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Moderna coronavirus vaccine

Moderna said preliminary data from the final round of trials showed that its coronavirus vaccine is more than 94% effective in preventing COVID-19.

The company also said there were no "significant" safety concerns, adding that the vaccine is generally safe and well tolerated, with most side effects in participants being assessed as mild to moderate. Side effects included pain at the injection site, and after the second dose, fatigue, muscle aches, and headaches.

An important point is that, according to Moderna, its vaccine remains stable for 30 days at temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius. At the same time, the Pfizer vaccine requires a storage temperature of -70C, and its effectiveness according to the company is 90%.


PayPal will provide its customers with the ability to use cryptocurrency

PayPal payment system will provide customers with the ability to buy, store and sell cryptocurrencies in the PayPal wallet. The service will be available in the US in the coming weeks. Initially, it will be possible to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin. From the beginning of next year, PayPal customers in the United States will be able to use cryptocurrency to pay for goods or services at merchants accepting PayPal - in 26 million stores.


China's stock market capitalization is growing

China's stock market capitalization has exceeded $ 10 trillion for the first time in five years and is close to a record.

The Chinese stock market has added $ 3.3 trillion from March lows. This was due to policies to encourage trade, new listings under simplified rules, and support for the appreciation of the yuan.

The country's total market capitalization was $ 10.04 trillion as of Monday, according to Bloomberg data, slightly below its all-time high.

The US stock market is currently the most expensive in the world and is estimated at $ 38.3 trillion.

Japan ranks third with a capitalization of $ 6.2 trillion.

Next come Hong Kong - $ 5.9 trillion and the UK - $ 2.8 trillion


$5 billion deal - Noble Energy shareholders approve merger with Chevron

Shareholders of the American oil and gas company Noble Energy Inc. approved a merger with Chevron Corp.

The deal, announced in July this year, will be the largest in the oil industry since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The parties plan to close the deal in the fourth quarter of 2020, Noble Energy said Friday. As a result, Noble Energy shareholders will own about 3% of the combined company.

Noble Energy, with over 85 years of history, operates in the exploration and production of oil and gas. The company manages a portfolio of high quality assets in the United States, as well as offshore the Eastern Mediterranean and West African coast.


Zhong Shanshan is the richest man in China

According to the new data that appeared in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the fortune of the Chinese tycoon Zhong Shanshan on Wednesday grew by another $ 4 billion and reached $ 58.7 billion. At the same time, he "overtook" Jack Ma by $ 2 billion, writes Bloomberg.

The owner of newly launched companies, one of which sells bottled water and the other specializes in vaccines, owes his capital growth to the rapid - overnight - drop in the stock market of the world's tech elite, including the collapse of Amazon and Tesla shares. The failure of the latter is explained by the fact that the Battery Day event, organized by its owner Elon Musk, did not live up to expectations, after which Musk "became impoverished" by almost $ 10 billion.


Ant Group Receives Preliminary IPO Approval From Shanghai Exchange

Fintech company Ant Group, owned by billionaire Jack Ma, received preliminary approval from the Shanghai Stock Exchange for an IPO, which brought it closer to its goal - a double listing on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, which could become a record and bring up to $ 30 billion. Aramco, which raised a total of $ 29.4 billion. Prior to it, the largest was the public offering of Alibaba, also owned by Jack Ma, which raised $ 25 billion in 2014.


General Motors and Nikola are forging a strategic partnership

General Motors and Nikola are forging a strategic partnership, the company said on Tuesday. GM will acquire an 11% stake in electric truck maker Nikola for $ 2 billion and the right to appoint one director, in exchange for using GM's services and technologies. General Motors and Nikola are up 7% and 40% in premarket trading on Tuesday, respectively.

As part of the agreement, Nikola will use the GM Ultium battery system and Hydrotec fuel cell technology. General Motors will manufacture the Nikola Badger pickup.

Nikola expects to save $ 4 billion in battery and powertrain savings over 10 years and another $ 1 billion in engineering and costs. GM expects to generate more than $ 4 billion in profits from the stock received, Badger contract manufacturing, battery and fuel cell supply contracts, and loans for electric vehicles.

General Motors will be the exclusive global supplier of fuel cells for the Nikola heavy-duty truck company.


