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Shanghai Zhenhua
22 ноября, 19:01

Automation transforms operations at ports

CHINESE ports, which once thrived on coolie labor to lade and unload cargo, are increasingly turning to mechanization that will create modern ports with small workforces and fully computerized operations. Automated

28 июня 2015, 19:10

Han trumpets Shanghai’s assets on his goodwill mission to Europe

Shanghai’s future landscape envisions the city as an international hub for innovation in science and technology.

14 января 2014, 17:10

Frontrunning: January 14

House Unveils $1.01 Trillion Measure to Fund Government (BBG) Credit Suisse Tells Junior Bankers to Take Saturdays Off (BBG) Spot the odd word out: ECB Sees Bad-Debt Rules as Threat to Credible Bank Review (BBG) Insert laugh track here: Spain GDP grows at fastest pace in almost six years (FT) Scandinavian Debt Crisis Waiting to Happen Puzzles Krugman (BBG) Fed Said to Release Plan to Limit Banks’ Commodities Activities (BBG) Thai Protesters Extend Blockade After Rejecting Poll Talks (BBG) China provinces set lower growth goals for 2014 (BBG) South Korea cuts future reliance on nuclear power, but new plants likely (Reuters) U.S. Posts Record December Surplus on Fannie Mae Payments (BBG) Euro-Zone Industrial Production Jumps (WSJ)   Overnight Media Digest WSJ The Telegraph SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: UK'S CREDIT RATING COULD BE THREATENED AS TREASURY GUARANTEES SCOTLAND'S DEBT Bond traders welcome the Treasury's confirmation that it will stand by all UK debt in the event of Scottish independence but credit rating agencies could be concerned about the UK's bigger burden. OECD SAYS GROWTH CONTINUES TO 'FIRM' IN UK Britain is leading a small band of advanced economies where growth is "firming" and the recovery gaining traction, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Guardian JAPAN'S SUNTORY BUYS MAKER OF JIM BEAM BOURBON Illinois-based Beam Inc, the drinks group behind Jim Beam bourbon as well as Scotch whiskies Teacher's and Laphroaig, has been sold to Japanese whisky distiller Suntory as part of a $16 billion deal. HOMESERVE FACES 35 MLN STG REGULATOR FINE Home emergencies and repairs group HomeServe has received a draft "warning notice" from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is set to be fined 34.5 million pounds for mis-selling and poor complaints handling. The Times PREDATOR RALLIES INVESTORS IN $62 BLN BID FOR TIME WARNER The American cable television operator Charter Communications stunned Wall Street and the media world on Monday night by mounting an audacious $62.3billion bid, including debt, for its much larger rival Time Warner Cable . GOOGLE ACQUIRES NEST FOR $3.2 BILLION Google Inc continued its push into becoming a maker of consumer electronics by acquiring Nest, a company that sells "smart" thermostats and smoke alarms, in a deal worth $3.2 billion. The Independent SPORTS DIRECT BUYS 4.6 PERCENT STAKE IN DEBENHAMS Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has quietly snapped up a 45 million pound stake in struggling department store Debenhams and Ashley has told the retailer's board that he wants to work closely with them. AMEC OFFERS 1.9 BLN STG TO BUY RIVAL FOSTER WHEELER Engineering firm Amec today revealed a $3.2 billion (1.9 billion pound) potential offer for rival Foster Wheeler , keeping up this year's hectic start for takeover activity.   FT U.S. cable company Charter Communications Inc on Monday went public with a proposal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc for $61.3 billion, including debt, only for its larger rival to reject its advances as "grossly inadequate." Google Inc on Monday announced plans to acquire Nest Labs Inc, a maker of smart thermostats and smoke alarms, for $3.2 billion, making a bold bet on the emerging "internet of things". Suntory Holdings Ltd said on Monday it would buy U.S. spirits company Beam Inc for $16 billion, including debt, in a deal that underscores the Japanese company's acquisitive global ambitions and Asia's growing thirst for premium spirits. Three former traders at Dutch lender Rabobank were criminally charged by the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday with manipulating the Yen Libor benchmark interest rate and other key benchmark interest rates. U.S. drugs wholesaler group McKesson Corp said on Monday it had failed to win enough support for a $8.4 billion offer to buy German distributor Celesio, after a battle with Elliott Associates, the activist hedge fund, over the deal. Hedge fund Elliott Management Corp urged network equipment maker Juniper Networks Inc to start paying dividends and buy back shares worth $3.5 billion, making it the latest technology company to attract criticism for building up a large cash pile.   NYT * Ford Motor, the second-largest American automaker after General Motors, took the wraps off a radically redesigned pickup truck at the annual Detroit auto show. Ford will replace its F-150 truck's traditional steel body panels with aluminum parts, which saves weight and improves fuel economy. * Charter Communications offered $37.8 billion to acquire Time Warner Cable, the country's second-largest cable operator. Including debt, the offer is valued at $61.3 billion. * Japan's Suntory announced it would buy Beam Inc , the maker of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, for $13.6 billion, in one of the biggest takeovers in the liquor business in years which will transform it into the third-largest distiller globally. * Apple Inc is campaigning aggressively against a court-appointed inspector, appointed to make sure that the company complied with antitrust laws after it was found last summer to have conspired with five publishers to fix prices for e-books, saying he is intruding on operations. * People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act's federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said on Monday, a demographic trend that could threaten the law's economic foundations and cause premiums to rise in the future. * House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement on a trillion-dollar spending plan that will finance the government through September, reversing some cuts to military veterans' pensions that were included in a broader budget agreement last month and defeating efforts to rein in President Obama's health care law. * FBI investigators do not believe Internal Revenue Service officials committed crimes in the unusually heavy scrutiny of conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status, a law enforcement official said on Monday. * Google Inc agreed to pay $3.2 billion in cash for Nest Labs, which makes Internet-connected devices like thermostats and smoke alarms.   