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18 сентября, 00:24

Apple, Dell join bid to buy Toshiba's chip business: U.S. fund

U.S. tech titans Apple and Dell have joined a bid to buy Toshiba's memory chip business, a deal seen as key to the survival of the cash-stripped Japanese…

17 сентября, 19:01

Apple, Dell join bid to obtain chips

US tech titans Apple and Dell have joined a bid to buy Toshiba’s memory chip business, a deal seen as key to the survival of the cash-stripped Japanese industrial conglomerate, the US investor leading

17 сентября, 15:00

Adam Sharp on the Future of the Cryptocurrency Markets

Today on Forward Guidance, Early Investing co-founder Adam Sharp joins us to discuss the future of the cryptocurrency markets.

16 сентября, 15:00

Dell открывает предзаказ гарнитуры Visor VR

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В конце августа компания Dell представила свою гарнитуру виртуальной реальности Visor VR и сообщила, что начнёт продажи гаджета в октябре. Вчера в Dell объявили о начале сбора предварительных заказов на своё устройство для платформы Windows Mixed Reality от Microsoft. Разрешение Visor VR составляет по 1440 на 1140 пикселей на линзу, аппарат оснащён жидкокристаллическим дисплеем на […]

16 сентября, 14:04

Открыт предзаказ на гарнитуру виртуальной реальности Dell Visor

Компания Dell начала приём предварительных заказов на гарнитуру виртуальной реальности Dell Visor, базирующуюся на платформе Windows Mixed Reality. Как и сообщалось ранее, цена дебютного устройства компании, продемонстрированного на IFA 2017, составит $350. В комплекте с двумя контроллерами новинка обойдётся на $100 дороже. Visor является результатом партнёрства технологического гиганта из Редмонда с рядом производителей, включающим также Acer и ASUS, в попытке наладить выпуск устройств с поддержкой дополненной и виртуальной реальности гораздо более доступных по цене, чем его HoloLens стоимостью $3000.

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15 сентября, 16:07

The One Thing to Know When You Buy Mozzarella and Other Cheeses

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Want to get the most delicious cheese at the grocery store? Make sure you know what to look for when you buy mozzarella, feta, and other cheeses.

15 сентября, 11:41

Dell и другие ИТ-компании готовы присоединиться к Bain для участия в сделке с Toshiba

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Консорциум инвесторов во главе с Bain Capital сообщил о том, что американская корпорация Dell, а также ряд других ИТ-компаний готовы участвовать в сделке по приобретению полупроводникового бизнеса Toshiba. При этом осведомленные источники заявляют, что финансовую помощь готовы оказать Dell, Seagate Technology и Apple. В частности, сообщается, что корпорация Apple ведет переговоры о предоставлении $3 млрд долларов консорциуму, состоящему из Bain Capital, SK Hynix, государственного фонда Innovation Network Corporation и Банка развития Японии. Осведомленные источники заявляют, что именно эта поддержка убедила Toshiba заключить меморандум о взаимопонимании с этим консорциумом, который предлагает 2,4 трлн йен ($22 млрд долларов) за покупку Toshiba Memory, в том числе 200 млрд йен, которые пойдут на развитие инфраструктуры продаваемой компании.

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15 сентября, 11:01

Dell XPS 13 9365: лёгкий трансформер на каждый день

Dell XPS 13 – один из лучших ноутбуков в нашем продуктовом портфолио. Многие пользователи выбирают устройства XPS за их компактность, лёгкость, качественный экран с высоким разрешением и тонкими рамками, хорошую автономность и другие значимые достоинства. Мы решили сделать удачную модель ещё лучше: так появился Dell XPS 13 9365, предлагающий те же самые преимущества, но теперь в ещё более тонком корпусе и с откидывающимся назад на 360 градусов экраном. Об этом трансформере мы сегодня и хотим подробно рассказать. Интересно? Добро пожаловать под кат! Читать дальше →

15 сентября, 09:41

Dell и другие ИТ-компании готовы присоединиться к Bain для участия в сделке с Toshiba

Консорциум инвесторов во главе с Bain Capital сообщил о том, что американская корпорация Dell, а также ряд других ИТ-компаний готовы участвовать в сделке по приобретению полупроводникового бизнеса Toshiba. При этом осведомленные источники заявляют, что финансовую помощь готовы оказать Dell, Seagate Technology и Apple. В частности, сообщается, что корпорация Apple ведет переговоры о предоставлении $3 млрд долларов консорциуму, состоящему из Bain Capital, SK Hynix, государственного фонда Innovation Network Corporation и Банка развития Японии. Осведомленные источники заявляют, что именно эта поддержка убедила Toshiba заключить меморандум о взаимопонимании с этим консорциумом, который предлагает 2,4 трлн йен ($22 млрд долларов) за покупку Toshiba Memory, в том числе 200 млрд йен, которые пойдут на развитие инфраструктуры продаваемой компании.

14 сентября, 17:01

Western Digital Stock Falls as Toshiba Signs MOU with Bain

Western Digital's (WDC) shares declined following Toshiba's announcement of signing non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bain-led consortium.

