According to Reuters ING (NYSE:ING) may disconnect the sale of its $1 billion Hong Kong insurance unit from other Asian operations that are on the block. The move could render the unit more attractive to a buyer focused on that region, while allowing ING to accept lower prices at auctions of the S. Korean and Japanese businesses which have met with only a lukewarm response.
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ResCap is facing a probe from the SEC for alleged impropriety in loan originations and underwriting and also likely fraud in the sale of mortgage bonds. The probe came to light when the SEC filed in court to compel printer R.R. Donnelley & Sons (NASDAQ:RRD) to hand over documents it prepared for underwriters of the bonds.
Arbitration between Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) and Citigroup (NYSE:C) has been extended for a further period up to September 10 in order to arrive at a mutually acceptable price for the purchase of another 15 percent tranche in the Smith Barney brokerage JV. While Morgan Stanley values the original business at $9 billion, Citi sees the same at $23 billion, a rather wide disparity that has to be settled by arbitrator Perella Weinberg.
JA Solar (NASDAQ:JASO), Chinese manufacturer of mono-crystalline solar cells, reports an EPS of -$0.37 for its second quarter, which is off estimates by $0.23. Revenues are down 32.3 percent y-on-y at $284.4 million, which misses by $ 8 million
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