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09 декабря 2016, 17:00

Shake Shack and Five Guys: ‘Teenagers have terrible taste in food’ – restaurant review | Marina O’Loughlin

‘This is gooood,’ swoons the teen, falling into a bacon double cheeseburger. ‘Gooood foood.’ And, lordy, it is It had to be burgers. (“Nando’s,” says the actual teen. “Should be Nando’s.”) There’s no point tackling McDonald’s or Burger King, and the new breed of “artisan” burgers are beyond most teens’ budget, so mid-ground it is and two big US players: legendary restaurateur Danny Meyer’s almost-cool Shake Shack, a cult brand launched in New York; and the more blue-collar Five Guys, backed by Carphone Warehouse mogul Sir Charles Dunstone. They didn’t impress me much at the time, and I’ve had no interest in going back, but here I am, taking one for the teens. Continue reading...

04 октября 2016, 15:04

В Google Pixel и Pixel XL будет «магическая» функция

Компания Verizon разместила в интернет-магазине новые неанонсированные смартфоны Google Pixel и Pixel XL. В описании обоих девайсов указана поддержка новой функции Google Magic.Прямая трансляция анонса Google Pixel и Pixel XL" --> Магия какая-то Google Pixel и Pixel XL появились в бизнес-разделе сайта, предназначенном для корпоративных клиентов. Функция  Google Magic ранее компанией не анонсировалась. Другой ритейлер, Carphone Warehouse, опубликовавший данные о продуктах за сутки до анонса, также о Google Magic не упоминал. Издание  Gizmodo, обнаружившее информацию, теряется в догадках о том, что может скрываться за «магическим» названием. Возможно, это новый виртуальный помощник – конкурент Siri (хотя у Google уже есть Google Now) или новая функция управления жестами. Google Magic также может быть просто маркетинговой уловкой – дескать, вот она, магия новых смартфонов. Что ж, точный ответ на этот вопрос получим только в 19:00. Присоединяйтесь к прямой трансляции презентации Google Pixel и Pixel XL на Hi-Tech Mail.Ru!

03 октября 2016, 10:53

Смартфоны Google рассекречены за два дня до презентации

Качественные изображения и подробная информация о двух смартфонах под собственным брендом Google опубликованы до официальной презентации, намеченной на 4 октября. Теперь о новинках Google Pixel и Google Pixel XL остается узнать лишь цены и дату начала продаж.

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03 октября 2016, 10:25

Британский оператор опубликовал характеристики Google Pixel и Google Pixel XL

В преддверии мероприятия Google, намеченного на 4 октября, в Сети появилась информация о смартфонах Google Pixel и Google Pixel XL, которые, как ожидается, будут завтра представлены технологическим гигантом в числе целого ряда новинок. Несколько компаний, включая канадского оператора Bell Canada и британского ретейлера Carphone Warehouse, опубликовало изображения представителей новой серии смартфонов Google Pixel, подтверждая слухи об отказе Google от бренда Nexus.

03 октября 2016, 09:59

Смартфон Google Pixel ритейлер случайно «слил» в сеть за день до анонса

В интернет-магазине Carphone Warehouse за день до анонса появились новые смартфоны Google. Ритейлер опубликовал полные списки характеристик устройств и промо-обзоры.Фото смартфонов отличаются от рендера, опубликованного инсайдером OnLeaks. Как они будут выглядеть в реальности, увидим 4 октября. Устройства различаются размерами, диагональю и разрешением экрана, емкостью батареи. Характеристики Google Pixel XL Чипсет: Snapdragon 821 Quad Core CAT9-12, 4 ядра, частота до 2,15 ГГц Оперативная память: 4 ГБ Постоянная память: 32-128 ГБ Поддержка карт microSD: до 256 ГБ Экран: 5.5 дюйма, QHD AMOLED, Quad HD, 1440x2560 точек, 534 ppi, Gorilla Glass 4 Основная камера: 12 Мп, 1,55 мкм (крупные пиксели), апертура f/2.0, оптическая стабилизация изображения Фронтальная камера: 8 Мп Аккумулятор: 3450 мАч, поддержка быстрой зарядки, до 456 часов в режиме ожидания, до 26 часов в режиме разговора Сканер отпечатка пальца: есть Коммуникации: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, 3G, 4G, 3,5 мм Слот для SIM-карт: один, nanoSIM ОС: Android Nougat (v7.1) Размеры: 154,7x75,7x8,6 мм Вес: 168 г Характеристики Google Pixel Чипсет: Snapdragon 821 Quad Core CAT9-12, 4 ядра, частота до 2,15 ГГц Оперативная память: 4 ГБ Постоянная память: 32-128 ГБ Поддержка карт microSD: до 256 ГБ Экран: 5 дюймов, FHD AMOLED, Full HD, 1080 x 1920 точек, 440 ppi, Gorilla Glass 4 Основная камера: 12 Мп, 1,55 мкм (крупные пиксели), апертура f/2.0, оптическая стабилизация изображения Фронтальная камера: 8 Мп Аккумулятор: 2770 мАч, поддержка быстрой зарядки, до 552 часов в режиме ожидания, до 32 часов в режиме разговора Сканер отпечатка пальца: есть Коммуникации: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, 3G, 4G, 3,5 мм Слот для SIM-карт: один, nanoSIM ОС: Android Nougat (v7.1) Размеры: 143,8x69,5x8,6 мм Вес: 143 г Издание Engadget, опубликовавшее характеристики устройств, признается, что будет скучать по Nexus 4. Внешний вид новых Pixel и Pixel XL не впечатляет: вероятно, верхняя часть будет  просто отполирована, никакой стеклянной вставки в ней не предусмотрено. Теоретически она могла бы стать дополнительным сенсорным экраном – это согласовывалось бы с девизом: «Сила Google у вас под рукой». В целом Google может показать что-то действительно необычное на презентации, однако пока Pixel и Pixel XL искреннего восторга не вызывают.

