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Fairfax has the right to convert its  bond into ordinary shares from September 23rd at an exercise price of €8.50. FBD’s share price was trading at €10.40 in Dublin on Thursday, which puts Fairfax in line for a €15.6 million profit.

There is a raft of breaking news so far today. Firstly, profits at Ulster Bank jumped to €100 million during the first half of 2018, compared with jus(...)

The former Google China headquarters in Beijing in 2010.  The internet giant is returning to the Chinese market, US media reports say. Photograph: Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images

Google is working on plans to launch a version of its search engine in China that will block controversial search terms and some websites, according t(...)

Facebook missed estimates and issued “jaw-dropping guidance,” as GBH Insights put it, saying profit margins would plummet from 44 per cent to the “mid-30s” for more than two years. Photograph: Johannes Berg/Bloomberg

It’s fair to say few investors foresaw last Thursday’s bloodbath in Facebook shares, when the stock lost $118 billion (€101 billion) in market value –(...)

Facebook shares plunged more than 18% after the social media giant said profit margins would plummet for years due to costs to improve privacy safeguards and slowing usage in its big advertising markets.  Photograph: Reuters

Thursday’s biggest story was Facebook’s plunge caused by disappointing results and ultimately resulting in tech stock carnage in the US on the day. (...)

The plummeting stock price wiped out as much as $150 billion in market capitalisation a

Facebook’s shares lost as much as a quarter of their value on Wednesday after executives said that profit margins would plummet for several years due(...)

Alphabet has reported that expenses from its Google search business grew more slowly in the second quarter while revenue rose more steeply than analys(...)

June data on retail spending looks set to confirm a strong first half of the year as a resurgent economy, falling prices and higher personal income see more spending at the till. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Monday Results: Ryanair, Alphabet, Whirlpool, Hasbro. Indicators: Euro-zone consumer confidence flash (Jul). Ryanair investors only have to look(...)

Martin Sorrell attends a conference at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Martin Sorrell’s new venture acquired Dutch digital agency MediaMonks Multimedia Holding BV, beating his former employer WPP in the auction and settin(...)

Apple’s current dominance pales in comparison to that enjoyed by IBM in the mid-1980s. Photograph: by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The race to become America’s first trillion-dollar company is likely to be settled sooner rather than later, with Apple in pole position to finally cr(...)

Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon argue that quarterly earnings guidance “often leads to an unhealthy focus on short-term profits”. Photograph: Donald Bowers/Getty Images

Financial markets have become too focused on the short term, according to celebrated investor Warren Buffett and JP Morgan chief executive Jamie Dimo(...)

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