What it’s really like to live in Macao
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Macao, the Chinese special administrative region (SAR) often twinned with Hong Kong, is known as the Las Vegas of Asia. But travelers who are willing to dig in a little deeper can explore Macanese culture, which mixes Portuguese, Chinese and Southeast Asian heritages. Macao is comprised of two islands – the north one, Macao itself, and its southern neighbor Taipa. “In Asia, [people] think that Macao is full of casinos, and I think they do not understand the other parts of Macao,” says Lai. That means that they can live in Macao without a work visa and do not need a company sponsoring them.


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Rudy Giuliani and Mark Meadows are among those indicted in an Arizona election interference case. Multiple Trump allies and Arizona GOPers were charged with felony counts, including conspiracy. The indictment also appeared to list former President Donald Trump as "Unindicted Coconspirator 1." AdvertisementProsecutors charged Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, and a slate of Arizona Republicans with multiple felonies in a 58-page indictment made public on Wednesday. A representative for Trump and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BI.


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Read previewThe accountant hired to audit former President Donald Trump's social media company seemed to have a lot of trouble spelling his name, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday. But others, like Blake F Borgers and Ben F Vonesh, were entirely different names. Representatives for BF Borgers and Trump Media & Technology Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BI sent outside regular business hours. In November, Borgers' firm was also removed from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' peer review program. Trump Media shares had initially soared when it went public, only to crash by nearly 40% in a matter of weeks.


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Pictured here is the Zeekr 001 electric car at a services trade fair in Beijing on Aug. 31, 2023. China News Service | China News Service | Getty ImagesBEIJING — Chinese electric car brand Zeekr is selling more vehicles than Tesla in parts of China, and plans to expand in Europe and Latin America this year, Zeekr CEO Andy An told CNBC on Wednesday. For the first three weeks of April, Zeekr sold 500 more cars than Tesla in the province of Zhejiang, where Zeekr and its parent company Geely are based. Zeekr also slightly outsold Tesla in the province of Anhui, near Shanghai, and Guangxi, an autonomous region in southern China. The rapid rise of Chinese electric car companies, however, has also prompted the EU and U.S. to consider measures for protecting their own auto industries.


Persons: Andy, Elon, Tesla, Zeekr Organizations: China News Service, Getty, CNBC, EU Locations: Beijing, BEIJING, China, Europe, Latin America, Zhejiang, Anhui, Shanghai, Guangxi, Sweden, Netherlands, America, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore

CNN —Russia on Wednesday vetoed a United Nations resolution that proposed a ban on the use of nuclear weapons in outer space amid US intelligence-backed concerns that Moscow is trying to develop a nuclear device capable of destroying satellites. In February, President Joe Biden confirmed the US has intelligence that Russia is developing a nuclear anti-satellite capability. It also called on UN member states not to develop nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction designed to be placed in Earth’s orbit. The White House’s comments on the prospect of a Russian nuclear space weapon have deepened those concerns. Last year, Putin deployed tactical nuclear weapons to neighboring ally Belarus, and former Russian president and deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said strategic nuclear weapons could be used to defend territories incorporated into Russia from Ukraine.


Persons: Vassily Nebenzia, Joe Biden, Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Beijing “, , Vladimir Putin, Putin, Dmitry Medvedev Organizations: CNN, Wednesday, United Nations, UN, Russia’s Locations: Russia, Moscow, Russian, Japan, Beijing, China, Ukraine, Belarus

I'm a working mom who incorporates solo trips into my business travel. a working mom who incorporates solo trips into my business travel. My heart skipped a beat, and my not-so-new best friend, "mom guilt," walked through the door. AdvertisementBut while traveling with children is fun, I missed the spontaneity and the flexibility of solo travel. The sense of calmness was a feeling I rarely find as a working mom, and I loved it.


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In March, Russia dealt with its highest-ever number of AWOL cases since the war began, Mediazona reported. AdvertisementRussian courts assessed 684 absences without leave in March, the highest-ever monthly count since the war in Ukraine began, independent Russian media reported. Citing public records, independent outlet Mediazona reported on April 12 that a daily average of 34 AWOL sentences were carried out in military courts that month. Related storiesRussian courts have dealt with some 2,300 AWOL cases since the start of 2024, and about 7,400 total cases since Moscow invaded Ukraine in February 2022, according to Mediazona. This spring, Russia is set to call up some 150,000 men for routine, statutory military service, which typically lasts about one year.