Canada THE GLOBE AND MAIL * A special meeting in which the Toronto city council voted unanimously to ask for C$114 million ($105 million) in ice storm funding from the provincial and federal governments descended into a shouting match, with councillors bickering over who was in charge at city hall after the storm. Councillor Karen Stintz, who intends to run against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford this year, took aim at him for not creating a clear chain of leadership after the storm. * Health Minister Deb Matthews announced that five hospitals in Southern Ontario will permanently close their doors and be replaced with a new acute-care center as part of a massive overhaul of the troubled Niagara Health System. Reports in the business section: * Chrysler Group LLC began discussions with the federal and Ontario governments to seek financial assistance for an investment of more than $1 billion to retool a plant in Windsor for a new generation of minivans. NATIONAL POST * Round doorknobs are joining incandescent lightbulbs as outdated technology that Canadian governments are seeking to eradicate - in one case for their carbon footprint, in the other for the obstacle they pose to the disabled. FINANCIAL POST * Wind Mobile is withdrawing from bidding in Canada's spectrum auction after failing to secure financial backing to participate from its owner VimpelCom Ltd. * Canada's two national newspapers, The Globe and Mail and Postmedia Network Canada Corp's National Post, told staff about job cuts on Monday. Postmedia also said it would shut down operations at a Calgary call center this spring and outsource the work of selling classified ads for its newspaper chain to U.S.-based Media Sales Plus Inc.   China CHINA SECURITIES JOURNAL - The China Insurance Regulatory Commission said it was seeking opinions on insurance fund management and was considering raising the investment ratio for insurance companies in capital markets. - China's ICBC plans to issue 100 billion yuan ($16.55 billion) worth of interbank deposit in 2014, according to company announcement. SHANGHAI SECURITIES NEWS - Shanghai's vice mayor said that the Shanghai free-trade zone will allow exchange of the yuan as part of a bold push to reform the world's second largest economy. CHINA DAILY - Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd said it has made an offer for JJ Sietas Schiffswerft, a Hamburg-based shipyard, as part of its drive to diversify and expand its maritime engineering business. - China Investment Corp, the country's $575 billion sovereign wealth fund, favours European infrastructure and real estate because developed markets will drive the next phase of the global economic recovery, CIC Chairman Ding Xuedong said, adding that the United States will also remain a focus for the Beijing-based fund. SHANGHAI DAILY - Shanghai residents spent an average of 31,018 yuan last year through Alipay, a third-party payment service founded by China's largest e-commence company Alibaba . Their expenditure accounted for 9.3 percent of the total spending in the country last year. PEOPLE'S DAILY - Chinese citizens should focus on progress while authorities should work on solutions for problems, said a commentary in the paper that acts as the Party's mouthpiece.   Britain The Telegraph SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE: UK'S CREDIT RATING COULD BE THREATENED AS TREASURY GUARANTEES SCOTLAND'S DEBT Bond traders welcome the Treasury's confirmation that it will stand by all UK debt in the event of Scottish independence but credit rating agencies could be concerned about the UK's bigger burden. OECD SAYS GROWTH CONTINUES TO 'FIRM' IN UK Britain is leading a small band of advanced economies where growth is "firming" and the recovery gaining traction, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The Guardian JAPAN'S SUNTORY BUYS MAKER OF JIM BEAM BOURBON Illinois-based Beam Inc, the drinks group behind Jim Beam bourbon as well as Scotch whiskies Teacher's and Laphroaig, has been sold to Japanese whisky distiller Suntory as part of a $16 billion deal. HOMESERVE FACES 35 MLN STG REGULATOR FINE Home emergencies and repairs group HomeServe has received a draft "warning notice" from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is set to be fined 34.5 million pounds for mis-selling and poor complaints handling. The Times PREDATOR RALLIES INVESTORS IN $62 BLN BID FOR TIME WARNER The American cable television operator Charter Communications stunned Wall Street and the media world on Monday night by mounting an audacious $62.3billion bid, including debt, for its much larger rival Time Warner Cable . GOOGLE ACQUIRES NEST FOR $3.2 BILLION Google Inc continued its push into becoming a maker of consumer electronics by acquiring Nest, a company that sells "smart" thermostats and smoke alarms, in a deal worth $3.2 billion. The Independent SPORTS DIRECT BUYS 4.6 PERCENT STAKE IN DEBENHAMS Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has quietly snapped up a 45 million pound stake in struggling department store Debenhams and Ashley has told the retailer's board that he wants to work closely with them. AMEC OFFERS 1.9 BLN STG TO BUY RIVAL FOSTER WHEELER Engineering firm Amec today revealed a $3.2 billion (1.9 billion pound) potential offer for rival Foster Wheeler , keeping up this year's hectic start for takeover activity.     