14 сентября, 14:58

Frontrunning: September 14

Trump Says No Deal Reached on DACA (WSJ); Trump Denies Democrats’ Claim That They Made a Deal on ‘Dreamers’ (BBG) Weak China data knocks global stocks off record highs (Reuters) GOP to Release Tax Overhaul as Trump Says Rich Won’t Benefit (WSJ) North Korea threatens to 'sink' Japan, reduce U.S. to 'ashes and darkness' (Reuters) Saudi Arabia Clamps Down as Prince Consolidates Power (WSJ) Thank You for Calling Equifax. Your Business Is Not Important to Us (BBG) BOE Says Interest Rates Could Rise Within Months (WSJ) U.S.'s Mnuchin Sought Government Plane for Honeymoon in Europe (BBG) New York’s Plaza Hotel Is in the Sights of This Shy Billionaire (BBG) Russian submarines fire cruise missiles at Islamic state in Syria (Reuters) United Tech-Rockwell Deal Faces Potential Antitrust Obstacle (WSJ) Shortage of Insurance Adjusters Could Stall Florida’s Recovery (WSJ) Campaigners unveil banner linking racism and baseball at Red Sox game (Reuters) This Is the Crazy Tax Math Trump Must Master, Fast (BBG) Samsung’s New $300 Million Fund Bets on Automotive Innovation (WSJ) United Tech-Rockwell Deal Faces Potential Antitrust Obstacle (WSJ) Goldman Takes Stake in Under Armour CEO’s Baltimore Development (WSJ)   Overnight Media Digest WSJ - A group including Apple Inc and Dell Technologies Inc surged to the front in a race to acquire Toshiba Corp's memory-chip business. Apple and Dell would likely supply debt financing for the Bain Capital's bid. on.wsj.com/2y0Hzkl - Equifax Inc said hackers exploited a vulnerability with a U.S. website application called Apache Struts in the data breach that affected potentially 143 million Americans. on.wsj.com/2y0bNDJ - Tenet Healthcare Corp, is exploring strategic options including a possible sale of the hospital company. on.wsj.com/2y0hHVF - U.S. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats closed in on a deal to give legal status to undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall. on.wsj.com/2y0cddh - Halimah Yacob, 63, has been named Singapore's first female president. on.wsj.com/2y0i2Yr - Jian Yung, a Chinese-born New Zealand lawmaker has acknowledged he once taught English to Chinese spies, an admission that comes as his party faces a closer-than-expected fight in a general election just 10 days away. on.wsj.com/2y0mbf5   FT - The Trump administration on Wednesday told U.S. government agencies to remove Kaspersky Lab products from their networks, saying it was concerned about the ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence. on.ft.com/2vUeIxv - South Africa's main opposition party has taken aim at Global consultancy McKinsey for its involvement in the scandal surrounding the Gupta business family that has caused the collapse of Bell Pottinger's British arm. on.ft.com/2vUacyP - Facebook has tightened its rules on who can make money from advertising on its network, after brands withdrew their ads from Youtube for being placed before explicit or controversial content. on.ft.com/2vUasOj - Toshiba Corp said on Wednesday it has agreed to focus on selling its prized chips unit to a group led by Bain Capital, although it is not ruling out a deal with other bidders. on.ft.com/2vUaDcr (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom; Editing by Sandra Maler)   NYT - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blocked a China-backed investor from buying an American semiconductor maker over national security concerns, a rare move that could signal more aggressive scrutiny of China's deal-making ambitions. nyti.ms/2wrp8E8 - The U.S. federal government moved on Wednesday to wipe from its computer systems any software made by a prominent Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, that is being investigated by the FBI for possible links to Russian security services. nyti.ms/2fknf6B - Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceutical executive who is awaiting sentencing for a fraud conviction, was sent to jail on Wednesday after a federal judge revoked his bail because he had offered $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair. nyti.ms/2y0f327 - Toshiba Corp said on Wednesday it had agreed to negotiate with a group led by Bain Capital, the American investment firm, that also includes two organizations controlled by the Japanese government. They will seek to strike a deal over Toshiba's chip business, the world's second-largest manufacturer of flash memory chips. nyti.ms/2wqTDK8   Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL ** Canada is pushing for major changes to a NAFTA provision that governs the adjudication of lawsuits filed by North American businesses against governments for damages to their investments – and the United States has yet to reject the idea. (tgam.ca/2vVX2kZ) ** Air Canada said in a news release that the Air Canada Pilots Association, which represents 3,600 pilots, agreed to amendments to the current 10-year labor deal that will allow the company to improve flexibility and lower costs. (tgam.ca/2vVpenY) ** The ratio of Toronto house listings compared with monthly sales has moved back into longterm balance, limiting the potential for significant further price corrections in the region, a new analysis concludes. (tgam.ca/2vUTTBN) NATIONAL POST ** Transat AT Inc is calling on the government to remove a joint venture provision from proposed legislation amending the Transportation Act, saying it is unnecessary and detrimental to competition among airlines in a market dominated by one carrier. (bit.ly/2vUXakz) ** Canadian oil production could edge closer to the five million barrel-per-day milestone in 2018, with supplies expected to grow the second fastest among major producers in coming years, a new report says. (bit.ly/2vVMj9Y) ** According to a Statistics Canada release based on census data, the Canadian median household income increased from the inflation-adjusted equivalent of C$63,457 in 2005 to C$70,336 in 2015   Britain The Times A new tax for internet companies such as Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google is to be drawn up in Brussels amid frustration that tech companies can too easily shield profits from national governments. bit.ly/2xZyM1Y Easyjet Plc passengers will be able to book flights for Singapore, Los Angeles and Buenos Aires for the first time under a scheme to open up the budget airline to long-haul flights. bit.ly/2h22kZB The Guardian The co-founder of Bell Pottinger Pvt, Tim Bell, has emerged as one of the creditors the firm's administrators are unlikely to be able to pay back, with a 300,000 pounds bill outstanding from his multimillion-pound deal to leave the City PR firm last year. bit.ly/2h3Vtip The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation that managed Grenfell Tower, Robert Black, is still being paid his full salary despite resigning from the role after the fire that killed at least 80 people. bit.ly/2h2HJV8 The Telegraph The Government is stepping up pressure on Silicon Valley giants to take responsibility for unlawful material online and share the spoils of the internet with media companies. bit.ly/2h3KFk4 Theresa May has been urged to change the law on aid spending after it emerged that Britain cannot use its 13 billion pounds ($17.17 billion) aid budget to help its overseas territories devastated by Hurricane Irma. bit.ly/2h3wM5J Sky News Car products retailer Halfords Group Plc is to replace departing chief executive Jill McDonald with the boss of Dixons Carphone Plc's software business. Halfords said Honeybee chief operating officer Graham Stapleton would begin work in mid-January. bit.ly/2h1Rlzb British energy production company, Drax Group Plc wants to convert two of its remaining coal-fired power units to gas. The move by Drax has been driven by the shift away from coal power. bit.ly/2h2fpC3 The Independent Japanese investment bank Mitsubishi UFJ Securities has announced that it is putting measures in place to move some of its European securities division from London to Amsterdam because of Brexit. ind.pn/2h2NAtA A criminal investigation has been opened after eight people died and more than 100 had to be evacuated when a nursing home was left without air conditioning in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. ind.pn/2y0s2AN  

12 сентября, 13:00

Before Vibrators Were Mainstream

Starting in the 1970s, a cohort of enterprising women set out to bring feminism and sex-positivity to the adult-toy industry.

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12 сентября, 01:30

Заряжаем ноутбук Dell XPS от любого адаптера питания

Не так давно я решил произвести обновление своего ноутбука и приобрёл на Ebay Dell XPS 13 9350. Цена вышла очень приятная (в 2 раза дешевле, чем в отечественных магазинах, отлично проходило в лимит 1000 евро, при этом комплектация максимальная, а состояние «New»). Ноутбук мне очень понравился (стоит ли говорить — туда отлично встал Linux без каких-либо танцев с бубном кроме перевода SSD из режима RAID в режим AHCI одной галкой в UEFI). И я даже отлично попользовался им 2 недели, а потом… а потом блок питания ноутбука перестал работать. Конечно, я немного огорчился, но блок питания вещь не такая уж дорогая (как относительно стоимости ноутбука, так и относительно выгоды от заказа на ebay), а пытаться что-то выяснять с продавцом из-за такого пустяка — лишняя трата времени, так что я отправился в местный компьютерный магазин. Тут меня ждало первое разочарование — с подходящим штекером БП не нашлось. Я отправился в следующий магазин, но и там меня постигла неудача. В таком случае я рассудил, что можно позаимствовать штекер и кусочек провода от неисправного БП и сделать переходник, поэтому приобрёл произвольный БП с подходящей мощностью и выходным напряжением, а также совместимый с ним штекер (не резать же провод у нового БП). Однако всё было не так просто… Читать дальше →

11 сентября, 16:49

Прозрачный телевизор, смартфон с 3D-сканером: на выставке IFA-2017 показали будущее

В сентябре Берлин традиционно захватила выставка IFA-2017, на которой крупные производители техники показали свои новинки и концепты. Изучив их, можно спрогнозировать, что пользователи получат в ближайшем будущем

