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Investors Betting on More ECB Stimulus

Six months after the European Central Bank launched its blockbuster bond-buying program to rouse the region’s economy, some investors are betting that authorities will crank stimulus efforts even higher.

Global Stocks Try to Regain Footing

Global stock markets rebounded slightly though investors remained cautious amid lasting concerns over China’s economy.

China Imposes New Controls to Keep Money From Leaving Country

China is imposing fresh controls to prevent too much money from leaving the country, in an effort to keep funds at home.

Tesco Closer to $7 Billion South Korea Deal

U.K. retailer Tesco has chosen Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners as the preferred bidder to buy its South Korea retail operations in a deal that could be worth up to $7 billion.

Analysis

Clashing Interests Hamstring EU Response to Crisis

Europe’s migrant struggle highlights the chasm between Europe’s principles and its ability to live up to them.

Volkswagen Extends CEO Martin Winterkorn’s Contract

German car maker Volkswagen said it would extend the contract of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn through 2018, ending speculation that he could step down as CEO and become chairman.

Conglomerate Honeywell Finds Love Amid the Breakups

Investors have rewarded Honeywell, even as other conglomerates have been pressured to tighten their focus.

Lego Profit Boosted by Asia

Danish toy maker Lego outpaced the growth for building sets in the wider U.S. toy market, booking a 31% jump in first-half profit and a 23% rise in revenue.

Bayer Separates Material Science Business

German pharmaceuticals group Bayer has moved a step closer to floating its $12.3 billion specialty chemicals business by ‘legally and economically’ separating the unit, now named Covestro.

McDonald’s Plans All-Day Breakfast

McDonald’s is embarking on its biggest operational change in years with plans to offer breakfast all day. 78

South African Gold Faces Uncertain Future

South Africa’s gold mining industry must undergo radical change to cope with falling prices, intensifying labor disputes and the surging cost of ever-deeper exploration.

Uber Drivers’ Suit Granted Class-Action Status

A federal judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit claiming Uber Technologies treats its drivers like employees without providing health benefits and paying for expenses normally covered by an employer. 135

Commodity Drop Slows Canada Down

Canada’s woes are a harbinger of what could come for a small clutch of advanced economies that rely heavily on commodity exports, and demand from China, for their economic growth.

UBS Unit to Pay More Than $2.9 Million to Investors in Puerto Rico

UBS AG’s wealth-management unit was ordered to pay more than $2.9 million to two investors in Puerto Rico for losses tied to funds holding the island’s municipal bonds.

Market Bets Abound, but Where Are the Banks?

Goldman Sachs and its big-bank peers have sharply reduced their market exposure, making them relatively absent from trading in the latest volatility.

As Wall Street brims with tales of hedge-fund fortunes made and lost amid recent market gyrations, banks have been stuck on the sidelines, hamstrung by postcrisis rules governing what risks they can take.

Portuguese Central Bank Ends Talks With Anbang Over Novo Banco Sale

Portugal’s central bank will now enter talks with another bidder for the Portuguese bank created out of failed lender Banco Espírito Santo last year.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

Gunmen Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad, Says Iraqi Official

Masked gunmen in pick-up trucks kidnapped 18 Turkish workers on the outskirts of Baghdad, an Iraqi security official said.

Main Suspect in Bangkok Bombing Arrested

Thailand’s prime minister said security forces arrested a man whom they believe to be the primary suspect in the bombing of a shrine in Bangkok last month.

Pope to Make It Easier for Priests to Grant Pardons for Abortion

Pope Francis will make it easier for priests to forgive women for having had abortions, and those who assisted, during a “year of mercy” starting Dec. 8. 587

U.K. Agrees to Change EU Referendum Question

The U.K. government has agreed to change the question in its planned referendum on EU membership after the country’s electoral watchdog said some people found the original wording was biased.

Technology

Intel Bets New Chips Will Revive PC Sales

Intel is overhauling its flagship line of computer chips in a high-stakes bid to revive personal-computer sales.

U.S.

Sidney Blumenthal, center, a longtime Hillary Clinton friend who was an unofficial adviser while she was secretary of state, takes a lunch break during a private session of the House Select Committee on Benghazi in Washington in June.

