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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

Fees bonanza after Old Mutual sell-off

The moribund City deal market got an injection of life yesterday when Old Mutual said it would offload its Nordic business for £2.1bn.

Market Report: Ocado delivers the goods as index finishes stronger

For once there were plenty of Ocado fans in the Square Mile yesterday, and not just those camped outside St Paul's.

Small Talk: Cupid leads the way after a rocky quarter on the AIM 50 index

The summer months are often marked by volatility on the markets. Ordinarily, the spikes and slumps are the result of dwindling volumes, as traders decamp to the beach. There tends to be little in the way of hard news, and the swings are often pinned on flimsy premises.

Business Diary: BofA says don't buy the rumour

The poor saps running the crisis-hit Bank of America are so fed up with the gossip doing the rounds about their problems that they've taken to sending memos to their own staff to deny the rumours. "Some blogs are speculating about rumours of merger talks with JP Morgan Chase, which are baseless and don't even make practical sense," the bank has told them. As for the idea that it's about to raise tens of billions of dollars from investors to bolster its funding, that's "just wrong".

Mark Leftly: Apple will grow to cover the Jobs-sized hole

Only the departure of a particular man from a particular role at a particular company could have stolen the business headlines from stock market chaos, a surging gold price and the eurozone crisis.

Stephen Foley: Mr Buffett's bathtime would have been long

US Outlook: For a man who says his company doesn't need to raise cash, Bank of America's Brian Moynihan has sure raised a lot of cash this week.

Anxious markets seek boost from Bernanke at Jackson Hole

The US Federal Reserve chairman, Ben Bernanke, risks disappointing financial markets if a major policy speech today does not contain hints of additional monetary easing by the US central bank.

Ping Pong: The tables have turned

From Dave'n'Barack to trendy club nights and Boris's wiff waff, we can't get enough of ping pong. Howard Jacobson sings the praises of a great game, while Will Dean looks at the healthy state of table tennis in Britain

Chinese lender beats profit hopes

China Construction Bank, the world's No 2 in terms of market value and China's biggest mortgage lender, saw a 31 per cent rise in earnings in the first half of the year. The bank, which is around 10 per cent-owned by Bank of America, made net profits of 92.8bn yuan (£8.8bn) in the six months to June, against expectations of 92.3 yuan, and well above the 70.7bn yuan in net profits seen in the same period last year.

Bank of America cuts 3,500 jobs

Bank of America (BofA) is to cut 3,500 jobs by the end of September, joining a growing list of banks repositioning themselves worldwide amid stubbornly slow recoveries. For BofA, the biggest US bank by assets, the job cuts continue a broad push to slash expenses and build capital as it grapples with a $1 trillion (£604bn) portfolio of problem home-mortgage loans.

4,000 jobs at risk as MBNA credit card division closes

About 4,000 jobs are at risk after Bank of America decided to exit its credit card business in the UK and Ireland. The division, known as MBNA, employs about 3,500 people at its site in Chester, and 500 people in Ireland. It boasts one of the largest portfolios in Europe, with more $19bn (£12bn) in credit card loans.

Stephen Foley: Spectre of sub-prime lending is still haunting Bank of America

US Outlook: Anyone searching for terrifying echoes of the 2008 financial crisis need have looked no further than what happened to Bank of America this week.

Bank of America hit by $10bn suit from AIG

Shares in Bank of America (BofA), one of the largest high-street banks in the US and the owner of the investment bank Merrill Lynch, plunged by almost a fifth amid fears the company will have to raise more money to cope with mounting legal problems.

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