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  • 21st Century Fox makes takeover bid for Sky

    21st Century Fox, the international film and television giant behind hit shows like The Simpsons and Modern Family, has tabled a takeover bid for Sky (Frankfurt: 893517 - news) , the owner of Sky News. 21st Century Fox, whose other media assets include 20th Century Fox, one of Hollywood's largest studios, currently owns …

  • Italy's BMPS reels from ECB deadline reports

    The headquarters of Italian bank Monte Dei Paschi di Siena, at Piazza Salimbeni in Siena, Tuscany

  • Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox bids $14 bln for UK's Sky Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 23:17 GMT

    NEW YORK/LONDON, Dec 9 (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has struck a preliminary deal to buy the 61 percent of British pay-TV firm Sky Plc (Frankfurt: 893517 - news) it does not already own for around $14 billion, five years after a political scandal wrecked a previous bid. The proposed offer …

  • Fresh records for US stocks; European shares mostly up

    All three Wall Street stocks surged to fresh records December 9, 2016, reaching new highs for the second straight session

  • Oil edges up about 1 pct on optimism over non-OPEC output cuts Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 22:08 GMT

    Oil prices rose about 1 percent on Friday on hopes that non-OPEC producers meeting in Vienna over the weekend would agree to output restrictions following limits OPEC announced last week to curb an oil ...

  • World's oldest bank Monte dei Paschi in share price plunge

    Monte dei Paschi (Milan: BMPS.MI - news) di Siena's shares have plunged in Milan amid renewed fears for its future - sparking a wider sell-off in the country's troubled banking sector. Trading in shares of the world's oldest bank was temporarily suspended by the Italian stock exchange after the price fell 11% following …

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. stocks rise with Treasury yields, euro slides Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 20:13 GMT

    U.S stocks followed Europe higher on Friday as investors piled in on the post-Trump-election rally while the euro weakened against the dollar as investors continued to digest the European Central Bank's Thursday decision to extend economic stimulus. European shares hit their highest level and had their best week since …

  • Questions around Capita's strategy after asset management shock Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 18:10 GMT

    EDINBURGH, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 9 (Reuters) - Shares (Berlin: DI6.BE - news) in Capita (LSE: CPI.L - news) fell for a second day on Friday after a profit warning and decision to sell its asset management business left analysts questioning the British outsourcing group's strategy. Capita, which offers IT-led …

  • World stocks squeeze out gains, Italian bank trembles

    Milan shares ended 0.7 percent lower,  dragged down by Monte dei Paschi di Siena, whose stock tumbled over 10 percent after reports the ECB had denied it more time to raise the cash it needs

  • Ireland says GDP surge shows initial Brexit hit limited Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 17:44 GMT

    DUBLIN, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 9 (Reuters) - A third quarter acceleration showed the immediate impact on Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) 's economy of Britain's vote to leave the EU was milder than expected, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Friday. Gross domestic product, which can vary wildly from …

  • FTSE records best week since July, Sky surges 27 pct on Fox bid Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 17:42 GMT

    Britain's top stock index recorded its biggest weekly rise in five months, with a late boost on Friday when Sky shares surged by more than 25 percent on a takeover approach from Twenty-First Century Fox. ...

  • European shares see strongest week since January 2015 Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 17:39 GMT

    European shares rallied near 11-month highs on Friday after a strong week, helped by gains among media companies after a takeover bid ignited Sky's shares, though Italian banks were under pressure. The ...

  • 21st Century Fox makes takeover approach to Sky Sky News - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 17:33 GMT
    21st Century Fox makes takeover bid for Sky

    21st Century Fox, the international film and television giant behind hit shows like The Simpsons and Modern Family, has tabled a takeover bid for Sky (Frankfurt: 893517 - news) , the owner of Sky News. 21st Century Fox, whose other media assets include 20th Century Fox, one of Hollywood's largest studios, currently owns …

  • Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE GROUP PLC Business Wire - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 16:53 GMT

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY (“RI”) STATUS (OR WHERE RI STATUS IS NOT ...

  • Form 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) - DEUTSCHE BOERSE AG Business Wire - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 16:52 GMT

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.5 (EPT/NON-RI) PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY AN EXEMPT PRINCIPAL TRADER WITHOUT RECOGNISED INTERMEDIARY (“RI”) STATUS (OR WHERE RI STATUS IS NOT ...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-US, European stocks rise along with U.S. Treasury yields Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 16:30 GMT

    U.S stocks followed Europe higher on Friday while the euro weakened against the dollar after the European Central Bank's Thursday decision to extend its stimulus program. U.S. Treasury yields climbed with ...

