Sonia Sirletti, Elisa Martinuzzi and Sergio Di Pasquale
Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, the bailed-out Italian bank, will seek 5 billion euros ($6.9 billion) of capital from investors to repay state aid and build a buffer as regulators review European lenders’ assets.
Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest drugmaker, held informal, now-discontinued talks with AstraZeneca Plc about possibly buying the London-based maker of asthma and heart drugs, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd., the ultra-luxury unit of Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, will probably post a fifth consecutive year of record sales, helped by demand in China and Japan, according to its chief executive officer.
Asian dollar bonds are expected to perform better than local debt for a fourth year as a recovering U.S. economy boosts the greenback against emerging-market currencies, Manulife Asset Management says.