SINGAPORE, Nov 22- The planned sale of Societe Generale's Asian private bank, for which final bids are due next week, underscores how high costs are pushing smaller players in the region to make hard decisions on whether to bulk up and or get out of the business.
LONDON, Nov 15- Gold edged lower on Friday as investors took profits after two days of gains sparked by assurances from the likely new Federal Reserve chief that the U.S. central bank will continue its easy monetary policy for now.
LONDON, Nov 7- The euro held firm as investors questioned how far the ECB would go on Thursday in hinting at policy easing, though world shares weakened before U.S. data which could set the course for the Federal Reserve's policy.
LONDON, Nov 7- The euro crept higher on Thursday as investors expected the European Central Bank to resist pressure to cut rates, while world shares dipped before U.S. data which could set the course for the Federal Reserve's policy.
DUBLIN, Nov 6- ING said on Wednesday it should complete its restructuring two years ahead of schedule, meaning the Dutch banking and insurance group could be one of the first euro zone casualties of the 2008 global crisis to emerge from a state rescue. KBC received 7 billion euros in 2008 and 2009, half from Belgium, the rest from the northern region of Flanders.
AMSTERDAM, Nov 6- ING said it should complete its restructuring two years ahead of schedule, meaning the Dutch banking and insurance group could be one of the first euro zone casualties of the 2008 global crisis to emerge from a state rescue.
*Home prices rising uncomfortably fast in several markets. LONDON/ LOS ANGELES, Nov 1- From China to Canada and London, fast-rising property markets are haunting the global economy again, five years after the U.S. subprime mortgage bubble burst and triggered the worst financial crisis since the 1930 s.
*European shares recover as data lifts ECB rate cut hopes. LONDON, Oct 31- Weak euro zone data that upped the pressure on the ECB to cut rates again helped European shares and bonds deflect concerns on Thursday that policy tightening remains on the U.S.
*Inventory financing growing 10-20 pct a year- Deutsche Bank. LONDON, Oct 29- Booming commodity trade financing in Asia is a rare bright spot for Western banks, forced to withdraw from other areas of commodities due to tougher regulation and capital constraints.
Carl Icahn, having seen David Einhorn's agitation result in Apple issuing a US $17 bn bond in April to pay for part of a US $100 bn shareholder capital return program, said he had increased his stake in the company- and repeated calls for the tech giant to make an additional US $150 bn worth of share buybacks.
*Gold premiums in India hit $120/ oz. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Oct 23- Gold was slightly lower on Wednesday as investors sold to lock in profits after prices hit four-week highs a day earlier in reaction to weaker-than-expected U.S. non-farm payroll data and sold in reaction to a weaker oil market that dragged commodities down.
AMSTERDAM, Oct 23- Dutch lender Rabobank expects a fine from regulators over its alleged role in the manipulation of benchmark interest rates, which one source put at around $1 billion, in the next two weeks. A source familiar with negotiations between the bank and U.S., UK and Dutch authorities said the fine being discussed was around $1 billion.
*Gold pulls back as dollar recovers. *Gold premiums in India hit $120/ oz. LONDON, Oct 23- Gold retreated from four-week highs on Wednesday as investors cashed in gains, with a rally sparked by weaker-than-expected U.S. non-farm payrolls data running out of steam.
*U.S. nonfarm payrolls for Sept due at 1230 GMT. LONDON, Oct 22- The dollar edged away from an eight-month low and shares halted on Tuesday before the release of U.S. jobs figures delayed by this month's acrimonious budget tussle in Washington.
NEW YORK, Oct 15- With IntercontinentalExchange's more than $10 billion takeover of NYSE Euronext expected to close early next month, regulators in the Netherlands and France are scrambling to prevent Euronext from once more falling into foreign hands, according to several sources familiar with the situation.
LONDON, Oct 10- Gold fell below $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as the dollar rebounded on signs Washington was moving towards breaking a stalemate over debt and averting a U.S. default.
BRUSSELS, Sept 29- Dutch preference shares, once a device to share the benefits of a family business, have become an unbreachable barrier to hostile takeovers in the Netherlands, most recently forcing Mexico's America Movil to the negotiating table.
*Applied shares rise 9 pct, Tokyo Electron jumps 13 pct. Sept 25- Applied Materials Inc agreed to buy rival Tokyo Electron Ltd in an all-stock deal worth more than $10 billion, combining the No.1 and No.3 makers of chip-making gear as demand for their products slows and it gets tougher to turn a profit.
*Applied Materials shareholders to hold 68 pct of company. Sept 24- Applied Materials Inc will buy rival Tokyo Electron Ltd in an all-stock deal valued at more than $7 billion, combining the No.1 and No.3 makers of chip-making gear as demand for their products slows and it gets tougher to turn a profit.
*Applied Materials shareholders to hold 68 pct of company. Sept 24- Applied Materials Inc will buy rival Tokyo Electron Ltd in an all-stock deal valued at more than $9 billion, combining the No.1 and No.3 makers of chip-making gear as demand for their products slows and it gets tougher to turn a profit.