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Summary

  1. Get in touch: bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk
  2. Trump calls for a "strong dollar"
  3. Pound falls back on Trump comments
  4. ECB holds interest rates at 0%
  5. US revives post-Brexit trade deal hopes
  6. Sky signals the end of the satellite dish

Live Reporting

By Daniel Thomas

All times stated are UK

  1. Good night

    That's it for tonight, thanks very much for reading. We'll be back tomorrow from 0600.

  2. Dow and S&P hit fresh records

    The Dow Jones and S&P 500 hit record highs on Thursday as investors found plenty to cheer in the US earnings season.

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% to 26,392.79, the S&P 500 gained 0.06% to 2,839.25 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.05% to 7,411.16.

    Analysts suggested that Donald Trump's call for a "strong dollar" took some of the steam out of Wall Street's rally.

  3. Soros takes aim at Google and Facebook

    George Soros

    The billionaire investor George Soros has criticised tech "monopolies" such as Facebook and Google, calling them a threat to democracy.

    At his annual dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Soros warned that social media platforms were "obstacles to innovation".

    He raised concerns about their power to shape people's attentions.

    However, he predicted their days were numbered because tax policy and regulation would catch up with them.

    The BBC has approached Google and Facebook for comment.

  4. Toyota issues South Africa recall

    A crash test dummy

    Toyota has issued a recall of more than 700,000 vehicles in South Africa over airbag safety concerns.

    The Japanese car firm said it needed to replace front airbag inflators produced by parts maker Takata, as they had the potential to burst.

    "In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, striking and possibly injuring the occupants in the event of an accident," Toyota said in a statement.

    The company said no injuries or fatalities had been caused by the fault, which in some cars dates back 15 years.

    Last year Japan's Takata agreed to pay $1bn (£820m) in penalties in the US for concealing dangerous defects in its exploding airbags.

    In June 2017 it filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Japan.

  5. Trump's dollar comments

    Donald Trump

    As we have reported, the dollar has bounced back after Donald Trump said he wanted to see a strong dollar - contradicting comments made by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin one day earlier.

    The US president told CNBC: "The dollar is going to get stronger and stronger and ultimately I want to see a strong dollar."

    He also suggested Mr Mnuchin's comments had been taken out of context and that the dollar's value should be based on the strength of the economy.

    "It should be what it is, it should also be based on the strength of the country - we are doing so well," Mr Trump, who is at Davos, said.

  6. Government responds to Goldman's Brexit warning

    Canary Wharf

    The government has stressed the EU and UK are in agreement over a Brexit transition period after the head of Goldman Sachs questioned whether one would be delivered.

    Lloyd Blankfein also said that at some point the bank's Brexit contingency plans would become irreversible.

    The government told the BBC:

    "Both the EU and the UK are in agreement to a strictly time-limited implementation period which would be mutually beneficial. "We have been clear that this should be based on the existing structure of EU rules and regulations, during which the UK and the EU would continue to have access to one another’s markets on current terms, and the UK would take part in existing security measures. "An implementation period also means that both businesses and public services will only have to plan for one set of changes in the relationship between the UK and the EU. The business community has been clear on the importance of this to their planning."

  7. Pound and euro fall as dollar rises

    Pound and dollar notes

    Both sterling and the euro have lost ground after climbing earlier in the day.

    The pound is trading at $1.4133, having passed $1.43 earlier on Thursday. The euro, which spiked to $1.25 after the ECB said it would keep rates on hold, is now trading at $1.2377.

    It comes after Donald Trump said he ultimately wants the dollar to be strong, contradicting comments made by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin one day earlier.

  8. Marlboro-maker's shares fall on regulation jitters

    Packets of Marlboro

    Shares in tobacco giant Philip Morris fell almost 7% after a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel rejected claims that its tobacco heating devices were less risky than traditional cigarettes.

    The findings could affect an FDA decision on the products due on Thursday.

    Phillip Morris, which makes Marlboro, fell 6.9% before paring loses to trade 2.6% lower.

    The firm says its IQOS device, which heats tobacco rather than burning it, reduces most of the health risks surrounding traditional cigarettes.

    But the independent panel said there was not enough evidence to show they would substantially reduce disease or deaths.

  9. Jacob Rees-Mogg and Philip Hammond at odds over Brexit

    Jacob Rees Mogg MP

    Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg will call for a fundamental change in ministers' tone on Brexit later, accusing UK negotiators of being "cowed by the EU".

    The Eurosceptic backbencher will say "close alignment" with the EU after Brexit will be unacceptable.

    Chancellor Philip Hammond, meanwhile, has said he hopes the UK and EU economies will only move "very modestly" apart after Brexit.

