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November 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Here are some of the key economic and business events scheduled for the week. Today: * Senate Governmental Affairs panel holds hearing on the mutual fund industry. * Commerce Department reports on construction spending for September. * Institute of Supply Management releases its manufacturing index report for October. * Automakers report on vehicle sales for October. * Charter Communications Inc., Kellogg Co. and MetLife Inc. release third-quarter earnings. * Tuesday: * D.C.
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October 18, 2006 | From Reuters
MetLife Inc. said Tuesday that it had agreed to sell two adjoining Manhattan apartment complexes for $5.4 billion in one of the largest U.S. real estate transactions on record. The company said it would sell Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town to a joint venture of New York real estate developer Tishman Speyer and the realty unit of BlackRock Inc.
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May 27, 2002 | From Bloomberg News
MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. insurer, agreed to buy Mexico's state-owned Aseguradora Hidalgo for $962 million in cash, outbidding Spanish and Mexican insurers trying to expand in Latin America's biggest economy. The combined company would be Mexico's second-largest insurer. Mexico also received offers from Spain's Corporacion Mapfre and Grupo Financiero Inbursa, the banking and insurance company owned by Latin America's richest man, Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2005 | From Associated Press and Bloomberg News
American Express Co. said Tuesday that it would spin off its financial advisory business so it could focus on the faster-growing charge card, payments processing and travel businesses. The announcement by the New York-based company came a day after Citigroup Inc. said it would sell its Travelers life insurance business to MetLife Inc. Both moves suggest that the "supermarket" approach to financial services that was so popular in the 1980s and 1990s may be proving cumbersome.
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January 22, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
KB Home and Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. are forming a joint venture that will offer home loans to KB customers across the country, so they can shop for a house and a mortgage at the same time. Nationstar, of Lewisville, Texas, agreed last year to be KB's preferred lender, providing representatives to pitch mortgages to potential buyers at KB's tracts of new homes. Those employees will now work for Home Community Mortgage, the new company jointly owned by KB and Nationstar. Jeffrey Mezger, president and chief executive of Los Angeles-based KB, called the venture a “natural progression” for the nation's fifth-largest home builder.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Investors' appetite for new stock offerings is expected to cool in the wake of the latest market volatility, but they still scarfed up Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. on Tuesday, and MetLife Inc. went ahead with its scaled-back mega-deal. MetLife (ticker symbol: MET) raised $2.9 billion in its initial public offering--less than half its previous $6.1-billion target--by selling 202 million shares at $14.25, near the middle of its latest expected price range. It was the year's biggest U.S. IPO so far.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Life insurance giant MetLife Inc. will shell out roughly $500 million in a multistate settlement of its alleged failure to pay death benefits to heirs, regulators said. MetLife, however, said it will pay out about $438 million over the next 17 years, with $188 million going to beneficiaries this year. Insurance regulators from dozens of states had accused the company and others of delaying or withholding life insurance payments to many of its policyholders. About $40 million of the total is likely to end up in California, said State Controller John Chiang, who waged a multiyear audit of life insurance companies' operations.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2001 | LIZ PULLIAM WESTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Following the trail blazed by State Farm Insurance Cos. and MetLife Inc., Allstate Corp. today became the latest insurer to open a bank, using its network of 2,000 California agents as a testing ground. Allstate Bank will offer checking accounts, certificates of deposit and mortgages through its California offices as well as nationwide via a Web site and a toll-free telephone number, said Kevin Slawin, the bank's chief executive. Northbrook, Ill.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2008 | From the Associated Press
New applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week from a seven-year high, the Labor Department said Thursday, although claims remain at elevated levels that indicate recession. And new job cuts announced after the report was released indicate Thursday's good news is likely to be short lived. Initial claims for jobless benefits dropped 20,000 to a seasonally adjusted 478,000, the department said, the same level that Wall Street economists expected.
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June 3, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Citigroup Inc., the world's biggest bank, may do an asset swap with financial services firm Legg Mason Inc. that would get the former out of the mutual fund business and the latter out of the brokerage business. Citigroup may swap its $460-billion asset management business for Legg Mason's 1,540 brokers, people familiar with the discussions said Thursday.
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