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Aussie retail sales advance in May as economy resumes

May had seen Australian retail sales hitting a record level, official data showed on Friday. This followed after coronavirus-related lockdowns were lifted, allowing the entire sector to reopen and recover from a historic drop monitored in April. The country’s retail sales advanced a seasonally adjusted 16.9% in May. The reading came better after it tumbled […]

Oil rises on sharp drop in crude inventories

Oil prices bounced on Thursday as a steep decline in oil inventories outweighed concerns that a surge in new coronavirus cases in the U.S. could stall demand recovery. Brent crude futures rose 0.6%, or 25 cents, at $42.28 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures gained 0.6%, or 25 cents, at $40.07 per barrel.  […]

Asian shares mixed as gloomy data casts doubt on recovery hopes

Asian stocks were mixed on Wednesday, while safe-haven assets such as gold and the Japanese Yen remained steady as the surge in COVID-19 cases in the United States dampened recovery hopes from stronger-than-expected factory activity in China. The MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.2% with Chinese blue chips leading with a […]

Oil gains after U.S. crude stocks plunge

Oil prices rose on Wednesday after U.S. crude inventories fell more than expected, hinting at an improving demand amid the resurgence of coronavirus. Brent crude gained 0.8%, or 33 cents, at $41.60 per barrel. U.S. crude added 1.1%, or 42 cents, at $39.69 per barrel. Both U.S. crude and gasoline stocks fell more than expected […]

Japan factory output drops as economy falls deeper in recession

Japanese industrial output in May dropped to its lowest level since the global financial crisis, underlining the deep impact of the coronavirus pandemic on factory productivity. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry data reported an 8.4% fall to 79.1 in factory output in May. The country is headed for its worst postwar recession. May’s […]

Vietnam monitors 0.36% GDP contraction due to COVID-19 crisis

Vietnam’s economic growth slowed to a total of 0.36% in the second quarter. The reading came to be the slowest pace in decades and it could be attributed to the disruptions brought by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The country’s gross domestic product in April to June quarter hit 0.36% from a year earlier. This came […]

Asian stocks slip as gloomy outlook dampens market sentiment

Asian stocks fell earlier on Monday as the surge in COVID-19 cases in several countries dampened hopes for a quick economic recovery. The total number of cases worldwide has reached over 10 million, resulting in over 500,000 deaths as of June 29 according to data from the Johns Hopkins University. China’s Shanghai Composite fell by […]

Stocks and oil gain despite rising coronavirus cases

European shares firmed and oil prices rose on Friday as markets turned positive despite a record rise in coronavirus cases in the United States. European shares opened higher, with the FTSE 100 up 1% and the Stoxx 600 up 0.8%. The MSCI world equity index was up 0.3%.  The 10-year Treasuries yield steadied at 0.6725%, […]

Oil prices climb in light of demand recovery optimism despite coronavirus fears

On Friday, the market saw oil prices climb, an extension of its gains from the day before. Despite a resurgence in COVID-19 cases in some regions of the United States over the past days, the gains have been accumulated in light of the industry’s optimism for fuel demand across the globe. U.S. West Texas Intermediate […]

Deal reached by Lufthansa and cabin crew unions

On Thursday, airline group Lufthansa and unions representing German cabin crew reached an agreement that is set to reap more than 500 million Euros worth of savings. The German airline group stated in an interview that the measures, assented with UFO, had included procedures that aimed to stop pay rises, working hour cuts, and pension […]

Italy grants $7.1 billion loan to Fiat Chrysler

Italy’s Treasury announced on Wednesday the state’s approval to a 6.3 billion euro ($7.1 billion) loan to Fiat Chrysler, directed to its unit in Italy. This is the largest crisis loan granted to any auto firm to date. The announcement followed an endorsement by the Italian audit court, ending the long approval procedure for the […]

BOJ offers $78 billion in loan to virus-hit firms in first phase of lending program

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Wednesday offered ¥8.28 trillion ($77.74 billion) in loans to financial institutions under its first phase of its new lending program. The move came in a bid to transfer funds to firms that have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 3-month loans will be extended on Thursday through […]

Gold prices soar amid surge in COVID-19 cases

Gold prices surged to their highest in almost 8 years on Wednesday as global shares showed signs of slowing amid the number of rising COVID-19 cases reeled in caution. Spot gold gained 0.2% to 1,770.92 per ounce after it had reached a record $1,773.00, its highest since October 2012 during early trade in Asia. Meanwhile, […]

Oil falls as U.S. inventories exceed forecast

Oil futures dropped on Wednesday as the build in U.S. crude inventories exceeded forecasts, raising concerns of oversupply. Brent crude lost 2 cents to $42.61 per barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures slid 0.1%, or 4 cents, to $40.33 per barrel. U.S. crude stocks rose 1.7 million barrels last week, significantly bigger than […]

Asian shares hit four-month high on persistent market optimism

Asian shares recorded a four-month high on Wednesday brought by investors’ upbeat outlook for the global economy’s resumption. Meanwhile, investors’ sentiment grew even as cases of the novel coronavirus were seen reaching unprecedented levels. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan advanced 0.5%, reaching its strongest record since the virus crisis ravaged markets in […]

Wall Street advances on recovery hopes, Nasdaq reaches new record

Wall Street’s three major indexes soared on Tuesday as improving economic data and the prospect of larger stimulus increased hopes of fast economic recuperation.  More so, the Nasdaq reached another record high backed by a jump in technology shares. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recorded a 0.5% jump while the S&P 500 closed its session […]

Oil prices hold steady on signs of demand recovery

Oil prices held steady on Tuesday, remaining unchanged from gains in the previous session after demand for fuel showed signs of picking. Brent crude rose by 6 cents to $43.14 per barrel at 0046 GMT after previously gaining 2.1% on Monday. U.S. oil rose by 8 cents to $40.81 per barrel after having risen by […]

UK car sector requests for more government help to cushion pandemic blow

Great Britain’s automobile industry called on the government to provide additional measures such as sales tax reduction. This aims to lift the suffering sector as a third of automotive employees remain furloughed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Car and van volumes are likely to drop by a third to 920,000 units this 2020 while […]

Japan factory activity at 11-year low as pandemic presses

June had seen Japan’s manufacturing activity struggling at an 11-year low.  This indicated that the novel coronavirus pandemic has greatly affected manufacturers even as services-sector confidence advanced. The au Jibun Bank Flash Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped to a seasonally adjusted 37.8. It followed after placing at 38.4 in May. This came to […]

Oil slips as concerns of demand recovery outweigh record cuts

Oil prices fell on Monday as fears that a second coronavirus wave could delay the recovery for fuel demand and outweigh the record output cuts. Brent crude slid 0.2%, or 10 cents, at $24.04 per barrel. U.S. crude dropped 0.3%, or 11 cents, at $39.72 per barrel. Both benchmarks increased 9% last week. In the […]

Uniqlo’s fast-drying masks debut in Japan, long queue formed

Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo began selling its washable and fast-drying face masks on Friday. Customers stood in long lines as rain poured down outside of stores prompting a flood of social media photos. Uniqlo’s website crashed due to the massive demand for the washable AIRism face masks. The servers remained down past midday and some […]

Japan sees easing economic damage, raises outlook

Japan raised its economic outlook in June for the first time in two years. This followed after the government monitored that the economic drag brought by the novel coronavirus pandemic had nearly come to an end. The country’s report for June indicated that the economy is still under an extremely severe situation as the pandemic […]

Japan deflation advances on weak consumer prices

Japan’s core consumer prices were seen struggling for two consecutive months in May. This increased deflation expectations and prompted policymakers to provide more economic reinforcements for the virus-beaten economy. The country’s core consumer price index (CPI) dropped a total of 0.2% in May from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday. This followed after […]

Oil falls on demand worries amid surge in coronavirus cases

Oil prices dropped 2% on Thursday as a surge in new coronavirus cases in the United States and China renewed fears about a slow recovery in fuel demand. Brent crude futures lost 1.5%, or 61 cents, at $40.10 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell 2.1%, or 80 cents, at $37.16 per barrel. […]

Dollar and yen rise on risk-off mood due to virus and economic worries

The dollar and the yen gained on Thursday as growing fears about a second coronavirus wave favored the appetite for safe-haven currencies. Several U.S. states reported a surge in new coronavirus cases and Beijing imposed travel restrictions in the capital to contain a second outbreak of the virus. Both served as a reminder of the […]

Gold climbs as the Dollar weakens with the Feds expanding Bond Buying Program

Tuesday morning saw the price of gold in Asia, effectively offsetting a number of its losses from a session before. The reported climb recorded after the U.S. Federal Reserve moved to buy individual corporate bonds through the secondary market that had effectively increased risk appetite. Gold futures went up by 0.51% at $1,736.05 by 12:17 […]

Dollar falls, risk currencies gain on Fed debt buying stimulus

The dollar fell on Tuesday following the U.S. Federal Reserve’s announcement to begin broad buying of corporate debt, lifting appetite for risk currencies. The Fed said that it will start buying diverse investment grade U.S. corporate bonds on Tuesday. This was to ensure companies’ access to cash and guarantee credit market liquidity amid the pandemic. […]

Asian stocks gain after Fed announces new bond-buying measures

Asian stocks rose earlier on Tuesday, surging overnight in U.S. markets after the Fed announced new measures in a bid to recover the U.S. economy from the COVID-19 virus. Japan’s Nikkei climbed by 3.42% at 10:16 PM ET (3:16 AM GMT), as investors await the Bank of Japan’s policy decision later in the day. Meanwhile, […]

