Financial Services & Insurance
Zurich Financial Services said it will raise its dividend by 6% as it reported an unexpected slight increase in fourth-quarter net profit despite putting aside $100 million to cover losses from recent floods in Australia.
American International Group sharply increased its claims estimates for insurance policies sold in previous years, a move that will wipe out much of the insurer's operating profit for 2010 but help clean up its balance sheet before a large stock offering in the spring.
The planned merger between NYSE Euronext and Deutsche Börse is a game-changer for the global exchange market. And once again, the London Stock Exchange is being left behind.
Short-selling at the Nasdaq Stock Market fell in the second half of January, according to the latest twice-monthly figures for the exchange.
MetLife profit slumped, but the big life insurer posted a stronger-than-expected gain in operating earnings. Rival Prudential Financial also posted a steep decline in net income and higher-than-expected operating profit.
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