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INTERVIEW-Bancolombia ready to finance up to $5 bln in infrastructure

BOGOTA, May 25- Bancolombia, Colombia's largest bank by assets, is ready to finance up to $5 billion in infrastructure projects in the Andean country, bank president Carlos Raul Yepes said on Monday. Colombia's government is moving forward with an $18 billion plan to modernize the country's inefficient highway system, a bottleneck which slows exports and...
Source: Reuters | By: Luis Jaime Acosta
UPDATE 2-Charter nears $55 bln deal for Time Warner Cable -sources

May 25- Time Warner Cable Inc is nearing an agreement to be acquired by smaller peer Charter Communications Inc for about $55 billion, combining the second and third largest U.S. cable operators, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. The cash and stock deal values Time Warner Cable at $195 per share, according to the sources, and comes just one month after...
Source: Reuters | By: Liana B. Baker and Greg Roumeliotis
UPDATE 1-Charter nears $55 bln deal for Time Warner Cable -source

May 25- Charter Communications Inc is nearing a $55 billion agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc, combining the third- and second-largest U.S. cable operators, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday. The cash and stock deal, which values Time Warner Cable at $195 per share, comes just one month after Comcast Corp dropped its $45.2 billion merger...
Source: Reuters | By: Liana B. Baker
INTERVIEW-Kazakhstan seeks $3 bln in Chinese loans for copper, aluminium projects

ASTANA, May 25- Kazakhstan is seeking loans from China worth around $3 billion to build two new plants to boost copper and aluminium output in the Central Asian nation, Kazakh Deputy Investment and Development Minister Albert Rau told Reuters in an interview. London- listed Kazakh company KAZ Minerals, among the world's major copper producers, announced in...
Source: Reuters | By: Raushan Nurshayeva
Shanghai stocks see biggest rise in 4 months due to $318 bln investment plan

SHANGHAI, May 25- Shanghai's benchmark stock index posted its biggest gain in four months on Monday, led by infrastructure and transport shares, after Beijing invited private investors to help build $318 billion of projects ranging from highways to tunnels. China's state planning agency on Monday released a list of more than 1,000 proposed projects...
Source: Reuters
China invites private investors to help build $318 bln of projects

SHANGHAI, May 25- China's state planning agency on Monday released a list of more than 1,000 proposed projects totalling 1.97 trillion yuan that it is inviting private investors to help fund, build and operate. As its economic growth slows, China is increasingly turning to PPP, a model not commonly used, to fill a widening funding gap as Beijing clamps down on...
Source: Reuters
UPDATE 2-Microsoft, Salesforce talks fell through on pricing - CNBC

*Microsoft was willing to offer about $55 bln- CNBC. May 22- Microsoft Corp and Salesforce.com Inc held "significant talks" this spring but failed to agree on a price, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter. A potential bidder can go up to $70 billion on the high end and Microsoft, Oracle Corp and Amazon.com Inc are the companies most likely to be suitors,...
Source: Reuters | By: Devika Krishna Kumar and Anya George Tharakan
UPDATE 2-PartnerRe moves to shareholder vote on Axis merger

*PartnerRe says Exor's offer price is "unacceptable". MILAN/NEW YORK, May 22- Bermuda- based reinsurer PartnerRe will ask its shareholders to vote on a merger with Axis Capital Holdings agreed in January, after rival bidder Exor refused to further sweeten its $6.8 billion offer. Exor has become PartnerRe's largest shareholder after acquiring a stake of 9.9...
Source: Reuters | By: Agnieszka Flak and Mike Stone
UPDATE 1-US-focused stock funds worldwide post $8.5 bln outflows in week-BofA

May 22- Investors worldwide pulled $8.5 billion out of funds that specialize in U.S. stocks in the week ended May 20 on appetite for cheaper share prices in Europe, data from a Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research report showed on Friday. Stock funds overall returned to outflows, with $600 million pulled after $1.9 billion in inflows the prior week,...
Source: Reuters | By: Sam Forgione
INTERVIEW-"Noticeable progress" made in Ukraine debt talks - Finance Minister

*Ukraine at odds with bondholders over $23 bln debt. Ukraine is now in regular contact with a group of its largest bondholders, Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko told Reuters by telephone from Riga, striking a more optimistic note. A key sticking point has been bondholders' repeated objection to a writedown on the face value of the bonds, a' haircut' Ukraine insists...
Source: Reuters | By: Natalia Zinets