Qatar Buys Stake in British Airways Parent

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Qatar Airways has bought a near 10% or $1.7 billion stake in British Airways-parent International Consolidate Airlines.

BHP Billiton to Trim Olympic Dam Workforce

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BHP Billiton said it would pare back its workforce at the Olympic Dam copper-and-uranium mine in southern Australia amid a push to reduce operating costs.

Recalls Hit Honda Earnings

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Honda Motor cut its full-year net profit forecast by 3.5% after being hit by costs related to recalls over explosive air bags made by Takata.

Newcrest Rides a Gold Roller-Coaster

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Few companies have experienced the roller-coaster ride of the commodities cycle like Newcrest Mining, Australia’s biggest gold producer.

Oil-Price Slide Hits LNG Markets

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The collapse in oil markets in recent months is now being mirrored in Asian liquefied natural gas markets, where prices have nearly halved in the last four months.

More Doors Crack Open to Activists in Japan

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A friendlier approach to activist investing, in vogue in the U.S., is catching on in Japan, where the government has been pushing companies to be more responsive to shareholders.

Gold Tarnishes as U.S. Economy Strengthens

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The strong U.S. economy is dimming gold’s allure. Gold futures posted their sharpest decline—2.4%—in more than a year, a day after the Fed waxed optimistic about U.S. economic growth.

Former Hedge-Fund Managers Hit the Comeback Trail

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Veteran stock picker Michael Karsch said he is planning to launch a hedge-fund firm this year.

Manitowoc to Split Crane, Food-Equipment Arms

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Manitowoc said it plans to split into two stand-alone companies by spinning off its food-equipment business early next year, a move advocated by two activist investors.

Samsung, Apple Battle for Top Spot

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The fortunes of the world’s two biggest smartphone makers crossed paths again, as contrasting earnings reports from Apple and Samsung Electronics put the two technology giants back in a dead heat for leadership of the global market.

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