25 December – 29 December

25 December

Shares in XPO Logistics jumped more than 10 per cent on Friday after a report said Home Depot could be eyeing a bid for the global logistics and transportation provider.

Louis Dreyfus Company has announced the sale of its metals unit to a Chinese fund that includes one of the country’s biggest copper and cobalt producers as an investor.

Erik Seiersen manages a new crisis every day. “I’ve been working in Mexico since 1990 and I’ve never seen this level of volatility and insecurity,” says the Mexican head of British drinks group Diageo and president of the country’s wine and liquor commission.

Bitcoin has struggled to recover from last week’s wild swings, with the price of the popular but volatile digital currency giving up some of its weekend recovery to trade at about $14,000 by midday on Sunday in New York.

26 December

The UK’s biggest energy supplier Centrica is hunting for a second joint venture partner to further boost its oil and gas production business after a recent deal with German-owned Bayerngas Norge.

Carlsberg is investing millions of euros in research to try to detect aromas and flavours in beer far more rapidly than is currently possible in what it dubs the “beer fingerprinting project”.

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group is to intensify its expansion into Southeast Asia by purchasing a majority stake in Indonesia’s fifth-largest bank by market capitalisation.

The euro suffered a sudden Christmas Day slide on Monday in a drop attributed by analysts to computer-driven selling amid thin trading volumes.

27 December

Global exchanges attracted the largest number of listings since the financial crisis this year, with a resurgence of activity in the US and a record number of Chinese deals belying concerns that companies are cooling to the idea of public ownership.

Shares in serviced office provider IWG soared on Wednesday after the struggling group confirmed a takeover approach, stoking expectations of a bid battle.

The Chinese owner of Volvo Cars is to become the biggest shareholder of truckmaker Volvo Group, in a potentially historic realignment between the two Swedish automotive businesses.

Robots may one day steer trucks across America. But in winter 2017, US trucking companies are confronting a shortage of human drivers.

28 December

A recent court ruling involving the $24bn buyout of Dell could mean “game over” for hedge funds that have profited from asking US judges to boost the prices of takeovers after they have closed.

China’s central bank has tightened rules on mobile payments made by scanning a barcode, imposing restrictions that could slow the explosive growth for Alibaba’s financial services affiliate and that of its main rival, Tencent.

Following a trail of Francis Bacon and Gerhard Richter paintings into Asia, a London-based art fund is setting up in the region with plans to deploy at least $1bn over the next decade lending to collectors.

Copper prices continued their march higher on Thursday, rallying to their highest level in almost four years and putting the metal on track for its best year since 2010, in a welcome development for some of the world’s largest mining companies following years of oversupply.

29 December

On the shop floor at Fastems, a Finnish maker of automation systems, the mood, long subdued by the aftermath of the 2007 crisis that upended the Nordic country’s economy, has finally started to lift.

Global technology groups Apple and Amazon are close to unveiling plans to invest directly into Saudi Arabia as the kingdom seeks to pull itself out of an economic recession and diversify away from oil.

Bitcoin tumbled again on Thursday after South Korea announced more measures to regulate bitcoin trading, including a potential shutdown of exchanges, amid volatile moves in the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency market.

India’s billionaire Ambani brothers have overcome their famously testy relationship to agree a telecom infrastructure deal that will further expand the footprint of disruptive new entrant Reliance Jio.