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Noble's cash call a one-year reprieve

Planned disposals, if successful, will persuade investors worst is over

UNCERTAINTY FOR INVESTORS: Mr Elman has announced plans to step down in the next 12 months. The main question for investors, however, is whether Noble's core business can consistently generate cash.

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NOBLE'S cash call should buy it a year of breathing space. The embattled commodity trader is tapping its long-suffering shareholders for US$500 million, days after its chief executive resigned. Chairman Richard Elman has also announced plans to step down in the next 12 months....

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