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Diamond prices soar on Asian demand

Diamonds have emerged as a haven investment alongside favourites gold and the Swiss franc, with surging demand from Asian buyers driving prices of the precious stones.

28 2011 | Viewed: 739 | Analytics | Read full
Full Libyan oil output could be years away

Libya could return to the global oil market within weeks after the rebels appeared to be on the brink of victory, but the full resumption of output is months, if not years, away.

23 2011 | Viewed: 551 | Analytics | Read full
HP directors defend shift in strategy

Hewlett Packard bosses have come out fighting in defence of their sharp change in the tech group's strategy last week, which saw a share price collapse and growing shareholder alarm.

23 2011 | Viewed: 579 | Analytics | Read full
Israels connected conglomerates

Picture an average Israeli family who have just bought an apartment in the suburbs. Imagine their new home, along with the entire neighbourhood, was built by the same company that made the cement for the construction site.

19 2011 | Viewed: 698 | Analytics | Read full
Frances triple A rating under spotlight

The owner of a small campground on the banks of the Tarn in south-west France is an unlikely indicator of the prospects for France's triple A credit rating.

15 2011 | Viewed: 547 | Analytics | Read full
China trade surplus jumps to $31.5bn

China's trade surplus shot up to $31.5bn in July - the biggest in more than two years - on the back of surprising export strength, signalling that the global economy is more resilient than investors have feared in recent weeks.

15 2011 | Viewed: 682 | Analytics | Read full
How to make the best of the long malaise

The only good thing about the continuing barrage of bad economic news is that it could have been worse: all three rating agencies could have downgraded the US, stock markets could have fallen further and the US could have defaulted on its debt.

15 2011 | Viewed: 566 | Analytics | Read full
Americans wonder where the misery will end

America is on the fritz.

15 2011 | Viewed: 533 | Analytics | Read full
Soros shift signals wider fears among rich

The decision by George Soros to convert his hedge fund into a family office casts light on to efforts by rich families to avoid disclosure under new financial regulation.

4 2011 | Viewed: 679 | Analytics | Read full
IMF warns France on budget deficit

The International Monetary Fund has warned that France will miss its target of cutting its budget deficit to 3 per cent of output by 2013 unless it carries out more spending cuts.

30 2011 | Viewed: 915 | Analytics | Read full
Foreign investment in Brazil market dives 70%

Fresh foreign investment in Brazilian stocks plunged 70 per cent in the first half of 2011, dragging down a market that had been one of the hottest last year.

28 2011 | Viewed: 893 | Analytics | Read full
Analysis: United States gets closer to losing its AAA rating

The United States took a step closer to losing its coveted triple-A credit rating over the weekend as a political impasse in Washington reduced hopes of an agreement to meaningfully cut the nation's budget deficit.

28 2011 | Viewed: 830 | Analytics | Read full
Facebook ad prices soar more than 74%

The cost of placing ads on Facebook is rising rapidly as more big brands begin to move their television and print spending on advertising onto the world's largest social network, two recent reports have revealed.

21 2011 | Viewed: 800 | Analytics | Read full
Shelved IPOs create logjam in Europe

The logjam of initial public offerings is building in Europe, after almost $10bn of flotations were shelved in the first half of the year due to market volatility and investors' disillusionment with recent listings.

21 2011 | Viewed: 598 | Analytics | Read full
Cisco to cut workforce by 15 percent, sell factory to Hon Hai

Cisco Systems plans to cut 15 percent of its staff and sell a set-top box factory as part of a plan to cut annual expenses by $1 billion as the network equipment maker tries to revive its fortunes.

21 2011 | Viewed: 546 | Analytics | Read full
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