Emails Point to Large Role for Clinton Adviser

Longtime aide Sidney Blumenthal maintained an outsize role with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite being blocked from taking a job at the department. 71

U.S. Report Sees Economic Benefit in Allowing Oil Exports

Lifting the nation’s four-decade ban on oil exports wouldn’t raise gas prices and could help lower them, a government study concludes.

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Axel Springer lockt Start-ups nach Berlin

Wirtschaftsminister Philipp Rösler spricht bei seinem Besuch im Silicon Valley mit Barbara Holzapfel von SAP Labs North America.

Der deutsche Axel-Springer-Verlag hat mit dem kalifornischen Start-up-Accelerator Plug and Play Tech Center eine Partnerschaft geschlossen, um deutsche und europäische Start-ups zu fördern. Axel Springer Plug and Play soll Start-ups in der Frühphase mit Startkapital, Büros und Beratung unterstützen. Erst kurz zuvor hatte auch der Medienkonzern Pro-Sieben-Sat1 mit Sevenventures einen Accelerator für Medien-Start-ups gegründet.

Die Unterzeichnung beider Unternehmen im Silicon Valley wurde durch die Anwesenheit von Bundeswirtschaftsminister Philipp Rösler (FDP) prominent begleitet. Die Start-ups sollen durch das Programm im Austausch für eine Beteiligung von fünf Prozent zwischen 10.000 und 50.000 Euro, Büroräume in Berlin und eine Beratung über einen Zeitraum von drei bis sechs Monaten erhalten.
Das Modell Start-up Accelerators Plug and Play wurde nach dem US-Vorbild Y Combinator aufgebaut. Die Wachstumsbeschleuniger kümmern sich in der Frühphase eines Start-ups um ein intensives Training für das Management und um Ressourcen, die das Unternehmen für schnelleres Wachstum benötigt.

Kapitalgeber setzen auf deutsche Start-ups

Insgesamt hat sich die Finanzierungssituation für deutsche Start-ups im europäischen Vergleich zuletzt rosig entwickelt. Nach der jüngsten Analyse von Dow Jones Venturesource konnten britische Start-up-Unternehmen 2012 in 295 Abschlüssen insgesamt 1,4 Milliarden Euro einnehmen. Auf dem zweiten Platz landete Deutschland mit 189 Abschlüssen, bei denen Wagniskapital in Höhe von 822 Millionen Euro eingesammelt wurde.

Während in Großbritannien allerdings wie insgesamt im europäischen Vergleich die Summe des Risikokapitals stark zurückging, geht es in Deutschland aufwärts. In Großbritannien ging die Summe um fünf Prozent und die Zahl der Abschlüsse um zehn Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr zurück. In Deutschland dagegen stieg die investierte Summe im Vergleich zu 2011 um satte 48 Prozent, die Zahl der Abschlüsse nahm um 16 Prozent zu.

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Search

Investors Betting on More ECB Stimulus

Six months after the European Central Bank launched its blockbuster bond-buying program to rouse the region’s economy, some investors are betting that authorities will crank stimulus efforts even higher.

Global Stocks Try to Regain Footing

Global stock markets rebounded slightly though investors remained cautious amid lasting concerns over China’s economy.

China Imposes New Controls to Keep Money From Leaving Country

China is imposing fresh controls to prevent too much money from leaving the country, in an effort to keep funds at home.

Tesco Closer to $7 Billion South Korea Deal

U.K. retailer Tesco has chosen Asian private-equity firm MBK Partners as the preferred bidder to buy its South Korea retail operations in a deal that could be worth up to $7 billion.

Analysis

Clashing Interests Hamstring EU Response to Crisis

Europe’s migrant struggle highlights the chasm between Europe’s principles and its ability to live up to them.

Volkswagen Extends CEO Martin Winterkorn’s Contract

German car maker Volkswagen said it would extend the contract of Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn through 2018, ending speculation that he could step down as CEO and become chairman.

Conglomerate Honeywell Finds Love Amid the Breakups

Investors have rewarded Honeywell, even as other conglomerates have been pressured to tighten their focus.

