Tonic for Abbvie on first day of trading in New York

The pharmaceutical firm Abbott Laboratories and its spin-off AbbieVie toasted a strong start to the New Year in their first day trading as an independent businesses.

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One significant aspect of the 1970s, often overlooked, was a reaction against prog-rock stodge by musicians who opted instead to bring a high level of sophistication and wit back into pop.

Margareta Pagano: Can London still get some Liffe out of ICE?

The LSE made a huge mistake by not buying the futures exchange but can salvage something by grabbing European assets, such as the Paris bourse

Commodities upstart ICE in $8bn takeover of New York Stock Exchange $8bn

Two centuries of independence for the New York Stock Exchange are set to come to an end after its operator, NYSE Euronext, agreed to sell itself to Inter-continentalExchange, the commodities-focused markets business, in an $8bn (£5bn) deal.

James Moore: Liffe the jewel in the crown of NYSE deal

The face of American capitalism for more than 200 years is about to fall for a company that's been about for just 12.

Fiscal cliff: US budget deal hopes give markets a boost

A deal before the year-end is necessary to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic spending cuts and tax increases

The new business of business cards

One of the most famous scenes from the film version of Bret Easton Ellis's novel, American Psycho, sees Patrick Bateman, an investment banker, get into a sweat over his rivals' business cards. "Look at that subtle off-white colouring," he says to himself. "The tasteful thickness of it… Oh, my God. It even has a watermark."

Card envy: Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in 'American Psycho'

Technology has made business cards more interesting and easier to make than ever

It's enough to excite even Patrick Bateman. Luke Blackall gets the details.

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner insists the debt paper held by Paul Singer is illegitimate

The vulture capitalist who devoured Peru – and now threatens Argentina

Could Paul Singer destroy another economy?

James Moore: If rogue traders pull it off…

Outlook What would have happened if Kweku Adoboli's bets had been winners?

America builds up to a return

The country's housing market dictates when the wider economy will recover. Some experts say it has turned the corner, but has it?

Nike is to begin a six-month negotiation over its United kit deal

Manchester United seek to increase £303m kit deal

Club expects big increase in any future Nike deal as latest figures reveal debt down by £62m

Market Report: Revenue slide takes toll on Tullet Prebon

Being a "hated" banker is tough, but it's not much better being a broker. A quiet summer, too many people to do an ever-dwindling amount of work, and a host of regulatory changes on the horizon mean it is getting tougher for broking firms, analysts reckon.

James Moore: The trouble with Romney recipe for growth is his friends get biggest slice

Outlook: The US is close to fulfilling its energy requirements, further boosting growth

Ian Herbert: Angry at injustice? Then take a leaf out of Tommy Banks' book

Armfield and Charlton remember Banks’ speech like it was yesterday

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