Stocks mixed in NY before G20 Osaka

The US equities closed mixed today in New York ahead of the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan on Saturday. The US President said he would use the “Plan B” if the US and China cannot proceed with the trade issues during the weekend. He said the new tariffs would be closer to 10 % rather than 25 %.

Dow Jones closed down 0,04 % to 26 536 points, S&P 500 index closed down 0,12 % to 2913 points, but Nasdaq ended up 0,32 % to 7909 points.

In the tech-stocks the ride-hailing company Uber (UBER) ended down 1,37 % to 42,45 dollars, showing the market capital of 72 billion dollars. The rival Lyft (LYFT) ended also down 1,67 % to 62,82 dollars with the market cap of 18,3 billion dollars. The latest IPO tech company, Slack Technologies rose 4,96 % to 32,37 dollars (16,4 billion market cap). Cryptocurrency Bitcoin reached above 13 000 dollars.

One of the hottest issues during the G20 leaders summit will be foreign exchange rates. Mr Trump has said that the US dollar is too strong compared to euro and Chinese yuan and thus taking competitive edge from the US companies. The G20 finance ministers and central bankers have already made their commitments from competitive devaluation, according to Bloomberg. In the markets, the Federal Reserve rate cut is expected to happen in July meeting.

The important meeting with President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping will be on Saturday. Mr Trump will also meeting for example the Russia´s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey´s Erdogan.

In Europe the stocks wee also mixed. In London the FTSE 100 index ended down 0,08 % to 7416 points, while in Germany the DAX index ended up 0,14 % to 12 245 points. In France the stocks declined by 0,25 % to 5500 points. The German 10 year government bond yield dropped to record low to -0,31 %.

The debate about Brexit continued and Boris Johnson, the PM and Conservative leader candidate, said that he does not expect no-deal departure on October.

The sterling was trading down 0,03 % to 1,2685 dollars, while euro was trading down 0,01 % to 1,1366 dollars. Dollar was up 0,54 % to 107,78 Japanese yen.

In Asia the stocks were also mixed. In Shanghai the stocks closed down 0,19 % to 3117 points, while in Hong Kong the Hang Seng index closed up 0,13 % to 28 221 points. In Japan the Nikkei 225 index ended down 0,51 % to 21086 points.

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Yandex Taxi to issue new shares in IPO – Reuters

Russia´s largest online taxi service Yandex Taxi is likely to sell new shares in its initial public offering. According to Reuters the company representative COO Greg Abovsky told that the company has not decided on a stock exchange, or the timing or the size of its IPO.

-We consider the Moscow Exchange an important exchange, he told Reuters and added that most likely there would be primary shares, not secondary in the IPO.

Yandex Taxi and Uber combined their resources in Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Kazakstan in 2017. Uber has 36,6 % of the shares, Yandex 59,3 % and Yandex Taxi staff the rest.

The US ride-hailing company Uber´s (UBER)  IPO was in May and the company listed its shares on Nyse in New York with the market value of 82 billion dollars. The rival company Lyft  (LYFT) listed its shares in Nasdaq already in April with the market value of 24,3 billion dollars.

Uber has also expanded its service offerings from taxi to flying taxi service in New York and customers can now ride from Manhattan to JF Kennedy and Newark airports with 199 dollars. The company has also announced it will start electric-flying taxi service in Australia, Melbourne next year, while the other piloting cities are Dallas and Los Angeles in the US.

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Stocks closed down in NY- US data and trade tariffs

The US equities closed down today due to weak consumer confidence data and the trade tariffs between the US and China. The US and China leaders are meeting this week in G20 meeting in Japan and the information from the Federal Reserve has been that the tariffs can increase the risk of slower growth globally if there is no more confidence in the markets.

Dow Jones closed down 0,67 % to 26 549 points, S&P 500 index down 0,95 % to 2917 points and Nasdaq down 1,51 % to 7884 points. In Europe the FTSE 100 -index closed up 0,08 % to 7422 points, while the equities on the continent were down. In Germany the DAX closed down 0,38 % to 12 228 points and in France the CAC 40 down 0,13 points to 5514 points.

The US consumer confidence and new home sales were both below markets expectations. On the other hand on the M&A side, the deal volumes and values have been record high, according to Bloomberg data. On Tuesday, AbbVie said it would buy Allergan company, the Botox maker, for 63 billion dollars.

The G20 meeting on Friday and Saturday in Osaka, Japan will give more information while the US President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping will have their discussions then. According to Bloomberg, the US officials have signalled that the trade deal is unlikely to happen.

