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    Investing in the energy industry now is a little like catching a falling knife. Oil prices have been volatile after their dive last year halved their value. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks. Given where oil prices are and how they keep moving, it's difficult to put your money into oilfield services.

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    Move over Meerkat, there's a new player in the livestreaming space. Periscope, acquired by Twitter in January, lets users live broadcast from their mobile devices. Similar to Meerkat, users can live broadcast on Periscope by downloading the iOS app and connecting through Twitter.

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    Sale ends nearly decade-old relationship. DUBAI--Borse Dubai Thursday said it has sold its entire stake of nearly 17.4% in the London Stock Exchange Group (LDNXF), a day after launching the share sale that ends an almost decade-old relationship. In a brief statement, Borse Dubai said it has sold its entire remaining share holding in the LSE Group through a block sale managed by BofA Merrill Lynch, Barclays Bank and Nomura International.

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    Haversham Holdings Plc said it would buy British Car Auctions Ltd from U.S. buyout group Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for about 1.23 billion pounds in a cash- and-stock deal. Haversham, a vehicle set up to buy companies in the automotive sector, will fund the deal through a 1.03 billion pound share placement, a 200 million pound loan and by issuing 69.5 million new shares.

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    * Plant in western India to double local production. * Ford to introduce three new products in next 12-18 months. By Aditi Shah. Ford Motor Co (F) plans to triple exports from India with a $1 billion plant that will be one of its most heavily automated in Asia, offsetting slower sales inside the country with a push to sell more local production abroad.

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    H.J. Heinz's blockbuster deal to absorb Kraft Foods Group (KRFT) at a valuation of about $55 billion works out to a multiple of nearly 23 times Kraft's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. That valuation is based on Kraft's market cap of about $36 billion at Tuesday's closing stock price of $61.33 per share. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks.

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    NEW YORK-- The Wall Street deal engine is in overdrive. Corporate mergers are seeing one of their best starts to the year since the 2008 financial crisis sucked the air out of what had been a high-octane boom in corporate wheeling and dealing. But signs that corporate executives are no longer gun-shy about deal making is becoming increasingly evident.

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    A recent settlement between the New York Attorney General and three national credit-reporting agencies will buy time for millions of Americans struggling to determine how much they owe for their medical treatment. Yet the terms of the agreement won't go into effect right away, and when they do consumers will still need to monitor their credit reports vigilantly. Earlier this month, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a sweeping settlement with the three...

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    Investment funds KKR and CVC Capital Partners have submitted the top bids for Slovenian brewery Pivovarna Lasko, the daily newspaper Finance reported on Thursday, citing unofficial sources. It said three other bidders, reportedly investment funds Bain Capital, Mid Europa Partners and Dutch brewer Heineken, were asked to improve their bids.

