Brexit: No-deal is real again

The new UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson made his first public statement as a Prime Minister today. He said he is determined to deliver the exit on time and he said he is ready also for a no-deal Brexit, if it is the only way to declare the situation.

– The ports will be ready, the banks will be ready, the factories will be ready, business will be ready, he reminded.  He said he will take the issue on his own responsibility to deliver the Brexit on time.

According to Bloomberg he also promised lower taxes on capital investment and research, new road and rail infrastructure, plus full-fiber broadband. He also wants the UK to develop its own satellite systems.

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Qualcomm shares continued up 12% in Nasdaq today 

The share price of the US wireless company Qualcomm (QCOM) continued in the Nasdaq Stock Exchange in New York today. The stock ended up 12,25 % to 79,08 dollars in the aftermatch of the yesterdays news of the global royalty settlement with Apple (AAPL). Yesterday evening the stock climbed over 23 % after the news release.

Apple-shares also rose and ended up 1,95% to 203,13 dollars. The settlement means that the companies have agreed the shipments for the next six years and also Apple made an onetime payment related to the royalties. In the future Apple will have Qualcomm chips in its iPhones while the current supplier Intel (INTC) has had delivery problems.

Intel also announced yesterday that it will exit the 5G modem markets and focus on other parts of 5G ecosystem. Intel shares ended up 3,26% to 58,56 dollars. According to markets the company sift is seen as positive action towards more profitable business sectors.

The overall market sentiment was down in spite of the positive outlook for the semiconductor and mobile industry. Dow Jones ended down 0,01 % to 26 449 points, the S&P 500 index ended down 0,23 % to 2900 points and Nasdaq ended down 0,05 % to 7996 points.

Euro was trading unhanged at 1,1296 dollars, as well as the UK sterling, unchanged at 1,30 dollars.

During the day the economic indicators showed that China GDP grew 6,4 % annual rate during the first quarter this year. The growth exceeded the estimates. On the other hand, the US trade deficit dropped in February due to the 20,2 % decline in the imports from China.

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Apple and Qualcomm to settle royalty disputes

Apple-Watch-Series4_Gold-Milanese_09122018Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) have reached an agreement about the global royalty disputes. The companies announced the deal on Tuesday evening but did not closed any price details.

According to the deal, Apple is to make an onetime payment to Qualcomm and part of the deal is that the companies have also reached  a six year license agreement. Qualcomm commented that this agreement will increase its earnings by 2 dollars per share when the shipments of chips to Apple starts.

After the news, the share price of Qualcomm jumped and closed up 23,21 % to 71,76 dollars. The share price of Apple was up slightly, closing 199,23 dollars.

Recent studies by CTA show that the 5 G enabled smartphones will reach 2,1 million units and 1 billion dollars revenue this year. According to the research by 2022, 76 % of all the smartphones will be 5 G enabled. It is expected that the rise of the 5 G in the US markets have fueled the companies to reach the deal.

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