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Barclays has appointed investment banker Lisa Francis as chief executive of its private bank

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Barclays has appointed a new chief executive for its private bank covering the UK and Ireland. Francis is currently head of European corporate FX sales distribution in Barclays’ investment bank, where she was covering corporate, private equity and financial technology clients across Europe. Barclays said Francis will have a “mandate for growth” in her new role. “She and her teams ...

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Activision Blizzard to buy ‘Candy Crush’ maker King for $5.9 billion

Video game maker Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI.O) said it will buy “Candy Crush Saga” creator King Digital Entertainment (KING.N) for $5.9 billion to strengthen its games portfolio. Activision, which owns popular game franchises such as “World of Warcraft,” “Call of Duty” and “Diablo,” will pay $18 in cash per King share, a premium of 16 percent to King’s closing price ...

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U.S. on track to grow 1.9 percent in fourth quarter: Atlanta Fed

The U.S. economy is on track to grow 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter with expected weaker consumer spending and equipment investment growth following a private report on U.S. manufacturing in October, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDPNow forecast model showed on Monday. This was slower than the regional Fed’s prior estimate of 2.5 percent rate on Friday, the Atlanta Fed ...

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Porsche, more Audi models pulled into VW emissions scandal

Volkswagen used devices to cheat air pollution tests in diesel luxury vehicles, U.S. environmental regulators said on Monday, in a new blow to the automaker already reeling from similar allegations regarding millions of smaller diesel engines. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is now looking at 3.0-liter V6 diesel engines used mostly in larger, more expensive models like the ...

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Largest U.S. banks face $120 billion shortfall under new rule

Six big U.S. banks need to raise an additional $120 billion, most likely in long-term debt, under a rule proposed on Friday by the Federal Reserve. The requirements are aimed at ensuring that some of the biggest and most interconnected banks, which include Goldman Sachs Group Inc,, JPMorgan Chase & Co,, and Wells Fargo & Co, can better withstand another ...

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Asia’s factories struggle with global demand gulf

Activity in China’s colossal factory sector shrank in October as global demand stuttered, reinforcing the case for more stimulus and questioning whether the Federal Reserve can be confident enough to raise U.S. interest rates this year. A crop of industry surveys out on Monday pointed to another poor month for trade across Asia as activity contracted in South Korea, Taiwan ...

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China’s October factory, services surveys show economy still wobbly

Activity in China’s manufacturing sector unexpectedly contracted in October for a third straight month, an official survey showed on Sunday, fuelling fears the economy may still be losing momentum in the fourth quarter despite a raft of stimulus measures. Adding to those concerns, China’s services sector, which has been one of the few bright spots in the economy, also showed ...

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China home price gains quicken in October

Growth in Chinese new home prices quickened in October from a year ago, two private surveys showed, adding to signs of stabilization in the housing market after a raft of government support measures. Prices of new homes in 288 cities rose an average 1.4 percent in October from a year earlier, marking the third straight month of gains, a poll ...

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Apple Earnings Will Tell Us Whether to Expect Happy Holidays or a Long Winter

Apple will unwrap its outlook for the holiday shopping season on Tuesday, and analysts expect growth—just nothing on par with last year’s bonanza. The holiday quarter is projected to bring Apple sales of $77 billion and profit of $18.1 billion, or $3.22 a share, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That would work out to sales growth of 3.4 percent, ...

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Yellen, consensus-builder, needs to send strong signal at Fed meet

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, praised as an adept listener and consensus builder, may need to adopt a stronger tone at this week’s policy meeting if she expects to keep a December interest rate rise in play. Yellen’s inclusive style has been tested recently by two fellow governors who publicly appeared to disagree with her view, shared by Vice Chair ...

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