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  • Feb 26- Offshore driller Ensco Plc said it would shut down an ultra-deepwater rig as demand dwindles due to a slump in crude prices, a day after it slashed its quarterly dividend by 80 percent. Ensco reported a fourth-quarter loss on Wednesday, compared with year-ago profit, hurt mainly by a $3 billion goodwill impairment charge. Ensco cut its quarterly dividend...

  • MUNICH, Feb 26- German insurer Allianz raised its dividend by less than expected after earnings in its core property and casualty insurance businesses lagged and asset management stalled following client defections at its U.S. unit Pimco. Shares in Europe's largest insurer fell more than 3 percent on Thursday and were the biggest decliners in Germany's blue...

  • *Q4 core profit 414 mln euros vs 400 mln expected. *Increases dividend 6.3 pct to 3.40 euros. BRUSSELS, Feb 26- Belgian chemicals group Solvay on Thursday said it would pay out more to its shareholders after its core profit for the fourth quarter beat expectations, as the group was able to raise its prices faster than raw material costs increased.

  • *Sees better industry volumes in U.S., Mexico, China. LEUVEN, Belgium, Feb 26- Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, announced a sharply higher dividend and a $1- billion share buyback on Thursday, promising increased investor returns in years ahead. The cash-rich, Belgium- based company proposed a total dividend of 3.00 euros for 2014, a jump from 2.05...

  • SPAIN'S IBERDROLA SAYS DIVIDEND POLICY TO REMAIN UNCHANGED AFTER ACQUISITION OF UIL HOLDINGS CORP.

  • *Sees better industry volumes in U.S., Mexico, China. BRUSSELS, Feb 26- Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, announced a sharply higher dividend and a $1- billion share buyback on Thursday. The cash-rich, Belgian-based company proposed a final dividend of 2.00 euros, bringing its total payout for 2014 to 3.00 euros, from 2.05 euros for 2013. Analysts had...

  • Feb 25- Auto parts maker Magna International Inc reported stronger than expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday while announcing a higher dividend and a stock split, sparking a rally in its shares. Canaccord Genuity analyst David Tyerman said both Magna's sales and margins came in ahead of his forecasts. Magna cut its 2015 forecast for total production...

  • MADRID, Feb 25- Spain's Telefonica gave upbeat sales growth forecasts on Wednesday after the devaluation of the bolivar hit its Venezuelan business badly last year and helped knock more than a third off net profit. The company said it would pay a 0.75 euro dividend in each of the next two years and cancel share capital, helping maintain one of the highest dividend...

  • PARIS, Feb 25- Europe's second-biggest insurer AXA posted a 12 percent rise in 2014 net profit thanks to lower costs and raised its dividend, sending its shares to their highest since the start of the financial crisis. AXA shares rose nearly 5 percent to 22.48 euros in early trading, the highest level since Oct. 3, 2008, before pulling back to 21.925 at 1217 GMT.

  • Moller-Maersk will hand shareholders a $6.6 billion windfall in dividends this year after it sells its 20 percent stake in Denmark's biggest bank Danske. Analysts had expected Maersk to announce the divestment of some assets on Wednesday as part of its strategy of focusing on its core shipping and oil divisions- but the Danske Bank stake had not been among the...

  • NEW YORK— Comcast Corp.' s fourth-quarter net income edged up less than 1 percent as the company added more customers for its cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone services. Comcast is in the midst of a $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable that is undergoing a regulatory review. But Roberts said Comcast doesn't think the legal authority that the FCC is using—...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 24- Australia's Patties Foods Ltd scrapped its interim dividend on Tuesday as it weighs the cost of a hepatitis outbreak linked to Chinese frozen berries, while the government increases testing of imports from related factories in China. Around 20 people have been diagnosed with the disease after eating the Patties berries, which were grown in...

  • WASHINGTON— Mortgage giant Fannie Mae reported net income of $1.3 billion for the fourth quarter. Washington- based Fannie also said Friday that it will pay a dividend of $1.9 billion to the U.S. Fannie will have paid $136.4 billion in dividends, exceeding the $116 billion it received from taxpayers during the financial crisis.

  • DALLAS— Kimberly-Clark is raising its quarterly dividend by 4.8 percent to 88 cents per share from 84 cents per share. The dividend will be paid on April 2 to shareholders of record on March 6. Kimberly-Clark Corp. said Thursday that this is the 43rd straight year that it is increasing its dividend.

  • WASHINGTON— Mortgage giant Freddie Mac posted net income of $227 million for the fourth quarter, down sharply from the same period of 2013, as it sustained losses on the investments it uses to hedge against swings in interest rates. McLean, Virginia- based Freddie also said it will pay a dividend of $900 million to the U.S. Freddie will have paid $91.8 billion in...

  • PARIS, Feb 17- Telecoms operator Orange predicted its operating profit would slip this year, as tough competition persists in its key home market of France, but pledged to hold the line on costs to be able to deliver a stable dividend. The group has bet that better quality mobile and broadband networks will help it ward off competition in France from low-cost rival...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Britain's largest car dealership Pendragon pledged to double its 2015 interim dividend after strong demand online helped it to post profits and earnings per share up by more than a third in 2014.. The group doubled its proposed final dividend for 2014 to 0.6 pence, and said it expected the 2015 interim dividend to increase by the same amount.

  • Feb 16- The chief executive of Transocean Ltd, one of the world's top offshore drilling companies, is stepping down and the company is slashing its dividend as business slows on tumbling crude oil prices. Transocean said on Sunday that Chairman Ian Strachan, who previously held executive positions at Exxon Mobil Corp and Rio Tinto PLC, will serve as interim chief...

  • Feb 16- The chief executive of Transocean Ltd, which owns the world's largest fleet of offshore drilling rigs, is stepping down as it moves to slash its dividend amid the global slump in oil prices. Transocean's board also recommended lowering its annual dividend by 80 percent to 60 cents per share, as it seeks to conserve its capital. Newman, who joined the company...

  • Dividend growth likely to slow after record 2014 Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 16- A record-breaking year for dividends in 2014 is unlikely to be followed by much growth this year as a slump in oil prices and a surging U.S. dollar cast a shadow over payouts from energy and emerging markets companies, a new report has said. Asset-manager Henderson Global Investors said on Monday it expected global dividends to rise by 0.8 percent to...