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The fund manager of the Lazard Global Sustainability Equity Fund, Louis Florentin-Lee, lays out his three-point ESG investment strategy to beat his benchmark. Many of the most widely held stocks in ESG portfolios are big names, with similarly big valuations, like electric vehicle maker Tesla. You can get exposure to the major ESG trends, without paying the lofty premiums of a Tesla-like stock, Florentin-Lee explains how. Plant-based burgers and meat products from the likes of Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat have seen these two companies' valuations rocket. Vegan burgers and sausages, for example, need extra ingredients that help replicate the taste and texture of the meat products they are replacing.
Persons: Louis Florentin, Lee, it's, Lee doesn't, It's, they've, Burger, meatless patties Organizations: Lazard Global Sustainability Equity Fund, Lazard's Global Sustainable Equity Fund, Lazard Asset Management, Bloomberg, Microsoft, Lazard, MIPS, Nestle, SY1
Goldman Sachs has been using drones to help secure billion-dollar deals during the pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic abruptly halted in-person meetings and conventional modes of conducting business deals. "We have been selling asset-based businesses all over the world, using drones for site visits and fly-overs," he said. Drone technology is likely to become an established trend, as he said "we believe it will change the M&A landscape forever." JPMorgan and other boutique investment banks have also begun to use on drone technology, CNBC said.
Persons: Goldman Sachs, Stephan Feldgoise, he's, Wall, Morgan Stanley, Goldman, Read Organizations: CNBC, Cisco, Microsoft, JPMorgan Locations: COVID
Data privacy researcher Wolfie Christl said it "turns Microsoft 365 into an full-fledged workplace surveillance tool." The tool, called Productivity Score, was first announced by the company in October and launched on November 17. The system then assigns an organization a "productivity score" out of 800 over a 28-day period, which they can compare to scores from other companies in their industry. Microsoft says Productivity Score is not a surveillance tool. "Productivity score is an opt-in experience that gives IT administrators insights about technology and infrastructure usage," a Microsoft spokesperson told Business Insider.
Persons: Wolfie Christl, they've, Christl, Bennett Cyphers, Forbes, Jared Spataro Organizations: Microsoft, Frontier Foundation, Gartner
ByteDance gets another week to sell off TikTok's U.S. business
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Sam Shead | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019. ByteDance has been given another week to sell off TikTok's U.S. business and avoid a ban, according to reports. The Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) has told ByteDance, the Chinese parent of TikTok, it now has until Dec. 4 to secure a deal. President Donald Trump told ByteDance on Aug. 14 that it must find a suitable buyer for TikTok's U.S. business in 90 days or face being blocked in the country. Trump signed a CFIUS directive at the time, saying the short video app presented a national security risk.
Persons: ByteDance, CFIUS, Donald Trump, Trump, TikTok, TikTok hasn't, Joe Biden isn't Organizations: Foreign Investment, Treasury, Financial Times, BBC, TikTok's, Walmart, Oracle, Microsoft, CNBC, TikTok, U.S . Treasury Locations: United States, U.S
Salesforce has held talks to acquire Slack, and a deal could be announced as soon as next week, according to a person familiar with the matter. Shares of Slack rose as much as 32 percent Wednesday after the Wall Street Journal first reported that Salesforce held talks to buy the company. Slack would be one of the biggest software deals ever for the industry, and would rival Facebook’s $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp in 2014. It would rank among IBM’s $34 billion purchase of Red Hat in 2019, Microsoft’s $27 billion purchase of LinkedIn in 2016 and Facebook’s $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp in 2014. Microsoft has a large customer base it has been able to convert to Teams, and Salesforce could give Slack a similar benefit.
Persons: Salesforce, Slack, Facebook’s, Dan Ives, Marc Benioff, ” Slack Organizations: Wall Street Journal, Red Hat, Microsoft’s, LinkedIn, Benioff, Securities, CNBC, Microsoft, Microsoft Corporation
Salesforce has approached Slack with acquisition offer: source
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Greg Roumeliotis | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )(Reuters) - Cloud-based software company Salesforce.com Inc has approached workplace messaging app Slack Technologies Inc with an acquisition offer, a source told Reuters on Wednesday. Salesforce sees the move as a logical extension of its enterprise offerings, the source said, adding there is no certainty of a deal. Slack Technologies jumped 24%, while Salesforce fell 2.7% after the Wall Street Journal first reported the news. Meanwhile, Salesforce has been beefing up its cloud business through acquisitions and had spent more than $16 billion last year to fend off competition from rivals such as Oracle Corp and German competitor SAP. Shares of rival Microsoft Corp, which owns Teams chat and conferencing app, were down 0.5% in afternoon trading.