Risk currencies drop on fears of second coronavirus wave

The dollar gained, while commodity currencies dropped as investors turned away from risky currencies amid fears of a second coronavirus wave lambasting major economies including China, Japan, and the United States. Beijing reported new infections for the second day on Monday, while the United States posted 25,000 new cases on Saturday alone. The dollar index […]

English property sales recover on lockdown easing: Rightmove

Estate agents in England have monitored a recovery in property sales. This could be attributed to the government’s move of lifting lockdown restrictions on May 13, Rightmove said on Monday. Rightmove said that property sales during lockdown dropped by 94%. June 5 records showed that sales were just 3% below their level a year earlier. […]

U.S. crude inventories record hit U.S. oil

On Thursday, assailed by another record build-up in U.S. crude inventories, oil prices fell. Also contributing to its dip is the projection made by the U.S. Federal Reserve that the world’s largest economy would see a shrink of 6.5%. Wednesday’s gains had been offset by Brent crude futures’ fall of 3.6%, or $1.50, to $40.23 […]

Oil prices fall amid demand recovery concerns, U.S. stockpiles see record growth

Oil prices fell more than 2% on Thursday on concerns over record stockpile growth among dwindling demand. Investor sentiment soured after the Federal Reserve estimated that recovery from the pandemic could take years. Meanwhile, U.S. crude stockpiles grew unexpectedly by 5.7 million barrels, seeing a record 538.1 million barrels in a week towards June 5. […]

Dollar bounces as traders await Fed policy meeting

The dollar bounced on Wednesday amid speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve will take steps to control the rise in bond yields at its policy meeting. The dollar stood at 107.72 against the yen in Asian trade. It traded at 0.9512 on the Swiss franc. Investors are focused on the Fed policy meeting next week […]

Global airlines heading for $84 billion net loss in 2020: IATA

On Tuesday, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that international airlines are in line to make a combined net loss of more than $84 billion this year due to the coronavirus crisis which has decimated air travel demand. According to IATA, airline revenues would likely fall from $838 billion to $419 billion this year. […]

European stocks push lower; German economy manifests further weakness

Early Tuesday saw European stocks push lower, resulting from signs of a weakening German economy, the region’s industrial powerhouse. The DAX in Germany traded 0.9% lower at 3:55 AM ET (0705 GMT). Also experiencing the plunge are France’s CAC 40 which fell by 0.7% and the U.K.’s FTSE index by 0.7%. In April, German exports […]

Dunkin’ plans to hire up to 25,000 employees as U.S. restaurants reopened

The breakfast and coffee chain Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. (DNKN.O) stated on Monday that its franchise operators are planning to hire up to 25,000 employees in light of high demand after the United States reopened the restaurant industry. The Massachusetts-based company said that 90% of its restaurants were reopened and it would hire new jobs […]

European share loses gain streak as tech, healthcare stocks drop

European shares turned from three-month highs on Monday after technology and healthcare stocks saw losses. The drop dented hopes of an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The STOXX 600 index slipped 0.4% as investors retreated from expensive names and flocked to banking, auto, and oil & gas stocks. Europe’s healthcare index lost 1.5%, with […]

Japan household spending drops historically on economic inactivity

April had seen Japan’s household spending dropping at its most rapid pace. The index fell as the novel coronavirus crisis halted travel and dining demand in the world’s third-biggest economy. More so, consumer sentiment dropped as unemployment surge looms. Household spending recorded an 11.1% drop in April from a year earlier, government data showed on […]

Broadcom to report earnings and revenue expectations, suggests a delayed Apple iPhone launch this year

On Thursday, the semiconductor manufacturing company Broadcom Inc. (AVGO.O) posted its second-quarter revenue estimates worth $5.742 billion and suggests a delay on the Apple Inc.’s (AAPL.O) iPhone 12 launch on the first week of September 2020. According to IBES data from Refinitiv, the chipmaker company was expected to report $5.79 billion in sales and earnings […]

Gold prices fall as U.S.-China tensions mount

Gold fell earlier on Thursday in Asia, losing a portion of its earlier gains amid escalating tensions between China and the United States. Investors flocked to the yellow metal on Wednesday after the U.S. suspended flights by Chinese airlines into the country with effect from June 16. Washington’s decision came after China had barred American […]

Warner Music Group launches the biggest IPO in the United States this year

The Warner Music Group Corp. (WMG.O) got off to a positive start on its Nasdaq debut on Wednesday. The world’s third-largest recording label sold shares worth $1.9-billion, marking the largest initial public offering in the United States this year. The WMG.O stock was opened for trading at 8% above its initial public offering price of […]

Japan’s manufacturing sector suffers from virus-beaten demand: PMI

May had seen Japan’s manufacturing sector dropping at its most rapid pace since March 2009, a private sector poll showed on Monday. The sector’s inactivity was due to a slump in demand brought by the novel coronavirus crisis. Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped to a seasonally adjusted 38.4. It placed lower than April’s […]

American Airlines will cut 30% of its workforce including management and support staff

American Airlines Group Inc. stated on Wednesday that it plans to cut 30% of its management and support staff or almost 5,000 jobs because of the coronavirus outbreak. American and other airlines are scrambling to cut costs because of the pandemic’s devastating effect on the aviation industry, which has pushed them to their first losses […]

Dollar slides as economic recovery hopes lift risk appetite

The dollar fell on Tuesday as signs of recovery from the pandemic lifted risk appetite, but the U.S.-China tensions weighed in. Commodity currencies Australian and New Zealand dollars both gained 0.5%, standing at $0.6571 and $0.6129, respectively. The Chinese yuan stood at $7.1326 in onshore trade. The Japanese yen traded at 107.80 on the dollar. […]

India’s first-quarter GDP growth runs slowest since 2012

India’s economy seemed to have expanded at its slowest pace in at least eight years in the first quarter. Weak growth was partly from the government’s efforts aimed at containing the further spread of the novel coronavirus. Asia’s third-biggest economy ran slower than its recorded pacing in 2019 as the implementation of a countrywide lockdown […]

Dollar bounces as U.S.-China tensions dampen mood

The dollar bounced on Thursday as the market mood turned positive, but U.S.-China tensions and weak economic indicators weighed in. The euro, as well as the Australian and New Zealand dollars, lost half of its overnight gains. The pound also slipped as soft inflation hinted at negative rates. The Australian dollar stood at $0.6561 and […]

Canada Goose will cut 125 workers amid virus outbreak

Clothing manufacturer Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (GOOS) announced on Wednesday that it would permanently terminate about 2.5% of its global workforce to address the impact of the virus outbreak leaving 125 people unemployed. The Toronto apparel maker said that it would continue supporting its laid-off workers, while Canada Goose’s staff will receive compensation packages and […]

SoKor’s May 1-20 exports drop, rate beats April figures

The first 20 days of May had seen a slump in South Korean exports. The country’s exports dropped a total of 20.3% from a year earlier as U.S.- and E.U.-bound shipments grew inactive, indicating that the coronavirus contagion dragged global demand. However, the numbers came out better than the 27.6% decline in April. More so, […]

Asian stocks mixed as Moderna vaccine results dampens risk sentiment

Asian stocks were mixed earlier on Wednesday, giving up its gains made on the previous day. Market sentiment remained so after several vaccine experts reported that U.S. biotech firm Moderna had not provided sufficient information on the efficacy of its potential COVID-19 vaccine. Stocks saw a boost on Tuesday after Moderna revealed on Monday that […]

Euro firms on EU recovery fund, yen nears 5-week low

The euro firmed on Wednesday following France and Germany’s proposal for a common fund in Europe’s hardest-hit regions in the crisis, while the yen neared to a five-week low despite risk appetite. The euro rose 0.15% to 1.0940 against the dollar. It traded at 1.0615 per Swiss franc. It stood at 118.20 on the yen, […]

Australia’s Qantas Airways will resume domestic flights but without social distancing

Qantas Airways Ltd.’s Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce stated on Tuesday that the company would resume its operations with 40-50% of its domestic flights in July if the government would ease travel restrictions. The Australian airline would offer cheap flights and flexible fares to stimulate travel demand, but without social distancing measures. Starting June 12, […]

J.C. Penney plans to permanently close its 242 stores amid bankruptcy

J.C. Penney Co Inc. (JCP) stated on Wednesday that it plans to cut store count by approximately 29% to about 604, two days after filing for bankruptcy protection. The U.S. department store chain considers closing more than a fourth of its stores to reduce costs amid the pandemic. J.C. Penney did not identify which stores […]

Prospects of economic re-opening foster rise in European shares; oil and gold on the rise

On Monday, European stocks climbed up alongside oil prices, considerably at their highest in more than a month. These took place as lockdowns are being loosened, thus bolstering market sentiment despite COVID-19 not being contained entirely. With the warm weather inviting the nations to re-emerge from government-sanctioned lockdowns, centers of the outbreak like New York […]

European stocks surge after China factory output rises

European shares climbed on Friday as Chinese factory output increased, but U.S.-China tensions remain. The pan-European STOXX 600 surged 1.4%, with travel stocks gaining 2.7%. Miners .SXPP and chip makers also rose after China’s industrial output increased 3.9% in April. Global stock markets fell this month after continuous gains in April due to fears of […]

Dollar falls as U.S.-China trade tensions escalate

The Dollar fell on Friday morning, losing some of its gains from the day before. Investor fears mounted as tensions escalated between the U.S. and China after U.S. President Donald Trump signaled in an interview the night before that he might sever ties with the second-largest economy. The U.S. Dollar Index dipped by 0.34% to […]

