Thursday's Headlines: Could Barclays call the Big Apple home?

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Although Barclays refuses to comment on a UBS analysts report suggesting the investment bank consider relocating from London to dodge British capitgal rules, New York City Mayor Bloomberg is rooting for a move to New York City. According to the New York Times, Bloomberg has not offered any incentives but quotes him as saying: "I hope they move here; it'd be great for us."

Both London-based UBS and Standard Chartered have also recently said that tough regulation have made the U.K. an increasingly unattractive hometown.

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