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LSE’s tilt at Russell is a long shot

May 13, 2014

London Stock Exchange is in talks to buy the Seattle-based compiler of small-cap stock indexes for a reported $3 bln. Pushing deeper into data makes sense. Yet LSE must face down rival bidders and sceptical shareholders. It also needs a plan for Russell’s asset-management arm.

Nigerian billionaire’s LSE-quote plan is watershed

April 5, 2012

A mooted London listing for Aliko Dangote’s $11 bln cement group is a milestone for Nigeria and for Africa. The resource-rich continent has seen false starts before, and Dangote’s venture isn’t without risks. But a FTSE 100-sized Nigerian company gives cause for celebration.

Turquoise the right colour for LSE

October 2, 2009

How fitting that the London Stock Exchange should be in pole position to buy Turquoise. After all, the upstart exchange was launched last year by some of the LSE's biggest customers to break its dominant grip on UK share trading. But it would be wrong to dismiss the venture as a complete failure.