain.

  • *Metals brokerage business to stay with JPMorgan, source says. NEW YORK, March 19- JPMorgan is selling its physical commodities business to Mercuria for $3.5 billion, the U.S. investment bank said on Wednesday, sweeping the fast-growing Swiss trading house into the top league of commodities traders.

  • NEW YORK, March 19- U.S. investment bank JPMorgan has agreed to sell its physical commodities business to Mercuria, sources close to the deal said on Wednesday, catapulting the Swiss trade house into the top tier of commodities traders. JPMorgan in London declined to comment on the matter, while Mercuria could not be reached immediately for comment.

  • JPMorgan to sell commodities business to Mercuria - WSJ Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 5:25 AM ET

    March 19- JPMorgan will sell its commodities trading business to Switzerland- based energy-trading company Mercuria Energy Group Ltd, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the situation. JPMorgan in London declined to comment on the matter.

  • March 18- Stock market index provider MSCI Inc said it would sell influential governance unit Institutional Shareholder Services to private equity firm Vestar Capital Partners for $364 million to focus on its risk investment products and services business.

  • March 18- Stock market index provider MSCI Inc said it would sell proxy advisory unit Institutional Shareholder Services to private-equity firm Vestar Capital Partners for $364 million to focus on its risk investment products and services business.

  • SAO PAULO, March 13- France's Carrefour SA could raise as much as 5 billion reais from the sale of a stake in its Brazilian unit, one source with direct knowledge of the situation said, with potential bidders including Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz and a sovereign wealth fund.