22 июня 2016, 02:40

1,200 business leaders back remain in EU referendum vote

The group, which included leaders of 50 of the FTSE 100, outlined their support for Britain in the EU in a letter to The Times A late plea for voters to back the remain option in this week’s EU referendum has been issued by 1,285 business leaders who say in a letter to The Times that Brexit would damage Britain’s economy.Smaller businesses and employers would be particularly vulnerable to any economic shock as a result of a leave vote, according to its signatories, who include the leaders of 50 of the FTSE 100 companies. Continue reading...

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08 июня 2016, 16:03

I have a great credit rating – but I can’t buy a smartphone on contract

The sale wouldn’t go through and Carphone Warehouse couldn’t tell me whyI recently went to purchase my first smartphone on contract at a Carphone Warehouse store. But I was informed that the sale could not proceed because of a problem with my credit rating. I opened an Experian account and found I had a credit rating of 995 out of 999. Neither Experian nor Carphone Warehouse would explain why I had been refused. I returned to the same Carphone Warehouse and attempted to purchase again. The exact same thing happened. Citizens Advice got nowhere either. FC, EdinburghCarphone Warehouse says the contract you were refused was with your chosen network provider, not with itself, and that due to data protection, the former is not allowed to tell the shop why. Carphone Warehouse collects data from the customer and acts as an intermediary between the customer and the network, which runs its own credit checks. So you need to get in touch with the provider to find out what the problem is, although Experian has offered a clue. Continue reading...

14 февраля 2016, 20:35

Baftas 2016 live: Brie Larson wins and The Revenant gathers momentum – watch with us

Stephen Fry hosted the 69th Bafta awards … and Stuart Heritage ushered us through a ceremony which featured kiss-cams, shout-outs for Leonardo DiCaprio’s mum and some dubious jokes from Fry himself and Rebel Wilson• Full results here! Peter Bradshaw’s reaction here! 10.57pm GMT And that concludes the 2016 Baftas (which actually finished two hours ago, but whatever). What has tonight taught us? We’ll have to wait until the Oscars to find out. Fortunately, they’re taking place exactly two weeks from now. Unfortunately, I’ve drawn the short straw and I’ll be doing the all-night soul-sapping hellride that is the Oscars live blog as well. So see you there, if you like tuxedos and hate sleep. Derrr! 10.56pm GMT And that’s everything. But wait! Stephen Fry needs to talk at length about the terrifying concept of human mortality. Well done for winning your trophies everyone! Have a fun evening! Continue reading...

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16 января 2016, 10:00

Carphone Warehouse let my 15-year-old daughter spend £700 on Christmas gift

She bought me an over-the-top present of a Samsung phone and I am having trouble returning itIn a rather over-zealous act of generosity my 15-year-old daughter decided she would buy me a new £700 Samsung mobile phone for Christmas. After being rejected by Carphone Warehouse’s Westfield store for a lack of ID, she went to the Hayes branch, where they served her and took £700 cash. This was, in my view, a completely inappropriately over-the-top present. She’d been given the money to buy a laptop for herself. Continue reading...

