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  • *South32 net debt at $674 mln, well below forecasts. MELBOURNE, March 17- BHP Billiton has put far less debt than expected into its $13 billion South32 spin-off, positioning the company formed from its unloved assets to weather tough markets and still pay a dividend. Named for the line of latitude linking its two main centers, Australia and South Africa, South32 had...

  • MOSCOW, March 16- Russia's Global Ports will scrap its dividend due to the economic turmoil that has crippled the freight market in Russia, the London- listed ports operator said on Monday. The company fell to a net loss last year as a drop of more than 40 percent in the rouble led to foreign exchange losses on its dollar-denominated debt and squeezed Russia's...

  • MILAN/ LONDON, March 13- Italy's Eni cut its dividend and suspended a share buyback programme on Friday, becoming the first oil major to reduce payouts after a steep oil price decline in a bid to save funds to spur future production growth. In the first major business plan of Chief Executive Claudio Descalzi, Italy's biggest listed company said it would pay a 2015...

  • LONDON, March 12- Britain's fourth biggest supermarket Morrisons signalled it would cut its dividend in 2015 after it reported its lowest annual profit in eight years on Thursday, hurt by a fierce industry price war. Last month the Bradford, northern England, based group, named former Tesco executive David Potts as its new CEO, succeeding Dalton Philips, who was...

  • Morrisons year profit more than halves Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 | 3:25 AM ET

    Annual profit at Britain's fourth biggest grocer Morrisons slumped 52 percent to an eight-year low, damaged by a strategic decision to slash prices.

  • LONDON, March 12- Annual profit at Britain's fourth biggest grocer Morrisons slumped 52 percent to an eight-year low, damaged by last year's strategic decision to slash prices to stem the loss of shoppers to discounters Aldi and Lidl. Morrisons, which trails market leader Tesco, Wal-Mart's Asda and Sainsbury's in annual sales, said on Thursday it made an...

  • WASHINGTON, March 11- Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Morgan Stanley were forced to cut planned shareholder returns in order to pass the U.S. The regulator also criticized Bank of America for poor risk controls. But Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley would all have fallen below at least one benchmarks for top-tier capital if they had executed their...

  • NEW YORK, March 11- Big U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase& Co and Citigroup Inc, are expected to win Federal Reserve backing on Wednesday to buy back more shares and increase their dividends in the coming year, but the approvals may be as much about the institutions' financial engineering as any improvement in their health. Issuing preferred shares to pay for...

  • 12 rich companies can afford to pay you more Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | 10:43 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    There's a group of mega-profitable companies that could easily afford to kick up their dividends, reports USA Today.

  • Qualcomm also raised its quarterly dividend to 48 cents per share from 42 cents, effective March 25. The new buyback plan replaces the previous program, which had $2.1 billion authorization remaining, Qualcomm said. Qualcomm said on Monday it would continue to return at least 75 percent of its free cash flow to shareholders annually.

  • March 9- Chipmaker Qualcomm Inc said it would buy back up to $15 billion of shares and raise its quarterly dividend. Qualcomm will buy back up to $10 billion in the next 12 months, the company said on Monday. Qualcomm said its quarterly dividend would rise to 48 cents per share from 42 cents from March 25.

  • The surprising trend of tech stocks and dividends Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 7:24 AM ET
    Nasdaq market site

    The old-line tech firms, along with Apple, are minting bigger dividends for investors.

  • SAO PAULO, March 5- Cetip SA Mercados Organizados will raise dividend payouts and buy back stock this year, as mounting risk aversion and flagging capital markets activity are weighing down shares in Brazil's largest securities clearinghouse. The board of São Paulo-based Cetip will propose raising payouts to the equivalent of 85 percent of annual net...

  • Marketing to millennials   Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 7:08 AM ET
    Marketing to millennials

    Mike Ryan, UBS chief investment strategist, and Bill George, Harvard business professor, provide perspective on the markets and companies that will likely prosper by catering to the younger generation.

  • Comeback of buybacks and dividends   Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 7:04 AM ET
    Comeback of buybacks and dividends

    CNBC's Dominic Chu has the read on which companies are buying back stock and hiking dividends.

  • StanChart's 2014 results are 'atrocious': Pro   Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:38 PM ET
    StanChart's 2014 results are 'atrocious': Pro

    Jim Antos, bank analyst at Mizuho Securities Asia, discusses the 37 percent slump in Standard Chartered's net profit for 2014.

  • Adam Crozier took over the top job at ITV in 2010 when Britain's biggest listed free-to-air broadcaster was on its knees, buffeted by the fluctuations of advertising markets and haemorrhaging viewers to the higher quality programming coming from the publicly owned BBC. "Management is declaring victory on its five-year transformation plan," said Hargreaves...

  • UPDATE 1-ITV to return 250 mln stg via special dividend Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:30 AM ET

    LONDON, March 4- British broadcaster ITV plans to return 250 million pounds to shareholders via a special dividend after posting a better-than-expected 2014 profit and seeing strong demand from advertisers in the first quarter. Full-year pretax profit was up 23 percent to 712 million pounds, compared with a forecast of 681 million pounds according to...

  • ITV to return 250 mln stg via special dividend Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:11 AM ET

    LONDON, March 4- British broadcaster ITV plans to return 250 million pounds to shareholders via a special dividend after posting a better-than-expected 23 percent rise in 2014 pretax profit and predicting a strong first quarter. The home of Downton Abbey said it had started 2015 well, with net advertising revenue now forecast to be up 11 percent in the first...