Asian stocks mixed amid mixed outlook of China’s recovery

Asian stocks were mixed on Friday morning, putting an end to a rough week for the market. Investor sentiment remained unsure even as China rolled out efforts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. China reported a 3.9% increase in industry activity for April year-on-year, performing better than an Investing.com forecast of a 1.5% increase. However, […]

Australia’s unemployment rate to soar amid pandemic

Australia’s unemployment rate is expected to hit its largest monthly increase. The anticipated surge in joblessness was mainly from the disruptions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the country started lifting quarantine restrictions gradually.   The frail reading will highlight the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the national economy, with sharp reversal widely […]

Boeing records zero airliner orders in April

The American aerospace company Boeing Co. (BA.N) said on Tuesday that it failed to sell a single commercial airplane this year with clients cancelling another 108 orders for its grounded 737 MAX planes. It marked the second month this year in which Boeing received zero orders making it the worst year for the company since […]

Gold loses gains amid mounting fears over second COVID-19 cases

Gold prices fell on early Tuesday in Asia, losing gains from the previous session amid mounting fears of a second COVID-19 wave. Gold futures lost 0.7% to $1,705.65 per ounce at 12:05 AM ET (5:05 AM: GMT). China and South Korea have been moving quickly to contain a second outbreak that had spread over the […]

UK Finance Ministry fears budget deficit to hit 337B pounds: Telegraph

The Finance Ministry of the United Kingdom worries that the government’s budget deficit this year could reach a record 337 billion pounds as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc to the British economy. This development is cited by an internal government document as reported by the Telegraph newspaper on Tuesday. If worse comes to […]

Dollar hits two-week high amid safe-haven demand, second coronavirus wave

The dollar hit a two-week high against major currencies on Tuesday amid rising U.S. bond yields and a higher demand for safe haven. This came after reports of new infections threatened a possible second coronavirus wave. The Australian dollar lost 0.8%, at $0.6432, nearing a one-week low. The New Zealand dollar slipped 0.4%, at $0.6047. […]

Oil gains as Saudi Arabia announces further output cut

Oil futures gained on Tuesday, lifted by Saudi Arabia’s deeper production cuts to buoy prices amid the supply glut and weak demand. Brent crude futures rose 0.8%, or 24 cents, at $29.87 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures climbed 1.6%, or 38 cents, at $24.52 per barrel. Saudi Arabia announced an additional 1 […]

Pfizer outsources drug production to focus on experimental coronavirus vaccine

The American multinational pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc. (PFE.N) announced on Friday that it will subscribe to contractors outside the company for it production. It is in preparation for a large-scale production of the experimental COVID-19 vaccine, provided it proves effective in curing the deadly coronavirus.                                           According to an interview conducted by Reuters, the President of […]

Gold drops just above $1,700 mark amid fears of second COVID-19 wave

Gold prices fell on Monday morning in Asia, but still remained above the $1,700 mark. Gold futures dropped by 0.26% to $1,709.60 per ounce by 11:58 PM ET (4:58 AM GMT). Meanwhile, Asian stocks saw gains. Gold and stocks have been observed to move in the opposite directions. With fears growing of a second wave […]

Pound rallies after BOE maintains size of bond-buying program

The British Pound Sterling recovered from a two-week low after the Bank of England (BOE) announced that it had decided to maintain the size of its bond-buying program. The UK central bank had previously slashed its benchmark interest rates to a record low of 0.1% and had pledged to buy a debt of £200 billion […]

Global shares decline amid U.S.-China dispute, oil drops

Global shares floundered while the yen rose on Wednesday as markets in China struggled in regaining momentum after a long holiday. Dampened market mood could be attributed to the Sino-U.S. dispute while oil failed to extend high records due to weak demand. Wall Street futures reversed after recording a positive start, with S&P E-mini futures […]

Oil prices gain on positive demand outlook

Oil prices gained on Tuesday after fuel demand turned positive as lockdowns began to ease in some parts of the world.  West Texas Intermediate crude futures were up 6.5%, or $1.33, at $21.72 per barrel.  Brent crude futures rose 4.8%, or $1.31, at $28.51 per barrel. The market mood eased after U.S. states and countries […]

SoKor’s manufacturing sector suffers as demand declines the sharpest in April

April results showed South Korea’s factories suffering under the pandemic. Global quarantine restrictions sent manufacturing operations declining the fastest since 2009 and exporters beaten by the historical drop in demand in 16 years.     April figures show that the IHS Markit purchasing managers’ index (PMI) declined to 41.6 from its initial standing of 44.2. This […]

SoftBank to lose $6.6 billion in WeWork, adding to portfolio woes

Japan’s tech conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp said it sees a loss of nearly ¥700 billion ($6.6 billion) by the end of March on its WeWork investment outside the Vision Fund. Furthermore the group is also expecting a net loss of ¥900 billion from the investments made through the $100 billion fund. The announcement comes as […]

Germany gives state aid worth 9Bn Euros for Lufthansa

The German government finally decided to help its flagship carrier Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) with a state aid worth around 9 billion Euros ($9.74 billion) in return for a blocking minority and one or two commands from the Supervisory Committee, news outlet Business Insider reported on Tuesday. According to Business Insider, German government representatives and Lufthansa had […]

Muyuan Foodstuff Co shares up after $579 million 1Q profit

On Sunday, China’s second-largest pork producer, Muyuan Foodstuff Co. reported a net profit of CNY4.1 billion ($578.86 million) for the first quarter of the year at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Muyuan’s shares soared by 5.21% to CNY135.09 ($19.19) per share at 12:57 AM ET (5:57 AM GMT). The company had previously reported a net loss […]

EU organizations can request loans up to 5% of turnover

The European Union organizations affected by the virus outbreak will have the option to request a government loan up to 5% of their turnover last year under a benchmark proposed by the European Commission, a reliable source stated on Sunday. Different sources with direct understanding on the issue told Reuters on Saturday that some EU […]

Asian shares dove after failed COVID-19 drug and threats of economic damage

Today, April 24th saw the falling of Asian shares and U.S. stock futures. This resulted from doubts on narcotics that could potentially cure COVID-19 and an apparent damage in the U.S. economy due to the outbreak. Among the shares in the Asian regions that fell are MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific outside Japan with […]

Oil prices recover due to production cut, tumultuous weeks ahead

Oil prices gained on Friday as Kuwaiti oil producers said they will slash output to compensate for low demand. Brent crude rose 2.8%, or 60 cents, at $21.93 per barrel. U.S. oil was up 4%, or 66 cents, at $17.16 per barrel.  As the West Texas Intermediate fell into negative territory and the Brent in […]

Netflix seeks $1 billion loan to fund new shows

Streaming service giant Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) will raise a $1 billion debt on Thursday to fund original shows and potential acquisitions. The American media-services provider and production company revealed that they have more than doubled its own projections for new customers and admitted that it was all because of the virus outbreak. The company’s shares […]

SIFMA asks SEC to intervene for U.S. brokers in CAT database conflict

On Wednesday, a leading financial industry trade group told regulators, “U.S. brokers should not be forced to sign an agreement that could make them liable for breaches of a massive new industry trading database that they have no control over.” Together with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) exchange operators […]

COVID-19 drags down Asia’s services and factory sectors

A poll released on Thursday showed that the virus outbreaks heavily damaged Asian economies in April. The weak economic activity was brought by the implemented social-distancing measures and business shutdowns which damaged the region’s services sector. The pandemic, which has resulted in 180,000 deaths and 2.5 million cases worldwide, has also brought disruptions to the […]

JPMorgan Chase will bring employees back on-site amid virus outbreak

In an internal memo seen by Reuters, American multinational investment bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM),  informed its employees on Tuesday that it is creating a plan to gradually return to on-site work. Discussions about the reopening of the U.S. economy are still ongoing amid the virus outbreak that had thrown 22 Million American citizens […]

Singapore to see recession as lockdown extends, Citigroup warns

Singapore might see a deeper recession for 2020 after the city-state extended its partial lockdown, investment banking company Citigroup Inc warned on Tuesday. The nation’s GDP could shrink by 8.5% in contrast to its previous forecast of a 6% contraction, according to a note by economists Wei Zheng Kit and Kai Wei. The change in […]

Shake Shack returns $10 Million emergency loan to United States

According to CEO Randy Garutti and founder Danny Meyer, Shake Shack Inc (SHAK) will return all $10 Million it received from the U.S. government as a part of the Small Business Administration (SBA) loan on Tuesday. The burger chain is the first major company to immediately return the budget handed by the government to aid […]

UK launches £1.25-billion plans to aid struggling businesses amid virus crisis

The British government will launch a 1.25 billion pound package ($1.6 billion) on Monday to support and protect innovative companies amid the virus outbreak. The package includes a 500-million pound investment fund for high-growth firms that were severely affected by the crisis and 750 million pounds for small and medium sized businesses that were focused […]

Pandemic to suspend Asia’s 2020 growth: IMF

The novel coronavirus pandemic threatens the economic growth of Asia and is likely to halt the economy for the first time in six decades. The International Monetary Fund rendered the forecast on Thursday as the global contagion continues to inflict disruptions in the services and export sectors. The IMF released figures indicating that while Asia […]

Dollar rises on new Fed lending program

The dollar rose against Asian currencies on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a new lending program. However, the dollar faced strong headwinds following the release of U.S. retail sales and industry data which revealed the economic damage caused by the pandemic.   U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday night that he was aiming […]

