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European Union regulators on Thursday set a Sept. 19 deadline to approve bids from a consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland for Dutch bank ABN Amro Holding.
A consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland said Wednesday that it will not lower its 70.6 billioneuros ($96.5 billion) bid for ABN Amro Holding, even though the Dutch bank's first-half dividend breached a level that RBS had said could prompt a reduction of the offer.
Royal Bank of Scotland shareholders overwhelmingly approved the proposed 71 billion euro ($97.24 billion) takeover of ABN Amro on Friday, the third and final leg of backing from investors in the RBS-led consortium.
Belgian-Dutch financial services group Fortis on Monday cleared the way for its plan to buy parts of rival ABN Amro, as its shareholders in Belgium and the Netherlands gave their approval.
Barclays formally launched its 65 billion euro (US$89 billion) bid for ABN AMRO on Monday as it attempts to beat a Royal Bank of Scotland-led consortium in the biggest ever bank takeover.
Royal Bank of Scotland, locked in a bid battle for ABN Amro, marginally beat expectations with an 11% rise in first-half profit and said it had not been substantially hit by turbulence in capital markets.
In an interview with CNBC, Robert Diamond, Barclays president, said he is "absolutely delighted" with the bank's first-half success -- but spoke cautiously about the subprime meltdown.
Things are a bit calmer today: volatility much lower, volume still heavy, but not as heavy as last 6 or 7 days. Three stocks advancing for every two declining.
A takeover of Dutch bank ABN Amro by Britain's Barclays would boost pay of ABN board members, a filing at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission showed.
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Futures are perking up this morning and are setting stocks up for a firmer opening. Traders are turning their attention to earnings and some percolating merger news, and there's a calm on Wall Street after Friday's late day, mad dash down-hill ride for stocks.
Dutch bank ABN Amro withdrew its recommendation of a takeover by Barclays, leaving it neutral between the British bank's offer and a higher bid from Royal Bank of Scotland's consortium.
Spain's Santander Central Hispano bank on Thursday reported a 54 percent rise in second-quarter net profit on strong lending activity in Europe and Latin America and with an extra boost from an asset sale.
British bank Barclays has raise its offer for ABN Amro Holding to $93.1 billion with help from two Asian partners, an attempt to remain competitive with a rival bid from a group led by Royal Bank of Scotland.
As Barclays increased its bid for Dutch bank ABN Amro, Barclays President Bob Diamond stressed the strategic importance of its new partnerships, the newly introduced cash element of the deal and pinned the British bank's hopes of clinching the deal on the rising value of its shares.
Mergers and acquisitions and a generous portion of quarterly earnings along with OPEC news is turning the stock market picture back to the plus side after Friday's selloff, though looming in the background are credit market concerns.
British bank Barclays has raised its bid for Dutch group ABN Amro 67.5 billion euros ($93 billion), helped by some of the biggest ever overseas investments by China and Singapore.
A banking consortium led by Royal Bank of Scotland said it cleared all regulatory hurdles and would launch its $97.8 billion bid for Dutch bank ABN AMRO on Monday as planned.
Emerging markets specialist Standard Chartered is in takeover talks with South Africa's fourth-biggest bank, Nedbank Group, financial daily Business Day reported on Thursday.
British bank Barclays said on Thursday it might change its agreed offer for ABN Amro and possibly include some cash, as it battles a higher bid from a consortium of three major European banks.