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Nestle, the world's largest food company, brushed off fears of commodity price inflation and global slowdown to post an above forecast 15.8 percent rise in 2007 net profits sending its shares higher.
Brazilian miner Vale has raised its bid for rival Xstrata by 17 percent to more than $89 billion, and a formal offer is expected in the coming days, a source with direct knowledge of the merger talks said Thursday.
Credit Suisse has written $2.85 billion off the value of its asset-backed investments and found mismarking and pricing errors on its books, it revealed on Tuesday, sending its shares plummeting by 6.6 percent.
Swiss engineering group ABB gave an upbeat outlook for 2008 on Thursday and said it would benefit from development of new power infrastructure in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, boosting its shares.
Net profit at Zurich Financial rose by a fifth in 2007, outstripping expectations, on the back of cost cuts and the Swiss insurer said on Thursday it would continue to scoop up rivals.
Swiss bank UBS has revealed $26.6 billion in exposure to risky U.S. mortgages distinct from subprime loans, increasing its vulnerability to the global credit crisis and sending its shares sharply lower.
Credit Suisse trimmed total writedowns from the subprime crisis Tuesday and its CEO Brady Dougan told CNBC he saw many growth opportunities for the bank.
This may be the time to be brave and buy stocks in banks, as the steep fall in share prices in the past six months has created opportunities to scoop up cheap stocks, analysts said on Monday.
Swiss private bank Julius Baer beat expectations with a 31 percent rise in its 2007 net profit, saying its lack of exposure to the credit crisis was drawing in clients.
Full-year net profit at the world's biggest agrochemicals company, Syngenta, rose 75 percent to $1.11 billion, beating forecasts, as crop prices rose sharply amid raging demand for food and biofuel.
The main flu virus circulating in the United States and Canada has shown "elevated resistance" to the antiviral drug Tamiflu, in line with findings in parts of Europe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.
Switzerland's banking watchdog warned that the country's two largest banks UBS and Credit Suisse could face write-downs in assets beyond subprime, sending their shares spiraling lower.
European pharmaceutical Roche reported a better-than-expected 25 percent increase in fourth-quarter net profit Wednesday on strong sales of its cancer drugs, despite lower sales of its key influenza drug Tamiflu.
The collaboration theme here never really hung together for me. You can see the logic in people working together to solve the world’s problems, which is what WEF wants to do. But in the context of the market turmoil it seems like most people (well, banks anyway) just want to batten down the hatches and get through it.
It takes a lot of turn a ski resort into a world financial center. Most of Davos went smoothly, but other parts could use a little more 'collaborative innovation.' Here's some observations -- and funny moments -- of the meeting.
This year it is the news outside Davos that became the meat of conversations in corridors and at receptions. Is the US in recession? Will a $150-billion stimulus package of tax cuts prevent recession? Can Europe avoid a slowdown? Should my business be chasing more growth in emerging markets?
The European Central Bank president thought banks had learned their lesson after Barclays and Iraq is bullish on oil production.
Tony Blair and Bill Gates have been doing their best to bring the Davos agenda back to the longer-term issues of climate change and development, but let’s face it, in the current U.S. economic climate, the slowdown in the U.S. (not to mention the 'R' word) has dominated the talk here.
Crude oil and other commodities hit record highs last year, raising concerns about supply. Another precious resource -- water -- is also attracting attention and the subject made its way onto the agenda at Davos.
Top government and private-sector executive discussed derivatives and analyzed the recent financial crisis. ECB chief Trichet says turbulence won't dictate rates, JPMorgan Chase boss Jamie Dimon says such crises are cyclical, but nobody mentions the fraud at Societe Generale.