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Don’t cry for Aberdeen Asset Management but Argentina’s currency issues sent it falling yesterday.

Facebook stock climbs after rocky start but still 16 per cent below initial public offering price

Facebook's stock is climbing higher, a reprieve for shareholders after the stock's rocky inaugural trading day on Friday was followed by a two-day decline.

Facebook shares tumble again

Shares of Facebook took another tumble today, continuing a downward spiral that began at the start of the week.

Banks' bonanza in MegaFon float

The investment banks Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley could be on for a bumper pay day after being selected to float Russia's second-largest mobile phone company on the London stock market.

Advertising looks set to win from the busy summer

Hopes are rising of a significant advertising boom from a triple whammy of feelgood events with the Diamond Jubilee, Olympics and Euro 2012 football championship between June and August.

On the Floor, By Aifric Campbell

Abanker facing burn-out may not make the most sympathetic of central characters, which is perhaps why the protagonist of Aifric Campbell's third novel – a 28-year-old female investment banker – is an anti-heroine. Geri Molloy is a big fish at Steiner's, having made her name by catching the firm's biggest client. Outwardly, she is riding high in the sector's 1990s heyday, but privately is grappling with an emotional crisis that threatens to sabotage her success.

Three Cove executives to share £40m windfall after Shell takeover

Shell is setting up shop in Kenya and Mozambique after agreeing to buy the East Africa-focused oil and gas company Cove Energy for nearly £1bn.

KKR lifeline buys time for Coryton

Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts (KKR), the US buyout firm, threw a lifeline to the Coryton refinery in Essex yesterday, striking an agreement that will keep it in business for the next three months.

Market Report: William Hill on a loser as bookies take online rap

Don't put your money on the bookies, was the advice being given out to punters yesterday. William Hill was left near the back of the pack after it and its rivals were attacked for giving worse odds to gamblers in their shops than those who choose to make their wagers online.

Facebook: $100bn – are you kidding?

Facebook wants us to think it is worth four times as much as BT. Potential investors will argue otherwise

Blankfein fails to land lead role in Facebook flotation

Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein has failed to win the coveted role of lead banking adviser in the Facebook stock market float, despite having already invested in the social networking website.

Goldman loses out on lead float role for Facebook

Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein has failed to win the coveted role of lead bank in the Facebook stock market float, despite having already invested in the social networking website.

Game Over On Wall Street?

The lacklustre stock market debut for Zynga raises questions over whether the new tech bubble is already deflating, before Facebook's IPO

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links