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  • *London and Wall St closed for holiday on Monday. LONDON, May 22- European shares hovered near three-week highs on Friday, boosted by a dip in the euro on currency markets, although luxury goods stocks underperformed after weak sales figures from Richemont. European equities have rallied this year on the back of a government bond-buying program and record low...

  • The talks underscored Altice's intentions to pursue a deal with Time Warner Cable, which is also being courted by Charter Communications Inc after Comcast Corp abandoned its $45.2 billion offer for Time Warner Cable last month over U.S. antitrust concerns.

  • LONDON, May 22- "Don't Fight the Fed" has long been a central tenet of financial markets and one of the most profitable trading strategies around. A speech in London on Monday from European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure about tweaks to the bank's bond-buying program, or quantitative easing caught the market on the hop and triggered one of the...

  • LONDON, May 22- Sterling fell sharply against the dollar on Friday, after a stronger-than-expected rise in U.S. core consumer prices in April revived bets that inflation may reach the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target later this year. Sterling fell 0.9 percent against the dollar to $1.5520, well off a five-month high of $1.5815 struck on May 14.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 22- Brazil's government will disclose a major spending freeze on Friday aimed at convincing investors that President Dilma Rousseff is committed to saving the nation's investment-grade debt rating. A freeze of that size would be in line with market expectations and the biggest since Rousseff took office in 2011. Most analysts believe it...

  • LONDON, May 22- A shortage of prime office space in rival European financial centres may torpedo plans by some of London's banks to quit the UK capital if Britain opts out of European Union membership. Deutsche Bank, the euro zone's second largest bank by assets, confirmed this week it was considering cutting its UK operations if the country pulled out, and other...

  • LONDON, May 22- Britain's new Conservative government could take control of planning decisions to speed up the development of shale gas and prevent investor money from drying up, lawyers say. Prime Minister David Cameron, facing dwindling resources of North Sea oil and gas, and eyeing the shale boom that has set the United States on the path to energy...

  • LONDON, May 24- Global regulators meet in London next month to try to tighten their grip on markets after banks were fined billions of dollars for manipulating interest rates and currencies, Britain's top financial supervisor said. The hefty penalties on British, American and Swiss banks have forced authorities to rethink regulation for a chunk of the market...

  • LONDON, May 22- British lawmaker Andrew Tyrie is on course to win a second term as head of a powerful panel in parliament that scrutinizes the work of the finance ministry, the Bank of England and the London's financial services industry. It also holds question-and-answer sessions with top policymakers such as the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and...

  • *Islamic State advances in Iraq, Syria raise supply worries. LONDON, May 22- Oil prices slipped on Friday as worries over the impact of war in the Middle East on crude supplies were outweighed by reports of profit-taking ahead of a long weekend. "No one wants to hold open positions ahead of a long weekend so books are being squared, bringing some consolidation," said...

  • *London and Wall St closed for holiday on Monday. LONDON, May 22- European shares slipped off three-week highs on Friday, with luxury goods group Richemont falling on weak sales, while a rebound in the euro also pegged back the region's stock markets. European equities have rallied this year on the back of a government bond buying programme and record low interest...

  • UK 'non-doms' and their British offshore firms Friday, 22 May 2015 | 6:03 AM ET

    Currie Motors, which operates under the slogan "nice people to do business with," into an operation with turnover of 170 million pounds before he died in 2009. Currie Motors and his British property interests were held by a Dutch holding company, Curfin Holdings BV, controlled by a family trust. The value of Currie Motors and the property assets at the time of his...

  • RIGA, May 22- British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday began his campaign to persuade European leaders to make changes to the European Union before he holds a referendum to decide whether Britain should stay in or quit the bloc. Cameron was due to hold talks with European Council President Donald Tusk and a handful of EU government heads on the sidelines of...

  • LONDON, May 22- Twenty of the world's biggest banks have paid more than $235 billion in fines and compensation in the last seven years for a litany of misdeeds that has scarred the industry and is delaying its rehabilitation. The scale of the payouts, equivalent to the annual economy of Greece or Portugal, has hampered banks' efforts to rebuild capital, reduced...

  • SINGAPORE, May 22- The London Metal Exchange Asia festivities have just wrapped up in Hong Kong. The grand old London lady of metals trading is all part of Charles Li's vision of positioning Hong Kong as the renminbi gateway between mainland China and international markets. The stage is being set for a battle for metals market share in the world outside China.

  • *Islamic State advances in Iraq, Syria raise supply worries. LONDON, May 22- Oil prices steadied on Friday as worries over the impact on crude supplies of war in the Middle East were balanced by reports of profit-taking ahead of a long weekend. "No one wants to hold open positions ahead of a long weekend so books are being squared, bringing some consolidation," said...

  • Wall Street's record high on Thursday lifted Asian stocks on Friday, a day that will be packed with key European and U.S. economic data as well as speeches from Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. European shares struggled to match that, but the leading index of European shares was still poised for its biggest...

  • FOREX -Dollar surge cools, eyes on Yellen, inflation Friday, 22 May 2015 | 3:50 AM ET

    LONDON, May 22- The dollar edged lower on Friday but remained on course for its first week of gains against the euro and a basket of major currencies since the start of April ahead of inflation numbers later in the day. Dealers said there might be little appetite for another big move ahead of UK and US public holidays on Monday. The yen was up around a quarter of a...

  • TOKYO, May 22- The market capitalisation of shares listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange's main board hit a record high on Friday, topping a 26- year peak and marking one victory in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's campaign to jolt the economy out of a long phase of deflation and stagnation. The total market capitalisation of the TSE's first section rose to 591.30...

  • *Unipec's oil stored on huge tanker close to Singapore. NEW DELHI/ SINGAPORE, May 22- Chinese trader Unipec has sold 2 million barrels of crude held for months on one of the world's largest tankers, industry sources said, as rising oil prices prompt commodity firms to offload cargoes from floating storage. The crude will be delivered from the TI Europe, an Ultra Large...