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  • Alstom shareholder Bouygues said it supported the company's strategy but did not have control over it, after Bloomberg reported General Electric was in talks to buy Alstom for around $13 billion. A spokesman for Bouygues, which has a 29 percent stake in the French train and turbine maker, referred to a statement issued …

  • Netherlands-based property firm Domus and its parent company are to sell up to 250.16 million euros of new and existing shares in an Amsterdam listing. RPG Byty, which fully owns Domus, said on Thursday ...

  • LONDON (Reuters) - Consumer goods maker Unilever (ULVR.L) (UNc.AS) reported higher first-quarter underlying sales on Thursday, despite a later Easter holiday that pushed some food sales into the second ...

  • Spain's Caixabank (MCE:CABK) and Sabadell (MCE:SAB) on Thursday said bad debts had fallen slightly in the first quarter, signalling the start of a more marked turnaround for the country's banks. Spain's banks are trying to recover from a real estate market crash that hit earnings when they took hefty charges on soured …

  • [$$] Heineken Hit by Currency Losses @ The Wall Street Journal - 11 minutes ago

    Dutch beer maker Heineken reported a 37% drop in first-quarter net profit as revenue fell on divestments and currency losses.

  • AstraZeneca upbeat over R&D pipeline @ Financial Times - 17 minutes ago

    Pascal Soriot gave a bullish account of AstraZeneca's "rapidly progressing" innovation pipeline as he sought to shift focus back to his turnround efforts after days of speculation over a $100bn ...

  • A10 Networks ( ATEN ) is a provider of advanced application networking technologies which has seen its public offering about a month ago. The offering went reasonably well after which shares have consolidated ...

  • Japan's PM Abe walks past Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Mimura, Keidanren Chairman Yonekura and Japan Association of Corporate Executives Chairman Hasegawa after making a speech in Tokyo

    Japan's most powerful business lobby, Keidanren, plans to introduce corporate governance rules that will require better disclosure, a person familiar with the matter said, but they will stop short of bolder reforms sought by many investors. The lobby, whose member firms include most of Japan Inc's biggest names such as …

  • Bond markets are highlighting the diverging fortunes between Poland and Russia as the crisis in Ukraine deteriorates. Poland sold 11.7 billion zloty ($3.9 billion) of bonds yesterday, 17 percent more than planned, while Russia failed to auction debt twice the same day, saying yields demanded by investors were too high. …

  • The Turkish government offered its first-ever condolences on the 99th anniversary of the start of mass deportations that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenians in Turkey . Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ignoring calls to recognize the killings as a genocide, said yesterday that bitter memories of …

  • French turbine and train maker Alstom has moved to quash rumors that the company is in talks with General Electric (GE) about a possible takeover.

  • Russia's Natural Resources Minister said on Thursday that the door would be closed to foreign companies working in Russia if they decide to leave the country over Ukraine-related sanctions. He also said that so far foreign companies had not signalled their desire to leave Russia, the world's top crude oil producer, over …

  • Travis Perkins (LSE:TPK), Britain's No. 1 supplier of building materials, posted a strong rise in first quarter sales, benefiting from the upturn in building activity and the strength of housing transactions. They closed at 1,832 pence on Wednesday, valuing the business at 4.53 billion pounds.

  • Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe Associated Press - 36 minutes ago

    Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. Organic sales — a figure which strips out the effects of currencies ...

  • Investors Holding Cash Confounded By Market Action @ Seeking Alpha - 44 minutes ago

    Until yesterday, when the S&P 500 Index declined .22%, the market had managed to move higher on the prior six trading days. The six day climb followed what some investors thought might be a correction ...

  • Unilever first quarter sales hit by strong euro Associated Press - 48 minutes ago

    Unilever PLC, the maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry's ice cream, says its underlying sales grew in the first quarter, but revenue was down due to a big impact from the stronger ...

