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UPDATE 1-BHP targets deeper cost cuts to combat commodities rout

* To build cash before returning capital to shareholders (Adds CEO comments)

BHP targets deeper cost cuts to combat commodities rout

MELBOURNE, Nov 24 - BHP Billiton stepped up its cost-cutting plans on Monday as the world's biggest miner battles a sharp slide in iron ore, coal and oil prices.

Company Outlooks, 10:11pm GMT

Italian bank Intesa eyes UK's Coutts International - FT

Nov 23 - Italy's retail bank Intesa SanPaolo is looking at a possible bid for Coutts International, the wealth management arm of Royal Bank of Scotland, the Financial Times reported.

Regulatory News 7:28pm GMT

Intesa Sanpaolo mulling bid for Coutts - FT report

MILAN, Nov 23 - Italy's biggest retail bank Intesa Sanpaolo is considering making a bid for Coutts, the wealth management arm of Royal Bank of Scotland, the Financial Times said on Sunday.

7:06pm GMT

Aviva, Friends Life 5.6 bln pound merger plan makes sense -investors

* Deal to boost Friends' shares, may deter dividend hunters

Regulatory News 6:56pm GMT

Visa sees Visa Europe option now costing more than $10 billion

Nov 21 - Visa Inc, the world's largest credit and debit card company, said it might have to pay more than $10 billion to buy its London-based European licensee, Visa Europe Ltd, if its owners exercise their option to sell it.

Regulatory News 22 Nov 2014

UPDATE 3-Aviva in £5.6 bln deal to buy Friends Life after pensions shake-up

* Board of Friends Life has indicated will recommend offer

21 Nov 2014

RPT-Aviva agrees to possible 5.6 bln stg deal to buy Friends Life

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IPOs, 21 Nov 2014

Korea Gas looking to sell down part of stake in Canadian LNG project

VANCOUVER, Nov 21 - Korea Gas Corp, one of the world's top liquefied natural gas buyers, is looking to sell down some of its stake in the up to C$40 billion ($35.6 billion) LNG Canada project, a spokeswoman for the project said.

21 Nov 2014

BRIEF-Aviva, Friends Life confirm in merger talks

* Boards of Aviva and Friends Life note recent press speculation and confirm that they have reached agreement on key financial terms of a possible all-share combination

21 Nov 2014

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