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*Sprint, Clearwire soar in afternoon trade, MetroPCS sinks. TOKYO/ NEW YORK, Oct 11- Japanese mobile carrier Softbank Corp may buy a majority stake in Sprint Nextel Corp to establish a foothold in the U.S. wireless market, in what could be the largest Japanese acquisition ever in America.
*Sprint, Clearwire soar in early trade, MetroPCS sinks. TOKYO/ NEW YORK, Oct 11- Japanese mobile carrier Softbank Corp and U.S. operator Sprint Nextel Corp. are in talks about a deal that could see Softbank assume control of Sprint.
*Sprint, Clearwire soar in early trade, MetroPCS sinks. TOKYO/ NEW YORK, Oct 11- Japanese mobile carrier Softbank Corp is in talks to buy a majority stake in U.S. operator Sprint Nextel Corp for more than 1 trillion yen, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter, adding yet another potential shake-up to the fast-changing U.S. wireless market.
*Sprint shares up 16 pct in premarket trade. TOKYO/ NEW YORK, Oct 11- Softbank Corp, Japan's third-largest mobile carrier, is in talks to buy a majority stake in U.S. operator Sprint Nextel Corp for more than 1 trillion yen, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter.
*ING's first deal in Asia asset sell-off. HONG KONG/ AMSTERDAM, Oct 11- Pan Asian insurer AIA Group Ltd has agreed to buy ING's Malaysian insurance operations for $1.73 billion in cash, handing the Dutch financial services firm its first deal in a nine-month drive to sell off Asian assets.
Oct 9- Evercore Partners Inc:. *KBW cuts Duff& Phelps Corp price target to $16 from $16.50. *KBW raises Evercore Partners Inc price target to $31 from $27.
Oct 9- Evercore Partners Inc:. *UBS starts Evercore Partners Inc with neutral rating. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a mixed open on Wall Street, with futures for the S&P 500 slipping by 0.1 percent, while the Dow Jones and Nasdaq 100 futures contracts rose around 0.1 percent. **ZYNGA INC, Thursday close $2.81, down 19.2 pct premarket.
*Evercore Partners cuts Zynga Inc price target to $1.70 from $2;. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.
*Barclays cuts Evraz Plc price target to 253 p from 257 p; rating underweight. For a summary of rating actions and price target changes on European companies:. Reuters Station users, click. 1580.
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*Evercore partners cuts Informatica Corp to equal-weight rating. *Evercore partners cuts Informatica Corp price target to $30 from $39. Reuters Station users, click. 1568.
*Evraz buys out management stake in Raspadskaya. MOSCOW/ LONDON, Oct 4- Russia's Evraz has agreed to take control of coal miner Raspadskaya in an $800 million deal that will make the steelmaker self-sufficient in coking coal and turn it into Russia's largest producer of the steel ingredient.
MOSCOW, Oct 4- Evraz, Russia's largest steelmaker, is to take a majority stake in coal miner Raspadskaya in an $800 million cash and share deal designed to give it more control over the supply of coking coal, a key ingredient in steelmaking.
LONDON, Oct 4- London- listed shares in Russia's Evraz fell more than 4 percent in early trade on Thursday after the steelmaker announced a plan to increase its share in coal miner Raspadskaya to an indirect 82 percent holding.
*Evercore Partners cuts Hewlett Packard price target to $14 from $18;. Reuters Station users, click. 1568. Reuters Station users, click. 4899.
MOSCOW, Oct 4- Evraz, Russia's largest steelmaker, agreed to increase its stake in the Russian coal miner Raspadskaya by half to 82 percent, the company said on Thursday.
FRANKFURT/ NEW YORK, Oct 3- T-Mobile USA, which plans to merge with MetroPCS, will have to overcome technology hurdles to be able to take on bigger rivals Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc and Sprint Nextel Corp.
The boards of both companies voted on Wednesday to approve the deal, which will see Deutsche Telekom hold 74 percent and MetroPCS 26 percent in the combined entity.