* Shares down 1.8% (Add CEO comment, analyst, shares, detail)
A buyout consortium led by Blackstone sent a frisson through debt markets this week as it took advantage of a booming appetite for bonds to push through aggressive terms on financing for its leveraged buyout of Merlin Entertainments.
The $100 billion Vision Fund of Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp has in just over two years burnt through much of its capital investing in money-losing, late-stage tech startups in areas as varied as autonomous driving, healthcare and finance.
* UK parliament to vote on new Brexit deal on Saturday (Adds quote, details; updates prices)
Gold prices dipped on Friday as investors booked profit after the European Union forged a new Brexit deal with Britain, though a floor was kept under prices by uncertainties over trade negotiations and the global economy.
Turkey’s lira firmed some 1% against the dollar on Friday, as the prospect of severe sanctions from the United States waned after Ankara agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria.
* Strong Asia demand for key Russian grades drives up premiums
Copper prices gave up earlier gains to trade lower on Friday as disappointing data from China showed the impact of the protracted U.S-China war on its economy, but easing trade tensions and hopes of a soft Brexit cushioned losses.
* Refinitiv deal to go through at end of 2020 (Adds details on clearing, Refinitiv deal, share movement)
European shares fell on Friday, dragged down by auto stocks after Renault’s sales warning while a sharp contraction in China’s economy exacerbated worries about slowing global growth.
Japan’s Nikkei hit a 10-month high on Friday after high-tech companies jumped on upbeat earnings from Taiwan’s TSMC while the broader market ended lower, succumbing to profit-taking after weaker-than-expected Chinese GDP data.
Saudi Aramco has delayed the planned launch of its initial public offering in hopes that pending third-quarter results will bolster investor confidence in the world’s largest oil firm, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Disinformation campaigns helped lead to the assassination of Martin Luther King, the daughter of the U.S. civil rights champion said on Thursday after the head of Facebook said social media should not factcheck political advertisements.
Oct 18 – London Stock Exchange Group reported higher-than-expected third-quarter income on Friday, driven by higher clearing activity.
* Q3 operating profit beats forecast (Adds analyst comment, detail)