UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Backwards, comrades! Main image: 20150919_wwp004_290.jpg A long-mooted attempt to merge the world’s two biggest beer companies, Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, was back on the cards, after confirmation that they are exploring a deal. AB InBev counts Stella Artois, Budweiser and Corona among its brands, and SAB numbers Peroni and Grolsch among its, as well as holding a stake in MillerCoors. If they were to combine—and overcome antitrust concerns— it would be one of the biggest corporate mergers on record. See article. Global aspirations Altice, a French media and telecoms company, agreed to buy Cablevision, America’s fourth-biggest cable-TV operator, in a $17.7 billion deal. The Israeli-French founder of Altice, Patrick Drahi, has mighty ambitions for his firm, buying up telecoms assets in France as well as Portugal Telecom. This is his first big deal in America; Altice had expressed an interest in Time Warner Cable before it was snapped up by Charter Communications in May. Hewlett-Packard announced another 30,000 job cuts. It has already shed around 50,000 workers in a ...
NEW YORK (AP) — European telecommunications and cable company Altice has agreed to buy New York cable operator Cablevision for $17.7 billion, including debt. Altice announced the deal Thursday morning before European financial markets opened, and Cablevision said the family-controlled company considered that "the time is right for new ownership of Cablevision." The move is part of Netherlands-based Altice's aggressive expansion in the U.S. It announced a $9.1 billion deal for Suddenlink, a smaller cable company based in St. Louis, in May. Shares of Cablevision Systems Corp. jumped 16 percent to $33.12 in after-hours trading Wednesday. Altice said the deal will be financed with $14.5 billion of debt at Cablevision plus cash from both companies. Altice said it hopes to complete the deal in the first half of next year, though it remains subject to regulatory approval. U.S. cable companies have been in a merger frenzy over the past few years as people increasingly drop their TV packages and watch video online from competitors like Netflix, while cable companies' costs for sports and other channels rise. Charter Communications, backed by cable pioneer John Malone, is trying to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House for $67.1 billion. That comes after Comcast walked away from a combination with Time Warner Cable because of regulatory pushback. AT&T recently closed on a $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV. Altice SA, controlled by founder Patrick Drahi, has expanded from a small regional Internet and cable provider in France's Alsace region to making an $18.5 billion acquisition last year of France's No. 2 mobile phone operator, SFR. Earlier this year, Altice bought Portugal Telecom for $8.4 billion. It also has operations in Belgium, Switzerland, Israel and elsewhere. Altice's CEO Dexter Goei has said that the company is aiming for half of its portfolio to be U.S. business. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Portugal stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Telecoms, Basic Materials and Financials sectors led shares lower. At the close in Lisbon, the PSI 20 lost 1.07%. The best performers of the session on the PSI 20 were Teixeira Duarte (LISBON:TDSA), which rose 2.14% or 0.0130 points to trade at 0.6200 at the close. Meanwhile, EDP Renovaveis (LISBON:EDPRu) added 1.60% or 0.1060 points to end at 6.7120 and CTT Correios de Portugal SA (LISBON:CTT) was up 0.39% or 0.0370 points to 9.4170 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Portucel (LISBON:PTI), which fell 3.37% or 0.1285 points to trade at 3.6875 at the close. Semapa (LISBON:SEM) declined 3.15% or 0.4275 points to end at 13.1425 and Portugal Telecom (LISBON:PTC) was down 3.13% or 0.0155 points to 0.4805. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Lisbon Stock Exchange by 55 to 11 and 3 ended unchanged. Shares in Portugal Telecom (LISBON:PTC) fell to all time lows; falling 3.13% or 0.0155 to 0.4805. Brent oil for July delivery was down 2.80% or 1.78 to $62.02 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 2.70% or 1.61 to hit $58.03 a barrel, while the August Gold contract fell 0.80% or 9.50 to trade at $1175.40 a troy ounce. EUR/USD was up 0.13% to 1.1289, while EUR/GBP fell 0.13% to 0.7340. The US Dollar Index was down 0.10% at 95.25.
