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  • *To pay dividend of 0.50 euro/ share for 2014, 2015. *Sells Spain, Portugal assets to Macquarie for 2.5 bln euros. FRANKFURT, Dec 1- Germany's top utility E.ON said it would split in two, spinning off power plants to focus on renewable energy and power grids, a dramatic response to industry changes that could trigger similar moves at European peers.

  • *To pay dividend of 0.50 euro/ share for 2014, 2015. *Sells Spain, Portugal assets to Macquarie for 2.5 bln euros. FRANKFURT, Dec 1- Germany's biggest utility E.ON announced plans on Sunday to split in two and spin off most of its power generation, energy trading and upstream businesses, responding to a crisis that has crippled the European energy sector.

  • *Asset sales have yielded $150 billion over four years. LONDON, Nov 28- With oil company revenues set to drop on the back of a rout in prices, boards will have to cut investments and increase borrowing to maintain their cherished dividend payouts. The world's top oil companies including BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, ExxonMobil and Chevron are already in the midst of a...

  • *Asset sales have yielded $150 billion over four years. LONDON, Nov 28- With oil company revenues set to drop on the back of a rout in prices, boards will have to cut investments and increase borrowing to maintain their cherished dividend payouts. The world's top oil companies, or majors, including BP, Royal Dutch Shell, Total, ExxonMobil and Chevron are already in the...

  • *Lukoil may pay over 50 pct of 2015 profit as dividends. *Lukoil may cancel treasury shares. MOSCOW, Nov 27- Russia's No.2 oil producer, Lukoil, announced on Thursday that profits had more than halved in the third quarter due to low oil prices and a weak rouble, but said it may increase its dividend payout next year if crude prices slide further.

  • Reaching behind the Iron Curtain for yield Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 5:37 PM ET

    Perniciously low yields are driving investors ever further afield, but it isn't clear they should embrace beaten down markets behind the former iron curtain.

  • Buybacks get a bad rap: Pro  Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    Cliff Robbins, Blue Harbour Group founder & CEO, explains how buybacks can create a ton of stockholder value. Martin Franklin, Jarden executive chairman, weighs in.

  • ESSEN, Germany, Nov 20- Germany's biggest steelmaker ThyssenKrupp is resuming dividend payments a year earlier than expected, signalling confidence in a turnaround with the promise of a modest payout for shareholders after it beat profit forecasts. ThyssenKrupp said on Thursday it would pay 0.11 euros a share for the year to end-September.

  • WPP'S Sorrell eyes higher dividend payout ratio Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    BARCELONA, Nov 19- WPP Chief Executive Martin Sorrell said on Wednesday he would like, as a large shareholder, to see the payout ratio for the advertising group's dividend increase to 50 percent from the current target of 45 percent. "From my point of view as a significant shareholder in WPP, with most of my net worth being tied up in the company, personally I would like...

  • Easyjet FY profit jumps 21.5 pct, lifts dividend Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 18- British low-cost airline easyJet reported a 21.5 percent jump in annual profit, in line with its expectations, prompting it to raise its dividend, as it guided that forward bookings were slightly ahead for the winter season. Europe's second-largest low-cost carrier behind Ryanair, easyJet on Tuesday posted a pretax profit of 581 million pounds...

  • Dividend payout growth seen slowing in 2015 -report Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:54 AM ET

    *Economic growth to be uncertain, UK divs to fall- Henderson. The report pointed to an uncertain economic growth picture next year and said that one reason for slower growth would be the absence of Vodafone's record $26 billion payout from selling its Verizon Wireless stake. We expect total dividends from the UK to be down by more than $20 billion next year. "

  • Investors seeing dividend growth: Pro  Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 1:45 AM ET

    Ben Lofthouse, co-manager at Henderson Global Equity Income Fund, says investors globally are seeing dividend growth with the world's top 1,200 listed firms expected to pay a total of $1.19 trillion in 2014.

  • *Expects to raise $7 bln- $8.5 bln from asset sales by mid-2016. Nov 12- Dow Chemical Co raised its asset sale target by as much as 42 percent to $8.5 billion and increased its share buyback plan by $5 billion, as it looks to thwart hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb's push to split the company. Shares of Dow Chemical, which also raised its quarterly dividend to 42 cents per...

  • Nov 12- Dow Chemical Co, the No. 1 U.S. chemical maker by sales, increased its dividend and said it would buy back shares worth $5 billion, more than doubling its share repurchase program. Dow, which is being pushed by hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb to split up, said it would complete its previous $4.5 billion share repurchase program by the end of the year.

  • *To invest additional 150 mln stg in price cuts. LONDON, Nov 12- Sainsbury's plans to cut spending on new stores and reduce dividend payments to fund cheaper prices, increasing the pressure on ailing larger rival Tesco in the battle for British supermarket customers. The stock was down 4.5 percent at 256.9 pence at 1120 GMT on Wednesday after Coupe acknowledged...

  • LONDON, Nov 7- British Airways owner IAG laid out plans to pay a maiden dividend, coming of age three years after it was created in a merger between BA and Spain's Iberia. International Airlines Group said it was confident of increasing profit by more than 10 percent a year between 2016 and 2020, on top of significant growth this year and next. BA and Iberia sealed an...

  • Nov 6- Life and mortgage insurer Genworth Financial Inc said it would suspend dividends in its life business until the end of next year, and that it was open to all strategic options. Genworth shares fell as much as 38 percent on Thursday, wiping out about $2.7 billion of the company's market value. Genworth, spun off from General Electric Co a decade ago, had years ago...

  • Nov 6- Life and mortgage insurer Genworth Financial Inc said it would suspend dividends in its life business for the rest of 2014 and 2015, and that it was open to all strategic alternatives. Genworth shares fell as much as 38 percent to $8.75 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday. The company posted a surprise third-quarter loss on...

  • Nov 6- Government-controlled mortgage finance firm Fannie Mae said on Thursday it will pay U.S. taxpayers $4.0 billion after reporting a quarterly profit that modestly rose from the second quarter. Fannie Mae does not lend money directly, nor does rival financing firm Freddie Mac. Fannie Mae's dividend to the U.S.

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 5- Penn West Petroleum Ltd, one of Canada's largest conventional oil producers, said on Wednesday it can pay its dividend and fund its capital program even as falling oil prices cut into profits. Global crude prices have slipped by about 25 percent since touching a high of $115 in June, hurt by excess supply, including from North American shale...