18 декабря 2014, 15:53

Frontrunning: December 18

Swiss National Bank Starts Negative Interest Rate of 0.25% to Stave Off Inflows (BBG) Putin Strikes Uncompromising Stance Over Crisis Gripping Russia (BBG) Sony cancels North Korea movie in apparent win for Pyongyang hackers (Reuters) U.S. Said Set to Blame North Korea for Sony Cyber Attack (BBG) China’s Short-Term Borrowing Costs Surge as Demand for Money Grows (WSJ) Russia Currency Market Bends But Doesn’t Break (BBG) Jeb Bush Puts Pressure on Chris Christie for 2016 (WSJ) From joy to outrage, Florida's Cuban-Americans greet new U.S. policy (Reuters) Russians Quit London Luxury Homes as Only Super-Rich Stay (BBG) Draghi Counts Cost of Outflanking ECB’s Home Nation in QE (BBG) Couche-Tard to Buy Pantry for $860 Million (WSJ) China is Planning to Purge Foreign Technology and Replace With Homegrown Suppliers (BBG) Yellen Makes It Clear That Fed’s Patience on Rates Has Limits (BBG) Chinese Criminals Blamed for Record Japan Bank Cybertheft (BBG) Oldest U.S. black college on verge of financial collapse (Reuters) Barclays Keeps Burning Shareholders as Analysts Push Stock (BBG)     Overnight Media Digest WSJ * Sony Pictures canceled its planned release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened violence against theaters that played the film, as U.S. officials concluded that North Korea was behind the broad cyberattack on the company. (http://on.wsj.com/1zyaZll) * Damaging revelations emerging from the computer assault on Sony Corp are playing like a horror movie in America's executive suites, prompting companies to review security measures and reconsider what is said in an email. (http://on.wsj.com/1wjOuRt) * Fresh off a failed takeover bid that would have lowered its taxes and diversified its product lineup, drugmaker AbbVie Inc is hoping for regulatory approval of its first significant new product in a decade: a multidrug regimen for the liver disease hepatitis C. (http://on.wsj.com/1DQ2Kqc) * The European Union is considering Uber's latest legal maneuver to block a new French law that could upend how the company operates. (http://on.wsj.com/1AJyhEa) * The owner of the New York Stock Exchange is pushing a major overhaul of the U.S. stock market aimed at helping exchanges reclaim their role at the center of trading. (http://on.wsj.com/13capyb) * Oracle Corp's revenue rose 3 percent during the quarter ended in November, the first one with co-chief executives Safra Catz and Mark Hurd at the helm. (http://on.wsj.com/1J4sQG4) * Business leaders warned of disruptions in the insurance and commercial real-estate markets after Congress adjourned without extending the federal government's terrorism insurance program. (http://on.wsj.com/1J6dFvO) * A batch of leaked emails involving a Snapchat board member show the startup's rapid rise to be the work of Evan Spiegel, the company's 24-year-old co-founder and chief executive with a distaste for Silicon Valley and its conventions. (http://on.wsj.com/1x1evqz) * The White House's move to normalize ties with Cuba could give U.S. companies access to a market that's been largely off-limits for more than a half century but has less commercial allure than it once did. (http://on.wsj.com/1w1g94u) * Australia's most populous state New South Wales, said it will go ahead with the partial privatization of its electricity network, as it attempts to raise 20 billion Australian dollars ($16.26 billion) to spend on new infrastructure such as roads. (http://on.wsj.com/13e9v4b) * A U.S. District Court rejected Brazilian mining company Vale SA's bid to dismiss a lawsuit alleging it conspired with Israeli billionaire Benjamin Steinmetz to take a West African mine away from rival Rio Tinto Plc. (http://on.wsj.com/1zyiLM6) * Italian fashion firm Roberto Cavalli SpA and private-equity fund Clessidra SGR said they have entered exclusive talks to sell a majority stake in the Cavalli group to the fund. (http://on.wsj.com/1sI3R6J) * China's Ministry of Agriculture approved a controversial biotech corn product that has been blamed for the collapse of U.S. corn exports to the big Asian market. (http://on.wsj.com/1wH7RDS)   FT UK's four major mobile operators have agreed on a deal with the government to provide mobile coverage to 90 percent of the region's geography by 2017. Sajid Javid, the culture secretary, said the deal would eliminate poor coverage, which plagues more than a fifth of the country. UK's chancellor George Osborne said the government will reduce its holding in the Lloyds Banking Group from 25 percent to 20 percent hoping to raise 3 billion pounds ($4.67 billion). Catlin Group Ltd, operator of the biggest syndicate in the Lloyd's of London insurance market, said it received a takeover offer from New York-listed XL Group, valuing the company at 2.6 billion pounds. Sony Pictures has decided not to release its controversial comedy film "The Interview," after threats of a terror attack prompted America's five biggest movie chains to decide against screening the film.   NYT * Russia's finance ministry said it was prepared to sell as much as $7 billion of its foreign currency reserves to support the rouble, which an official called "extremely undervalued." (http://nyti.ms/1AJsZIZ) * The turmoil in the Russian economy appears to be encouraging Moscow to seek compromise in the crisis over Ukraine, although President Vladimir V. Putin has proved so erratic in past months that Western leaders are wary of proclaiming progress, officials and analysts said. (http://nyti.ms/1DQ2F5C) * President Obama ordered the restoration of full diplomatic relations with Cuba and the opening of an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century as he vowed to "cut loose the shackles of the past" and sweep aside one of the last vestiges of the Cold War. (http://nyti.ms/1r1y92X) * American officials have concluded that North Korea was "centrally involved" in the hacking of Sony Pictures computers, even as the studio canceled the release of a far-fetched comedy about the assassination of the North's leader that is believed to have led to the cyberattack. (http://nyti.ms/1wjKSyL) * Sony Pictures Entertainment dropped plans for its Christmas Day release of "The Interview," a movie that depicts the assassination of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after receiving a terror threat against theaters. (http://nyti.ms/1x18Gtg) * While declaring that budget rules "are made for everybody," the European Union's economic policy chief says that "sanctions are always a failure" as they only make the target country "feel stigmatized and create a backlash in public opinion." (http://nyti.ms/1zwFVDM) * The Obama administration, seeking to cut off the flow of oil to the government of President Bashar al-Assad, imposed penalties on five people and six companies it said were defying American sanctions and helping Syria's