Persons: Mediazona, , Christopher Cavoli Organizations: Service, UK Defence Ministry, Russian Ministry of Defense, Business, US Army, NATO Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Moscow, Europe

It all went to emphasize the kind of economic, educational and cultural ties that the United States is pointedly holding up as beneficial for both countries. But hanging over those pleasantries during his visit to China this week are several steps the U.S. is taking to sever economic ties in areas where the Biden administration says they threaten American interests. Even as the Biden administration tries to stabilize the relationship with China, it is advancing several economic measures that would curb China’s access to the U.S. economy and technology. It is poised to raise tariffs on Chinese steel, solar panels and other crucial products to try to protect American factories from cheap imports. The president signed it on Wednesday, though the measure is likely to be challenged in court.


Persons: Antony J, Blinken, Biden, ByteDance Organizations: New, Biden Locations: Shanghai, New York, United States, China, U.S, Beijing

A man was caught trying to leave Ukraine via the Dniester River — on an air mattress. Ukrainian border agents found him paddling with his arms in an attempt to reach Moldova. AdvertisementUkraine's border service said on Wednesday that it caught a man attempting to cross into Moldova by "swimming" on an inflatable mattress in the Dniester River. The border service did not say if the man on the mattress was trying to dodge the draft. This isn't the first time the Ukrainian border service has caught someone in an air mattress-related incident.


Persons: Organizations: Service, State Border Service, Dnipro, dodgers, The New York Times, BBC, NATO, Agents Locations: Ukraine, Moldova, Romanian, Russia, Ukrainian, Hungary, Kyiv

The CEO of Norges Bank told the FT that he thinks Americans work much harder than Europeans. AdvertisementEuropeans are less ambitious and don't work as hard as Americans, said Nicolai Tangen, the CEO of Norway's $1.6 trillion oil fund. In Europe, you're dead," Tangen told The Financial Times in an interview published on Wednesday. "I should be careful about talking about work-life balance, but the Americans just work harder." It's true that Americans, on average, work longer hours than their European counterparts, according to data collected from 2019 to 2022 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.


Persons: Nicolai Tangen, , Tangen, That's, they've Organizations: Norges Bank, Service, Financial Times, Norges, Apple . Norges Bank, Organisation for Economic Co, Development, European Union, OECD Locations: America, Europe, European

Bitcoin is set for more price gains later this year, even after a recent retreat in prices, according to Standard Chartered's top crypto analyst. Geoffrey Kendrick, head of foreign exchange research, West, and digital assets research at Standard Chartered, said in a research note this week that he sees bitcoin rising to $150,000 per coin, and ether hitting $8,000 by the end of 2024 — doubling down on a bullish prediction from the bank earlier this year. Bitcoin temporarily sank below $60,000 last week as traders reacted to news of an escalating military conflict between Iran and Israel. Also, large long liquidations over the past couple of weeks mean that market positioning is a lot cleaner," Kendrick said. "As a result, with Middle East tensions easing I think it is time to re-engage in medium-term longs."


Persons: Geoffrey Kendrick, Kendrick, Bitcoin, bitcoin, That's Organizations: Standard Chartered, BTC, ETH, Securities and Exchange Commission, Treasury, HK Locations: Israel, Iran, United States, U.S

But Matty Healy says he hasn't "really listened to that much of it." AdvertisementTaylor Swift's "The Tortured Poets Department" may have broken multiple streaming records, but Matty Healy says he hasn't "really listened" to the album yet. I haven't really listened to that much of it, but I'm sure it's good," Healy said of the album. Healy's response may surprise some, considering how fans have speculated that he is the subject of several songs on Swift's album. On Wednesday, streaming giant Spotify said that Swift's album had become the platform's "most streamed album in a single week," surpassing a billion streams since its release on Friday.


Persons: Taylor Swift's, Matty Healy, Healy, , Taylor, Swift, Joe Alwyn, Travis Kelce, would've, Swift didn't Organizations: Poets Department, Service, Department, Kansas City Chiefs, GQ, Spotify, BI

People living in RVs or cars has surged in Bozeman, Montana, as housing costs have spiked. "Urban camping" has made the city's unhoused population more visible. City officials say the number of Bozeman residents living in their RVs or cars spiked by 200% in two years, according to Montana PBS, which cited the city. "This — with urban camping, RVs, more cars — This is a recent phenomenon." "First, these folks are our residents too," the city website says when discussing how it's addressing urban camping.


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The Department of Justice is investigating McKinsey for advising opioid producers on boosting sales. The firm previously paid nearly $1 billion to resolve lawsuits related to its opioid work. The investigation is also looking at potential obstruction of justice by McKinsey and its employees. News of the investigation underscores how McKinsey's opioid work — which the firm said it stopped in 2019 — continues to plague the consultancy. In a 2018 email, for example, a since-fired McKinsey executive wrote to another senior executive about the firm's legal risk.


