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  • Shell gambles on rocky Brazil, Petrobras with BG bid Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 9:49 AM ET
    A Petrobas platform at the Brasfels shipyard in Angra dos Reis, about 115 miles west of Rio de Janeiro.

    Shell’s $69 billion bid for BG Group could increase its exposure to Brazil at a time when the country appears to be destabilizing and stagnating.

  • NEW YORK, April 8- U.S. stocks were set to open little changed on Wednesday, with traders eyeing a $70 billion mega-deal in the energy space and ahead of minutes from the most recent meeting of the Federal Reserve's policy-setting committee. *Royal Dutch Shell said it would buy rival BG Group for $70 billion, closing the gap on market leader U.S.

  • US STOCKS-Futures flat ahead of Fed minutes; M&A eyed Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 7:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK, April 8- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday, with traders eyeing a $70 billion mega-deal in the energy space and ahead of minutes from the most recent meeting of the Federal Reserve's policy-setting committee. *Royal Dutch Shell said it would buy rival BG Group for $70 billion, closing the gap on market leader U.S.

  • Shell's bid for BG boosts Britain's FTSE Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 7:29 AM ET

    LONDON, April 8- Royal Dutch Shell's $70 billion bid for energy firm BG Group lifted Britain's top share index on Wednesday, helping it outperform its continental peers. The FTSE 100 was up 0.5 percent at 6,998.71 points by 1103 GMT, while Germany's DAX and France's CAC eased. "With BG Group, Shell gets exposure to Brazil's vast Santos Basin reserves, and further...

  • Fintech joins in on global M&A spree Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM ET
    Handshake M&A mergers

    The merger and acquisition climate in Europe got a little hotter on Wednesday with yet more dealmaking in the technology sector

  • *Greek PM Tsipras in Moscow. LONDON, April 8- Global stocks remained upbeat on Wednesday as a $70 billion mega-deal in the European oil and gas sector stoked the merger and acquisition fever that has gripped investors this week. Shares in BG Group rose as much as 42 percent in early trade after Royal Dutch Shell agreed to pay that amount for its smaller rival, making...

  • *Shell to buy BG Group for $70 billion. LONDON, April 8- Oil prices fell towards $58 a barrel on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected weekly increase in U.S. stockpiles and as Saudi Arabia reported record output in March. Brent May crude was down $1.03 at $58.07 a barrel by 0816 GMT and U.S.

  • Proposed BG-Shell tie-up boosts top UK stocks Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 4:23 AM ET

    *BG Group at highest level in over 6 months. *Sky also up after report of Vivendi interest. LONDON, April 8- A proposed $70 billion takeover of BG Group by energy firm Royal Dutch Shell lifted top UK shares on Wednesday to outperform pan-European equities and buoyed the battered energy sector.

  • Shell’s BG deal: The biggest oil price bet yet? Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 4:19 AM ET
    An oil pump jack in the oil town of Gonzales, Texas.

    Shell’s £47 billion ($69 billion) agreed deal for energy company BG Group has already sent shares in the UK energy utility up nearly 40 percent.

  • *Sky rallies after sources say Vivendi mulling takeover. PARIS, April 8- European shares rose in early trading on Wednesday, led by a rally in energy stocks after Royal Dutch Shell agreed to buy BG Group for 47 billion pounds in the first oil super-merger in a decade. Shares in BG jumped 39 percent, while Tullow Oil soared 10 percent, BP gained 4 percent, Repsol added 1.8...

  • Europe energy shares rally on proposed Shell-BG deal Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 3:16 AM ET

    PARIS, April 8- European shares rose in early trading on Wednesday, led by a rally in energy shares after Royal Dutch Shell agreed to buy BG Group for 47 billion pounds in the first oil super-merger in a decade. Shares in BG jumped 39 percent, while Tullow Oil soared 9.8 percent, BP gained 4.4 percent, Repsol added 2.4 percent and Total climbed 0.9 percent.

  • *Hong Kong, Chinese stocks make 7- year highs. SYDNEY, April 8- Japanese shares scaled 15- year peaks on Wednesday while Hong Kong's market leapt to seven-year highs amid speculation of more stimulus from China and Japan, as well as a delayed start to any tightening by the U.S. Just before the European open, Royal Dutch Shell said it had agreed to buy BG Group for 47...

  • Shell launches $69B cash-and-share bid for BG Group Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 2:18 AM ET

    Royal Dutch Shell has confirmed it is in advanced talks to buy UK utility BG Group, in a £47 billion cash-and-shares offer.

  • SINGAPORE, April 7- Oil prices fell more than a percent on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected weekly build in U.S. stockpiles and as Saudi Arabia reported record output in March. "We're going to need to see a very big uptick in demand to offset that supply," Ben Le Brun, analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney said. Brent May crude was down 61 cents at...

  • *Shell in talks to buy BG Group in first mega-merger in a decade. SINGAPORE, April 7- Crude prices dropped on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia reported record production of 10.3 million barrels per day in March, a figure the country's oil minister said was unlikely to fall by much. Brent May crude was down 73 cents from its last settlement at $58.37 a barrel by 0100 GMT,...

  • Europe ends sharply higher; Yoox surges Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities closed sharply higher on Monday, having extended gains throughout the session.

  • Egypt for sale? $60B aids 'new era' for nation Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 11:42 AM ET

    Egypt's attempt to bring money back to the country has been met with relative success, according to its new political leadership.

  • *Credit Suisse surges after naming new CEO. LONDON, March 10- European shares slipped further on Tuesday from a seven-year high after sharply weaker oil and metals prices pulled down commodities stocks, although Credit Suisse rallied after naming a new chief executive. "Credit Suisse has had different issues throughout the years and someone with a diverse...

  • *Credit Suisse surges after naming new CEO. LONDON, March 10- European shares slipped further away from a recent seven-year high on Tuesday as a sharp decline in crude oil and metals prices hit commodities stocks, although a rally in Credit Suisse capped market losses. "Credit Suisse has had different issues throughout the years and someone with a diverse...

  • *Credit Suisse surges after naming new CEO. LONDON, March 10- European shares slipped further away from a recent seven-year high on Tuesday as weaker oil and metals prices hit commodities stocks, but a rally in Credit Suisse limited market losses. "Credit Suisse has had different issues throughout the years and someone with a diverse background could look at its...