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  • PRESS DIGEST - Financial Times - Oct 12 Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 7:37 PM ET

    Financial Times Headlines BUMI SHARES LEAP AS BAKRIES PROPOSE SPLIT- CLARKE GETS ROLE AS TRADE' ROCKET BOOSTER'- GEITHNER HAS PHONE FRIEND AT BLACKROCK- AZERBAIJAN ATTACKS BP FOR MISSING TARGETS- COCA-COLA HELLENIC TO QUIT GREECE- SOFTBANK IN TALKS TO TAKE CONTROL OF SPRINT- SCHAUBLE AND LAGARDE CLASH OVER AUSTERITY- OIL GROUPS SET TO EXPORT US CRUDE- UK URGED TO LEARN CANADA BORROWING LESSONS- Overview BUMI SHARES LEAP AS BAKRIES PROPOSE SPLIT.

  • TOKYO, Oct 12- Japan's Nikkei average is likely to rebound on Friday from its lowest close in more than two months, but concerns over the quarterly earnings season means the benchmark is still on track for a fourth straight week of losses. Mobile operator Softbank Corp will be in focus as it looks to buy roughly 70 percent of U.S. Sprint Nextel Corp.

  • *Deal could lead to Sprint buying Clearwire- analysts. *Sprint, Clearwire soar in afternoon trade; MetroPCS down. The Japanese company might also be aiming to use Sprint as a vehicle to make a run at smaller Sprint peer MetroPCS Communications Inc, a two-step transaction that would potentially cost more than 2 trillion yen, according to a Nikkei report.

  • News Summary: Market flatlines on jobs, Europe Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:39 PM ET

    THE JOBS REPORT: The Labor Department reported that weekly unemployment claims fell to their lowest level since February 2008. Sprint Nextel said that a Japanese cell phone company, Softbank Corp., is in talks to invest in the company. Truck company Oshkosh Corp. rose after activist investor Carl Icahn offered to buy the company.

  • Oct 11- Overview-- Sprint Nextel. The CreditWatch placement follows Sprint Nextel's announcement that it is in talks with Japan's Softbank Corp., which is seeking to buy all or part of Sprint Nextel.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. stocks ended little changed on Thursday as gains brought by a sign of improvement in the labor market were capped by a drop in Apple shares after a legal setback in a court ruling. The Nasdaq Composite Index was down 2.40 points, or 0.08 percent, at 3,049.38. ( (For multimedia versions of Reuters Top News: 3000 Xtra: visit BridgeStation: view story. 134==============================================================.

  • UPDATE 9-Sprint in talks on potential sale to Softbank Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 2:56 PM ET

    *Sprint, Clearwire soar in afternoon trade; MetroPCS flat. 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.

  • *Apple shares fall 1.4 percent after setback in Samsung case. *Sprint volume surges, shares jump on Softbank deal reports. NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. stocks erased most gains and were little changed on Thursday as a drop in Apple shares after a legal ruling dented broad market gains on a sign of improvement in the jobs market.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 11- Softbank Corp could buy a roughly 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel Corp through a combination of newly issued shares and a tender offer for existing shares, a source familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

  • *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 volume surges, shares jump on Softbank deal reports. More than 320 million shares of Sprint Nextel changed hands in U.S. trading by 11:30 a.m. ET, making it the busiest day in the stock's history. Clearwire Corp, in which Sprint holds a majority interest, surged 38 percent to $1.79.

  • Sprint bonds soar, CDS screams tighter on Softbank talks Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    Oct 11- Sprint Nextel Corp bonds soared more than 10 points on Thursday and the cost of insuring its debt re-priced to trade as if the company was rated investment grade, on news that Softbank Corp is in talks to buy about two thirds of the US telecoms company for more than US $12.8 bn.

  • *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.

  • BRIEF-Sprint confirms discussions with Softbank Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    Oct 11- Sprint Nextel Corp:. investment by Softbank in Sprint. *Source text: Sprint today confirmed that it is currently engaged in discussions with Softbank regarding a potential substantial investment by Softbank in Sprint.

  • Sprint confirms investment talks with Softbank Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    Oct 11- Sprint Nextel Corp confirmed that it is engaged in talks with Japan's Softbank Corp about a potential "substantial investment" in Sprint. This transaction could involve a change of control of Sprint, the company said in a statement. The company does not intend to comment on the matter further unless and until an agreement is reached, it said.

  • *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 jumps on reports of possible Softbank deal. NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. stocks advanced on Thursday after data showed initial jobless claims fell to the lowest level in more than four and a half years, suggesting improvement in a key factor for economic growth.

  • *Sprint jumps on reports of possible Softbank deal. NEW YORK, Oct 11- U.S. stocks were poised for a higher open on Thursday after data showed initial jobless claims fell to the lowest level in more than four and a half years.

  • *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.

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