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Gwyneth Paltrow is worried about becoming an empty nester too. "It's kind of giving me a nervous breakdown, if I'm honest," Paltrow said at her 11th In Goop Health summit. Paltrow has two kids, Apple and Moses, with her ex-husband Chris Martin. AdvertisementGwyneth Paltrow is nervous about becoming an empty nester when her son heads off to college this fall. This isn't the first time Paltrow has spoken about becoming an empty nester.


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In January 2022, I was planning a summer trip to Ukraine and Russia for my 4-year-old son and me. I spent half of my childhood in Ukraine and half in Russia before moving to the United States when I was a teenager. When I became a parent, my one, obsessive goal — as a mother raising a child in America with a man who spoke only English — was to teach my son Russian. He started inserting English words in otherwise Russian sentences and talking to himself in English while playing alone. A visit to Ukraine and Russia would allow him to see that his mother’s native language wasn’t a quirk of hers but something normal for millions of people.


Locations: Ukraine, Russia, United States, America, Russian, Kyiv, Moscow

Gek Teng Pang founded Surrey Hills Grocer in 2021. Success didn't come easy for Pang Gek Teng. Today, she is the proud founder and CEO of Surrey Hills Grocer, an Australian-inspired grocer and café brand with five locations across Singapore. Navigating the entrepreneurial worldBetween quitting her job and starting Surrey Hills Grocer, Pang founded five different businesses. Pang opened her first Surrey Hills Grocer store in December 2021, and eventually went on to open four other locations.


Persons: Gek Teng Pang, Pang Gek Teng, Pang, That's, , Alvin Lau, she's Organizations: Surrey Hills Grocer, CNBC, Surrey Hills, University of Newcastle, CNBC she's Locations: Singapore, Australian, Australia, Surry Hills

A demonstrator holding a sign holds up a fist after students built a protest encampment in support of Palestinians at the University of Southern California's Alumni Park on April 24, in Los Angeles, California. David Swanson/ReutersTensions escalated once police entered the University of Southern California campus, according to Jonathan Park, an editor of the Daily Trojan, the college’s newspaper. “When we saw the LAPD coming in from Vermont Avenue and working with campus officers, encircling on them, it definitely changed the mood,” Park told CNN’s Anna Coren. The Los Angeles Police Department said 93 people were later arrested on suspicion of trespassing during Wednesday's demonstrations at USC. There are also wider calls to cut ties with Israeli academic institutions and to cut funding from entities connected to Israel.


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One strategist, however is looking keenly at European equities, and notes that "Europe isn't a boring market." "You would hope that will translate through to the stock market in terms of company earnings growth in Europe. "While you might see some kind of short-term downturn, in the longer-term the picture is very positive for the sector," Field added. He sees value in payments, which he described as "one of the most undervalued parts of European financial services." The sector has trailed market performance, with valuations looking "interesting" over the last 12 months, Morningstar noted in its recent report.


Persons: Michael Field, Field, Morningstar Organizations: CNBC Pro, European Central Bank, Consumer, Swatch Group, Financial, Morningstar, ING Bank, Group, Health, Novo Nordisk Locations: U.S, Europe, Netherlands, British, Swiss

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken is meeting officials in China this week as disputes over wars, trade, technology and security are testing the two countries’ efforts to stabilize the relationship. China is courting foreign investment to help its sluggish economy. At the same time, its leader, Xi Jinping, has been bolstering national security and expanding China’s military footprint around Taiwan and the South China Sea in ways that have alarmed its neighbors. Mr. Biden and Mr. Xi have held talks to prevent their countries’ disputes from spiraling into conflict, after relations sank to their lowest point in decades last year. But an array of challenges could make steadying the relationship difficult.


Persons: Antony J, Blinken, Biden, Xi Jinping, Xi Locations: China, United States, Taiwan, South

In China, there is no TikTok. After President Biden signed a bill on Wednesday forcing Chinese company ByteDance to sell its ownership of TikTok, the United States moved one step closer to an internet without the short video app. It is a staple of the Chinese internet the way TikTok is in the rest of the world. But because it has no presence outside China, Douyin, which means a “shaking sound” in Chinese, is not as well known globally. Will ByteDance succumb to political demands from Washington, or will it refuse to sell TikTok and face the consequences?


