12 March – 16 March

12 March

The Republican package of tax cuts signed into law by President Donald Trump in December has been poorly received by most macro-economists. The wrong tax cuts at the wrong time in the cycle is a typical response.

US futures are pointing to a higher open for Wall Street on Monday, with markets still in an upbeat mood following last week’s strong reading on US employment.

Buyout specialist Warburg Pincus is investing $370m for a minority stake in Vietnam Technological and Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Techcombank) in the largest private equity deal in the country.

Key data on whether an AstraZeneca drug improves overall survival for those with non-small cell lung cancer that has spread elsewhere in the body will not now be released until the second half of the year, the company and its global biologics and development arm, MedImmune, have announced.

13 March

Donald Trump’s decision this month to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports generated plenty of speculation about potential retaliation from trading partners.

Greencore, the world’s biggest sandwich maker, shed almost a quarter of its market value on Tuesday after it warned that profits in its current fiscal year will be below analyst expectations.

Shares in Qualcomm dropped in after-hours trading on Wall Street on Monday after Broadcom’s takeover bid for the chipmaker was blocked by US president Donald Trump.

Inditex, the world’s largest fashion retailer by sales, is rolling out augmented reality technology across 120 flagship stores around the world from next month.

14 March

Japanese core machine orders grew at the fastest pace in two years in January, bouncing back from a sharp fall in December.

Shares in B&S International surged at their Hong Kong debut on Wednesday, reflecting the craze for bubble tea, one of its key products.

A major bitcoin exchange has struck a banking relationship with Barclays, a move that marks a break in the ranks of UK lenders who have been shunning the cryptocurrency industry as it comes under growing scrutiny from regulators.

At the age of 35, Drew Houston is a rare animal in the fast-changing world of Silicon Valley: a veteran business executive with more than a decade at the top of a single company.

15 March

The Norwegian krone has hit its highest point of the year after the country’s central bank indicated that it is preparing for an earlier rise in rates than previously anticipated.

A couple of weeks ago, a veteran Japan broker concocted a revealing thought experiment. Could Toyota, in a fantasy splurge of consolidation, buy in Denso (its biggest parts maker) and Toyota Industries (the world’s biggest forklift-truck maker) using only its treasury shares?

Noble Group, the crisis-hit commodity trader, has warned investors it will file for administration if they fail to back an amended debt restructuring proposal.

Some of the largest buyout funds in the world are investing in the lucrative cyber security industry, but growing prices for assets are making these acquisitions difficult to pursue.

16 March

Inflation in Italy was lower than initially thought in February, according to official data released on Friday.

Shares in Nex Group, the UK financial technology business headed by Michael Spencer, soared more than 30 per cent to a record high on Friday after it confirmed it had held preliminary talks about being purchased by CME Group, the US derivatives exchange.

Spotify will debut on the public market on April 3, in one of the most anticipated IPOs of the year.

A top Visa executive has launched one of the most outspoken attacks yet from the financial establishment on the bitcoin craze, saying cryptocurrency was used by “every crook and dirty politician” and speculators who have “no clue”.