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  • LONDON/ MILAN, Aug 4- Russia's Vimpelcom and Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa are close to a deal to merge their Italian mobile phone businesses, sources close to the deal said. "Negotiations have become serious," a second source said, adding that Hutchison Managing Director Canning Fok had met with Vimpelcom counterparts in London several times this month.

  • MANILA, Aug 4- Gold hovered near a 5-1/ 2- year low on Tuesday, still pressured by expectations that the Federal Reserve was well on course to raise interest rates this year. "I think it underscores our sense that the Fed may take a cautious approach, hence perhaps defer the first hike to December," said Vishnu Varathan, senior economist at Mizuho Bank in Singapore.

  • *July PMI in China curbs risk sentiment. LONDON, Aug 3- Weak data from China helped push oil prices to their lowest in six months on Monday, knocking the Canadian dollar, and sent Asian stocks close to their 2015 lows. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial and Nazdaq markets all looked set to open little changed, shrugging off the troubles of Greece whose stock market...

  • Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks pointed to a flat open on Monday ahead of a busy week of top-tier data, as the Greek stock market opened for the first time in five weeks.

  • Early movers: GS, PRE, SHLD, HZNP, TSN, T & more Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 7:47 AM ET
    A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • *HSBC to sell Brazil arm to Bradesco for $5.2 bln. HONG KONG/ LONDON, Aug 3- HSBC Holdings beat expectations with a 10 percent rise in first-half profit thanks to a strong performance in Hong Kong and said it had agreed a $5.2 billion sale of its business in Brazil. HSBC said its first-half profit growth was driven by an investing frenzy in Hong Kong among individual...

  • Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks pointed to a flat open on Monday ahead of a busy week of top-tier data, as the Greek stock market opened for the first time in five weeks.

  • LONDON, Aug 3- The Greek stock market slumped when it reopened on Monday after being shut down for five weeks, while weak data from China helped push oil prices to their lowest in six months and Asian stocks close to their 2015 lows. Surveys showed China's factory activity contracted by the most in two years, ensuring a three-month sell-off in commodity and...

  • *Markets buoyed by solid results from HSBC, Heineken. LONDON, Aug 3- European shares rose on Monday as strong results from HSBC and Commerzbank offset the impact of weak Chinese data, but Greece's market slumped after re-opening following a five-week shutdown. HSBC rose 1.2 percent after the bank reported higher first-half earnings and announced the sale of its...

  • HONG KONG, Aug 3- Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index ended lower on Monday, tracking China indexes on weak factory activity, but buying interest in HSBC after it posted forecast-beating results pulled the blue-chip index off its low. HSBC beat expectations with a 10 percent rise in first-half profit on Monday and said it had agreed on the sale of its...

  • *HSBC to sell Brazil unit to Bradesco for $5.2 bln. HONG KONG, Aug 3- HSBC Holdings beat expectations with a 10 percent rise in first-half profit on Monday, driven by a strong performance in Hong Kong, and said it had agreed the sale of its unprofitable Brazilian unit. HSBC has become increasingly reliant on Hong Kong for profits as its businesses in Europe, the United...

  • Asian stocks stumbled on Monday, as falling energy prices and disappointing manufacturing data out of China ignited "risk-off" sentiment.

  • European shares steady, Greek markets set to reopen Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 3:11 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 3- European shares were steady on Monday as strong results from HSBC and Commerzbank offset the impact of weak Chinese economic data, with the reopening of the Greek bourse also in focus. HSBC rose 1.5 percent after the bank reported higher first-half earnings and announced the sale of its Brazilian unit to Banco Bradesco SA for $5.2 billion..

  • *HSBC to sell Brazil unit for $5.2 bln. HONG KONG, Aug 3- HSBC Holdings said its first-half profit climbed a better than expected 10 percent, driven by a strong performance in Hong Kong that comes as the bank considers moving its headquarters to the Asian financial hub. HSBC also announced on Monday the sale of its Brazil unit to Banco Bradesco SA, the country's...

  • HONG KONG, Aug 3- HSBC Holdings reported a 10 percent increase in earnings for the first half of the year, boosted by bumper profits in Hong Kong as the lender considers whether to move its headquarters from London to the Asian hub. HSBC also announced the sale of its Brazil unit to Banco Bradesco SA, the country's second-biggest private-sector bank, for 17.6...

  • European shares edge higher, positive earnings help Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 4:10 AM ET

    *UCB, BNP Paribas, Natixis up after results. *Engie falls on HSBC downgrade to "hold". Natixis rose 3.3 percent after reporting a 5 percent rise in net income for the second quarter, driven by a strong increase in asset management, insurance sales and private banking, as well as continued efforts to reduce its balance sheet and risky assets.

  • July 31- Martin Sorrell's WPP and buyout firm Providence agreed on Friday to buy British marketing group Chime Communications for 374 million pounds in a bid to turn the smaller group into a global sports marketing agency. The offer from Providence and shareholder WPP includes an interim dividend of 2.53 pence per share. WPP, which owns about 20 percent of Chime,...

  • JERUSALEM, July 30- The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange secured its members' approval on Thursday to turn into a for-profit body, a move aimed at boosting trading volumes and reversing a tide of delistings. Amnon Neubach, chairman of Israel's only stock exchange, said that privatization would be an important step in "a process which is highly significant for TASE's...

  • Markets participants, however, say surging rates are likely to be short-lived as worries over yuan weakness may be overplayed and there is sufficient yuan liquidity in Hong Kong. Piling pressure on the yuan, China's State Council said on Friday it would liberalise yuan trading, among other measures, to support exports. "Following the sharp rebound in CCS, it is...

  • LONDON, July 28- The rout in global commodities prices is hitting demand for euro zone inflation-linked bonds and testing investors' faith in the European Central Bank's ability to lift consumer prices. Investor cash into exchange traded funds tracking euro zone inflation-linked bonds was just $73 million in the second quarter, down from $400 million poured...