Google shares on Wall Street were down 3.4 per cent at $544.36 today. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Global equity markets rose slightly, boosted by data indicating strength in the US economy and by upbeat results from some major US companies, (...)

Morgan Stanley reported a surprise 9 per cent increase in fixed-income trading revenue. Photograph: Reuters/Mike Blake

Morgan Stanley posted a jump in first-quarter trading revenue while Goldman Sachs’s dropped, the first such divergence in two years. Mor(...)

A man visits Sina’s Weibo microblogging site. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Files/Reuters

China’s Weibo will be valued at a lower-than-expected $3.46 billion when it goes public on the Nasdaq today, amidst concerns about the microblo(...)

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AIB has issued € 500 million in debt, attracting bids of more than four times what was on offer.

AIB has issued €500 million in debt, attracting bids of more than four times what was on offer. (...)

The boards of Lafarge and Holcim  are due to announce the companies’ merger today. Photograph: Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg

  The world’s two largest cement makers, France’s Lafarge and Holcim of Switzerland, have agreed the terms of a merger that would create a(...)

Michael Lewis, author of Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, on Wednesday, where he discussed high-frequency trading and the structure of the US equity market with Brad Katsuyama, chief executive officer of IEX Group Inc. Photograph: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg

To explain claims of stock market rigging in the latest scandal to rock Wall Street, one US television news network resorted to a rather crude (...)

The number of overseas-born nurses in British hospitals this year will reach an all-time high of 50,000. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA

Fifteen years ago, Sharon Lynagh from Athboy, Co Meath, who is now a ward sister at University College Hospital, London, was one of 90 Irish studen(...)

The government aims to raise €2 billion in a sale of five-year bonds, banking sources said. Photograph: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters

Greece is planning to return to the international bond market this month, four years after it became the first euro zone country to be bailed o(...)

 It is the second such deal for Cofco this year after it agreed to buy a majority stake in Dutch grain trader Nidera in February. Photograph: Reuters

Cofco, China’s largest grain trader, agreed to pay $1.5 billion upfront for just over half of Noble Group’s agricultural trading unit to broade(...)

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