Aston Martin and the new SUV later this year

The British luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin (AML) is launching its first ever sport utility vehicle later this year. The new car, called DBX, will be important to the company after the weak demand in the UK and in Europe due to growing economic concerns and Brexit.

Aston Martin, which had its IPO last October in London Stock Exchange, is now trading below 5  pounds, while the IPO-price was 19 pounds per share, valuing the company at 4,3 billion pounds at that time.

The company was founded more than one hundred years ago by founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913 in a small London workshop. According to the company strategy Aston Martin will launch full EV capability by 2022. The aim is also to be the British car company that create the most beautiful and accomplished automotive art in the world.

The London Stock Exchange closed today down 1,13 % to 7067 points, while in Germany the Dax-index closed down 0,70 % to 11 412 points and in France the CAC 40 -index closed down 0,27 % to 5236 points.

 

 

 

 

 

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Uber revenue + 14 % – loss widens to 5,4 billion

The ride-hailing company Uber (UBER) reported its second quarter figures, ending June 30.  According to the company info, the revenue rose 14 % to 3,1 billion dollars, while the loss increased to 5,4 billion dollars from 739 million loss a year earlier. Diluted net loss was 4,72 dollars per share, while it was -2,01 dollars a year ago.

According to Uber, the operating loss includes for example the driver compensation of nearly 300 million dollars related to the IPO process.

The ridesharing revenue rose 2 % to 2,3 billion dollars during the quarter and the Uber Eats revenue rose 72 % to 595 million dollars.

-Our platform strategy continues to deliver strong results, with Trips up 35% and Gross Bookings up 37% in constant currency, compared to the second quarter of last year,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, in the press release.

-In July, the Uber platform reached over 100 million Monthly Active Platform Consumers for the first time, as we become a more and more integral part of everyday life in cities around the world, the CEO said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Facebook makes offer to leading media to license content – WSJ

According to Wall Street Journal, Facebook (FB) has approached ABC News, Dow Jones, Washington Post and Bloomberg as it plans to launch a news section later this year.

WSJ says that Facebook would be willing to pay as much as 3 million dollars a year to licence entire stories, headlines and previews of articles.

Facebook, which launched the digital currency Libra in June, has faced an outcry of the privacy issues. The company shares rose 2,17 % to 190,16 dollars in New York today.

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New Apple ecosystem service: the credit card

Apple (AAPL) announced yesterday that the new credit card with Goldman Sachs (GS) will be available to all iPhone owners in the US later this month. Apple said earlier in March that it is developing this credit card with Goldman.

This new credit card will be part of the Apple ecosystem, with all the payments and pay back & messaging functions. According to Apple, the new card do not have a visible number on it, but it has a secure chip inside and the iPhone can generate virtual numbers for online and over-the-phone shopping.

The credit card will offer customers Daily Cash on the purchases, from 3-1 % of the purchases depending on the transaction and the Cash can be used like any other cash or send to friends. The cash is paid back to customers every day.

Apple has around 50 million Apple Pay users in the US and this service will be also part of the Goldman Sachs Marcus – consumer business. According to Apple, Goldman Sachs will not get the right to use or sell the data for marketing purposes.

Apple´s shares closed yesterday up 1,89 % to 197 dollars  and the shares of Goldman Sachs (GS) also up, 2,15 % to 206,1 dollars in New York.

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LSE and Refinitiv – all share transaction

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has today announced that it has agreed to acquire the Refinitiv business in all share transaction. The deal, the economic value of 27 billion dollars, will form a new global data and analytics company with combined annual revenue of 6 billion pounds.

The Refinitiv shareholders will get 37 % of the economic interest in LSEG and less than 30 % of the total coming rights of LSEG. The company will has its headquarter in London and will remain in compliance with the UK Corporate Governance Code.

The Stock Exchange says that the annual growth rate for the first three years would be 5-7 % annually and would mean also synergies in the cost savings.

The shareholder meeting of the transactions is expected to before the year end and the completion of the deal is expected to occur during the second half of 2020.

The shares of London Stock Exchange rose 6 % to 7024 pounds in today’s trading.

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Takeway.com and Just Eat in merger talks

The Dutch food-delivery company Takeway.com (TKWY) and the London-based Just Eat (JE) are in merger talks. The companies have confirmed the talks and if they decide to merge, they would create together a group worth of 9 billion euros.

The share price of Takeway.com closed up 1,15 % to 83,55 euros on Friday in Amsterdam, while Just Eats share price closed up 2,06 % to 635,60 pounds in London.

The new company would be bigger rival to Deliveroo and Uber Eats.

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Apple and Intel confirmed the chips deal

The US Apple (AAPL) and Intel (INTC) have confirmed and agreed the deal that Apple is buying the smartphone chip asset from Intel for 1 billion dollars. It means that Apple gets 2200 new employees and a portfolio of patents.

The deal was announced at the same time as Intel announced its quarterly figures. According to Intel, its sales declined 3 % to 16,5 billion dollars from year ago, but earnings fell 17 % to 4,2 billion dollars due to the changes in the US China trade situations. From April guidance, the revenue was 900 million dollars higher.

For Apple this means a new power in its supply chain and development of new products for 5G wireless network. At the moment, iPhones do not support the 5G but according to market estimates this situation is expected to change next year.

Intel retains the right to develop 5G chips to non-smartphone products like for internet of things. According to the new guidance for the third quarter, the revenue is expected to be 18 billion dollars with operating margins 33 %. The third quarter report is going to be announced on October 24th after the market close.

Intel´s share closed down 1,4 % to 52,16 dollars and Apple´shares were also down, 0,79 % to 207,02 dollars in New York.

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