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ING DIRECT to make public takeover bid for Germany's largest mortgage distributor Interhyp

ING DIRECT N.V. announced today its plan to launch a public tender offer for Interhyp AG, Germany’s largest independent residential mortgage distributor, at EUR 64 per share, valuing the company at EUR 416 million. The founders and co-CEOs Robert Haselsteiner and Marcus Wolsdorf have irrevocably committed to tender their approximate 32% stake of Interhyp. ING DIRECT intends to launch its public offer in June, which will last for at least four weeks. Consequently, Interhyp shareholders will still be entitled to the dividend of Interhyp AG for the fiscal year 2007 in the amount of EUR 2.10 per share, plus an additional one time payment of EUR 2.00 per share, to be distributed after the general shareholder’s meeting held on 4 June 2008. Including these dividends, ING detalii

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S&P Launches Global Agribusiness Composite Index

Standard & Poor’s, the world’s leading index provider, today announced the launch of the first index to offer exposure to both equities and commodities across the entire agribusiness industry, said the company in a statement. The newly-launched S&P Global Agribusiness Composite Index incorporates the new S&P Global Agribusiness Index and the existing S&P GSCI Agriculture and Livestock Index, which is a subset of the S&P GSCI designed to provide liquid exposure to the agriculture and livestock commodities markets through futures contracts. “The new S&P Global Agribusiness Composite Index provides complete exposure to the global agribusiness industry by combining the downstream exposure offered by equities with the upstream exposure available through commodities. detalii

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NASDAQ OMX chooses Fortis subsidiary EMCF for clearing services

The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. today announced that it has selected the European Multilateral Clearing Facility (EMCF), a wholly-owned Fortis subsidiary, to deliver clearing services for the NASDAQ OMX Pan-European Market, said Fortis in a statement. "Our relationship with EMCF is an important step in our plan to leverage the growth opportunities before us in this post-MiFID environment. It will enable us to offer not only faster and better executions, but a highly reliable, seamless post-trade experience," commented Chris Concannon, Executive Vice President of Transactions Services, NASDAQ OMX. Jan Booij, Managing Director of EMCF said: "Since the European Multilateral Clearing Facility was launched in 2007, we have shown a strong determination to substantially grow the clearing detalii

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ING studies the value of the European football championship

One in every five Dutch people would live on a diet of bread and water for a week if that would secure the European title for their national football team. This is just one of the findings of an ING study into the emotional and financial value of the European football championship in six European countries, said ING in a statement. The study shows that the European title is worth most to Germans when expressed in euros, while Italians would be prepared to sacrifice the most days off. Europeans differ a great deal in the amount of money they say the European title is worth to them. On average, Germans would pay 80 euros, while the French would only pay 13 euros. To find out if inhabitants from countries that are not competing in the upcoming championship place a different value on detalii

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