07 сентября, 13:56

All Eyes On Draghi: Futures Flat, Euro Surges, Dollar Slides; Yuan Breaches 6.50

S&P futures are flat, still spooked by the WSJ's report that Gary Cohn will not be the next Fed chair, while both European stocks and Asian shares gain in a overnight session on edge in which everyone is looking forward to today's main risk event: the ECB meeting and Draghi press conference due in under two hours. The dollar continued to weaken against most G-10 peers as tensions over North Korea, concerns over Stan Fischer's resignation and the increasingly cloudy Fed outlook outweighed positive sentiment from the US debt ceiling extension. Summarizing the traders' plight, as one big bank puts it this morning, "markets don’t know where to look" – between unexpected announcements from the Fed, surprise hikes, US political developments and yet more last minute ECB sources, "there’s a sense of manic markets", guaranteeing continued choppiness and headline trading. Sentiment yesterday was defined by President Donald Trump’s surprising deal with Democrats in Congress to raise the U.S. debt limit and provide government funding until Dec. 15, embracing his political adversaries and blindsiding fellow Republicans in a rare bipartisan accord. There was some disappointment the deal had been so short term. “The deadline on the debt ceiling has been extended just by three months so it will come back to haunt markets again later this year. Still, markets liked it as we don’t have to worry about it for now,” said Masahiro Ichikawa, senior strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management. Traders also remain alert to a potential escalation of North Korea risks amid concerns Pyongyang may fire a ballistic missile. Trump said that military action against the country wasn’t his first choice as South Korea moved to bolster its missile shield. Meanwhile, Fischer’s early departure, effective next month, adds to uncertainty about Fed leadership, given that Janet Yellen’s term as chair expires early next year. The Stoxx Europe 600 Index rose 0.3% as a fifth day of gains in auto stocks helped German shares outperform a sluggish open for European equities with banks under pressure before the much-awaited ECB meeting, while miners declined as the rally in industrial metals stalled. Europe is on edge ahead of ECB President Mario Draghi who is expected to lay the groundwork to wind back its asset purchase program, though few investors expect to see a clear framework just yet. According to a report on Wednesday, the Governing Council has been presented with documents outlining multiple scenarios for adjusting quantitative easing, according to euro-area officials familiar with the matter. Ahead of the ECB meeting, Euro 2-week vol spiked to the highest since April. Despite uncertainty about what Draghi will say, the EUR/USD pushes through yesterday’s high, trading at 1.1978 last. The euro’s dramatic rise this year is causing discomfort in part of the euro zone: a fourth day of gains took the common currency back above $1.1950 against the dollar while a broad tick higher in European bond yields pushed 10-year German debt up 2 basis point to 0.36 percent and Spanish and Italian paper to 1.45 and 2 percent respectively. “Most people are on the same page that the ECB will do something to reduce their accommodation (soon),” said JP Morgan Asset Management Strategist Nandini Ramakrishnan, although nobody is willing to say when.  “We don’t expect them to announce the start of tapering this meeting, but we do expect them to give us an idea they will start in January. The details are more likely to come at the October meeting,” she added. All the economic activity signals suggest it should take its foot off the gas, but the 13 percent surge of the euro already this year is playing havoc with its sub-target inflation outlook and it will want to step lightly for fear of compounding the problem with another exchange rate jump. Meanwhile, in Asia, the Topix index rose 0.4 percent at the close in Tokyo, while South Korea's KOSPIwhich has been burdened by tensions over North Korea, jumped 1.2 percent too, on course to mark its biggest gain in four months amid signs that major powers were talking intensively on the situation. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index was flat. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index fell 0.3 percent as Chinese indexes fluctuated. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index climbed 0.4 percent.  Speaking in Russia, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he was having discussions with the leaders of Russia, Japan and the United States and that there would be no war on the peninsula. As the dollar pounding continued overnight, Canada’s dollar held its gains, after a surprise interest rate rise on Wednesday reminded everyone that G7 monetary settings will not remain super-easy forever. It also showed the very clear implication of policy tightening right now - the Canadian dollar surged more than 2 percent at one point to its highest levels in two years. Overnight, China’s central bank strengthens its daily reference rate for onshore yuan for a ninth day, the longest run of increases since January 2011. The PBOC raised the yuan reference rate by 0.06% to 6.5269 per dollar, extending the strengthening streak since Aug. 28 to 2%. Meanwhile, the offshore yuan surged, sending the USDCNH below 6.50 for the first time since May 3, 2016, declining as much as 0.55% to 6.4908 per dollar Thursday, and outpacing a 0.3 percent drop in the Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index; the offshore rate climbed 0.59%. Some speculate that the PBOC may seek to slow yuan’s rally after the currency surged past 6.5 per dollar for the first time since May 2016, according to analysts. Overnight the PBOC announced that its FX reserves increased for the 7th month in August, rising $10.8bn from end-Jul to $3.0915 trillion, however missing expectations of $3.095tn, 2.9% below Aug 2016. S&P 500 Index futures dropped after the resignation of Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer and a Canadian interest-rate increase surprised U.S. markets late Wednesday. Traders are also watching Hurricane Irma, which is headed for Florida. West Texas Intermediate crude fluctuated. The news of the debt limit extension lifted yields on U.S. Treasuries, with the 10-year yield holding back to 2.1 percent US10YT=RR from its 10-month low of 2.054 percent touched on Wednesday. Germany’s 10-year yield increased one basis point to 0.36 percent. Britain’s 10-year yield rose two basis points to 1.024 percent. In Commodities, oil prices maintained much of this week’s strong gains as the reopening of U.S. Gulf Coast refineries improved the outlook after sharp falls caused by Hurricane Harvey. WTI futures were at $49.07 per barrel, down 0.2 percent from late U.S. levels after having gained 3.0 percent in the previous three sessions. Brent traded at $54.11 a barrel, down 0.2 percent but still not far from its 3-1/2-month high of $54.31 touched on Wednesday. Traders are now shifting their focus to Hurricane Irma, ranked as one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in the last 80 years, which was passing over the northernmost Virgin Islands on Wednesday afternoon and expected to reach Florida at the weekend. Traders are now shifting their focus to Hurricane Irma, ranked as one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in the last 80 years, which was passing over the northernmost Virgin Islands on Wednesday afternoon and expected to reach Florida at the weekend. Economic data on Thursday includes initial jobless claims. Dell, Barnes & Noble are due to release results. Bulletin Headline Summary from RanSquawk European equities trade higher ahead of today’s ECB policy announcement with slight underperformance in financial names EUR is also seen firmer while SEK lags after the Riksbank failed to provide a hawkish tilt to their release Looking ahead, highlights include ECB rate decision & press conference, US weekly jobs and DoEs Market Snapshot S&P 500 futures down 0.2% to 2,461.50 STOXX Europe 600 up 0.28% to 374.98 MSCI Asia up 0.3% to 160.58 MSCI Asia ex Japan up 0.4% to 530.99 Nikkei up 0.2% to 19,396.52 Topix up 0.4% to 1,598.24 Hang Seng Index down 0.3% to 27,522.92 Shanghai Composite down 0.6% to 3,365.50 Sensex up 0.1% to 31,707.62 Australia S&P/ASX 200 unchanged at 5,689.88 Kospi up 1.1% to 2,346.19 German 10Y yield rose 1.4 bps to 0.361% Euro up 0.4% to $1.1961 Brent Futures up 0.6% to $54.52/bbl Italian 10Y yield rose 2.8 bps to 1.736% Spanish 10Y yield rose 0.4 bps to 1.571% Gold spot up 0.3% to $1,338.10 U.S. Dollar Index down 0.3% to 91.99 Top Overnight News Hurricane Irma is threatening to wreak havoc on Florida farmlands, menacing $1.2 billion worth of production in the top U.S. grower of fresh tomatoes, oranges, green beans, cucumbers, squash and sugarcane Russian President Vladimir Putin and his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in said Thursday they saw the Trump administration as willing to solve the North Korean crisis through diplomacy Prime Minister Theresa May’s flagship piece of Brexit legislation will be debated for the first time Thursday, giving opponents an opportunity to lay out their objections in Parliament Trump is unlikely to nominate Gary Cohn as Fed chairman: WSJ German industrial production stagnated in July as momentum slowed after a stellar performance in the first half of the year Sweden’s Riksbank left its repo rate at -0.5% and kept the rate path intact saying that monetary policy needs to remain expansionary for inflation to continue to be close to 2% U.K. house prices rise 1.1% in August, annual rate rises first time in 2017 N.Z. Labour Party extends lead over ruling National Party in Colmar poll Trump’s Surprise Deal With Democrats Sets Up Christmas Showdown U.S. Is Said to Seek a Ban at UN on Crude Oil to North Korea Draghi Kicks Off QE Exit Debate He Has Long Sought to Avoid Amazon Opens Largest Indian Fulfillment Center in Hyderabad IBM to Invest $240 Million to Develop AI Research Lab With MIT Citi Starts First Facebook Messenger Banking Chatbot Service Apple, LG Said to Discuss OLED Deal For Supplies Starting 2019 Facebook Found Election Ad Spending Likely Linked to Russia Apple-Aligned 3D-Sensing Stocks Well Placed, Deutsche Bank Says P&G Told It Must Modernize, Digitize as Peltz Escalates Fight SpaceX to Launch Secret Spy Craft Mission, If Weather Cooperates Chevron Phillips Chemical Assessing Flood Damage at Cedar Bayou ABB to Expand Industrial Robot Factory in Michigan, Reuters Says Hurricane Irma Menaces Florida After Wrecking Caribbean Islands Asia stock markets were mixed as the region somewhat failed to maintain the positive momentum from Wall St. where stocks gained after US President Trump agreed with congress leaders to pass the Harvey aid and raise the debt ceiling. This inspired early upside in the ASX 200 (flat) and Nikkei 225 (+0.2%), in which energy names coat-tailed on oil gains and telecoms outperformed as investors bought the Telstra dip. In addition, Rio Tinto was another notable gainer as shares in the mining giant printed its highest in over 6-months after the Co. boosted its ore reserve estimates by about 50% at its Kestrel coal mine, although optimism in the ASX 200 later waned and so did the gains. Hang Seng (-0.3%) and Shanghai Comp. (-0.6%) were indecisive after the PBoC refrained from its regular open market operations but then later provided funds through a 1yr medium-term lending facility. Finally, 10yr JGBs were relatively flat with demand sapped by the positive risk sentiment in Japan, and after the 30yr JGB auction showed weaker demand as the MOF sold less than planned and the b/c declined from prior. PBoC skipped open markets operations, but announced CNY 298bln via 1yr Medium-Term Lending Facility. PBoC set CNY mid-point at 6.5269 (Prev. 6.5311) Top Asian News China Foreign Reserves Rise a Seventh Month Amid Yuan Strength;China End-Aug. Forex Reserves at $3.0915T; Est. $3.0950T Malaysia Holds Interest Rate at 3% as Economic Outlook Improves China Cities Face Surging Funding Costs on Default Concerns Hong Kong Dollar Surges Most in a Month Against Greenback Japan Stocks to Watch: Japan Tobacco, Panasonic, Sekisui House Onshore Yuan Rises Past 6.5 Per Dollar First Time Since May 2016 Ford China Aug. Sales Fall 1% Y/y to 97,863 Units European equity markets were mostly higher in early European trade as markets look ahead to the ECB’s interest rate decision. Financials were slightly