Lego Profit Boosted by Asia

Danish toy maker Lego outpaced the growth for building sets in the wider U.S. toy market, booking a 31% jump in first-half profit and a 23% rise in revenue.

Bayer Separates Material Science Business

German pharmaceuticals group Bayer has moved a step closer to floating its $12.3 billion specialty chemicals business by ‘legally and economically’ separating the unit, now named Covestro.

McDonald’s Plans All-Day Breakfast

McDonald’s is embarking on its biggest operational change in years with plans to offer breakfast all day. 78

South African Gold Faces Uncertain Future

South Africa’s gold mining industry must undergo radical change to cope with falling prices, intensifying labor disputes and the surging cost of ever-deeper exploration.

Uber Drivers’ Suit Granted Class-Action Status

A federal judge has granted class-action status to a lawsuit claiming Uber Technologies treats its drivers like employees without providing health benefits and paying for expenses normally covered by an employer. 135

Commodity Drop Slows Canada Down

Canada’s woes are a harbinger of what could come for a small clutch of advanced economies that rely heavily on commodity exports, and demand from China, for their economic growth.

UBS Unit to Pay More Than $2.9 Million to Investors in Puerto Rico

UBS AG’s wealth-management unit was ordered to pay more than $2.9 million to two investors in Puerto Rico for losses tied to funds holding the island’s municipal bonds.

Market Bets Abound, but Where Are the Banks?

Goldman Sachs and its big-bank peers have sharply reduced their market exposure, making them relatively absent from trading in the latest volatility.

As Wall Street brims with tales of hedge-fund fortunes made and lost amid recent market gyrations, banks have been stuck on the sidelines, hamstrung by postcrisis rules governing what risks they can take.

Portuguese Central Bank Ends Talks With Anbang Over Novo Banco Sale

Portugal’s central bank will now enter talks with another bidder for the Portuguese bank created out of failed lender Banco Espírito Santo last year.

Greek Polls Suggest Tough Election Test for Tsipras

Opinion polls show declining support for Greece’s Syriza party and its leader, Alexis Tsipras. But Syriza retains a lead over its opponents and the Sept. 20 election could be tight.

Gunmen Kidnap 18 Turkish Workers in Baghdad, Says Iraqi Official

Masked gunmen in pick-up trucks kidnapped 18 Turkish workers on the outskirts of Baghdad, an Iraqi security official said.

Main Suspect in Bangkok Bombing Arrested

Thailand’s prime minister said security forces arrested a man whom they believe to be the primary suspect in the bombing of a shrine in Bangkok last month.

Pope to Make It Easier for Priests to Grant Pardons for Abortion

Pope Francis will make it easier for priests to forgive women for having had abortions, and those who assisted, during a “year of mercy” starting Dec. 8. 587

U.K. Agrees to Change EU Referendum Question

The U.K. government has agreed to change the question in its planned referendum on EU membership after the country’s electoral watchdog said some people found the original wording was biased.

Technology

Intel Bets New Chips Will Revive PC Sales

Intel is overhauling its flagship line of computer chips in a high-stakes bid to revive personal-computer sales.

U.S.

Sidney Blumenthal, center, a longtime Hillary Clinton friend who was an unofficial adviser while she was secretary of state, takes a lunch break during a private session of the House Select Committee on Benghazi in Washington in June.

Emails Point to Large Role for Clinton Adviser

Longtime aide Sidney Blumenthal maintained an outsize role with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, despite being blocked from taking a job at the department. 71

U.S. Report Sees Economic Benefit in Allowing Oil Exports

Lifting the nation’s four-decade ban on oil exports wouldn’t raise gas prices and could help lower them, a government study concludes.

Video

Hungary Stops Migrants Boarding Trains To Germany

1:46

Ukraine Protest Blast Kills Officer, Injures Dozens

0:45

Body Count Rises in Migrant Effort to Reach Europe

1:38

Personal Tech | DxO One Review

Finally, an iPhone Camera Good Enough for a Pro

The DxO One is a tiny attachment offering a big upgrade to your iPhone camera. Geoffrey A. Fowler reviews.