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  • Barnes & Noble Founder Offloads $64m

    Barnes & Noble's chairman has trimmed his stake in the bookstore to 20%, by selling shares worth $64m (£38m). Leonard Riggio, the company's founder and largest shareholder, said he sold 3.7 million shares on Thursday at $17.30 each. Investors... Read More >>

    Weibo Shares Surge On US Debut

    Shares in China's Weibo, a Twitter-like service, rose by almost 20% on their first day of trading on the US stock market, after a lukewarm start. The company's flotation on the Nasdaq stock exchange had initially raised a less-than-expected $286m... Read More >>

    London Market Report

    The pound hit its highest level in more than four years against the US dollar on Thursday. Strong UK jobs and wages data released on Wednesday had boosted sterling, as expectations increased that UK interest rates will rise early next year. In addition,... Read More >>

    China Sales Fall Hits Remy Cointreau

    French spirits company Remy Cointreau has warned its full-year operating profit will fall by 35-40%. It has been hit by a Chinese government crackdown on extravagant spending, which has hit sales of spirits. Remy said sales of cognac fell 32% in the... Read More >>

    China ‘Must Allow Currency To Rise’

    The US has told China its currency must be allowed to rise if it and the global economy are to see stable growth. The US Treasury's twice-yearly report to policymakers says the yuan is "significantly undervalued". Unlike the euro and the dollar, the... Read More >>

    Mutual Funds Are Bypassing IPOs And Going Straight For The Main Course

    There are a few big new players in Silicon Valley’s funding frenzy. Large institutional investors like Fidelity, T. Rowe Price and BlackRock are an increasingly appearing alongside the venture capital firms that traditionally bet on promising young tech... Read More >>

    The Great Stock Buyback Craze Is Finally Ending

    As we reported last night, whether as a result of Snowden revelations and NSA blowback by BRIC nations, or simply because the global economy is contracting far faster than rigged and manipulated markets worldwide will admit, IBM's Q1 revenues not only missed... Read More >>

    WTF Moment Of The Week: No One Bought Japanese Bonds For 36 Hours This Week

    Here’s something you don’t see very often: For a day and a half this week, the Japanese government’s benchmark 10-year bonds attracted not a single successful private sector bid. At today’s artificially-depressed yields, no one wants this paper —... Read More >>

    Big Blue: Stock Buyback Machine On Steroids

    The Fed’s financial repression policies destroy price discovery and honest capital markets. In the process these deformations turn financial markets into casinos and corporate executives into prevaricating gamblers. To be specific, most CEOs of the Fortune... Read More >>

    BP Oil Spill Crisis Manager Managed Crisis By Selling BP Stock

    A good rule, if not of law then at least of etiquette, is that if you are the BP employee in charge of BP's "oil collection and clean-up operations in the Gulf of Mexico and along the coast," don't immediately go and sell all of your and your family's $1... Read More >>

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