Goldman Sachs’ profits plunged by two-thirds last quarter while Morgan Stanley reported a 40 per cent year-on-year drop in net income, and companies are facing a record number of shareholder proposals about abortion policies. Plus, Beijing is changing tack in its efforts to secure a firmer grip on the country’s technology companies.

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Morgan Stanley retains edge over Goldman due to booming wealth unit

China moves to take ‘golden shares’ in Alibaba and Tencent units

China tech stocks stage $700bn recovery rally

Shareholders bring US abortion battle to the boardroom

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