Persons: Salesforce Organizations: Salesforce.com Inc, Technologies, Reuters, Slack Technologies, Wall Street Journal, Oracle Corp, SAP, Microsoft Corp
Salesforce has approached Slack with an acquisition offer - sources
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Greg Roumeliotis | Krystal Hu | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cloud-based software company Salesforce.com Inc has approached workplace messaging app Slack Technologies Inc with an acquisition offer as it seeks to expand its offerings to businesses, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Salesforce sees the potential acquisition as a logical extension of its enterprise offerings, the sources said, adding that no deal was certain. Slack Technologies shares jumped 24% to $36.58, giving the company a market capitalization of $21 billion, while Salesforce fell 2.7% after the Wall Street Journal first reported that the two companies had held deal talks. Slack has benefited from companies relying more on information technology systems to keep their workers connected during the pandemic. Seeking to save money, some companies have also been switching to Teams, which comes with many of Microsoft’s office software packages.
Persons: Slack, Salesforce Organizations: YORK, Salesforce.com Inc, Technologies, Microsoft Corp’s, Slack, Oracle Corp, Oracle, Slack Technologies, Wall Street Journal, SAP
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cloud-based software company Salesforce.com Inc is in talks to acquire workplace messaging app Slack Technologies Inc as it seeks to expand its offerings to businesses, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Salesforce sees the potential acquisition as a logical extension of its enterprise offerings, the sources said. The price it was offering for Slack could not be learned, though one of the sources said Salesforce would pay cash for the deal, rather than use its stock as currency. If the negotiations conclude successfully, a deal could be announced before Slack reports quarterly earnings on Dec. 9, one of the sources added. Neither Slack nor Salesforce responded to requests for comment.
Persons: Slack, Salesforce, , Rishi Jaluria, Davidson Organizations: YORK, Salesforce.com Inc, Technologies Inc, Microsoft Corp’s, Slack, Slack Technologies, Wall Street Journal, Microsoft, Oracle Corp, SAP
Tech giants face fines or even break-up if they breach new rules: EU's Breton
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Foo Yun Chee | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Tech giants that break new EU rules aimed at curbing their powers could face fines, be ordered to change their practices or even be forced to break up their European businesses, the bloc’s digital chief Thierry Breton said on Wednesday. Slideshow ( 2 images )Breton’s comments come two weeks before he is due to present draft rules known as the Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA), which are likely to affect big U.S. players Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft. The DSA will force tech companies to explain how their algorithms work, open up their advertising archives to regulators and researchers, and do more to tackle hate speech, harmful content and counterfeit products on their platforms. Forcing companies to break up would be a last resort, said Breton, the EU’s internal market commissioner. Big technology companies seeking acquisitions may also be required to inform the European Commission - the EU executive body - of their intentions, Breton said.
Persons: Thierry Breton, ” Breton, , Breton, Organizations: Tech, Digital Services, Markets, Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, DSA, Big, European Commission, European, EU Locations: BRUSSELS, EU
Dow’s Rise to 30000 Heralds a Broader Stock Rally
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Amrith Ramkumar | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
The Dow Jones Industrial Average’s ascent to 30000 Tuesday signals more companies are beginning to participate in the new bull market, offering hope to investors who have long waited for the rally to widen. Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. were two of the biggest contributors to the blue-chip index’s latest 10,000-point milestone, a journey that took nearly four years. But it was a November rally in lagging cyclical stocks including Boeing Co., Honeywell International Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. that helped push the 30-stock...
Persons: Dow Jones Organizations: Dow, Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Boeing Co, Honeywell International Inc, Goldman Sachs, Inc
The index is expected to end 2020 at 3,600, close to its current level, according to the poll median. Wall Street analysts expect S&P 500 earnings to jump 23% in 2021 after falling more than 15% in 2020, according on I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv. Some strategists predict the gains in cyclicals will extend far into 2021, but others say the rotation may not be long-lived. He forecasts the S&P 500 will end next year at 4,050. Strategists in the poll said expectations the Fed will remain accommodative help to bolster the case for equities next year.
