A fresh batch of results have been released by US technology companies Alphabet, Microsoft and Amazon. They're all seeing strong gains. Here's a breakdown of the big hitters in this quarter's earnings season.
The US blue-chip stock market index has breached the 23,000-mark for the first time in history, powered by strong earnings and continuing its bull run in the wake of Donald Trump's tax cut announcements.
Pharma giant Bayer will sell some assets to its German rival BASF to gain regulatory approval for its takeover of US firm Monsanto, and create a company that will control more than a quarter of the world seed's market.
The iPhone maker has reported stronger-than-expected results, buoyed by strong sales of its smartphones, sending its shares to a record high. It hopes to keep this momentum with a new gadget to be unveiled this fall.
Catalan officials say 90 percent of voters said "yes" to independence from Spain in a referendum banned by the country's central government. The Catalan leader said the region had "gained the right" to its own state.
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