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The Demilitarized Zone established after the Korean War separates North Korea and South Korea. North Korean and South Korean soldiers, as well as United Nations Command forces, guard the site. AdvertisementIn 1953, an armistice agreement established a Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border of North Korea and South Korea. While the agreement brought an end to the battles of the Korean War, the conflict is still ongoing. On multiple occasions earlier this year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tested new rockets capable of hitting Seoul in South Korea.
Persons: it's, , Kim Jong, Kim Organizations: United Nations Command, Service, Associated Press, Business Locations: North Korea, South Korea, North Korean, Seoul, Korea, United States
People enjoy food and drink at an izakaya bar near Yurakucho Station on June 05, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Hong Kong stocks led losses in Asia Pacific on Friday after Wall Street tumbled overnight on rate worries, while investors also digested inflation data from Japan. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 1.71%, while mainland China's CSI 300 dropped 1.11% to end at 3,601.48. In South Korea, the Kospi ended 1.26% lower at 2,687.60, dragged by heavyweight Samsung Electronics, while the small-cap Kosdaq lost 0.85% to close at 839.41. Heavyweight chipmaker Samsung Electronics shares fell 3.07% after Reuters reported that the South Korean tech giant's latest high bandwidth memory (HBM) chips are not yet ready for use by U.S. chipmaker Nvidia.
Organizations: CSI, Samsung Electronics, Reuters, South, Nvidia Locations: Yurakucho, Tokyo, Japan, Hong Kong, Asia Pacific, Hong, South Korea, South Korean
The Shanghai-based company reported Wednesday that net profit soared 246% to 28 billion yuan ($3.9 billion) in the first quarter of 2024, more than double the average analyst estimate of 12.62 billion yuan ($1.7 billion), according to LSEG data. Revenue jumped 131% to 86.81 billion yuan ($12 billion) in the period, also comfortably beating expectations. He is still the company’s biggest shareholder, with a stake of 25% stake, and ranks as China’s second richest man with a fortune of nearly $52 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Temu, PDD’s international app, was launched in 2022, and as of last November it had acquired nearly 17% of the US online discount store market, according to Earnest Analytics. Last month, South Korean regulators investigated Temu on suspicion of false advertising and unfair ppractices, according to the Yonhap news agency.
Persons: Nomura, PDD, Colin Huang, Pinduoduo, Alibaba’s Taobao, Morgan Stanley, , Lei Chen, Chen Organizations: Hong Kong CNN — PDD Holdings, Revenue, Nasdaq, Bloomberg, Data Locations: Hong Kong, Shanghai, , PDD’s, Alibaba, Hangzhou, Beijing, China, European
Samsung Electronics appoints new chief for chip business
  + stars: | 2024-05-21 | by ( )   time to read: 1 min
A man walks past the Samsung logo displayed on a glass door at the company's Seocho building in Seoul on April 7, 2023. Samsung Electronics said on Tuesday it has appointed Young Hyun Jun as the company's new chief for its semiconductor unit. "This is a preemptive measure to strengthen the future competitiveness," Samsung Electronics said in a statement. The South Korean technology giant said that Jun, a former chief executive at Samsung's battery arm Samsung SDI and former executive at Samsung Electronics' memory chip business, would help the company overcome the "chip crisis" with his management know-how.
Persons: Young Hyun Jun Organizations: Samsung, Samsung Electronics, Samsung SDI Locations: Seoul, Korean
The song was unveiled in April during a nighttime concert to mark the completion of a housing project in the capital Pyongyang, according to North Korean state-run Korean Central News Agency. “This isn’t Gen Z suddenly declaring allegiance for the regime,” said Alexandra Leonzini, a Cambridge University scholar conducting research on North Korean music. “They’re laughing at the regime not with the regime.”Nonetheless, South Korean security officials came down on the parodies. The music video of "Friendly Father" went viral on TikTok. North and South Korea have been cut off from each other since the Korean War in 1953 ended with an armistice.