Persons: , Sameer Samana, Jim Paulsen, , Jonathan Golub, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Janet Yellen, Hank Smith Organizations: YORK, Wall, New York Stock, REUTERS, Reuters, Wells, Wells Fargo Investment Institute, Wall Street, Dow, Credit Suisse Securities, TECH, Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon ., U.S, Cabinet, Haverford Trust Co Locations: American, Wells Fargo, Minneapolis, U.S, Monday’s, cyclicals, Radnor , Pennsylvania
The index is expected to end 2020 at 3,600, close to its current level, according to the poll median. Wall Street analysts expect S&P 500 earnings to jump 23% in 2021 after falling more than 15% in 2020, according on I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv. Some strategists predict the gains in cyclicals will extend far into 2021, but others say the rotation may not be long-lived. He forecasts the S&P 500 will end next year at 4,050. Strategists in the poll said expectations the Fed will remain accommodative help to bolster the case for equities next year.
Persons: , Sameer Samana, Jim Paulsen, , Jonathan Golub, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Janet Yellen, Hank Smith Organizations: YORK, Wall, New York Stock, REUTERS, Reuters, Wells, Wells Fargo Investment Institute, Wall Street, Dow, Credit Suisse Securities, TECH, Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon ., U.S, Cabinet, Haverford Trust Co Locations: American, Wells Fargo, Minneapolis, U.S, Monday’s, cyclicals, Radnor , Pennsylvania
The index is expected to end 2020 at 3,600, close to its current level, according to the poll median. Wall Street analysts expect S&P 500 earnings to jump 23% in 2021 after falling more than 15% in 2020, according on I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv. Some strategists predict the gains in cyclicals will extend far into 2021, but others say the rotation may not be long-lived. He forecasts the S&P 500 will end next year at 4,050. Strategists in the poll said expectations the Fed will remain accommodative help to bolster the case for equities next year.
Persons: , Sameer Samana, Jim Paulsen, , Jonathan Golub, Joe Biden’s, Biden, Janet Yellen, Hank Smith Organizations: YORK, Wall, New York Stock, REUTERS, Reuters, Wells, Wells Fargo Investment Institute, Wall Street, Dow, Credit Suisse Securities, TECH, Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp, Amazon ., U.S, Cabinet, Haverford Trust Co, IPSOS Locations: American, Wells Fargo, Minneapolis, U.S, Monday’s, cyclicals, Radnor , Pennsylvania
Elon Musk hints at Tesla hatchback model for Europe
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Sam Shead | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures as he arrives to visit the construction site of the future US electric car giant Tesla, on September 03, 2020 in Gruenheide near Berlin. LONDON — Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk has suggested that his firm could launch a new hatchback model in Europe in the future. Tesla currently sells two SUVs in the Model Y and Model X, as well as the Model S executive saloon and the Model 3 sedan. "I was driving a Model X around Berlin and we had quite a bit of trouble finding a parking space where we could fit," he said. Tesla's market cap hit $500 billion for the first time on Tuesday after its stock price surpassed $527.48 per share.
Persons: Elon, Elon Musk, Tesla, Cooper, Musk, Bill Gates, , Jessica Bursztynsky Organizations: Tesla, Ford, Reuters, Microsoft, carmaker Locations: Gruenheide, Berlin, Europe, U.S
The Pandemic Work Diary of a Podcasting Tech Editor
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Leigh-Ann Jackson | ) www.nytimes.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
First, I check in with the Verge creative director Will Joel to talk about a big end-of-year editorial package and a merchandise store that’s launching soon. She’s a genius — I hired her years ago to be our engagement editor and then editorial director. Not having a commute means I don’t have a built-in time to work through my inbox. 4 p.m. My formal workday usually ends at the end of our daily desk editor meeting. The best work advice I’ve ever gotten was from Microsoft’s C.E.O., Satya Nadella.
Persons: Will Joel, Helen Havlak, She’s, , it’s, Microsoft’s, Satya Nadella, , Organizations: CNBC, Big Tech
Amazon, Google, and Microsoft's application processes are long and rigorous. The tech giants have more than four sets of interviews testing candidates on behavioral traits and company values. Business Insider spoke to former and current engineers, hiring managers, and senior recruiters on the secrets to getting a job at each of the tech giants. Business Insider spoke to former and current employees, hiring managers, senior recruiters, and experts, on landing roles at Google, Amazon, and Microsoft during a crisis and beyond. Here is what top recruiters, managers, and successful job seekers themselves revealed about how to nail the application process and get hired at Google, Amazon, and Microsoft.
