Aix-en-Provence, France, July 3 (Reuters) – Greece’s debt
crisis risks is clouding the outlook for stock market listings
after a flurry of flotations in the first half of the year, the
head of Paris’ stock market Anthony Attia said in an interview
Though uncertainty over Greece has fuelled volatile trading,
so far it has not hit initial public offers like investment fund
Eurazeo’s flotation last month of rental car company Europcar.
PARIS (Reuters) – Encouraged by years of central bank easing, investors are ploughing too much cash into unproductive and increasingly speculative investments while shunning businesses building economic growth, the OECD warned on Wednesday.
In its first Business and Finance Outlook, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development highlighted a growing divergence between investors rushing into ever riskier assets while companies remain too risk-averse to make investments.
PARIS (Reuters) – European telecoms group Altice’s (ATCE.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) bid for Bouygues Telecom risks creating a French operator that is “too big to fail” and that could threaten jobs, France’s economy minister said on Monday, hardening his government’s opposition.
The companies confirmed earlier that an offer has been submitted, sending share prices up sharply across the sector as investors hoped consolidation in the French mobile market would end a three-year-old price war.
SAN FRANCISCO/PARIS (Reuters) – Russian hackers linked to the Kremlin could be behind one of the biggest attacks to date on televised communications, which knocked French station TV5Monde off air in April, sources familiar with France’s inquiry said.
A French judicial source told Reuters that the investigators are “leaning towards the lead of Russian hackers,” confirming a report in French magazine L’Express.
PARIS/ATHENS, June 2 (Reuters) – Greece’s leftist government
has put forward first proposals for pension reform as debt talks
with international creditors reach a crunch point this week with
Athens’ cash running out, the European Union’s economics chief
said on Tuesday.
The report came after the leaders of Germany, France, the
European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the
European Central Bank agreed at an emergency meeting in Berlin
on Monday night to work with “real intensity” to try to wrap up
the long-running negotiations in the coming days.
PARIS, May 6 (Reuters) – Societe Generale and
Credit Agricole joined bigger French rival BNP Paribas
on Wednesday in posting stronger first quarter
earnings on firm revenues from investment banking.
Brisk financial market trading and booming corporate bond
issuance helped the trio of French banks offset lacklustre
performances in their domestic retail banking markets.
PARIS (Reuters) – French firms traditionally hooked on bank loans are increasingly turning to private debt placements, joining rivals in the United States and Germany where similar markets for loans sold by a company to a single or small group of investors have long thrived.
For mid-sized companies less able to tap mainstream bond markets, private placements open up the possibility of borrowing longer-term at relatively low rates, while for lenders such as insurance companies they appeal at a time of rock-bottom bond yields.
PARIS (Reuters) – Top BNP Paribas (BNPP.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) banker Francois Villeroy de Galhau emerged as a possible candidate to replace the retiring governor of the Bank of France on Tuesday as he was named to lead a new state-sponsored investment drive.
The naming of Villeroy de Galhau to a French public service role could help allay any domestic political objections further down the line to the Socialist government picking a commercial banker to replace Christian Noyer when he retires this year.
PARIS (Reuters) – The co-pilot of a Germanwings jet that crashed in the French Alps increased the airplane’s speed before it crashed killing all 150 people on board, according to French investigators.
France’s BEA crash investigation agency said on Friday it was still reconstructing the flight, but the chilling new detail from a second ‘black box’ data recorder appeared to corroborate prosecutors’ suggestions that the co-pilot acted deliberately.
PARIS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Europe’s second-biggest insurer
AXA posted a 12 percent rise in 2014 net profit thanks
to lower costs and raised its dividend, sending its shares to
their highest since the start of the financial crisis.
Despite low interest rates pressuring insurers’ investment
revenues, analysts saw room for the company to raise its
dividend further in the future.