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  • Friday newspaper round-up: Arm, UK hotels, Rolls-Royce

    Friday 03 Dec 2021

    (Sharecast News) - The $75bn takeover of Cambridge-based chip designer Arm by its rival Nvidia is in jeopardy after US regulators followed the UK and Europe in moving to block "the largest semiconductor chip merger in history". The Federal Trade Commission has sued to stop the takeover of Arm, which has ballooned in value from $40bn to $75bn since the offer was made last September due to a stock market surge in the chip sector, as seemingly almost insurmountable opposition now mounts after regulator action in Europe and the UK. - Guardian

  • RBC Capital Markets ups Superdry to 'outperform'

    Thursday 02 Dec 2021

    (Sharecast News) - RBC Capital Markets upgraded Superdry to 'outperform' from 'sector perform' on Thursday, lifting the price target to 425p from 390p as it highlighted an undemanding valuation.

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Anglo American, BT, Selfridges

    Thursday 02 Dec 2021

    (Sharecast News) - A Teesside factory that makes Covid-19 vaccines has received a £400m injection from its Japanese owners, the largest single investment in UK pharmaceutical manufacturing in decades. The biotechnology arm of the Japanese conglomerate Fujifilm, which is better known for its photography heritage, said the package would more than double its Billingham site's development and manufacturing capability, creating the largest biopharmaceutical factory with several different technologies in the UK. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Shell, Wise, Sensyne Health

    Wednesday 01 Dec 2021

    (Sharecast News) - It has been another record year for renewable energy, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and rising costs for raw materials around the world, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). About 290GW of new renewable energy generation capacity, mostly in the form of wind turbines and solar panels, has been installed around the world this year, beating the previous record last year. On current trends, renewable energy generating capacity will exceed that of fossil fuels and nuclear energy combined by 2026. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Clearview AI, Virgin Atlantic, Accenture, BT

    Tuesday 30 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - Volumes of goods shipped directly from Ireland to the EU on new Brexit-busting ferry routes have rocketed by 50% in the past six months as exporters seek to avoid travelling across land through Great Britain, according to official data. Figures published by the Irish Maritime Development Office (IMDO) show significant traffic diverted away from the traditional routes between Dublin and Britain to some of 32 new ferry services direct to ports such as Le Havre, Cherbourg and Dunkirk in France and Zeebrugge in Belgium. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: Manufacturers, Clarks, City Workers, Motorway

    Monday 29 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - Britain's manufacturers are facing a "perfect storm" crisis of rapidly rising costs and towering debts that many fear could push them over the brink, according to a new survey. The leading industry trade body on Monday urged the government to introduce payment holidays on loans, warning that thousands of firms faced a "tipping point" that could make their business models unviable. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: BT Group, GSK, Derivatives Trading

    Sunday 28 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - Potential suitors including private equity outfits CVC and Apax, and infrastructure investors including Brookfield and Macquarie, have conducted fresh analyses to determine the value of BT's Openreach unit, which owns the infrastructure that connects most homes in the UK. The cable division might fetch £40bn. Franco-Israeli telecoms tycoon Patrick Drahi's Altice UK already owns a 12.1% stake in BT and from 11 December will be able to buy more shares. That would allow him to apply greater pressure on BT's board to sell a stake or even all of Openreach. A full takeover nevertheless is considered to be unlikely, due to the group's size, pension fund liabilities and potential political hurdles. - Financial Mail on Sunday

  • Friday newspaper round-up: StubHub, pandemic jobs scheme, Ofgem

    Friday 26 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - StubHub has been accused of failing to disclose when customers are buying tickets from professional touts, in breach of a legal undertaking given to the consumer watchdog. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) requires sites such as Viagogo and StubHub to let customers know when tickets are being sold by professional ticket traders, who dominate resale listings for gigs and other events, leading to fans paying massively inflated prices. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Bulb, LV=, Opec, Lidl

    Thursday 25 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - The government has begun to count the cost of Bulb Energy's collapse as many begin to wonder whether it is a fair price to pay for policymakers' failure to spot a looming market breakdown. The life-support scheme set up to allow Bulb to keep supplying gas and electricity to its 1.7 million customers through the winter months could cost taxpayers up to £1.7bn according to a court application to hand the company to a special administrator. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: LV=, Bulb, Asda

    Wednesday 24 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - The insurer LV= will be taken over by a company based offshore in Jersey if members agree to deal orchestrated by US private equity firm Bain Capital that would see it lose its historic mutual status. Bain has established a Jersey-based company called BCC Blake Bidco Ltd to carry out the takeover, according to correspondence between an independent expert and Gareth Thomas, a Labour MP and shadow minister of international trade. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Netflix, Crossrail, British Airways, NMC Health

