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In a quiet stock market, whispers of an M&A wave
With the indexes drifting at the top of its range, the stocks making new all-time highs suggest the market is sniffing out a continued deal boom.

Stockman: Stocks and bonds will 'crash soon'
David Stockman explains why the stock and bond market could be on the verge of a collapse.

U.S. consumer prices soft; underlying inflation rising
U.S. consumer prices moderated in April on weak gasoline prices, but rising shelter and medical care costs boosted underlying inflation pressures, which should keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates later this year. The Labor Department said on Friday its Consumer Price Index gained 0.1 percent last month after increasing 0.2 percent in March. In the 12 months through April, the CPI fell 0.2 percent, the largest decline since October 2009, after dipping 0.1 percent in March.

Greece to cut bank rescue fund managers' pay by 40 percent
Cash-strapped Greece will cut the pay of bank bailout fund executives by 40 percent because their salaries are a "provocation" during a time of austerity cuts elsewhere, the finance ministry said on Friday. The Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF), financed by the country's bailout package, is the rescue vehicle that recapitalised Greece's big banks and covered the costs of winding down others deemed non-viable. "The minister (Yanis Varoufakis) understands that positions with high responsibility must be remunerated accordingly but salaries at the HFSF are a provocation for Greek society when incomes in the private and public sectors have shrunk," the ministry said.

Deere ups guidance as construction offsets ag swoon
Solid sales in construction equipment offset a global agricultural slowdown for Deere, and the company raised its outlook for the year. Shares rose nearly 4 percent before the opening bell Friday. Deere's ...

Has the oil rout actually helped Gulf producers?
The drastic fall in oil prices is widely thought to have hit the Gulf's main producers, but this CEO says the opposite is true.

China stocks hit 7-year high, Europe muted ahead of Fed
Chinese stocks hit a seven-year high as investors pinned their hopes on further economic stimulus while most other world markets were subdued Friday ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.

Misconduct bill tops $235 billion as banks struggle to shake off past sins
Twenty of the world's biggest banks have paid more than $235 billion (150 billion pounds) in fines and compensation in the last seven years for a litany of misdeeds that has scarred the industry and is delaying its rehabilitation. The misconduct bill is expected to rise by tens of billions more dollars, and many politicians, regulators and industry observers said more needs to be done to deter wrongdoing. "Some things have changed, but I'd be pessimistic of a complete shift in culture without more measures being taken," said Mark Taylor, dean of the business school at the University of Warwick in central England.

Merkel says 'a whole lot left' to do on Greece bailout talks
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday added urgency to the talks between Athens and its international creditors, saying after a meeting with Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras that "very, very intensive ...

Euro zone outlook brightest 'in seven years': Draghi
European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said the economic outlook for the euro zone looks "brighter today than it has done for seven long years."