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A mining industry mega-deal

Microsoft beat expectations for revenue and cloud sales, Alphabet shares rise by double-digits after first-quarter earnings beat expectations, markets are no longer fully confident of a US interest rate cut before September, and the EU is turning to draconian tactics to curb migration. Plus, a merger between mining giants BHP and Anglo American could get investors excited about the industry again.

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Alphabet shares surge past $2tn after search giant unveils first ever dividend

Microsoft’s revenue and cloud sales beat expectations

Biden dealt blow as investors scale back bets on pre-election rate cut

Why is BHP bidding for Anglo American?

BHP proposes £31bn takeover of Anglo American in mining mega-deal

How Europe is paying other countries to police its borders

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