  • Croda International Plc (CRDA), the world’s second-largest maker of cosmetic ingredients, signaled results in the current quarter will probably mirror the “modest” growth posted in the first three months of 2014. Croda, which makes the active ingredients used in moisturizers, crop chemicals and lubricants, said spending …

  • Volkswagen AG (VOW) ’s 6.7 billion-euro ($9.3 billion) bid for the rest of heavy-truck maker Scania AB (SCVB) received a boost after the fourth-largest owner backed the deal. Swedbank Robur, which controls 1.87 percent of Scania, said today that it would accept VW’s bid of 200 kronor ($30.47) a share. Swedbank Robur, …

  • [$$] Lloyds Names Scottish Widows Chairman @ The Wall Street Journal - 52 minutes ago

    Lloyds Banking Group has appointed Nick Prettejohn as a nonexecutive director of the lender and as chairman of its Scottish Widows subsidiary.

  • [$$] Novartis Profit Rises @ The Wall Street Journal - 56 minutes ago

    Novartis said first-quarter net profit rose about 23% from a year earlier, though it missed analyst expectations.

  • Japan Tobacco Inc. (2914) , Asia’s biggest listed cigarette maker, said profit will probably fall 17 percent this year because of restructuring costs for its domestic business and a drop in profit from selling real estate. Russia’s ruble fell about 12 percent against the dollar in the year ended March amid increasing tension …

  • A logo of Canon Inc is pictured on a Canon EOS Kiss X50 displayed in Tokyo

    Canon Inc (TYO:7751) raised its full-year operating profit target by a slight 1.4 percent after strong sales of office copiers and printers in the first quarter. Canon, the world's biggest camera maker, said in its quarterly earnings statement it expects an operating profit of 365 billion yen ($3.56 billion) for the year …

  • Thailand Airport March Freight, Passenger Statistics @ Bloomberg - 1 hour 0 minutes ago

    Following is a table of Thailand ’s March airport statistics published by Airports of Thailand Pcl on its Web site. ============================================================================== March ...

  • Bangkok Airport March Freight, Passenger Statistics @ Bloomberg - 1 hour 0 minutes ago

    Following is a table of Bangkok’s March airport statistics published by Airports of Thailand Pcl (AOT) on its website. ============================================================================== March ...

  • Sony Strays Further from Roots into Real Estate @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 3 minutes ago

    Sony, which made its name as the electronics company that produced the Walkman portable music player and Trinitron television, is straying further from its roots into real estate.

  • The last time I wrote about Polaris Industries Inc. ( PII ), I stated: "Due to the bearish technicals, overall market whiplash taking place, and fair valuation I'm not going to be pulling the trigger ...

  • SE Asia Stocks-Mixed; Singapore outperforms Reuters - 1 hour 13 minutes ago

    HANOI, April 24 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stocks were mixed on Thursday, with Singapore's Straits Times Index rebounding 0.55 percent from a profit-taking session, led by gains in SingTel, the city state's ...

  • SunPower Corporation (SPWR) was a big mover last session, as the company saw its shares rise more than 7% on the day.

  • Indonesian Chicken Stocks Fall @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 15 minutes ago

    A government policy aimed at protecting farmers is hitting the stock prices of Indonesia's poultry companies.

  • AstraZeneca highlighted progress with a new generation of cancer drugs that may revive its fortunes as it posted a 17 percent fall in core earnings per share on Thursday, reflecting patent losses on profitable older medicines. Britain's second-biggest drugmaker made no reference to a reported 60 billion pound ($101 billion) …

  • April 24 (Bloomberg) –- Catalyst Economics Founder Julian Callow discusses China’s economy and what they can do to foster growth with Anna Edwards and Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television’s “Countdown.” ...

  • Lloyds appoints chairman of Scottish Widows Reuters - 1 hour 18 minutes ago

    LONDON (Reuters) - Lloyds Banking Group (LSE:LLOY) has appointed Nick Prettejohn as chairman of its pensions company Scottish Widows Group. The former chairman of Brit Insurance (BRIT.L) was also named ...

  • April 24 (Bloomberg) -- Ukrainian Economy Minister Pavlo Sheremeta discusses the endorsement of a $17 billion loan to the country by the staff of the International Monetary Fund and efforts to spur growth. ...

