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  2. FTSE 100 ends lower
  3. China's Great Wall eyes Fiat Chrysler bid
  4. Sterling at $1.29, 1.09 euros
  5. Wealth manager Rathbone in takeover talks

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By Karen Hoggan

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  1. Tyme for more #bankbandnames

    US soul group The Tymes, whose big UK hit was "Miss Grace" back in the mid-70s inspired Nick Fitzmaurice to come up with The Financial Tymes.

  2. FTSE 100 closes lower

    The FTSE 100 didn't manage to claw its way into positive territory by the close on Monday, ending the day at 7,318.88, a slight fall of 5 points or 0.07%.

    Meanwhile the FTSE 250 finished at 19,646.90, a rise of 20 points or 0.10%.

  3. Financial markets under 'cloud'

    South Korean protestors hold up  placards reading "Stop war exercise" in Seoul
    Image caption: South Korean protesters hold up placards reading "Stop war exercise" in Seoul

    The markets remain in a "bad mood" on Monday. according to Connor Campbell, financial analyst at Spreadex, with the Dow Jones is still trading lower (see earlier post) and dollar under pressure.

    Quote Message: There wasn’t exactly anything new to prompt this negative display from the US markets – but nor does there need to be. America is engulfed two major storylines at the moment: one, the US/North Korea tensions, seemingly set to ramp up again as the former pushed ahead with military exercises in South Korea; and two, the ongoing chaos of Trump’s domestic agenda... Both of these situations are serious enough that their ongoing existence – one threatening global stability, the other indefinitely delaying Trump’s tax and infrastructure plans – is enough to cast a cloud over the markets.
  4. Fiat Chrysler's shares race ahead

    Front of some Jeep cars

    A quick update on Fiat Chrysler's shares now and on Wall Street they are 7% higher following news that China's Great Wall Motors is interested in snapping up the company.

    It closed 6.9% ahead on the Borsa Italiana in Milan.

  5. Co-operative Bank rescue deal gets approval

    Co-operative Bank sign

    The Co-operative Bank's £700m rescue deal has been approved by members.

    The plan leaves its parent company, the Co-op with a shareholding of just 1% - with five US hedge funds taking control of the bank.

    The bank says it expects to be able to successfully complete the restructuring and recapitalisation on 1 September.

  6. More manic #bankbandnames

    Manic Street Preachers in 1998

    And still the #bankbandnames keep coming.

    We liked Matthew Bowen's suggestion - Manic Wall Street Preachers.

  7. Cambridge University Press China backtrack

    There's a terse statement from CUP on why it reversed its decision to censor some articles in China in return for access to the country: "We have listened to the academic community and taken the decision to unblock the articles today."

    It was only on Friday CUP said it was curbing access to 300 articles the Chinese government said it didn't like. It said this was troubling, but a price worth paying: "We complied with this initial request to remove individual articles, to ensure that other academic and educational materials we publish remain available to researchers and educators in this market."

  8. 'Let's make lots of money' #bankbandnames

    Pet Shop  Boys on Top of the Pops in 1983

    Ali Campbell's put a lot of thought into this suggestion - Debt Shop Boys - one of their big hits back in the day was, of course, "Let's make lots of money".

  9. Game on?

    Chris Johnston

    Business reporter, BBC News

    Game Digital

    Struggling retailer Game Digital will trial putting outlets inside four Maplin stores in a bid to boost sales.

    Game has just over 300 UK stores, but 220 leases are up for renewal by the end of 2018.

    Game warned in June that annual profits would be "substantially below" expectations after challenging trading and the poor stock availability of Nintendo Switch.

    Mike Ashley's Sports Direct picked up a 26% stake in Game in June.

    Shares in the retailer have plunged almost 60% this year, leaving Game worth just £42m.

  10. #bankbandnames fever

    The Bee Gees at the Albert Hall

    TSB Gees and Pinklloyds - Simon Lamb's cracking contributions to #bankbandnames - we don't know which we prefer ...

  11. BreakingPublisher backtracks on China ban

    The world's oldest publishing house - Cambridge University Press - has reversed a decision to censor its content in China.

    The change of heart came after complaints from the academic community. Earlier this month, the publisher said it had blocked articles in The China Quarterly that cover sensitive political subjects, such as the Tiananmen Massacre.

    CUP said it had been told to do so by the Chinese authorities, otherwise it would not be allowed to publish other material in China.

  12. Wall Street flat at open

    Wall Street sign with US flags behind

    There was little change at the open on Wall Street, with commentators saying that investors are busy keeping an eye on the tensions between the US and North Korea

    The Dow Jones was at 21,653.21, a fall of 21 points or 0.10%.

    The S&P 500 was at 2,424.44, down 1 point or 0.05%.

    And the tech-heavy Nasdaq was at 6,220.52, a rise of 4 points or 0.06%.

  13. Jeep could help drive Great Wall upmarket

    A red Jeep

    More on Great Wall Motors' interest in buying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) now and Dr Yupu Lin, research follow at Warwick Business School, says despite being the biggest SUV maker in China Great WAll Motors has a "key technology void, a weakness hindering its long-term development due to a lack of sufficient R&D expenditure".

    "Acquiring FCA, especially Jeep, will overcome this weakness and enhance its technological capacity in SUV manufacturing," he reckons.

    "Great Wall Motors' SUV brands, such as Haval and Wey, have a decent market share in the low and middle ends of the Chinese vehicle market, but they have lacked the ability to win customers in the high end market, especially for luxury vehicles.

    "This potential deal will enhance its competitive ability in the high end of the Chinese SUV market and realise a brand upgrade through Jeep."

  14. Britain's current account deficit in 2015 bigger than thought

    £20 notes

    Britain's current account deficit was even bigger in 2015 than previously thought according to new estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

    The ONS said on Monday the current account deficit was £98bn in 2015 which is the equivalent of 5.2% of GDP.

    The previous estimate was £80bn or 4.3% of GDP.

    Last year the Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney highlighted the country needed tens of billions of pounds of foreign finance a year to balance the books.

    Much of the increase stemmed from new methodology that showed British companies paid out more interest to foreign holders of corporate bonds than previously estimated.

  15. FTSE update

    Shadow walking past London Stock Exchange sign

    Let's check up on how the markets are doing now - and in London the FTSE 100 is pretty much flat at 7,320.29, a fall of 3.69 points or 0.05%.

    Meanwhile, the FTSE 250 is ahead at 19,653.78 - that's up 27.32 points or 0.14%.

  16. OK #bankbandnames

    Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke

    This might be the favourite so far. From Craig Gilbey...RatioHead

  17. I got #bankbandnames

    Sonny and Cher

    Stockbroker James Wood's contribution is a cracker...Sonny and Shares