Finance/Venture

London Stock Exchange

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.

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IPO

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.

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Novo Banco

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.

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American International Group Inc (AIG)

Six years after AIG bailout, trial asks: was it legal?

One of the more unusual trials to come out of the 2008 financial crisis is set to begin on Monday, when a federal judge will consider whether the U.S. government's rescue of American International Group Inc (AIG.N) was, in fact, legal.

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UBS AG

UBS launches share-for-share exchange for new holding company

UBS said on Monday it was launching a share-for-share exchange to set up a new holding company, UBS Group AG, part of a restructuring drive to ensure it can be broken up more easily in a crisis.

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New York Federal Reserve

Top U.S. regulators warn banks over 'Shellshock' bug

A group of top U.S. financial regulators urged banks to quickly fix their software to protect it against the "Shellshock" computer bug, saying it could expose them to fraud.

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Softbank Corp

Japan's SoftBank in talks to buy DreamWorks: media reports

Japan's SoftBank (9984.T) is in talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation SKG (DWA.O) in a deal that valued DreamWorks at as much as $3.4 billion, media reported on Sunday.

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The facade of the U.S. Federal Reserve building

Secret tapes of Fed meetings on Goldman prompt call for U.S. hearings

An influential U.S. senator wants to hold hearings into "disturbing" issues raised by secretly taped conversations between Federal Reserve supervisors and officials at Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N), a bank the Fed was tasked with policing.

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Australian Securities Exchange Screen.

Braking hard: Australia M&A deals slump most in a generation

Australian inbound M&A deals declined the most in a quarter of a century as plummeting commodity prices and a faltering local stock market challenged the appetite of overseas investors for the country's assets.

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RBS

RBS cuts sale price for U.S. bank Citizens in $3 billion listing

The biggest U.S. bank listing since the financial crisis got a lukewarm reception from investors, forcing Royal Bank of Scotland RBS.L to cut the price of shares sold in Citizens Financial Group CFG.N.

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Allianz SE

National Australia Bank weighing sale of life insurance unit: sources

National Australia Bank (NAB.AX) is considering the sale of its life insurance unit worth an estimated $800 million, seeking to boost earnings and returns on capital, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Standard Chartered

StanChart in advanced talks to sell HK consumer unit to Australia's Pepper

Standard Chartered (STAN.L) is in advanced talks to sell its Hong Kong consumer finance business to finance firm Pepper Australia Pty Ltd in a deal that could fetch between $500 million to $700 million, people familiar with the deal said.

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Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX

The Trendlines Group Ltd. Files Final Prospectus and Announces Pricing for Initial Public Offering of Ordinary Shares

The Trendlines Group Ltd. ("Trendlines" or the "Company") has filed a final prospectus with the securities regulatory authorities in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia in connection with the initial public offering (the "Offering") of its ordinary shares. A copy of the final prospectus is available on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

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US Oil Drill

Turquoise Capital Corp. Announces Proposed Qualifying Transaction

Vigil was incorporated in British Columbia on June 4th 2010 and is a Burnaby BC based research and development company specializing in the development of wireless sensor networks.

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Royal Bank of Scotland

RBS set to raise $4 billion from U.S. listing of Citizens

State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS.L) plans to raise up to $4 billion from the share flotation of its U.S. bank Citizens Financial Group this month, putting it on track to be the biggest U.S. share offering by a bank this year.

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