South Korea’s crude imports fall 2.1% in March

South Korea’s crude imports in March dropped 2.1% year-on-year, dragged down by weak demand amid the coronavirus pandemic. The world’s fifth-largest crude importer purchased 11.30 million tonnes of crude oil in March, equivalent to 2.67 million bpd. Crude imports a year earlier amounted to 11.54 million bpd. South Korea’s decline in imports came after oil […]

Oil gains as investors go on bargain-hunting, hopes for reserve purchases

Oil prices were up on Wednesday as investors went on a bargain spree after the last session’s decline and on hopes that countries will fill their strategic reserves. However, threats of a global recession and oversupply prevented further gains. Brent futures rose 1.3%, or 38 cents, at $29.98 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude […]

Asian shares gain, China cuts interest rate

Asian shares recuperated on Wednesday amid an impending worst global recession in seven decades highlighted a severely hurt economy while some countries attempted to resume businesses. The interest rate reduction prompted MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan to advance with 0.3%, hitting its one-month high. However, the Japanese benchmark index Nikkei had declined […]

Dollar falls as Chinese trade data shows positive market mood

The dollar fell on Tuesday while risk currencies rallied after China’s trade data showed a more optimistic view than anticipated. The coronavirus death toll slowdown brought hopes to investors that the pandemic may be over soon. Yuan-denominated exports declined 3.5% year-on-year, while imports gained 2.4%, according to customs data on Tuesday. The Australian dollar was […]

Oil gains as U.S. shale output set to decline

Oil gained more than 1% on Tuesday as the U.S. energy forecasting agency said that shale output would have a record decline in April, adding to production cuts agreed between other major oil producers. Brent futures gained 1.7%, or 53 cents, at $32.27 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 1.4%, or 32 cents, […]

Gold rises as safe haven amid economic turbulence

Gold prices carried gains well from the previous session and regained its status as a safe-haven commodity as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt global economy. Gold Futures reached record levels on Monday and rose by 0.35% to $1,797.6 per ounce at 9:25 PM ET (2:25 AM GMT). The rise comes as investors subscribed to […]

Samsung Electronics’ first-quarter profit hits 3%, surpassing forecasts

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) disclosed on Tuesday that its first-quarter operating profit inched up to 3%, surpassing analysts’ expectations as chip sales nursed the impact of the coronavirus contagion on smartphones and televisions. Samsung expected a total of 6.4 trillion won (equivalent to $5.2 billion), to be its operating profit in the quarter ended […]

Pound to recover losses against dollar but analyst estimates slashed

The British pound will have recovered its losses against the dollar in a year. However, analyst forecasts a month ago were cut as the coronavirus continues to create chaos.  The pound declined in recent weeks as concerns about the pandemic’s impact on the economy drove investors to safer currencies and to liquidize assets in exchange […]

U.S. Treasury hires Wall Street bankers, lawyers for aid advice

The U.S. Treasury Department hired lawyers and Wall Street bankers to serve as consultants regarding billions of dollars’ worth of aid to the defense, cargo, and airline sectors, sources said. The aid advice followed the approval of a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill last week to ease the economic fallout amid the pandemic. The virus has […]

Oil hikes after Trump says Saudi, Russia likely to resolve price war

Crude oil futures gained almost 5% on Thursday after U.S. President Donald Trump stated that he anticipated an agreement will be reached by Saudi Arabia and Russia regarding their price war. Brent crude futures climbed 4%, or $1, at $25.74. US West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 3.7%, or 75 cents, at $21.06. Trump said […]

Disney+ will launch on OSN in UAE today

The Orbit Showtime Network has announced the launch of Walt Disney Co’s (DIS.N) Disney+ in the Middle East and North Africa. It will be accessible on pay television and streaming service provider starting on Thursday. OSN has revamped its range of services and now has shows like Disney’s recent hit “The Mandalorian.” Disney+ is available […]

Macy’s loses spot in S&P; Carrier Global takes over

Macy’s M.N, an American department store chain, dropped its spot from the S&P 500 Index standard. Macy’s shares dropped 80% in the last 12 months of their operation which results in a lowered market value of $1.52 billion as of Tuesday’s close, based on Refinitiv IBES data. The company said that the store closures and […]

Asian shares soar, China’s manufacturing sector recovers

Asian shares recorded a positive but cautious increase on Tuesday as figures from China indicated that the factory sector regained momentum. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares acquired 1.1% and Japan’s benchmark index Nikkei added 1.0% after a tumultuous start. South Korea’s .KS11 finished its session with 2% gains. China’s official manufacturing purchasing manager’s index […]

Indonesian stocks plummet by 5%, trade halts temporarily

Indonesian stocks plummeted to a level that resulted in a temporary trading halt as the number of infected cases by the coronavirus locally and globally increased significantly. The Jakarta Composite Index plunged by 5%, ending its 2-day gain streak and triggering a 30-minute trading halt. The benchmark had previously soared by 15% in the past […]

Gold prices fall off 2-week highs amid equities recovery

Gold prices fell from its two-week high perch on Friday in Asia amid a recovery in equities. Gold Futures for April delivery last traded on the Comex exchange at $1,640, dropping by 0.7% by 12:55 AM ET (04:55 GMT). Despite the day’s losses, gold trade at a high above 8% for the week and has […]

Reserve Bank of India slashes interest rates in urgent bid to bolster virus-hit economy

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to cut interest rates unexpectedly on Friday in an emergency move to bolster the nation’s economy affected by the virus outbreak. The RBI’s move joins many other stimulus-boost efforts by central banks around the world. Its benchmark rate was cut by 75 basis points from 5.15% to 4.40% […]

RBA buys semi-government bonds as coronavirus crushes state revenues

The Australian central bank bought semi-government bonds for the first time since the quantitative easing program launched to counter the pandemic and its impact. The Reserve Bank of Australia purchased A$2 billion ($1.2 billion) in semi-government bonds maturing in January 2026 to June 2030. As businesses in Australia stopped operations due to lockdown, the semi-government […]

Nike income drops as digital growth covers China sales decline on virus impact

Nike Inc (NKE.N) beat estimates for quarterly income on Tuesday as strong digital market covered the first China sales drop in nearly six years from the coronavirus-powered shutdowns, yet the company held back from providing an estimate forecast due to the unrelenting pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak forced Nike to temporarily close down stores to help […]

India stocks recover from record losses as support rallies in favor of domestic market

India stocks rose, taking back ground after record losses on Monday after investors picked stocks that have dropped significantly as the nation goes into lockdown to limit the spread of the COVID-19. The S&P BSE Sensex gained by 1% to 26,239.96 as of 9:47 AM in Mumbai. Meanwhile, the NSE Nifty 50 Index had also […]

Dollar advances as virus crisis prompts investors to seek cash

TOKYO- The dollar topped the trading board against basket of other major currencies on Monday. Upbeat performance was mainly from investors’ decision of resorting to fiat currencies as recent setbacks faced by global stocks and concerns of tightening liquidity continue to press. The U.S. greenback gained against sterling and recorded its strongest activity since 1985. […]

Fed officials ensures additional action as virus outbreak dampens economic outlook

U.S. Federal Reserve officials with experience handling crises said that the central bank was open to roll out additional action in order to soften the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. As of now, the Fed are aiming to provide assistance to corporate bonds as well as local and state governments. St. Louis Federal Reserve […]

NYSE transitions to e-trading after two confirmed coronavirus cases

The New York Stock Exchange is set to close its trading floors and transition to electronic trading for the mean time after an employee and a trader tested positive for COVID-19. The two were last in the building on March 13, said NYSE owner Intercontinental Exchange Inc. NYSE is set to close some of its […]

Airlines’ cash drawers emptied, virus causes $157 billion loss from share values

Global airlines are caught in a bind as the coronavirus outbreak reaches for their bottom dollar. They had slashed capacity by 90% and had even grounded fleets due to travel restrictions.   The ungodly spread of the virus had managed to take out 41%, or $157 billion, of the share value of 116 listed airlines […]

US stock futures slip as virus outbreak dwarfs fiscal stimulus

US stock futures slid in Asian trade on Wednesday as pandemic fears grew on policy support to protect economies from fallout.  U.S. stock futures dropped 2.0%, following a 6.00% gain in S&P 500 on Tuesday, recovering half of its losses on Monday. S&P 500’s gain came after the coordination of global fiscal policies in order […]

Dollar holds gains overnight against most major currencies

The U.S. Dollar held overnight gains against most major currencies on Wednesday amid a rise of U.S. yields and piling fears of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic had investors retreating to the Greenback. The British Pound as well as the Japanese Yen attempted to recover at its best efforts but only managed to […]

Samsung says growing demand may increase chip market sales

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Wednesday that while the piling economic fears of the coronavirus pandemic would hurt sales of consumer electronics for 2020, it said that a growing demand from data centers could potentially restore its memory chip markets. Chief Executive Kim Ki-nam said that the virus outbreak as well as the U.S.-China […]

Gold Prices take back ground as U.S. stocks rebound sharply

Gold prices took back ground from Tuesday’s $1,500 drop on Wednesday morning as new U.S. stimulus package bounced stock markets sharply overnight. Gold futures inched up by 0.55% to $1,534.20 by 10:20 PM ET (2:20 AM GMT). The rise in gold prices has been widely attributed to recent efforts around the world to prevent a recession. Central […]

UK to rally business support as coronavirus spreads further

The United Kingdom had announced on Tuesday that it would be ramping up on support for businesses affected by the virus outbreak. The government had recently told its people to avoid public areas such as pubs, restaurants, and theaters which had hurt a majority of companies in the country. The Bank of England’s Finance minister […]

