Europe

Abengoa’s Plea For $1.85 Billion Attracts Investors A Little, Analysts Doubt Over Cash Requisites

Abengoa SA has been witnessed to tatter since Spain government has withdrawn subsidy on renewable energy sector. The company has been battling with a debt burden of €8.9 billion and seeks fresh cash injection of €1.66 billion by the next two years. However, analysts doubt on the Spanish energy producer’s cash requirements.

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Crédit Agricole Proposes Dividend of €0.60 per share, Announces Simplification of Capital Structure

Crédit Agricole SA has been widely criticized for its complex cross-shareholding between listed entity and cooperative parent banks. Finally it has announced plans for simplification of its capital structure. The French Green bank has also announced dividend of €0.60 per share while recording €882 million in net profit.

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Plus500 Grew Its Revenue Despite a Hard Year in 2015

Plus500 booked an increase in total revenue for 2015 to $275.6 million, despite facing a dificult year. Increase of compliance cost and failed merger with Playtech has disturb the company's operation.

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Asian hedge funds look to safe haven after January crash

Hedge funds in Asia witnessed losses the most in January 2016. The financial markets sell-off in the month made hedge funds suffer losses over 10 percent. Asia-focused hedge funds recorded losses of 3.1 percent indicating the worst beginning since 2008.

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Starbucks Latest Spicy Brews: Smoked Butterscotch Latte and Teavana Citrus Green Latte

Starbucks have brewed some new additions to its mouth-watering menu. The company introduces the Smoked Butterscotch Latte together with the Teavana Citrus Green Latte, whether hot or cold and other versions of Frappuccino. This latest addition is available in U.S. and Canada only.

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UK inflation rate inches up to 12-month high

The UK's headline rate of inflation reached to 12-month high. However, it remained below the two percent target of Bank of England for two years. The consumer prices index rose following the price rise in oil, clothing and food products. Economists and consumers are looking to UK's central bank whether it'll raise interest rate or not.

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Pirelli Shareholders Approve Merging With Marco Polo Industrial Holding

Shareholders of the Italian tyre maker Pirelli has nodded in favor of the proposed merger with Marco Polo Industrial Holding. Marco Polo’s parent concern ChemChina has acquired Pirelli for $8.25 billion last year. The merging is scheduled to be completed by mid 2016.

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Anglo American Plc Announced to Sell Its Share in Kumba Iron Ore

One of the world's biggest mining company Anglo American Plc announced to sell its share in Kumba Iron Ore on Tuesday. The South African multinational company has suffered loss in its full-year performance.

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Orange SA Needs More Weeks For Bouygues Deal

Along with reporting its fourth quarter performance, France telecommunication company Orange SA also report the acquisition plan. The company needs more weeks to have approval from antitrust authorities.

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Brazil's Usiminas hires Credit Suisse for unit sale

Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA, a Brazilian steel producer, is in the process of offloading its manufacturing unit. Usiminas has already hired Credit Suisse SA as its financial advisor for the unit sale. The sluggish global economy and China's economy slowdown are impacting the Brazilian steel industry in more negative way.

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Vodafone to forge ties with Liberty Global for Dutch market

UK-based Vodafone and US cable group firm Liberty Global are combining their operations in Netherlands market to float a joint venture. The combined JV is expected to be operational by end of 2016. Vodafone has agreed to pay €1 billion (£770 million) after excluding Ziggo's net debt of €7.3 billion.

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Foreign investors take US small biz route

The market volatility, rising dollar and sluggish global economy are forcing foreign investors towards the US small business credit market for growth opportunities. Foreign investors generally prefer to invest in US treasury bonds. But the prevailing global conditions are propelling them to park their funds in small business credit market.

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R-Squared investment firm ups position in Russian ruble

R-Square Macro Management is increasing its exposure to Russian currency Ruble. It's hoping on rebound in Ruble as it fell 37 percent from the recent high in 2015. Some asset managers scaled back their wagers on Ruble amid high volatility in the Russian currency.

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HSBC Board Opts For Headquarters In London

London is the core economic hub of Europe. Leaving out from the European Union will force the businesses to be pulled out from the UK, argue some analysts. However, HSBC Board’s decision to retain headquarters in London appears to be the best answer to the believers.

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After Google, IKEA Has Been Accused of Tax Dodging Up To €1 billion

Green Party has accused IKEA for dodging tax up to €1 billion ($1.13 billion/ £776 million). MEP has taken the allegation into cognizance and pledged for studying the report and related findings. However, the Swedish furniture giant has rejected the tax evasion allegations and claims for no wrongdoings.

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