Portugal stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Financials, Basic Materials and Consumer Services sectors led shares higher. At the close in Lisbon, the PSI 20 added 0.97%. The best performers of the session on the PSI 20 were Banco Comercial Portugues (LISBON:BCP), which rose 3.25% or 0.0028 points to trade at 0.0890 at the close. Meanwhile, Banif SA (LISBON:BANIF) added 2.94% or 0.0002 points to end at 0.0070 and Sonae (LISBON:YSO) was up 2.57% or 0.0305 points to 1.2155 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Mota Engil (LISBON:MOTA), which fell 2.01% or 0.0530 points to trade at 2.5870 at the close. Portugal Telecom (LISBON:PTC) declined 1.78% or 0.0090 points to end at 0.4960 and Teixeira Duarte (LISBON:TDSA) was down 1.14% or 0.0070 points to 0.6070. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Lisbon Stock Exchange by 41 to 28 and 2 ended unchanged. Brent oil for July delivery was down 2.15% or 1.41 to $64.08 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 2.14% or 1.31 to hit $59.95 a barrel, while the August Gold contract fell 0.98% or 11.70 to trade at $1182.70 a troy ounce. EUR/USD was up 0.96% to 1.1260, while EUR/GBP rose 1.04% to 0.7342. The US Dollar Index was down 0.59% at 95.43.
Portugal stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Basic Materials, Industrials and Consumer Services sectors led shares lower. At the close in Lisbon, the PSI 20 lost 1.56% to hit a new 1-month low. The best performers of the session on the PSI 20 were Impresa SGPS (LISBON:IMPA), which rose 1.16% or 0.01 points to trade at 0.87 at the close. Meanwhile, EDP Renovaveis (LISBON:EDPRu) added 0.11% or 0.0070 points to end at 6.5670 and Portugal Telecom (LISBON:PTC) was unchanged 0.00% or 0.0000 points to 0.5000 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Mota Engil (LISBON:MOTA), which fell 6.32% or 0.1650 points to trade at 2.4450 at the close. Altri SGPS (LISBON:ALSS) declined 6.22% or 0.2540 points to end at 3.8280 and Semapa (LISBON:SEM) was down 3.53% or 0.4825 points to 13.1675. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Lisbon Stock Exchange by 59 to 9 and 4 ended unchanged. Brent oil for July delivery was up 3.99% or 2.50 to $65.08 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 3.94% or 2.27 to hit $59.95 a barrel, while the August Gold contract rose 0.05% or 0.60 to trade at $1189.40 a troy ounce. EUR/USD was up 0.33% to 1.0984, while EUR/GBP rose 0.65% to 0.7194. The US Dollar Index was down 0.12% at 97.01.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Stephen C. Hedger – Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, Department of Defense W. Thomas Reeder, Jr. – Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Jessica Rosenworcel – Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission Luis A. Viada – Member, Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation Akhil Amar – Member, National Council on the Humanities Robert Zimmerman – Member, National Council on the Humanities President Obama also announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Ron Klain – Member, Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States Gerald S. McGowan – Member, Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy President Obama said, “I am confident that these outstanding individuals will serve the American people well, and I look forward to working with them.” President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts: Stephen C. Hedger, Nominee for Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs, Department of Defense Stephen C. Hedger is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs at the Department of Defense, a position he has held since April 2015. From 2014 to 2015 he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senate Legislative Affairs Liaison in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. Mr. Hedger was Legislative Director for Senator Claire McCaskill from 2009 to 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Hedger served as a Legislative Assistant for Senator McCaskill, Delegate Madeleine Bordallo, and Representative Steve Israel. Mr. Hedger held various positions as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army from 1999 to 2004 with deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. Mr. Hedger continues to serve in the District of Columbia Army National Guard, currently as a liaison to the Selective Service System. