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  1. July 10, 2014

    Banco Popular pulls €750m coco bond sale

    Banco Popular’s decision to pull a planned €750m contingent convertible sale citing poor market conditions on Thursday has...

  2. FT Alphaville

    June 20, 2014

    Fun with banks' fair value (and DTAs)

    Citi analysts have read 38 European banks’ annual reports for last year. People who value their sanity are not supposed to...

  1. April 4, 2014

    Banco Popular in talks over Citibank’s Spanish retail units

    Banco Popular revealed on Friday that it is in talks to buy Citibank’s Spanish credit card and retail banking business, the...

  2. January 12, 2014

    Investors warm to Spanish banks

    A gulf is opening between the cost of funding for Spanish lenders and their less trusted Italian counterparts. The two...

  3. July 26, 2013

    Caixabank and Banco Popular reveal jump in bad loans

    Spain’s financial crisis and property bust continue to weigh heavily on the country’s banking sector, as both Caixabank and...

  4. beyondbrics

    July 22, 2013

    Colombia's Grupo Aval to buy BBVA Panama in latest move in Central America

    In another example of Colombian banks using their local dominance as a base for expansion into Central America, Grupo Aval,...

  5. beyondbrics

    June 27, 2013

    Colombia's Grupo Aval expands in Guatemala

    Colombian banks’ steady march into Central America continued this week with Grupo Aval, the country’s largest bank, closing...

  6. beyondbrics

    May 30, 2013

    Colombia's top bank heads to Wall St

    Colombia’s Grupo Aval is on its way to Wall St. The country’s biggest banking group by assets intends to list on the New...

  7. March 19, 2013

    Iliad rallies as earnings beat forecasts

    Shares in Iliad, the French telecoms operator owned by billionaire Xavier Niel, rallied even as it reported net income fell...

  8. March 5, 2013

    No buyer found for Catalunya Banc

    The Spanish authorities have failed again to find a buyer for Catalunya Banc, the troubled lender nationalised last year,...

  9. February 1, 2013

    Netherlands rescues SNS in €3.7bn bailout

    Another Dutch bank nationalisation, spiralling property losses in Spain and vast writedowns at France’s third-biggest bank...

  10. February 1, 2013

    Bad loans still hurting Spain’s banks

    The legacy of Spain’s property bubble continues to weigh heavily on its banking sector as provisions against bad loans ate...

  11. January 7, 2013

    European banks rally as Basel rules eased

    European banking stocks surged on news that lenders have won more flexible liquidity requirements. There was widespread...

  12. December 13, 2012

    Lenders invest €430m in Spain’s ‘bad bank’

    A group of domestic lenders have invested €430m in equity into Spain’s state-run bad bank which Madrid hopes will clear...

  13. FT Alphaville

    November 12, 2012

    So Popular it just can't stop buying itself

    Spain’s Popular bank has got backing for a €2.5bn rights issue. But here’s the thing we think deserves a touch more...

  14. November 10, 2012

    Steep discount on Banco Popular rights issue

    MADRID, November 10 – Spain’s Banco Popular had to discount its €2.5bn ($3.2bn) rights issue much more than expected in...

  15. November 8, 2012

    Banco Popular gets backing for share sale

    Banco Popular has secured €8bn in underwriting commitments from investment banks for its planned €2.5bn share sale as the...

  16. November 5, 2012

    Ryanair shares defy weak Eurofirst

    Global economic weakness and subdued consumer confidence had little impact on Ryanair ’s first-half results and sent the...

  17. October 19, 2012

    Carrefour rises on Colombia retreat

    Wärtsilä, the Finnish engineering group, made its biggest weekly gain in nearly three and a half years after announcing...

  18. October 5, 2012

    Letter from Lex – bankers and dealmakers

    VVL may sound like a bad acronym from a dating advertisement, but the great banking re-regulation has given it a new...

  19. October 1, 2012

    Banco Popular aims to raise €2.5bn

    Banco Popular, Spain’s sixth largest lender by assets, will attempt to raise €2.5bn in an emergency share sale as it battles...

  20. October 1, 2012

    Banco Popular hit by refusal to seek aid

    Banco Popular fell sharply as Spain’s sixth-biggest lender refused to take key rescue funds to bolster its capital base. The...

  21. September 30, 2012

    Spain stress tests fail to dispel clouds

    Is it enough? That was the question on the lips of Spanish bank watchers over the weekend, following news on Friday that the...

  22. September 28, 2012

    Spain’s banks need €60bn, says report

    Spanish banks will need almost €60bn in new capital, according to the results of an independently conducted stress test of...

  23. September 27, 2012

    Ibex slips as traders search for clarity

    Madrid stocks slipped into negative territory as Spain’s government revealed much-anticipated details of its budget. Traders...

  24. September 6, 2012

    Bourses in Spain and Italy rally

    Banking stocks rebounded to notch their biggest one-day gains since the start of the year as investors gave European Central...

  25. July 23, 2012

    Spanish and Italian bank stocks tumble

    Investors targeted ING and its exposure to Spain as concerns about the country’s rising government bond yields prompted...

  26. July 6, 2012

    Volkswagen rides high as banks falter

    Volkswagen topped European stock market leader boards this week, providing a bright spot against wider concerns about global...

  27. June 28, 2012

    Libor fixing fears reach eurozone banks

    Banks were Europe’s worst performing stocks on Thursday, amid growing worries about the implications of investigations into...

  28. June 26, 2012

    Buyback plan lifts Adecco as bourses stutter

    Reports that Mexican multi-billionaire Carlos Slim was close to acquiring a controlling stake in KPN sent shares in the...

  29. FT Alphaville

    June 26, 2012

    The Spanish bank buy-back riddle

    So, this is a bit odd. Why would some Spanish banks, which have such high capital needs right now, have been engaged in...

  30. June 23, 2012

    Spanish stress test bars foreign banks

    This week’s stress test of Spanish banks excluded foreign-owned lenders and a few exceptional domestic ones, such as the...

  31. June 20, 2012

    Telecom Italia gains on spin-off talk

    Rumours over deal activity propelled some of Europe’s biggest gaining stocks on Wednesday. Telecom Italia led gains across...

  32. June 12, 2012

    Bourses gain but mood remains subdued

    Investors maintained a nervous watch on Europe’s periphery on Tuesday, sending Italian and Greek indices falling, while...

  33. June 10, 2012

    Riding the eurozone crisis

    Kames Capital’s £63m Absolute Return Bond fund has delivered a 2.1 per cent return in its first eight months in spite of the...

  34. May 30, 2012

    Banking losses lead Europe down

    Equities across Europe on Wednesday suffered their biggest losses in a week, as investors concerned about Spain’s banking...

  35. FT Alphaville

    May 30, 2012

    The 6am Cut London

    The ECB has rejected Spain’s plan for Bankia, telling Madrid that it would be in danger of breaching an EU ban on “monetary...

  36. May 29, 2012

    Banks draw Ibex 35 to nine-year low

    Investors sold Spanish banking stocks for a second day amid growing concern that Madrid would be not be able to prop up the...

  37. May 28, 2012

    Cameron in eurozone contingency talks

    David Cameron on Monday summoned top policy makers to discuss contingency plans for an implosion of the eurozone, as Spanish...

  38. May 17, 2012

    Bankia hit by report of withdrawals

    Jittery investors sent shares in Spain’s Bankia plunging more than a quarter on Thursday morning, on concerns that customers...

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