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Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd. is in takeover talks with several parties and is preparing to begin a bid process, according to sources for The Insurance Insider. At least one strategic bidder and two private equity houses have approached Aspen, and the purchase price being offered is in the range of $47.50 to $50 per share.

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Integro Ltd. unit Integro Insurance Brokers, an international insurance brokerage and specialty risk management firm, agreed to acquire 100% of Hawkes Bay Holdings Ltd., and to merge its U.K. wholesale and U.K. retail operations with Hawkes Bay unit Tyser & Co. Ltd. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Financial news in other parts of the world

Asia-Pacific: Chinese bank FY'17 profit up; Japan's ORIX exits Sri Lanka; Thailand holds rate

Europe: Deutsche launches i-bank review; expected Brexit job moves down; Greek earnings

Middle East & Africa: Sanlam raises $490M in new share sale; Morocco's BMCE eyes Shanghai branch

The day ahead

Early morning futures indicators pointed to a higher opening for the U.S. market.

In Asia, the Hang Seng was up 0.24% to 30,093.38, and the Nikkei 225 rose 0.61% to 21,159.08.

In Europe, as of midday, the FTSE 100 rose 0.40% to 7,072.99, and the Euronext 100 was up 0.39% to 1,010.74.

On the macro front

The jobless claims report, the Chicago PMI report, the consumer sentiment report, the EIA natural gas report, the fed balance sheet and the money supply report are due out today.

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