Persons: Biden, Douyin, Will ByteDance Organizations: ByteDance Locations: China, United States, U.S, Washington

Jefferies CEO Rich Handler sold $65 million in company stock to buy a luxury yacht. AdvertisementJefferies CEO Rich Handler sold $65 million of his stock in the company to buy himself a gift — a luxury yacht. Handler sold 1.5 million shares, or 7% of his holdings, to purchase a "personal boat and to pay tax obligations," the investment bank said in a Wednesday statement. He has previously sold shares only for tax purposes and charity, the bank said. Investors often view executives' stock sales as a signal about lack of company confidence, so any sales are carefully messaged.


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In this article JPY= Follow your favorite stocks CREATE FREE ACCOUNTThe Japan flag is juxtaposed against a Japanese yen bank note. Javier Ghersi | Moment | Getty ImagesThe yen slipped past 155 against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, touching a new 34-year low against continued strength in the greenback. The weakness comes as the Bank of Japan is due to release its monetary policy decision Friday and in spite of verbal warnings from Japanese authorities. Some market watchers had speculated that the 155 level would prompt intervention after the currency languished at multi-decade lows for a month. The yen has weakened 4.2% since the BOJ's March meeting, worrying Japanese authorities and investors.


Persons: Javier Ghersi, Shusuke Yamada, Jerome Powell, Appio Organizations: U.S, Bank of Japan, BofA Securities, Federal, First Eagle Investments, CNBC, Korean Locations: Japan, South Korea

The Links Between Trump and 3 Hush-Money DealsThe first criminal trial of former President Donald J. Trump has resurfaced three potential sex scandals that he faced ahead of the 2016 presidential election and buried with the help of allies. Manhattan prosecutors charged him in relation to the one involving the porn star Stormy Daniels; he pleaded not guilty and has said the three stories are untrue. Two other hush-money deals were made as part of a “catch and kill” effort by The National Enquirer. While those episodes are not formally part of the charges Mr. Trump is facing, prosecutors will argue that they were part of the effort to bury negative news about Mr. Trump to influence the election. Those deals involve Karen McDougal, who said she had an affair with Mr. Trump in 2006-7, and Dino Sajudin, a former doorman who in 2015 tried to sell an apparently false tip about Mr. Trump fathering a child out of wedlock.


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Ukraine came under attack from Russian aerial strikes overnight, which hit critical infrastructure in the central region of Cherkasy, local officials said. In the southeastern region of Zaporizhzhia, which is occupied by Russian forces, Moscow-installed officials there reported that Ukrainian drone strikes killed two civilians. U.K. Finance Minister Jeremy Hunt is in Kyiv meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and will meet with other officials throughout the day. The visit comes a day after U.S. President Joe Biden signed a massive Ukraine aid bill into law, which will provide the embattled country with tens of billions of dollars in more military and financial funding for its fight against Russia's invasion.


Persons: Jeremy Hunt, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Joe Biden Organizations: Finance Locations: Ukraine, Cherkasy, Zaporizhzhia, Moscow, Ukrainian, Kyiv

Oil prices eased in early trade on Thursday as concerns about a potential slowdown in the U.S. economy amid prospects for delayed interest rate cuts outweighed worries over the risk of expanding conflict in the Middle East. Oil prices eased in early trade on Thursday as concerns about a potential slowdown in the U.S. economy amid prospects for delayed interest rate cuts outweighed worries over the risk of expanding conflict in the Middle East. Israel also said it was moving forward with plans for an all-out assault on Rafah in the south. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, data on Wednesday indicated U.S. crude oil inventories unexpectedly fell last week as exports jumped, while gasoline stockpiles decreased less than forecast. "The data provided a temporary boost to oil prices, but it didn't seem to last long," Fujitomi's Tazawa said.


Persons: Toshitaka Tazawa, Fujitomi's Tazawa Organizations: Brent, U.S . West Texas, Fujitomi Securities Co Ltd, U.S . Federal Reserve, Energy Information Administration, EIA Locations: U.S, East, Iran, Israel, Gaza, Rafah

Europe’s central bankers are trying to get out of the shadow of the United States. Now, European Central Bank policymakers are emphasizing how much the inflation problem has eased in the eurozone. All week, Europe’s policymakers reiterated their growing confidence that high inflation was dissipating in the eurozone and that their 2 percent inflation target was in sight. The E.C.B., which sets interest rates for all 20 countries that use the euro, has signaled it could cut rates at its next policy meeting in early June. “We’re clearly in a disinflation process,” said Gabriel Makhlouf, governor of Ireland’s central bank and one of the 26 members of the E.C.B.’s governing council.


