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U.K. Stocks Turning ‘Uninvestable’

Brexit is now such a headache that the UK is ‘uninvestable’: Bernstein

With politics dominating near-term moves, U.K. stocks have become “uninvestable,” according to Sanford C. Bernstein.That’s because the market is not quite cheap enough that extreme outcomes have been priced in, while it’s hard to make any confident bets on political events, strategists led by Inigo Fraser Jenkins wrote in a note.

Besides, there’s more upside in equities in the U.S., rest of Europe and Japan, so as the analysts say, “why take the risk of buying such a market?”

Are Amazon, Facebook and Google violating antitrust laws?

Trump administration is scrutinizing Amazon, Facebook and Google

In an interview with Axios’ Jonathan Swan and Jim VandeHei on the news site’s premiere HBO show Sunday night, Trump said the European Union’s $5 billion fine against Google made him consider pursuing regulation.

“You look at the European Union, they fined I guess it was Google, billions of dollars, and frankly I don’t like that they’re doing that because that’s an American company,” Trump said. “I don’t think it’s good that they’re doing that. But if anybody does that, it should be us doing it.”

Swan asked if Trump would direct the Justice Department to look into the company as a monopoly, and Trump responded it was “certainly something we’re looking at.”

The rise of the hydrogen-electric truck

$11 billion preorders

Nikola Motor Company is welcoming everyone to Phoenix April 16-18, 2019 for a new blockbuster event, Nikola World. The first two days, April 16 and 17, are devoted to invite-only Nikola reservation holders, suppliers, media and investors while April 18 will be reserved for the public.

On April 16, Nikola will unveil the pre-production hydrogen electric semi-truck, 2.3 megawatt hydrogen station and the Nikola NZT 4X4. April 17 will be dedicated to demonstration drives and hydrogen filling. On April 18, the public is invited to see the latest trucks and NZT in action.

http://www.nikolamotor.com

Tesla shares soar on surprise third-quarter profit

Better-than expected car sales 

Tesla shares soared by more than 12 percent after the company reported a surprise profit for the third quarter as CEO Elon Musk made good on his promise to start turning regular profits in the last half of the year. The company’s earnings report, released after the markets closed Wednesday, also showed better-than expected car sales and a faster timeline on its Model 3 production.
The electric car maker said its midsize Model 3 sedan, which it hopes to produce on mass scale, was the best-selling car in the U.S. when measured by revenue and the fifth best-selling car in terms of volume. Musk told analysts on a call it was an “incredibly historic quarter” for the young car company. It was welcome news for investors following an otherwise a tumultuous few months.

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Synthego wants to democratize access to the new genetic technologies

Access to therapies is the problem

Paul Dabrowski, the chief executive officer of Synthego, which provides genetically engineered cells to scientists and researchers, worries about a future where access to the genetic technologies that will reshape the world are only available to the few who can afford them.

To hear him tell it, that’s why Dabrowski began working on Synthego in the first place — to democratize access to the new technologies that will give scientists, researchers, and consumers new ways to rewrite the code that has defined human existence.

“People talk about access to the tools, but the question is access to the therapies,” Dabrowski said. “We’re talking about the basis of what does it mean to be human not right now, but in the next 100 years.”

Now, the company has a fresh $110 million in cash from new investors at Founders Fund and the company’s previous backers — 8VC and Menlo Ventures — to try and drive costs down.

Major Facebook investors want Mark Zuckerberg out as chairman

Zuckerberg holds absolute control of the board with a majority of the voting power

Major Facebook investors, including public pension funds and state officials, are pushing for Mark Zuckerberg‘s ouster as chairman of the company’s board.

The proposal is largely symbolic, since Zuckerberg holds absolute control of the board. But it comes at a difficult time for Facebook, as security breaches plague the company and spur questions around corporate oversight.

“We need Facebook’s insular boardroom to make a serious commitment to addressing real risks — reputational, regulatory, and the risk to our democracy — that impact the company, its share owners, and ultimately the hard-earned pensions of thousands of New York City workers,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said in a statement to CNBC.

http://www.cnbc.com

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, is dead at 65

Cancer of the lymphatic system

Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, died Monday. He was an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist who influenced many aspects of modern life — from technology and science to sports and music.