    Tuesday 23 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic has made Britain's workforce smaller, younger and more female after a sharp rise in people leaving work during lockdown, according to a report. The Resolution Foundation said that while mass unemployment had been avoided during the Covid-19 emergency, there had been an increase in people who had exited the workforce and were no longer looking for a job. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: John Lewis, Black Friday, Bitcoin, M&S

    Monday 22 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - The owner of John Lewis and Waitrose will on Monday launch a £1m fund that will channel cash into projects with the potential to end the high street's "throwaway" culture. The John Lewis Partnership is inviting academics, charities and start-ups that have ideas with the potential to reduce the environmental impact of the food, clothing and gadgets we buy, to pitch for a share of the money. The fund is aimed at identifying "innovators" that are challenging the industry's outdated "make ... use ... throw away" model. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: Food prices, Asos, Labour Squeeze

    Sunday 21 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - Soaring fertiliser costs on the back of the gas crisis will prolong high food prices globally, which are already at their loftiest in half a century, until 2023. Economists at BCA Research forecast that global food prices will continue to increase during the following year and remain high into 2023. Furthermore, supply chain analysts say that supermarkets cannot insulate buyers the rising cost pressures indefinitely. - Sunday Telegraph

  • Friday newspaper round-up: GFG Alliance, Apple, FinnCap, M&S

    Friday 19 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - Sanjeev Gupta's GFG Alliance has sold two aluminium parts factories after Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) stepped in to secure a vital part of its supply chain. Evtec, an automotive supplier based in Coventry, will take over Liberty Aluminium Technologies casting plants in Coventry and Kidderminster in the West Midlands, saving 170 jobs. However, GFG is closing a site in Witham, Essex, with the loss of 64 jobs. - Guardian

  • Thursday newspaper round-up: Turkeys, pay rises, Daily Mail

    Thursday 18 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - Ranjit Singh Boparan, the owner of East Anglian turkey producer Bernard Matthews, said the first workers would arrive in the next few days as it prepared for the busy festive season. Boparan said: "With just a few weeks to go until Christmas, it is very good news to be able to report that here we are in mid-November, and we're well on the way to plugging the job gaps for the massive volume increases we get during this time of year. - Guardian

  • Wednesday newspaper round-up: Tesla, Covid payouts, Rolls-Royce

    Wednesday 17 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - JPMorgan has sued Tesla for $162.2m, accusing Elon Musk's electric car company of "flagrantly" breaching a 2014 contract relating to stock trading options that Tesla sold to the bank. The options, or warrants, give the holder the right to buy a company's stock at a set "strike" price and date. The suit, filed in a Manhattan federal court, centres on a dispute over how JPMorgan repriced its Tesla warrants as a result of Musk's notorious 2018 tweet that he was considering taking the carmaker private. - Guardian

  • Tuesday newspaper round-up: Tax abuse, Amazon, Tesla

    Tuesday 16 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - Countries are losing almost half a trillion dollars through tax abuse by multinationals and the super-rich, enough to fully vaccinate the global population against Covid-19 three times over, a report has said. Research by tax campaigners found that estimated losses had risen from $427bn last year to $483bn (£359bn) in 2021, with the UK alone responsible for almost 40% of the total. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: EU car makers, living wage, pensioners

    Monday 15 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - Weak EU vehicle emissions targets could allow Europe's biggest carmakers to produce millions more petrol and diesel cars than necessary up to 2030 in a "wasted decade" for cutting carbon pollution, according to a report. Analysis of car industry sales plans for electric vehicles shared exclusively with the Guardian by Transport and Environment (T&E), a thinktank and campaign group, showed that manufacturers could hit their 2030 EU carbon emissions targets with four years to spare. - Guardian

  • Monday newspaper round-up: EU car makers, living wage, pensioners

    Monday 15 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - Weak EU vehicle emissions targets could allow Europe's biggest carmakers to produce millions more petrol and diesel cars than necessary up to 2030 in a "wasted decade" for cutting carbon pollution, according to a report. Analysis of car industry sales plans for electric vehicles shared exclusively with the Guardian by Transport and Environment (T&E), a thinktank and campaign group, showed that manufacturers could hit their 2030 EU carbon emissions targets with four years to spare. - Guardian

  • Sunday newspaper round-up: IAG, The Hut Group, Nvidia

    Sunday 14 Nov 2021

    (Sharecast News) - A cash call would be the quickest way for IAG to tackle its €12.3bn of debt and begin paying a dividend again, HSBC aviation analyst Andrew Lobbenberg said. If not, then the carrier would have to resort to its cash flows. Any decision on a rights issue would likely be taken by the company's new bos, Nicholas Cadbury, when he started early the following year. Lobbenberg had already said in September that plans to raise cash for IAG might follow positive news such as the reopening of travel to the US. - Financial Mail on Sunday

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