government attack its own citizens. (http://nyti.ms/1xrTTYi) * Janet L. Yellen, the Federal Reserve chairwoman, said that the Fed still expected to start raising interest rates next year, but that it would wait patiently for the right time and did not expect to begin any earlier than late April. (http://nyti.ms/13AHnZO) * A former Countrywide Financial executive who became a whistle-blower is collecting more than $57 million for helping federal prosecutors force Bank of America Corp to pay a record $16.65 billion penalty in connection with its role in churning out shoddy mortgage and related securities before the financial crisis. (http://nyti.ms/1xrU2ef) * The British government said it planned to further reduce its stake in Lloyds Banking Group Plc through a measured sale of a portion of its holdings over the next six months. (http://nyti.ms/1J66sMv)   Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL ** Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd Director Bill Ackman says the plunge in oil prices that has hit the Calgary-based company's share price will dampen growth at the company. Canadian Pacific has not altered its revenue guidance as oil has plunged 43 percent since Aug. 1, raising fears energy producers will slash production and cut rail shipments. (http://bit.ly/13BwXt4) ** Canadian businesses are beginning to calculate the fallout from the U.S. move to open up relations with Cuba, which could eventually generate opportunities for some and increased competition for others. While the moves by U.S. President Barack Obama to ease economic, travel and diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba are small steps and fall far short of an end to a decades-old trade embargo, they could lead to a broader opening up of relations. (http://bit.ly/1xs6v1z) ** Alberta's political lines were redrawn on Wednesday as the head of the Official Opposition led the bulk of her Wildrose Party into the Progressive Conservative establishment she spent the past five years attacking on a daily basis. The mass defection of nine of 14 members of legislative assembly effectively ends the Wildrose as a political force in Alberta and is a resounding victory for Premier Jim Prentice. (http://bit.ly/1DQ7yM0) NATIONAL POST ** The diplomatic breakthrough between the United States and Cuba changes very little for Sherritt International Corp and the dozens of other Canadian companies active in Cuba. But a potential lifting of the U.S. embargo would have a transformative impact on them. (http://bit.ly/1wHt804) ** Rogers Communications Inc has filed an application to block its rival, BCE Inc, from buying wireless phone retailer Glentel Inc in a previously announced deal valued at C$670 million ($578 million) in stock, cash and debt. (http://bit.ly/1GuzByE) ** Stuck with massive liabilities and no way to grow production in its core area, Niko Resources Ltd, once an investor-darling with shares trading in triple digits, has put itself up for sale. Niko has posted quarter after quarter of net losses partly as a result of the Indian government's control of the country's natural gas prices and partly due to its liabilities in Indonesia and Trinidad. (http://bit.ly/1w1Mg43)   Britain The Times GOVERNMENT TO 'DRIBBLE OUT' 3 BILLION POUNDS OF LLOYDS SHARES IN LATEST SELL-OFF The British government is pressing ahead with an innovative way of privatising more of Lloyds Banking Group, announcing plans to gradually trickle out an estimated 3 billion pounds ($4.67 billion) of Lloyds shares onto the market over the next six months. UK Financial Investments (UKFI), which owns the 25 percent taxpayer stake in Lloyds, said it had instructed Morgan Stanley to conduct the so-called "dribble-out" sale, officially called a trading plan. (http://thetim.es/13cHL03) The Guardian DIXONS CARPHONE CUTS 400 JOBS DESPITE 'BARNSTORMING' PERFORMANCE Dixons Carphone Plc is cutting 400 jobs in the wake of the merger between Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse. As the retailer hailed a "barnstorming" performance at its UK and Irish stores in its maiden half-year results, it said 20 percent of the combined total of head office staff would be leaving. (http://bit.ly/1z3MpuW) The Telegraph BARCLAYS' 500 MiLLION POUNDS FOR FOREX SETTLEMENTS IS NOT ENOUGH, SAYS CHIEF ANTONY JENKINS Barclays Plc's chief executive has admitted that the 500 million pounds the bank has set aside to settle allegations of foreign exchange manipulation will not be enough. (http://bit.ly/16u9KKq) BT PLANS 2 BILLION POUNDS RIGHTS ISSUE TO FUND EE TAKEOVER BT Group Plc is preparing a giant financing package including a 2 billion pounds rights issue to help fund its planned takeover of EE, the mobile operator. The share placing will help to keep the telecom giant's level of debt at a manageable level as it faces big bills next year from an anticipated increase in pension fund top-up payments and a jump in Premier League rights costs. (http://bit.ly/1wMkhZS) Sky News WELLCOME TRUST WARNS ON 'POPULIST' MANSION TAX One of Britain's most successful investors has issued a thinly veiled swipe at Labour's proposed mansion tax and warned that "populist politics" risk derailing Britain's economic revival. (http://bit.ly/1zvjhMe) MYNERS: GOVERNMENT ASSET SALES NEED OVERHAUL Taxpayers lost out on a lower sum from the privatisation of Royal Mail Plc than the 1 billion pounds suggested by MPs earlier this year, a report commissioned by Vince Cable will conclude this week. (http://bit.ly/1zvhQxc)     Fly On The Wall Pre-Market Buzz ECONOMIC REPORTS Domestic economic reports scheduled for today include: Jobless claims for week of Dec. 13 at 8:30--consensus 295K Markit flash services PMI for December at 9:45--consensus 56.3 Leading indicators for November at 10:00--consensus up 0.5% Philadelphia Fed business conditions survey for December at 10:00--consensus 26.0 ANALYST RESEARCH Upgrades Ares Capital (ARCC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill Coeur Mining (CDE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen Corning (GLW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup FedEx (FDX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman Infoblox (BLOX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow Key Energy (KEG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Lam Research (LRCX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup Superior Energy (SPN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital Tyco (TYC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman Downgrades BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Bruker (BRKR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Enduro Royalty (NDRO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital FMC Technologies (FTI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Frank's International (FI) downgraded to Sector Perform at RBC