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  • *Mandates six arranging banks including HSBC- sources. DUBAI, Jan 5- The emirate of Sharjah is planning to raise funds through a dollar-denominated Islamic bond, sources aware of the matter said on Tuesday, in what could be the first sovereign sukuk issuance from the Gulf region this year. An official at the department of finance in Sharjah, the third largest...

  • LONDON, Jan 5- HSBC said on Tuesday that customers affected by a blackout on its personal banking online services in Britain will not "lose out", as technical problems suffered by Europe's biggest bank ran into a second day. State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland promised to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in its computer systems after a series of high-profile...

  • *Orange and Bouygues Telecom confirm talks. The negotiations accompany a softened line on sector consolidation from the government, which holds 25 percent of Orange, after it opposed a 10 billion euro bid last year for Bouygues Telecom by tycoon Patrick Drahi's Numericable-SFR. Former state monopoly Orange held three-way talks with Iliad and Bouygues about...

  • *China plans to launch yuan gold benchmark in April. SINGAPORE, Jan 5- China has warned foreign banks it could curb their operations in the world's biggest bullion market if they refuse to participate in the planned launch of a yuan-denominated benchmark price for the metal, sources said. China needs the support of foreign banks, especially those who import gold...

  • LONDON, Jan 3- Two more investment banks have reported paying zero tax in Britain in 2014, prompting the opposition Labour party to urge the government to reverse a tax change it made for banks last year. Citigroup and Credit Suisse disclosed in the past fortnight that their main UK subsidiaries paid no corporate income tax in 2014, the most recent year for which...

  • LONDON, Dec 31- A public review of Britain's banking culture has been scrapped just months after it was announced, with the UK regulator saying on Thursday it had opted instead to work with lenders individually to address any concerns. The move will likely add to the public perception that the Financial Conduct Authority is softening its approach after several...

  • LONDON, Dec 31- A public review of Britain's banking culture has been scrapped just months after it was announced, with the UK regulator saying on Thursday it had opted instead to work with lenders individually to address any concerns. The move will likely add to the public perception that the Financial Conduct Authority is softening its approach after several...

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    European equities finished lower on Wednesday as investors fretted over renewed weakness in global commodity markets.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 29- Creditors suing Argentina over billions of dollars in defaulted bonds have subpoenaed HSBC Holdings Plc for information about the country's effort to raise money abroad, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Creditors, including hedge funds Elliott Management's NML Capital Ltd and Aurelius Capital Management LP, are seeking...

  • Bank of New York Mellon Corp and units of Deutsche Bank AG, Wells Fargo& Co and HSBC Holdings Plc were named in the lawsuits filed on Wednesday and Thursday in Manhattan federal court. BNY Mellon was the trustee for over $1 billion in mortgage-backed securities bought by Commerzbank and $1.3 billion of investments tied to a collateralized debt obligation,...

  • Bank of New York Mellon Corp and units of Deutsche Bank AG, Wells Fargo& Co and HSBC Holdings Plc were named in the lawsuits filed on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court. BNY Mellon was the trustee for over $1 billion in mortgage-backed securities bought by Commerzbank and $1.3 billion of investments tied to a collateralized debt obligation, Millstone II CDO,...

  • *Coming up: U.S. Weekly jobless claims at 1330 GMT. LONDON, Dec 24- Gold rose on Thursday, snapping two days of losses, as the dollar softened ahead of the Christmas holiday break, and a recovery in oil prices helped sentiment. Spot gold rose 0.3 percent to $1,073.50 an ounce by 1034 GMT, after losing 0.7 percent in the last two sessions.

  • MADRID, Dec 23- Creditor banks of Spanish thermal solar power and electrical engineering firm Abengoa have agreed to inject 113 million euros into the company, two sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The short-term cash lifeline will help Abengoa, crippled by its debt-fueled expansion into the clean energy business, to temporarily avert what...

  • *Gold steady after rising nearly 3 pct from last week's low. LONDON, Dec 22- Gold held near $1,080 an ounce on Tuesday after a two-day rally, supported by a retreat in the dollar, though uncertainty over the pace of U.S. interest rate increases capped gains. Spot gold was at $1,077.56 an ounce at 1030 GMT, little changed from $1,078.06 late on Monday, while U.S. gold...

  • *Gold steady after gaining 2.5 pct in the last two sessions. SINGAPORE, Dec 22- Gold retained gains from a two-day rally on Tuesday, supported by a slide in the dollar, although a slump in oil prices and uncertainty over the pace of future U.S. interest rate hikes capped the metal's advance. "The jump in gold-ETF demand is impressive after the string of losses over the...

  • *China outbound M&A climbs to record $102 bln in 2015. Asia-Pacific M&A totalled $1.2 trillion so far this year, up 46 percent from last year, preliminary data from Thomson Reuters showed, as China rediscovered an appetite for outbound deals after 2014' s 20 percent drop. "China is on the move, we are preparing for a busy year for deal making," said Joseph Gallagher, head...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 22- Asia-Pacific mergers and acquisitions hit a record $1.2 trillion so far in 2015, preliminary data released by Thomson Reuters showed. Goldman Sachs was the top M&A adviser, followed by Morgan Stanley and HSBC Holdings plc. *According to estimates from Thomson Reuters/ Freeman Consulting Co.

  • *Europe's 10 biggest banks announced 130,000 job cuts since June. By Anjuli Davies, Sinead Cruise and Steve Slater. LONDON, Dec 21- Regulation, anaemic economic growth and technology changes will force banks across Europe to find more savings in 2016, with jobs likely to be the biggest casualty, according to investors and analysts.

  • LONDON, Dec 21- Some of Europe's biggest banks have said in the last six months they plan to cut more than 130,000 jobs as they ramp up plans to cut costs, sell businesses and restructure. Earlier this month, Dutch lender Rabobank said it would cut 9,000 jobs, joining Deutsche Bank, UniCredit, Credit Suisse, HSBC and Standard Chartered to announce hefty job culls since...

  • LONDON/ BRASILIA/ BENGALURU, Dec 20- The world economy may be set for another year like 2015, with modest growth in developed economies offsetting persistent weakness elsewhere but generating very little inflation and keeping interest rates low. "The key question is whether the U.S. economy is finally robust enough not only to sustain its own recovery but also...