Persons: “ We’re, , Gabriel Makhlouf Organizations: European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Bank Locations: United States, Washington, Ireland’s, U.S

Having traded in a tight range over the past few days, a buoyant dollar finally broke above the 155 yen level for the first time since 1990 in the previous session, and was last steady at 155.34 yen in early Asia trade. The breach of the 155 yen level comes as the BOJ meets to discuss monetary policy, though expectations are for the central bank to keep its short-term interest rate target unchanged following last month's landmark exit from negative rates. "We expect the BOJ meeting to deliver a marginally hawkish hold outcome," said Carl Ang, fixed income research analyst at MFS Investment Management. Continued expectations of gradual policy tightening and a low terminal policy rate make it difficult for the yen to appreciate significantly, even if at historically depressed levels." The dollar steadied at 105.79 against a basket of currencies, pulling away from a nearly two-week low hit in the previous session.


Persons: Carl Ang, Kazuo Ueda, Justin Smirk Organizations: Bank of Japan, MFS Investment Management, Reserve Bank of Australia, Westpac, New Zealand Locations: Tokyo, Asia, Australia

In the next few years, Zuckerberg sees three ways AI can become a "massive business" for Meta. Related storiesHe sees "several ways" generative AI can make money, and laid out three specific paths to this becoming "a massive business" for Meta. Ads appearing in "AI interactions"Another way generative AI could make money for Meta is by "introducing ads or paid content into AI interactions," Zuckerberg said. AdvertisementSelling access to AI modelsA third distinct way Meta may make money from AI is by selling access to models as they get larger. "Enabling people to pay to use bigger AI models and access more compute," as Zuckerberg put it on Wednesday.


Persons: Mark Zuckerberg, Zuckerberg, , we're, Meta Organizations: Meta, Service

Commercial and residential buildings seen from the rooftop of the Lotte Corp. World Tower at sunset in Seoul, South Korea, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. Asia-Pacific markets took a breather after two straight days of rallies, mirroring moves on Wall Street ahead of first-quarter gross domestic product figures from the U.S. due Thursday. In Asia, investors will assess South Korea's advance first-quarter GDP growth of 3.4% year on year, the highest quarterly growth since the fourth quarter of 2021. Separately, the Bank of Japan kicks off its monetary policy meeting Thursday as investors monitor for action against yen weakness. The yen slid past the 155 mark against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, hitting a fresh 34-year low.


Organizations: Lotte Corp, Bank of Japan, U.S Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Asia, Pacific, U.S

SK Hynix Inc. signage at the company's office in Seongnam, South Korea, on Monday, April 22, 2024. SK Hynix is the world's second-largest memory chipmaker after Samsung Electronics and supplies high-bandwidth memory chips catering to AI chipsets for companies like Nvidia . The explosive demand for AI chipsets boosted the high-end memory chip market, hugely benefiting players like SK Hynix and Samsung Electronics. To meet AI memory demand, the firm said it plans to increase supply of HBM3E – the latest generation of high-bandwidth memory for AI. SK Hynix said it will also introduce 32GB Double Data Rate 5 products this year to strengthen its leadership in the high-capacity server DRAM market.


Persons: SeongJoon Cho Organizations: SK Hynix Inc, SK Hynix, Bloomberg, Getty Images, South Korean, Revenue, Samsung Electronics, Nvidia Locations: Seongnam, South Korea, HBM3E

A Xpeng G9 is displayed at a store in a mall in Beijing on Feb. 29, 2024. BEIJING — Self-driving taxis won't be a significant business for at least five years, Xpeng Vice Chairman and Co-President Brian Gu said Thursday. While robotaxis will be transformative for mobility if they become prevalent, "to have a real, full-fledged commercial operation. I think it's more than 5 years away," Gu told reporters on the sidelines of the Beijing auto show. "Right now it's not something that we are considering when we are launching and planning the sales," he said.


Persons: Brian Gu, Elon Musk, Tesla, Gu Organizations: BEIJING — Locations: Beijing, BEIJING

Higher costs had the biggest impact on Asian businesses in 2023, even as they continued to grapple with a global economic slowdown and rising borrowing costs, according to a survey by UOB. Of those polled, 32% said they were impacted by high inflation, another 32% said they faced increased operating costs, while 24% said rising labor costs hurt their business, UOB's 2024 Business Outlook Survey reported. Still, about four out of 10 companies said they felt "very positive" about the business environment in 2023, while 32% said they were "somewhat positive," the survey showed. Some 35% of the companies polled said the business environment in 2023 declined compared to the previous year. To combat future headwinds, 30% of the companies said reducing business costs will be their top priority in the next one to three years.


