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  • *New South Wales wants $10 bln for 49 pct of electricity network. Rooftop solar installations are booming and on-grid energy use is falling just as the government of New South Wales state prepares to offer a 49 percent stake in its electricity distribution network for around $10 billion, likely to one or more strategic investors.

  • LONDON, July 29- U.S. billionaire Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday that he will take a "significant" portion of the 1 billion euros worth of new shares being sold by Bank of Cyprus but that the complexities of the deal made it impossible to say how much at this point.

  • *Merck rises as results beat expectations, but Pfizer slips. Windstream Holdings jumped 12.8 percent to $11.88 in its busiest trading day on record after the company filed to spin off assets into a tax-efficient publicly-traded real estate investment trust.

  • *Pfizer, Merck rise as results beat expectations. NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. stocks rose Tuesday on news about a spinoff in the telecommunications sphere that sent most stocks in the sector soaring and on better-than-expected results from Pfizer and Merck.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St to rise on earnings, data weighs Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    *Pfizer, Merck rise as results beat expectations. NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. stocks were set to rise slightly at the open on Tuesday following better-than-expected results from companies such as Pfizer and Merck and ahead of data on consumer sentiment. Pfizer's higher-than-expected second-quarter earnings were helped by growing sales of its cancer medicines.

  • *Bank of Cyprus raises 1 bln euros from EU, US investors. LONDON/ NICOSIA, July 29- Bank of Cyprus, which has just raised 1 billion euros from investors, plans to sell up to 1 billion euros in bonds in September, chief executive John Hourican said, a move that would mark a rehabilitation of the euro zone's first bank to recapitalise using depositors' cash.

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise on earnings, data on tap Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 | 7:51 AM ET

    *Pfizer, Merck rise as results beat expectations. NEW YORK, July 29- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Tuesday following better-than-expected results from companies such as Pfizer and Merck and ahead of data on home prices and consumer sentiment.

  • LONDON, July 29- Bank of Cyprus hopes to issue a covered bond of between 500 million euros and 1 billion euros in September, its chief executive John Hourican told Reuters on Tuesday. Investors who bought into the capital raise include famed U.S/ billionaire Wilbur Ross and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

  • NICOSIA, July 28- Bank of Cyprus, the Cypriot lender that recapitalised by seizing its clients' deposits last year, said it had raised 1 billion euros in a private placement on Monday, drawing in investors from the United States and Russia as well as from an EU-controlled bank.

  • July 28- Herbalife Ltd, a maker of weight-loss and nutritional products, cut its sales outlook for the year after raising it three months earlier, sending its shares down 10.5 percent in extended trading.

  • Branson, whose investment in the airline is restricted by U.S. foreign investment rules, owns a 22 percent stake in Virgin America through the Virgin Group and a hedge fund.

  • NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, July 25- Argentina failed to reach a breakthrough with the U.S. court-appointed mediator in its battle with holdout creditors on Friday in talks that lasted just an hour, suggesting a settlement to avoid a default next week remains elusive.

  • July 25- A former adviser to mining giant BSG Resources was sentenced in New York federal court on Friday to two years in prison for obstructing a criminal probe in connection with a bribery investigation in Guinea.

  • Billionaire divorces  Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 2:45 PM ET

    Citadel CEO Ken Griffin has filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years. CNBC's Robert Frank has the details of the divorce, as well as a statistic on whether billionaires are more prone to divorce.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 25- Argentina stressed on Friday that it was impossible to fulfill a U.S. court ruling ordering full payment to "holdout" investors suing the country but said a deal needed to avert a default on its debt is still possible.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 25- Argentina said on Friday that a debt deal could be reached with "holdout" investors suing the country for full payment of their bonds if they, and a U.S. judge who has ruled in their favor, start acting in good faith and showing a rational attitude.

  • BOSTON, July 24- Billionaire investor Kenneth Griffin, who oversees $20 billion at hedge fund Citadel LLC, filed for divorce from his wife citing "irreconcilable differences," according to court filings seen by Reuters on Thursday.

  • BRUSSELS, July 24- U.S. cable group Liberty Global has offered to sell its pay TV channel Film1 in an attempt to win EU antitrust approval for its proposed acquisition of Dutch rival Ziggo, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

  • BANGALORE, July 24- Wipro Ltd, India's third-biggest software services exporter, forecast strong revenue growth on the back of higher outsourcing spending by overseas clients and said it was focussing on winning more deals in Europe.

  • BANGALORE/ MUMBAI, July 24- Wipro Ltd, India's third-biggest IT services exporter, posted a 29.6 percent rise in fiscal first-quarter profit and forecast a surge in revenue on the back of stronger spending on outsourcing by overseas clients.