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    Banks from Italy, Ireland, Spain and Austria fared worst in the latest European Union stress test, which the region's banking watchdog said on Friday showed there was still work to do in order to boost credit to the bloc's economy. "While a number of individual banks have clearly fared badly, the … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 43 minutes ago
  • UK and China regulators discuss framework for financial projects

    British and Chinese securities watchdogs are discussing an agreement that will pave the way for landmark financial services projects between the countries, sources said, easing fears that Britain could be a less attractive partner for such deals after last month's vote to leave the European Union. … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • U.S. authorities subpoena Goldman in 1MDB probe - WSJ

    Goldman received the subpoenas earlier this year from the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The authorities also want to interview current and former Goldman employees in connection … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Deutsche Bank scrapes through European banks stress test

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    Reuters - 10 hours ago
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    Reuters - 10 hours ago
  • Commerzbank touts 'robust' capital in EU stress test

    Germany's Commerzbank AG (CBKG.DE) on Friday said an EU test of banks' financial health showed its capital is robust, after it posted a weaker reading than most of its European peers under an "adverse" financial stress scenario. Germany's second biggest bank showed a capital strength measure that … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • Monte dei Paschi approves privately-backed rescue plan

    Monte dei Paschi approves privately-backed rescue plan

    MILAN/SIENA (Reuters) - Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI) unveiled a plan on Friday to prevent its centuries-old business from being wound up by regulators, a privately funded overhaul that Rome hopes will help stabilise the country's entire banking sector. Monte dei Paschi said … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • Stress test confirms French banks can resist severe shocks - central bank

    France's central bank said on Friday a stress test carried out by European Banking Authority (EBA), confirmed the resilience of the six French banking groups that were tested. Banque de France said the stress test showed that the banks, representing 90 percent of assets in the banking system, were … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • Allied Irish says stress test not reflective of current performance

    Allied Irish Banks said the methodology behind Friday's European Union stress tests that showed it to be the second worst performer among 51 banks did not reflect its current financial performance. The ... … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • EU Commission - Monte Paschi capital-raising plan fully in line with EU rules

    The European Commission said on Friday that Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS.MI) plan for a privately funded capital increase was in line with EU rules. "The Commission takes note of the bank's announcement that it plans to launch a private capital raising exercise," a Commission spokesman … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • Oil ends July with worst monthly loss for WTI in a year

    Oil ends July with worst monthly loss for WTI in a year

    Slower economic growth and high inventories of crude and refined oil products have driven Brent and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures to bear market territory, 20 percent below their 2016 highs. The recovery faded after prices above $45 enticed U.S. oil drillers to return to the … More »

    Reuters - 11 hours ago
  • First U.S. LNG shipment goes to China as Panama Canal opens markets - data

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    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Unicredit says to assess with regulator necessary measures

    Unicredit says to assess with regulator necessary measures

    Italian bank UniCredit (CRDI.MI) said on Friday it would work with European Central Bank supervisors to assess what it needed to do after industry stress tests showed its core capital ratio neared a closely-watched 7 percent threshold under adverse conditions. There is no pass or fail threshold in … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Tech shares and muted GDP growth push S&P 500 to record

    Tech shares and muted GDP growth push S&P 500 to record

    Wall Street rose on Friday, with the S&P 500 index hitting a record intraday high for the seventh time this month as gains in technology heavyweights Alphabet and Amazon more than made up for losses in ... … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Dollar slides on U.S. GDP, Japan bonds fall on BOJ move

    Dollar slides on U.S. GDP, Japan bonds fall on BOJ move

    Weak U.S. economic growth data knocked down the dollar and yields on U.S. government debt Friday, while Japanese government bond yields rose the most in eight years after investors reacted coolly to the ... … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Inventory reduction curbs U.S. economic growth; rebound expected

    U.S. economic growth unexpectedly remained tepid in the second quarter as inventories fell for the first time in nearly five years and business investment weakened further, offsetting robust consumer spending. In addition, the GDP growth estimate for the fourth quarter was cut by five-tenths of a … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • Dollar tumbles on tepid second quarter growth

    Dollar tumbles on tepid second quarter growth

    The dollar dropped on Friday after data showed that the U.S. economy grew at a slower pace than expected in the second quarter, while the Japanese yen soared after the Bank of Japan’s stimulus plans underwhelmed investors. U.S. gross domestic product increased at a 1.2 percent annual rate, the … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • Fed's Williams sees up to two U.S. rate hikes this year

    It makes sense to raise interest rates this year, and depending on the economic data the Federal Reserve could tighten policy up to two times, San Francisco Fed President John Williams said on Friday. "There is definitely a data stream that could come through in the next couple of months that I … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • Oil rally to resume later this year, demand to offset glut - Reuters Poll