Fly On The Wall 7:00 AM Market Snapshot ECONOMIC REPORTS Domestic economic reports scheduled for today include: Retail sales for December will be reported at 08:30--Current consensus is 0.0% for the month Business inventories for November will be reported at 10:00--Current consensus is 0.3% for the month ANALYST RESEARCH Upgrades Actuant (ATU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink Barnes Group (B) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies Brocade (BRCD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan Cameco (CCJ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill Cliffs Natural (CLF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill Flowserve (FLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies Gorman-Rupp (GRC) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies Intel (INTC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan Jabil Circuit (JBL) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer Kaman (KAMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Luxottica (LUX) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura MPLX (MPLX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays MSC Industrial (MSM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies Magellan Midstream (MMP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays ON Semiconductor (ONNN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank Southern Copper (SCCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital Thompson Creek (TC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan XPO Logistics (XPO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital Downgrades ASML (ASML) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse Cameron (CAM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley Cardtronics (CATM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan Celadon Group (CGI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Delek Logistics (DKL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays Demandware (DWRE) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays EverBank Financial (EVER) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee Family Dollar (FDO) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley Genesis Energy (GEL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays Gentiva Health (GTIV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank Heartland Payment (HPY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays KiOR (KIOR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen Microsoft (MSFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup Plexus (PLXS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James Rudolph Technologies (RTEC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse Sirius XM (SIRI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays Southcross Energy (SXE) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays StealthGas (GASS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo TE Connectivity (TEL) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman Veolia Environment (VE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup Volcano (VOLC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities Western Union (WU) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup YRC Worldwide (YRCW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T ZELTIQ (ZLTQ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Initiations 3D Systems (DDD) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital American Express (AXP) initiated with a Neutral at UBS BB&T (BBT) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital Capital One (COF) initiated with a Buy at UBS CatchMark Timber (CTT) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James Comerica (CMA) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital Comstock Resources (CRK) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital Discover (DFS) initiated with a Neutral at UBS Dyax (DYAX) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital KeyCorp (KEY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital M&T Bank (MTB) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital Neenah Paper (NP) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson People's United (PBCT) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital Red Hat (RHT) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities Regions Financial (RF) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital Stratasys (SSYS) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Hold at Stifel HOT STOCKS Charter (CHTR) offered to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC) for ‘low $130s’ per share Time Warner Cable (TWC) board rejected Charter (CHTR) offer, called it 'grossly inadequate' Time Warner Cable (TWC) told Charter (CHTR) it would accept $160/share bid, CNBC reports Google (GOOG) to acquire Nest for $3.2B in cash Sears (SHLD) ratings placed on CreditWatch negative by S&P Osisko board considering Goldcorp's (GG) C$5.95 per share offer HealthSouth (HLS) sees dividends, opportunistic repurchases through FY16 Yum! Brands (YUM) reports December China division SSS up 2% EARNINGS Companies that beat consensus earnings expectations last night and today include: DragonWave (DRWI), Nautilus (NLS) NEWSPAPERS/WEBSITES McKesson (MCK) considers JV following failure of Celesio (CAKFY) bid, Bloomberg reports Fox (FOXA) won't participate in network TV’s pilot season, Bloomberg reports Dish's (DISH) Ergen says he bought LightSquared debt for himself, Reuters reports Malone (LMCA, CHTR) seeks consolidation in Time Warner Cable (TWC) bid, Reuters reports Pfizer's (PFE) generics unit attracts several suitors (VRX, ACT, MYL), Reuters reports Nasdaq (NDAQ), S&P (MHFI) interested in acquisitions to grow index businesses, Reuters reports FBI bulletin: Traders may be front running Fannie (FNMA), Freddie (FMCC), Reuters reports DirecTV (DTV) wants Weather Channel fee reduction as apps take hold, WSJ reports Ventas (VTR) and Health Care REIT (HCN) held talks, dealReporter reports Sears (SHLD) may be cut by S&P, Bloomberg reports Target's (TGT) problems may benefit security firms, NY Times reports SYNDICATE Altisource Residential (RESI) files to sell 10M shares of common stock AmeriGas (APU) files to sell 8M common shares for Energy Transfer affiliate Full Circle Capital (FULL) files to sell 1.6M shares of common stock IHS Inc. (IHS) files to sell 3.48M shares of Class A common stock for holders Methes Energies (MEIL) files to sell 3.54M shares of common stock for holders RAIT Financial (RAS) files to sell 10M shares of common stock Workday (WDAY) files to sell 6M shares of common stock