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Amid scandal, suitors cautiously eye Malaysia's 1MDB power assets - sources

*Malaysia caps power investment at 49 pct. KUALA LUMPUR/ SINGAPORE, Aug 4- At least half a dozen suitors have bid for energy assets of Malaysia's debt-laden state fund 1 Malaysia Development Bhd, despite it being at the centre of the country's ongoing political crisis, according to four people familiar with the matter. Infrastructure companies in Malaysia and the...
Source: Reuters | By: Yantoultra Ngui and Anshuman Daga
UPDATE 2-Toyota says not optimistic on China profitability; books record Q1 earnings

*China price wars sapping profit from rising sales. TOKYO, Aug 4- Toyota Motor Corp said it "can't be optimistic" about profitability in China, the world's biggest auto market, where slowing growth is forcing the Japanese manufacturer to cut prices and offer buying incentives to keep up with rivals. Toyota, which on Tuesday reported record first-quarter net profit...
Source: Reuters | By: Minami Funakoshi
UPDATE 1-Toyota books third straight Q1 profit record on cost cuts, currency gains

TOKYO, Aug 4- Toyota Motor Corp posted a third straight year of record first-quarter net profit on Tuesday, easily beating analyst estimates, as costs cuts and currency gains made up for slightly weaker vehicle sales. April-June profit jumped 10 percent to 646.39 billion yen versus the 607.5 billion yen average estimate of 11 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.
Source: Reuters | By: Minami Funakoshi
WRAPUP 1-Australia's central bank holds rates, tempers call for A$ fall

SYDNEY, Aug 4- Australia's central bank held interest rates at record lows on Tuesday in a widely expected decision, but surprised markets by toning down calls for a further fall in the local dollar. The currency jumped half a U.S. cent to $0.7348 after the Reserve Bank of Australia dropped a reference to a further decline being necessary, saying only that the...
Source: Reuters | By: Wayne Cole
UPDATE 1-AIG profit beats estimates, boosts buyback by $5 bln

Aug 3- American International Group Inc, the largest commercial insurer in the United States and Canada, reported a quarterly operating profit that breezed past analysts' estimates, and boosted its share buyback by up to $5 billion. The insurer's results were driven by investments in one of China's biggest insurers and earnings from aircraft leasing company...
Source: Reuters
Lukoil managers charged for money $1.95 bln laundering

BUCHAREST, Romania- Romanian authorities have charged Russian oil producer Lukoil with complicity in money laundering worth 1.77 billion euros. Prosecutors at the Court of Appeal in Ploiesti, where Lukoil's refinery is based, on Monday charged Romanian and Russian company managers for allegedly misusing the company's credit and capital.
Source: The Associated Press
Star Wars $2B gross to boost Disney: Analyst

Looking at other global blockbusters and bullish developments since those movie releases, Stifel analyst Mogil raised his price target on Disney.
Source: CNBC.com | By: Evelyn Cheng
UPDATE 2-Seven years after bailout, Britain starts RBS sell-off with $3 bln stake sale

*Britain starts sale of RBS stake at a loss. *UK faces loss on 45 bln stg RBS bailout after profit on Lloyds. LONDON, Aug 3- Britain started the sale of a 2 billion pounds stake in Royal Bank of Scotland on Monday, beginning the disposal of its holding in the bank seven years after a multi-billion pound bailout at the height of the financial crisis.
Source: Reuters | By: Steve Slater
UPDATE 1-Seven years after bailout, UK starts RBS sell-off with $3 bln stake sale

LONDON, Aug 3- Britain started to return its holding in Royal Bank of Scotland to private investors on Monday, seven years after it bailed out the bank, selling a stake worth 2 billion pounds at a loss. Britain owns 78 percent of RBS after rescuing it with 45.8 billion pounds of taxpayer cash at the height of the financial crisis in 2008. Its stake will reduce to 73.2...
Source: Reuters
UK starts RBS sell-off with sale of 2 bln stg stake

LONDON, Aug 3- Britain said it has started the sale of its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland seven years after it bailed out the bank, taking a loss on the sale of 2 billion pounds of shares to institutional investors. UK Financial Investments, the body that holds the government's RBS shares, said on Monday it would sell about 600 million shares, representing 5.2 percent...
Source: Reuters