Business Abroad: Dear Octopus

Not since Ford Motor Co. stock first went on sale five years ago had Wall Street greeted a newcomer to the New York Stock Exchange with such enthusiasm. No sooner had the shares of giant Unilever, the world's second biggest* company outside the U.S., been posted on the Big Board than traders rushed in to make UN (the Exchange symbol for Unilever's Dutch shares) and UL (for Unilever's English shares) the first and second most active stocks on the market. For four days Unilever trading dominated the Street. At week's end,...

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