underperforming while utilities outperformed, supported by RWE and Innogy after reports in Spanish press that Iberdrola are looking at a large-scale acquisition in Europe. Bunds opened lower but have traded sideways throughout the European morning ahead of the ECB decision. The lower open came as US yields rose following the temporary extension of the debt ceiling. Peripheral spreads were steady while the Spanish Tesoro sold four lines in a relatively well-received auction while the French 10yr slipped around 10 ticks after the market absorbed the latest supply from France. Top European News French May Be Souring on Macron, But He’s All They’ve Got U.K. House Prices Climb Most This Year, Bucking Recent Trend German Industry Output Stagnates as Manufacturing Momentum Slows Woodford Says We’ve had a Tough Couple of Months; Blames China Norwegian Jumps After CFO Says Could Sell Leasing Unit, Jets Euro Extends Gains as Dollar Pressured; Riskies Edge Higher May’s Key Brexit Bill Set for First Debate in Parliament In FX, the EUR strengthened across the board ahead of the ECB rate decision, although news flow and data from the Eurozone was relatively light. Some reports circulated that the ECB decision would be released after the usual time of 1345CST which led to speculation that policy change was coming, however, this was a mistake and the ECB have said the decision will be released at the usual time. The SEK weakened after the Riksbank’s rate decision where they kept interest rates and the QE programme unchanged and stated they are prepared to implement more easing if necessary. Elsewhere, CAD remains in close proximity to yesterday’s BoC-inspired gains vs. the USD, while the USD is broadly weaker across the board as USD/JPY trades circa 40 pips lower despite the risk sentiment seen in equity markets. In commodities, WTI and Brent crude futures had been lower in early European trade as Libyan oil production has resumed from certain oilfields, including the Sharara field, which is the country’s largest. However, the impact from the recent hurricanes is still having an impact on the market. As oil refineries continue to come back online in Texas demand for crude is expected to pick up. 3.8mln bpd of refining  capacity was still shut-in on Wednesday although a number of refineries are in the process of restarting. US API weekly crude stocks (01 Sep, w/e) 2790K (Prev. -5780K). Looking at the day ahead, there is initial jobless claims, continuing claims and final readings for Q2 nonfarm productivity due. Away from the data, in the UK, Brexit Secretary David Davis faces questions in the House of Commons about the state of Brexit talks. In the US, Cleveland Fed President Mester and NY Fed  President Dudley are schedule to speak. Elsewhere, the IMF Managing Director Lagarde, BOJ Deputy Governor and BOK Governor will meet for a two-day conference on growth in Seoul. US Event Calendar 8:30am: Initial Jobless Claims, est. 245,000, prior 236,000; Continuing Claims, est. 1.95m, prior 1.94m 8:30am: Nonfarm Productivity, est. 1.3%, prior 0.9%; Unit Labor Costs, est. 0.3%, prior 0.6% 9:45am: Bloomberg Consumer Comfort, prior 53.3 12:15pm: Fed’s Mester Speaks on Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy 7pm: Fed’s Dudley Speaks on U.S. Economic Outlook, Monetary Policy 8:15pm: Fed’s George Speaks on the Economic Outlook DB's Jim Reid concludes the overnight wrap It’s amazing what a difference a day makes. US politics returned to be the dominant driver in markets again yesterday following the news that President Trump had reached an agreement with the Democrats to kick the debt limit can firmly into the month of December Before we jump into that in more detail though, looking ahead today is all about the ECB with the policy meeting outcome scheduled for 12.45pm BST and Draghi’s press conference due about 45 minutes later. As we noted on Monday we aren’t expecting any policy announcements. It’s well known that a QE exit step is expected in the next few months so any hints on that will be closely watched. Our economists expect the exit signal to be weak today (their expectation is a dovish October announcement) given concern about market overshooting. Indeed they expect the ECB to leave the current rhetorical framework “confidence, patience, persistence and prudence” largely intact today while adding a mild verbal warning that the Euro exchange rate is “important to growth and inflation”. Indeed the extent to which Draghi jawbones the  currency today is likely to be the most important driver for the ECB outlook and he won’t need to be reminded that the Euro is up +3.6% since the last policy meeting and up +13.4% YTD. Interestingly, just as Europe was heading for the doors last night, a Bloomberg article hit the screens suggesting that policy makers have already been given a first look at various QE scenarios for 2018. The crux of the article was that the governing council have been presented with multiple scenarios without going into further detail aside from suggesting that different combinations for the size and duration of purchases were made. The article also suggested that a decision doesn’t look likely before the October 26th meeting which isn’t a great surprise. The article did also suggest that officials “may talk about altering their  forward guidance on interest rates” and that ECB staff “slightly lowered their inflation forecasts for 2018 and 2019”. Without knowing just how much these forecasts are tweaked it’s probably too early to read into those factors, although if the use of the word “slight” is a clue then maybe this shows that the ECB isn’t hugely concerned about the currency. We should know in about 6 to 7 hours. Back to the big news across the pond now where just after that ECB article hit, the White House announced that President Trump had agreed to a deal initially proposed by the Democrats that will see a three-month government spending and debt limit extension added to a hurricane relief bill. So in other words this now means that the debt limit can has been kicked back to December 15th. Prior to that news House Speaker Ryan had said in the morning that the Democratic proposal for a three-month extension was “unworkable” and “ridiculous”. It has since emerged that Trump also went against the will of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell who both wanted a longer extension. Unsurprisingly T-Bills maturing on October 5th and October 12th had a field day, rallying -16.5bps and -13.4bps respectively, however December T-Bills were as much as +8.7bps higher in yield intraday. Longer dated bonds were only modestly weaker with 10y Treasury yields finishing +4.5bp higher at 2.105%. Risk assets took the news well with the S&P 500 bouncing back to a +0.31% gain. Gold closed -0.41% lower. So while this clears the runway for a few months and removes a potential near term risk for markets it was fairly amazing to see Trump outright defy Republican leaders in Congress. It also begs the question of whether we could see Trump do the same in future deals. It’s worth keeping in mind too that the December Fed meeting is scheduled for the 12th and 13th, so two days prior to the deadline. A lot can change between now and then but this certainly ups the uncertainty factor to that meeting. On a related note, the big news over at the Fed yesterday was the announcement that Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer had resigned, taking effect next month. Fischer was already scheduled to step down in June next year however the acceleration of his resignation means that the Fed will now be competing with the loss of another senior hawkish member (or at least the hawkish side of centre). Notably, this means that the Fed is left with four vacant seats on the board which surely adds another cloud to the outlook. How quickly Fischer is replaced will be determined by President Trump. With question marks still around Janet Yellen when her term as Chair expires in February, there appears to be more questions than answers right now. Wrapping up the remaining central bank news from yesterday, there was a reasonable surprise hike from the Bank of Canada which raised the benchmark rate by 25bps to 1%. Canadian 2y bond yields surged 10.1bps by the close while the CAD rallied +1.20% for its strongest day in nearly two months. Only 6 of 26 economists had expected the move this month. However, the BoC’s action was mainly a surprise for its timing rather than substance as most commentators, including DB’s Brett Ryan, had expected the BoC to take this step next month. The BoC justified the move by noting that stronger than expected data had  supported the Bank’s view that domestic growth is becoming more broadly-based  and self-sustaining. Looking ahead, the BoC noted that “future monetary policy decisions are not predetermined and will be guided by incoming economic data and financial market developments as they inform the outlook for inflation”. We note the Bloomberg calculator currently suggest a 65% chance of a further rate hike in December This morning in Asia, markets have largely followed the lead from the US in trading firmer, with Nikkei (+0.37%), Kospi (+1.07%), ASX 200 (+0.27%) and Hang Seng (+0.23%) all up. Bourses in China are little changed. The 10y Treasuries are slightly stronger this morning (-1.2bp). Elsewhere, four more US THAAD missile launchers have arrived in South Korea today, partly boosting security in anticipation for more missile tests by North Korea, potentially as soon as this weekend. In terms of other markets yesterday, in Europe the Stoxx 600 edged up +0.06%, but the DAX rose +0.75%, led by gains from the auto secto r (+2.23%). European bond yields increased modestly, with 10y Bunds (+0.9bp), Gilts (+0.5bp) and French OATs (+1.5bp) all higher. Elsewhere, WTI Oil rose 1% as more Texan oil refineries resume operations. Both the US Dollar index and the Euro were little changed. Moving on and to the latest on Brexit. Yesterday we learned that the office representing PM Theresa May had distributed a letter to FTSE 100 listed UK companies, asking senior executives to sign and publicly support her government’s Brexit strategy. According to Sky News, the leaked letter expressed confidence in the future of a global Britain and says the government’s repeal bill will “make Britain ready for life outside the EU”. In response, some executives expressed incredulity and are unlikely to sign the letters. May’s Brexit legislation bill will be debated for the first time in parliament today. Turning to other data releases from yesterday. In the US, the August ISM nonmanufacturing composite index rose mom but was a tad lower than expected at 55.3 (vs. 55.6 expected). In the detail, the employment index rose 2.6pts to 56.2 (1.7pts above the YTD average), the new orders index rose 1.6pts to 57.1 (1.9pts below the YTD average) and the prices paid index rose to 57.9  (highest reading since February). Elsewhere, the final reading for the Markit services and composite PMIs were also slightly weaker, with services at 56.0 (vs. 56.9 expected) and the composite at 55.3 (vs. 56.0 previously). The July trade balance figures were slightly above market at -$43.7bn (vs. -$44.7bn expected). Meanwhile the latest Beige Book was reasonably positive with all twelve Federal Reserve Districts reporting that economic activity had expanded at “a modest to moderate pace”. Employment growth was said to have “slowed some” on balance, and labour markets said to be “widely characterized as tight”. However, the majority of Districts reported only “modest to moderate” wage growth. In Germany, the July factory orders fell more than expected at -0.7% mom (vs. 0.2% expected) driven by weaker domestic orders, but annual growth was still up +5.0% yoy (vs. +5.8% expected). Looking at the day ahead, Germany’s industrial production for July (+0.5% mom expected) is due along with France’s trade balance and current account balance stats this morning. Elsewhere, house price data in the UK and Q2 GDP (final revision) for the Eurozone is due. This is all before the ECB meeting around midday. Over in the US, there is initial jobless claims, continuing claims and final readings for Q2 nonfarm productivity due. Away from the data, in the UK, Brexit Secretary David Davis faces questions in the House of Commons about the state of Brexit talks. In the US, Cleveland Fed President Mester and NY Fed  President Dudley are schedule to speak. Elsewhere, the IMF Managing Director Lagarde, BOJ Deputy Governor and BOK Governor will meet for a two-day conference on growth in Seoul.

