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Summary

  1. Trump defends Ivanka in Nordstrom row
  2. FTSE 250 and Nasdaq finish at record highs
  3. Rio Tinto boosts dividend payout as profits rise
  4. FT: L'Oreal considering Body Shop sale
  5. Get in touch: bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk

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By Daniel Thomas

All times stated are UK

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    That's all for tonight - thanks for being with us on Business Live. 

    Do join us bright and early tomorrow at 06:00 for all the latest news, views and analysis from the world of business.

  2. Cook critiques Trump travel ban

    Apple chief executive Tim Cook was made an honorary Doctor of Science at Glasgow University this evening (see his tweet below).

    In a question and answer session afterwards, he reiterated his opposition to US President Donald Trump's travel ban. 

    Alluding to Martin Luther King, Dr Cook said "if we stand and say nothing it's as if we're agreeing".

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  3. Goldman fund 'to move from London'

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    A Goldman Sachs hedge fund is closing its London operations and moving staff to New York, according to Reuters.

    About eight staff members who made up the London team of Goldman Sachs Investment Partners (GSIP) were recently told to move, according to Reuters sources.

    The article says the move was triggered by the departure of the team's managing director. It doesn't link the decision to the Brexit vote.

    GSIP, which started with $7bn under management in 2008 - one of the largest-ever hedge fund launches - has offices in the US, London, Mumbai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.  

  4. Nasdaq edges to fresh high

    The Nasdaq index rose 8 points, or 0.15%, to finish at a fresh record high of 5,682.45.

    But the Dow Jones finished 36 points, or 0.18%, lower at 20,054 - as trading on Wall Street stayed within a narrow range for most of the day.

    The broader S&P 500 was almost flat at 2,294.67.

    US clothing retailer Nordstrom finished more than 4% higher despite criticism from President Trump over its decision to stop selling his daughter Ivanka's fashion label.

  5. Lewis looks to live long and prosper

    Labour MP Clive Lewis, who stepped down as the shadow business secretary this evening in protest at the party voting for the Brexit bill, had this message for his supporters:

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    In case you're wondering, the Kobayushi Maru Test is a no-win scenario designed to see how you will react in a hopeless situation.  

  6. What next for Brexit bill?

    The government's Brexit bill - which allows Theresa May to trigger negotiations to leave the EU - has been passed by MPs without any amendments. 

    It now moves to the House of Lords where it will be scrutinised once the Lords return from recess on 20 February. 

    Mrs May still aims to have the bill passed by the end of March. 

    This graphic explains what happens if the Lords make changes to the bill, and what happens if they don't.

    Passage of Brexit bill
  7. Trump criticised over Ivanka intervention

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    Democrats have condemned President Donald Trump's tweet attacking a clothing retailer after it dropped a fashion line owned by his daughter.

    Mr Trump tweeted that "Ivanka has been treated so unfairly" by clothing retailer Nordstrom.

    A Democratic senator called the post "inappropriate" and an ex-White House ethics tsar dubbed it "outrageous".

    Earlier this month Nordstrom became the fifth retailer to drop the Ivanka Trump clothing line, citing lack of sales.

    Read the story here.

  8. BreakingMPs back Brexit bill

    MPs have voted in favour of a bill empowering the government to start the Brexit process.

    They backed the government's Brexit bill by a majority of 372, taking the UK a step closer to leaving the European Union.

    The bill will now move to the House of Lords later this month.

  9. BreakingShadow business secretary resigns

    Clive Lewis MP

    Labour MP Clive Lewis, the party's main business spokesman, has stepped down from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet.

    His resignation comes moments before MPs are due to vote on the bill triggering Article 50, the formal process by which the UK will leave the EU.

    "When I became the MP for Norwich South, I promised my constituents I would be 'Norwich's voice in Westminster, not Westminster's voice in Norwich'," Mr Lewis said in a statement.