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Hedger received a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. W. Thomas Reeder, Jr., Nominee for Director, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation W. Thomas Reeder, Jr. is Health Care Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service, a position he has held since March 2013. Previously, Mr. Reeder was Senior Benefits Counsel on the Senate Finance Committee staff from 2009 to 2013. From 2000 to 2009, he served in numerous capacities in the Office of Tax Policy at the Department of the Treasury, including Benefits Tax Counsel, Deputy Benefits Tax Counsel, Associate Benefits Tax Counsel, and Attorney Advisor. Prior to that, he was a Partner at Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, LLP, from 1997 to 2000 after starting as an Associate in 1992. Mr. Reeder began his legal career as an Associate with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP in 1987. Mr. Reeder received a B.A., B.S. Ed., M.B.A., and J.D. from the University of Texas. Jessica Rosenworcel, Nominee for Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission Jessica Rosenworcel is a Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), a position she has held since 2012. From 2007 to 2012, Ms. Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Prior to working for the U.S. Senate, she worked at the FCC in various legal advisory positions from 1999 to 2007, including Senior Legal Advisor to former Commissioner Michael J. Copps. She was the Legal Counsel to the Bureau Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau from 2002 to 2003 and from 1999 to 2002, she served as an Attorney-Advisor in the Policy Division of the Common Carrier Bureau. From 1997 to 1999, Ms. Rosenworcel was a Communications Associate at Drinker Biddle & Reath. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Luis A. Viada, Nominee for Member, Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation Luis A. Viada is Senior Advisor for the Global Leadership Institute for Meridian International Center, a position he has held since 2015. Mr. Viada was President of the Global Leadership Institute for Meridian International Center from 2013 to 2015 and was Chief Operating Officer of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation from 2012 to 2013. He was Executive Vice President of MicroRate from 2010 to 2012. He was a Senior Vice President of Global Business Development at McGraw-Hill from 1997 to 2010. Mr. Viada was a Managing Director and Regional Head of Latin America at Standard & Poor’s from 1994 to 1997 after serving as Director of Emerging Markets from 1992 to 1994. He was a Vice President of International Corporate Banking at Citibank, where he worked from 1976 to 1992 and held various in-country and regional executive positions in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Mr. Viada served as a Linguist and Analyst with the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1971 to 1974. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation and a past member of the board of Pro Mujer. Mr. Viada received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Akhil Amar, Nominee for Member, National Council on the Humanities Akhil Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, a position he has held since 2008. He has been a Professor at both Yale Law School and Yale College since 1985 and has held various professorships, including Southmayd Professor from 1993 to 2008, Professor from 1990 to 1993, Associate Professor from 1988 to 1990, and Assistant Professor from 1985 to 1988. Mr. Amar worked as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Breyer, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, from 1984 to 1985. He is the co-editor of a constitutional law casebook, Processes of Constitutional Decisionmaking, and has written several other books on constitutional law. Mr. Amar is a member of the Board of Directors of the Constitutional Accountability Center and the Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board of the National Constitution Center. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and was named a Senior Scholar by the National Constitution Center in 2000. Mr. Amar received a B.A. from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Robert Zimmerman, Nominee for Member, National Council on the Humanities Robert Zimmerman is a Partner at Zimmerman/Edelson Inc., which he co-founded in 1989. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for an Urban Future in New York City and has been a member of the Democratic National Committee since 2000. Mr. Zimmerman is a past member of the Board of the American Museum of Natural History, the New York State SAGE Commission, and the New York State Commission on Open Government. