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  • *CME also considering bid for LSE- Bloomberg. March 1- New York Stock Exchange owner ICE said it may make a rival bid for London Stock Exchange, raising the prospect of a takeover battle with Deutsche Boerse and lifting LSE shares to a record high on Tuesday. Atlanta- based Intercontinental Exchange Inc said it had not yet approached LSE and may not pursue a deal at all,...

  • MILAN/ LONDON, March 1- European shares rose on Tuesday, with exchange operator London Stock Exchange boosted by speculation of a possible bidding war and auto stocks helped by continued weakness in the euro. "With ICE now also being interested, it looks... more likely for a deal to be done," said Charles Hanover Investments partner Dafydd Davies.

  • LONDON, March 1- European shares extended the previous session's gains on Tuesday, with London Stock Exchange leading the market higher after Intercontinental Exchange confirmed a possible counterbid for the British operator. The market got early support after activity in China's manufacturing sector shrank more sharply than expected in February,...

  • Shares in LSEG, which had a market capitalisation of $13 billion as on Monday, rose as much as 8.8 percent to a record high of 2914 pence on Tuesday morning. ICE is planning a counter bid for LSEG in an attempt to scuttle a merger with Deutsche Boerse, Bloomberg reported earlier on Monday citing sources. Atlanta- based ICE must make an offer for LSEG no later than March...

  • March 1- Exchange and clearing house operator Intercontinental Exchange Inc said it was considering making an offer for London Stock Exchange Group Plc. No approach has been made to the board of LSEG, and no decision has been made yet as to whether to pursue such an offer, ICE said in a statement. ICE is planning a counter bid for LSEG in an attempt to scuttle a merger...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 29- IEX Group, the private U.S. stock trading platform featured in Michael Lewis's book "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," said on Monday it amended its exchange application to address a practice that critics have said would give it an unfair speed advantage. IEX applied in September to become a public stock exchange, prompting a flood of nearly 400...

  • *Baltic says holding discussions with several parties. *SGX puts in preliminary bid for Baltic Exchange. LONDON/ SINGAPORE, Feb 26- The Baltic Exchange confirmed on Friday it had received a number of "exploratory approaches" after the Singapore Exchange Ltd revealed it was seeking to buy the business which has been the hub of the global shipping market for...

  • LONDON/ SINGAPORE, Feb 26- Singapore Exchange Ltd said it was in talks to buy the Baltic Exchange, the hub of the global shipping market, a purchase aimed at shoring up the Southeast Asian exchange operator's derivatives business. Other potential bidders include CME Group, ICE and Platts, sources had earlier told Reuters. CME, ICE and Platts declined to comment, as...

  • LONDON/ SINGAPORE, Feb 26- Singapore Exchange Ltd said it had submitted an initial offer to buy the Baltic Exchange, the hub of the global shipping market, a move aimed at shoring up the Southeast Asian exchange operator's business. Other potential bidders include CME Group, ICE and Platts, sources had earlier told Reuters. CME, ICE and Platts declined to comment, as...

  • LONDON/ SINGAPORE, Feb 25- The Baltic Exchange, the hub of the global shipping market, has held talks with potential buyers including Singapore Exchange Ltd, months after the London Metal Exchange made an approach to buy it, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. In October, sources said the London Metal Exchange had informally approached the London- based...

  • FRANKFURT/ LONDON Feb 25- Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange Group are counting on lessons learnt from past missteps and behind-the-scenes talks with politicians to make sure there are no barriers to finally creating a giant European trading house. The EU Commission has to approve the deal as well as regulators in Britain and in the German state of...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 24- Moody's Investors Services on Wednesday became the third major rating agency to downgrade Brazil's debt to junk, cutting its rating by two notches to Ba2, as the former emerging market star sinks deeper into the worst recession in decades. Moody's said the outlook for Brazil's issuer and bond ratings was negative due to the prospect of further...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 24- Moody's Investors Services on Wednesday became the third major rating agency to downgrade Brazil's debt to junk, cutting its rating by two notches to Ba2, as the former emerging market star sinks deeper into the worst recession in decades. Moody's said the outlook for Brazil's issuer and bond ratings was negative due to the prospect of further...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 24- Credit conditions for Asia-Pacific borrowers could become less favorable in the coming years, raising refinancing risk as weak commodities and slow growth take their toll against the backdrop of a strong dollar, rating agency Standard& Poor's warned. Three straight record years saw issuance peak at $210.1 billion in 2014 before dipping to...

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 23- Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange are making a third attempt at a merger that would create a European trading powerhouse that could better compete against U.S. rivals encroaching on their turf. The deal would combine the LSE's share-trading operation with the derivatives trading of Deutsche Boerse's Eurex in a group worth...

  • MILAN/ LONDON, Feb 23- European shares fell Tuesday on falling oil prices and disappointing updates from Standard Chartered and BHP Billiton, but M&A expectations boosted shares in exchange operators. "Following the recent relief rally from oversold levels we expect equity markets to remain range-bound ahead of next month's ECB, Fed and BoJ policy meetings,...

  • *LSE confirms holding detailed talks on merger. FRANKFURT, Feb 23- Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange are taking a fresh run at a merger that would create a European trading powerhouse, in a bid to take on ICE, the U.S. exchange making in-roads into Europe. Nearly 16 years after their first attempt to merge, the London and Frankfurt exchanges confirmed they...

  • *LSE confirms holding detailed talks on merger. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Feb 23- Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange are taking a fresh run at a merger that would create a large European exchange operator potentially capable of facing down strong competition from the United States and Asia. Shares in both exchange operators jumped on the news, with LSE shares...

  • MILAN/ LONDON, Feb 23- European shares retreated on Tuesday on lower oil prices and disappointing updates from Standard Chartered and BHP Billiton, but M&A expectations boosted shares in exchange operators. "Following the recent relief rally from oversold levels we expect equity markets to remain range-bound ahead of next month's ECB, Fed and BoJ policy...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 23- Shareholders of clearinghouse Cetip SA Mercados Organizados are expected to accept the sweetened offer from Brazil's biggest exchange operator, BM&FBovespa SA, newspaper Valor Economico reported on Tuesday. The newspaper said foreign shareholders in Cetip, which it had spoken with but did not name, were likely to accept the new offer...