In the US, with the deal expected to close in Q1 of 2019, trading volume and velocity of SIRI shares have increased. In, Asia, Takeda Pharmaceutical’s shareholders approved a $62 billion acquisition of Shire Plc, enabling the company to continue its quest to become a global drug giant. In Europe, A seesaw week for Thomas Cook as Moody’s downgrades the travel operators outlook to negative.
Amidst a rocky week in the US stock market, Pinduoduo’s ADRs bucked the trend and reported extraordinary growth. One of China’s largest smartphone makers delivered strong revenue results in the third quarter despite a slowdown in the global market. In Europe, The Restaurant Group’s (RTN LN) potential takeover of Wagamama continued to divide shareholder opinion as large shareholders released their views on the potential deal.
In the US, YETI has been unable to sustain their IPO price of $18.00. In Asia, We have seen strong long term lending demand for Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. French firm, Vallourec, has been part of a number of oil industry suppliers who have suffered due to a recent downturn as producers cancelled and deferred projects.
In the US, Sessions, who had been vehemently against marijuana legalization, announced his resignation on Wednesday. Shares in Toshiba Corp surged in Tokyo trading after it announced plans to reinstate its dividend and exit a troubled LNG investment. Potential M&A activity is heating up in the UK.
In the US, Redfin’s stock price has been declining in spurts over the past year as the share price is now half of what it was at the start of 2018. The auto sector is facing its first decline in more than two decades on a slowdown in the Chinese economy and as the effects of the trade war are now starting to take effect. In Europe, Aryzta, a popular lending name, had its shares suspended this week following a vote on a rights offering to ensure the bakery’s survival.
In the US, one industry expert stated that Ballard has a long way to go before it can proclaim success in proving the fuel-cell business can be profitable. In Asia, we have seen moderate securities lending demand for Cathay Pacific since the revelation of the hack, with its shares down 16% in 2018 and now trading at a low not seen since June 2009. In Europe, problems are compounding for Spanish supermarket chain Distribuidora.
The International Monetary Fund has downgraded world growth forecasts, warning that a U.S.-China trade war will hit economic growth. The IMF is now predicting 3.7 per cent global growth in both 2018 and 2019, down from 3.9 per cent for both years.
In the US, we are seeing investors sell off SONO amid growing concerns about the massive headwinds from competition from not only Amazon but also Apple and Google. In Asia, shares in KYB Corp fell in Tokyo trading after the hydraulic equipment manufacturer admitted falsifying quality control data for earthquake shock absorbers. Finally, in Europe, the plot thickened for Patisserie Valerie (CAKE LN) as news of previously unknown overdrafts surfaced and reports were released that the business could face a parliamentary investigation.
In the US, an impending $134 million dollar debt payment due on Monday has made Sears’ bankruptcy all but certain. In Asia, FamilyMart UNY Holdings said it would acquire a 20% stake in Don Quijote Holdings in a deal that could be valued at as much as 212 billion yen ($1.9 billion). In Europe, Reports that funds were looking to increase short positions in Ceconomy have increased borrower demand this week