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  • 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.

  • Here some of Friday's big movers on European stock markets

  • 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.

  • Italy's Enel said Friday it is in "advanced" talks with partner Acciona about a possible offer for Spain's Endesa should an extant offer from E.on fail.

  • UniCredit said Thursday that fourth-quarter net profit more than tripled, boosted by good volume growth in Italy and Central Eastern Europe and higher net interest income.

  • Here some of Friday's big movers on European stock markets: Boehler-Uddeholm, Verbund, Thomson, Bekaert, Imperial Tobacco, Unilever, TUI, Dexia and Pirelli.

  • Here some of Thurday's big movers on European stock markets: Altadis, Imperial Tobacco, Pirelli, Cap Gemini, Swedish Match, Omega Pharma and AstraZeneca.

  • Power supplier Enel said Monday it has signed a share swap deal with merchant bank Mediobanca to buy a further 2.98% of sought-after Spanish electricity company Endesa.

  • Swisscom, the former state telecommunications monopoly, said Monday it offered to buy Fastweb, Italy's second-largest fixed-line phone company, for 3.7 billion euros ($4.9 billion) to expand into the Mediterranean nation.

  • Telecom Italia  said Thursday that full-year net profit fell 6.3% on declining margins and tighter competition in the domestic wireline market.

  • Here some of Thursday’s big movers on European stock markets: Bwin Interactive Entertainment, Sidenor, William Demant, Sacyr Vallehermoso, Pernod Ricard, Carrefour and TUI.

  • Enel shares outperformed a falling European stock market on Monday on a report Germany's E.ON could buy shares in its Italian rival as a bargaining tool in their battle over Spanish power firm Endesa.

  • Italian centre-left leader Romano Prodi was re-confirmed as prime minister on Friday when he won a second and final confidence vote in parliament, ending a political crisis and ensuring there will be no snap election.

  • Italy's former power monopoly Enel announced Thursday that it has boosted its nearly 10% stake in Spain's Endesa by another 7%, through a share swap deal with UBS.

  • Early buying interest is putting a firm foundation under stocks so far this morning. European stocks are moving up on earnings news, and Japan ended higher, comforted by comments that the Bank of Japan will move slowly with any further rate increases.

  • Italy's government, divided over the Afghan war and ties with the U.S. military, lost a crucial vote on foreign policy on Wednesday that plunged Prime Minister Romano Prodi into his worst crisis since taking office in May.

  • Italy opened the bidding process for state-controlled airline Alitalia on Friday, hoping private investors will succeed in reviving the unprofitable carrier after repeated injections of state aid failed to do so.

  • Italy's lower house of parliament holds a vote of confidence tied to the 2007 budget Thursday, in a final push to pass the contested measures before the end of the year.