    Oil analysts still expect a rise in the crude price this year, thanks to improving demand growth that should help offset any bearish headwinds from a stubborn supply surplus, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. A survey of 29 economists and analysts forecast Brent crude will average $45.51 per barrel … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • Delhi HC orders SpiceJet to deposit around Rs 580 crore

    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Friday ordered the original promoter of budget carrier SpiceJet Ajay Singh to deposit around Rs 580 crore in an alleged dispute over the transfer of ownership accord of the airline with the Marans of Sun Group. The Marans, who had acquired … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Gold rebounds after U.S. GDP disappoints, set for monthly gain

    Gold rebounds after U.S. GDP disappoints, set for monthly gain

    Gold hit a near three-week high on Friday after much slower-than-expected U.S. economic growth weighed on the dollar, and was on track for a second monthly gain in a row. The U.S. Commerce Department reported that GDP grew at an annual rate of 1.2 percent in the second quarter, far less than … More »

    Reuters - 18 hours ago
  • Alphabet and Amazon wind up stellar quarter for big tech

    Google parent Alphabet Inc and e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc capped a blockbuster June quarter for the five biggest U.S. tech companies as their dominance in key markets helped them defy the "law of large numbers". Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc, as well as Alphabet and Amazon, all … More »

    Reuters - 18 hours ago
  • Profit booking suppresses equity markets

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    IANS - 18 hours ago
  • Exclusive - New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money

    Exclusive - New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money

    The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has asked the Philippines' central bank to help Bangladesh Bank recover the $81 million that was stolen by hackers in February from its account held at the Fed, boosting Dhaka's efforts to retrieve the money. In the letter, which has been seen by Reuters, … More »

    Reuters - 18 hours ago
  • Insight - Iran's global banking problems deepen with rise of Trump, Brexit

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    Reuters - 18 hours ago
  • Regional connectivity scheme to be finalised by August

    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The government on Friday said that its regional connectivity scheme (RCS) which intends to provide air connectivity to unserved and remote routes will be finalised by next month. "We have called for feedback from all stakeholders by July 31. The final scheme is expected … More »

    IANS - 19 hours ago
  • India to buy 6.7 percent more summer-sown rice for welfare schemes

    India to buy 6.7 percent more summer-sown rice for welfare schemes

    India is planning to buy 33 million tonnes of summer-sown rice from farmers in the 2016/17 season for its food welfare programmes and meet emergency needs, it said in a statement on Friday. The world's ... … More »

    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • ICICI Bank profit falls as bad loan provisions surge

    ICICI Bank profit falls as bad loan provisions surge

    ICICI Bank Ltd, India's top private sector lender by assets, reported first-quarter profit fell about 25 percent as its provisions for bad loans more than doubled. Standalone net profit fell to 22.32 billion rupees for its fiscal first quarter to June 30, from 29.76 billion rupees a year earlier, … More »

    Reuters - 19 hours ago
  • Himachal inks MoU to set up hydro engineering college

    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with two hydroelectric companies to set up a hydro engineering college in the state's Bilaspur district. The agreement with the National Thermal Power Corporation and the National Hydro Power … More »

    IANS - 19 hours ago
  • Mahindra Holidays to securitise receivables to fund expansion

    Chennai, July 29 (IANS) Holiday resorts company Mahindra Holidays and Resorts Ltd. plans to securitise portions of its Rs .1,800 crore receivables to part-fund its expansion projects totalling around Rs 550 crore to Rs 600 crore, said a top company official. "We have receivables from our members … More »

    IANS - 20 hours ago
  • Flipkart denies laying off employees

    Bengaluru, July 29 (IANS) Reacting to media reports that it is set to lay off 700-1000 employees for poor performance, leading e-tailer FlipKart on Friday denied any such move. Earlier, media reports said that under-performing employees -- 700-1000 in number -- will be given the option to resign … More »

    IANS - 21 hours ago
  • Ireland jails three top bankers over 2008 banking meltdown

    Ireland jails three top bankers over 2008 banking meltdown

    Three senior Irish bankers were jailed on Friday for up to three-and-a-half years for conspiring to defraud investors in the most prominent prosecution arising from the 2008 banking crisis that crippled the country's economy. The crash thrust Ireland into a three-year sovereign bailout in 2010 and … More »

    Reuters - 21 hours ago
  • L&T June quarter profit falls short of estimates

    L&T June quarter profit falls short of estimates

    Construction firm Larsen & Toubro Ltd reported a quarterly profit well below analysts' estimates, as several of its local infrastructure orders were deferred, leading to a decline in domestic business. ... … More »

    Reuters - 21 hours ago
  • LeEco partners with six retail chains to boost offline presence

    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Chinese internet and technology conglomerate LeEco on Friday announced that it has forged partnerships with six regional retail chains in India to strengthen its offline presence across the country. "This marks another milestone in our India journey that has been … More »

    IANS - 21 hours ago
  • Global funds cut share holdings to five-year lows as Brexit bites

