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Swedish banking group SEB reported fourth-quarter operating earnings below forecasts and raised its dividend less than expected.
Governments in the euro zone should loosen tough budgetary measures, according to the governor of the Bank of England.
ORoyal Dutch Shell shares fell after the oil company missed profit expectations and announced a $15 billion cut in spending.
Global drinks brand Diageo posted disappointing sales for the first half on Thursday, after a slump in the Asia Pacific region.
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Gilles Andrier, CEO of Givaudan, says the company has natural hedges against the appreciation of the Swiss franc because it is a global business.
Cathrin Petty, co-head of EMEA healthcare at JP Morgan, says the U.K. has the capacity to be a successful market for life sciences, and the year ahead for healthcare IPOs looks strong.
Dan Mahony, fund manager at Polar Capital, tells CNBC how to be a "smart healthcare investor".