Oil prices climb $1 as steep declines attract bargain buyers

Oil gained over $1 on Tuesday as investors began bargaining due to recent steep declines in prices caused by the pandemic and the Saudi Arabia-Russia price war. However, fears of recession still loom over the market. Brent crude went up 1.8%, or 55 cents, at $30.60 per barrel, following a high of $31.25. U.S. West […]

Bank of Japan takes additional steps to stabilize market in an emergency meeting on Monday

The Bank of Japan is awaited to acquire other steps to balance the markets and minimize the economic impact from the coronavirus outbreak in an emergency meeting on Monday. They were connected with other central banks and they also tried to calm the investors. The Japanese central bank was prepared to increase asset purchases and […]

Wife of Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tests positive for coronavirus

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be isolated for two weeks because his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, had confirmed positive for coronavirus on Thursday. The outbreak led the province of Ontario to screen the schools to limit the spread. Sophie Gregoire Trudeau recently came back from London and showed flu-like symptoms. “She was tested for […]

Oil gains for second day as investors turn to US producers’ output cut

Oil prices rose for the second consecutive day on Wednesday as markets clung to potential production cut by U.S. producers. However, increase in prices were smaller compared to the crash on Monday after Saudi Arabia started a price war with Russia. West Texas Intermediate jumped 3.3%, or $1.12, at $35.48 per barrel, while Brent crude […]

Asia Pacific stocks strive for market power, Dow futures moves up 500 points

Most of Asia Pacific stocks, save for the US stocks which gained after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, fell on Tuesday.  The benchmark for Australian’s equity performance S&P/ASX 200 was up 1.7%, regaining previous losses. It’s now trading nearly 19% below its most recent high, just under the 20% which still remains in a […]

Bank of Japan  scrutinizes markets for “very unstable” moves, exposes cost of ETF buying

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he was analyzing the financial blowback from volatile market movements. Kuroda confirmed central bank’s preparedness to take appropriate action to increase assistance in obstructing the developing dangers from the coronavirus flare-up. He also disclosed the BOJ’s prediction which revealed its holdings of exchange-traded funds (ETF). Paper losses may […]

Asian shares turn steady as markets rely on global policy stimulus

Asian shares recovered and bond yields climbed from all-time lows on Tuesday as potential organized stimulus from central banks and governments globally calmed markets. The 10-year US Treasury yields rose to 0.68% and oil prices hiked over 6%, raising notions that the market steadied, even for a while. Senior FX strategist Rodrigo Catril at National […]

Dollar recovers as oil and virus threats lurk

TOKYO- The dollar managed to climb on Tuesday after meeting sharp decline versus Swiss franc, yen, and euro. Such boost was enforced by optimism on US economic stimulus and recovery in Treasury yields.                 The previously beaten dollar found its momentum and recovered from previous defeat against other currencies.  It clocked in 1% to 103.26 […]

Global shares suffer in COVID-19 panic, oil underperforms

SYDNEY- Global shares plummeted on Monday as wary investors sought bonds to equalize the economic impact of the novel coronavirus. Oil followed trend and shed more than 20% after Saudi Arabia cut its official selling price. Investors anxiously resorted to 30-year U.S. bonds pushing it up neutral to 1%. Such followed as markets anticipated that […]

ADB says coronavirus could cut global growth by 0.1% to 0.4%

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Friday that the spread of the exceedingly infectious coronavirus outside of China might cut worldwide economic growth for the year. According to the Manila-based lender, the outbreak could cut global GDP by 0.1% to 0.4% with losses reaching between $77 billion and $347 billion. In Asia, development could […]

Australian economy recuperates but outlook remains dim

SYDNEY- Australia’s economic growth picked up pace and soared beyond what is expected last quarter. The recovery removed the threat of recession even as bushfires and novel coronavirus contagion brought disruptions to tourism and the travel sector earlier this year. The risks posed by the COVID-19 urged the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to reduce […]

Box Inc predicts first-quarter revenue will beat analyst forecasts

Box Inc. predicted its first-quarter revenue to beat Street estimates due to higher demand for its online software products, causing its shares to gain 9% in extended trading. The company beat fourth-quarter profit and revenue, lifted by its add-on services and the subscription of bigger companies to its products. As companies move to an online […]

Dollar slides, loses safe haven status

The dollar slipped on Wednesday as investors question its relative strength, together with other US financial assets, as central bank imposed rate cuts and health officials warned of a potential domestic virus outbreak. The dollar’s index declined to 98.980 against a basket of major currencies. It lost 0.9% since its peak at 99.915 the previous […]

S&P 500 drops to its lowest since 2018 over coronavirus fears

The S&P 500 dropped to its lowest in two years on Monday when a sudden rise in coronavirus cases outside China caused investors to worry about valuation after the recent highs. The S&P 500’s 3.5% drop was its heaviest fall in a day since February 2018, during Wall Street’s correction. Market fears came after investors […]

Asian shares seek for momentum as S&P futures recover

SYDNEY- Asian share markets tried to find and gain momentum after earnings from early session declined and Wall Street futures soared far from its previous inactivity. The positive performance eased investors’ wariness brought by the coronavirus contagion. Reports have it that a vaccine eased investors’ heavy sentiment. However, human tests of the medication may take […]

PepsiCo agrees to buy Chinese snack brand Be & Cheery for $705 million

PepsiCo agrees to buy Chinese snack brand Be & Cheery for $705 million PepsiCo Inc has agreed to buy the China-based snack brand Be & Cheery from Haoxiangni Health Food Co Ltd for $705 million, according to the companies. Haoxiangni said, in a separate filing, that its decision to sell the snack brand was so […]

Teck withdraws C$20.6 billion application for oil sands Frontier project

Canada’s Teck Resources Ltd. pulled back the request to build a C$20.6 billion ($15.7 billion) Frontier oil sands mine in Alberta, which had been heavily criticized by environmentalists and indigenous groups and is on the final stage of decision for approval. Teck said that it would write down the project’s C$1.13 billion ($852.12 million) carrying […]

Oil sinks on pressing demand problems as nCoV spreads on global scale

SINGAPORE- Oil lost an estimated 3% earnings and fell close to hitting one-week low on Monday as the rapid coronavirus contagion outside China dampened markets sentiment and made investors wary on dwindling crude demand. Global shares also hit lower grounds as virus concerns resurfaced brought by bloating records of virus cases in South Korea, Italy, […]

Alibaba extends help to firms hit by coronavirus spread, offers $2.86 billion in loans

Alibaba Group Holdings announced on Monday that its affiliate Ant Financial’s MYBank unit is out to lend 20 billion yuan ($2.86 billion) in loans to firms in China amid the coronavirus spread, with special offerings for companies in Hubei province. According to Alibaba’s official statement posted on its official Weibo account, 10 billion yuan will […]

Japan’s economy falls in fourth quarter, recession risks grow

Japan’s economy fell to its fastest pace in six years, caused by a sales tax hike that hit business and consumer spending, worsening an outlook already affected by the virus outbreak. Analysts say that the epidemic could weaken growth in the current quarter and thrust Japan into recession. Japan GDP fell 6.3% in the final […]

Asian shares inch up to three-week highs on China’s support measures

SYDNEY- Asian shares recuperated from previous underperformance and managed to go back on track for three-week high as investor sentiment increased on Chinese efforts to minimize the impact of coronavirus contagion. However, Japanese stocks sunk down on risks brought by recession. Trading activity will ease as U.S. stocks and bond markets will temporarily stop operating […]

Yen gains on nCoV concerns, frail economic outlook drags euro

TOKYO-The Japanese yen rose against the dollar on Friday as resurfacing concerns about the impact of the novel coronavirus aided safe-haven currencies’ performance. The yen held tight at 109.81 per dollar in Asian trading board on Friday, continuing its 0.25% gain from previous session. The euro continued to trade negatively hitting its multi-year of low […]

Foxconn: recent Reuters report on factory resumption in China, not factual

Taiwan’s Foxconn said on Thursday that the recent Reuters reports about the company resuming operations in production plants were not factual. The contract electronics manufacturer, currently supplying tech giant Apple Inc, made the comment in a statement to the Taipei stock exchange. However, Foxconn, formally called Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd, did not elaborate […]

Facebook defers launch of dating service in Europe as Irish officials hold search operation in offices

Facebook postponed the launching of its dating service in Europe which was scheduled for the eve of Valentine’s Day after Irish data regulator official searched its offices. According to the regulating body, the conducted inspection in offices of the social media company in Dublin was mandated after learning Facebook’s plan of launching the dating service […]

China can fortify stimulus if growth slows further amid virus spread, IMF says

China will strengthen stimulus if economic slowdown continues amid virus spread, Changyong Rhee, senior official at International Monetary Fund said. But China should not disregard structural reforms to cater rapid credit growth, he added. Rhee, director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department, said that China’s economic growth was slowing down before the epidemic due […]

SoftBank shares surge up to 14% after U.S. judge approves merger between T-Mobile and Sprint

SoftBank shares surge up to 14% after U.S. judge approves merger between T-Mobile and Sprint Shares of SoftBank Group Corp. in Japan shot up by 14% on Wednesday after a U.S. judge green-lit a $26 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint—a deal SoftBank sought for nearly a decade. “All necessary federal approvals required for the […]

Oil inches up as NcoV cases decelerate, boosts market sentiment

SEOUL- Oil prices advanced continuing its Tuesday’s well-ended performance on Wednesday. Such upbeat activity was mainly from signals that coronavirus cases are decelerating in China, relieving investors from demand concerns brought by the virus which originated from world’s second-largest oil importer. Brent crude LCOc1 increased by 73 cents, equivalent to 1.3%, standing at $54.75 a […]

