Advanced iOS virus targeting Hong Kong protestors -security firm

Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple Inc's iOS operating system for the iPhone and iPad, and they believe it is targeting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Europe

German companies rush to list as IPO appetite soars

Cable operator Tele Columbus [ESCALC.UL] became the latest German company to announce plans to float shares as the country's traditionally risk-averse companies warm to capital markets after Alibaba's record-breaking $25 billion listing.

Ongoing Expansion in the U.S. Manufacturing, ISM

After a very strong August the expansion in the U.S. manufacturing industry cooled a bit in September The Institute for Supply Management said the PMI slowed to 56.6 from 59 in August.

Investcorp to complete $1.43 billion Berlin Packaging sale to Oak Hill in October

Alternative investment manager Investcorp will complete the $1.43 billion sale of Berlin Packaging to Oak Hill Capital Partners in the first week of October, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

Plant-based vaccines challenge big pharma for $3 billion flu market

Two tiny companies are preparing to challenge some of the world's largest drug makers in the battle for dominance in the $3 billion global market for influenza vaccines, armed with little more than tiny tobacco plants.

Ackman's Pershing Square raises $3 billion in fund listing

Pershing Square Holdings, a fund managed by activist investor Bill Ackman, raised $3.07 billion ahead of a stock market listing in Amsterdam, the company said on Wednesday.

Adidas seeks to placate investors with share buyback

German sportswear maker Adidas, facing investor discontent over its underperforming share price, announced on Wednesday plans to return to shareholders as much as 1.5 billion euros ($1.9 billion) over the next three years.

Lackluster factory data hits world stocks, dollar up

Stocks worldwide began the fourth quarter on a negative note on Wednesday, with investors wary of lackluster economic data and keeping a cautious eye on civil unrest in Hong Kong.

Detroit should be able to borrow after bankruptcy -consultant

Detroit should be able to access capital markets and borrow at a rate of around 5 percent after it exits bankruptcy, as long as its tax revenue remains stable, a city consultant said on Tuesday.

UnitedHealth to buy doctor management company MedSynergies

UnitedHealth Group Inc (UNH.N) said on Tuesday it agreed to buy MedSynergies, which manages physician practices, adding about 9,300 doctors to the hospital and health system services that its Optum technology-based business currently serves.

Brookfield bids for Atlantic City's Revel Casino

An affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management (BAMa.TO) (BAM.N) has topped Florida real estate developer Glenn Straub's $90 million bid for the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

Portugal sounds out Spanish banks on Novo Banco sale: sources

Portugal has begun sounding out Spanish banks on their interest in buying Novo Banco, the successor to the state-rescued Banco Espirito Santo (BES), several sources familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.

Reddit raises $50 million in funding

Social news site Reddit Inc said it raised $50 million in funding in a deal that would see investors giving back 10 percent of their shares back to the site's user community.

Elisabeth Murdoch to step down as Shine Group chairman

Elisabeth Murdoch, the daughter of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, will step down as the chairman of Shine Group when it merges with Endemol and Core Media Group Inc [CKXETM.UL], the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Johnson & Johnson to buy private drug developer for $1.75 billion

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) agreed to pay $1.75 billion in cash to buy privately held Alios BioPharma Inc, which is developing a drug for a common respiratory viral infection in children for which there is no approved treatment.

SRR Advises on Sale of Engineered Polymers Corp.

Stout Risius Ross, Inc. (SRR) announced today that its client, Engineered Polymers Corp. ("EPC"), has been acquired by Imperial Plastics, Incorporated ("Imperial"), a portfolio company of Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison Incorporated ("GHJM"). SRR served as exclusive financial advisor to EPC in connection with this transaction.

UK GDP Rises Higher than Expectations in Second Quarter

UK GDP rose 0.9 percent in the second quarter, up from the expected value of 0.8 percent according to the report published by the Office for National Statistics. This increase suggests that the country is recovering faster than expected.

Ford sees improving conditions in the Americas by 2020

Ford Motor Co (F.N) expects North American sales will rise to 3.5 million vehicles by 2020 from 2.9 million in 2013, executives said at an analyst briefing on Monday at company headquarters.

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