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Zillow and Trulia are reportedly near merger agreement

The nation's two biggest real estate websites could soon become one.Zillow Inc. is in talks to buy its largest rival, Trulia Inc., in a deal worth as much as $2 billion, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing sources familiar with the negotiations. Although ... [Published Macon Telegraph - 5 mins ago]
First reported 4 hours ago - Updated 24 mins ago - 13 reports

Google remains silent on $1B Twitch deal reports

Google and Twitch are both remaining silent over a report today that the search giant has signed a US$1 billion deal to acquire the video game streaming platform.A report on VentureBeat by Dean Takahasi said that "sources familiar with the matter" had ... [Published ZDNet - 24 mins ago]
First reported 8 hours ago - Updated 41 mins ago - 13 reports

Rick Perry scores 1,200 Schwab jobs for Texas

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has lured 1,200 Charles Schwab jobs to El Paso and Austin with nearly $6 million in cash grants from a state investment fund.The Texas Enterprise Fund is providing $1.45 million for a new Schwab facility in El Paso, which will create ... [Published San Francisco Chronicle - 41 mins ago]
First reported 14 hours ago - Updated 41 mins ago - 18 reports

Am Law Firms Lead on Breitburn Energy Deal

Breitburn Energy Partners LP is buying Houston-based QR Energy LP for about $1. 6 billion, creating one of the largest master limited partnerships focused on oil exploration and production.The companies estimated the total value of the transaction at ... [Published American Lawyer.com - 41 mins ago]
First reported 16 hours ago - Updated 1 hour ago - 20 reports

European Central Bank Hack Expose...

Cyber criminals have hacked into the European Central Bank's website and stolen one of the bank's online databases which includes customer email addresses and phone numbers. Accordingto the financial institution, no sensitive financial data was compromised ... [Published Media Post - 4 hours ago]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated 1 hour ago - 33 reports

HSBC China PMI: Growth momentum keeps building - Nomura

As noted by Nomura Economists, the strong HSBC China PMI (18-month high) shows that growth momentum continues to build on the continued rollout of easing measures and some improvement in exports.FXStreet (Bali) - As noted by Nomura Economists, the strong ... [Published TeleTrader.com - 3 hours ago]
First reported Jul 24 2014 - Updated 1 hour ago - 7 reports

Acquisition of Intermountain Community Bancorp by Columbia Banking System, Inc. May Not Be in Shareholders' Best Interests

First reported 12 hours ago - Updated 2 hours ago - 14 reports

Legg Mason swoops on Scots fund manager Martin Currie

MARTIN Currie, the 130-year-old Edinburgh fund management company, has been acquired by giant US firm Legg Mason for an undisclosed sum.The sale of the Scottish business ends a five-year period of repositioning and controversy which included regulatory ... [Published The Scotsman - 2 hours ago]
First reported 11 hours ago - Updated 2 hours ago - 12 reports

BofA settles federal claims over drug-trafficking sanctions

Bank of America has agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Treasury Department over claims it may have processed transactions for foreign drug traffickers from 2005 to 2009 in violation of sanctions.The $16.6 million settlement announced Thursday releases ... [Published Charlotte Observer - 2 hours ago]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated 4 hours ago - 42 reports

SEC Steps Up Probe Of Barclays Over Dark Pool Activities As NY State Attorney General Takes Aim At Barclays

The Barclays PLC (LON:BARC)  legal argument, in its motion to dismiss “dark pool” fraud charges filed by New York’s attorney general, may come back to haunt it.In a motion filed on Thursday morning in New York State Supreme Court, the bank said N.Y. Attorney ... [Published International Business Times - 4 hours ago]
First reported 10 hours ago - Updated 5 hours ago - 20 reports

Morgan Stanley agrees to pay $275 million for mortgage bond settlement

Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $275 million to settle a case alleging that Morgan Stanley misled investors about risky mortgage bonds it sold prior to the 2008 financial crisis. Morgan Stanley neither admitted nor denied the allegations A window washer ... [Published Christian Science Monitor - 5 hours ago]
First reported Jul 23 2014 - Updated 7 hours ago - 6 reports

Old Second Bancorp's (OSBC) CEO Bill Skoglund on Q2 2014 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

OperatorGreetings and welcome to the Old Second Bancorp Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. (Operator Instructions). ... [Published Seeking Alpha - 7 hours ago]

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"That's where I think one of the major flaws in this supposed acquisition would be" he said. "If these two combined, (brokers) could pursue the nuclear option" and pull their listings off
"With the diversity of competitive deposit products, including new product Xtra Education Savings launched in April 2014, deposits grew 10.6%" said President Director of CIMB Niaga Arwin in an official statement on Thursday (07/24/2014)
If the two companies combine, "my expectation is that a lot of brokers will say I'm not going send my listings to you anymore. They might put on realtor.com" or stop sharing them with the websites, he said. "I think that's the biggest risk in this merger.''
He had more, though, saying, "Look at Apple, a company that we all admire. I love Apple. I don’t own its shares but I own a lot of their products. I don’t know where they are going to be in three years. It’s a very competitive landscape. They might become obsolete in two to three years as we've seen dozens and dozens of technology companies."

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