News Highlights: Top Financial Services News of the Day

By Wall Street custom, private-equity firms rarely "go hostile" on a company they seek to acquire. That's what makes Silver Lake's decision to back Broadcom's $105 billion hostile takeover bid for rival chip maker Qualcomm all the more remarkable. Features Dow Jones Newswires

Deutsche Bank Was Asked for Information on Transactions Potentially Linked to Michael Flynn

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Deutsche Bank has been asked by U.S. government authorities to hand over information about transactions that could be linked to former national security adviser Michael Flynn or entities connected to him, according to people familiar with the matter.

Fed's Quarles to Recuse Himself From Matters Involving Wells Fargo

Randal Quarles, the Federal Reserve's point man on financial regulation, said he would recuse himself from participating in matters related specifically to Wells Fargo, "to avoid even the potential appearance of a conflict of interest."

KKR to Buy Unilever's Spreads Business for $8 Billion

U.S. private equity giant KKR & Co. agreed to acquire Unilever PLC's margarine and spreads business in a deal that values the unit at $8.03 billion, making it one of the largest European acquisitions by a buyout firm this year.

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Senators Rubio and Corker to Support Republican Tax Plan

Republican senators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker said they planned to support the GOP tax plan, bolstering the chances of passage as party leaders planned to release final details of the plan later Friday.

White House Weighs Former CFTC General Counsel for CFTC Democratic Slot

The White House is considering nominating former top Commodity Futures Trading Commission official Dan Berkovitz to a Democratic vacancy on the panel.

Private-Equity Firm Silver Lake Plays Rare Role: Predator

Bank Stocks Can Fight the Fed, for Now

At some point, higher interest rates may become a negative for banks, but not for a while. Despite the flattening of the yield curve, banks' net interest margins have been rising, and their stocks have fared well.

Dollar Scarcity Sends Global Funding Costs Soaring

The cost of derivatives that allow European investors to access U.S. dollars has rocketed this week, with some reaching their steepest levels since the worst days of the eurozone sovereign-debt crisis.

Young CEO Reshapes 140-Year-Old Metals Exchange

Matthew Chamberlain's appointment placed the 35-year-old former banker atop an institution that plays a powerful role in setting metals prices-yet is lagging behind more modern rivals in electronic trading at a time of stagnant trading volumes.

You Can Thank Mr. Watanabe for Bitcoin's Explosive Rally

Japanese traders who historically engaged in trading real currencies have turned their sights to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, driving prices higher.

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December 15, 2017 16:15 ET (21:15 GMT)