Amvescap, the parent of AIM Advisors and Invesco Funds, has been the subject of takeover speculation, which has helped its shares in recent London trading, according to several European publications. Some predict Amvescap will be bought out by a U.S. bank.

Amvescap benefited from the ongoing speculation amongst dealers during Thursday trading in London, just one day after the firm announced a reduced dividend for the fourth quarter. On Wednesday, in the wake of the firm’s giant $451 million settlement with U.S. regulators over abusive market-timing arrangements at its two units, Amvescap announced that it would pay only half the dividend it had the previous year.

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