    "I therefore cannot, in all good conscience, vote for something I believe will ultimately harm the city I have the honour to represent, love and call home."

  10. MPs to vote on Brexit bill

    MPs are set to vote in the next few minutes on the bill which will empower the government to start the Brexit process.

    Several attempts to change the draft legislation have been outvoted with a final vote expected shortly.  

    The voting has been going on all afternoon, and some MPs are showing signs of fatigue. Kirsty Blackman, a Scottish National Party MP, tweeted:

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  11. Bank warns against 'lax financial rules'

    Kamal Ahmed

    Economics editor

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    "The man responsible for financial stability at the Bank of England has warned against relaxing banking regulation, saying that such a move could damage the global economy.

    "Sir Jon Cunliffe told the BBC that 'lax controls' risked undoing progress that had been made since the financial crisis.

    "His comments come after suggestions that if Britain did not secure a good trade deal with the European Union following Brexit, the UK could become an offshore tax haven.

    "Donald Trump, via an executive order, has also announced there will be a review of the Dodd-Frank legislation in America."

    Read more from Kamal's blog here.

  12. Trump responding to 'attack on his daughter'

    Donald and Ivanka Trump

    Earlier Donald Trump criticised US department store Nordstrom on Twitter for dropping his daughter Ivanka's clothing line.

    White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters the US president was responding to an "attack on his daughter". 

    Spicer added "for people to take out their concern about his actions or executive orders on members of his family, he has every right to stand up for his family and applaud their business activities, their success".  

    Nordstrom shares are currently 2.2% higher, after initially dropping 0.7% following Trump's tweet. 

  13. Intel chief's Oval Office visit

    Intel boss Brian Krzanich showed reporters a silicon wafer on a trip to the White House earlier as he announced plans to invest $7bn in a new US facility.

    The wafer is used for making chips, but also seemingly doubles up as a mirror. Reuters TV producer Jonah Green tweets:

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  14. Brexit 'could cost 30,000 City jobs'

    London

    MPs are due to vote in just under an hour on a bill that gives Theresa May the power to start the Brexit process. 

    In case you missed it earlier, a Brussels-based research group put the potential number of Brexit-related departures from the City at 30,000 jobs.

    The Bruegel group attributed the risk to the end of "passporting", where banks seamlessly service the rest of the single market from their London bases. 

    New EU subsidiaries would need to be created to get around this, it said, requiring thousands of bankers, lawyers and consultants to relocate.

  15. Intel to create 3,000 US jobs

    Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich

    Intel is to create 3,000 new jobs in Arizona, chief executive Brian Krzanich has told reporters during a visit to the White House.

    The firm will invest $7bn in its Fab 42 facility, which will produce microprocessors for "hundreds of millions" of devices around the world.

    Big businesses including GM, Walmart and Amazon have all announced plans to hire more US workers after Donald Trump vowed to penalise firms who offshore their production. 

    Mr Krzanich confirmed the deal in the Oval Office, while also displaying a silicon wafer for making chips (pictured above).

  16. Pension battle an 'emotional journey'

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    Video caption: Pension battle 'difficult and emotional journey'

    An unmarried woman who won a legal battle over her late partner's pension says the Supreme Court ruling will help many other people.

    Denise Brewster, who was denied payments after her partner died, said the case was a "difficult and emotional journey".

    The judgment is likely to improve the pension rights of unmarried couples in the public sector.

  17. VW 'committed to Russia'

    Meeting between Putin and VW boss Mueller

    Volkswagen has said it's "committed to the Russian market", after its chief executive met with President Putin in Moscow.

    The world's best-selling carmaker said it planned further development in Russia, where it said its three plants provided 6,800 direct and 50,000 indirect jobs.

    "Even during the economic crisis we didn’t stop developing – we opened engine production in Kaluga in 2015, and extended automotive production facilities in 2016," a VW spokesman said.

    Some foreign car makers, such as General Motors, have pulled back from Russia, but VW has sustained investment.