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NYSE

Investors stick to bets even as dollar and bonds slip

The dollar's four-week decline and a slump in bond prices has upset some assumptions about where global financial markets are heading, but haven't deterred most investors from staying faithful to their bets.

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Payrolls to test second quarter climate for Fed

Always top of the data pile, this week will be no exception for the U.S. jobs report with a first interest rate rise likely this year despite a dramatic slowdown in the first quarter.

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Royal Dutch Shell PLC

Shell signs $15.3 billion bridge loan

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) has agreed a 10.07 billion pound ($15.28 billion) bridge loan from a group of relationship banks backing its 47 billion pound takeover of smaller rival BG Group (BG.L), the company announced on Friday.

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Gas station

Deflation? Oil's 45 percent rebound could be markets' next headache

Whisper it, but the next challenge for financial markets and policymakers may not be deflation, but the remarkable surge in oil prices from the six-year low touched in January.

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Wall Street

Despite earnings beats, expectations dim for later quarters

Most U.S. companies so far this earnings season have managed to beat Wall Street profit forecasts despite weak sales, but investors hoping corporate headwinds have died down may need to temper their enthusiasm.

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Oil pipelines

Brent oil falls below $54 on OPEC output, Iran

Brent crude oil fell below $54 a barrel on Friday and was on track for its third straight weekly loss, hurt by worries of rising supplies from OPEC and the United States.

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IPO

Bain-backed MYOB to file for $2.3 billion Australia IPO by end-March: sources

Bankers running the expected A$3 billion ($2.29 billion) initial public offering of Australian software firm MYOB Ltd, owned by Bain Capital, plan to file a prospectus for the sale by end-March, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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US Federal Reserve

Treasury official among those eyed for regional U.S. Fed openings

A U.S. Treasury official and a director at the New York Federal Reserve are among those who have been considered to replace two hawkish Fed policymakers, according to people familiar with the searches.

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Coles

Australian analyst lambasts acquisitions as a way for companies to grow

David Errington, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said companies would do well if they focused on investing in their core business instead of acquiring other companies in their quest for growth, The Australian reported.

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Trader

Young investment bankers overworked and facing worsening working conditions - survey

Survey shows that there is little effort seen to improve the working conditions of junior investment bankers despite the death of an intern at Bank of America Merrill Lynch intern last summer, the Financial Times.

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Aster DM Healthcare

Aster Healthcare eyes $200M Mumbai or London IPO

Kerala, India-based healthcare service provider Aster DM Healthcare is in talks with investment banks for a $200-million initial public offering (IPO) in London or Mumbai within a year.

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Catalina Marketing Corp.

Hellman & Friedman mulls over sale of Catalina Marketing Corp.

Private equity firm Hellman & Friedman is reportedly considering to sell Catalina Marketing Corp. in a deal that could fetch $2 billion to $2.5 billion. Catalina provides customer-driven marketing services to over 25,000 grocery, drug and department stores in the US.

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IMS Health Holdings Inc.

TPG-backed IMS Health to raise up to $100M in New York IPO

IMS Health Holdings, which is backed by private equity fund TPG Capital Funds LP, Leonard Green & Partners LP and pension fund Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, said in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it intends to raise as much as $100 million in a listing at the New York Stock Exchange.

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Royal Bank of Canada

Royal Bank of Canada is top dealmaker on Canadian retail M&A- report

The top dealmaker for Canadian retail mergers and acquisitions for 2013 is the Royal Bank of Canada, data from Bloomberg revealed. RBC has held the top spot for the third straight year.

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Moncler

Moncler to raise a total of €784M in IPO after selling more shares

Italian clothier Moncler is expected to raise a total of about €784 million in its initial public offering after arranging banks Goldman Sachs Group, Bank of American Merrill Lynch and Mediobanca exercised the listing's greenshoe over-allotment option.

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