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Thursday May 7th 2015: Latest financial news from the worldStocks swept lower as bonds, dollar struggle to steady
By Marc Jones LONDON (Reuters) - World financial markets were unsettled again on Thursday as a week-long sell-off in benchmark government bonds, stocks and the dollar, and a race up in oil prices, was compounded by UK election uncertainty. London's FTSE , the region's biggest share market, meanwhile, was down 0.6 percent and sterling was a fraction lower at $1.5234 as attention turned to the day's national election which remains too close to call. Britain’s ability to hold on to Scotland and its place in the European Union are both potentially up for grabs depending on which party, or more likely parties, prevail.
Wary of bond 'cliff,' Fed plans cautious cuts to portfolio
NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve is sketching out plans to prevent an abrupt contraction in its massive balance sheet next year, when some $500 billion in bonds expire and risk disrupting markets and the U.S. economic recovery. Though it ended a stimulative asset-purchase program last October, the Fed is still buying mortgage and Treasury bonds to replenish its $4.5-trillion portfolio as holdings mature.
Tesla posts wider loss, highlights energy storage demand
Tesla Motors Inc reported a wider first-quarter net loss on Wednesday, but outperformed expectations and stuck to key milestones for the year ahead, despite pressure on margins. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said during a conference call that demand for the company's new line of stationary energy storage systems, unveiled last week, is "off the hook." Over time, it was possible stationary storage could be a bigger business for Tesla than selling cars, he added.
Hedge fund manager Loeb takes aim at 'Oracle of Omaha' Buffett
By Svea Herbst-Bayliss LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Hedge fund mogul Daniel Loeb on Wednesday took aim at the "Oracle of Omaha," calling beloved billionaire Warren Buffett a hypocrite. "I love how he criticizes hedge funds yet he really had the first hedge fund. He criticizes activists but he was the first activist," Loeb, who runs $17.5 billion hedge fund Third Point, said about Buffett who has been running conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway for 50 years. Loeb, known in investment circles for his sharp tongue and top returns, made the comments at the SkyBridge Alternatives Conference, known as SALT, less than one week after Buffett hosted his company's shareholder meeting in Omaha.
JPMorgan probed over role in French tax evasion case
U.S. bank JPMorgan Chase has been placed under formal investigation in France as part of a probe into alleged tax evasion by senior managers at investment firm Wendel , a court official said on Wednesday. A Paris-based spokesman for JPMorgan declined to comment on the move, part of a wider investigation in which as many as 14 Wendel executives face charges including tax evasion and insider trading over transactions conducted in 2004-2007.
Yellen cites 'potential dangers' in U.S. stock valuations
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday said high equity valuations could pose potential dangers but that stability risks across the U.S. financial system remained in check. Yellen's view on the run-up in stocks was an answer to questions from International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, who joined the Fed chief for the opening session of the "Finance and Society" conference here.
Alcatel-Lucent defends Nokia deal as weathers U.S. slowdown
By Leila Abboud and Gwénaëlle Barzic PARIS (Reuters) - Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent , which is set to be bought by larger rival Nokia , improved profit margins in the first quarter despite a marked sales slowdown in its biggest market, the United States. Although it reported a net loss, higher software sales, a weak euro, and strong demand for its Internet routing products - which help telecom operators handle heavy broadband traffic from online video - helped the French firm post a better quarter than Nokia and mobile market leader Ericsson . Both those competitors saw steep drops in their shares after missing profit targets, and Nokia's misstep prompted some Alcatel shareholders to say the takeover deal terms should be renegotiated. Alcatel-Lucent Chief Executive Michel Combes dismissed the idea on Thursday, saying there was no need to change the deal since both companies were sticking to their annual targets.
