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Cheap gasoline and affordable loans spur demand for SUVs in the US - 01/11/2017

Detroit automakers are cutting production in the I quarter of 2017 in response to cooling demand and changing customer preferences. GM, Ford and Chrysler announced that their plans to shut down some factories for up to three weeks in January. Typically, assembly plants stop work for one or two weeks during the winter holidays. The extended suspending period is an attempt to release stocks of...

The most punctual airlines of 2016 - 01/10/2017

Analyst firm FlightStats presented its annual rating of the most punctual airlines. The paper’s authors say that 2016 was the best in terms of compliance with corporate schedule. Flights were delayed less frequently, and KLM and Iberia were recognized the most punctual international air carriers. The indicator of compliance with schedule is no less important than quality of in-flight services, or...

New study: Industrial automation will change production beyond recognition - 12/30/2016

Industrial automation jeopardizes about 15 million jobs in the UK, which may disappear in the next twenty years. Institute for Public Policy Research UK held a study. The paper suggests that the human factor in the economy is now endangered, as human labor is the most important factor of production. The report’s author Mathew Lawrence report believes that introduction of new technologies, such...

US companies run the show in 2016 - 12/29/2016

In 2016, US companies earned more money and were more economically profitable than others, as follows from Handelsblatt’s rating. Handelsblatt’s list of the world’s most valuable companies by stock market capitalization shows that 58 of the top 100 companies are located in the US. The first 13 feature no country but America, and there hasn’t been better demonstration of microeconomic forces yet....

Bitcoin's market cap reached all-time peak - 12/23/2016

Yesterday, Bitcoin’s quotes broke the mark of $ 870, which was the highest rate in nearly three years. Market capitalization of the digital cryptocurrency reached a historic high of $ 14.06 billion. Bitcoin is regaining its former glory. Quotes of the digital currency have gradually grown the past few months, and reached the mark of $ 875 per BTC yesterday. This is a historic event for...

Dow Jones nears the mark of 20 000. What does it mean? - 12/22/2016

Dow Jones Industrial Average looks ready to the historical record. Here are four things of which an investor should be aware. 1. The US economy is obviously improving (and so do expectations). However, it is worth mentioning that while the Dow Jones and other indices are getting close to its heights, economic performance has already improved significantly. Over the past 80 months, the private...

PwC: volume of European IPOs halved in 2016 - 12/22/2016

Volume of funds raised under initial public offerings (IPO) on stock exchanges in Europe will double-fall by the end of the year to 28.4 billion euros, PwC's experts predict. Number of transactions declined by almost a quarter, according to study of the audit and consultancy company, which covers the period from 1 to 30 November. Despite these trends, PwC's experts believe that the IPO market...

Oil prices in 2017 and reaction of the US shale industry - 12/22/2016

The most discussed topic in today market is potential reaction of the United States oil shale industry to the global agreement on reduction of production volumes. Below are present views of various experts who gave comments on the matter. Goldman Sachs. Experts of the investment bank believe that Saudi Arabia has made a serious mistake by assuming that shale production in the United States will...

Cash flow of energy giants may turn positive in 2017 - 12/21/2016

Cash flow of 60 the world's largest oil and gas companies can be positive in 2017 for the first time in three years, if oil prices stick above $ 55 a barrel, writes Financial Times referring to new research of Wood Mackenzie. Also, this prediction can turn into reality thanks to cost saving programmes launched in the companies back in 2014. Apparently, oil companies are not going to recklessly...

Fed pierced Chinese debt bubble - 12/19/2016

Last Thursday, the Chinese authorities for first time halted trading key futures on government bonds due to landslide fall in their prices. Panic in the market triggered concerns that the long bullish period in the bond market, caused by availability of loans coming, is over. All this is against the background of slowing economic growth, outflow of capital and the government’s concerns about...
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