Bank of America named the best technology stocks

Bank of America experts have selected the most promising companies, which they recommend investors to take a closer look at.

1. Amazon
Amazon stock has skyrocketed 78% since the beginning of the year.
This suggests that Jeff Bezos's business has effectively adapted to self-isolation.
In the second quarter, Amazon, unlike many other retail retailers, increased both revenue and profit.
Food sales tripled, and Amazon Web Services' cloud division rose 29%.
Amazon's second-quarter net income doubled from the same quarter last year.

2. Microsoft
Microsoft is Amazon's main competitor in cloud services.
In recent years, the company has been successfully gaining market share from Amazon.
Azure cloud service revenue grew 47% in the second quarter.
Microsoft's gaming business is also thriving - thanks in part to the millions of bored Americans who have settled in their homes during quarantine. Revenue from Xbox content and services increased 65%, up from just 2% in the first quarter.

3. Alphabet
Alphabet, Google's parent company, is up 17% this year. The Internet giant is lagging behind most technology companies in growth due to concerns about lower online ad revenue.
The company even reported a 2% drop in total revenues in the second quarter. This happened to Alphabet for the first time in its history.
However, growth in search and advertising revenue on YouTube accelerated in July.
BofA analyst Justin Post said the rise in Google Cloud and YouTube subscriptions should support stocks while Alphabet's ad business recovers.

4. Facebook
Facebook has faced a host of problems in recent years, from allegations of anti-competitive practices to mishandling of user data and inappropriate control over content.
The latest scandal around Facebook was a boycott of large advertisers, who demanded increased measures to control hate messages on social media platforms.
But even the boycott did not affect Facebook's performance - both the business and the company's share price continue to rise.
Facebook's revenue grew 11% in the second quarter. Justin Post believes the company has a number of other long-term monetization opportunities, including Messenger, WhatsApp, Watch, and online trading.

5. Alibaba
Internet giant Alibaba is a leader in online commerce and cloud computing in China.
The holding has had many growth catalysts in 2020, including a U.S.-China trade deal in January and a potential IPO of its subsidiary Ant Financial.
In the last quarter, Alibaba reported 60% growth in cloud computing revenue, more than double that of Amazon Web Services.

6. Baidu
Baidu is a leader in online search and mobile search in China.
As in the case of the American search giant Google, due to the pandemic, Baidu's revenues in the second quarter decreased slightly - by 1%.
And the revenue from the online video platform iQIYI grew by 19% over last year.
Analyst Eddie Leung believes Baidu has successfully migrated its business to a mobile model and is expanding its advertising products to better monetize its huge user base.
Over time, Baidu will have a number of additional growth opportunities, Leung said.

Analyst Vivek Arya considers NVIDIA the top choice among semiconductor companies because of its huge long-term capabilities in data centers, cloud computing, gaming, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and other fast-growing areas.


Apple capitalization reaches $ 2 trillion

Apple's capitalization reached $ 2 trillion during trading for the first time, when its shares rose 1.4% to $ 468.65. Apple was the first American company to reach such a high price point. However, by the close of the day, the quotes adjusted, and at the finish line the capitalization was below the round mark.

It took Apple 42 years to reach the $ 1 trillion value and only two years after that to get to $ 2 trillion. Moreover, the active phase of growth of these two years fell on the last 20 weeks, when the world economy fell faster than ever due to the pandemic.

The pandemic has forced more people than ever to use their gadgets during quarantine. And a $ 462 4-to-1 stock split plan later this month could attract new investors by pushing them even higher.

But this split is not the best news for the Dow. Apple is currently the most valuable of the 30 Dow components, which means that it has the greatest influence on the direction of the Dow. But after the split, which would result in the share price of about $ 115, Apple will be below several other companies, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT).


Split of Tesla shares

Tesla has announced its intention to split the shares, dividing one current share into five new ones. The company said the board of directors made the decision "to make ownership of shares more accessible to employees and investors."

The split will increase the number of Tesla shares without issuing new shares and changing the value of the shares of the company's current investors and will help attract new investors who were previously deterred by the too high price of one share. Following this announcement, the company's shares rose 7% and traded at $ 1,475 on the postmarket. Since the beginning of the year, their growth has made more than 200%.

The stock will be split on 28 August and will be traded on a price-adjusted basis starting on 31 August.


