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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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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