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Deal or no deal in Vienna, oil investors are preparing for higher prices


LONDON The chance of an agreement to freeze or cut crude output when OPEC members meet next month might appear more distant now Iraq has joined those asking for an exemption, but investors are ramping up their bets that oil prices will rally.


Failure of EU free trade deal would leave Canada stranded

OTTAWA The looming failure of free trade talks with the European Union would derail Canada's push to reduce its dependence on the United States and potentially complicate negotiations with other nations, such as India and China.


U.S. options market not very 'Trumped up' ahead of vote

NEW YORK Prospects that the presidential election will inject a hefty dose of volatility into U.S. stock markets are fading fast as Republican Donald Trump's victory odds lengthen.


UK's online estate agents begin to squeeze bricks-and-mortar rivals

LONDON Ash, in his 30s, is about to sell his flat. His neighbour in the apartment upstairs sold easily with an online agent. In London, says Ash, a house "sells itself". "What does a (traditional) estate agent contribute?"


London builders turn to funds as property prices drop

High-end property developers in London are restricting the supply of homes to prevent further price falls by selling entire apartment blocks to funds for rental, according to agents and investment managers.


Unilever's 'Marmitegate' shows strain on consumer industry

LONDON Unilever's push to raise the prices of its brands in Britain in response to a fall in the pound exposed the vulnerabilities of a company - and wider consumer brands industry - that can no longer count on selling more goods to deliver revenue growth.


Elusive rebound in exports hampers French recovery

PARIS France's northern port of Rouen usually bustles in October with wheat-laden ships destined for distant markets but the worst harvest in three decades means there is no chance this year of a trade boost from one of its most reliable exports.


Bond turmoil threatens to trigger year-end global market sell-off

LONDON If October's bond jolt reverberates through a politically nervy end to the year, many funds fear it may trigger an exodus from all richly valued financial assets as investors re-price intertwined stocks and bonds and hurry to protect 2016 gains.

Investors build up cash piles, bond market crash fears grow - BAML poll

LONDON Global investors have raised cash holdings back to post-Brexit highs and cut bond allocations to 10-month lows, nervous that bond prices are at risk of a destabilising selloff, a Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey showed on Tuesday.


Rise in global trade the tonic the world economy needs - Reuters poll

LONDON/BENGALURU The world economy needs international trade to pick up, according to Reuters polls of hundreds of economists who see no end yet to the aggressive monetary stimulus through which central banks have tried to prop up inflation.




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