Facebook to move to Hudson Yards, New York

The US tech company Facebook (FB) is increasing its presence in New York. The company has agreed to rent three towers totalling 139.000 m2 in the three developing buildings in the west side area of Manhattan, Hudson Yards. According to the information, the employees are moving already next year to the new offices.

The Hudson Yards has got several real-estate certifications for its sustainable buildings, materials and public transport. The area has already Leed Platinum for Hudson Years 10 and the Eastern Yards has got Leed- Neighborhood Development Gold (Leed ND).

The area is expected to gain more than 20 million visitors annually.  The area is having over 14 acres of public plazas, gardens and over 100 different shops and high-end retailers. The shops include for example luxury brands like Dior, Tiffany and Watches of Switzerland.

Facebook shares closed down 0,02 % to 193,15 dollars in New York on Thursday.

 

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WeWork to raise billions ahead of IPO-WSJ

The US workspace company WeWork is going to raise billions of dollars in debt before it goes public, writes the Wall Street Journal tonight. According to WSJ, WeWork would raise as much as 3 billion to 4 billion dollars in the coming months, citing people familiar with the matter.

The debt offering could grow as big as 10 billion dollars over the next several years, the WSJ writes. The meaning of this offering is to fund the company’s growth until its business is profitable, the people said.

One reason for this debt offering is also the other big IPOs during the spring time, Uber (UBER)  and Lyft (LYFT), which are trading below their IPO pricing at the moment.

According to the news, Goldman Sachs Group and JP Morgan Chase & Co are leading the structuring and backing the deal.

WeWork, based in New York, made a 1,9 billion dollars loss last year with a 1,8 billion dollars revenue. The company has been valued at 47 billion dollars this year in the earlier funding rounds.

WeWork filed the IPO at the end of last year and the initial offering is expected to be during this year.

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Stocks tumbled globally – trade conflict

The global stocks markets tumbled on Thursday trading. The main reason for the bear sentiment were the trade discussions between the US and China, which are still open. The US President Donald Trump and the Chinese President Xi Jinpeng are expected to meet in Japan in the G20 – meeting in June.

Dow Jones-index ended down 1,11 % to 25490 points, the S&P 500 -index closed down 1,18 % to 2822 points and the technology index Nasdaq down 1,58 % to 7628 points. The 10-year government bond yield dropped to lowest levels since 2017 and the energy stocks dropped by 3,13 % on Thursday trading.

Hewlett-Packard (HPE) announced its quarterly results and guided for fiscal 2019 the net EPS to be 2,04-2,11 dollars per share. The company net revenue was 14 billion dollars during the quarter, up 0,2 % from the year earlier. The personal systems accounted for 8,9 billion dollars of the sales and the profitable printing side 5,1 billion dollars. The stock ended down 2,65 % to 14,70 dollars.

The US President Donald Trump said in the White House press conference that the Goverment will help farmers with a new 16 billion dollars direct aid. He also mentioned that the US economy has done better since 2016 with the value of 8 billion dollars. In the trade talks issues he mentioned also the new deal with Japan in the agriculture products and also the new USMCA agreement with Mexico and Canada. According to the President, many democrats in the congress are also backing the USMCA deal.

In Europe the stocks ended also down with FTSE 100 -index down 1,41 % to 7231 points, the German Dax-index 1,78 % to 11952 points and the France CAC 40 -index down 1,81 % to 5281 points.

The EU and UK Brexit situation is still open and both sides are waiting for the EU elections results due to next Sunday evening. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to leave her position after the Brexit deal and according to the new situation, all the options are still valid: no-deal or deal Brexit or new referendum.

The UK Goverment said that the Withdrawal Bill will be presented to the UK Parliament in early June. The US President Donald Trump is visiting the UK in early June from 3rd-5th June.

The sterling was trading down 0,04 % 1,2660 dollars and the euro was up 0,29% to 1,118 dollars. The US-dollar was down 0,72 % to 109,57 yens and euro was up 0,31 % to 0,8833 pounds.

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FCC is backing T-Mobile and Sprint merger

The US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said he would back the merger between the telecommunications operators T-Mobile and Sprint in the US markets. The 26 billion dollars deal might be proceeding after the companies had made some adjustments to the operations.

According to Wall Street Journal this assurance would help the merger although the antitrust issue is still on the agenda. The merger needs the approval from both US Federal agencies and some market specialists expect that the FCC decision will boost also the Justice Department’s antitrust division to accept the merger.

-Two of the FCC´s top priorities are closing the digital divide in rural America and advancing United States leadership in 5G, the FCC Chairman Mr. Paid said according to WSJ.

In 2017 the FCC report found that the wireless business has had effective competition as prices for mobile data has been falling.

Today T-Mobile and Sprint said that they have agreed to invest in new wireless broadband service, especially in rural areas and to build new 5G infrastructure. The companies also agreed to sell Sprint´s Boost brand, a prepaid mobile phone service with millions of customers.

Shares of Sprint (S) jumped 22,8 % to 7,59 dollars in New York and T-Mobile´s (TMUS) shares were also trading higher, up 4,80 % to 78,99 dollars. The whole sector was also up: Verizon(VZ) up 1,82 % to 59,51 dollars and AT&T (T) up 1,89 % to 32,40 dollars.

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Uber self-driving unit gets 1 billion dollar investment

The self-driving unit of Uber has got one billion dollar investment. The company confirmed that three Japanese companies Denso, Toyota and Softbank have bought stakes in that unit. According to Bloomberg, the value of the unit is 7,25 billion dollars.

According to Uber the deal is expected to close during the third quarter. The company is also preparing for the IPO in May in New York.

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Stocks down in New York and in Europe

The Stock Markets were down in today´s trading in Europe and in New York. In Asia the stocks ended up in Japan and in Hong Kong.

The market were pushed down by the news of the new possible tariffs in the US EU trade talks. Also the news that IMF, the International Monetary Fund, has lowerd the global and EU economic growth forecast for this year fueled the stocks down. The global economic forecast is now 3,1 % for this year (3,3 %).

According to the US Goverment they are proposing new tariffs worth 11 billion dollars in to the production from the EU. This would include for example civilian aircraft and agricultural products. The reason for this new stage in the negotiations is  the WTO , which has shown that the EU subsidies to Airbus (AIR) have had negative impact on the US trade.

Dow Jones was down 0,72 % to 26151 points, S&P 500 -index was down 0,61 %to 2878 points and Nasdaq-index was down 0,56 % to 7909 points.

In Europe the FTSE 100 ended down 0,35 % to 26151 points, the German DAX-index ended down 0,94 % to 11850 points and the Frensh CAC 40 -index ended down 0,65 % to 5436 points.

In Asia the Nikkei-index ended up 0,19 % to 21 802 points and the Hang Seng -index in Hong Kong ended up 0,27 % to 30 157 points.

The UK sterling was trading down 0,06 % to 1,205 dollars and the euro was unchanged at 1,1263 dollars. Dollar was down 0,29% to 111,16 yens today.

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