    He said they were already "completely interconnected and aligned".

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  10. Government orders financial assessment of fracking firm

    Kirby Misperton
    Image caption: The company is waiting for final approval to frack for shale gas at Kirby Misperton

    Business minister Greg Clark has ordered a financial assessment of Third Energy before deciding whether to allow the firm to frack in North Yorkshire.

    The company is waiting for final approval to frack for shale gas at Kirby Misperton, which has been the focus of ongoing protests.

    Mr Clark said that all technical requirements had been met, but "an equivalent assessment should be undertaken of the financial resilience of companies proposing to carry out hydraulic fracturing".

    This was so stakeholders could have confidence in a company's ability "to meet its commitments".

    Third Energy's financial accounts are overdue, with Mr Clark saying they had yet to submit accounts for the period ending December 2016, despite a statutory deadline of September 2017.

  11. FSA 'must clarify meat company shutdown'

    A Russell Hume steak

    The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has expressed "extreme concern" about the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) investigation into meat supplier Russell Hume.

    On Wednesday the FSA said it had ordered a recall of meat supplied by the firm over concerns about its hygiene standards.

    Tony Lewis of CIEH said: “It is essential that the FSA comes out and provides clarification about what exactly has been going on regarding Russell Hume.

    "The public has been kept in the dark about the extent of the problem, and the statements made by the respective parties simply do not add up.

    "It now transpires that Russell Hume has been under investigation for 12 days, and the public will want to know what the FSA has been doing in that time frame. Can the FSA now guarantee that no unsafe meat has already entered the food chain from this source?"

  12. Sales up 20% at Louis Vuitton-owner

    Louis Vuitton bag

    Profits jumped at the world's number one luxury goods maker in 2017 as its Chinese market bounced back.

    LVMH, which owns Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior, saw operating income climb 18% to 8.3bn euros. Revenue was up 13% at 42.6bn euros.

    The firm credited renewed demand in China after stock market turbulence hit consumer sentiment in 2015-16.

    It also reported strong sales of its wines and spirits (which include Moët Hennessy).

  13. Other pubs used meat supplier under investigation

    Wetherspoon's menu

    Two pub groups have admitted to using a supplier under investigation for food hygiene standards, after Wetherspoon did so yesterday.

    Marston's and Greene King said that Russell Hume supplied some products to their sites. Both have stopped serving the meat.

    Yesterday, the Food Standards Agency said it had stopped any meat leaving Russell Hume plants and unused meat had been withdrawn from its customers.

    The Birmingham-based firm supplies restaurant chains such as Jamie's Italian, schools, and care homes.

    On Wednesday it emerged Wetherspoon pubs had removed steak from the menu on their weekly steak night.

  14. FTSE 100 closes lower

    The LSE

    The FTSE 100 ended 0.4% lower at 7,615.84 points as the pound continued to climb.

    Among the worst performers were Shire, down 3.2%, Paddy Power Betfair, down 3.1%, and Just Eat which shed 3%.

    A strong pound affects the profits of FTSE-listed firms as they are worth less when they are converted back into sterling.

    The FTSE 250 was flat at 20,521.74, with construction group Kier the best performer. It climbed almost 15% after the firm said contracts that it picked up from defunct rival Carillion were performing well.

  15. Pound hovers around $1.43

    Pound coins

    The pound is hovering at around $1.43 ($1.4275) against the dollar, having passed that mark earlier. That's the highest it's been since the EU referendum.

    Meanwhile the Euro has surged after the ECB kept interest rates on hold but acknowledged that the eurozone was growing faster than expected.

    It's up 0.7% at $1.2493 having passed $1.25 earlier.

  16. 50 Cent forgot he had a stash of Bitcoin now worth $8m

    50 Cent

    Rapper 50 Cent has discovered that he is a Bitcoin millionaire, thanks to some long-forgotten album sales.

    In 2014, 50 Cent released the album Animal Ambition and became the first artist to accept Bitcoin as payment.

    The rapper received more than 700 Bitcoins under the deal, but then forgot about the cryptocurrency,according to celebrity newsite TMZ.

    The hoard is worth $7-$8m, although the currency's price volatility means that could change fast.

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  17. The Presidents Club: Are charities allowed to return money?

    Reality Check

    Charity messages

    Following the reports of sexual harassment of women working as hostesses at the men-only dinner held by The Presidents Club, some of the charities that would have benefited from the money raised have released statements.

    For example, children's hospital Evelina London, has said it will not accept funding from The Presidents Club, and will also return previous donations, while Great Ormond Street will also give back money donated to it from these events in the past.

    Can they do this?