Capital IHS Inc. (IHS) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Linear Technology (LLTC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup Macerich (MAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MLV & Co. Maxim Integrated (MXIM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup Mid-Con Energy (MCEP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital New Source Energy (NSLP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich Oceaneering (OII) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Oil States (OIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital Prospect Capital (PSEC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays QIAGEN (QGEN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman RLJ Lodging Trust (RLJ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc Realogy (RLGY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup Retail Properties of America (RPAI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup Volcano (VOLC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital XL Group (XL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette Initiations AMD (AMD) initiated with a Sell at Citigroup AMRI (AMRI) initiated with an Equal-Weight at First Analysis Agile Therapeutics (AGRX) coverage resumed with a Buy at Sterne Agee Allot Communications (ALLT) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies Altera (ALTR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup American Express (AXP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies Analog Devices (ADI) assumed with a Neutral at Citigroup AngloGold (AU) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital Avon Products (AVP) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Nomura Capital One (COF) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies Ceragon Networks (CRNT) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies Coach (COH) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer Community Health (CYH) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee Cooper-Standard (CPS) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies Destination XL (DXLG) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital Discover (DFS) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies FARO Technologies (FARO) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer Fossil (FOSL) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman HCA Holdings (HCA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee Hill International (HIL) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter Hilton (HLT) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI Hyatt Hotels (H) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI Intel (INTC) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup InterOil (IOC) initiated with a Buy at Goldman Intercept (ICPT) coverage resumed with a Buy at Sterne Agee KLX Inc (KLXI) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson LifePoint (LPNT) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee Marriott (MAR) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer Microchip (MCHP) assumed with a Buy at Citigroup NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) coverage resumed with a Neutral at Sterne Agee PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup Proto Labs (PRLB) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer RCS Capital (RCAP) resumed with an Overweight at Barclays Regis (RGS) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray Restaurant Brands (QSR) initiated with a Neutral at UBS Sally Beauty (SBH) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray Sierra Wireless (SWIR) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies Starwood (HOT) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI Tenet (THC) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup Tupperware Brands (TUP) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray Tutor Perini (TPC) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter Universal Health (UHS) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee WABCO (WBC) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital Xilinx (XLNX) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup Zendesk (ZEN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities COMPANY NEWS Marathon Oil (MRO) announced that the company anticipates its 2015 capital, investment and exploration budget will be approximately $4.3B-4.5B, or about 20% lower than 2014 levels Shell (RDS.A) agreed to sell downstream business in Norway to ST1 Target (TGT) named Casey Carl as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Laysha Ward as chief corporate social responsibility officer Amgen (AMGN) raised Q1 dividend 30% to 79c per share Avon Products (AVP) confirmed FCPA settlement with DOJ and SEC. The agreements include aggregate payments of $135M to the two U.S. government agencies, with $68M in fines payable to the DOJ and $67M in disgorgement and prejudgment interest payable to the SEC Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals (TTPH) announced positive top-line results from IGNITE 1 Phase 3 clinical trial of eravacycline Genworth Financial (GNW) said it is still in process of reviewing long term care active life margins EARNINGS Companies that beat consensus earnings expectations last night and today include: Sanderson Farms (SAFM), Jabil Circuit (JBL), Oracle (ORCL) Companies that missed consensus earnings expectations include: Worthington (WOR), Civitas Solutions (CIVI), Apogee Enterprises (APOG), Biodel (BIOD) Jabil Circuit (JBL) sees Q2 core EPS 39c-50c, consensus 38c Oracle (ORCL) sees Q3 EPS in constant currency 69c-74c, consensus 73c, sees currency volatility affecting Q3 EPS by 4c, revenue by 4% Steel Dynamics (STLD) sees Q4 EPS ex-items 38c-42c, consensus 45c Health Net (HNT) sees FY15 EPS for combined segments at least $3.15, consensus $3.20, sees FY15 consolidated revenue $17.4B NEWSPAPERS/WEBSITES Sony (SNE) cancels release of 'The Interview,' CNBC reports Deutsche Bank (DB) to examine strategy, may revise profit targets, Reuters reports Microsoft (MSFT) may be planning head-worn gaming device for 2015, DigiTimes reports BT Group prepping 'giant' financing package to fund EE takeover, Telegraph reports eBay's (EBAY) Christopher Payne set to leave company, Re/code reports Investigators confirm North Korea behind Sony (SNE) cyber attack, CNN reports Buy FedEx (FDX) on the dip, Barron's says SYNDICATE Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM) 7.35M share IPO priced at $19.00 Bravo Brio Restaurant (BBRG) accepts 3.57M shares at $14 for tender offer Meta Financial (CASH) files to sell $26M of common stock "at-the-market" Poage Bankshares (PBSK) files to sell up to 129,488 shares of common stock Regency Energy Partners (RGP) files to sell $1B of common units Venaxis (APPY) files to sell $50M of common stock    