30 августа, 12:00

Гарнитура смешанной реальности от Dell появится в октябре

Устройство называется Dell Visor. Оно предназначено для использования с активно продвигаемой Microsoft платформой Microsoft Mixed Reality и будет продаваться уже с октября 2017 года по цене 350 долларов за базовый и 450 долларов за комплект с двумя контроллерами. На данный момент никакой «смешанной реальности» на гарнитурах не демонстрировали, хотя они и оснащены камерами, расположенными на […]

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19 августа, 02:30

Retired Green Beret Warns "A Domestic Destabilization Is Underway"

Authored by Jeremiah Johnson (nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces) via SHTFplan.com, Under the guise of “political correctness,” cities (such as Baltimore, MD) are removing their Confederate monuments one-by-one and under cover of darkness. Here, as reported by CBS News: “The Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson monument at Wyman Park Dell was removed with a crowd watching.  The Robert B. Taney monument in Mt. Vernon also came down.  Crews are on the site of the confederate Women’s monument at University Parkway to take that one down.  This comes just days after the Baltimore City Council passed a resolution Monday calling for the immediate deconstruction of these monuments.” There it is!  Straight out of the movie “The Patriot” with Mel Gibson, as with the character he played, Benjamin Martin: “An elected legislature can trample a man’s rights as easily as a king.” Where’s the vote by the people in the city?  Oh, just that the elected officials, mind you, can make such a decision…by their vote, a tyranny in itself.  At the bare minimum, it should have been put to a vote. The important thing to keep in mind is that most of these cities, city councils, and their state legislatures are being run by a pack of liberals.  The “paradigm shift” is in full mode: “Democracy in America” did not mention the tyranny of the minority.  In this case, a minority viewpoint, fueled by Marxists and liberals is attempting to subvert First Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution and begin a policy of redaction to support their revisionist history. We are right around the corner from a Civil War.  The Left is fueling and funding tensions in order to exacerbate them and cause a revolution.  In the middle of this, the President is being blamed and threatened with impeachment.  The root of it is this: the attempt to destabilize the country and cause anarchy.  Black Americans are being used as the vehicle for the destabilization…a vehicle by the oligarchs, such as Soros.  Now with Charlottesville being trumpeted up and down the country, Obama weighs in “with the most popular Tweet ever.” I wrote that Barack Hussein Obama II would be back: he will be a most useful catalyst for what is to come.  It was also reported that Hillary Clinton is weighing in on attacking the President, but not with words: with dollars.  Fellowship of the Minds ran a piece that cites the Washington Times.  Here’s an excerpt: “Joe Schoffstall reports for The Washington Free Beacon, August 14, 2017, that Hillary has donated $800,000 from her campaign funds to Onward Together — a new political action group that she formed three months ago in May which will fund a number of established “resistance” groups that counter President Trump with direct action and protests.   According to its mission statement, Onward Together is dedicated to “encouraging people to organize, get involved, and run for office” and advancing “progressive values and work to build a brighter future for generations to come.”   Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show that on May 1, 2017, Hillary’s presidential campaign committee Hillary for America contributed $800,000 to Onward Together. In addition, Hillary also funded other “resistance” groups that have “impressed” her, including Swing Left, Run for Something, Emerge America, and Indivisible.” Once again, her money and power is wielded to “influence” the way things are.  She is not acting alone, nor of her own initiative.  Read Shadow Party to find the guy pulling her strings.  (Hint: his real name is Georgy Schwarz!) By removing the Confederate memorials and markers, a part of American history is effectively being relegated to oblivion.  It is all part of redaction and revision.  The Marxists and Globalists have been relentless in their quest to rewrite American history and demonize whites in general…trying to create a cowed, demure, subservient class of guilt-ridden subjects…to destroy the United States from within.  To destroy the “warrior mentality” of the citizen-soldier of America’s citizenry…that is the objective.  A complete orchiotomy and neutering: nothing less. Unless the United States falls, the New World Order/Global Governance cannot exist.  This is the goal: enmesh it in a war (initiated by a foreign nation and/or orchestrated by the U.S.), and destroy it domestically from within.  “Top down, bottom up,” to quote Van Jones, is their objective.  Their playbook is Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” and the battle lines are being drawn more decisively by the day.  There will come a time when everyone will have to pick a side, and after it begins, the United States may look a lot different than it does now.

