Sport New England Patriots running-back LaGarrette Blount scored a record four rushing touchdowns in the play-off victory over the Indianapolis Colts

Blount has been at the forefront of a Patriots side that has shifted their emphasis to a running game but they come up against the free-scoring Denver Broncos for a place in the season showcase

Lehman was biggest risk of my life, says Diamond

John Varley, the chief executive of Barclays Bank, said that pursuing the acquisition of Lehman Brothers at the height of the financial panic in 2008 led to "the riskiest week" of his life.

US bank tells traders not to sign long-term deals with BP after credit rating dives

One of Wall Street's biggest banks has told its traders not to sign any contracts with BP that last more than a year, as concerns over its financial position continued to buffet the market.

UBS and JPMorgan win City 'Oscars'

The top spots at the UK financial industry's equivalent of the Oscars – the Thomson Reuters Extel awards – went to UBS and JPMorgan Chase yesterday.

James Moore: In this case it's not the bankers that the OFT should have in its sights

Outlook A pologies for indulging in a football related metaphor (it's not as if we'll be starved of them over the next month) but it appears that the Office of Fair Trading is shooting at an open goal with its launch of an investigation into the way investment banks underwrite share issues (in other words, the fees they charge).

Market Report: WPP in favour as blue chips snap losing streak

The blue chips snapped a three day-long losing streak and touched a two-week high last night, with WPP rising as bargain-hunters moved in.

Citigroup back in the black with $4.4bn profit in first quarter

Bad-loan provisions at the Wall Street bank are now at their lowest level for more than two years

Bank of America returns to profit

US giant Bank of America today revealed it returned to profit in the first three months of 2010 as the sector's recovery gathers pace.

US bank charge sends FTSE 100 into slide

News of a shock fraud charge lodged against US investment bank Goldman Sachs sent London's FTSE 100 Index falling today.

FSA bans Merrill trader Alexis Stenfors for five years

The City watchdog has banned a former senior trader at Merrill Lynch in London after he inflated the value of his trading book by more than $100m (£66m) to cover up huge losses.

Pay up or the parrot gets it, says bank

It sounds like the basis for a Monty Python sketch, rather than a $50,000 lawsuit. A woman from Pennsylvania is suing Bank of America, after a contractor wrongly repossessed her home and impounded her beloved pet parrot.

Market Report: Inmarsat shines as the FTSE 100 slumps

Inmarsat was among a handful of blue-chip shares that managed to rise as the FTSE 100, under pressure amid worries about the recovery, dipped below 5300 points last night.

Soapbox: ‘Look to collaborate with those who can do what you can’t’

The Inuit have a saying: “The storm is the time to fish.” That’s a pretty apt metaphor, given the economic storm that’s been swirling over our collective heads for a while now. The situation may be easing, but it has certainly given us pause to think – if you will, a chance to poke our heads outside our igloos and fish for some new ideas. Here are a few.

Credit crunch villains get their parole

John Thain left Merrill Lynch with his reputation in tatters in the credit crunch, but his business acumen is still in demand. And he is not the only one, reports Stephen Foley

Margareta Pagano: Stock markets declare war on the politicians

Optimistic investors force governments to act
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