  • Novozymes Q1 beats forecast, raises EBIT outlook Reuters - 1 hour 21 minutes ago

    Danish industrial enzymes producer Novozymes reported a bigger-than-expected rise in first-quarter operating profit, helped by a one-off positive impact from its alliance with U.S. company Monsanto . The ...

  • AstraZeneca, the UK pharma company at the center of takeover speculation, reported a rise in first-quarter revenues but declining profits.

  • [$$] Unilever First-Quarter Sales Fall @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    Unilever reported a fall in first-quarter sales as currency weakness across emerging markets continued to weigh on its performance.

  • Heineken NV (HEIA) , the world’s third-biggest brewer, reported sales that advanced more than analysts estimated, helped by demand in Africa and the Americas. Revenue advanced 3.4 percent, compared with the 2.9 percent median estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News, the Amsterdam-based company said today. After …

  • Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel (PAR:GET) reported an 8 percent rise in first-quarter revenue on Thursday, driven by growth in rail freight and at its MyFerryLink ferry service. The tunnel linking France to Britain, which will celebrate 20 years of business next month, carries the Eurostar high-speed train from Paris …

  • Unilever (UNA), the maker of Magnum ice cream and TRESemme shampoo, reported first-quarter sales growth that beat estimates as demand stabilized in Europe and the company outperformed its markets in Asia and Latin America . Underlying sales gained 3.6 percent, London- and Rotterdam-based Unilever said today in a statement, …

  • [$$] Pernod Sales Fall on China Gift Curbs @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    French beverage company Pernod Ricard SA said third-quarter sales fell as unfavorable currency swings and the continuing antigifting campaign in China continue to weigh.

  • Emerging-market stocks rose for the first time in four days as Apple (AAPL) Inc. suppliers led a gauge of technology shares to a record on bigger-than-estimated shipments of iPhones. Indonesia’s rupiah ...

  • [$$] Caixabank First-Quarter Profit Falls @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 32 minutes ago

    Spanish lender Caixabank said first-quarter net profit was $210 million, down 54.6% from a year earlier.

  • Canon Inc. (7751) , the world’s largest camera maker, increased its full-year operating profit forecast as sales of higher-end models benefited from a weaker yen. Operating income will probably climb to 365 billion yen ($3.6 billion) this year compared with the previous projection of 360 billion yen, Canon said in a statement …

  • Westpac Banking Corp is the best big bank to buy @ Motley Fool - 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    5 reasons why I think Westpac is a better buy than Commonwealth Bank, NAB and ANZ.

  • Fiscal deficits in sub-Saharan Africa are rising, with Ghana and Zambia the most at risk if there’s a sudden reversal of foreign inflows, the International Monetary Fund said. Budget shortfalls in the region “are elevated considering the prevailing high growth and still high commodity prices,” Antoinette Sayeh, director …

  • U.S. index futures and Asian shares were little changed. Novartis AG may move after the Swiss drugmaker agreed to buy GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s cancer-drug business, form a consumer-health venture with Glaxo and sell its animal-health unit to Eli Lilly & Co. Royal Philips NV may be active after the world’s biggest lighting …

  • [$$] Strong Won Weighs on Hyundai @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 46 minutes ago

    Hyundai Motor's first-quarter net profit fell as a stronger South Korean currency hurt its competitiveness in overseas markets.

  • 5 resources stocks to buy, hold and sell @ Motley Fool - 1 hour 47 minutes ago

    The industry is continuing to be the dark horse of 2014, don’t miss your opportunity to bag a bargain.

  • Suez Environnement (SEV) , Europe’s second-biggest water company by market value, reported a 2 percent fall in first-quarter profit and said the waste treatment business has improved. “The slight improvement in the waste business seen at the end of last year has continued,” Chief Executive Officer Jean-Louis Chaussade …

  • Adidas moves orders from Chinese factory over strike @ Financial Times - 1 hour 51 minutes ago

    Adidas has started shifting orders for sports shoes away from a huge factory in south China where thousands of workers have been on strike for 10 days over claims that the owners have underpaid them for ...

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