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  • UBS, Hit by Mortgage Risk, Sees Hard Year Ahead Thursday, 14 Feb 2008 | 12:42 PM ET

    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 Trims Subprime Writedowns Tuesday, 12 Feb 2008 | 1:06 PM ET

    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.

  • Stock Picks: Private Banking is Attractive Monday, 11 Feb 2008 | 10:24 AM ET

    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.

  • Syngenta Profit Leaps Amid Food, Biofuel Boom Thursday, 7 Feb 2008 | 3:40 AM ET

    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.

  • WHO Reports Tamiflu-Resistant Flu in US, Canada Friday, 1 Feb 2008 | 11:07 AM ET

    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.

  • UBS, Credit Suisse Face More Writedowns: Watchdog Thursday, 31 Jan 2008 | 12:37 PM ET

    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.

  • Roche Profit Rises on Sales of Cancer Drugs Wednesday, 30 Jan 2008 | 1:10 PM ET

    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.

  • Collaboration And Communication Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 2:53 PM ET

    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.

  • Telling It On The Mountain Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 1:22 PM ET

    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.

  • Outside News Dominates Insider Talk Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 11:47 AM ET

    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?

  • Morning Musings from the Lobby Friday, 25 Jan 2008 | 6:31 AM ET

    The European Central Bank president thought banks had learned their lesson after Barclays and Iraq is bullish on oil production.

  • What People Are Talking About in Davos Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 5:30 PM ET

    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.

  • Water Rises To A Level Of Concern Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 3:47 PM ET

    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.

  • Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction? Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 2:29 PM ET

    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.

  • Pakistan Battles Inflation, Not Just Militants Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 12:59 PM ET
    Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf.

    Keeping food and energy prices under control while presiding over a growing economy will be a key task for any government that emerges from the February elections, Finance Minister Salman Shah tells CNBC.com.

  • Brazil to Oppose Vale-Xstrata Deal: Report Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 12:14 PM ET

    Brazil's government opposes a plan by mining giant Vale to buy Swiss-based rival Xstrata, a senior official said Thursday, pouring cold water on a deal that analysts said could top $100 billion in one of the biggest mergers ever.

  • Rumors of a Google Clone Army Exaggerated Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 10:42 AM ET

    There are whispers at the World Economic Forum that the search engine company is taking DNA samples at Davos' premier hotel.

  • Afghanistan: Courting Capital in a Hot Spot Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 8:14 AM ET

    The threats of terrorism and the reliance on the drug trade loom over Afghanistan daily, but as development of basic infrastructure progresses, Finance Minister Anwar ul-Haq Ahady says the government is hoping to lure investment in its natural resources.

  • Writedowns, Part Deux Thursday, 24 Jan 2008 | 6:04 AM ET

    A rolling of eyes and Gallic shrugs worthy of any Frenchman. That was the response on the ground in Davos as the news of Socgen's trading loss and sub-prime writedown unfolded.