Another split of Apple shares

Apple announced a 4-to-1 share split. This means that the total number of shares outstanding will quadruple. The price will drop from the current $ 435 to
about $108.

The crushing procedure will begin on August 24, and on August 31, trading will resume at new prices.

The ratio of 4-to-1 means that the investor will get another 3 for 1 share. A decrease in the price will make the shares more accessible to investors / speculators. That is, the amount of capital will not change, but the number of securities will change.

There will be no earnings on the split, but the number of securities will increase and the subsequent growth by 10% will no longer be from 400 to 440, but from 108 to 120 $, which increases the profit potential and at the same time makes it possible to enter into purchases in these securities for a longer time. paper! ️

This is the fifth split of Apple shares. The last time it was carried out in 2014, when the crushing took place in a ratio of 7-to-1.

On this news, shares have already managed to grow by 13.5%


EU member states agree to create an economic recovery fund

The member states of the European Union have finally agreed on a landmark deal to create an economic recovery fund of 750 billion euro ($ 860 billion).

Funding for the fund will come from borrowing from the EU itself, and more than half of the fund - a total of 390 billion euros - will be allocated in the form of grants, not loans. Thus, German, Dutch and French taxpayers are behind the loans to Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal.

Sovereign bonds and bank shares in Southern Europe rallied on the news, but the euro itself remained unchanged against the dollar, hitting a four-month high in anticipation of news last week.


Amazon is the most valuable brand in the world

Amazon retained its leadership as the most valuable brand in the world, having increased its value by almost a third compared to last year - to $ 415.9 billion. The top ten leaders of the BrandZ rating, compiled by the consulting company Kantar, included (in descending order of capitalization): Apple, Microsoft , Google, Visa, Alibaba, Tencent, Facebook, McDonald's and MasterCard.

Chinese social network TikTok also entered the TOP 100 this year, taking 79th place with $ 17 billion and ahead of KFC, Uber and Adidas (DE: ADSGN). Newcomers to the rating include UnitedHealthcare, Bank of China, Lancome and Pepsi (NASDAQ: PEP). The total value of all 100 brands on the list is estimated at $ 5 trillion.

The BrandZ rating is commissioned by the WPP advertising group by Kantar. In total, more than 17 thousand brands were studied in 51 countries.


Global Growth Forecast from the IMF

The International Monetary Fund downgraded its forecast for global growth to 4.9% in 2020, 1.9 percentage points (pp) below the World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecast released in April.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a more negative impact on business activity in the first half of 2020 than anticipated, and the recovery is expected to be more gradual than previously predicted, according to an IMF report published on the fund's website.

In 2021, global growth is projected at 5.4 percent. Overall, this will result in 2021 GDP roughly 6.5 pp lower than pre-COVID-19 projections in January 2020.

The IMF notes that the extent of the recovery in financial market sentiment does not appear to be related to changes in the underlying economic outlook, and does not rule out that financial conditions may tighten more than the baseline scenario suggests.


World Bank gives disappointing forecast for world GDP

The World Bank has provided updated forecasts for global GDP due to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic and the measures taken to contain it turned out to be a sharp and large-scale shock for the economy of the whole world.

According to updated estimates, world GDP will decline this year by 5.2% (the highest rate since World War II), while an increase of 2.5% was previously forecasted. It is expected that a decline in per capita GDP will affect the largest share of countries since 1870.

It is reported that the US economy may narrow in 2020 by 6.1%, while Eurozone GDP is likely to decline by 9.1%. Note that previously expected GDP growth of 1.8% and 1%, respectively.


US Senate Unanimously Adopts "Foreign Companies Liability Act" on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the US Senate unanimously passed the Foreign Companies Liability Act S.945, which requires foreign organizations trading on US exchanges to comply and report in accordance with US law.

Now this bill should be approved by the House of Representatives and, if all the necessary procedures have been passed and approved, it may ultimately lead to a formal ban on the placement of shares by Chinese companies on American sites.

According to the bill, a company, in order to bargain in New York or at other sites, must provide an audit right to the American regulator, as well as confirmation that it is not controlled by a foreign government.

Historically, Chinese companies were not obliged to follow US standards in order to be eligible to be listed on US exchanges.

After the news of the adoption of the bill, shares of Chinese giant Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. on the New York Stock Exchange fell more than 2%, while growing on the stock exchange in Hong Kong.