05 декабря 2014, 17:28

Take The Continental Tour: Search For Earnings Quality In Europe

European companies are starting to report earnings, so we decided to find some that are likely to have sustainable and strong results – as well as some that may suffer from poor earnings quality. The StarMine Earnings Quality model consists of three components: accruals, cash flow and operating efficiency. We chose an even half dozen – three that may be winners and three that may be also-rans. Poor Earnings Quality ACCP.PA: Accor : Hotels Restaurant & Leisure : Earnings Quality Model Score : 6 Accor is a French hotel operator that is facing increasing pressure from online competitors such as AirBnB. In order to improve its online presence, the company has been increasing its investment in technology, reflected in increased capital expenditures over the past year. However, those capital expenditures are not being supported by cash from operations. As you can see in the chart below, capital expenditures have exceeded cash flow from operations in four of the last five semi-annual periods. In the last period, Accor generated €148 million from operations, but spent €1.05 billion. Source: Thomson Reuters Eikon/StarMine Cash flow woes That has translated to poor free cash flow, which is negative in four of the last five quarters. Earnings that are not supported by strong cash flows tend to be of weaker quality and less sustainable in the long run. In the last semiannual reporting period, the company had -€897 million free cash flow, despite having positive net income. Further, in each of the last three annual reporting periods, the company reported pro forma earnings that were higher than GAAP earnings. That means the company asks investors to exclude certain items that it does not consider part of the core business. In the long run, GAAP earnings tend to prevail. For these reasons, Accor scores poorly on the StarMine Earnings quality model with a score of 6, indicating that the earnings may not be coming from sustainable sources. BARN.S: Barry Callebaut : Food Products : Earnings Quality Model Score : 8 Switzerland is famous for its chocolate, but with cacao prices on the rise, chocolate makers are likely to take a big hit, and that includes Swiss based Barry Callebaut. Cacao is the main ingredient of chocolate, and even before the price increases show up on Callebaut’s financial statements, the company has signs of poor earnings quality. Source: Thomson Reuters Eikon/StarMine Weak base for earnings Free cash flow lags net income in each of the last four semiannual periods, and in the period ending February 2014 the company had negative free cash flow (outflow) of – CHF197 million while earning CHF119 million in net income. Earnings that are not supported by strong cash flows tend to be less sustainable in the long run and are a sign of poor earnings quality. Return on net operating assets (RNOA) is a measure of how efficiently management is generating returns on its assets. Barry Callebaut has seen RNOA fall precipitously in the last two semiannual periods. After being comfortably above the industry median just a year ago, the company now has a RNOA of just 12%, more than a percentage point below the industry median and almost seven percentage points below the levela year ago. Falling RNOA is a sign of poor earnings quality and is one reason the company scores just 8 on the StarMine Earnings Quality Model. OPL.WA: Orange Polska :Diversified Telecom : Earnings Quality Model Score : 11 Orange Polska, a subsidiary of Orange S.A., is one of the main wireless players in Poland. However, it is facing intense competition from smaller players and its market share is eroding. Although the company is seeing positive cash flows from operations, they have steadily been on the decline, from over PLN 8 billion (Polish Zloty) ten years ago, to just over PLN 3 billion. Free cash flow at PLN 1.1 billion is a fifth of what it was ten years ago. That is a weak trend and cash flows are likely only to continue to deteriorate as the country has a spectrum auction coming up that Polska is likely to enter. Source: Thomson Reuters Eikon/StarMine Margins getting slimmer In another sign of poor earnings quality, Polska Orange has seen operating margins continue to erode as stiff competition is affecting pricing power. The latest trailing 4Q operation profit margins are at 4.9%, the lowest in more than ten years and far below the industry median of 15.3%. Operating profit margins are one component of return on net operating assets, a measure of efficiency. That’s also fallen to ten-year lows of 3.6%, and trails the industry median. All these are signs of poor earnings quality and justify the poor StarMine Earnings Quality score of 11. Strong Earnings Quality BT.L: BT Group Plc : Diversified Telecom : Earnings Quality Model Score : 96 While