CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the euro zone confidence rising to a fresh 4-year high.» Read More
The boards of UniCredit and Capitalia may meet as early as Sunday to approve a deal that would create the euro zone's largest bank by market value, Italian newspapers said on Thursday.
Permira is to buy a 29.6% stake in Valentino, one of the world's top fashion houses, for 782.6 million euros ($1.06 billion), joining a small number of private equity firms in the luxury brand business.
The newly merged Intesa Sanpaolo reported soaring first-quarter profits due to capital gains of about 3 billion euros ($4 billion) from the sale of its CariParma and FriulAdria units to French bank Credit Agricole.
Eni, the Italian oil and gas company, said that its adjusted net profit fell in the first quarter to 2.68 billion euros ($3.61 billion) from 2.954 billion euros as it suffered from a decline in production and the weakening of the dollar against the euro.
UniCredit said Thursday that first-quarter net profit rose 29% as the bank benefited from strong growth in Italy and central and eastern Europe. It also said it is looking at merger options, including with Rome-based Capitalia and France's Societe Generale.
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Telecom Italia said that its first-quarter net profit rose 4.2% to 775 million euros ($1.05 billion) from 744 million euros a year earlier thanks to a slight rise in sales and a fall in taxes.
Italian car maker Fiat posted an almost four-fold rise in first-quarter trading profit at its auto unit, beating forecasts, as it squeezed more money from a rise in sales of its smaller city cars, like the Panda.
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Italy's Intesa Sanpaolo is discussing a deal with AT&T and America Movil that would see each buy a third of Olimpia, which controls Telecom Italia, sources close to the situation said on Thursday.
Investors in Telefonica are wary of any move by the Spanish telecoms group to counter a 4.5 billion euro ($6 billion) joint bid for effective control of its long-courted neighbor, Telecom Italia.
Shares in Air France-KLM increased on Friday after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to “buy” from “hold”.
Italian energy groups Eni and Enel won a Russian state auction for the gas assets of bankrupt oil firm YUKOS on Wednesday, paying 151.536 billion roubles ($5.83 billion).
Unicredit has recruited Russian airline Aeroflot as a partner in the bank's bid to take over struggling Italian airline Alitalia, a bank executive said Monday as the number of bidders narrowed to three.
Shares of Italy’s Pirelli soared to 9.67% Monday morning after it revealed late Sunday that it was in talks with U.S. telecom giant AT&T and its Mexican affiliate America Movil to sell two-thirds of its 80% stake in holding company Olimpia for 2.82 euros a share less debt.
Spanish market regulator CNMV said it had taken note of Enel and Acciona's joint takeover plan for Endesa and reiterated no bid could be made for six months.
Italy's second-largest telecom company Fastweb said Monday its board considers a 47 euros ($62.35) per share offer by Switzerland's largest telephone company Swisscom as fair and considers it a good development opportunity.
The top two shareholders in Spain's biggest utility Endesa trumped a 42.3 billion euro ($56.4 billion) bid by E.ON on Monday, offering one euro per share more than their German rival. Enel and Acciona, which together own 46% of Endesa, will offer 41 euros a share to buy out the Spanish utility after E.ON raised its offer for the third time to 40 euros a share in a last-ditch attempt to fend them off.
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AXA, France's largest insurer, said Friday it agreed to buy half of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena's insurance and pensions unit for 1.15 billion euros ($1.54 billion) in cash.