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The US stock market has looked much pricier than other developed markets over the last decade but it has justified seemingly hefty valuation multiples precisely because US companies have been so profitable.   Photograph: Westend61/Getty images

US earnings season is about to get under way and corporate profit margins are bound to come under the spotlight. Margins have remained near record lev(...)

Notre Dame de Paris cathedral under repair after it was badly damaged by a huge fire on April 15th. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty

The billionaire French donors who publicly promised large donations totalling hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a cent towa(...)

London-listed United Oil and Gas has been provisionally awarded four blocks in the North Sea and two in the English Channel. The licences cover an a(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: ‘The legitimate rights of Turkey and the Northern Cypriot Turks over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean are not open to argument. Our country is determined to defend its rights and those of Cypriot Turks.’ Photograph: Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout/Reuters

The publication by the Institute of International and European Affairs of a new analysis of Irish neutrality by Prof Patrick Keatinge is timely. It co(...)

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Chevron abandoned its takeover bid for Anadarko on Thursday, outmanoeuvred by Occidental Petroleum’s higher, $38 billion offer that included more than(...)

Wall Street, on Monday. Dow Jones industrials lost over 400 points in early trading over investor unease regarding developments in China-US trade negotiations. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

Stocks around the world tumbled on Monday and oil prices slumped after Donald Trump threatened to raise tariffs on China, triggering an investor exodu(...)

The logo for Occidental Petroleum is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)

Occidental Petroleum moved a step closer to sealing its proposed $38 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum after it sweetened its offer and agreed(...)

Traders work on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange   in New York. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Energy stocks boosted by a steady surge in oil prices and a higher open on Wall Street helped European shares erase session losses and close higher on(...)

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European shares fell on Tuesday as battery maker Umicore kicked off a busy week of earnings with a grim outlook and investors grew concerned about Chi(...)

Donald Trump checks his notes in Burnsville, Minnesota. Photograph: Jim Watson / AFP.

Image of the week: On the ropes As the Brexit contingent take a relative breather (Theresa May has gone hill-walking in Wales), there’s plenty of tim(...)

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