Polska Orange may be facing stiff competition and poor earnings quality, not all telecom companies are in the same boat. BT Group has a distinct advantage — a base of over 28 million landline customers that it can tap, which gives it a big advantage over other wireless providers. While the company does not have a large mobile footprint, analysts expect it to make an acquisition and use its advantage with bundling services to accelerate growth and unlock synergies. Source: Thomson Reuters Eikon/StarMine Margins climbing In the meantime, the company has seen operating margins steadily increase over the past five years. Operating margins are now at five-year high of 19.6%, 1.5 percentage points over the industry median as BT continues to be successful in monetizing its TV sports content and controlling content costs. BT also generated strong cash flows, and cash flow from operations consistently exceeds net income, a sign of strong earnings quality and one reason why analysts think BT could potentially burst open the mobile market with a strategic acquisition. The company scores a high 96 on the StarMine Earnings Quality Model. DC.L: Dixons Carphone Plc : Specialty Retail : Earnings Quality Model Score : 98 An electrical and telecommunications retailer formed by the merger of Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse Group, Dixons Carphone is a retailer that could weather the weak European consumer environment and displays signs of strong earnings quality. The company has seen strong free cash flows in the last two semiannual periods, and is seeing improving margins, both good signs in a weak economic environment. Source: Thomson Reuters Eikon/StarMine Strong cash flow In each of the last two semiannual periods, Dixons has seen positive free cash flow far exceeding net income, which historically has been a sign of sustainable earnings. Analysts expect synergies to kick in for the next three years as Dixons and Carphone Warehouse build on each other’s strengths. That is likely to improve cash flows further. In the last semiannual period, Dixons generated £237 million in free cash flow compared to net income of £75 million. Dixons is also seeing improving margins, and that is likely to continue since one of its main competitors, Phones4U, collapsed. That is also likely to improve market share for Dixons Carphone. While operating margins are still below the industry median, the meaningful improvement is noteworthy and likely to continue. Analysts seem excited about Connected World Services (CWS), which focuses on large corporate clients that need to integrate electronic and telecom services. It’s a potentially high margin business in the future. PSMGn.DE: Prosieben Sat.1 Media Ag : Media : Earnings Quality Model Score : 94 Media companies in Germany are benefiting from strong advertising revenues. That trend helps Prosieben, which has experienced strong audience growth. The company offers five free channels and earns ad-based revenues. Prosieben is also experiencing growth in other markets around Europe. Source: Thomson Reuters Eikon/StarMine Good strategic position When earnings are supported by strong cash flows, it is a sign of high earnings quality. In Prosieben’s case, we can see that in each of the last 12 quarters, free cash flow far exceeded net income. It looks like free consumers and advertisers are still excited about free channels, despite the onslaught of cable. In the last quarter, the company reported free cash flow that exceeded net income by €210 million. A strong balance sheet and strong free cash flow means that the company has the ability to take advantage of opportunities. Management has come up with a five year plan to improve efficiency and earnings. That plan seems to be off to a good start as return on net operating assets has soared over the past six quarters. The RNOA is currently a healthy 29%, compared to the industry median of 7.3%. While the rest of the industry has not been struggling with efficiency, Prosieben has actually soared, creating a great platform for the coming years. That’s why it scores a 94 on the Earnings Quality model.   Receive stories like this to your inbox as they are published. Subscribe here and follow us @Alpha_Now on Twitter or check out the Thomson Reuters Eikon blog. If you are looking to access Thomson Reuters data or analytics, register for a free trial. 

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28 ноября 2014, 11:44

Франция: регуляторы страны одобрили сделку между Numericable и Virgin Mobile France

Как стало известно, антимонопольные органы Франции одобрили сделку между оператором кабельного телевидения Numericable Group и сотовой компанией Virgin Mobile France. Напомним, что компания Numericable Group договорилась о приобретении Virgin Mobile у Carphone Warehouse и Virgin Group за 325 млн евро ($404,6 млн).

