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  • LONDON, April 19- The threat posed by Greece beyond its borders may have diminished but efforts to agree an economic reform programme to free up bailout funds and avert default will capture world attention this week. Euro zone finance ministers meet in the Latvian capital Riga on Friday with both sides saying time is running short to keep Greece afloat.

  • LONDON— Prime Minister David Cameron and his main opponent agree on one thing going into Britain's May 7 election: Voters should choose the next leader based on the health of the economy. The opposition Labour Party is urging voters to look behind the headlines. "It's about austerity and globalization," said John Curtice, a professor of politics at the University...

  • LONDON, April 17- Italy is likely to increase the average life of its debt this year for the first time since 2010 as European Central Bank bond purchases push yield-hungry investors towards riskier long-term debt. In a long-awaited turnaround of a trend that began during the euro zone debt crisis-- when Italy could only sell short-dated bonds-- the average...

  • *Alcatel surges, Nokia slips on tie-up news. *Greece denies it is preparing for a debt default. PARIS, April 14- European stocks dipped on Tuesday as renewed worries over Greece offset the positive impact from news of a tie-up between Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.

  • *Polish regulator in standoff with Raiffeisen. WARSAW, April 9- Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International has hit an obstacle in the shape of Andrzej Jakubiak, the Polish regulator who has already frustrated the plans of some of Europe's biggest lenders. The standoffs with the likes of Santander, the euro zone's biggest bank, also reflect self-confidence in a...

  • After dry spell, Italy hails M&A boom Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 11:54 AM ET

    LONDON, April 1- Megers and acquisitions in Italy in the first three months of 2015 are already double the value of such transactions for all of the previous year, with hungry investors encouraged by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's reforms. Italy was the third most-targeted country in Europe in the first quarter of the year, accounting for 11.6 percent of European...

  • March non-farm payrolls seen up 244,000. BRUSSELS, March 29- The state of the U.S. labor market in March will consume economists and investors in the week leading up to Easter, adding to the seesaw debate over when the Federal Reserve will spring its first interest rate hike. Fed Chair Janet Yellen made it clear on Friday that the U.S. central bank is likely to start...

  • BEIJING, March 29- The chairman of China National Chemical Corp said on Sunday he hopes to re-list Italy's Pirelli on the Italian stock exchange after his firm agreed earlier this month to acquire the world's fifth-largest tyre maker. Ren Jianxin also warned that a counterbid for Pirelli would hurt the Italian firm's investors and long-term strategy.

  • ABU DHABI, March 26- Abu Dhabi fund Aabar Investments said on Thursday its sale of 2 billion euros of bonds exchangeable into shares of UniCredit was not an exit from its investment in the Italian bank, but a way to improve its own finances. The investment firm on Tuesday said it had sold the five- and seven-year bonds representing around 4 percent of UniCredit's...

  • European shares fall sharply, LSE and tech stocks weigh Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 5:35 AM ET

    LONDON, March 26- European shares fell on Thursday, with London Stock Exchange leading the market lower on news Borse Dubai will sell its full stake in the company and ARM Holdings extending the previous session's steep losses. London Stock Exchange shares fell 10 percent after a source familiar with the situation told Reuters that Borse Dubai, the LSE's...

  • MILAN, March 25- Italian tyre maker Pirelli, which is being bought by China National Chemical Corp, does not plan to pay a special dividend to its shareholders as part of the buyout plan, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. ChemChina is to buy into the world's fifth-largest tyre maker in a 7.3 billion-euro deal, agreed with Pirelli's biggest...

  • *Agreement is latest Chinese acquisition in Italy. MILAN, March 22 (Reuters)- China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) is to buy into Pirelli, the world's fifth-largest tire maker, in a 7.1 billion-euro ( $7.7 billion) deal that will put the 143- year-old Italian company in Chinese hands. The deal agreed with Pirelli's top shareholders on Sunday is the latest in a...

  • *Agreement is latest Chinese acquisition in Italy. MILAN, March 22- China National Chemical Corp is to buy Pirelli, the world's fifth-largest tyre maker, in a 7.1 billion-euro deal that will put the 143- year-old Italian company in Chinese hands. The deal agreed with Pirelli's top shareholders on Sunday is the latest in a series of takeovers made in Italy by...

  • *Pirelli shareholder Camfin says in talks with industrial partner. MILAN, March 20- China National Chemical Corp is close to becoming the biggest single shareholder in Pirelli in a deal that would trigger a 7 billion euro buyout of the Italian tyre company. Three sources familiar with the deal, which would be the latest in a string of Chinese investments in large...

  • *Pirelli shareholder says in talks with industrial partner. MILAN, March 20- China National Chemical Corporation is close to striking a deal with the top shareholder in Pirelli that could see it take control of the Italian tire company, two sources familiar with the matter said on Friday. Earlier on Friday Camfin said it was in talks with "an international...

  • *Pirelli shareholder says in talks with industrial partner. MILAN, March 20- Camfin, a key shareholder in Pirelli, said on Friday it was in talks with an international industrial partner to sell its 26.2 percent stake in the Italian tyre company. The investment firm said the deal under discussion envisaged the transfer of the whole of its stake in Pirelli to a new...

  • MILAN, March 19- Shares in Pirelli jumped as much as 5 percent on Thursday after an Italian daily said the tyre maker was working on a revamp plan that includes taking an Asian partner, the launch of a buyout offer and the de-listing of the group. According to Corriere della Sera, Pirelli Chairman Marco Tronchetti Provera wants to bring on board an Asian shareholder...

  • LONDON, March 19- Investors who took the extra risk of holding longer-dated euro zone bonds at the start of the year are being better rewarded than those who took the risk of seeking higher yields in lower-rated debt, data shows. The technicalities of the European Central Bank's trillion-euro bond buying program have also boosted the returns offered by "...

  • However, South Africa's rand, Turkey's lira and the Brazilian real all eased against the greenback ahead of the Fed's policy statement, widely anticipated to lay the ground for the first U.S. interest rate hike in nearly a decade later in the year. In Moscow, both dollar and rouble-denominated shares gained ground while in Israel shares rose 0.6 percent after...

  • LONDON, March 17- A 15 percent rally in European shares this year has driven valuations to seven-year highs, leading investors to seek whatever bargains are left in distressed sectors such as banks and mining. The rally, fuelled by the European Central Bank's asset-purchase progamme, has pushed the average price-to-book multiple on the STOXX Europe 600 index...