Organizations: UOB, Survey Locations: Southeast Asia, Greater China, China , Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia

BHP Group, the world’s largest mining company, has proposed a takeover of its rival Anglo American, in a deal that has the potential to shake up the industry at a time when demand for copper is soaring. BHP said on Thursday that it had approached Anglo with a bid valued at 31.1 billion pounds, or $39 billion, in what would be one of the most significant deals in the industry in years. If successful, the acquisition would create the world’s largest miner of copper at a time of growing global hunger for the metal, which is essential to the green-energy transition. Anglo confirmed that it had received an “unsolicited, nonbinding and highly conditional combination proposal from BHP” and that its board was reviewing the offer with its advisers. In the United States, President Biden’s signature climate and energy law, the Inflation Reduction Act, contains hundreds of billions of dollars in tax credits to help companies switch to low-carbon energy sources.


Organizations: BHP Group, BHP, BHP ” Locations: United States

LONDON — Barclays on Thursday reported first-quarter net income attributable to shareholders of £1.55 billion ($1.93 billion), beating expectations and returning the British lender to profit amid a major strategic overhaul. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected net profit attributable to shareholders of £1.29 billion for the quarter, according to LSEG data. Barclays reported a net loss of £111 million in the fourth quarter of 2023 due to an operational shake-up designed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. The overhaul saw the reorganization of the business into five operating divisions, separating the corporate and investment bank to form: Barclays U.K., Barclays U.K. Corporate Bank, Barclays Private Bank and Wealth Management, Barclays Investment Bank and Barclays U.S. Consumer Bank. The bank also pledged to return £10 billion to shareholders between 2024 and 2026 through dividends and share buybacks.


Persons: C.S, Venkatakrishnan, — CNBC's Elliot Smith Organizations: LONDON, Barclays, Reuters, Tesco Bank, Corporate Bank, Barclays Private Bank, Wealth Management, Barclays Investment Bank, Barclays U.S . Consumer Bank

Some 18% of American adults take a form of medication to help them sleep, including over-the-counter pills and prescription medications, according to a 2023 US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Some 6.3% said that they take sleep medications every day and 2.1% took medication most days. While medical treatments can help with sleep, are some forms more effective than others? Melatonin supplements are lab-made versions of this hormone. There is some evidence that melatonin supplements can help with jet lag.


Persons: CNN —, Leana Wen, Wen, There’s Organizations: CNN, for Disease Control, George Washington University, Food and Drug Administration, FDA

Mining giant BHP Group on Thursday said it had made an all-share takeover offer for rival Anglo American , valuing the smaller company at £31.1 billion ($38.9 billion). Anglo American shares leapt at the market open and were 12% higher at 9 a.m. in London. Australia-based BHP, the biggest listed miner according to Companies Market Cap, said that the deal would deliver 0.7097 BHP shares per Anglo American share to Anglo American's ordinary shareholders. Anglo American has a huge copper operation based in South America and a production target for the metal of 730,000 to 790,000 tons in 2024. This compares with a copper output aim between 1.7 million and 1.9 million for BHP over the same period.


Organizations: Mining, BHP Group, BHP Locations: London, Australia, American, South America

took its college draft on the road a decade ago, its first stops were Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas, three of the league’s biggest markets. Unlike the N.F.L.’s marquee event, the Super Bowl, the draft does not require extensive public subsidies, hotels and security. in recent years to award the draft to Cleveland, Kansas City, Mo., and other cities that have never, and may never, host a Super Bowl. Detroit hosted the Super Bowl in 2006, as a reward to the Lions for moving into a new stadium. They also hope the three days of exposure on television showcases the city to fans who might not otherwise visit.


Organizations: Detroit, Lions Locations: Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Manhattan, Cleveland , Kansas City, Mo, Detroit

U.K. tech startup Synthesia unveiled a new range of AI-generated avatars that can convey emotions like happiness, sadness, and frustration. Nvidia -backed artificial intelligence firm Synthesia on Thursday unveiled a new wave of AI-generated digital avatars that can convey human emotions using a user's text inputs. The company said its "Expressive Avatars" can blur the lines between the virtual world and real characters. In one demonstration, the company showed three lines of text being inserted into its platform — "I am happy. The company's technology is used by more than 55,000 businesses, including half of the Fortune 100, to make digital avatars for corporate presentations and training videos, according to Synthesia.