Organizations: Google, Business, Visit, Microsoft, Amazon
Luckily, there are plenty of laptop deals available leading up to Black Friday for anyone in need of a new computer. Here's a look at the best Black Friday laptop deals we've come across so far. Best Black Friday deals on laptops that are $1,000 or moreDeal icon An icon in the shape of a lightning bolt. Limited-Time Deal HP 15.6" Spectre x360 LaptopDeal icon An icon in the shape of a lightning bolt. Deal Microsoft Surface Pro 7 with Type Cover and Sleeve BundleDeal icon An icon in the shape of a lightning bolt.
Persons: it's, Price Organizations: Apple, HP, Dell, Microsoft, Walmart, Deal, MacBook, Samsung, Alpha
Dow 30,000: How the market rally defied a pandemic
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Julia Horowitz | Cnn Business | ) edition.cnn.com + 0.00   time to read: +7 min
A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) Markets have reached a new milestone in the middle of a bruising pandemic, another sign that investors have been more than willing to look past short-term pain toward better days ahead. "Although 30,000 isn't much different than 29,999, there is something special about those big milestone numbers," said Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist for LPL Financial. And the company will be added to the benchmark S&P 500 in December, a sign of its acceptance by the Wall Street mainstream after years of skepticism. The paper calls for effectively breaking up the Big Three by revamping Dodd-Frank, the 2010 Wall Street reform law.
Persons: Ryan Detrick, Michael Strobaek, Joe Biden, Janet Yellen, , Tesla, Clare Duffy, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, It's, Goldman Sachs, Matt Egan, Biden, Graham Steele, Dodd, Frank, Steele, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco who's Organizations: CNN Business, Bell, CNN, Dow, LPL, Credit Suisse, Federal, Public, Toyota, Volkswagen, General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group, Bloomberg, Amazon, Microsoft, Wall, BlackRock, Corporate America, Street, Vanguard, American Economic Liberties, Apple, JPMorgan Chase, Pfizer, State, Economic Liberties, Federal Reserve Bank of San, Corporations, Society Initiative, Stanford Graduate School of Business Locations: London, United States, BlackRock BLK, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Apple has launched new models of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops, powered by new Apple Silicon chips — marking a departure from Intel processors. Early users have also found compatibility issues with other popular software projects like the Java programming language, Java development kits, the Go programming language, and the like. Many of these compatibility issues are getting fixedSome of these projects were quickly fixed so they could run on the new chips. Apple, too, has worked with developers to get their software up and running on the new M1 chips. Still, Hudson doesn't expect developers to mass migrate away from MacBooks, even if they hold off on buying the latest model.
Persons: Alex Ellis, Patrick Cornelissen, Paul Hudson, Swift, Hudson, Read, Hudson wasn't, Tim Cook Karl Mondon, It's, Docker, it's, Donnie Berkholz, Scott Johnston, Berkholz, OpenFaaS, Ellis, Cornelissen, he'd Organizations: Apple, MacBook Air, Intel, Companies, ARM, MacBook, Business, Media, Mercury, Getty, Microsoft, Dell, Linux, Microsoft Windows Locations: MacBooks, 646.376.6106
From angel investing to co-founding two venture capital funds, Kutcher has built quite the lucrative investing career over the past decade. And from turning a $30 million fund into $250 million in six years to making early bets on Uber and Airbnb, he's built a successful and lucrative investing career. Kutcher told Grow (the blog of micro investing app Acorns, which he invested in) that he saved $1,400 for a snowmobile at age 13. Kutcher told The Telegraph in 2013 that he was particularly drawn to consumer technologies. "I spent 90% of my time just listening," Kutcher told him.
