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China's state margin lender plans $12.9 bln bill issuance - Sec Times

SHANGHAI, July 8- China Securities Finance Corp, the state margin lender to brokerages, plans to issue 80 billion yuan of short-term bills in the interbank market, the official Securities Times reported, citing unidentified sources. This is the biggest ever bill issuance by CSF, and the People's Bank of China is responsible for approving the deal, the newspaper...
Source: Reuters
UPDATE 2-Novartis wins early U.S. approval for major new heart drug

*Novartis may offer pay-for-performance deals. July 7- Novartis AG on Tuesday won U.S. approval for its keenly awaited new heart failure drug Entresto earlier than expected, boosting hopes for a medicine tipped by analysts to reap billions of dollars in annual sales. Novartis is looking to Entresto to help revive its fortunes in heart medicine as the blood...
Source: Reuters | By: Ben Hirschler
In new blow, Chevron's Gorgon faces struggle to offload test LNG

MILAN/ TOKYO, July 8- Chevron's $54 billion Gorgon LNG project- the world's most expensive- may be forced to dump chunks of its early production onto an already saturated global spot market, as some Japanese clients warn they are unlikely to take up test shipments. After nearly five years of construction, test exports of LNG from Gorgon's 15.6...
Source: Reuters | By: Oleg Vukmanovic and Osamu Tsukimori
UPDATE 1-Leading UAE businessman gives third of assets to charity

DUBAI, July 7- Prominent United Arab Emirates businessman Abdullah Ahmad al-Ghurair has donated more than $1 billion- a third of his business empire- to a foundation supporting education in the Arab world, a move highlighting growing philanthropy among the Middle East rich. The establishment of the Ghurair foundation comes days after Saudi Arabia's Prince...
Source: Reuters | By: David French
Horizon goes hostile with $3B offer for Depomed

Horizon Pharma said it offered to buy Depomed for about $3 billion, taking its bid hostile after the smaller drugmaker rejected the first proposal.
Source: Reuters
EXCLUSIVE-Buhari advised to overhaul Nigerian oil sector, increase debt

*Nigerian government arrears total $20 bln- report. *Buhari advised to increase debt, cut govt costs. JOHANNESBURG, July 7- Advisors to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari have recommended a root and branch overhaul of Africa's biggest oil industry and increased borrowing to help pay off $20 billion of government arrears, a reform proposal document shows.
Source: Reuters | By: Joe Brock
UPDATE 1-Horizon Pharma goes hostile with $3 bln offer for Depomed

July 7- Ireland- based Horizon Pharma Plc said it offered to buy Depomed Inc for about $3 billion, taking its bid hostile after the smaller drugmaker refused to start talks and rejected the proposal first made in May. Horizon Pharma's offer of $29.25 per Depomed share is unchanged from the price it offered on May 27 and represents a 42 percent premium to the stock's...
Source: Reuters
From rats to yellow tomatoes: the new EU business model

RIGA/ STRASBOURG, France, July 7- A Soviet-era rubbish dump in a swamp on the outskirts of Riga was once an obstacle to Latvia's European Union membership. They are pollinated by bumble bees specially imported from Belgium, headquarters of the EU, which made reform of the rat-infested health hazard a requirement for Latvia's EU accession in 2004..
Source: Reuters | By: Gederts Gelzis and Barbara Lewis
China brokerages shift around $20 bln to stabilization fund -Shanghai Sec

The 21 brokerages transferred a total of over 128 billion yuan into the accounts of state-owned China Securities Finance Corp, which provides margin financing services, the newspaper said, citing Wang Min, vice head of China's securities association. On Monday, the China 50 ETF, the country's biggest ETF that buys into the biggest 50 listed companies in...
Source: Reuters
UPDATE 1-TerraForm to buy wind farms in North America for $2 bln

July 6- TerraForm Power Inc, a unit of SunEdison Inc, said it would buy 930 megawatt of wind farms in the United States and Canada from Invenergy Wind LLC for $2 billion. TerraForm's shares rose 3.5 percent to $38.86 in extended trading, while SunEdison's shares rose 3.2 percent to $29.90. The remaining 470 MW will be acquired by a new warehouse facility sponsored by...
Source: Reuters