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*MSCI world share index holds at 6- year high.
Much of Asia, however, continued to underperform, in part due to investors shifting funds from emerging markets and into Europe and the United States. Japan's competitors have also been complaining about the weak yen giving it a trade advantage.
*Other Asian markets more mixed as funds return to US, Europe. SYDNEY, Dec 30- Asian markets looked to run out the year with a flourish on Monday, with Japanese shares again set to lead the way as the yen skidded to fresh lows for a third straight session.
SIENA, Italy, Dec 28- Italy's third-biggest bank Monte dei Paschi di Siena was forced to delay a vital 3 billion euro share sale to raise capital until mid-2014 because of shareholder opposition, plunging its turnaround plan into uncertainty.
SIENA, Italy, Dec 28- Troubled lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena was forced to delay a vital 3 billion euro share sale to raise capital until mid-2014 because of shareholder opposition, plunging its turnaround plan into uncertainty.
SIENA, Italy, Dec 28- The top investor in Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena looked set to force a delay in a 3- billion-euro capital increase the Italian lender needs to carry out to reimburse state aid and avert nationalisation.
*Bank needs to carry out 3 bln euro cap hike to repay state aid. SIENA, Italy, Dec 27- Tensions at troubled Monte dei Paschi di Siena grew on Friday with sources saying Chairman Alessandro Profumo may quit if the Italian bank's top investor slaps him on the face by delaying a vital 3 billion euro capital hike.
SIENA, Italy, Dec 27- Troubled Italian lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena was forced to push back to Saturday a shareholder meeting set to decide on a vital capital increase because not enough investors showed up on Friday.
BRUSSELS, Dec 13- Europe's banks face a moment of truth next year when health checks will spell out the repairs they need. On the other side of the coin, states such as Italy and Spain increasingly lean on their banks by selling them debt. "This is a vicious circle," said Andreas Dombret, board member of Germany's central bank, the Bundesbank.
European equities closed higher on Monday, still posting gains after a rally on U.S. jobs data last Friday.
*Only Germany, Austria have funds set aside for recapitalisation. BRUSSELS, Dec 4- Euro zone governments have set aside almost no money to make good on their promise to recapitalise ailing banks after a health check next year.
*Repsol surges on hopes of YPF compensation deal. PARIS, Nov 26- European stocks fell in brisk volumes on Tuesday, as corporate profit warnings and lower-than-expected U.S. consumer confidence data spooked investors and kept benchmark indexes within ranges set earlier this month.
*Repsol surges on hopes of YPF compensation deal. Shares in Spanish oil major Repsol bucked the trend, surging 4.6 percent as investors cheered the potential end to a year-long conflict with Argentina over compensation for the nationalisation of Repsol's stake in YPF.
The board of troubled Italian lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena has approved a rights issue of up to $4.1 billion.
FRANKFURT, Nov 6- German prosecutors have widened an investigation of Deutsche Bank's co-chief executive Juergen Fitschen to include the bank itself. Deutsche Bank declined to comment.
"To regain a satisfactory profitability, the Italian banking system should cut its branch network by at least 30 percent and rationalise costs, personnel and size at remaining offices," said Roberta Berlinghieri, a partner at Bain& Company in Italy.
The restructuring of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena is essential if the bank is to continue to operate independently, its chief executive told CNBC,
European shares closed lower on Monday as the partial government shutdown in the U.S. continued, and as investors worried that the impasse could lead to the country defaulting on its debt.
The restructuring of Europe's banks will be positive in the end, the head of Italy's main stock exchange told CNBC on Monday.
Trouble at the top in Italy is not confined to its politicians.