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  • Leaked Sony emails show Loeb influence on studio execs Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:11 PM ET

    TOKYO/ BOSTON, Dec 17- Sony Corp movie executives kept up a dialogue with hedge fund titan Daniel Loeb, even after rebuffing the billionaire investor's proposal to sell up to one-fifth of the studio's entertainment business, leaked emails show. Loeb's New York- based Third Point took a 7 percent stake in the company in May 2013 and suggested that proceeds from a...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 17- Canadian oil producers deepened 2015 spending cuts on Wednesday, as Husky Energy, MEG Energy and Penn West Petroleum joined those hacking back capital budgets in response to tumbling crude prices. Penn West, one of Canada's largest conventional oil producers, also cut its dividend to 3 Canadian cents per share from 14 Canadian cents.

  • Dec 17- Canadian oil producers Husky Energy Inc and Penn West Petroleum Ltd slashed their 2015 capital budgets due to a slide in crude oil prices. Penn West, one of Canada's largest conventional oil producers, also cut its dividend to 3 Canadian cents per share from 14 Canadian cents. Penn West and Husky join several Canadian oil producers such as Cenovus Energy...

  • Dec 17- Husky Energy Inc, Canada's No. 3 integrated oil company, said it expects its capital spending to drop by a third in 2015 compared with 2014, becoming the latest Canadian producer to scale back spending as oil prices fall. Husky, controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka- shing, said it would spend about $3.4 billion in 2015, with about three-quarters going...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 17- The billionaire behind shopping mall developer Dalian Wanda says China's era of rapid urbanisation will end within a decade, so he is speeding up his company's shift toward tourism and entertainment after a $3.7 billion initial public offering. Wang Jianlin became China's fourth-richest man in part by following the migration of 300 million...

  • MUMBAI, Dec 16- An Indian court asked for further investigation into an illegal coalfield allocation case involving Hindalco Industries on Tuesday, rejecting an earlier report from the federal police that said the probe was likely to be closed. The Central Bureau of Investigation said in August it was likely to close the case against Hindalco's billionaire...

  • ABU DHABI, Dec 15- A loan of up to $800 million to help Abu Dhabi- based entrepreneur B.R. Shetty acquire a majority stake in foreign exchange operator Travelex has been completed, two sources aware of the matter said on Monday. Three other banks-- Doha Bank, National Bank of Fujairah and Commercial Bank International-- joined the loan, the first source said.

  • LONDON, Dec 12- The acrimonious divorce of Britain's most generous philanthropists, hedge fund billionaire Christopher Hohn and his estranged wife Jamie Cooper-Hohn, could lead to a split of one of the largest private charities in the world. "I am aware... that there have been discussions about the possibility of diverting funds from the UK Foundation into the U.S....

  • TOKYO, Dec 12- Japan's SoftBank Corp will soon downsize its Silicon Valley offices, people with knowledge of the matter said, signalling the company won't revive efforts to buy T-Mobile U.S. Inc.. The Japanese telecommunications company is now transferring "the bulk" of manpower out of its West Coast operations, including dispersing development engineers to...

  • UPDATE 1-Tesla says China unit head Wu resigns Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:03 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Dec 12- U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc said on Friday its China president, Veronica Wu, has resigned, without giving a reason for her departure. China's green vehicle market has attracted global players including Volkswagen AG, Nissan Motor Co Ltd and BMW. In August, the California- based company and mobile phone network operator China Unicom...

  • LISBON, Dec 12- Portugal Telecom SGPS has called a general shareholder meeting on Jan. 12 to vote on telecoms group Altice's planned acquisition of Portuguese operations from Brazil's Oi for 7.4 billion euros. PT SGPS now has no assets other than the stake in Oi and 900 million euros in defaulted debt by a bankrupt holding company of the Espirito Santo family.

  • *Fosun Intl moves to new insurance-based business model. A Club Med takeover would represent the most significant co-investment between Fosun and Fidelidade, the Portuguese insurance firm Fosun forked out $1.29 billion to buy in May, and advance Guo's goal of turning his Shanghai- based manufacturing and real estate-focused conglomerate into a...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 11- After skyrocketing to more than a thousand dollars in price late last year and attracting global attention, bitcoin, the leading digital currency, has stalled. It most recently traded at $356.26, down from a peak of $1,163 in December 2013. "There has to be some motivation that would help this whole bitcoin system explode, like really good...

  • Firtash has long-standing business connections to Russia and his companies were able to buy gas cheaply from Gazprom, the giant gas company run by allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Everybody in Ukraine knows that he is the wallet to pay off Yanukovich," said Viktor Chumak, a senior Ukrainian lawmaker and the former head of the parliament's...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- Billionaire news and information mogul Michael Bloomberg replaced the founding editor at his eponymous news service with Economist Editor-in-chief John Micklethwait, moving aggressively to broaden the one-time financial newswire beyond its core Wall Street audience. The announcement on Tuesday marks the latest shakeup since Michael...

  • *Italy's credit downgrade weighs on sentiment. PARIS, Dec 8- European shares fell early on Monday, trimming some of the previous session's sharp gains after soft macro data from China and Japan. "Italy's downgrade is a good reminder that Europe is far from being out of the woods.

  • HONG KONG, Dec 8- Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties Co Ltd, the world's second largest developer of shopping malls and office buildings, cut the size of its Hong Kong IPO by around a third to $3.9 billion to lure investors worried about its huge debt, analysts said. "Investors will be concerned about the debt," said Alvin Cheung, associate director at Prudential...

  • MELBOURNE, Dec 8- Societe Generale has suspended its involvement in financing a $10 billion coal mine, rail and port project being developed by India's GVK conglomerate and Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart, citing the project's years-long delay. "We have been working with Societe Generale on a specific element of the financing arrangements for our...

  • LISBON, Dec 5- Telecoms group Altice's plan to buy the Portuguese operations of Brazil's Oi for 7.4 billion euros depends on winning the backing of shareholders in Portugal Telecom SGPS, the holding company which owns 25.6 percent of Oi, a spokesman for Portugal Telecom said. Lisbon- listed Portugal Telecom SGPS is the target of a 1.2 billion-euro takeover offer...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- The billionaire Ronald Perelman's lawsuit accusing New York City art gallery owner Larry Gagosian of defrauding him into overpaying for a Cy Twombly painting has been thrown out by a unanimous state appeals court. Despite being a "sophisticated" plaintiff, Perelman "conducted no due diligence" to determine the value of Twombly's "Leaving Paphos...