The US markets have been pricing a 50 basis points rate cut for the next Federal Reserve meeting in July, but according to St.Lous Fed President James Bullard such a rate cut would be too much. He commented the situation in a Bloomberg interview.

The central bankers have been discussing about the cryptocurrencies and Facebook´s new Libra coin in the central banks meeting in Switzerland today. The question of financial stability, consumer and regulatory standpoint are the major issues for the tech company and some believe Libra is not going to be a Bitcoin.

According to Reuters, the Facebook other issues related to privacy concerns and hate speeches have been the major topics and central bankers are requiring more information from Facebook in order to proceed with the new currency. The Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) also commented the issue today with the same tone of voice.

In London, the discussions about the Brexit deal and the new Prime Minister have continued. Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will be the next Prime Minister for the UK and the new leader will be announced on the 23rd of July. The deadline, October 31st will be soon, while the UK Parliament is starting their summer holidays on July 25 and the MPs will return on the September 3rd.

The euro was trading slightly up 0,01 % to 1,1368 dollars and the sterling up 0,06 % to 1,2696 dollars.

In Asia, the stocks were also down, the Shanghai All ended down 0,87 % to 2982 points, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong down 1,15 % to 28185 points and the Nikkei-index in Japan down 0,43 % to 21 193 points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Airbnb to offer luxury property rentals

The US property rental service & hospitality platform Airbnb said today that it has launched a luxury property service for its customers.

This new service “Airbnb Luxe” offers 2000 new listings from entire islands to castles and mansions and the prices range from 14000 dollars a week average to 1 million dollars a week for a private atoll near Tahiti with a staff of 50.

This new rental service include also VIP service. – From personal chefs to massage therapists, a local team of professionals has you covered, the company says.

According to the company the luxury rental property market has not offered security for high-profile and mega-rich clients before, Bloomberg News says.  This new service will include the total wellbeing.

The company takes a percentage of the cost of each booking and the company is valued at 31 billion dollars before the initial public offering, perhaps next year.

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Volvo V60 hybrid – nordic design

Have you thought to buy a hybrid? Here have you some thoughts to think about related electric car and the gasoline version.

I had my test drive with Volvo V60 T8 AWD with Business R-design. This design means that the car is integrated with several design elements related to interior design, materials and needed applications like CarPlay and Anrdoid Auto.
The car is with two engines, gasoline and electric. The electric range is about 50 km with good conditions, but I would say that 40 km is what is the normal with summertime and normal use.
First I have to say that this plug-in hybrid car was very easy driving due to the two power engines in it. The handling was also ok while the circle is small enough also parking in the city spaces. According to the company info the  united energy use for this model is 47 co2/km. This calculation is based on the new measuring method standard WLTP. My own expressions for the long journey driving was that the gasoline consumption was about 8-9 litres per 100 km after the electric range was used.
The car is integrated with intelligence with for example the settings for the driver seat and with the half automated pilot assist. Must say that the pilot assist is really helpful when you can rest your legs during the journey, or with driving the city limits.
The adaptive speedassistant to drive in que is a new thing and  so far we have very few experience of it. Maybe more later on when the car technology develops further.
To buy a hybrid is a good solutions for those, who can use the electric range for daily rutines like the distance between home-office or home-public transport. This Volvo is large enough for sporting goods and with small gadgets for the garden or for working. And the electric range is a positive plus for the sustainable driver.
The interior design is well-design and functional and the feeling of the Nordic design is present.
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Volvo and Uber to present the self-driving car

Volvo Cars (VOLVB), a leader in automotive safety, and Uber (UBER), the leading ride-hailing firm, have presented a jointly developed production car capable of driving by itself. This is the next step in the strategic collaboration between the companies.

– Uber and Volvo Cars entered a joint engineering agreement in 2016 and have since developed several prototypes aimed at accelerating the companies’ self-driving car development. The Volvo XC90 SUV is the first production car that in combination with Uber’s self-driving system is capable of fully driving itself, the Volvo says in the press release.

According to Volvo, the most important features of Volvo Cars’ autonomous drive-ready production vehicle include several back-up systems for both steering and braking functions as well as battery back-up power.

-By the middle of the next decade we expect one-third of all cars we sell to be fully autonomous. Our agreement with Uber underlines our ambition to be the supplier of choice to the world’s leading ride-hailing companies, the Volvo Cars CEO Håkan Samuelsson stated.

 

 

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