Stocks closed up – Uber fell 7,6 %

The stocks turned up from the early downs in Wall Street on Friday. Dow Jones ended up 0,44% to 25942 points, S&P 500 index up 0,38 % to 2881 points and Nasdaq slightly up 0,08 % to 7916 points.

The ride hailing company Uber (Uber) fell first over 9 % in its debut trading, but recovered somewhat and closed down 7,6 % to 41,53 dollars. The IPO price was 45 dollars. The market cap closed to 71,6 billion dollars, while in the IPO the market value was 82 billion dollars.

The rival ride hailing company Lyft also closed down.

The news from the trade talks with US and China showed some positive signs while the talks were “constructive” according to President Donald Trump.

Bloomberg reported that the US has given China one month time to seal the trade deal or face tariffs on all its exports to US.

The British finance minister Philip Hammond told media on Friday that US and China should avoid entering the trade war because of the vast impact on global growth and on British economy as well. According to Reuters, Mr Hammond estimates the UK will reach the 1,2 % economic growth this year.

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Apple manufactures most of its iPhones in China

The US mobile tech company Apple ( APPL) manufacturers most of its iPhones in China. According to Nikkei Asia, the China tops now Apple’s production site compared for example to the US.

Apple has increased its suppliers in the Greater China during the last few years and much of the materials, manufacturing and assembly processes are now in China.

In January the company said that it will start to assemble the premium phones also in India. The reason for this was also the rising concerns of trade wars between the US and China.

But also to establish the production overall in Asia to be more competitive against Samsung and Huawei.

Apple said in its 2018 annual report that the US and China are the only countries to account over 10 % of the company net sales. The sales in China were 51,9 billion dollars last year and operating income was 19,7 billion dollars.

During the second quarter, which ended March 30th, the company net sales in America were 25,6 billion dollars and 10,2 billion dollars in China. In Europe the sales were 13 billion dollars.

According to Bloomberg News, the new trade tariffs between the US and China, may eventually increase the Apple’s retail prices.

Apple’s share price was trading down 2,23 % to 195,49 dollars in Wall Street today.

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UK to foster net zero emissions by 2050 -increasing R&D

The UK has decided to aim for net zero emissions by 2050. This world leader target means that the UK Goverment will update its Clean Growth Strategy and integrate this also in its Industrial Strategy. 

The Goverment has decided to increase the R&D spending to 2,4 % of the GDP by 2027 and increase the rate of R&D tax credit to 12 %. Britain is also aiming to host the COP26 in 2020 in London.

According to the net zero report,the UK will increase the use of electric cars and increase the capture of carbon from the air with new innovations.

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Tesla to raise new capital totally 2,3 billion dollars

20190207_154953The US Tesla(TSLA) announced yesterday evening that it will raise new capital totally 2,3 billion dollars. The issue means that it includes 650 million dollars new shares and 1,35 billion dollars convertible debt and option to raise more 15%.

The news seems to be relief to investors while the Q1 figures were somewhat disapointing with the capital structure. Investors have commented the decision by securing the scaling of the new Model Y,which was unveiled in March and which is going to utilise the Model 3 platform, and the China production ramp up.

Goldman Sachs and Citigroup are managing the offer. Tesla shares closed higher on Thursday to 244,10 dollars in New York.

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Tesla Q1 revenue 4,5 billion dollars – profitable again in Q3

The SUV cars manufacturer Tesla (TSLA)  published its Q1 figures and according to the release, the Q1 revenue was 4,5 billion dollars during the period. The Refinitiv estimate was 5,2 billion dollars. The interim report was published after the trading closing in Wall Street on Wednesday evening.

– We expect Tesla to return to profitability in Q3 and significantly reduce our loss in Q2, said the CEO Elon Musk in the release.

The company operating loss was 522 million dollars during the quarter and net loss 702 million dollars, which include 188 million dollars of non/recurring charges. The loss per share was 4,10 dollars compared a profit of 0,81 dollars at the year end and loss of 4,19 dollars a year ago.

The company ended the quarter wiht 2,2 billion of cash, which shows  a 1,5 billion dollars reduction the the year end situation. The reason behind was the 920 million convertible bond repayment and the increase of number of vehicles in transit to customers.

The company has announced earlier that the Q1 deliveries were 63.000 vehicles, when the market estimates were 76.000 vehicles. These  challenges have caused vehicle deliveries to shift into Q2.

Tesla started  production and delievires of Model 3 vehicles for overseas markets during the first quarter. And this was also one of the reasons for delays in deliveries and shifts to the Q2. Tesla said it will focus further to improve operations, cost efficiency and customer experience globally.

– If our Gigafactory Shanghai is able to reach volume production early in Q4 this year, we may be able to produce as many as 500 000 vehicles globally in 2019. This is an aggressive schedule, but it is what we are targeting. However, based on what we know today, being able to produce over 500 000 vehicles globally in the 12/month period ending June 30, 2020 does not appear very likely, he said in the release.

According to Musk, the company operating cash flow less capex should be positive in every quarter, including the Q2. And due to the cost reduction and higher deliveries, the company should return to profitability in Q3.

Tesla shares closed down nearly 2 percent today in Wall Street. The stock closed -1,99 % to 257,85 dollars.

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