Persons: Ashton Kutcher, Kutcher, Ashton Kutcher's resumé, He's, Bani Sapra, he's, Jackie Lam, Kim Reynolds, Chris Pizzello, Zack O'Malley Greenburg, Marc Andreessen, O'Malley Greenburg, Ron Conway, Guy Oseary, Ron Burkle, Burkle, Marc Benioff, Eric Schmidt, Mark Cuban, Warby Parker, Oseary, Zakrzewski, O'Malley Greenburg they're, Lori Greiner, Greiner, Insider's Rich Feloni, I'm, Zoë Bernard Organizations: Business, Investments, Sound Ventures, University of Iowa, Los Angeles ., Los Angeles . Iowa Gov, Iowa, Kutcher, Associated Press, Katalyst, TechCrunch, Forbes, Skype, Microsoft, Uber, Spotify, Liberty Media, Wall Street, Shark, Chelsea, Netflix, Connect, QuickBooks Connect, Investors Locations: Hollywood, Silicon Valley, Bani, Iowa, Los Angeles, Los Angeles . Iowa, Utah, Silicon, microbreweries, QuickBooks
While we expect the best deals to be saved until the official day, on November 27, we've rounded up the best deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, and other major retailers. Walmart Black Friday dealsWalmart's 3 events of early Black Friday deals have come and gone, but the early deals are still aplenty. Samsung 50-inch 4K UHD LED Smart TV with HDR (UN50NU6900) This large 50-inch TV from Samsung has the latest tech: 4K, HDR, LED, and smart TV capability. However, we still expect the majority of retailers to wait until the big day to drop the very best deals. To help, we're curating the best deals we find all month long.
Persons: you'll, Deal Staub, Black Matte Roku, Woot, Eero, it’s, Phillip Hue White, Dyson Slim, Price LG, Price, Alwyn, Matte, it's, we're, Organizations: Apple Watch, Nintendo, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Fi, Apple, Bluetooth, Black, X Wireless, Microsoft, Shoppers, Google, Smart, Deal, Samsung
Slack shares soar following report of possible Salesforce acquisition
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Jessica Bursztynsky | ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Shares of Slack rose more than 24% Wednesday following a Wall Street Journal report that Salesforce held talks to buy the company. The deal would likely value Slack at more than its market cap, prior to the report, of $17 billion, according to the report. Salesforce has been on an acquisition spree, taking advantage of its market cap growth in recent years to buy growth. Shares of Microsoft, which competes with Slack through its Teams offering, also dipped slightly on the report. Microsoft has a large customer base it has been able to convert to Teams, and Salesforce could give Slack a similar benefit.
Persons: Stewart Butterfield, Slack, Allen Shim, Salesforce Organizations: York Stock Exchange, Journal, Wall Street Journal, Microsoft, Microsoft Corporation, CNBC, YouTube Locations: New York City
"We have been selling asset-based businesses all over the world using drones for site visits and fly-overs," Feldgoise said in a phone interview. Now, deals are being closed almost entirely on screens, using teleconferencing tools including Zoom, BlueJeans, Cisco Webex and Microsoft Teams. As a substitute for in-person site tours, drones are being used for recorded videos or live sessions. Of the several hundred transactions that Goldman has advised on during the pandemic, more than 95% were done without any face-to-face interaction, said Feldgoise. Drones are likely here to stay, he says: "We believe it will change the M&A landscape forever."
Persons: Goldman Sachs, Stephan Feldgoise, Feldgoise, Goldman Organizations: Street, Investment, Cisco Webex, Microsoft
Some have called for a shift to value stocks from growth as the economy begins to recover, bond yields rise, and inflation is let loose. That's been a good period to be in growth — the stocks with high earnings growth have outperformed their cheaper value counterparts since around 2007. Large-cap growth stocks like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook have seen dramatic surges in valuation since March. In October, the announcement of a vaccine prompted many to call for a rotation from growth into beaten-down value stocks as the economy gets set for a recovery. One is UPS (UPS), because of their automation efforts.
Persons: Peter Bourbeau, isn't, That's, Dave Sekera, We'd, Sekera, — isn't, Bourbeau, they've, Nvidia —, You've, you've Organizations: ClearBridge, ClearBridge Investments, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, NXP Semiconductors, Automobiles, Nvidia, Intel, Amazon Web Services, UPS, EV, Amazon
Slack stock spikes on reports of Salesforce deal
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Clare Duffy | Cnn Business | ) edition.cnn.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Any deal would likely value Slack at more than its market capitalization of $17 billion earlier Wednesday, according to the Journal. As of Wednesday afternoon, Slack's stock price reached more than $36 and its market cap grew to nearly $21 billion. Like Slack, Salesforce is also a software company that aims to improve business operations. In 2018, it bought Mulesoft, a software company that helps link different systems together, for $6.5 billion. Ives added that a deal between Slack and Salesforce could set the stage for more merger and acquisition activity in the cloud software space in 2021.
Persons: Slack, Salesforce, Dan Ives, Ives Organizations: CNN, Microsoft Locations: York
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