Turkey bans its banks from trading lyre with Citigroup, UBS and BNP Paribas

The Turkish banking regulator on Thursday said that divisions of large international banks Citigroup, UBS and BNP Paribas no longer have the right to process transactions with the Turkish lira, because these credit organizations have not fulfilled their obligations related to the national currency.

Banks that are banned are major players in the foreign exchange market who regularly perform large-scale conversion operations for customers, including transactions with the Turkish lira.

Earlier, Turkish media accused Citigroup, UBS and BNP Paribas in London of currency manipulation, blaming banks for playing against the lira.

The Turkish Central Bank has almost exhausted its reserves in foreign currency due to the coronavirus and has recently turned to the United States with a request to create a swap line similar to that provided by the States of Brazil and Norway. However, experts suggest that the United States will reject the offer, because Turkey has no reserves, trade with the United States is quite limited, and the political relations of Ankara and Washington recently can not be called warm.

To help the economy resist the Covid-19 pandemic, the Turkish Central Bank lowered the rate from 24% to 8.75%. However, a lower rate reduces the attractiveness of the currency and Turkish assets to foreign investors. At the same time, a cheaper lira complicates the repayment of debts in foreign currencies by Turkish banks. Short-term debt obligations of credit organizations amount to 79 billion and should be paid off by February 2021, according to data on the website of the Turkish regulator.


Mitigation of restrictive measures introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus

Starting Monday, May 4, in some countries the restrictive measures introduced earlier to curb the spread of coronavirus are mitigated or canceled.

In particular, in many German federal states the work of hairdressers and museums resumes fr om May 4. Schools are also beginning to work, and religious institutions are once again open to believers.

In Spain, open bookstores, hairdressers, shoe and clothing repair shops, as well as cafes and restaurants, which prepare take-away food.

Quarantine is also mitigated in Italy - from May 4, the operation of take-away bars and restaurants is allowed, industrial production and construction are resumed. The decision to open parks and gyms will be made by local authorities.

Serbia opens cafes and restaurants, public transport begins to work.

In turn, Malaysia is returning to normal life - the restrictions on movement are lifted, enterprises are returning to normal work.

In Belgium, from May 4, allowed the work of companies whose activities do not require mass interaction with customers.

Greece removes most of its travel restrictions and opens some stores.

In Cyprus, travel agencies and most shops resume work. From May 4, meetings in churches are allowed (but not more than 10 people) and restrictions on movement are relaxed.

Hotels and shopping centers are opening in Poland, but there are still rules that lim it the number of visitors.

Tunisia resumed the work of government agencies, as well as the food industry, the construction industry and the service sector.

Armenia and Kazakhstan also weaken quarantine, allowing employees of a number of areas to return to work.


TOP 10 stocks of US companies that did not notice a pandemic

The pandemic has affected many companies around the world and the United States is no exception. Most of them, in one way or another, suffer from a decrease in cash flow; some of them even run the risk of closing a business.

The S & P500 index in March fell by 35% from historical highs. Many stocks showed even more significant drawdown. But there are those who not only did not suffer from the spread of COVID-19, and sometimes won. These are the shareholders of the companies discussed below.
Their shares have been growing since the beginning of the year.

1. Moderna (MRNA). YTD + 164% (growth from the beginning of the year). A biotechnology company with a capitalization of $ 14.4 billion. Demand for stocks rose sharply after the company was one of the very first to announce the development of a vaccine against COVID-19.

2. ZOOM (ZM). YTD + 119%. Zoom Video Communications is a technology company with a capitalization of $ 42.2 billion, a developer of the same-name service for holding online conferences. Shares rose sharply amid rising demand for remote conferences due to the spread of coronavirus and social restriction measures. The company makes a profit, revenue over the past year increased by 91%.

3. Tesla (TSLA). YTD + 67%. Mix of a new generation auto concern and an IT company of the energy business in the field of renewable energy. Tesla's business is associated with popular and promising technological trends, which explains both the rapid growth of capitalization and the high valuation of its shares. The company's capitalization is $ 135 billion, more than that of BMW, Daimler and VW combined.

