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INSIGHT-How Barclays turned a $10 bln profit into a tax loss

*Barclays gained unusual tax advantage from Luxembourg law. *Bank says it did not use Luxembourg to get tax cut. Barclays' tax loss was made possible because it sold its Barclays Global Investors business tax free in Britain, but had part of the sale proceeds-- $9 billion in Blackrock shares- paid to a subsidiary in Luxembourg.
Source: Reuters | By: Tom Bergin
Rovi to buy DVR maker TiVo in $1.1 bln deal

April 29- Digital entertainment guide provider Rovi Corp said on Friday it would buy TiVo Inc, which makes digital-video recorders, in a deal valued at about $1.1 billion.
Source: Reuters
UPDATE 2-Sanofi confident it can win Medivation shareholders support

*Won't be drawn on potential to sweeten $9.3 bln offer. PARIS, April 29- Sanofi, which reported higher quarterly profit on Friday boosted by its Genzyme division, is confident Medivation shareholders will back its proposed takeover of the U.S. cancer drug company. "We are confident that Medivation shareholders will ultimately share our strong belief that our...
Source: Reuters | By: Matthias Blamont
UPDATE 2-Russia's Yamal LNG gets round sanctions with $12 bln Chinese loan deal

MOSCOW, April 29- Russia's Yamal liquefied natural gas project has signed loan agreements with Chinese banks worth over $12 billion, it said on Friday, circumventing Western sanctions in a major boost for the project led by gas producer Novatek. Talks with European and Chinese lenders had dragged on for months, complicated by Western sanctions against Novatek...
Source: Reuters | By: Vladimir Soldatkin and Olesya Astakhova
UPDATE 2-AstraZeneca cuts costs and doubles down on cancer drugs

*First-quarter core EPS 95 cents vs consensus 94 cents. *Q1 revenue $6.12 bln vs $5.93 bln, boosted by deals. LONDON, April 29- AstraZeneca is to cut costs by $1 billion and increase its focus on cancer treatments after underlying earnings, hit by drug patent expiries, fell 12 percent in the first quarter, broadly in line with analyst expectations.
Source: Reuters | By: Ben Hirschler
UPDATE 2-French retailer Casino to sell Vietnam unit to Thai tycoon for $1.1 bln

*Central beats rival TCC to win Vietnam business. *Thai tycoons jostle for deals in Vietnam. SINGAPORE/ BANGKOK, April 29- France's Casino Group agreed to sell its Vietnam unit to Thai conglomerate Central Group for 1 billion euros including debt, giving the retailer respite from a debt pile that pushed its credit rating to junk.
Source: Reuters | By: Anshuman Daga and Manunphattr Dhanananphorn
Russia's Yamal LNG signs $12 bln loan deals with Chinese banks

MOSCOW, April 29- Russia's Novatek-led Yamal LNG project has signed loan agreements with Chinese banks worth 9.3 billion euros and 9.8 billion yuan, Yamal LNG said on Friday.
Source: Reuters
China QFII quota rises to $80.996 bln at end-April - FX regulator

BEIJING, April 29- The outstanding amount of China's dollar-denominated Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor programme stood at $80.996 billion as of April 29, from $80.95 billion at the end of March, the foreign exchange regulator said on Friday.
Source: Reuters
UPDATE 1-AstraZeneca, in earnings trough, doubles down on cancer drugs

*First-quarter core EPS 95 cents vs consensus 94 cents. *Q1 revenue $6.12 bln vs $5.93 bln, boosted by deals. LONDON, April 29- AstraZeneca is increasing its focus on cancer treatments in a drive to streamline operations after underlying earnings, hit by drug patent expiries, fell 12 percent in the first quarter, broadly in line with analyst expectations.
Source: Reuters | By: Ben Hirschler
CORRECTED-U.S.-BASED TAXABLE BOND FUNDS ATTRACT $3.9 BLN INFLOWS (NOT POST $10.2 BLN OUTFLOWS) OVER WEEKLY PERIOD, FOURTH STRAIGHT WEEK OF INFLOWS (NOT AFTER THREE WEEKS OF INFLOWS) -LIPPER

CORRECTED-U.S.-BASED TAXABLE BOND FUNDS ATTRACT $3.9 BLN INFLOWS OVER WEEKLY PERIOD, FOURTH STRAIGHT WEEK OF INFLOWS- LIPPER.
Source: Reuters