Safe-haven assets rise amid coronavirus concerns

Safe-haven assets rise amid coronavirus concerns Gold prices rose while the USD/EUR currency pair reached a four month high on Monday as investors retreated to safe-haven assets amid China’s rising death toll from the coronavirus outbreak. Weak economic data in the Eurozone made the Greenback relatively more attractive to traders than the single currency. This […]

Uber expects gains at latter part of 2020 but braces for year of decline

Uber Technologies Inc (UBER. N) adjusted its target with an aim of achieving its profitability by the end of the year, but the ride hailing firm anticipates a major decline estimating up to $1 billion or more this 2020. Uber shares advanced greatly up to 5% in after-hours session. Such activity followed after Chief Executive […]

EA’s tepid 4Q forecast adjusts below analysts’ expectations

EA’s tepid 4Q forecast adjusts below analysts’ expectations Electronic Arts Inc. adjusted its forecast for fourth-quarter revenue below analysts’ estimates after being pressured by the delayed launch of its anticipated title “NBA Live”. EA delayed the release of “NBA Live” last quarter in order to coincide with the launch of new gaming consoles from Microsoft […]

Asian shares recover after suffering for a week

Asian shares regained momentum on Friday as investor sentiment was uplifted by optimism that China would contain the novel Coronavirus, even reports continued to file more cases and death rates. China’s manufacturing activity which surpassed analysts’ expectations heavily contributed to upbeat market sentiment while services strongly stabilized. In line with this, Amazon reached far beyond […]

Australia inflation climbs but remains below target

Australian inflation rose at the end of 2019 but remains below target despite three interest rate cuts, prompting central bank to think of new measures to revive consumer prices. The consumer price index climbed 0.7% in the fourth quarter, which was slightly higher than the 0.6% increase forecast, attributed to higher fuel prices, cigarettes, travel, […]

Asian stocks hold steady despite investor fears over China virus

Asian stocks hold steady despite investor fears over China virus Asian shares held steady on Friday as trade slugged toward the Lunar New Year despite growing concerns over the new virus in China. Investors had feared that the coronavirus could spread further as millions travel for the week-long holiday. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares […]

Japan economic outlook gloomy, central bank policymakers say

Global economic uncertainties and a sales tax hike in 2019 may have hit hard on capital spending and inflation expectations, warned Bank of Japan policymakers as reflected on the central bank’s minutes of the meeting in December. One member proposed to impose a stimulant based on the effect tax hike caused on private consumption. The […]

Tesla reaches $100 billion stock market valuation

Tesla Inc became the first publicly listed US carmaker to reach $100 billion worth in stock market valuation in extended hours trading on Tuesday. This came a month after the electric car maker’s stock reached $420, on which CEO Elon Musk said he would take Tesla private. In a tweet in August 2018, Musk said […]

Oil prices retreat as concerns on supply diminish

SINGAPORE- Oil prices inched down on Tuesday as investors paid little attention to previous supply concerns following Libya’s declaration of a force majeure on two oilfields.                 Brent LCOc1 was down 30 cents, equivalent to 0.5% at $64.90 per barrel by 0318 GMT.  The crude eased down after soaring to its highest in more than […]

IEA warns oil and gas companies about lax emission policies

IEA warns oil and gas companies about lax emission policies The International Energy Agency (IEA) on Monday cautioned oil and gas companies that failing to increase investments in low carbon energies may result in them facing backlash that could threaten long-term profits and public support. Around 15% of global energy-related emissions have come from the […]

China to secure industrial growth in 2020

BEIJING- China assured to stabilize the industrial growth and aid its progress for 2020 despite pressing concerns encountered by the sector, Minister of Industry and Information Technology Miao Wei said on Monday. China’s industrial production surpassed expectations last December by jumping up to 6.9% from a year earlier. Such was the most rapid pacing it […]

Dollar soars on high market sentiment over US economic forecast

SINGAPORE- US Greenback started a strong weekly session on Monday brought heavily by positive US economic data, minimizing the possibility of interest rate cuts. The US dollar remained firm enough to reach its one week high against the euro EUR= at $1.1096. Its previous session placed it neutral from its eight-month high against Japanese yen, […]

China GDP grows 6% in fourth-quarter, in line with analyst estimates

China released its fourth quarter GDP for 2019, showing an economic growth of 6% compared to last year. Official data showed that the Chinese economy maintained last quarter’s pace as expected by analysts. GDP was estimated to grow by 6% in the October-December quarter, stalling at the shortest pace in twenty-nine years. As China faced […]

Gold prices rise amid brewing skepticism over U.S.-China’s Phase 1 trade deal

Gold prices rise amid brewing skepticism over U.S.-China’s Phase 1 trade deal Gold prices rose on Friday amid skepticism about the trade deal between the U.S. and China. Beijing and Washington had signed a Phase 1 deal on Wednesday, though some doubted whether the two major economies could develop it relations consistently. Gold Futures for […]

Oil prices fall as stockpiles drop past analyst expectations

Oil prices fall as stockpiles drop past analyst expectations Oil prices fell on Friday morning as stockpiles took a sharper decline than analysts expected. This was confirmed by a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA said that crude inventories had declined by 2.5 million barrels compared to the expected drop of […]

US agency to fund $1 billion into Guatemala’s private sector

The United States will fund Guatemala’s private sector with $1 billion to stimulate investment and create jobs, said US government agency head. It was announced after Alejandro Giammattei, the new president of Central American country, met with US officials to discuss spurring economic growth through investment and to contain migration in the US. “It’s a […]

China’s financial firms can subsist against foreign rivals: central bank

BEIJING- Chinese financial institutions are very much stable, enough to compete against foreign competition as the $40 trillion worth of financial sector was discharged, the central bank said on Thursday. Such followed after China and the United States settled the initial pact of the trade deal. Central bank will heighten its regulation and supervision to […]

Dollar sturdies ahead signing of U.S.-China trade deal

Dollar sturdies ahead signing of U.S.-China trade deal The U.S. Dollar remained strong on Friday and was set to close on a high note a few days ahead of the signing of a ‘phase one’ trade deal between the United States and China. The US Dollar Index Futures was flat at 97.45 by 9:30 PM […]

Oil sheds 1% from investors’ Middle East sentiments

NEW YORK- Oil prices declined an estimated 1% gain on Tuesday, losing some recent earnings as the possibility of immediate supply disturbance after US military forces killed top Iranian commander dampened investors’ sentiments. Brent crude LCOc1 sunk down 64 cents, equivalent to 0.93% or $68.27 per barrel. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 declined […]

EUR/USD under 1.12 amidst EZ inflation; Suleimani’s death causes tension

Of late, the pair EUR/USD trades below 1.12. This is amid inflation within the Eurozone that had met expectations with 1.3% in headline and core CPI. Tensions in the Mid-East have been found to not have strong effect on markets. The US ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI is currently being eyed. As the Euro and the Dollar […]

Turkish electric car project seen at an investment of $3.7 billion

Turkish electric car project seen at an investment of $3.7 billion Turkey’s new domestic electric car project will have a fixed investment of 22 billion Lira ($3.7 billion) over a period of 13 years, with an annual production capacity of 175,000 vehicles according to the Official Gazette on Friday. The Official Gazette reported on a […]

China turns to financial experts to manage and rebuild economy

China turns to financial experts to manage and rebuild economy China’s government has embarked on a new strategy of placing financial experts in provinces to manage risks and rebuild regional economies as the country struggles to deal with its slowdown. Since 2018, President Xi Jinping has placed 12 former executives either in state-run financial institutions […]

U.S. holiday online sales set record, 3.4% bigger than last year’s record

The U.S. online retail sales amassed record-breaking figures, outperforming last year’s output as Mastercard Inc. reported on Wednesday. E-commerce sales this year comprised 14.6% of total retail figures and went up 18.8% from the same period in 2018. Mastercard data showed retail sales from Nov. 1 to December 24. The overall holiday retail sales surged […]

Gold prices rise with demand ahead of Christmas and New Year

Gold prices rise with demand ahead of Christmas and New Year Gold prices rose Monday morning in Asia as investors opted for the saf-haven asset ahead of Christmas and New Year holidays. U.S. Gold Futures inched up 0.25% to $1,484.55 by 10:59 PM ET (3:59 AM GMT),  recovering after the dollar steadied the day before. […]

Oil prices head to three-month peak after US crude inventories drop

SINGAPORE-Oil prices edged closer to achieving its third consecutive months of positively ended performance on Thursday, maintaining its momentum which started a week ago. Such followed after records disclosed that US crude inventories plummeted down while output reduction by major producers held supply steady. Brent crude futures swiped out 1 cent to $66.16 per barrel […]

Bank of England to stay on hold as it weighs Brexit outlook

The Bank of England is looking to pause from making rates decisions as it weighs up Brexit’s outlook on Thursday. Flashes of hopes rose after the recently concluded election favoring a graceful Brexit but Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems to dim the bright outlook as he revives fears of a disorderly exit from the European […]

Fiat Chrysler to merge with Peugeot owner PSA agree in $50 billion deal

Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot owner PSA have agreed on a binding merger in a deal worth $50 billion to pave the way for the world’s fourth largest car maker. The two companies announced the merger that will reshape the global industry six weeks ago, as car manufacturers worldwide struggle with a decrease in demand. Car […]

EU must avoid cliff-edge in talks with Britain, says senior EU official

The EU will have to limit discussions about its future relationship with Britain to avoid heading into another cliff-edge, a senior EU official said. This statement came after Britain affirmed its exit from the European Union before 2020 ends. After UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s big election win, he planned to work on declaring the […]