29 сентября 2014, 13:20

Новости / Sony Xperia Z3 распаковали под водой

 Как и другие смартфоны Sony Xperia Z, новый флагман Z3 не боится воды. Чтобы ни у кого не осталось и тени сомнений в свойствах аппарата, крупнейший европейский розничный продавец мобильных телефонов The Carphone Warehouse записал видео распаковки Z3 под водой.  3-минутное видео показывает все то, что обычно можно увидеть в подобных видео, однако с одним лишь исключением — действия происходят под водой. Аквалангист достает смартфон из коробки и демонстрирует его работоспособность, делая селфи и снимая видео, что подтверждает поддержку смартфоном стандартов IP65 и IP68. Напомним, что у Sony Xperia Z есть и другая отличительная черта. Это самый долгоиграющий флагманский смартфон на рынке. В тесте ресурса Phonearena аппарат проработал с включенным экраном 9 часов 29 минут. Компания Sony, между тем, переживает нелегкие времена. Она продолжает терять деньги и по прогнозам должна лишиться $2,1 млрд к концу текущего финансового года, который наступит в марте 2015 года. В связи с этим руководство компании готовится вновь реструктурировать бизнес, сократив число моделей смартфонов в среднеценовом сегменте и сосредоточившись на премиальных продуктах.

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09 сентября 2014, 10:32

Dixons Carphone sees revenues fall

Dixons Carphone, the newly-merged Carphone Warehouse and Dixons Retail, says it has made a "a good start" despite falling revenues.

25 июля 2014, 14:22

Новости / Стартуют продажи HTC One (M8) в необычном цвете

Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru уже писал о том, что вслед за One (M8) в трех стандартных цветовых решениях (серебристом, темно-сером и золотистом) HTC выпустит флагман в красном цвете. Как выяснилось в Англии продажи таких устройств стартуют уже с 7 августа. C сегодняшнего дня открыт предзаказ на красную версию смартфона, которая является эксклюзивом для местного оператора O2. Помимо красной версии, HTC анонсировала выход флагмана в розовой расцветке. HTC One (M8) для девушек доступен для предзаказа у ритейлера Carphone Warehouse. Вполне вероятно, что аппараты в новых цветах вскоре появятся и в других странах, в том числе в России. Напомним, HTC One (M8) получил Android 4.4 KitKat с новым интерфейсом HTC Sense 6, содержит набор интеллектуальных сенсоров Smart Sensor Hub, который «способен предугадывать желания пользователя» и оснащен набором интуитивных функций Motion Launch.  У него 5-дюймовый дисплей с разрешением 1920 х 1080 пикселей, а его «сердцем» является четырехъядерный процессор Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 с тактовой частотой 2,36 ГГц. Аппарат получил 16 или 32 ГБ встроенной памяти (10/24 ГБ доступно пользователю), расширяемой при помощи microSD еще на 128 ГБ, и 2 ГБ оперативки. Емкость аккумулятора HTC One (M8) — 2600 мАч. 

04 июля 2014, 23:24

Wealthy Tory donor David Ross in line for top Ofsted job

Carphone Warehouse co-founder, friend of David Cameron and former tax exile in serious contention for chairmanshipA multimillionaire Tory party donor and friend of David Cameron and Boris Johnson, is in the frame to become chair of Ofsted, a move that would plunge the schools regulator into a further row over its politicisation.David Ross, the playboy co-founder of Carphone Warehouse whose charitable foundation supports more than 20 academy schools, is understood to be in serious contention to take over the Ofsted role from Labour peer Sally Morgan, who is waiting for the education secretary, Michael Gove, to make a fresh appointment. Continue reading...    

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26 июня 2014, 14:47

Великобритания: ритейлер Carphone отчитался об увеличении годовой прибыли

Крупнейший в Великобритании ритейлер мобильных телефонов Carphone Warehouse Group отчитался об увеличении годовой прибыли. Так, чистая прибыль выросла с 4 млн фунтов стерлингов годом ранее до 48 млн фунтов ($81,5 млн). При этом выручка за рассматриваемый период увеличилась с 11 млн фунтов до 2,6 млрд фунтов.

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26 июня 2014, 13:04

Великобритания: ритейлер Carphone отчитался об увеличении годовой прибыли

Крупнейший в Великобритании ритейлер мобильных телефонов Carphone Warehouse Group отчитался об увеличении годовой прибыли. Так, чистая прибыль выросла с 4 млн фунтов стерлингов годом ранее до 48 млн фунтов ($81,5 млн). При этом выручка за рассматриваемый период увеличилась с 11 млн фунтов до 2,6 млрд фунтов.

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26 июня 2014, 11:29

Dixons profits jump ahead of merger

Dixons and Carphone Warehouse both report strong rises in full-year profits ahead of their planned merger.