US IPOs are expected to continue- WSJ

The recent ride-hailing IPOs have not caused the delaying of other IPOs in the row, writes the Wall Street Journal today. Although the Uber (Uber)  and Lyft (Lyft) share prices are down 7 % and 25 % respectively from their IPO prices, the IPO window is still open.

The newspaper reminds that for example Zoom Video Communications (ZM) and the plant based protein food producer Beyond Meet (BYND) were up 150 % and 257 % from their offerings. Pinterest (PINS) fell on Friday after the quarterly report, but it is up 41 from its IPO level.

Other listings on Friday, the content delivery company Fastly (FSLY) ended nearly up 50 % to 23,99 dollars and the Chinese “Starbucks coffee” Luckin Coffee (LK) also had a strong market debut.

According to WSJ and Dealogic, the IPO May listings totalled so far 15,22 billion dollars, while the sum was 6,23 billion dollars in April and 4,79 billion dollars in March.

Companies, that are still on the pipeline, are for example cybersecurity Crowd Stick and messaging company Slack Technologies, hotel reservations Airbnb and office space rental company WeWork.

On Friday the SP& 500 index ended down 0,58 % to 2859 points, the Dow Jones ended down 0,38 % to 25 764 points and Nasdaq down 1,04 %  to 7816 points.

In Asia the Nikkei rose 0,89 % to 21 250 points in Tokyo, while in Hong Kong the Hang Seng index went down 1,16 % to 27 946 points.

In Europe, the German Dax-index ended down 0,58 % to 12 238 points and in London the FTSE 100 index also down 0,07 % to 7348 points.

The sterling traded at 1,27 dollars and at 1,139 euros. The US dollar was trading at 109,98 yens.

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Brexit: Cross-party talks ended

The UK Labour Party announced on Friday that the talks with the UK Government over Brexit have ended. According to information from Mr Jeremy Corbyn “the talks have now gone as far as they can” and that the Party did not see that the compromise would have reached from both sides.

The pound slipped after the news and was trading as low as 1,275 dollars and 1,142 against euros. One of the reason for the announcement was also the speculation of the possible successor to Prime Minister Theresa May during the summer time. According to Labour Party, the increasing concern than any deal would have had risks to be accepted by the possible successor to Prime Minister.

The London Stock Exchange closed down for the week, losing 0,07 % to 7348 points. Other European markets were trading also down, DAX index down 0,58% to 12238 points and CAC40 down 0,18 % to 5438 points.

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US to end steel and aluminum tariffs with Canada and Mexico – WSJ

US Government is ending the steel and aluminum tariffs with Canada and Mexico. According to Wall Street Journal, the US Government have reached a deal with these countries on Friday.

Canada and Mexico government representatives have confirmed that the deal has been made although more information is coming in the next few days.

The US Government is working to get the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) passed. According to Canada, the both countries have agreed to terminate all pending litigation between them at the World Trade Organisation regarding the metals.

This USMCA was signed in November by the three countries, but it needs the ratification still.

 

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Burberry Group revenue 2,7 billion pounds

The UK luxury company Burberry (BRBY) reported preliminary fiscal figures in London today. According to the release, the 12 month revenue was 2,7 billion pounds, nearly at the same level as year before. The operating profit increased by 7 % to 438 million pounds.

– We made excellent progress in the first year of our plan to transform Burberry, while at the same time delivering financial performance in line with expectations. Riccardo Tisci’s first collections arrived in stores at the end of February and the initial reaction from customers is very encouraging. The implementation of our plan is on track, we are energised by the early results and we confirm our outlook for fiscal 2020, the CEO Marco Gobbetti said in the release.

Burberry said that the company continued to focus on financial and operational discipline.

– We delivered cumulative cost savings of  105 million pounds, ahead of plan, which was largely reinvested into consumer facing activities to support the transformation. In addition, we expanded the scope of our restructuring programme to increase our target from 120 million to 135 million pounds by the end of fiscal 2022 as we develop Burberry Business Services, the company said.

Burberry also was rated to the leading luxury brand in the 2018 Dow Jones Sustainability Index. The factors behind were the circular thinking of clothes and minimising the unnecessary use of plastics in the supply chain.

The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange since 2002, when the company had its IPO. The share price declined after the report by 5,91 % to 1808 pounds.

 

 

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Goldman to buy United Capital Finance Advisers for 750 million dollars

The US Investment Banking Group Goldman Sachs (GS) is buying a wealth-management company United Capital Financial Advisers for 750 million dollars. This would be Goldman´s biggest deal in recent years.

United Capital Finance Advisers has assets under management totally 25 billion dollars and the company employs 220 financial advisers. The deal is expected to be completed in the third quarter, Goldman said.

Goldman Sachs shares were trading today up 1,58 % to 199,50 dollars.

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China to develop fintech markets

China has taken several steps to enhance and engage with the opening of its capital markets towards western financial markets. Part of this process is also the new development of financial tech-companies and their regulation in the Chinese markets.

According to the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the signed MoU with China and France will allow information sharing on developing dynamics of fintech and its related regulation policies. The MoU was signed during the Chinese President Xi Jinping´s statevisit to France in April.

According to the press release of the Securities Regulatory Commission, the countries also reached a common consensus for enhancing mutual co-operation on green financing and promoting bilateral capital markets connectivity.

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Ralph Lauren: China the biggest growth market

The US premium lifestyle products company Ralph Lauren (RL) said yesterday that the China market is the company’s biggest growth market. According to the company filings operating income of the fourth quarter fiscal 2019 was 28 million dollars and operating margin was 1,9 %.

In the North American markets the operating income was 109 million dollars and the margin 15,9 %. In Europe the operating income was 98 million dollars and in Asia 38 million dollars. The operating margins were 23,7 % and 14,3 %.

Ralph Lauren said that the Asia revenue with currency growth was up over 30 % in Mainland China and that China is the fastest growing market for the company.

The whole fiscal 2019 net revenues were 6313 million dollars, up from 6182 million dollars year ago. Operating income was 561 million dollars compared to 498 million dollars year ago. The earnings per share was 5,27 dollars (1,97 dollars).

For the first quarter fiscal 2020 guidance net revenue is expected to be 3-5 % and operating margins to show 30-50 basis points increase. For the whole fiscal 2020 net revenue is expected to increase 2-3 % and operating margin 40-60 basis points.

The Group has over 501 global brand stores related to brands Ralph Lauren, Polo Factory and Club Monaco and the company said it is planning to open new stores in Asia and in Europe during the next fiscal year.

Company share price was trading today up 1,52 % to 113,89 dollars in New York. The  market cap of Ralph Lauren is 8,9 billion dollars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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