WeWork arranges $1.75 billion credit line with Goldman Sachs

WeWork arranges $1.75 billion credit line with Goldman Sachs The shared workplace company WeWork said on Tuesday that it has arranged a $1.75 billion letter of credit with Goldman Sachs that is in the process of being syndicated and whose funds will be available in January next year. The move comes in part of SoftBank […]

Japan’s exports slips amid declining U.S., China demand

Japan’s exports slips amid declining U.S., China demand Japan’s export shrank for its 12th month as shipments to the United States and China declined, severely impacting the country’s trade-reliant economy and raising the risk of a fourth-quarter contraction. Wednesday’s official data showed Japanese exports falling 7.9% year-on-year in November, which was a small decline compared […]

The Sacklers transfer Purdue Pharma’s $10 billion to its other companies

The Sacklers transfer Purdue Pharma’s $10 billion to its other companies The owners of Purdue Pharma, the Sackler family, transferred more than $10 billion in a decade from the OxyContin maker to its trust and holding companies, according to a New York Times report on Monday, citing the drugmaker’s newly-commissioned audit. The audit is likely […]

UK’s The Hut Group acquires €1 billion to fund expansion

UK’s The Hut Group acquires €1 billion to fund expansion British online retailer, The Hut Group (THG) said it had raised €1 billion ($1.10 billion) to help fund expansion amid macro-economic and political changes from Brexit and the general election. The new capital of a €600 million term loan, a five-year £150 million ($192.45 million) […]

Factory Activity of Japan drops eight consecutive months in December

Lower demand and extended output decline dragged Japan’s factory activity shrink to eight consecutive months in December. Fourth-quarter economic contraction looms around Japan’s economic zone. From a 48.9 marker in November, the Jibun Bank Flash Japan Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dipped to 48.8 (seasonally adjusted). This marks another below the 50.0 threshold level performance, […]

Oil prices hike as OPEC changes 2020 forecast

TOKYO-Oil clocked in gains on Thursday with market sentiment relieving from anxiety as OPEC changes its 2020 forecast mainly from records disclosing increase in US crude inventories.                 Brent futures LCOc1 climbed 24 cents, equivalent to 0.4% to $63.96 per barrel at exactly 0242 GMT. Such activity followed after 1% loss on Wednesday brought by […]

Australia’s Central Bank sees China slowing down to 3% by 2030

Australia’s Central Bank sees China slowing down to 3% by 2030 The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) reasoned how China’s economic growth could slow down to around 3% by 2030 as a result of low birth rates, corporate debt, and low productivity. “China’s period of ‘above-normal’ growth is drawing to a close,” the RBA’s Ivan […]

JPMorgan warns emerging market debt trading to increase in 2020

More developing countries will be hit by debt woes next year, cutting returns for the JPMorgan index of dollar sovereign bonds, according to the bank’s head of emerging markets research. Countries affected by debt crises in 2019 include Lebanon, Argentina, and Venezuela. However, their relatively small part in global bond indexes has meant little contagion […]

Tories likely to win despite hung parliament chances; U.S.-China conflict anew

According to top 10 analysts, Tories are likely to win the elections. While this is the case, a hung Parliament might still be in the cards due to Conservatives not favored in some parts of the Westminster. Worth noting here are rising allegations related to UK Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson that came with his […]

China to remove duties from U.S. pork and soybeans

China to remove duties from U.S. pork and soybeans China will remove duties from some U.S. exports like pork and soybeans, according to China’s finance ministry on Friday after it cited decisions made by the country’s cabinet. The tariff waivers were based on applications by individual firms for U.S. soybeans and pork imports, the ministry […]

Philippines claims to have alleviated poverty from 6 million Filipinos

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said around six million Filipinos rose from poverty as the government continues to beef up spending on social welfare. The statistics agency of the Philippines reported around 17.6 million Filipinos (or 16.6% of the country’s population) were poor in 2018. The figures were compared to that of the 2015 record […]

Huawei sues FCC in a fight for access to U.S. market

Huawei sues FCC in a fight for access to U.S. markets Huawei Technologies Co. has sued the Federal Communications Commission in a fight to overturn a regulatory decision that would pry Chinese corporations away from its last major American clients. China’s largest technology company said that it had filed the lawsuit with the Fifth Circuit […]

‘Destructive forces’ are trying to sabotage US-China ties, Beijing envoy warns

Chinese envoy to the United States said that the two parties were resolving issues on the phase one of the trade deal, but warned of other parties trying to meddle in the talks and come in between of the two countries without providing further details. Envoy to the United States Ambassador Cui Tiankai said that […]

Large investor pays $31 million for options hedge against US stock market drop

The drop in US stocks on Monday urged one investor to fill up on stock options that would serve as a defense against a possible stronger hit on the US stocks next year. In early market on Monday, a large investor purchased 16,000 of January put options for the worth of $31 million dollars. The […]

China seeks NEV sales to hit 25% of all car sales in 2025

BEIJING/SHANGHAI- China has high hopes that New Energy Vehicle (NEV) sales will scope up a quarter of all car sales in 2025 from a mark of “above 20%’ stated in a 2017 prospectus, the industry ministry said on Tuesday. Chinese market for new energy vehicle, that which offers plug-in hybrids, battery-only electric vehicles, and hydrogen […]

Reserve Bank of Australia keeps rates steady, waits for past cuts to take effect

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) had its interest rates untouched on Tuesday and said it was waiting for the past three implemented rate cuts to take effect in the sluggish economy. However, markets see the need for more rate cuts to drive more economic activities. The central bank of Australia just concluded its last […]


TOKYO-Japan’s Nikkei average sunk down on Tuesday as emerging trade worries surfaced after US President imposed tariffs on Brazil and Argentina, while unstable manufacturing records contributed to inactivity. The Nikkei share average plummeted down with 1.46% loss to 23, 186.84 as it marginally reduced decline to 23,278.67 by 0152 GMT, recording 1.07%. The index recuperated […]


SHANGHAI-Hong Kong’s benchmark index plunged down with 2% loss on Friday brought heavily by recent trade dispute headline about US legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters.                 Hang Seng index shed 2% at 26,363.78 points as Hong Kong Enterprises Index inched down with 2.4% loss to 10,309.46. Such inactivity was brought by tensions between the United […]

China Agri-Industries to go private for up to $1.2 billion

China Agri-Industries to go private for up to $1.2 billion China Agri-Industries Holdings Ltd’s parent company will be taken private in a deal worth around HK$9.17 billion according to a filing that was published on Thursday. According to the trading arm of the Chinese state-owned food group COFCO, the cancellation price was HK$4.25 which was […]

Bitcoin slows down, posts six-month low

Bitcoin’s price on Monday dropped in the middle of its rally to recovery. It posted $6,558 at 1:00 a.m. EST, its lowest rate in six months. The biggest cryptocurrency, however, showed resiliency as it reached $7,100 hours after hitting a six-month low on Monday. Bitcoin last peaked on July 9 and since then, its prices […]

Japanese stocks maintain momentum on trade optimism; fiscal stimulus

TOKYO-Japanese stocks extended its positive performance reaching its fourth consecutive high on Wednesday as optimism increased for the possibility of United States and China settling the ‘phase one’ of the trade pact. At exactly 0148 GMT, Nikkei index soared up with 0.38% gains at 23,462.22 with automakers and retailers leading the top gainer board in […]

U.S. securities regulator proposes new rules on use of derivatives in exchange traded funds

U.S. securities regulator proposes new rules on use of derivatives in exchange traded funds The U.S. securities regulator on Monday proposed new regulations for the use of derivatives by investment funds. This aimed to introduce some safeguards for more risky products and increase competition. The proposal from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is […]

Taiwan plans to buy more US goods, acts to bust currency manipulator claims

The central bank of Taiwan and the Ministry of Economic Affairs have prepared specific actions to bid for bigger U.S. goods purchases to reduce its trade surplus. More so, Taiwan seeks to disprove U.S.’ claims being a currency manipulator. Taiwan was called out by the U.S. as a currency manipulator back in December 1992. This […]


Australian shares acquired gains on Monday as China-US trade deal optimism brought market enthusiasm while Westpac Banking Corp snapped four sessions of consecutive lows following the resignation of lender’s chief executive. The S&P/ASX 200 index inched up with 0.8 gains, equivalent to 52.50 points to 6,783.90 by 1243 GMT. Such hike followed after its 0.3% […]

HP rejects Xerox takeover bid again

HP Inc again reiterated that it would reject Xerox’s offer to buy the company for the value of $33.5 billion for cash and stock. In addition to this, HP Inc said the offer “significantly undervalues HP.” The computer manufacturer said that it rebuffed Xerox’s proposal but opened the bid for exploration. Xerox offered $22 per […]

Gold prices drop as the U.S. and China close in on trade deal

Gold prices drop as the U.S. and China close in on trade deal Gold prices fell on Monday after speculation spread that Washington and Beijing would soon sign a partial trade deal. Gold Futures for December delivery inched down 0.2% to $1,466.25by 12:30 AM ET (04:30 GMT). The improved investor sentiment was claimed as headwind […]

Jumbo Interactive jumps 192% this year as online lottery tickets reach peak popularity

Jumbo Interactive jumps 192% this year as online lottery tickets reach peak popularity Australian digital reseller Jumbo Interactive Ltd jumped up 192% this year as online purchases of online lottery tickets increased, Bloomberg said in a report on Friday. The company’s CEO Mike Veverka said in a phone interview that Jumbo aims to triple its […]


