Apple's value fell below $400bn (£265bn) for the first time in a year on Monday, as the prominent investor Warren Buffett said the company should ignore its critics and stick to running its business.
The London-based HSBC is delaying indefinitely the usual three-yearly review of where in the world to keep its head office, the chairman has said, as Britain's biggest bank reported a $1bn (£664m) loss in the UK.
Nomura has announced a new senior management lineup effective April 1, 2013.
Hearing the CEOs of Britain's "too big to fail" banks talk up their annual results in the past few days, it was difficult not to feel a mixture of pity, respect and fear.
At one point during his press conference ahead of what is, for both Manchester United and Real Madrid, the biggest match of the season to date, José Mourinho appeared to be on the verge not just of running out of things to say, but of actually falling asleep.
Sir Alex Ferguson was sitting in precisely the same place where, going back a few years now, Cristiano Ronaldo wore dark sunglasses during one press conference with a diamond-encrusted baseball cap strategically pulled low to conceal an ugly gash above his right eye.
The first hint of autumn hit with the blast of a leaf-blower.