Dalian Wanda moves closer to $6 billion HK IPO with China regulator approval: IFR

Chinese real estate developer Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties, a unit of billionaire Wang Jianlin's Dalian Wanda Group, has received approval from Chinese regulators to move ahead with an initial public offering in Hong Kong worth up to $6 billion, IFR reported, citing people familiar with the deal.

Computer spying malware uncovered with 'stealth' features: Symantec

An advanced malicious software application has been uncovered that since 2008 was used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes and individuals in 10 countries, anti virus software maker Symantec Corp said in a report on Sunday.

China ready to cut rates again on fears of deflation - sources

China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making.

Countdown to missed opportunity for EU economy

The countdown has begun to what threatens to be a missed opportunity to revive Europe's stalled economy. When European Union leaders meet on Dec. 18-19 under new management, they have a chance to launch a joint assault on the economic stagnation and high unemployment that are fuelling disenchantment and anti-EU protest among voters.

EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday

EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday on a motion proposing the break-up of Google (GOOGL.O) and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc’s antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the group.

Fashion chain Gap in deal with online retailer Zalando

Gap Inc (GPS.N) has struck a deal with Europe's largest dedicated online fashion retailer Zalando (ZALG.DE) to sell its core brand from next May, hoping to reach more consumers, particularly in markets where it has no physical stores.

RenaissanceRe to buy Platinum Underwriters for $1.9 billion

RenaissanceRe Holdings Ltd (RNR.N) said it would buy fellow Bermuda-based reinsurer Platinum Underwriters Holdings Ltd (PTP.N) for about $1.9 billion to boost its U.S. business.

Visteon eyes $3.6 billion sale of South Korean unit: reports

U.S. automotive parts maker Visteon Corp (VC.N) has signed a preliminary deal to sell its controlling stake in South Korea's Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp (018880.KS) to a local private equity firm for $3.6 billion, Korean media reports said.

BOJ's quantitative easing affecting Asian markets

Last month the Bank of Japan announced aggressive easing of its monetary policy and shocked the global financial markets.This led to the yen hitting fresh lows against the dollar. The weakening of the yen is believed to reverberate through the Asian markets.

Fund boards, management go on high alert around bond liquidity

U.S. fund firms are taking extra measures to make sure they don't get stuck holding hard-to-sell bonds in the event that fixed income markets see a massive race to the exits when interest rates start to rise.

Dow Chemical CEO does not mind low oil, company makes money in other businesses

Dow Chemical Co (DOW.N) Chief Executive Andrew Liveris, speaking at a conference in Dubai, said on Monday he did not mind low oil prices because his company makes money in other businesses.

European Factors to Watch-Shares set to extend Friday's rally

European stocks were set to open slightly higher on Monday, adding to Friday's sharp rally sparked by dovish comments from European Central Bank President Mario Draghi and a surprise interest rate cut in China.

Falling inflation a worry for Europe but also the world

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has moved closer to launching sovereign debt purchases and data this week will show just how dangerously low inflation has fallen in the $13 trillion euro zone economy.

China's CGN Power seeks $3.2 billion in Hong Kong IPO as fourth-quarter listings grow

CGN Power Co. Ltd., China's largest nuclear power producer, has launched an initial public offering in Hong Kong worth up to $3.2 billion, the first of several big listings set to make for a busy end to 2014 in Asia Pacific equity capital markets.

Mexico to discuss canceled $3.75 billion train contract with China

Mexico's transportation minister will meet with Chinese government officials on Monday to discuss the cancellation of a $3.75 billion high-speed rail contract that was awarded to a Chinese-led consortium, Mexico said on Sunday.

Putin stands by hawkish Russian central bank - for now

With Russia's economy battered by economic sanctions and plunging oil prices, President Vladimir Putin has allowed the central bank to administer strong medicine, sharply raising interest rates even as it freed the rouble to float.

Property, manufacturing woes help trim China's shadow banking

A bid by China to rein in its "shadow banking" activity is producing results, thanks to slowing economic growth and tighter regulation.

Aviva, Friends Life 5.6 billion pound merger plan makes sense: investors

Aviva's potential 5.6 billion pound ($8.8 billion) purchase of Friends Life reflects a need to consolidate and cut costs in Britain's insurance industry, fund managers said.

Asia stocks jump as China, Europe step up stimulus

Asian share markets were broadly higher on Monday as the prospect of further policy stimulus in China and Europe whetted risk appetites while sending the euro skidding.

Apple $450 million e-book settlement gets final court approval

A U.S. judge on Friday gave final approval to Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) agreement to pay $450 million to resolve claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices.

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