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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Facebook’s revenue up 26 % to 16,9 billion dollars

Facebook’s revenue was 16,9 billion dollars during the second quarter, up 26% from the year earlier.

The tech company showed a 2,6 billion dollars profit, or 0,91 dollars per share. The profit would have been 1,99 dollars per share, but the 5 billion dollars settlement with the Federal Trade Commission decreased the profit.

The settlement was agreed due to the privacy issues in the Facebook processes.

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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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Stocks closed down in NY- US data and trade tariffs

The US equities closed down today due to weak consumer confidence data and the trade tariffs between the US and China. The US and China leaders are meeting this week in G20 meeting in Japan and the information from the Federal Reserve has been that the tariffs can increase the risk of slower growth globally if there is no more confidence in the markets.

Dow Jones closed down 0,67 % to 26 549 points, S&P 500 index down 0,95 % to 2917 points and Nasdaq down 1,51 % to 7884 points. In Europe the FTSE 100 -index closed up 0,08 % to 7422 points, while the equities on the continent were down. In Germany the DAX closed down 0,38 % to 12 228 points and in France the CAC 40 down 0,13 points to 5514 points.

The US consumer confidence and new home sales were both below markets expectations. On the other hand on the M&A side, the deal volumes and values have been record high, according to Bloomberg data. On Tuesday, AbbVie said it would buy Allergan company, the Botox maker, for 63 billion dollars.

The G20 meeting on Friday and Saturday in Osaka, Japan will give more information while the US President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinping will have their discussions then. According to Bloomberg, the US officials have signalled that the trade deal is unlikely to happen.

The US markets have been pricing a 50 basis points rate cut for the next Federal Reserve meeting in July, but according to St.Lous Fed President James Bullard such a rate cut would be too much. He commented the situation in a Bloomberg interview.

The central bankers have been discussing about the cryptocurrencies and Facebook´s new Libra coin in the central banks meeting in Switzerland today. The question of financial stability, consumer and regulatory standpoint are the major issues for the tech company and some believe Libra is not going to be a Bitcoin.

According to Reuters, the Facebook other issues related to privacy concerns and hate speeches have been the major topics and central bankers are requiring more information from Facebook in order to proceed with the new currency. The Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) also commented the issue today with the same tone of voice.

In London, the discussions about the Brexit deal and the new Prime Minister have continued. Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt will be the next Prime Minister for the UK and the new leader will be announced on the 23rd of July. The deadline, October 31st will be soon, while the UK Parliament is starting their summer holidays on July 25 and the MPs will return on the September 3rd.

The euro was trading slightly up 0,01 % to 1,1368 dollars and the sterling up 0,06 % to 1,2696 dollars.

In Asia, the stocks were also down, the Shanghai All ended down 0,87 % to 2982 points, the Hang Seng in Hong Kong down 1,15 % to 28185 points and the Nikkei-index in Japan down 0,43 % to 21 193 points.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Facebook to launch Libra digital money

The social media giant Facebook (FB) is to launch digital coin Libra. This blockchain cryptocurrency is targeted to be used in Facebook apps. According to markets this new currency may have risk factors for financial stability and antitrust, while Facebook company is still having the privacy concerns.

According to Financial Times, this new coin is backed with different business operators like Visa, Uber, Vodafone and Spotify.

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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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