Google to increase renewable energies globally

The US tech company Google (GOOGL ) has announced that it has made its biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy ever. This include 1600 megawatt package of wind and solar agreements and 18 new energy deals. According to Google more than 2 billion dollars will go to building new infrastructure in the US, Europe and Chile.

– These renewable energy purchases aren’t only notable for their size. Up to now, most of our renewable energy purchases in the U.S. have been wind-driven, but the declining cost of solar (down more than 80 percent in the past decade) has made harnessing the sun increasingly cost-effective. Meanwhile, our Chile deal marks the first time we’ll buy power in a hybrid technology deal that combines solar and wind. Because the wind often blows at different times than the sun shines, pairing them will allow us to match our Chilean data center with carbon-free electricity for a larger portion of each day, Google says in its press release.

The purchase is equivalent to the capacity of a million solar rooftops the Google CEO Sundar Pichai said.

Other tech companies are also announcing their climate change mitigation actions and energy efficiency plans before the next weeks UN Climate Change meetings. For example Amazon (AMZN) has said it will run only by renewables by 2030 and is targeting carbon-neutral by 2040.

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Tech stocks up in Wall Street – RealReal +12 %

The tech stocks soared up in Tuesday trading in New York. Apple´s (AAPL) stock closed up 4,23 % to 208,97 dollars due to the tariffs delays in the US China trade negotiations. Also retail gained and for example Amazon (AMZN) closed up 2,21 % to 1824 dollars. The tariffs delay is expected to help the Christmas shopping as well.

The re-used luxury online shop RealReal gained over 12 % in trading. The company published its second quarterly figures ending June 30th. According to the press release the total revenue gained 51 % to 71 million dollars from a year earlier and the average order value was 452 dollars. The net loss was 26,8 million dollars compared to the loss of 17,6 million dollars a year ago. The company had the IPO in the beginning of July.

Tesla (TSLA) was also up, 2,62 % to 235 dollars and Ralph Lauren (RL) also up 1,61 % to 93,41 dollars. The retail company Macy´s was also up, 0,41 % to 19,36 dollars. The company is to publish its figures on Wednesday.

Dow Jones- index closed up 1,44 % to 26 279 points, the large S&P 500 -index closed up 1,48 % to 2926 points and tech-index Nasdaq closed 1,95 % to 8016 points. Semiconductor sector index closed up 2,95 % to 1489 points.

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Brexit: Weekend elections – ECB rate cut? (corrected)

Corrected: the Conservative Party elections timetable

The Brexit situation in the UK will move forward when the Tories had their elections for the next Prime Minister and party leader. The markets are considering Boris Johnson the likely winner to place the former Prime Minister Theresa May. The other candidate is foreign minister Jeremy Hunt.

The next UK Prime Minister, which name will be published during the beginning of this week, will lead the country out of the EU block, with or without a trade deal by the October 31st.

In the UK the sterling has decreased to its lowest levels in 2 years. The FTSE 100-index is trading up 0,45 % to 7542,86 points today.

The financial markets have seen the global interest rate easing starting this time in Asia. For example the South Korea and Indonesia have lowered their interest rates last week. Now the expectations are for the US Fed and European Central Bank, which is having its next meeting on July 25th. According to Reuters, markets are waiting for a 10-basis point cut with 60 % chance.

During this week there will be also earnings releases from Facebook (FB) on Wednesday and Alphabet (GOOG) on Thursday, as well as Amazon (AMZN)

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Highlights of the year 2018 – Brexit, trade talks and green finance

The year 2018 was a year of Brexit, electric cars and trade talks. It included special moments in the financial markets and in the company side. Green Bonds and Green Finance were getting more attention in the markets and trade talks and Brexit were the topics during the year 2018 along. Climate Change and low carbon landed also in the agenda of central banks.

Investors were also asking what is the role of the City as a global financial hub. Should it have its own rules in spite of the Brexit? In the financial hub competition, Frankfurt and Paris were the European cities to get more new financial offices as financial companies were moving some operations to the EU side.

The UK Parliament is expected to vote of the Brexit during Janury 2019 after very intensive debate about the deal during the year.

Climate Change has become part of the everyday life in the financial markets and for example one of the biggest insurance companies in the US, Berskhire Hathaway informed in February 2018, that it has got 3 billion dollars losses of the natural catastrophies, the hurricances in the US. Several central banks, including the European Central Bank and some Asian ones, have also agreed about the co-operation in the climate issues and how to monitor the impact on the markets.

In the tech-side augmented reality and ioT were the themes for the year. Apple, Amazon, Google, Tesla, Intel  and Samsung  were one of the tech-companies to deliver new services related to the new technology. On the other side of the topic, Facebook was dealing with the privacy issues globally. New tech- companies listed in the markets were for example Spotify and Xiaomi.

Year 2018 was a year of electric cars in many countries. The e-cars breakthrough with charging issues was one of the tech topics as well. Telsa founder Elon Musk was the leading industry sector figure as he estimated that Tesla would make one million cars by 2020 in February 2018.

Also the German automakers announced new investments and concept cars. For example the BMW Group launched an autonomous driving campus in Munich in March 2018.

Year 2018 was also a year for luxury goods and services. The Basel World 2018 -fair announced its good selling and for example the CEO of Hublot, Ricardo Guadalupe,  told ComteamPUB+ that the company expects double digit growth for the year and that the Chinese customers will be the leading segment.

In the debt markets the US Uber and Netflix issued their junk bonds to investors. Uber, the ride-sharing company, is said to plan an IPO for the year 2019 according to the secret filings to the SEC.

One of the biggest infrastructure projects ever, the China Silk Road, is getting more attention from the green investors side, while the organization made its first announcement of the green principles for the project co-operation and operators. The ancient Silk Road is expected to rise the GDP growth by 4 % or 240 billion dollars in the countries invlolved according to Credit Suisse analysis.

The aim of the Roman time Silk Road is to connect the western Europe with the eastern coast of China and to renew the infrasturcture in between. This means also that the 10 world largest container ports are located along the route.

Trade talks between different countries have continued lively during the year. US and China have been in the headlines, but also the EU with its agreement with Japan.  The political situation and rising volatility in the financial markets tell the direction for the next year. Geopolitical easing is needed.

Päivi Härkönen, co-founder, ComteamPUB+

 

 

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Retail lead the rise in Wall Street

Retail sector was the leading one in Wall Street trading today on Wednesday.  For example Amazon reported record high holiday sales and the stock jumped over 9 % to 1470 dollars. The financial markets in general jumped sharply after the deep decline before the Christmas time.

Dow Jones -index gained 4,98 % and ended at 22878 points. Tech-index Nasdaq jumped 5,84 % to 6554 points and S&P 500 -index 4,79 % to 2463 points.

The Brent Crude (ICE) rose 8,66 % to 54,84 dollars.

Dollar declined slightly to 1,135 dollars and UK sterling 0,25 % to 1,26 dollars.

On Thursday the European markets will also open the trading after the Christmas holidays.

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