MOSCOW-Russia planned to cut the share of US dollar in its National Wealth Fund as it is currently eyeing on investing in other foreign currencies including Chinese Yuan, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev said on Wednesday. The changes to the structure of the National Wealth Fund, which is part of Russia’s sovereign reserves, will […]

Alibaba plans to launch $15 billion Hong Kong share sale

China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is set to launch a Hong Kong share sale that is anticipated to raise $15 Billion as early as Thursday, according to the two sources knowledgeable of the discussions. As Alibaba executives prepare for the launch on Thursday, the sources said that the timing could get lost considering the developments […]


TOKYO- Japanese shares sunk lower on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump’s speech brought disappointment to investors as he disclosed very little information about the trade deal. In line with this, Hong Kong’s political unrest contributed to Nikkei’s underperformance as the city faced increased case of violence. The Nikkei shares plummeted with 0.85% to 23,319.87, […]

Hong Kong regulator fines UBS $51 million for overcharging clients

Hong Kong regulator fines UBS $51 million for overcharging clients Swiss Bank UBS was fined HK$400 million ($51.09 million) by Hong Kong’s securities regulator for overcharging around 5,000 clients for the past decade. The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) said in a statement that an investigation revealed that UBS had been overcharging clients […]

Trump says trade talks with China are doing well, stresses deal has to be great

“I’d like to make a deal, but it’s got to be the right deal.” This is what U.S. President Donald Trump said in light of the ongoing negotiations between his country and China to seal a trade deal and eventually end the trade disputes between the two powerhouse countries. “The trade talks with China are […]

Brexit: a chaotic European affair

Brexit: a chaotic European affair Economic losses abound the British territory due to Brexit’s delayed and un-welcomed stay. The U.K. Judiciary is about to be pushed “off-its-trolly” with its constant debate regarding the great divorce’s validity. The suspension of the House of Commons by PM Boris Johnson himself had already exceeded a month. And against […]

Boris Johnson vows to issue Post-Brexit Visas for Doctors, Nurses

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans for issuing special visas to aid the U.K.’s National Health Service to hire doctors and nurses coming from different countries after Brexit. A new points-based immigration system will be formed by the National Health Service of Britain which will be introduced right after the U.K. departs from the […]

PM Shinzo Abe asks cabinet to prepare measures to support economy

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, ordered his cabinet to design a package of stimulus measures to beef up the economy and build infrastructure to cope with large natural disasters, according to a Japanese government spokesman. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the package will include steps to promote investment for growth through the aggressive use […]

Washington and Beijing agree to retract existing tariffs

Washington and Beijing agree to retract existing tariffs Washington and Beijing had both agreed to retract existing tariffs on each sides’ goods on Friday. Gao Feng, spokesperson for China’s Commerce Ministry said that “both sides should undo existing additional tariffs in the same proportion to reach phase one deal, and that is an important condition […]

Bank of England to retain interest rate level in pre-election meeting

The Bank of England signals to keep interest rates steady on Thursday as the snap election on Dec. 12 draws near. Governor Mark Carney though is not giving an explicit answer as to where interest rates are going in the next couple of weeks. “It’s all about nuance and emphasis,” Philip Shaw, Investec economist said. […]

TikTok denies ties with China, U.S. lawmakers unconvinced

Social media app TikTok reiterated its independence from China as stressed on its letter sent to the U.S. lawmakers but failed to convince Senator Josh Hawley who spearheaded the hearing session on Tuesday on the security of U.S. citizens’ personal data. ByteDance Ltd, which runs TikTok is a Chinese-based company that sent a letter to […]

Gold prices recover after a 2% fall as economic reports ease fears

Gold prices recover after a 2% fall as economic reports ease fears Gold prices recovered on Wednesday after a 2% fall in the previous sessions as traders embraced risk after the latest news in trade. U.S. Gold Futures went up 0.2% to $1.486.95 by 12:30 AM ET (04:30 GMT). Various news outlets reported within the […]

China woos Trump to remove tariffs through phase 1 trade deal

The “Phase One” of the U.S.-China trade deal has it that the Chinese government is pushing U.S. President Donald Trump to erase imposed tariffs in September. One of the highlights of the trade deal that will be signed by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Donald Trump is the inclusion of the White House’s abolishing tariffs […]

Japan’s  Rakuten expects a $947 million loss in U.S. Lyft investment in latest quarter

Japan’s Rakuten expects a $947 million loss in U.S. Lyft investment in latest quarter Japan’s Rakuten Inc. said on Tuesday that it would be expecting to take a 103 billion yen ($947 million) in losses in the latest quarter over its investment in U.S. ride-hailing firm, Lyft Inc. As of date, Rakuten is the biggest […]

Autos, mining gains drive European shares upsurge

European shares strongly began its weekly session on Monday as gains from automakers and miners fueled the upsurge while US-China trade talks brought optimism. The Pan-European STOXX 600 index soared at 0.5% reaching its highest index tally since January 2018. The United States and China disclosed that they made laudable progress primarily focusing on ending […]

Washington retracts duties from various Indonesian products

Washington retracts duties from various Indonesian products The United States has removed tariffs from various Indonesian products under a privileged trade facility. This is a part of the ongoing trade negotiations between the two countries, Indonesian officials said. In a report from the Indonesian trade ministry, the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) […]

Sino-U.S. Trade Hopes rally Asian stocks

Sino-U.S. Trade Hopes rally Asian stocks Asian stocks rallied on Monday’s morning trade as China and the U.S. seemed close to agreeing on a “phase one” trade deal. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) said on the weekend that Beijing and Washington were close to signing a partial trade deal. “They made headway […]

European shares dip as Brexit talks continue

European shares dip as Brexit talks continue European shares dipped on Wednesday as uncertainty over the outcome of London’s last-ditch Brexit talks with Brussels kept investors on the sidelines. Brexit negotiations will resume in Brussels on Wednesday morning after “constructive” discussions went into the night on Tuesday, a British spokesman said. Britain’s domestically-focused midcaps slipped […]

No-Deal Brexit could cost Ireland 73,000 jobs; central bank says

No-Deal Brexit could cost Ireland 73,000 jobs; central bank says A no-deal Brexit could cost Ireland more than 73,000 jobs over the next two years, the nation’s central bank said. According to the bank’s speculations, if the U.K. were to leave the European Union without an agreement, Ireland’s unemployment rate would rise to 5.8% in […]

Exxon Mobil to sell Malaysian offshore assets worth $3 billion; Bloomberg reports

Exxon Mobil to sell Malaysian offshore assets worth $3 billion; Bloomberg reports U.S. energy giant Exxon Mobil is considering a sale of its Malaysian offshore assets for up to $3 billion, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday. Exxon is said to be working with advisers on the potential sale which could raise about $2 billion to $3 […]

China-made smartphone now worth $4 Billion

China-made smartphone now worth $4 Billion Chinese smartphone maker Transsion has raised nearly $400 million in an IPO on China’s new, tech-focused stock market. On Wednesday the Shenzhen-based company said in a stock market filing that it sold 80 million in shares for 35.15 Yuan ($4.93) each, raising 2.81 billion Yuan ($395 million) The share […]

Monzo closes premium accounts to new customers

Monzo closes premium accounts to new customers Monzo, the digital bank, has closed its fee-charging premium subscription to new customers after five months of launch and is also offering refunds to those who signed up. Following criticism by customers, the app-based bank said that its Monzo Plus service wasn’t “the best it could be” and […]

Top investors warn markets might face risks over lax climate forecast

Top investors warn markets might face risks over lax climate forecast Financial markets risk major disruptions by relying on forecasts that underestimate the impact of climate-change policies that are expected to abruptly tighten the next decade, a leading group of investors had warned. The report made by the U.N.-backed Principles of Responsible Investing (PRI), representing […]

U.S., Chinese trade talks commence in Washington despite differences

U.S., Chinese trade talks commence in Washington despite differences U.S. and Chinese trade deputies were set to resume face-to-face trade talks on Thursday after the two of the world’s largest economies attempted to bridge deep policy differences and find a way out of a bitter and already-prolonged trade war. The negotiations scheduled for Thursday and […]

Cash spending overtaken by credit cards for the first time

Cash spending overtaken by credit cards for the first time Credit card spending has taken over cash for the first time, according to data from UK retailers, demoting notes and coins to the third most popular method of payment. The figures come from the British Retail Consortium (BRC) – whose members are responsible for £180bn […]

U.S.-China Trade Talks to commence on Thursday

U.S.-China Trade Talks to commence on Thursday Deputy-level U.S.-China Trade Talks are scheduled to commence in Washington on Thursday, U.S. Trade Representative’s (UTSR) office said, paving the way for high-level talks in October aimed to resolve a bitter, 14-month trade war. However, a UTSR spokesman had not offered any more details about the deputy-level talks. […]

France to block Facebook’s Libra in Europe

France to block Facebook’s Libra in EuropeFrance has said that it will block the development of Facebook’s cryptocurrency, the Libra in Europe, dealing a fresh blow to the cryptotrade industry. The French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire said that plans for Libra could not move ahead until concerns over consumer risk and the governments’ monetary […]

UK businesses unprepared for a no-deal Brexit; BCC warns

UK businesses unprepared for a no-deal Brexit; BCC warns The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) warned that a “concerningly high number” of UK businesses were unprepared for a no-deal Brexit after a research showed that more than two-fifths of British companies had not conducted a Brexit risk assessment. Parliament moved closer to obstructing a no-deal […]

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