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Apple weathers anti-U.S. demo in China, where patriotic protests snowball

A 3D printed Apple logo is seen in front of a displayed stock graph in this illustration takenApple Inc found itself on the receiving end of a small, short-lived anti-U.S. protest this week in China, the tech firm's biggest overseas market and a country where foreign firms have suffered damaging boycotts following international spats. A handful of unofficial Apple stores were picketed and social media users encouraged each other to destroy their Apple goods, in a rare instance of the tech firm being targeted as a symbol of perceived injustice following an international ruling against Chinese territorial claims. "There's not much Apple or any other foreign firm can do to prevent such patriotic protests," said analyst Nicole Peng at researcher Canalys, who sees no impact to Apple's sales from the recent protest.

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 20:12:55 -0400
G20 will use 'all policy tools' to lift growth as Brexit weighs

G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors pose for a group photo during a conference held in Chengdu in Southwestern China's Sichuan provinceBy William Schomberg and Elias Glenn CHENGDU, China (Reuters) - The world's biggest economies will work to support global growth and better share the benefits of trade, policymakers said on Sunday after a meeting dominated by the impact of Britain's exit from Europe and fears of rising protectionism. Philip Hammond, Britain's new finance minister, said the uncertainty about Brexit would begin to abate once Britain laid out a vision for a future relationship with Europe, which could become clearer later this year.

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:19:02 -0400
Corporate raiders seek Brexit bargains in Britain

A worker arrives at his office in the Canary Wharf business district in LondonBy Pamela Barbaglia and Freya Berry LONDON (Reuters) - Overseas buyers lured by a plunge in the pound are looking to snare British companies on the cheap, ensuring a steady flow of deals since Britain voted to leave the European Union and defying expectations of an M&A drought. Almost 60 transactions totalling $34.5 billion have been struck by foreign companies for British firms since June 23, according to Thomson Reuters data, compared with 79 deals amounting to $4.3 billion in the month leading up to the vote. This activity - dominated by Japanese group SoftBank's $32 billion swoop for chip designer ARM Holdings - has defied warnings that dealmaking could dry up for a period if Britain backed Brexit, given uncertainty surrounding risks to the economy and access to the EU single market.

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:31:03 -0400
China's growth sucks in more debt bucks for less bang

Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen on a counter of a branch of a commercial bank in BeijingAs China's economy notches up another quarter of steady growth, the pace of credit creation grows ever more frantic for every extra unit of production, as inefficient state firms swallow an increasing share of lending. "The amount of debt that China has taken in the last 5-7 years is unprecedented," said Morgan Stanley's head of emerging markets, Ruchir Sharma, at a book launch in Singapore. While Beijing can take comfort that loose money and more deficit spending are averting a more painful slowdown, the rapidly diminishing returns from such stimulus policies, coupled with rising defaults and non-performing loans, are creating what Sharma calls "fertile (ground) for some accident to happen".

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 21:26:27 -0400
Exclusive: Tesla, SolarCity close to merger agreement

File photo of Elon Musk, chairman of SolarCity and CEO of Tesla Motors, speaks at SolarCity?s Inside Energy Summit in Midtown, New YorkThe two companies, which count billionaire Elon Musk as a major shareholder, are in the final stages of carrying out due diligence on each other, and could agree on the terms of a deal in the coming days, though it is still possible that their negotiations end unsuccessfully, the people said on Saturday. It could not be learned whether SolarCity would be successful in including a go-shop provision in a merger agreement with Tesla that would allow it to continue to solicit bids from other potential buyers for a short period of time. Representatives for SolarCity and Tesla did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 23:46:28 -0400
Exclusive: Libya oil exports threatened as NOC warns against port deal

A worker maintains oil pipelines at the Zueitina oil terminal in ZueitinaIn a letter seen by Reuters to U.N. Libya envoy Martin Kobler and a number of oil and diplomatic officials, NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla said it was a mistake to reward Ibrahim Jathran, head of the Petroleum Facilities Guard (PFG), for a blockade of the oil ports of Ras Lanuf, Es Sider and Zueitina. The PFG confirmed on Friday that it would implement an agreement with Libya's U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) to reopen the ports within days, following a visit by Kobler to meet Jathran in Ras Lanuf.

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 06:16:48 -0400
Bottom line: brands chase China's high-end lingerie market

A sales representative works at Ordifen lingerie store in the southern Chinese city of ShenzhenHigh-end lingerie sales are outpacing China's generally downbeat luxury market, and heating up competition between international brands and local rivals looking to go upmarket. U.S. brand Victoria's Secret will open its first store, and companies including Italy's ultra-luxury La Perla and Germany's Triumph are adding stores and moving beyond China's mega-cities to tap a lingerie market that has more than doubled in five years to $18 billion, according to Mintel Group. "Luxury is ... not about buying to show off, it's about buying items that make you feel good," says Chiara Scaglia, La Perla's Asia chief.

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 22:07:16 -0400
Silicon Valley leads avalanche of quarterly reports

A Wall Street sign outside the New York Stock ExchangeA quartet of technology heavyweights will be part of an avalanche of quarterly corporate earnings reports next week that, along with a meeting of Federal Reserve policymakers, could hold the key to whether Wall Street extends its record-breaking rally or loses steam. With second-quarter reporting season kicking into high gear, scorecards from Apple , Alphabet , Amazon.com and Facebook will be front and center for investors eyeing the S&P 500's already-stretched valuation following a nearly 9-percent rally since June 27. "These are very widely owned companies by institutional investors and there could be selling if the news is bad," said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Group in Bedford Hills, New York.

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 23:16:29 -0400
Eyes on Fed, BOJ, Europe's bank stress test

Traders watch Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on TV as they work on the floor of the NYSECentral banks from Washington to Tokyo take center stage next week, although policymakers are likely to remain cautious as they wait for the dust to settle from Britain's shock vote to leave the EU. As they wait for political reassurances and greater clarity over the likely impact of the move, central banks have mostly avoided action since Britain's June 23 referendum, calming jittery markets with verbal assurances but leaving the burden on governments to chart a path. Indeed, the U.S. Federal Reserve is all but certain to keep interest rates on hold on Wednesday, acknowledging improved economic prospects but offering few hints about its next move, keen to avoid repeating its past mistake of stoking rate hike expectations.

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:18:42 -0400
U.S. government's bid to block insurance mergers could spawn new ones

A trader points up at a display on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeThe U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday sued to block Aetna Inc's $37 billion purchase of Humana Inc and Anthem Incs proposed $54 billion buyout of Cigna Corp , arguing that they would cut competition and boost rates for patients. The most obvious targets are midsized, national players in government healthcare plans such as Centene Corp , Molina Healthcare Inc , or WellCare Health Plans Inc , according to analysts and investors.

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:24:53 -0400
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