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ATHENS, Oct 5- Two of Greece's biggest banks, National Bank and Eurobank, are in talks over a merger that would create the country's biggest lender, news website To Vima reported on Friday, citing sources.
Oct 5- VTB Captial SA. on Thursday sold $1.5 billion of subordinated notes in the 144 a private placement market, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. Barclays Capital, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Societe Generale and VTB Capital were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.
"It's pretty clear to us that the market is now open to buying these kinds of bank names," said Paul Spivack, managing director and head of Morgan Stanley's debt syndicate for the Americas. Morgan Stanley led the BBVA deal along with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
,guaranteed by Societe Generale, NY Branch, on Thursday sold $1.25 billion of senior unsecured notes, said IFR, a Thomson Reuters service. SG Americas Securities, Citigroup and Credit Suisse were the joint bookrunning managers for the sale.
By Claire Ruckin and Owen Sanderson. LONDON, Oct 4- Spain's Banco Santander is selling a loan portfolio of up to 2.5 billion euros to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, banking sources said on Thursday.
*Bank of France lent more than 2 bln eur- source. *Bank of France says doesn't comment on liquidity assistance. PARIS, Oct 4- French mortgage bank Credit Immobilier de France was benefiting from emergency Bank of France funding to keep it afloat months before a high-profile government rescue, banking sources told Reuters.
PARIS, Oct 4- French mortgage bank Credit Immobilier de France was benefiting from emergency Bank of France funding to keep it afloat months before a high-profile government rescue, banking sources told Reuters. "The exact number is unclear but it was more than 2 billion euros." The Bank of France said it never comments on details of liquidity assistance.
The European Central Bank is not expected to cut rates at the monthly policy making session despite weaker economic data, but was seen likely to be pressed on negotiations with Spain over its financing needs in the news conference which follows.
Greece's hopes of striking a deal with its lenders before euro zone finance ministers meet next week dimmed on Wednesday, when officials admitted the two sides disagree on how much the economy will contract in 2013- a key figure in their calculations.
LONDON, Oct 4- European shares were set to rise on Thursday, mirroring gains in the United States and Asia, with investors positioning for more soothing data and some clarity on Spain's likely aid request during a European Central Bank press conference after its rate verdict.
EADS Chief Executive Tom Enders is prepared to talk about guarantees for jobs and production sites in a planned merger of the company with Britain's BAE Systems, he told Germany's Bild daily.
PARIS-- French bank Societe Generale said Wednesday that it was in discussions to sell its Greek subsidiary Geniki to Greece's Piraeus Bank. Shares in Societe Generale, France's second-largest bank, slid immediately after the announcement and were down 1 percent in late trading.
PARIS, Oct 3- Societe Generale said on Wednesday it has started exclusive talks to sell its Greek unit Geniki Bank to Greek lender Piraeus Bank.
CAIRO, Oct 3- A trickle of foreign donor aid looks like Egypt's best hope of averting a balance of payments crisis for now because many of the investors who fled the country last year are loath to return until the government seals a loan from the IMF.
LONDON, Oct 3- Nestle has signed a 5 billion euro, 364- day syndicated loan, which will replace a 4.5 billion euro facility agreed in October last year, active bookrunner Citigroup said in a statement on Wednesday.
LONDON, Oct 3- Deutsche Bank is set to be the bank most affected, with profits hit hardest, by proposals to separate higher risk banking activities from traditional deposit-taking business, which are likely to affect about 20 banks, analysts said.
Oct 3- Malaysia's exports probably fell further in August, hit by weaker demand in China for its electronic products and lower commodity prices, economists polled by Reuters said, leaving the country more dependent on domestic demand to support growth.
*ABN Amro Bank starts Boursorama with reduce. For a summary of rating actions and price target changes on European companies:. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.
ATHENS, Oct 3- Greece's central bank has decided to lower the capital adequacy requirement for the country's battered banks due to delays in their planned recapitalization as part of the country's foreign bailout, a Bank of Greece official said on Wednesday.
Greece's Piraeus Bank has struck a preliminary deal to buy French lender Societe Generale's loss-making Greek unit Geniki. FRANCE, FINLAND WANT SWIFT SPAIN, GREECE SOLUTIONS.