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Exclusive: China’s Ant aims for $200 billion price tag in private share sales – sources

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HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) – Ant Financial [ANTFIN.UL] shares are being offered privately at levels which value the Chinese financial giant at $200 billion, two people with knowledge of the discussions said, lifting it up the ranks of the most valuable unlisted companies. FILE PHOTO: Employees are seen at the reception......
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Which company just hit $1 trillion? Google it.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – As Google-parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) became on Thursday the fourth U.S. company to top a market value of more than $1 trillion, some funds holding its shares are wondering whether now is the time to cash in on the stock’s extraordinary gains. FILE PHOTO: The logo......
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U.S. clean energy investment hits new record despite Trump administration views

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LONDON (Reuters) – Clean energy investment in the United States surged to a fresh record of $55.5 billion last year, despite the government’s attempts to roll back supportive policies, a report showed on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: File photo: A wind farm is shown in Mojave, California, U.S., Nov 8, 2019.......
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S&P 500 crosses 3,300 on Morgan Stanley earnings, tech rally

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(Reuters) – U.S. stock indexes hit record highs on Thursday, with the S&P 500 crossing the 3,300 mark for the first time, as upbeat earnings from Morgan Stanley and a tech rally added to optimism from an initial U.S.-China trade deal. Morgan Stanley’s (MS.N) shares jumped 5.6% after the Wall......
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Wall St set for fresh highs on trade deal, Morgan Stanley earnings

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(Reuters) – U.S. stocks were poised to open at record highs on Thursday, after the United States and China signed an initial trade agreement and Morgan Stanley wrapped up big bank earnings on a strong note. The benchmark S&P 500 .SPX was set to open above 3,300 mark for the......
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Trade deal touts financial sector wins; China to scrap securities business cap faster

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WASHINGTON/HONG KONG (Reuters) – The long-awaited U.S.-China trade deal touted new wins for U.S. companies looking to access China’s $40 trillion financial sector, but many of the changes were already in the works with Beijing stepping up the pace of opening up in the past year. Under the deal, China......
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Factbox: Foreign investment banks with majority stakes in China units

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – The world’s biggest investment banks will be able to wholly own their China securities businesses from April 1 as the U.S.- China Phase 1 trade deal accelerates a previous deadline for removing foreign ownership caps by nine months. FILE PHOTO: A UBS advertisement is displayed on......
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Dow closes above 29,000 after China and U.S. sign trade truce

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(Reuters) – The Dow ended above 29,000 for the first time on Wednesday and the S&P 500 also closed at a record high after the United States and China signed a Phase 1 trade agreement and pledged to resolve a tariff dispute that has roiled Wall Street for over a......
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Wall Street set to open lower as investors weigh trade deal, earnings

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(Reuters) – U.S. stocks were set to open lower on Wednesday ahead of the release of details of an initial U.S.-China trade deal, with investors also digesting the latest earnings reports from big U.S. banks. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in......
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Goldman Sachs profit misses estimates on higher costs, weak M&A

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(Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) on Wednesday reported quarterly profit that missed analysts’ estimates by a wide margin, hurt by weakness in its investment banking business and higher operating costs. FILE PHOTO: The ticker symbol and logo for Goldman Sachs is displayed on a screen on the floor......
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Wells Fargo’s new chief promises more change as profit slumps

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(Reuters) – Wells Fargo & Co’s (WFC.N) profit slumped 55% in the fourth quarter as new boss Charles Scharf set aside another $1.5 billion for legal costs related to the bank’s sales scandal and promised “fundamental changes.” FILE PHOTO: A Wells Fargo logo is seen at the SIBOS banking and......
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JPMorgan profit gets boost from trading, underwriting

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FILE PHOTO: A view of the exterior of the JP Morgan Chase & Co. corporate headquarters in New York City May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files (Reuters) – JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), the largest U.S. bank, posted a 21% rise in quarterly profit on Tuesday, driven by strength in its......
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India’s Supreme Court asks crime fighting agency to seize local assets of JPMorgan: report

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FILE PHOTO: A J.P. Morgan logo is seen in New York City, U.S. January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s Supreme Court on Monday directed the government’s crime fighting agency to seize local assets of JPMorgan in relation to some transactions the bank engaged in with a local......
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The real price of Occidental’s ‘costless’ oil hedge

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(Reuters) – In just 12 days, Occidental Petroleum Corp pulled off one of the biggest hedges against falling oil prices ever placed by a U.S. energy company. It characterized the transaction as “costless” but a Reuters review of regulatory filings, market data and interviews shows that’s not the whole story.......
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As businesses hold back, U.S. consumers seen boosting big banks’ profits

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Consumer lending is expected to propel profits for big U.S. banks when they unveil fourth-quarter results this week, though stress in corporate lending and uneven capital markets may cast a shadow over results. FILE PHOTO: Signs of JP Morgan Chase Bank, Citibank and Wells Fargo &......
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Goldman Sachs finally launches app for online bank Marcus

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FILE PHOTO: The ticker symbol and logo for Goldman Sachs is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo NEW YORK (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc launched a long-awaited app this week for......
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China’s Geely in talks to take stake in Britain’s Aston Martin: FT, source

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(Reuters) – China’s Geely Automobile Holding (0175.HK) is in talks with Aston Martin (AML.L) management and investors about taking a stake in the iconic British luxury carmaker, according to a source familiar with the discussions and the Financial Times on Friday. FILE PHOTO: An Aston Martin logo is pictured at......
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Goldman Sachs renames business units ahead of quarterly results

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FILE PHOTO: The ticker symbol and logo for Goldman Sachs is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N) said on Tuesday it renamed its main business units......
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Left’s Citron hedge fund posts 43% gain in first year

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BOSTON (Reuters) – Andrew Left, who has long targeted companies that he thinks are over-valued through his work at Citron Research, told investors on Monday that his new hedge fund returned 43% after fees in 2019, its first year in business. FILE PHOTO: Andrew Left, the founder of Citron Research,......
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Wall Street rattled by Middle East tensions, energy shares jump

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(Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell for a second session on Monday, led by financial and technology stocks, as escalating tensions between the United States and Iran pushed investors toward safe-haven assets such as gold and government bonds. FILE PHOTO: A trader works at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in......

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