US lawmakers are set to pass a $700bn spending bill, activity on European corporate bond markets has slowed to a near standstill and US initial public offerings have ground to a halt. Plus, Ben & Jerry’s is in a legal battle with parent company Unilever over sales in the disputed West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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