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Any 'new drachma' would sink like a stone at first


LONDON - If a 'No' in Sunday's referendum eventually takes Greece out of Europe's single currency, any "new drachma" or temporary payment unit could be worth as little as a fifth of the euro now in circulation.


Greek chaos brings valuations headache for fund firms

LONDON - Fund firms with even token exposure to Greece hope Athens will soon reopen its stock exchange so they can wave goodbye to the 'guess-work' of valuing their funds.


China hunts for "manipulators" as stocks tumble

SHANGHAI - Chinese stocks tumbled again on Friday, taking the week's losses to more than 10 percent, as the securities regulator said it was investigating suspected market manipulation and announced a slew of measures aimed at heading off a full-blown crash.

For Fed, a muddled jobs report even as U.S. employment continues to expand

WASHINGTON - A mixed U.S. jobs report on Thursday may not give Fed chair Janet Yellen the "decisive evidence" of labor market recovery she wants to see before raising interest rates.

Spill settlement closure leaves BP open to growth, takeover

LONDON - BP's $18.7 billion settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill draws a line under years of uncertainty to allow it to focus once again on growth but could make it an acquisition target.


UK property shares live up to safe-haven tag in volatile world

LONDON - Forget gold. In a world of volatile market swings, Greek debt fears and an impending U.S. interest rate hike, one safe haven that has delivered on its promise is UK property.

Investors hedging against Greece, but there's no panic

NEW YORK - Global investors are hedged against a potential exit of Greece from the euro zone ahead of Sunday's referendum, but they're not betting on a huge fallout in financial markets even if there is a negative outcome.


New oil bull market in sight as Brazil, Iraq cut output targets

LONDON - Massive downward revisions to oil output in Brazil and Iraq have increased the risks for oil markets of going from the current feast to famine within just a few years, leading to a price spike that would give a new boost to the U.S. shale industry.


World's markets brace for Wednesday's leap second

SINGAPORE - Financial markets around with world will open on Wednesday with a tinge of apprehension, not just because of developments in Greece or China, but because of an extra second.




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