18 августа, 17:43

Will They Haul Off Trump's Statue, Too?

Authored by Bonner & Partners' Bill Bonner, annotated by Acting-Man's Pater Tenebrarum, Confused by Shadows This week, we are talking about the perishable nature of gods. Yesterday, the city fathers of our hometown of Baltimore let it be known that it was time to toss out the old deities.   The Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in Baltimore, which the mayor inter alia wants to remove. Suddenly it has become fashionable to erase the memory of an important part of US history all over the country. By experience, this is typically done by authoritarian Marxists and fascists, as well as assorted radical Islamists. They are all famous for destroying monuments they don’t like or brushing people out of pictures when they are no longer considered to properly toe the line of the Fuehrer du jour. Democratic societies tend to remove the statues of former dictators and all around bad guys (such as e.g. Hitler, who has not been granted any monuments in Germany, which is understandable. The heroes of the Confederacy may be controversial, but removing all their statues seems quite the overkill – and obviously, it is mainly done to provoke a reaction. [PT]   Reports the Associated Press: “After violence erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend in response to the city’s plan to remove a Robert E. Lee statue from a park there, Mayor Catherine Pugh has renewed efforts to remove similar Confederate imagery from Baltimore. […] On Monday, Pugh released a statement saying that it is her intention to remove all of Baltimore’s Confederate-era monuments – Confederate Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Mount Royal Avenue, the Confederate Women’s Monument on West University Parkway, the Roger B. Taney Monument on Mount Vernon Place, and the Robert E. Lee and Thomas. J. “Stonewall” Jackson Monument in the Wyman Park Dell.” All across the country, the old gods become devils. New, gluten-free gods take their places. The statue of Taney (pronounced Tawney) will be particularly missed. Roger Taney, like your correspondent, comes from the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Like your editor, he grew up among the tobacco leaves. Like your editor, his teachers advised his parents that he was someone whose future lay beyond the green fields. And like your editor, he left the rich farms and oyster beds, went to college, and studied law. This is where the similarity ends. Taney had a brilliant career; he took the high road to the top of the nation’s highest court. We never even took the bar exam. The statue is less than a one-minute stroll from our office. Artfully done, it shows the Supreme Court jurist in his robes, bent forward in gloomy reflection.   Roger Taney monument in Baltimore. There is a second Taney statue in Baltimore that is presumably also under threat now. [PT]   The poor man had a lot to think about. Upon his shoulders fell the weight of contradictions over slavery. America was supposed to be a free country. As chief justice of the Supreme Court, his main duty was to protect the freedom of its citizens against the power of the government. And yet a large part of the population was kept in chains, condoned and abetted by that very same government. On a personal level, where he bent to his own bricks and tilled his own plants, he knew what to do. He freed his slaves and gave pensions to the older ones. Taney said of slavery that it was “a blot on our national character.” But the gods and myths misled him. In his chambers… wrestling with a complex legal issue by candlelight, the shadows confused him.   Surface Dirt Before him was the plaintiff, Mr. Dred Scott, slave and lifelong resident of the United States of America, asking the highest court in the land to affirm that he had a right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, without being forced into a win-lose deal by his former slave master. But instead of boring down to the bedrock of the issue, Taney let himself get distracted by the surface dirt. The rights of the black slave, he seemed to think, were bound up with his race and limited by them — not by the Constitution of the United States of America. This from his decision: “They [slaves] had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far unfit that they had no rights which the white man was bound to respect…” Apart from the iceberg, the voyage of the Titanic was a great success. And apart from Dred Scott, Roger Taney had nothing to be ashamed of. After he died, a few statues of him were put up. Now it is time to take them down, says Baltimore’s mayor.   Plaintiff Dred Scott, the plaintiff who wanted the Supreme Court to affirm his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – which left Justice Taney with am indelible blot on his résumé, as he failed to recognize that the constitution applies to all Americans equally – despite doing the right thing with his own slaves. [PT]   Age of Miracles We live in an age of miracles, of course. Negative interest rates… money out of the air… the election of Donald J. Trump to the highest office in the land – things that we took for absurd a few years ago we now take for granted. We take for granted, too, that our officials are miracle workers… and that we live among the gods themselves in an economy that never takes a breather… a stock market that only goes up… and something for nothing until Hell freezes over.   Behold our birthright – a stock market that goes up forever and ever… (until it doesn’t anymore). [PT] – click to enlarge.   President Trump seemed to wonder how we could be so ungrateful. He used the occasion of his condemnation of the violence in Charlottesville to remind Americans how lucky they are: “We are renegotiating trade deals and making them good for the American worker. And it’s about time. Our economy is now strong. The stock market continues to hit record highs, unemployment is at a 16-year low, and businesses are more optimistic than ever before. Companies are moving back to the United States and bringing many thousands of jobs with them. We have already created over 1 million jobs since I took office.”   Land of Gods But America’s president is sui generis, practically a walking miracle. In the wake of Charlottesville, Ken Frazier, CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck, resigned from the president’s American Manufacturing Council. Frazier said his decision is “a matter of personal conscience” and “a stand against intolerance and extremism.” Another president might have responded to the issues – his own connections to the alt-right, for example. Or the allegations against him of racism. Not Mr. Trump. He understands better than his predecessors that in the land of myths and gods, logical argument is unnecessary. His response via Twitter: “Now that Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”   The world’s foremost Twitter troll, US president Donald Trump. [PT]   Ya gotta love him. But taking credit for the economy and the stock market is a dangerous thing for the president to do. They are likely to blow up in his face. In June, we entered the ninth year of economic expansion. Next month brings us to 99 months without a recession. Typically, since World War II, a boom ends before it has gone on for 59 months. Only twice have they lasted for longer than the present one. A recession cannot be far off. When it comes, the stock market will go down in sympathy. Then, Mr. Trump’s statue might be hauled off, too, before it is ever put up.