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts from 1995 to 2001. Mr. Zimmerman received a B.A. from Brandeis University and an M.B.A. from Fordham University. President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts: Ron Klain, Appointee for Member, Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States Ron Klain is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Revolution LLC. Appointed by President Obama, Mr. Klain served as Ebola Response Coordinator from October 2014 to February 2015. Mr. Klain has served as Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University since 2011. From 2009 to 2011, he was Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff for Vice President Joe Biden. From 1999 to 2004, he was Partner and Practice Group Chair at O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Mr. Klain served as General Counsel to the Gore Recount Committee in 2000 and was Chief of Staff for Vice President Al Gore from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Klain previously served as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Attorney General at the Department of Justice from 1994 to 1995. Earlier in his career, Mr. Klain served as Associate Counsel to the President at the White House, Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as a law clerk to United States Supreme Court Justice Byron White. He is a Member of the Board of Visitors of the Harvard Law School and serves on a number of non-profit and for-profit boards. Mr. Klain received a B.A. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Gerald S. McGowan, Appointee for Member, Board of Visitors to the United States Military Academy Gerald S. McGowan is Of Counsel with Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, a position he has held since 2001. Mr. McGowan served as U.S. Ambassador to Portugal from 1998 to 2001. He was a founding principal of Lukas, McGowan, Nace & Gutierrez from 1985 to 1997. Mr. McGowan developed McLang Cellular from 1992 to 1995, and was a co-founder of Integrated Northcoast, Inc. from 1994 to 1998. He was a clerk to Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas G. Kavanagh from 1974 to 1975, and was an assistant to Senator Phillip A. Hart from 1971 to 1974 and from 1964 to 1968. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Portugal Telecom, and was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation from 1996 to 1997. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971 and was a First Lieutenant in 1971. Mr. McGowan received a B.S. from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Portugal stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Basic Materials, Consumer Goods and Industrials sectors led shares higher. At the close in Lisbon, the PSI 20 rose 0.46%. The best performers of the session on the PSI 20 were Altri SGPS (LISBON:ALSS), which rose 5.66% or 0.2205 points to trade at 4.1185 at the close. Meanwhile, Semapa (LISBON:SEM) added 4.12% or 0.5450 points to end at 13.7850 and Portucel (LISBON:PTI) was up 2.02% or 0.0800 points to 4.0460 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Portugal Telecom (LISBON:PTC), which fell 3.19% or 0.0165 points to trade at 0.5005 at the close. Banif SA (LISBON:BANIF) declined 1.30% or 0.0001 points to end at 0.0076 and Sonae (LISBON:YSO) was down 0.98% or 0.0125 points to 1.2615. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Lisbon Stock Exchange by 45 to 28 and 2 ended unchanged. Shares in Portugal Telecom (LISBON:PTC) fell to all time lows; losing 3.19% or 0.0165 to 0.5005. Brent oil for July delivery was down 3.16% or 2.10 to $64.17 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 3.35% or 2.02 to hit $58.22 a barrel, while the June Gold contract fell 1.65% or 20.20 to trade at $1207.40 a troy ounce. EUR/USD was down 1.62% to 1.1132, while EUR/GBP fell 0.62% to 0.7183. The US Dollar Index was up 1.31% at 95.46.
Французский оператор мобильной связи и кабельного телевидения Altice получил разрешение Европейской комиссии на покупку активов Portugal Telecom за €7,4 млрд, сообщает AFP.Португальские активы Portugal Telecom принадлежали бразильской Oi. Бразильская компания намерена направить средства от продажи на сокращение долгового бремени и укрепление позиций на местном рынке. Акционеры Portugal Telecom в январе поддержали продажу активов Altice.Подробнее о данной сделке читайте в материале «Ъ» «Бразильская Oi продает португальские активы за €7,4 млрд».
