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NETHERLANDS DAYBOOK: ING Groep, Theodoor Gilissen, Bank Sarasin

Aug. 1 (Bloomberg) -- ING Groep NV, the biggest Dutch financial-services company, may break up its Asia life insurance operations and is holding talks with interested buyers, two people with knowledge of the process said.

(All times CET, estimates where available)

WHAT TO WATCH: * KBC Groep (KBC BB) of Belgium completes sale of KBL European Private Bankers, including Dutch unit Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers, to Precision Capital * Safra Group completes the acquisition of Rabobank Groep’s stake in Bank Sarasin & Co. * Hal Holding (HAL NA) completes acquisition of Optical Service Group

MARKETS: * AEX Index declined 0.7% to 326.47 * MSCI AP Index -0.44%; industry gainers/decliners MXAP <Index> GRR1 <GO> * S&P 500 close: -0.43% SPX <Index> HCP <GO>; GRR1 <GO> for industry gainers/laggards; Futures WEIF <GO> * NY crude futures: -0.20% CL1 <Cmdty> HCP <GO> * London gold: +0.03% GOLDS <Cmdty> HCP <GO> * EUR/USD: 1.2296

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