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Oct 5- Fitch Ratings has affirmed Ceska Sporitelna and Komercni Banka's. CS's Long-term IDR is equalised with that of its 98% shareholder, Erste Group Bank AG, reflecting what Fitch views as an extremely high propensity to provide support to CS. KB's Long-term IDR is driven by potential support from its majority shareholder, Societe Generale.
*Merger would form Greece's biggest lender* Shares suspended pending announcements* NBG, Eurobank hold board meetings By George Georgiopoulos and Lefteris Papadimas.
*Technip rises 2.5 pct after Mexico contract win. LONDON, Oct 5- European shares rose in thin trade on Friday as investors bought into recent dips, with F rench oil services firm Technip.
ATHENS, Oct 5- Two of Greece's biggest banks, National and Eurobank, are in merger talks to create the country's biggest lender, banking sources said on Friday.
LONDON, Oct 5- Spain's Telefonica and Italy's Mediobanca, encouraged by a sell-out deal from Spanish bank BBVA in the dollar market overnight, took advantage of more stable market conditions to bring new euro bonds on Friday.
ATHENS, Oct 5- Two of Greece's biggest banks, National Bank and Eurobank are in talks on a merger that would create the country's biggest lender, banking sources told Reuters on Friday. Greece's banks are under pressure to consolidate after deep losses from the country's debt restructuring, plus deposit outflows and rising bad loans.
LONDON, Oct 5- In a startling change of fortune, Spain's BBVA was swamped with USD7.5bn of demand for a USD2bn three-year Yankee bond yesterday, the first time US investors have shown interest in buying Spanish financial risk in more than 17 months.
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.