Sony Shares Fall Sharply on News of Microsoft Deal for Activision Blizzard 

Sony Group's shares fell nearly 13% in Tokyo on concerns about tough new competition for its videogame business from the newly announced combination of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.

BHP Metallurgical Coal Operations Disrupted by Australia Covid-19 Surge 

BHP Group said a surge in Covid-19 cases in Australia is causing a shortage of workers at its coal pits that will likely constrain how much steelmaking coal the miner can produce in its fiscal year.

EQT Aims to Raise Almost $23 Billion for Buyout Fund 

EQT AB expects to raise at least EUR20 billion, equivalent to about $22.81 billion, for a 10th buyout fund to further expand its U.S. presence, according to Per Franzen, a partner and global head of private capital's advisory teams.

Richemont Christmas Sales Jump 

Richemont said sales rose 32% in the third quarter that included Christmas, with demand for its jewelry and strong growth in the Americas boosting its performance.

ASML Posts Strong Profit Gain, Sees Sales Rising 

ASML posted a net profit of $2 billion for the fourth quarter and forecast sales growth of 20% in 2022 despite lower sales guidance for the first three months of the year due to a significant number of fast shipments.

Apple Says Senate Tech Bill Would Hurt Its Privacy Push 

The iPhone maker said a proposal in Congress would weaken a privacy-protection tool it rolled out last year, adding that the change could benefit "irresponsible" companies profiting from user data.

Activision Blizzard's Workplace Problems Spurred $75 Billion Microsoft Deal 

After a California lawsuit and a Wall Street Journal report, the company's stock was falling, board members were getting anxious-and the tech giant was ready to take a gamble.

Airlines Cancel Some Flights Ahead of U.S. 5G Wireless Launch 

The flight suspensions occurred even as AT&T and Verizon agreed to limit signals within 2 miles of runways to address air-safety concerns.

Pfizer's New Covid-19 Pill Works Against Omicron in Lab 

The drug's main component worked in three separate laboratory studies, a potentially encouraging sign as the Omicron strain spreads.

BJ's Wholesale Club to Move Credit Cards to Capital One, a Blow to ADS 

The warehouse club sued Alliance Data Systems, saying the card issuer isn't moving fast enough to transfer accounts.


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