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    (Adds futures prices, company news) LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) - European shares were expected to extend the previous session's sharp sell-off on Thursday, mirroring losses in the United States and Asia where technology-related stocks fell sharply. At 0712 GMT, futures for the Euro STOXX 50, Germany's DAX and France's CAC were down 0.7 to 1.3 percent. "A cacophony of bearish news in the form of weak U.S. data, Grexit jitters and an escalation of fighting in Yemen all conspired to bring markets down yesterday and there is no let-up in the bearish sentiment this morning," Capital Spreads trader Jonathan Sudaria wrote in a note. Greece failed in a bid on Wednesday to secure a quick cash payment from the euro zone rescue fund to help stave off potential bankruptcy next month, while data showed U.S. business investment spending plans fell for a sixth straight month in February. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 fell 1.1 percent to 1,586.96 points on Wednesday, led lower by tech stocks that were hit by a sell-off in their U.S. peers. The STOXX Europe 600 Technology Index fell 2.9 percent, with traders citing concerns over weak computer sales as weighing on the U.S technology sector. U.S. stocks fell 1.6 to 2.4 percent on Wednesday, while Japan's Nikkei share average dropped 1.4 percent on Thursday as investors sold semi-conductor and other hi-tech shares. Energy stocks will be in focus as Brent crude oil shot up nearly 6 percent on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen, but the benchmark later came off its high as importers saw no immediate threat to supplies. COMPANY NEWS LUFTHANSA Cockpit voice recordings from the German jet that crashed in the Alps showed one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not get back in before the plane went down, killing everyone onboard, the New York Times reported. AIRBUS, DASSAULT AVIATION Airbus said it raised 1.64 billion euros from the sale of a 17.5 percent stake in Dassault Aviation, with institutional investors paying 1,030 euros per share. Dassault shares, suspended on Wednesday, are set to resume trading on Thursday. LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE Borse Dubai, the biggest investor in the London Stock Exchange, is selling its stake in the British exchange, which will raise around 1.5 billion pounds ($2.23 billion). GLENCORE The company has decided to close its West Wallsend underground coal mine in Australia in 2016, several months earlier than planned, saying poor coal prices meant it would not make sense to extend the life of the mine. INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES GROUP, AER LINGUS GROUP Chief executive of Etihad Airways has indicated that the Abu Dhabi-based airline would be willing to sell its stake in Aer Lingus, if the Irish government backs the offer made by International Airlines Group for the Dublin-based carrier, the Financial Times reported. BOLLORE, HAVAS French businessman Vincent Bollore's holding group said it was selling a 17 percent stake in media group Havas to improve liquidity in the stock, reducing its holding to around 66 percent. CREDIT AGRICOLE Credit Lyonnais is considering securitising 11 billion euros worth of home loans in May, Les Echos newspaper reported, citing inside sources. The bank did not immediately respond to a request for comment. RIO TINTO The head of the world's second-largest iron ore miner dismissed as "harebrained" a suggestion by smaller rival Fortescue Metals Group that miners should cap output of the steelmaking raw material to boost prices. DEUTSCHE WOHNEN The real estate company forecast its funds from operations (FFO) would rise to at least 250 million euros ($274.4 million) this year, compared with 217.6 million in 2014. ACCIONA Acciona said on Wednesday it had signed a 1.8 billon euro syndicated loan to refinance current commitments and to fund "general corporate needs." TELEFONICA Telefonica announced on Wednesday it would raise 3.0 billion euros in a rights issue to help fund the purchase of Vivendi's Brazilian unit GVT. SMA SOLAR Germany's largest solar company by sales, reported a 179.3 million euro net loss for 2014, hit by plunging demand for its inverters in key European markets. EUROPEAN COMPANIES REPORTING: easyJet plc Pre-Close Trading Statement Release Q4 2014 Deutsche Postbank AG Earnings Release Q4 2014 Solarworld AG Earnings Release Full Year 2014 SMA Solar Technology AG Earnings Release Q4 2014 Telefonica Deutschland Holding AG Earnings Release SuperGroup Capital Markets Update Half Year 2015 Daily Mail and General Trust Trading Update WH Ireland Group PLC Annual Shareholders Meeting U.S. COMPANIES REPORTING : Q2 2015 Accenture Q3 2015 ConAgra Foods Inc Q4 2014 GameStop Corp MACROECONOMIC DATA/EVENTS : 0700 DE GfK Consumer Sentiment 0930 GB Retail Sales 1230 US Initial Jobless Claims 1345 US Markit Svcs PMI Flash ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0622 GMT: LAST PCT CHG NET CHG S&P 500 2,061.05 -1.46 % -30.45 NIKKEI 19471.12 -1.39 % -275.08 MSCI ASIA EX-JP 483.88 -1.01 % -4.92 EUR/USD 1.0983 0.13 % 0.0014 USD/JPY 118.83 -0.54 % -0.6500 10-YR US TSY YLD 1.913 -- -0.01 10-YR BUND YLD 0.228 -- 0.01 SPOT GOLD $1,200.96 0.48 % $5.71 US CRUDE $51.14 3.92 % 1.93 > Asia shares skid; oil climbs on Yemen escalation > Wall St drops as biotechs, semis sink Nasdaq > Nikkei tumbles as semi-conductor shares take hit > Yields rise after weak five-year note sale > Dollar drifts lower, undermined by soft U.S. data > Gold extends gains in longest rally since 2012, weak US data aids > London copper underpinned by Chile floods, mine closures > Oil prices surge after Saudi air strikes in Yemen (Reporting by Atul Prakash)

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    Royal Bank Of Scotland Group Plc (RBS) : * Final pricing of offering of shares in Citizens Financial Group (CFG). * Offer comprises 135 million shares, or 24.7 pct, of Citizens common stock at a public offering price per share of $23.75. * Gross proceeds realised by RBSG will be $3.2 billion with cash proceeds being used for general business purposes.

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    Ford Motor Co (F) plans to triple exports from India with a $1 billion plant that will be one of its most heavily automated in Asia, offsetting slower sales inside the country with a push to sell more local production abroad. The factory, opened on Thursday in the western state of Gujarat, will nearly double Ford's production capacity in India to 610,000 engines and 440,000 vehicles a year.

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    March 26 - The following corporate finance-related stories were reported by media: * Borse Dubai is selling its remaining 17.4 percent stake in London Stock Exchange via an accelerated book building process, a source familiar with the situation said on Wednesday.

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    H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods Group (KRFT), two of the most iconic names in the nation’ s kitchens, said Wednesday they would merge through an estimated $45 billion deal to form one of the world’ s biggest food empires.The new company, Kraft Heinz, would be stuffed with long-lasting staples of the family meal, with Heinz’ s ketchup joining Kraft’ s Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Oscar Mayer,...

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    H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods Group (KRFT), two of the most iconic names in the nation’ s kitchens, said Wednesday they would merge through an estimated $45 billion deal to form one of the world’ s biggest food empires.The new company, Kraft Heinz, would be stuffed with long-lasting staples of the family meal, with Heinz’ s ketchup joining Kraft’ s Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Oscar Mayer,...

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    H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods Group (KRFT), two of the most iconic names in the nation’ s kitchens, said Wednesday they would merge through an estimated $45 billion deal to form one of the world’ s biggest food empires.The new company, Kraft Heinz, would be stuffed with long-lasting staples of the family meal, with Heinz’ s ketchup joining Kraft’ s Jell-O, Kool-Aid, Oscar Mayer,...

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    When Kraft Foods Group merges with H.J. Heinz Co, they will share a name, a central place in the American kitchen and two headquarters near Chicago and Pittsburgh. But that dual office structure may soon change, according to some industry watchers. "There is going to be a lot of headcount reduction," said Bob Goldin, executive vice president of food consultancy Technomic.

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    The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. The Times. DANGER OF GREXIT HAS RISEN, OSBORNE WARNS. The risk of an accidental but devastating Greek exit from the eurozone has increased in recent days because of the "palpable ill-will" between the two sides, British finance minister George Osborne warned. CBI BOSS DEMANDS QUICKFIRE TRANSATLANTIC TRADE DEAL.