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Afren Plc. (AFRNF.PK, AFR.L), an Africa-focused oil and gas company, said Thursday that following an improvement in the security situation in the border region of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the firm has begun the process of returning staffing levels to normal at the Barda Rash field. This is with...

Stolt-Nielsen Limited (SOIEF.OB, SNSAY.PK) reported that its net profit attributable to shareholders for the third quarter ended August 31, 2014 declined to $14.56 million or $0.25 per share, from $21.08 million or $0.36 per share in the same quarter last year. But, quarterly revenue rose to $545.43...

TomTom NV (TMOAF.PK), a Netherlands-based supplier of navigation and mapping products, said it has agreed to extend its supply of traffic information to Toyota Motor Europe beyond 2016 to 2018. Toyota drivers will have access to TomTom Traffic and Places across the entire range. TomTom is a global...

DQ Entertainment Plc. (DQE.L), an entertainment production and distribution company, and Ciwen Kids of Ciwen Media Group, a leader in the distribution and management of international animation properties in China, announced that they have signed a significant content acquisition deal of multiple properties...

Activist investor Starboard Value LP proposed to buy all of the shares in RealD Inc. (RLD), the supplier of 3-D technology to cinemas, that it does not already own for $12 per share in cash. In a letter to the chairman and Chief Executive officer of RealD, Starboard said that the offer represented...

French pharmaceutical firm Ipsen S.A. (IPSEY) announced that Susheel Surpal would step down as its Chief Financial Officer as of October 31, 2014 to pursue new opportunities. The company would communicate the name of his successor shortly. Marc de Garidel, Chairman and Chief Executive of Ipsen, and...

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair Holdings Plc. (RYA.L, RYAAY) reported Thursday that its passenger traffic and load factor for the month of September increased from last year, reflecting lower fares and improving customer experience. Traffic for the month of September rose 5 percent to 8.50 million...

Dollar General Corp. (DG) announced that it has extended its tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc. (FDO) for $80.00 per share in cash, including associated preferred share purchase rights, to 5:00 p.m. New York City time on October 31, 2014, unless further extended....

German conglomerate Bayer AG (BAYZF.PK, BAYRY.PK, BYR.L) Thursday said it is issuing a jumbo bond in 144A/Reg S format with a volume of $7 billion through its subsidiary US unit Bayer U.S. Finance LLC. According to the firm, the successful placement of the U.S.dollar bond was part of the financing of...

Lack of monitoring of the shadow banking system is a risk to financial stability, the International Monetary Fund, or IMF, said late Wednesday. According to the Global Financial report from IMF, shadow banking amounted to around 7 trillion dollars in emerging markets. This is outpacing the growth...

Graña y Montero S.A.A. (GRAM), a Peruvian engineering and Construction company, announced Wednesday the awarding of $187.57 million contract. The company's Chilean subsidiary Vial y Vives - DSD S.A. has received an adjudication letter with the "Buena Pro" for the project denominated 01-OC: "Construction...

Atento S.A. , a provider of customer relationship management and business process outsourcing services in Latin America and Spain, announced late Wednesday the pricing of its initial public offering of 10 million ordinary shares at a price to the public of $15.00 per share. The gross proceeds from...

Starbucks Coffee Canada, affiliated to Coffee retailer Starbucks Corp (SBUX), Thursday announced its plans to serve Fairtrade certified espresso exclusively at participating Starbucks campus stores at Canadian colleges and universities, beginning in spring 2015. The move reflects growing demand for ethically...

Telecom giant AT&T (T) and Amazon Web Services or AWS are working together to extend AT&T NetBond to AWS. Customers will have a new high performing and highly-secure choice to connect to AWS. This includes the ability to scale their network at the same rate as their enterprise-class applications...

General Motors Co. (GM) CEO Mary Barra Wednesday reaffirmed the company's previously announced near-term financial targets. In North America, the company expects to achieve EBIT-adjusted margins of 10 percent in 2016, and expects to return to profitability in Europe in 2016. In China, the company...