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  • LONDON, Dec 30- German Bunds were set to end their most volatile year since 2011 with yields higher than at the end of 2014 after a failed bid to break below zero raised questions about their safe-haven status and showed the limitations of ultra-easy monetary policy. On Wednesday, the last trading day of 2015, 10- year Bund yields, the benchmark for euro zone...

  • LONDON, Dec 30- German Bunds were set to end their most volatile year since 2011 with yields higher than at the end of 2014 after a failed bid to break below zero raised questions about their safe-haven status and showed the limitations of ultra-easy monetary policy. On Wednesday, the last trading day of 2015, 10- year Bund yields, the benchmark for euro zone...

  • *Pep Boys up after board finds Icahn's proposal superior. Dec 29- Wall Street rose sharply on Tuesday, elevating the S&P 500 to a modest gain for the year as Amazon and Apple led tech stocks higher. Amazon climbed 2.78 percent and closed at a record high of $693.97.

  • *Disney up as latest Star Wars film rakes in $1 bln. Dec 28- Wall Street fell on Monday, hurt by a steep drop in oil prices as well as a dip in Apple shares, pushing the S&P 500 back into negative territory for 2015.. The S&P 500 energy sector lost 1.79 percent, easily the poorest performer as a 3 percent drop in oil prices led investors to unload shares of Exxon Mobil, down...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 28- By all rights, 2016 should be a good year for the U.S. stock market. The Federal Reserve's recent rate hike signals confidence in the economy and presidential election years typically reward investors. For those who'd rather stay optimistic, remember the old chestnut: Wall Street climbs a wall of worry.

  • LONDON, Dec 28- Shipping companies that transport commodities such as coal, iron ore and grain face a painful year ahead, with only the strongest expected to weather a deepening crisis caused by tepid demand and a surplus of vessels for hire. The predicament facing firms that ship commodities in large unpackaged amounts- known as dry bulk- is partly the result of...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- This year, betting on corporate takeovers and restructurings should have been a sure thing for investors as the value of deals soared to record levels. "It turned out to be a very challenging year," said Tristan Thomas, who helps clients select hedge funds at Northern Trust's 50 South Capital. Since January 2010, event driven hedge funds gained an...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 24- As 2015 draws to a close next week, the fortunes of the last few trading days of the year may be dictated by the direction of the financial sector. The financials have risen more than 6 percent this quarter, with investors expecting the sector to be one of the main beneficiaries of the first interest rate hike by the U.S. "That trade, the oil-financials, it...

  • LONDON, Dec 24- The dollar reigned supreme in 2015, having been pumped up all year by expectations of a rate rise which the Federal Reserve finally delivered this week, while emerging markets, oil and metals have been the big losers. More than half of the move came early in the year, when the European Central Bank was preparing to start a money-printing program. Four...

  • *Number of Middle East regional deals lowest since 2007. DUBAI, Dec 24- A global boom in mergers and acquisitions has largely bypassed the Middle East where regional deals are stalling as sellers refuse to budge on valuations despite a slumping oil price. While a flurry of big deals pushed global M&A volume in 2015 to a record $4.6 trillion, transactions between...

  • With close to 40,000 deals announced thus far in 2015, the M&A volume rose 40.8 percent over last year to the record level, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as some of the world's biggest companies pursued their matches. As a result, investment banking fees from completed M&A deals globally increased 5 percent year-to-date to $24.5 billion,...

  • With close to 40,000 deals announced thus far in 2015, the M&A volume rose 40.8 percent over last year to the record level, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as some of the world's biggest companies pursued their matches. As a result, investment banking fees from completed M&A deals globally increased 5 percent year-to-date to $24.5 billion,...

  • *Southern Africa facing successive seasons of poor crops. JOHANNESBURG, Dec 23- Southern Africa faces food shortages as drought, exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern, delays planting and stunts crops across the region, the U.N.' s Food and Agriculture Organization has said in an alert. The December maize contract, which expired on Wednesday, closed at 4,160...

  • *$4.6 trillion M&A record boosts financial printing sector. Deal volumes this year are up by more than 40 percent on the previous year to a record $4.6 trillion, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data. A handful of companies such as Sterling, Merrill Corporation and Black and Callow dominate the business, which not only needs big printing machines and...

  • Barclays' muni index returns as of Monday of 3.23 percent also outperformed every other U.S. and Canadian fixed-income index. However, Barclays' muni analysts project total tax-exempt returns to turn slightly negative at -1.0 percent to -0.5 percent in the coming year. "Higher Treasury rates, rich valuations and headline risks are set to make 2016 a lackluster...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 22- Nearly a quarter of Americans who have heard of recent E. coli outbreaks at Chipotle Mexican Grill said they are eating less often at its restaurants, a new Reuters/ Ipsos poll showed on Tuesday, while social media sentiment towards the chain hit a low. "In this case, when someone is really trying to regain the trust and refocus the brand around food...

  • *Q3 GDP growth at 2 percent. Dec 22- Wall Street rallied across the board on Tuesday after oil prices recovered slightly and data showed that the U.S. economy grew at a fairly healthy clip in the third quarter. The Dow Jones industrial average ended 0.96 percent higher, with Caterpillar up 4.86 percent in its biggest one-day gain since October.

  • LONDON, Dec 22- The return of banks into the European infrastructure market is denting insurers' ability to enhance their investment returns by funding the roads, bridges and wind farms of tomorrow. But their search has been made harder by renewed competition from banks vying for a bigger slice of Europe's infrastructure pie, that is pushing down rates of return.

  • While the number of announced deals globally declined from 2014 by 2.1 percent to 39,687, deal volume rose 40.8 percent to a record $4.6 trillion, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as big companies pursued their dream matches. This year's mega deals included many with long-expected operational efficiencies, such as brewer Anheuser-Busch...

  • *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...