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15 августа, 18:31

Trump Slams "Grandstanding" CEOs Who Have Quit His Council

Well, on the bright side, it took him around 12 hours to respond to last night's resignations... For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place. Grandstanders should not have gone on. JOBS! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2017 The remaining CEOs on Trump's council had the following to say (via Business Insider) Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical Company, will remain on the council. "I condemn the violence this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and with the people of Virginia," Liveris said in an emailed statement. "In Dow, there is no room for hatred, racism, or bigotry. Dow will continue to work to strengthen the social and economic fabric of the communities where it operates — including supporting policies that help create employment opportunities in manufacturing and rebuild the American workforce." Bill Brown, Harris Corporation, did not respond to a request for comment. Michael Dell, Dell Technologies, will remain on the council. "While we wouldn't comment on any member's personal decision, there's no change in Dell engaging with the Trump administration and governments around the world to share our perspective on policy issues that affect our company, customers, and employees," a spokeswoman said. John Ferriola, Nucor Corporation, did not respond to a request for comment. Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool Corporation, will remain on the council. "Whirlpool Corp. believes strongly in an open and inclusive culture that respects people of all races and backgrounds," the company said in a statement. "Our company has long fostered an environment of acceptance and tolerance in the workplace. The company will continue on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative to represent our industry, our 15,000 US manufacturing workers, and to provide input and advice on ways to create jobs and strengthen US manufacturing competitiveness." Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson, did not respond to a request for comment. Greg Hayes, United Technologies Corp., did not respond to a request for comment. Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin, declined to comment. Jeff Immelt, General Electric, will remain on the council. "GE has no tolerance for hate, bigotry or racism, and we strongly condemn the violent extremism in Charlottesville over the weekend," a GE representative said in a statement. "GE is a proudly inclusive company with employees who represent all religions, nationalities, sexual orientations, and races. With more than 100,000 employees in the United States, it is important for GE to participate in the discussion on how to drive growth and productivity in the US, therefore, Jeff Immelt will remain on the Presidential Committee on American Manufacturing while he is the chairman of GE." Jim Kamsickas, Dana Inc., did not respond to a request for comment. Rich Kyle, The Timken Company, did not respond to a request for comment. Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO, said the group was aware of Frazier's decision and assessing its role. "The AFL-CIO has unequivocally denounced the actions of bigoted domestic terrorists in Charlottesville and called on the president to do the same," Trumka said in a statement. "We are aware of the decisions by other members of the President's Manufacturing Council, which has yet to hold any real meeting*, and are assessing our role. While the AFL-CIO will remain a powerful voice for the freedoms of working people, there are real questions into the effectiveness of this council to deliver real policy that lifts working families." Thea Lee, formerly AFL-CIO, departed as the group's deputy chief of staff, and it is unclear whether she will remain a member of the council. Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Company, will remain on the council. "The reprehensible scenes of bigotry and hatred on display in Charlottesville over the weekend have no place in our society," a company representative said. "Not simply because of the violence, but because the racist ideology at the center of the protests is wrong and must be condemned in no uncertain terms. Campbell has long held the belief that diversity and inclusion are critical to the success of our business and our culture. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unwavering, and we will remain active champions for these efforts. We believe it continues to be important for Campbell to have a voice and provide input on matters that will affect our industry, our company and our employees in support of growth. Therefore, Ms. Morrison will remain on the President's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative." Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing, will remain on the council. Doug Oberhelman, formerly Caterpillar, did not respond to a request for comment. Scott Paul, Alliance for American Manufacturing, was unavailable for comment. Michael Polk, Newell Brands, did not respond to a request for comment. Mark Sutton, International Paper, will remain on the council. "International Paper strongly condemns the violence that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend — there is no place for hatred, bigotry, and racism in our society," an International Paper representative said. "We are a company that fosters an inclusive workforce where all employees are valued and treated with dignity and respect. Through our participation on the Manufacturing Jobs Council, we will work to strengthen the social and economic fabric of communities across the country by creating employment opportunities in manufacturing." Inge Thulin, 3M, did not respond to a request for comment. Wendell Weeks, Corning, did not respond to a request for comment. Who will be "the last CEO standing"?