Persons: Synthesia, Kleiner Perkins Organizations: Nvidia, Fortune, Accel, GV, FirstMark, MMC Locations: London

And that's seen by the dot plot and their own inability to predict when interest rate cuts are going to happen." Related storiesWhen the yield curve is inverted, meaning short-term rates are above longer-term ones, a barbell strategy in bonds means betting on long- and short-duration bonds. And that barbell is kind of what investing in the yield curve looks like today", Huffman said. But if interest rates fall, you will be forced to reinvest in a lower interest rate environment. Avoid the 10-year or 30-year duration bonds because they will face a negative yield curve role, which could reduce their total return potential, she added.


Persons: Taylor Huffman, Huffman, it's Organizations: PT Asset Management, Business, Management's, Bond, Securities

Walgreens on Thursday said it will start to work directly with drugmakers to bring cell and gene therapies to U.S. patients as part of a broader expansion of its specialty pharmacy services. The company said it is launching a new business unit dedicated to its specialty pharmacy segment, which will include specialty pharmacy subsidiary AllianceRx. Meanwhile, Shields Health Solutions, a subsidiary that supports health system-owned specialty pharmacies, will remain under Walgreens's U.S. health-care division. Specialty pharmacies provide medications that require extreme care in handling, storage and distribution. Among the company's new investments to "transform" its specialty pharmacy services, it will open a newly licensed facility in Pittsburgh dedicated to services for cell and gene therapies.


Persons: drugmakers Organizations: Walgreens, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Shields Health Solutions, Walgreens's Locations: Manhattan , New York City, U.S, Pittsburgh

South Korea's largest entertainment agency Hybe is set to file an official police complaint against executives of its sublabel ADOR on charges of breach of trust and other offenses. The move comes after Hybe, which manages K-pop sensation BTS, opened an audit into ADOR on April 22 over allegations that CEO Min Hee-jin was aiming to take the sublabel independent. Min denied the allegations and accused Hybe of copying the concept of ADOR's girl group, NewJeans, for another girl group under a different Hybe subsidiary. Reports from South Korean media show a screenshot provided by Hybe of a message between Min and ADOR's vice CEO. In the message, the vice CEO outlined various methods to take the label independent, including approaching other investors and convincing Hybe to sell its stake in the sublabel.


Persons: Min Hee, Min, Hybe, auditee Organizations: CNBC, South Locations: ADOR

Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailIsrael's plan to invade Rafah is 'not surprising,' says former Singapore diplomatBilahari Kausikan, chairman at the National University of Singapore's Middle East Institute, says "the Americans have made it clear many times, several times, that there is a limit to their patience, but that limit keeps being pushed."


Persons: Bilahari Kausikan Organizations: National University of Singapore's Middle East Institute Locations: Rafah, Singapore

Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailFed rate cuts have been derailed in the short term: BNP Paribas Wealth ManagementPrashant Bhayani, chief investment officer for Asia at BNP Paribas Wealth Management, discusses the outlook for monetary policy and earnings season.


Persons: Management Prashant Bhayani Organizations: BNP, Management, Wealth Management Locations: Asia

Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailJPMorgan: Need to separate the macroeconomic and equity market conversations when dealing with ChinaJames Sullivan of JPMorgan discusses why investors in China need to focus on bottom-up company research rather than investing in the index as a whole, as well as the challenges facing the Chinese EV space.


Persons: China James Sullivan Organizations: JPMorgan Locations: China

A worker fixes flags of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party displayed on a hoarding prior in Raipur on April 15, 2024 ahead of the country's upcoming general elections. India's stock markets started the year in record-high territory, much of it supported by pre-election optimism — but as the country kicked off its weeks-long election, Bernstein warned that a market correction could be in place. Market players have been pricing in a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. Modi, who has been prime minister since 2014, is seen as a market-friendly candidate. Nearly one billion eligible voters will decide who fills the 543 contested seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament.


Persons: Bernstein, Narendra Modi's, Modi, Venugopal Garre, Nikhil Arela Organizations: Bharatiya Janata Party Locations: Raipur, India, Lok Sabha

Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAnalyst: Supply chain "very difficult" for aviation industry right nowGreg Waldron, Asia managing director at FlightGlobal, says that applies not only to Boeing but also Airbus.


Persons: Greg Waldron Organizations: Boeing, Airbus Locations: Asia

Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAutomotive expert discusses what to expect at the 2024 Beijing Auto ShowFabian Brandt, global head of automotive at Oliver Wyman, discusses the "brutal" price war in the electrical vehicle market and how Chinese players compare with their Western counterparts.


Persons: Fabian Brandt, Oliver Wyman Locations: Beijing

Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailIndia confident global players will take advantage of new EV policy, says officialRajesh Kumar Singh, secretary at the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, named companies such as Tesla and VinFast.


