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  • Feb 3- Lear Corp's said activist investor Mick McGuire has urged the company to split its car seat and electrical parts businesses into two publicly traded companies. McGuire's hedge fund, Marcato Capital Management, was Lear's fourth-largest shareholder as of Sept. 30, with a 4.58 percent stake, according to Thomson Reuters data. In March 2013, Lear avoided a...

  • Feb 3- Activist investor Mick McGuire has urged Lear Corp's chief executive to split the company's car seat and electrical parts businesses into two publicly traded companies, CNBC reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. Lear's shares were up 4.9 percent at $107.81 in late morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange. McGuire's hedge fund, Marcato...

  • *Greece's softer stance on debt soothes investor jitters. Meanwhile, Japan's Ministry of Finance sold 2.4 trillion yen 10- year JGBs to unexpectedly weak demand, pushing the spread between lowest and average bid prices to its widest in nearly 12 years. Wall Street dealers anticipated $25 billion in company debt this week, according to IFR, a unit of Thomson...

  • *Staples, Office Depot in advanced merger talks- WSJ. A source told Reuters that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a new debt agreement, said the new left-wing government would spare privately held bonds from losses. Shares of offshore contract driller Transocean...

  • US STOCKS-Futures climb on hopes for Greek debt deal Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 7:41 AM ET

    *Staples, Office Depot in advanced merger talks- WSJ. NEW YORK, Feb 3- U.S. stock index futures climbed on Tuesday, with the benchmark S&P 500 index set to continue a rally fueled by hopes of a deal on Greek debt. A source told Reuters that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a...

  • *Bank to start practice on Dubai bourses in H1 2015- official. ABU DHABI, Feb 3- National Bank of Abu Dhabi officially began market-making-- quoting buying and selling prices-- on the Abu Dhabi stock exchange on Tuesday, aiming to boost trading volumes. A spokesman for the Dubai bourses couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

  • TOKYO, Feb 3- Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc, Japan's largest lender by assets, reported an 18 percent rise in nine-month profit, with aggressive overseas expansion offsetting continued weakness in domestic lending. MUFG, which acquired Bank of Ayudhya Pcl, Thailand's fifth-largest lender, in 2013, has been faring better than its Japanese rivals due to its...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 2- U.S. Anxiety about deflation spreading across the euro zone and Greek leaders seeking looser terms on the country's 240 billion-euro bailout package from European policy-makers also underpinned demand for Treasuries, analysts said. Last month's return on Treasuries was the biggest since a 3.54 percent jump in December 2008, according to an...

  • Last month's return on Treasuries was the biggest since a 3.54 percent jump in December 2008, according to an index compiled by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "We are giving back some of the gains from the short-covering rally last week," said Suvrat Prakash, interest rate strategist at HSBC Securities USA in New York. Apple Inc. planned to raise $5 billion in the...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- The value of merger and acquisition deals worldwide soared 28 percent in January compared with the same month last year, with the Asia-Pacific region enjoying its best start to a year on record, according to Thomson Reuters data. Deals in the Asia-Pacific accounted for 43 percent of the total, up from 20 percent last January, beating both Europe and...

  • Blackstone 4th-quarter earnings drop 6 percent Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    Blackstone reported a 6 percent decline in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday as its real estate funds appreciated less than they did a year ago.

  • Nintendo says slack console sales to hit profit Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:15 PM ET

    Nintendo issued a profit warning, even as it sells fewer consoles, the sharp weakening of the yen means overseas sales will inflate its net income.

  • Weaker yen helps lift Canon profit despite poor sales Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:06 PM ET
    An attendee tries the Canon Inc. EOS 7D Mark II digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan.

    Canon reported a slight rise in profit thanks to a weak yen, even as its camera business struggled to attract photographers.

  • Weaker yen lifts Canon profit despite poor sales Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:17 AM ET
    An attendee tries the Canon Inc. EOS 7D Mark II digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan.

    Japan's Canon reported a slight rise in profit thanks to a weaker yen, even as its camera business struggled to attract photographers.

  • CommScope snags TE Connectivity's network gear unit Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:22 AM ET

    CommScope said it would buy nearly all of Swiss electronics firm TE Connectivity's network gear business for about $3 billion.

  • Gap's key sales metric up 3% for holiday period Friday, 9 Jan 2015 | 12:36 PM ET
    Pedestrians walk past an Old Navy store with discount signs, New York.

    Gap that a key revenue metric rose 3 percent for the holiday period, as surging sales at its Old Navy chain offset sluggish business at Gap.

  • Accenture raises revenue outlook after strong 1Q Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    Accenture raised its revenue forecast for fiscal 2015 after contract wins helped it post better-than-expected first-quarter earnings and revenue.

  • Korea holds winning hand as Japan gambling bill dies Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 6:14 PM ET
    Hanging above the "Center Bar," a Pepsi-branded LED display with 2.1 million pixels.

    South Korea looks like the consolation prize as Japan's $15 billion casino dream fades.

  • Caesars, creditors consider turning unit into REIT Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:14 PM ET
    Caesars Palace

    Caesars Entertainment proposed a restructure plan that would the debt of its largest unit into a real estate investment trust.

  • Lloyds bank to cut 9,000 jobs: Sources Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:24 AM ET

    Lloyds will next week announce plans to cut 9,000 jobs over the next three years, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.