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  • *Altice also interested in Time Warner Cable- sources. In addition to Suddenlink, the seventh-largest U.S. cable player, Altice has also approached No.2 provider Time Warner Cable over a deal, sources said, creating a potential bidding war with John Malone's Charter Communications. Altice Chief Executive Dexter Goei declined to comment on Time Warner, saying...

  • *Kuwait, Bahrain parliaments probing national funds. Issue of wasting resources becomes more sensitive. DUBAI, May 20- Running sovereign wealth funds in the Gulf has become an awkward business in the era of cheap oil, as their managers face growing pressure from politicians and the public to prove they're investing national reserves wisely.

  • PARIS, May 20- French telecommunications group Altice SA said it agreed to buy Suddenlink Communications in a deal valuing the company at $9.1 billion to enter the fast-growing U.S. cable sector. Altice is buying 70 percent of Suddenlink from existing shareholders BC Partners, CPP Investment Board and Suddenlink management, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • Altice enters US cable market with Suddenlink buy Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:58 AM ET

    French telecommunications group Altice said it agreed to buy Suddenlink Communications in a deal valuing the company at $9.1 billion.

  • May 19- French telecommunications group Altice SA has held talks to buy Time Warner Cable Inc, and is close to buying smaller peer Suddenlink, moving into the U.S cable market, according to people familiar with the matter. Time Warner Cable has a market capitalization of $44.5 billion. Since Time Warner Cable's merger with Comcast fell apart last month, Time...

  • May 19- French telecommunications group Altice SA is in advanced talks to buy U.S.-based Suddenlink Communications in a deal that could value the cable operator at up to $10 billion, including debt, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Last year alone, the group used its French cable company Numericable to take over the country's second largest...

  • May 19- Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn and Brett Icahn, his son and portfolio manager, on Tuesday stuck to their views that Apple Inc would introduce a television set and a car. Brett Icahn said: "We believe they're going to do a car. Carl Icahn owned about 53 million Apple shares at the end of the first quarter, according to a Securities and Exchange...

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, May 18- Apple Inc was handed a mixed ruling by a U.S. appeals court in the latest twist in a blockbuster intellectual property battle with Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, as a prior patent infringement verdict was upheld but a trademark finding that the iPhone's appearance could be protected was thrown out. That means up to 40 percent of a $930...

  • *Altera rallies on Intel M&A report. "It's becoming more of the collective thought that the Fed can wait because you really don't see any blistering growth," said Kurt Brunner, a portfolio manager at Swarthmore Group in Philadelphia. Apple's shares rose 1.39 percent to $130.57 after billionaire investor Carl Icahn said the stock was "still dramatically...

  • US STOCKS-Dow, S&P touch record highs Monday, 18 May 2015 | 1:04 PM ET

    *Ann rises after Ascena Retail takeover offer. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market index fell to 54 from 56 in April. "Right now with the way things are going, especially with the yield curve getting steeper, it's going to be less and less likely the Fed will raise rates in September," John Burke, CEO of Burke Financial Strategies in...

  • May 18- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn said Apple Inc's stock was "still dramatically undervalued" and that it should be trading at $240, up from his earlier estimate of $216. Apple boosted its share repurchase program in April to $140 billion from $90 billion announced last year and raised quarterly dividend by 11 percent to 52 cents per share.

  • MANILA, Philippines— Robert de Niro and his business partners formally opened Asia's first Nobu Hotel in Manila on Monday as the luxury brand gears up for global expansion. De Niro and his Nobu Hospitality partners, renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Hollywood producer Meir Teper, led the ribbon cutting with Australian billionaire James Packer and Macau tycoon...

  • May 15- Some of the top U.S. hedge fund investors and activists, including Jana Partners LLC took new positions or raised their equity stakes in fast food chain McDonald's Corp during the first quarter, according to regulatory filings on Friday. Highfields Capital Management LP raised its stake more than 1,000 percent to 9.8 million shares, valued at about...

  • NEW YORK, May 15- Top U.S. hedge fund management firms, including Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors and Philippe Laffont's Coatue Management, continued to reduce or slash stakes altogether in Apple Inc during the first quarter, as shares of the iPhone maker rallied. David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital also cut its exposure in Apple during the first quarter,...

  • May 15- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said it has boosted its holdings in some of the billionaire's favorite companies, including Wells Fargo& Co and International Business Machines Corp.. Buffett has long praised his "Big Four" stock holdings Wells Fargo, IBM, Coca-Cola Co and American Express Co, which comprise roughly 58 percent of...

  • SYDNEY/ MELBOURNE, May 15- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Friday threw his support behind a proposed Senate inquiry into the economic impact of a slump in the price of iron ore, ratcheting up pressure on top producers Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. Xenophon postponed the vote to June 16 due to a lack of support in the upper house Senate. Xenophon's call for a...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, May 14- The U.S. dollar was broadly lower on Thursday after poor U.S. retail sales figures proved a huge disappointment to those expecting a strong American economic rebound from a weather-weakened first quarter. Spreadbetters expected higher bond yields resulting in a slightly lower open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC.

  • Why Ted Cruz is wowing some of Wall Street's money-men Thursday, 14 May 2015 | 1:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, May 14- Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite and leading figure in the 2013 government shutdown that rattled investors, isn't the kind of politician who usually wins a lot of friends among Wall Street campaign donors. Despite the uncompromising rhetoric, Cruz is winning praise from some potential Wall Street donors, including bankers...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, May 14- The U.S. dollar huddled near three-month lows on Thursday after poor retail data proved a huge disappointment to those expecting a strong American economic rebound from a weather-weakened first quarter. Investors reacted by pushing back the likely lift-off date for a rate hike by the Federal Reserve, giving gold a steer to five-week highs...

  • Nikkei falls on bond market rout, Konica Minolta jumps Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 10:26 PM ET

    *Konica Minolta jumps on higher shareholder returns. TOKYO, May 14- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Thursday as another rise in bond yields around the world kept many investors on edge, but Konica Minolta jumped after it joined a growing list of companies announcing higher payouts for shareholders. "I think the market is starting to price in an end of...