Allen was 65, his investment firm Vulcan said in a statement announcing his death. He died in Seattle from complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma two weeks after Allen said he was being treated for the disease.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, like the less-common Hodgkin’s disease, is a cancer of the lymphatic system.
http://www.cnn.com

SoftBank wants a majority stake in WeWork

Softbank ready to pay up to $20 billion

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp (9984.T) is in discussions to take a majority stake in shared office space provider WeWork Cos, a source familiar with the matter said, a deal that would increase one of its biggest bets on a late-stage U.S. startup. Pricing and other details have yet to be firmed up, the source said, adding that it was not a done deal. A second source also said SoftBank is in talks about a major new investment in WeWork. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity as the details of the talks were private.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that SoftBank’s investment could be between $15 billion and $20 billion and would likely come from SoftBank’s Vision Fund.

http://www.reuters.com

3.7 percent unemployment rate in US

A 49-year low

For a solid decade after the collapse of Lehman Brothers touched off a global financial crisis, there was good reason to think the U.S. economy remained broken, from skepticism about the health of the labor market to tepid economic growth and the moribund rate of interest paid on U.S. Treasury bonds.

In a heartbeat, that seemed to change this week, adding facts on the ground to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s glowing portrait of a historically rosy and extended period of super-low unemployment, modest inflation and steady growth.

It came through Amazon.com Inc’s (AMZN.O) move to a $15 minimum wage, possibly setting the bar for companies nationwide. It came through a jump in long-term bond yields that signaled faith the gears of growth will remain engaged for a record-long recovery.

http://www.reuters.com

Co-working is just getting started

Investors think highly of buildings that include 15%-30% co-working space

In just the last year, co-working spaces have tripled their share of Manhattan’s office-leasing activity to around 10%, according to real estate brokerage firm Avison Young. Across the country, the number of square feet they occupy has jumped nearly 400% over the last eight years. As the market for flexible and customized offices continues to boom, it’s not just startups and small businesses that stand to benefit. More and more, larger companies that don’t want to be locked into decades-long leases are considering the upsides of flexible spaces.

In August, WeWork launched HQ by WeWork to serve the needs of medium-sized businesses. And other giants (think: Amazon, Verizon, and more) have already begun turning to co-working spaces to house entire divisions of their companies. In 2017, IBM struck a deal with WeWork to occupy its 88 University Place building in Manhattan.

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Chinese bitcoin mining giant Bitmain had revenues of $2.8 billion in the first half of the year

IPO plan despite slump in bitcoin

After months of speculation about the company’s plans, Bitmain released its first-ever public disclosures, confirming its intention to list on the Hong Kong stock exchange. Bitmain Technologies, founded by billionaires Jihan Wu and Micree Zhan, came on the scene five years ago and rode the cryptocurrency boom to a $12 billion valuation after its most recent funding round.
The financial statements released Wednesday, which were the result of an audit by KPMG, answer key questions about the company’s financial health as the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have plummeted. Bitmain made $742.7 million in profit during the first half of this year, marking a nine-fold increase from a year earlier, according the heavily redacted documents. Revenue was up tenfold in the same period, to $2.8 billion as of the end of June, and adjusted return on equity was 58.8 percent.
http://www.cnbc.com

Amazon Could Open Up to 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021

Shoppers use a smartphone app to enter the store

Amazon.com Inc. is considering a plan to open as many as 3,000 new AmazonGo cashierless stores in the next few years, according to people familiar with matter, an aggressive and costly expansion that would threaten convenience chains like 7-Eleven Inc., quick-service sandwich shops like Subway and Panera Bread, and mom-and-pop pizzerias and taco trucks.

Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos sees eliminating meal-time logjams in busy cities as the best way for Amazon to reinvent the brick-and-mortar shopping experience, where most spending still occurs. But he’s still experimenting with the best format: a convenience store that sells fresh prepared foods as well as a limited grocery selection similar to 7-Eleven franchises, or a place to simply pick up a quick bite to eat for people in a rush, similar to the U.K.-based chain Pret a Manger, one of the people said.

