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Business 13 Jun 2009 | 12:00 AM

BlackRock agrees to buy Barclays Global Investors

LONDON: BlackRock has agreed to buy Barclays Global Investors (BGI) to create the world's biggest asset manager, in a US$13.5bil deal that British bank Barclays hopes will put to rest concerns about its capital.

Business 12 Jun 2009 | 12:00 AM

BlackRock to buy asset management arm of Barclays for US$13.5bil

LOS ANGELES: After weeks of speculation, U.S. investment manager BlackRock Inc. said Thursday it will purchase the asset management arm of British investment bank Barclays PLC, including its iShares division, for US$13.5 billion in cash and stock.

Business 09 Jun 2009 | 12:00 AM

Barclays confirms having talks with BlackRock

LONDON: Barclays said yesterday it had held talks with US money manager BlackRock on the possible sale of the British bank's asset management arm.

Business 19 May 2009 | 12:00 AM

Oil hovers above US$59 Tuesday on signs recession easing(update)

SINGAPORE: Oil hovered above $59 a barrel Tuesday in Asia after investors took heart from signs the U.S. recession is easing.Benchmark crude for June delivery was up 10 cents to $59.13 a barrel midday in Singapore in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Business 03 May 2009 | 12:00 AM

First quarter shows hint of recovery

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP): First-quarter earnings so far from across the market are coming in better than expected - largely as a result of a very low bar.

Business 25 Mar 2009 | 12:00 AM

Giant bond fund supports Obama’s public-private plan

Bill Gross, the influential manager of the world's largest bond fund, gave the Obama administration's financial stability effort a much-needed endorsement on Monday, saying PIMCO will participate in the public-private plan.

Business 20 Jan 2009 | 12:00 AM

Oil falls below US$35 ahead of busy earnings week

Oil prices fell to below $35 a barrel Monday as investors eyed a slew of U.S. corporate earnings this week for signs of weakening consumer demand amid the worst recession in decades.

Business 19 Jan 2009 | 12:00 AM

Oil falls to near US$36 in Asia Monday

Oil prices fell to near $36 a barrel Monday in Asia as investors eyed a slew of U.S. corporate earnings this week for signs of weakening consumer demand amid the worst recession in decades.

Business 16 Dec 2008 | 12:00 AM

Alleged Madoff fraud has worldwide exposure

The list of investors who say they were duped in one of Wall Street's biggest pyramid scams is growing, snaring some of the world's biggest banking institutions and hedge funds, the super rich and the famous, pensioners and charities.

Business 06 Dec 2008 | 12:00 AM

Federal Reserve takes a US$3 trillion gamble to spur lending

FEDERAL Reserve officials are throwing everything they have into the fight to stabilise financial markets and restore economic growth. In the process, the Fed balance sheet is ballooning to US$3 trillion, if not more.