Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange yesterday. Positive jobs reports sent the Dow Jones Industrial Average sharply higher. Photograph: Getty Images

European shares posted this year’s biggest advance, buoyed by a surprise election win for the British Conservative party and improving US jobs data.In(...)

A   woman runs past Swiss agrochemicals maker Syngenta’s logo in front of the headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Agrochemicals firm Syngenta on Friday rejected a $45 billion takeover offer from Monsanto, saying the offer undervalued the Swiss firm and did not ful(...)

Aer Lingus shed some of the gains it made on Thursday on the back of reports the Government was close to agreeing to sell the State’s stake to  IAG. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks slid on Friday as concern over the impact of Greek debt was exacerbated by declines in the US and Asia. A two-hour blackout at news a(...)

Finance chief John Ramsay said the company hoped to push through further price increases this year

Syngenta, the world’s largest maker of crop chemicals, has reported an unexpected rise in operating earnings and raised its dividend, as price increas(...)

Tim Hortons employees prepare coffee before the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto. Burger King Worldwide is in talks to acquire Tim Hortons. The combined company would be headquartered in Canada, where Tim Hortons is based and taxes are generally lower than in the US. Photograph: Peter Jones/Reuters
Inversion express slow to crawl

President Barack Obama’s full- throated denunciation of overseas mergers that lower US companies’ taxes is throwing cold water on potential deals. On (...)

BMW climbed 2.8 per cent to €94.10. UBS upgraded the car maker to buy from neutral, saying its investments in electric-car models confer a competitive advantage over rivals.  Photograph: Fred Rollison/Bloomberg News

The Iseq followed the bulk of European exchanges downwards today, losing 0.5 per cent. European stocks declined for a third day overall, as data sh(...)

Monsanto’s DeKalb brand seed corn sits at the Crop Production Services warehouse in Illinois. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Aaron Kirchfeld, Andrew Noel in London and Patrick Winters in Zurich The desire to avoid US corporate taxes has now spread to agricultural giants – as(...)

Investors have been buying Ryanair since Monday, when it announced a third-quarter loss that was in line with predictions, and signalled that a strategic shift commenced in September is beginning to find favour with travellers.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Some optimism returned to European markets as stocks advanced for the first time in four days.Despite a period of misery, stretching back to January 2(...)

A Syngenta  sign stands in front of a field of soybeans outside of Campo Nueve, Paraguay. Photo: Bloomberg

Syngenta, is to step up cost-cutting to save $1 billion a year by 2018 after the world’s largest maker of crop chemicals reported an 11 per cent fall (...)

British environment secretary Owen Patterson complained he was under “cyber-attack” in the run-up to an EU decision on whether to ban insecticides dee(...)