An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment. The company unveiled its first cashierless store near its headquarters in Seattle in 2016 and has since announced two additional sites in Seattle and one in Chicago. Two of the new stores offer only a limited selection of salads, sandwiches and snacks, showing that Amazon is experimenting with the concept simply as a meal-on-the-run option. Two other stores, including the original AmazonGo, also have a small selection of groceries, making it more akin to a convenience store.

Shoppers use a smartphone app to enter the store. Once they scan their phones at a turnstile, they can grab what they want from a range of salads, sandwiches, drinks and snacks — and then walk out without stopping at a cash register. Sensors and computer-vision technology detect what shoppers take and bills them automatically, eliminating checkout lines.

http://www.bloomberg.com

Jack Ma to Hand Alibaba’s Helm to CEO Daniel Zhang Next Year

His retirement caps a 19-year run for Asia’s largest company

Alibaba is heralding the end of the Jack Ma era. A former English teacher who helped found Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. two decades ago, Ma outlined plans to hand the executive chairman role to Daniel Zhang, a finance veteran who’s presided over an ambitious expansion and won over investors in three years as chief executive officer.

Ma will officially pass the baton in exactly 12 months’ time, on his 55th birthday, but remain on the board until 2020. He now intends to focus on philanthropy and education but also pursue unspecified “new dreams,” he said in a statement Monday.

U.S. lawmakers grill Facebook, Twitter executives

Technology stocks fall

The Nasdaq fell more than 1 percent on Wednesday, dented by technology stocks after Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) executives defended their companies before skeptical U.S. lawmakers. Adding to pressure on technology stocks, the Justice Department later said it would meet with state attorneys general to discuss worries that social media platforms were “intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas.” Facebook and Twitter were not specifically named.

Twitter shares dropped 6.1 percent. Facebook shares fell 2.3 percent, contributing heavily to both the Nasdaq’s and the S&P 500’s declines. The Dow, however, eked out a slight gain.

Flurry of electrifying announcements from the auto industry

Mercedes challenges Tesla with an all-electric SUV

Mercedes-Benz unveiled its first fully electric SUV today in Stockholm, the first in a long line of electric vehicles the automotive juggernaut will roll out over the coming years as part of its new EQ sub-brand. The EQC will run to 60 mph in under five seconds, go 200 miles between charges, and when it enters production in 2020, it will find itself in a world of increasingly fierce competition.

The EQC unveil comes amid a flurry of electrifying announcements from the auto industry. Later this month, Audi will debut its own electric SUV, the e-Tron. BMW just began taking orders for its upcoming iX3 electric SUV. Tesla is showing the production version of its gobsmacking, revived Roadster at the Grand Basel motor show in Switzerland this week. Jaguar is gearing up to start US deliveries of its much-lauded electric i-Pace later this year.

http://www.wired.com

Bernie Sanders wants to slap a special tax on Amazon

“Wages are so low, employees forced to depend on food stamps”

Senator Bernie Sanders wants to slap a special tax on Amazon and other big companies that employ workers who collect food stamps and other public assistance. But Amazon disputes Sanders’ depiction, saying its pay and benefits are competitive with other retailers. The progressive icon from Vermont has been on the attack lately, posting a series of Facebook videos over the past week calling out Amazon (AMZN) and Walmart (WMT) for not paying a living wage, which he lists in some posts as $15 an hour. In one video, titled “Get Amazon Off of Corporate Welfare,” he highlighted that CEO Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person and earns $260 million a day, while many of his workers are on food stamps.

“Mr. Bezos continues to pay many thousands of his Amazon employees wages that are so low that they are forced to depend on taxpayer-funded programs, such as food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing in order to survive,” Sanders said in the video, stressing that taxpayers foot the bill for these benefits. “Frankly, I don’t believe that ordinary Americans should be subsidizing the wealthiest people in the world because they pay their employees inadequate wages.”
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