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WireTap 1400 27/02/12

A round-up of the key stories across the specialist financial media, including news that HSBC CEO Stuart Gulliver was awarded £5.9 billion in bonuses.

HSBC awards Gulliver £5.9m in bonuses

HSBC awarded its chief executive £5.9m in bonuses and longer-term incentives for 2011 as the bank revealed a 6 per cent fall in underlying pre-tax profit for the year.

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Olympus risks foreign backlash with new board line-up

Japan's Olympus Corp has proposed a new board of directors, but the line-up could face a hostile reception from foreign investors when it goes to a shareholder vote.

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Buyers take a shine to 'junk'

Investors are piling into high-yield debt, spurred by low yields on Treasurys and the improved health of companies.

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Italy’s short-term yields hit 17-month low

Yields on Italian debt fell to their lowest levels in more than a year after Rome sold more than €12bn in short-term bills in a further sign of improving investor sentiment towards the eurozone country’s debt.

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S&P 500 rises to highest level since 2008 on economic reports

The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose above its highest close since 2008 as consumer confidence and home sales reports bolstered confidence in the world’s largest economy.

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