4. Netflix (NFLX). YTD + 35%. Streaming video service with a capitalization of $ 191 billion. The company presents films and series of both its own production and third-party suppliers. The number of subscribers in 2020 exceeded 170 million, most of them outside the United States. The company's profit is growing at double-digit rates and, according to Reuters consensus forecast, will continue to increase in the next 2-3 years.

5. Amazon (AMZN). YTD + 29%. The largest online store in the United States and one of the most popular online shopping sites in the world. During the quarantine period, online stores and goods delivery are experiencing a renaissance. Amazon, unlike many other industries, does not lay off employees, but increases staff. Over the past couple of months, the number of employees has grown by more than 100 thousand. The company plans to hire another 75 thousand people in the near future.
In financial terms, Amazon is also doing well. Revenue continues to grow at a double-digit pace for several years. Over the past 12 months, this figure has grown by 19.5%. Earnings per share increased by 15%, to $ 23 in 2019. An important point of growth is the Amazon Web Services division, which provides cloud infrastructure services for IT companies.

6. Gilead Science (GILD). YTD + 25%. This is a large biotechnology company with a capitalization of $ 103 billion and annual revenues of more than $ 22 billion. The company's stock growth since the beginning of the year is associated with the use of its drug for the treatment of COVID-19. A number of sources state that one of the drugs produced by the company against other viral diseases has worked well in the practice of treating a new disease. The first reports on the use of the drug came in February from China. In April, the University of Chicago gave a positive assessment of the effect of the drug.

7. NVIDIA Corp (NVDA). YTD + 22%. NVIDIA is one of the leaders in the production of semiconductor chips for various purposes with a capitalization of $ 175 billion. The company began to show rapid growth in revenue and profits in 2015 in the wake of demand for NVIDIA video chips used in cryptocurrency mining.

8. Microsoft (MSFT). YTD + 11%. Microsoft needs no introduction. The company's operating system remains the most popular in the world. Meanwhile, Microsoft has many more software products whose popularity has grown significantly during the period of quarantine and remote work. It is also worth noting an important point in business growth - Microsoft Azure. This is a flexible cloud infrastructure for hosting IT projects of companies.
Despite the gigantic size of a global corporation with a capitalization of $ 1.3 trillion, its revenue continues to grow at double-digit rates. Over the last fiscal year, the indicator increased by 14% to $ 134 billion, and earnings per share grew 1.3 times, to $ 5.06. By the end of 2020, the company's revenue could exceed $ 143 billion, and earnings per share of $ 5.67.

9. Walmart (WMT). YTD + 9%. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a demand for essential products in all countries, including the United States. Grocery stores are one of the few that have not been quarantined in the last couple of months. In addition, in times of crisis for the economy, retailers act as a protective asset. All this helped Walmart with an annual revenue of $ 523 billion increase its capitalization to $ 357 billion.

10. Costco (COST). YTD + 6%. Another retailer with annual capitalization of $ 158 billion closes the top ten largest US companies with an increase in capitalization since the beginning of the year. Due to the rush demand and protective properties of the sector, the company's capitalization grew to $ 138 billion.


Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tops the list of the richest people on the planet again

he head of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, as in the last 2019, became the leader of the 34th ranking of the richest people on the planet according to Forbes. The publication estimated its fortune at $ 113 billion.
Although, Forbes notes, even he lost $ 18 billion over the year: Amazon shares fell in price with the US market by more than 20% amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In second place is Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates with a fortune of $ 98 billion, in third is LVMH owner Bernard Arnault and his family, whose fortune the magazine estimates at $ 76 billion.
The total fortune of all 2095 world billionaires reached $ 8 trillion: this is $ 700 billion less than in 2019.
The rating included 102 participants from Russia. The Russian part of the list was headed by the head of Norilsk Nickel Vladimir Potanin with a fortune of $ 19.7 billion.
Potanin was in the first position in the Russian part of the rating due to the growth of his company's quotes in the light of high demand for nickel and palladium. If a year ago, the shares of Norilsk Nickel were worth 14,288 rubles. apiece, then March 18, 2020 (at that date quotes and exchange rates for the list were fixed) they were at the level of 15 500 rubles. for paper.
The top three richest Russians also included the owner and chairman of the board of directors of NLMK Vladimir Lisin ($ 18.1 billion) and last year's leader of the Russian part of the list - the Novatek administration and co-owner of Sibur Leonid Mikhelson.