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Fly Charts: Apple's Three-Headed Monster and a World Without Bank Bonuses

From a secret makeup weapon to a beautiful breakeven, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.

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The Miser's Touch

A Swedish bank stock that pays next to no bonuses has massively outperformed other European banks. Perhaps the rest of the financial world should imagine a world without bonuses.

Source: Bloomberg

It Don't Come Easy

Apple is having trouble increasing the number of iPhones it sells. Unit sales decreased in the December quarter of 2017 from a year earlier.

Sources: Bloomberg and Apple

Note: Apple's fiscal year ends in September.

Something to Prove

Bluemercury can help Macy's slap some concealer over its sales struggles.

Source: Bloomberg

*Macy's has reported that November and December comparable sales increased 1 percent over a year earlier. Full fourth-quarter results are to be released Tuesday.

It's The Crisis, Stupid

It's not the usual metric for private equity success, but achieving break-even for a European bank purchased in 2005 would be no mean feat for J.C. Flowers & Co.

Source: Bloomberg

And don't miss Shuli Ren on the implications of China's term-limit repeal: "Are we being too complacent in a space that now has one key-person risk? China isn't Argentina or Ivory Coast. Four years ago, the country accounted for just over 15 percent of the MSCI Emerging Markets Index; this year, it's one-third. If China sneezes, the whole asset class catches a bad cold."

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

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    Max Nisen in New York at mnisen@bloomberg.net

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