Paulson, Bernanke: What's said in Vegas stays in Vegas
Would you like to know whether sage investor and mammoth hedge fund manager John Paulson is bullish on stocks? We're also dying to share what former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had to say, but we weren't even allowed in the room. At one of the world's biggest hedge fund industry conferences, two of the most closely followed market figures, required that every word they uttered stay unreported. Paulson, who earned billions with a bet against the overheated housing market in 2007, was a marquee speaker, but all of what he said to a packed ballroom of hedge fund managers and investors was strictly off the record.
Fox says U.S. cable customers like bundles, pay-TV strong
Twenty-First Century Fox President Chase Carey said on Wednesday "a vast majority of customers want a bundle of channels" rather than to cherry pick networks, an option cable providers are increasingly offering in the face of declining subscriptions. Carey, who is also co-chief operating officer, made the remarks during a quarterly earnings call after Fox posted a 1.2 percent rise in adjusted revenue, helped by growth in its cable network business and the box office success of "Taken 3" and "Kingsman: The Secret Service." Letting consumers choose what networks they would like to pay for "a la carte" rather than a pricey cable subscription that includes hundreds of channels is a trend that is pitting cable providers and networks against each other. Verizon Communications Inc is the latest distributor to challenge the traditional pay-TV universe when it launched in April a new slimmed-down package of channels with the option to add on genres such as sports, kids or news.
U.S. private payrolls growth eases; productivity falls
U.S. private employers in April hired the fewest number of workers in more than a year, further diminishing hopes of a strong rebound in economic growth after the first-quarter slump. The tepid private job gains combined with other data on Wednesday showing a second straight quarterly decline in productivity make it less likely the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in June as had been expected at the start of the year. Private payrolls increased 169,000 last month, the smallest gain since January 2014, the ADP National Employment Report showed. Private sector job growth has slowed since November.
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Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images. So many women have been made to feel that something is wrong with them simply because they are female. Women have been made to feel less than, unimportant, and second-class. As women, we have doubted our self-worth, self-knowledge and self-authority, all in the name of patriarchy. God the Father. Jesus, Son...
Optus customers to get Wi-Fi calling on iOS and Android
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Xbox One rumor claims DVR is coming to replace Media Center
Even as Microsoft buries Windows Media Center, there's a rumor that it actually does have a plan for a replacement. According to Paul Thurrott's sources, the Xbox One will gain the ability to record live ...
Xero converting BankLink customers to its platform
Mitnick's tips to combat social engineering
Social engineering helped renowned former hacker Kevin Mitnick break into so many computer systems that he ended up on the FBI's most wanted list. Now, the information security expert shares his tips on how to protect against some of the most effective techniques.
Nubia's near bezel-less phone also has a grip-sensitive frame
Oppo may have already shown off its near bezel-less prototype phone back in March, but local rival Nubia has actually released a handset featuring the same optical trickery on the edges (and let's not ...
Cops claim their cell phones were illegally searched (by other cops)
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Daily Roundup: Oculus Rift release date (sort of), Patriot Act renewal and more!
Indian PM Modi tries tech diplomacy with post on China's Weibo
Secretive drone will test materials for future spacecraft
See Verne Troyer (who played Mini-Me) annihilate an Apple Watch
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This speaker lights on fire (and it's supposed to)
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FAA will consider rules that allow drone couriers
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Chrome add-on helps you see the web if you're color-blind
The web isn't always a great a place to visit if you're color-blind -- in fact, you may not properly see the Chrome logo above. Thankfully, Google may have a way to fill in some of that missing picture. ...
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The Oculus Rift's 2016 launch might be a problem (Tomorrow Daily 174)
On today's show, Ashley and Khail debate whether or not Oculus can convince you to wait for the Rift's Q1 2016 release window, NASA launches a small model plane-helicopter hybrid and researchers 3D print aerogels made of graphene.
Online extortion threat targets Australian and New Zealand organisations
Giant phones are finally a big deal in the US
Extra-large phones have been hot stuff in some countries for a long while, but not so much in the US. The country must have had a change of heart in the past few months, however. Kantar Worldpanel estimates ...
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