European shares closed mixed on Friday, with Italian banking stocks and the health care sector weighing on wider benchmarks.» Read More
PARIS/ LONDON, Jan 22- European shares paused on Thursday after a sharp five-day rally as investors waited to see the size and shape of a bond-buying programme the European Central Bank is expected to unveil later. Euro zone banks have been among the top gainers ahead of today's ECB meeting, with Societe Generale, UniCredit and Mediobanca all up about 11 percent in...
MILAN, Jan 22- China's central bank is continuing to invest in Italian companies, its governor was quoted as saying in a leading Italian daily on Thursday, after People's Bank of China built holdings in several Italian blue-chips over the past year. "We continue to buy stakes in Italian companies, but now we're careful to remain below the 2 percent threshold so that...
*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.
*Enel selling Endesa shares at 13.5- 13.8 euros- sources. *Enel selling minimum of 17 pct of Endesa. MILAN, Nov 19- Italy's biggest utility Enel is on track to raise up to 3.2 billion euros from the sale of shares in its Spanish subsidiary Endesa, three sources with knowledge of the deal said on Wednesday.
MILAN/ LONDON, Nov 5- Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena is likely to tap investors for up to 2.5 billion euros next year to fill a capital shortfall laid bare by recent stress tests, pay back state aid and prepare itself for a possible takeover, banking sources said. The future of Italy's third biggest bank, the world's oldest, has been hanging in the balance after a...
LONDON, Oct 27- Europe's banking health check has shown countries and lenders are implementing global capital rules at vastly different speeds, and 36 companies would have failed if new capital rules were fully applied. Europe had gained credibility, said Karen Petrou, co-founder of Federal Financial Analytics in Washington. Federal Reserve was still...
LONDON, Oct 27- Europe's banking health check has shown countries and lenders are implementing global capital rules at vastly different speeds, and 36 firms would have failed if new capital rules were fully applied. The euro zone is lagging behind countries outside the bloc in implementing the Basel III capital rules that are due to come into full force in 2019,...
LONDON, Oct 26- Some 24 European banks failed a "stress test" of their capital strength conducted by the European Banking Authority. Under the EBA's healthcheck, banks needed to hold common equity of 5.5 percent or more of their risk-weighted assets under a stressed 3- year recession scenario as at the end of 2013. Any bank falling short of that level needs to take...
LONDON, Sept 23- Recent stirrings of long-dormant financial market volatility have come in the nick of time for an industry that has been bleeding revenue and jobs for years, even though bankers doubt the secular downsizing of the trading world can be reversed.
SANTANDER, Spain, Sept 1- Telefonica plans to exit Telecom Italia once the Spanish group has finalised the purchase of Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT, its chairman said on Monday, ending a long-standing shareholding.
*Telefonica makes higher bid than Telecom Italia. PARIS/ MILAN, Aug 28- The battle over Brazil's telecoms market intensified on Thursday as European competitors Telecom Italia and Telefonica made rival offers for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband business GVT.
*Vivendi would get 15-20 pct in Telecom Italia- sources. MILAN, Aug 26- Telecom Italia will make a bid valued at roughly 7 billion euros for Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT, which would leave Vivendi with a 15 to 20 percent stake in the Italian group, said four people familiar with the matter.
LONDON/ MILAN, Aug 15- Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier and Japanese industrial giant Hitachi are the two frontrunners to buy Finmeccanica's rail subsidiaries, several sources close to the auction process said.
Fincantieri will apply to list in Milan as early as Tuesday, in what officials predict will be Italy's largest privatization program since the 1990s.
European equities closed narrowly lower in a choppy trading session on Monday.
Trouble at the top in Italy is not confined to its politicians.
Telefonica is in talks with the Italian core shareholders in Telecom Italia to keep the same ownership structure for another six months, two sources told Reuters.
Shares in Telecom Italia rose 3 percent in early trade on Monday, amid renewed speculation it may join a sector merger wave as Verizon Communications and Vodafone were set to announce a $130 billion deal.
Mediobanca, under pressure to improve returns for shareholders, plans to sell almost all of its stakes in major companies, ending half a century of influence at the heart of Italian business to focus on banking.
European shares closed lower on Tuesday as markets await the outcome of a critical vote in Cyprus to tax bank deposits.