Persons: Rajesh Kumar Singh Organizations: India, Department, Promotion, Industry, Internal

Deutsche Bank on Thursday reported a 10% rise in first-quarter profit, beating expectations amid an ongoing recovery in its investment banking unit. Net profit attributable to shareholders was 1.275 billion euros ($1.365 billion) for the period, ahead of an aggregate analyst forecast of 1.23 billion euros for the period, according to LSEG data. Deutsche Bank said this was its highest first-quarter profit since 2013. Revenues at its investment bank increased 13% to 3 billion euros, following a 9% slump through full-year 2023 which had dragged down overall profit. Germany's biggest lender reported net profit of 1.3 billion euros in the prior quarter and of 1.16 billion euros in the first quarter last year.


Persons: James von Moltke, CNBC's Annette Weisbach Organizations: Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bank's, Private Bank, Asset Management

The 2-year Treasury yield was last at 4.9248% after dipping by just over one basis point. U.S. Treasury yields fell slightly on Thursday as investors looked ahead to key economic data points that could inform the path ahead for interest rates. Investors awaited gross domestic product and inflation insights due Thursday and Friday, respectively. The data could inform how Federal Reserve policymakers think about monetary policy and what decisions they come to regarding the outlook for interest rates. Markets are widely expecting interest rates to remain unchanged then, with traders last pricing in the first rate cut for September according to CME Group's FedWatch tool.


Persons: Dow Jones Organizations: Treasury, U.S, PCE

Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailMacao Government Tourism Office discusses its goal of welcoming 33 million visitors in 2024Cheng Wai Tong, deputy director of the Macao Government Tourism Office, says it has fulfilled its target for the first quarter and discusses the markets it's focused on.


Persons: Cheng Wai Tong Organizations: Email, Tourism Office, Macao Government Tourism Office Locations: Email Macao, Macao

On a Monday morning last month, tech executives, engineers and sales representatives from Amazon, Google, TikTok and other companies endured a three-hour traffic jam as their cars crawled toward a mammoth conference at an event space in the desert, 50 miles outside Riyadh. The lure: billions of dollars in Saudi money as the kingdom seeks to build a tech industry to complement its oil dominance. To bypass the congestion, frustrated eventgoers drove onto the highway shoulder, kicking up plumes of desert sand as they sped past those following traffic rules. A lucky few took advantage of a special freeway exit dedicated to “V.V.I.P.s” — very, very important people.


Persons: eventgoers Organizations: Amazon, Google Locations: Riyadh

Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailFederated Hermes: European banking was 'about cost control' over the last yearFilippo Alloatti of Federated Hermes discusses the outlook for the European Central Bank's monetary policy.


Persons: Filippo Alloatti, Federated Hermes Organizations: Federated, Central

After years of debate, Venice on Thursday will begin charging day visitors five euros to visit its fragile historic center on peak days, making it the first city in the world to adopt such a measure to counter overtourism. Critics question whether a nominal fee will put people off from visiting one of the world’s most desired destinations. But officials hope that it might encourage some to rethink their plans and decide to come on weekdays or in the off-season. About half of those visitors came only for the day, city officials said. The spirit of the initiative, city officials have said, is to make people aware of the uniqueness — and fragility — of Venice.


Persons: Nicola Camatti Organizations: Foscari University of Venice Locations: Venice

Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailDeutsche Bank investment banking unit 'standout' in first quarter, CFO saysJames Von Moltke, chief financial officer at Deutsche Bank, comments on the German lender's first-quarter results.


Persons: James Von Moltke Organizations: Deutsche Bank
XPeng: We're bringing more AI into our vehicles
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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailXPeng: We're bringing more AI into our vehiclesBrian Gu, vice chairman and co-president of the Chinese electric vehicle maker, discusses its latest product, X9, and artificial intelligence-assisted driving.


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Kering shares dive after first-half profit warning
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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailKering shares dive after first-half profit warningThe owner of Gucci saw its shares dive after warning on Kering's outlook for first-half profit.


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Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailEquinor CEO says renewable energy investment is increasing — but it needs to be profitableEquinor CEO Anders Opedal comments on the oil and gas firm’s latest quarterly results and the push to balance energy security with the green transition.


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European markets looked set to open higher Thursday, rebounding from a dip in yesterday's session as investors look ahead to a fresh set of earnings. Markets lost momentum and shifted lower on Wednesday, with the U.K.'s FTSE 100 snapping a five-day winning streak.