    Global investors dumped equities in July and raised bond allocations after Britain's vote to leave the European Union and subsequent signs of damage to economic growth prompted a dash towards fixed income. The Reuters monthly poll of 44 fund managers and chief investment officers in the United … More »

    Reuters - 22 hours ago
  • Sensex ends lower, but up for fifth straight month

    Sensex ends lower, but up for fifth straight month

    REUTERS - Indian shares ended lower on Friday, after investors booked profit in banks and financials with ICICI Bank the biggest drag on the NSE Nifty ahead of its June-quarter earnings later in the day. ... … More »

    Reuters - 22 hours ago
  • Gold edges down after BOJ action, still set for monthly gain

    Gold edges down after BOJ action, still set for monthly gain

    Gold steadied on Friday, as investors assessed the impact of a modest Bank of Japan stimulus, and was on track for a second monthly gain in a row, while the dollar retreated. The Bank of Japan expanded monetary stimulus on Friday through a modest increase in purchases of exchange-traded funds, … More »

    Reuters - 22 hours ago
  • Panasonic launches new smartphone at Rs 3,199

    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Panasonic India on Friday launched a new T44 lite smartphone which will be available on Snapdeal at Rs 3,199. "T44 lite is the perfect choice for youth who want a trendy ... … More »

    IANS - 23 hours ago
  • Rajya Sabha to take up GST bill next week - Naqvi

    The government will introduce the long-awaited goods and services tax constitutional amendment bill in parliament next week, a minister said on Friday, as almost all political parties have agreed on the ... … More »

    Reuters - 23 hours ago
  • LIC-Axis Bank tie-up to sell insurance products

    Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Life Insurance Corp (LIC) and private sector Axis Bank on Friday jointly announced a tie-up to sell LIC products, creating one of the largest bancassurance partnerships in India. Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two, Axis Bank branches will be … More »

    IANS - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 2:38 PM IST
  • Creative launches new headphone at Rs 10,999

    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Singapore-based Creative Technology on Friday launched a new Aurvana ANC headphone with noise cancellation feature for users to comfortably enjoy long hours of music, movies or ... … More »

    IANS - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 2:30 PM IST
  • Yahoo rolls out upgraded messenger app for Windows, Mac

    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Yahoo on Friday rolled out the upgraded messenger app for Windows and Mac, allowing users a fast way to send not only messages but also photos and animated GIFs. The updated version of the app has been introduced after its successful launch in December last year, Yahoo … More »

    IANS - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 12:58 PM IST
  • Smartphone shipments in India grew 15% in Q2: Report

    New Delhi, July 29 (IANS) Smartphone shipments in India grew a healthy 15 per cent in the second quarter this year compared to the global smartphone market which grew a mere three per cent, market research ... … More »

    IANS - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 12:40 PM IST
  • BOJ eases policy by doubling ETF buying, underwhelms expectations

    BOJ eases policy by doubling ETF buying, underwhelms expectations

    The Bank of Japan expanded stimulus on Friday by doubling purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETF), yielding to pressure from the government and financial markets for bolder action, but disappointing investors who had set their hearts on more audacious measures. At the two-day rate review that … More »

    Reuters - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 12:02 PM IST
  • Bezos passes Buffett, becomes third-richest person - Forbes

    Bezos' fortune was $65.3 billion as of 4:30 p.m. EDT (2030 GMT) on Thursday, compared with Buffett's $64.9 billion. Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates remained the world's richest person, at $77.7 billion, while Spain's Amancio Ortega, who founded the Zara clothing chain's owner Inditex SA, was … More »

    Reuters - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 11:52 AM IST
  • Drop in the ocean: India's strategic oil reserves unlikely to stir market

    India's initial plan to build-up its strategic petroleum reserves (SPR) is not shaping out to be the dramatic event that some in the market had hoped could help reignite global oil demand. While New Delhi has not shown its full hand in revealing its intentions, the first reports that SPRs might … More »

    Reuters - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 11:35 AM IST
  • Strike hits Indian banks, but treasury functions normal

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    Reuters - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 10:36 AM IST
  • Nikkei erases gains and slips after BOJ's easing decision

    Japan's Nikkei share average erased earlier gains and slipped on Friday after the Bank of Japan eased monetary policy but not to the degree that many in the market had expected. The Nikkei fell 1.3 percent ... … More »

    Reuters - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 9:33 AM IST
  • Key Indian equity indices trade in red

    Mumbai, July 29 (IANS) Key Indian equity market indices opened in the red on Friday following decline in crude prices and Asian markets trading lower on account of the pending Bank of Japan's decision ... … More »

    IANS - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 9:30 AM IST
  • Anglo American rebuffs merger interest from Anil Agarwal - Bloomberg

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    Reuters - Fri 29 Jul, 2016 9:23 AM IST

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