  • Sumitomo to buy Irish banana company Fyffes for $800 mln Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 15:46 GMT

    DUBLIN, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 9 (Reuters) - Japan's Sumitomo Corp has agreed to buy Fyffes (LSE: FFY.L - news) for 751 million euros ($798 million) in a deal that will merge the largest banana distributors in Asia and Europe and provide a windfall to shareholders in the Irish company. Sumitomo agreed to pay …

  • Battle of the turnaround experts: should you buy massive Melrose plc (LON: MRO) or minnow Volvere plc (LON: VLE)?

  • Will the tax assault on buy-to-let do anything to help first-time buyers?

  • Shares in Britain's Capita fall further as investors shun strategy Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 14:39 GMT

    EDINBURGH, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 9 (Reuters) - Shares (Berlin: DI6.BE - news) in Capita (LSE: CPI.L - news) fell further on Friday after a profit warning and the decision to sell its asset management business left investors questioning the British outsourcing group's strategy. The company's financial problems …

  • Form 8.3 - London Stock Exchange Group PLC Business Wire - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 12:41 GMT

    LONDON--(BUSINESSWIRE)-- FORM 8.3 PUBLIC OPENING POSITION DISCLOSURE/DEALING DISCLOSURE BY A PERSON WITH INTERESTS IN RELEVANT SECURITIES REPRESENTING 1% OR MORE Rule 8.3 of the Takeover Code (the “Code”) ...

  • LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 9 (Reuters) - Britain's Brexit minister David Davis is "not really interested" in a transitional deal to cushion the country from the effects of leaving the European Union, he told a private meeting with the City of London (LSE: CIN.L - news) Corporation, the Financial Times reported …

  • China to halve cash withdrawals in Macau gambling enclave: report

    China is reportedly to hakve the cash machine limit for certain cardholders visiting the gambling enclave of Macau

  • LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 9 (Reuters) - A memo suggesting that Britain's Brexit minister is "not really interested" in a transitional deal with the European Union does is merely an interpretation of one of many meetings, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman said on Friday. The Financial Times, citing …

  • Britain's FTSE gains, on track for best week since July Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 11:14 GMT

    Britain's top share index rose slightly on Friday, putting it on track for its best week since July, led by shares in health care and consumer staples companies, but a rally in bank stocks faltered. The ...

  • UK power auction casts doubt on extra capacity plans Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 10:51 GMT

    Prices in Britain's latest auction for back-up electricity came in well below expectations, casting doubt on how much extra capacity utilities will commit to building to ensure the country avoids winter ...

  • Electra posts bumper returns ahead of split from Epiris Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 10:47 GMT

    LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 9 (Reuters) - British buyout fund Electra Private Equity (IOB: 0QLS.IL - news) reported strong full-year returns on Friday as it prepares to cut ties with its portfolio manager Epiris. Electra (Tel Aviv: ELTR.TA - news) said it made a return of 35 percent in diluted net asset …

  • European shares hold steady at end of strongest week since February Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 10:44 GMT

    Equities got a boost on Thursday after the European Central Bank said it would scale back its monthly asset purchases, a surprise move that lifted euro zone bond yields, which in turn are seen helping reduce pressure on bank profits. Europe's STOXX bank index was down 1.1 percent, leading sectoral fallers as profit-taking …

  • Fairfax unit sells more shares in Bank of Ireland Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 09:19 GMT

    A subsidiary of Fairfax Financial Holdings, one of the shareholders who helped keep Bank of Ireland out of state hands in 2011, is selling half of its remaining stake in the Irish lender, the bank managing ...

  • UK watchdog defers decision on deadline for PPI claims against banks Reuters - UK Focus - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 09:07 GMT

    LONDON, Dec (Shanghai: 600875.SS - news) 9 (Reuters) - Britain's financial services industry regulator has delayed its final decision on setting a deadline for consumers to claim compensation for being mis-sold debt repayment insurance. Banks including Lloyds and RBS (LSE: RBS.L - news) have collectively paid out 24 …

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  • Buy Lloyds - it's set to become a dividend-paying machine Telegraph - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 08:45 GMT

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  • Tokyo extends gains on ECB but Asia traders cautious

    A weaker yen provided support for exporters leading to a rise in Tokyo stocks, December 9, 2016

  • 2 Neil Woodford income stocks I want to buy in 2017 Fool.co.uk - Fri, Dec 9, 2016 07:20 GMT

    2016 is almost over. Here are two Neil Woodford-owned income stocks I'm hoping buy in 2017.

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