21 марта 2016, 15:00

Трансформируйся или Умри. Пять признаков того, что бизнесу нужно меняться

Совместно с РБК начинаем уникальный эксперимент, какого не было в мировой деловой практике. Трансформация большой компании в прямом эфире. Каждую неделю - актуальные, живые, снабжённые цифрами и фактами статьи о Трансформации Билайна. Каждую неделю - не только о хорошем и о том какие мы молодцы, обязательно о том, где мы допустили ошибки или прямо говоря зафакапились. Каждую неделю - о том, что произошло, происходит и будет происходить на пути больших изменений.Это не кейс, в котором заранее все известно. Это не кейс, в котором все уже в прошлом. Это не кейс, в котором читателю нельзя ничего изменить. Включайтесь. Критикуйте. Помогайте. Советуйте. Открываю в соцсетях для этого новый тег ‪#‎ТрансформируйсяИлиУмри.‬ Об этом моя первая статья с аналогичным названием. Начинаем!Нам по жизни спокойнее и комфортнее, если все происходит как-то эволюционно, без рывков и потрясений. Но в реальной жизни такая комфортная стратегия не дает никаких преимуществ. Ни человеку, ни организации. На самом деле такая эволюционная стратегия приводит к самым печальным результатам. Рано или поздно.Самая эффективная и при этом безусловно очень рискованная стратегия в бизнесе, особенно в трудные времена, — это кардинальная, глубокая, порою очень болезненная и всегда трудная Трансформация.Когда без Трансформации не обойтисьВ принципе, изменения в окружающем мире происходят постоянно и изменения в Компании должны стать просто частью процесса, частью культуры. Но есть пять простых признаков, когда нужно начинать Трансформацию немедленно, прямо сейчас. Или угасание, жалкое существование, или, еще хуже, смерть бизнеса неизбежно придут рано или поздно.#1Компания долгое время теряет позиции на рынке своим конкурентамЭто очевидный случай, когда нужно начинать прямо сейчас. Если Компания последовательно и неизбежно теряет позиции на рынке, теряет Клиентов, то спасением может быть только радикальная Трансформация. Таких примеров в истории огромное количество — Chrysler в автомобильной индустрии в 70-е годы 20 века до прихода Ли Якокки, Apple до возвращения Стива Джобса в компанию. И этот список можно продолжать почти до бесконечности.Если падаешь на рынке, проигрываешь конкурентам , то твой путь — радикальная Трансформация.#2Бизнес-модель в индустрии кардинально меняетсяЭта ситуация гораздо более серьезная, чем описанная выше. Ведь остановить падение по отношению к конкурентам гораздо проще, чем остановить структурные изменения в целой индустрии. Посмотрите как стремительно поменялась бизнес-модель в индустрии car on demand, когда Uber и подобные сервисы просто меняют правила игры и все начинает работать совершенно по-другому.В телекоммуникационной отрасли все происходит чуть медленнее, но тоже все очень сильно меняется. Сервис для Клиента все больше не просто связь и подключение к интернету, а то, что можно сделать с помощью девайса и мобильного приложения. Телекоммуникационные компании все больше теряют связь с Клиентом, на их место приходят OTT (over the top) сервисы — Facebook, WhatsApp и подобные им приложения.Если в индустрии меняется бизнес-модель — жди беды и начинай Трансформацию прямо сейчас, иначе будет поздно.#3Новые технологии приходят и все меняетсяЭто продолжение того, что описано в #2, потому что бизнес-модель, собственно, тоже технология — технология взаимодействия субъектов. Новые технологии создают другие возможности для того, чтобы делать то же самое для Клиентов, но гораздо более эффективным способом или делать что-то совершенно новое для Клиентов. Технологии гидроразрыва пласта, поставленные на поток в массовом порядке, кардинально изменили ландшафт нефтяной индустрии, позволив осваивать месторождения нефти и газа, которые до этого были вообще не месторождениями, по сути. А сейчас дают большое количество нефти и газа и меняют расклад сил в индустрии, кардинально влияют на баланс спроса и предложения. Технология 3G в индустрии мобильных телекоммуникаций кардинально изменила рынок, поскольку сделала скорости мобильного интернета приемлемыми для того, чтобы свободно смотреть сайты, пользоваться почтой, картами и смотреть видео. Это кардинально изменило самого Клиента, его привычки и способы коммуникаций. Те, кто это пропустили — сильно потеряли. Те, кто это увидел и начал двигаться раньше — выиграли. Но дело даже не том, чтобы традиционные телеком-игроки вовремя начали развитие 3G. Дело в том, что скоростной мобильный интернет запустил целую цепочку революционных преобразований в огромном количестве индустрий, не только в телекоме. Uber, например, был бы мертворожденным ребенком, если бы не было мобильного интернета.Если появляются новые технологии, которые меняют традиционные представления о том, как делать бизнес и что предоставлять Клиенту, — Трансформируйся или умри.#4Темпы роста доходов в индустрии падают с каждым годомЕсли темпы роста индустрии падают с каждым годом и даже если они все еще имеют положительные значения — жди беды и готовься к худшему. Посмотрите, как взлетела и потом поэтапно сокращалась в темпах роста индустрия по производству компьютеров. Вспомните, какими яркими брендами, звездами корпоративного рынка Америки и всего мира были еще каких-то пятнадцать-двадцать лет назад компании по производству компьютеров — Dell, Compaq, IBM, HP. Но сейчас все по-другому. Потому что индустрия поменялась в связи со спросом. И выиграл тот, кто вовремя сориентировался — кто-то сменил индустрию и вовремя полностью вышел из этого бизнеса (IBM), кто-то продолжает сражаться, радикально меняя бизнес-модель (Dell), кто-то диверсифицировался настолько, что перестал быть чисто производителем компьютеров, и преуспел (Apple). Но те, кто не менялись, погибли — их купили и они трансформировались принудительно после покупки (Compaq) или полностью растворились.Если индустрия начинает двигаться к стагнации в доходах — затевай Трансформацию в своей Компании.#5Маржинальность и количество зарабатываемых денег в индустрии сокращаетсяВыручка от твоих услуг, конечно, хороший индикатор для того, чтобы вовремя понять, когда и насколько радикально нужно меняться. Есть еще один не менее важный показатель, который определяет здоровье и любой компании, и целой индустрии — это сколько в конечном итоге остается денег на конце. То есть кэш после всего, что ты заработал на Клиенте и отдал другим для того, чтобы можно было заработать. В конечном итоге если кэша на конце нет, то компания и целая индустрия не может жить бесконечно долго, этому точно придет довольно печальный конец.Если маржинальность бизнеса и количество генерируемых денег неуклонно сокращается (для большинства компаний из интернет-бизнеса это, скорее, показатель темпов сокращения отрицательного денежного потока), то надо что-то делать. Суровые законы экономики таковы, что сокращающийся положительный денежный поток легко может стать отрицательным. Для него переход нулевой отметки не является чем-то экстраординарным. Бизнес не является безубыточным по определению, за исключением индустрий, где государство регулирует тарифы по модели “Затраты+”. Но такие индустрии мы не берем в расчет — это самые ужасно скучные и непривлекательные индустрии в мире. Это вообще не бизнес по сути.Бизнес в любом массовом ритейле, где чувствительность к маржинальности крайне большая, может быть убит падением маржинальности даже при росте выручки. Именно поэтому ритейл все больше идет в интернет и онлайн продажи, где затраты на предоставление Клиенту того же сервиса при правильном подходе существенно меньше.Мастодонты digital-бизнеса, самые дорогие стартапы в свое время, не находя возможностей монетизации и зарабатывания денег, разоряются, если вовремя не прислоняются к более крупным игрокам, у которых модель зарабатывания денег уже сформирована и развивается. И дальше больше! Потому что жить постоянно в убыток, без света в конце туннеля по зарабатыванию денег или возможности продажи тому, кто уже знает, как зарабатывать, невозможно.Поэтому, если компания и целая индустрия начинает меньше зарабатывать денег — надо что-то менять. И менять серьезно! К сожалению, как правило, в таких ситуациях компании выбирают более легкий путь и сваливаются в усиление “доения” своих действующих Клиентов. Поднимают цены или ограничивают уровень сервиса. Что лишь усугубляет проблему и создает критическую угрозу для будущего. А там не за горами и #1, усугубленный всеми остальными пунктами.Поэтому, если маржа падает и зарабатываемый кэш тает — начинай Трансформацию.Достаточно только одного совпаденияЧтобы сильно озаботиться проблемами вашего бизнеса, не нужно ждать, когда все из признаков случатся. Любой из этих признаков — уже серьезный звонок для начала изменений. Если звонят все — то, боюсь, уже поздно. Вы что-то пропустили какое-то время назад. И чем тяжелее ситуация, тем радикальнее и быстрее нужно действовать.Действуйте прямо сейчас. И получите удовольствие и от самого процесса изменений, и от его результатов, если получится.Ваш Михаил СлободинЕсли статья оказалась интересной — поделись. Мне будет приятно и другим читателям будет понятно, что это действительно полезно и интересно.

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 Немецкий журнал "Шпигель" обнародовал данные об операциях специального подразделения Агентства национальной безопасности (АНБ) США, свидетельствующие об успешных перехватах информации с компьютеров по всему миру, сообщает в понедельник агентство АП.Согласно этим документам, взламывались самые сложные системы защиты и похищались, в частности, даже данные с системы внутренней передачи информации компании Microsoft.Опубликованные в "Шпигеле" сведения относятся к отделу АНБ Tailored Access Operations (TAO). Ссылаясь на внутренние документы АНБ, журнал сообщает, что ТАО располагало набором высокотехнологичных устройств для особенно сложных для взлома систем, включая USB-брелоки, оснащенные радиопередатчиками для ретрансляции похищенных данных, мнимые базовые станции для перехвата сигналов мобильных телефонов.АНБ, отмечает журнал, не полагается на шпионское оборудование в стиле Джеймса Бонда. В некоторых случаях, описываемых в издании, хакеры спецслужбы США использовали изъяны в структуре Интернета для размещения вирусных программ на определенных компьютерах. В других случаях использовались слабости в системе защиты таких ведущих мировых компаний, как Cisco Systems, Inc и китайская Huawei Technologies Ltd."Шпигель", среди прочего, ссылается на документы 2008 года, в которых перечисляются уязвимые места американских компаний, которыми может воспользоваться АНБ, в частности, базирующейся в Калифорнии Western Digital и Dell Inc в Техасе.В статье в немецком журнале отмечается, что АНБ тем самым "компрометировало технологию и продукцию американских компаний".По данным "Шпигеля", ТАО могло размещать "жучки" на компьютерном оборудовании своих коллег из ФБР и ЦРУ. В одном из процитированных "Шпигелем" документов говорится, что подобные операции АНБ были наиболее плодотворными, позволяя собирать разведданные со всего мира.АП называет особенно поразительным откровением способность АНБ следить за отчетами об аварийном завершении работы Microsoft с целью размещения шпионского ПО на компьютерах, использующих систему Windows. В одном из документов, цитируемых журналом, АНБ иронизирует над Microsoft, пародируя стандартное сообщение об ошибке и заменяя его такой фразой: "Эта информация может быть перехвачена иностранной радиоразведкой для сбора детальных данных и использования в своих целях вашего компьютера".АП цитирует представителя компании Microsoft, заявившего, что Microsoft не предоставляет администрации США прямого и беспрепятственного доступа к данным своих клиентов. "Мы были бы серьезно обеспокоены, если утверждения о подобных действиях администрации соответствуют действительности", - отметил представитель компании."Шпигель" не называет источник своей нынешней публикации, однако, как напоминает АП, ранее журнал опубликовал серию материалов, базирующихся на утечках бывшего сотрудника АНБ Эдварда Сноудена. http://www.interfax.by/news/world/144788