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This isn't quite the same as the token $1 Steve Jobs paid himself at Apple, but you get the idea

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Chinese premier Wen Jiabao sent tremors through global markets yesterday, as the world's biggest economy set its least-ambitious growth target for eight years.

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Commodities such as iron, wheat, sugar and zinc- are now two and a half times as expensive, on average, as they were at the turn of the century

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Trafigura accused of trading in 'illegal oil'

Trafigura sailed back into controversy yesterday amid accusations that the commodities trading giant was dealing in illegal oil cargo.

Investors resist Glencore-Xstrata merger

A multibillion-pound tie-up set to create the world's fourth largest natural resources firm met instant criticism today as two major UK investors said they would vote against the move.

Mining giants Glencore and Xstrata agree $90bn merger deal

Mining heavyweights Glencore and Xstrata have unveiled a deal to create the world's fourth largest natural resources firm worth 90 billion US dollars (£57 billion).

Investors to force better deal from mining supermerger

Xstrata shareholders will take advantage of a technicality in the takeover process to seal better terms in its "merger of equals" with Glencore, a deal that would create a £50bn mining giant.

James Moore: Investors better hope the 'big men' get on if Glencore and Xstrata merge

Was there a little extra steam emanating from the top of Canary Wharf's towers yesterday? Yes, there is a deal on the horizon, and not just any deal. A mega-deal of the type that has become very rare. The City is not usually all that keen on nil-premium mergers, but it cheered commodity trader Glencore's tentative plans to hook up with Xstrata, the mining company, from the rafters. The shares of both vaulted towards the top of the FTSE 100's leaderboard as bankers fell over themselves to grab a piece of the pie: "What, you can only make me joint third bookrunner? Ok, ok, anything. I'll be joint third tea-boy if you want. Just get me on that tombstone!"

Market Report: 'Glenstrata' deal has some worried about missing out

The heavyweight miners may have been largely buoyed by the possibility of a wave of consolidation across the sector yesterday, but not everyone was cheered by the prospect. After years of speculation, the news that "Glenstrata" looks set to become a reality sparked fears over who will be left out in the cold by the deal.

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