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Rolls-Royce To Be Nationalized - 12/14/2015

The UK government is concerned about the prolonged crisis in which Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC has landed. Now, the authorities are considering several options to save the company. One of them could be nationalization of the company’s division, involved in producing nuclear reactors for submarines. In addition, the government is considering possibility of merging the company’s assets, fully or...

Facebook to Compete with LinkedIn - 12/11/2015

Facebook began testing a new professional version of its social network, having already attracted more than 300 companies. In the future, Facebook plans to introduce paid subscription on certain services, worth “a few dollars a month”. In just a few months, the market of professional social networks will get a new major player: in 2016, the company Facebook Inc. plans to launch a project called...

Volkswagen Found Three Reasons of the Diesel Cheating - 12/10/2015

Today, the German carmaker Volkswagen has announced preliminary results of the internal investigation conducted into the scandal with understating emissions of diesel engines. According to the company’s CEO Matthias Mueller, speaking at a press conference at the headquarters of VW's in Wolfsburg, the company managed to reveal three factors of the "dieselgate" - violations made by individual...

Accor Hotels to Buy Hotel Operators Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel - 12/10/2015

One of the largest hotel operators in the world, the French Accor Hotels Group, announced purchase of the three premium hotel brands - Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel – worth in total $ 2.9 billion. Experts point out that now hotel chains tend to consolidate as competition from alternative players such as service Airbnb is growing rapidly. Europe's largest hotel chain, French Accor Hotels...

Dow Chemical and DuPont Ponder a Major Industry Deal - 12/09/2015

The two largest US chemical manufacturer Dow Chemical and DuPont are in talks about a possible merger. If the deal goes through, the market will get a new player with a market cap of about $ 120 billion. Two of the largest in terms of market capitalization US chemical companies - Dow Chemical and DuPont - are at an advanced stage of negotiations about a possible merger. Against this backdrop,...

Jarden Corp. to Acquire Parker Pen - 12/08/2015

Today it became known about a possible merger of the American company Newell Rubbermaid (owner of the brand Parker) with Jarden Corp. (a number of well-known sports brands, including K2, Volkl and Madshus). The deal could be worth $ 13 billion. American companies Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden Corp. are pondering a possibility of merger. Larger Newell Rubbermaid (cap $ 12 billion; annual turnover -...

The European Commission to Get the Law After Gulf Airlines - 12/07/2015

The European Commission is ready to soften their demands on the share of foreign investors in the European airlines in exchange for tighter controls on state subsidies. This should allow the regulator to check the Arab carriers, which have repeatedly been accused by market participants of violating the rules of fair competition. According to the Financial Times, the European Commission is...

Samsung Top Executives Are Suspected of Insider Trading - 12/04/2015

South Korea's financial regulator (Financial Services Commission) opened an investigation into the Samsung Group senior officials on suspicion of insider trading. According to Yonhap, persons involved in the investigation are nine top managers of Samsung. Presumably, they managed to take advantage of non-public information about the merger of the group’s two divisions in order to extract personal...

Spectre and Star Wars: Episode VII Brought Record Profit to Pinewood Studios - 12/03/2015

Pinewood Studios’ operating profit for the first six months of this year increased from 2.5 million to 7 million pounds ($ 3.77 million and $ 10.6 million respectively) compared with the same period in 2014. This is due to use of the studio facilities for shooting "Star Wars. Episode VII: The Force Awakens" and "Spectre" (the last part of the James Bond franchise). At the time, the studio’s...

The Most Innovative Companies in the World - 12/02/2015

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has introduced another top 50 most innovative companies in the world. More than half of the companies included in the rating are residents of the United States, 11 Europeans, 10 - Asian. Half of them are not operating in the technology sector. The top five has had a minor reshuffle. Apple and Google have retained the first and second places respectively. It’s...
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