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EU watchdogs are preparing to impose multi-million euro fines on six banks, including Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC, where traders are suspected of having tried to manipulate Euribor interest rates.

Merger of two exchanges is blocked by EU Commission

London breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as the European Commission confirmed the view of EU regulators that the controversial merger of Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, should be blocked.

London cheer as merger of Deutsche Börse and NYSE is blocked

London breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as the European Commission confirmed the view of EU regulators that the controversial merger of Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext, the owner of the New York Stock Exchange, should be blocked.

Market mergers at risk

Politics is again blocking attempts at consolidation among stock exchanges

New regulation 'will hinder lending'

Delays and uncertainty over new financial regulations risk upending long-term investments such as new mining projects or international trade, the head of Barclays' investment bank has warned.

Europe set to block New York Stock exchange merger

The odds of a merger between the stock exchanges of New York and Europe dramatically lengthened last night after it emerged the European Commission competition regulator has recommended blocking the deal.

Letters: The poor and the cuts

How Lib Dems let down the poor

Corzine to face Congress on MF Global

Mr Corzine's appearance threatens to embarrass Barack Obama, for whom he is a fundraiser

David Prosser: Derivatives timebomb is still ticking

Outlook Three years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers and AIG, regulators still have not found a way to keep track of the opaque derivatives market that paralysed the world's financial system in the wake of those corporate disasters.

Form of Ecstasy may help to combat cancer

Modified forms of the drug Ecstasy may be effective against leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma, early research has suggested.

Geithner tells countries to avoid soft regulation

Tim Geithner, the US Treasury Secretary, yesterday attacked the UK's lax pre-crisis financial regulation as he warned countries against adopting soft rules to lure new business.

Banks face EC inquiry into crisis-linked derivatives

Competition investigation will focus on the market for credit default swaps

Stephen Foley: Memo to NYSE: steer clear of Nasdaq

US Outlook: Nasdaq doesn't really care whether it ends up owning the New York Stock Exchange.

'Beano' Levene charged with 11 counts of fraud

Bankrupt city financier Nicholas "Beano" Levene was charged with a string of offences including fraud, money laundering and false accounting by police in London yesterday.

Rival Nasdaq examines possible joint bid for market-leading NYSE

Investors are betting on a counter-bid for NYSE Euronext, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, which has agreed to merge with Germany's Deutsche Börse, amid talk that its smaller US rival Nasdaq OMX could make a takeover approach of its own.

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