В небольшом португальском городке Ковильян расположился один из самых мощных дата-центров Европы. Новый ЦОД был построен и введен в эксплуатацию крупнейшим португальским провайдером Portugal Telecom в конце 2013 года, а уже в следующем году стал победителем конкурса Global Data Centre & Cloud Awards в номинации «лучший дата-центр года». Главными критериями победы дата-центра стали инновационность технологий, энергоэффективность, низкое воздействие на окружающую среду, а также метод развертывания вычислительных мощностей. Читать дальше →
На следующей неделе 9 февраля в Европе поступит в продажу смартфон BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition производства испанской компании BQ. Новинка, работающая под управлением Ubuntu от Cannonical, относится к категории устройств среднего класса, цена устройства равна €170. Купить BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition можно будет в онлайн-магазине. Реализация будет производиться путём флеш-распродаж. Также смартфон будет доступен у ряда операторов, включая шведский 3, испанский amena.com, французский giffgaff, Portugal Telecom, которые будут предлагать SIM-карты с тарифными планами.
Европа: действия ЕЦБ продолжают радовать инвесторов В пятницу, 23 января, ключевые фондовые индексы Европы продемонстрировали положительную динамику на фоне ожидания того, что программа количественного смягчения, запущенная ЕЦБ, сможет оказать поддержку экономике еврозоны. Стоит отметить, что небольшое влияние на рынки также оказала публикация целого блока воодушевляющей статистики. Так, из вышедшей накануне в регионе макроэкономической статистики можно отметить предварительные данные по индексу деловой активности в промышленности и в секторе услуг еврозоны за январь, которые составили 51 и 52,3 пункта соответственно по сравнению с 50,6 и 51,6 пункта в декабре. Кроме того, стоит выделить предварительные данные по индексу деловой активности в промышленности и в секторе услуг Германии за январь, которые составили 51 и 52,7 пункта соответственно по сравнению с 51,2 и 52,1 пункта в декабре. Розничные продажи Великобритании, в свою очередь, увеличились в декабре на 0,4% м/м при средних ожиданиях в -0,6% м/м. По итогам сессии ключевой индекс Великобритании FTSE 100 повысился на 0,5%, французский CAC 40 поднялся на 1,9%, а немецкий DAX ушел в плюс на 2%. Региональный индикатор STXE 600, в свою очередь, прибавил 1,7% и закрылся на максимальной с декабря 2007 года отметке в 370,37 пункта. Котировки крупнейшей телекоммуникационной компании Испании Telefonica поднялись на 3,4% на фоне того, что Hutchison Whampoa ведет переговоры на предмет приобретения ее британского подразделения O2. Рыночная капитализация Portugal Telecom увеличилась на 11% ввиду того, что ее акционеры одобрили продажу португальского телекоммуникационного подразделения Oi компании Altice за 7,4 млрд евро. Позитивную динамику продемонстрировали акции крупнейшего в мире поставщика инсулина Novo Nordisk, подорожавшие на 1,7% в связи с тем, что регулятивные органы дали положительное заключение о его препарате для снижения веса Saxenda. Среди аутсайдеров торгов оказался крупнейший в Европе производитель электронных систем военного назначения Thales, акции которого потеряли в цене 3,9% на фоне того, что компания ожидает снижения годовой прибыли. ИндексСтранаЗакрытие (пункты)Изменение за день (пункты)Изменение за день (%)Изменение с начала года ATX Австрия 2 227,65 -2,44 -0,11% 3,13% BEL20 Index Бельгия 3 504,61 47,66 1,38% 6,68% FTSE 100 Великобритания 6 832,83 36,2 0,53% 4,06% DAX Index Германия 10 649,58 213,96 2,05% 8,61% IBEX 35 INDEX Испания 10 581,50 70,9 0,67% 2,94% FTSE MIB Италия 20 519,75 50,01 0,24% 7,93% AEX Нидерланды 454,56 6,79 1,52% 7,09% OMX Nordic 40 Скандинавия 1 488,08 21,43 1,46% 7,83% CAC 40 Франция 4 640,69 87,89 1,93% 8,61% SMI Швейцария 8 161,16 161,68 2,02% -9,15% Гладких Анастасия младший аналитик отдела анализа мировых рынков (ИК "ФИНАМ")