Persons: Kim Jong, Kim –, Kim “, , TikTok, Z, Alexandra Leonzini, “ They’re, Kim, , Ha Seung, it’s, ” Ha Organizations: CNN, Korean Central News Agency, North, Cambridge University, Korea Communications Standards, Seoul’s National Intelligence Service, country’s National, Dongguk University, North Koreans Locations: Korea, Pyongyang, Korean, South Korean, South Korea, North Korea, KCTV
While NCsoft shares are only traded in South Korea, they are accessible to U.S. and European investors through ETFs. The company's shares have been hit hard over the past few years, with the stock price declining significantly from its peak in 2021 and falling 40% over the past 12 months. German, co-manager of the Emerging Market Value strategy at Schroders , attributes the sell-off to several factors. In addition, NCsoft also announced a cost-cutting program and a share buyback program earlier this month which have already boosted the company's stock price by around 10%. Most analysts have a hold rating on the stock, giving shares only a 2% upside, according to FactSet data.
Persons: Vera German, NCsoft, Nexon Organizations: Esports, CNBC Pro, Investor Conference, South Korean Locations: Korean, South Korea, London, Korea
Read previewTensions are flaring between North Korea and South Korea, and it could lead to conflict sooner rather than later. If such a clash between North Korea and South Korea occurred, it could quickly spiral into wider conflict. SOPA Images via Getty ImagesA notable shift came earlier this year, when North Korea declared South Korea "our principal enemy" and threatened to "thoroughly annihilate" it along with the US if provoked. The move was alarming and likely partially influenced by the Yoon administration's harder stance against North Korea than South Korea's previous president, Moon Jae-in. Military members salute during a military demonstration involving tank units in North Korea.
Persons: , Sue Mi Terry, Terry, Yoon Suk, Yoon, Kim Jong, Kim's, Moon Jae, Victor Cha, Andy Lim, Biden, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Kim, Allison Hooker, Hooker Organizations: Service, South Korea's, Council, Foreign Relations, Foreign Affairs, Business, US, North, National Reunification, Government, KCNA, Reuters, Center for Strategic, Studies ' Capital, CSIS, REUTERS Times, Trump, National Security Council Locations: Korea, South Korea, North Korea, Korean, South, Japan, Asia, CSIS Korea, Hanoi, Russia, China, Ukraine, Taiwan
On top of that, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) subsidies to reshore the battery supply chain to the U.S. are also "having the desired impact," it added. It named companies such as LG Energy Solution and Samsung SDI which have more than 65% of U.S. battery manufacturing capacity. LG Energy Solution has the additional benefit of being the most exposed to growth and IRA benefits, they added. But Bernstein said it prefers Samsung SDI to LG Energy Solution for now, as the former offers "growth at a reasonable price." Bernstein gave Samsung SDI and LG Chem an outperform rating and LG Energy Solution a market perform rating.
Persons: Bernstein, Freyr, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: U.S, LG Energy, Samsung SDI, LG Chem, Umicore, Basf, LG, Panasonic, Tesla, SolidEnergy Systems Locations: U.S, North America, decouple, China, South Korea, Europe
The National Insurance Crime Bureau released their list of the most stolen cars in America for 2023. Hyundai and Kia models took six of the top 10 spots in the insurance industry trade group's list. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementHyundai and Kia dominate the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of the most stolen cars in America. The compact Hyundai Elantra took the top spot, with more than 48,000 vehicles stolen, 2.5 times the number stolen in 2022.
Persons: Organizations: Insurance, Hyundai, Kia, Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Service, National Insurance, America . Vehicles, South, Business Locations: America
BofA Securities has screened for 20 of Asia's "most important stocks," selected from the constituents of the MSCI Asia Pacific Index. Here are 10 stocks from the investment bank's list, which stand out for having substantial upside potential, according to FactSet's consensus price targets. This gives the stock upside potential of 42.0%. Analysts' target price on the stock is 103,211 Korean won ($76.61), or 32.0% potential upside, according to FactSet data. Their average target price is 233,378 Korean won, implying nearly 20.9% upside potential, FactSet data shows.
Persons: — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: BofA Securities, MSCI, AIA Group, Hong, Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix, Korean Locations: Hong Kong, Korean
The company said it now expects net income of roughly $7 billion, down from a range of $7 billion to $7.5 billion. Walmart — Shares rallied nearly 6% after the company reported adjusted first-quarter earnings of 60 cents per share, topping the 52 cents expected from analysts polled by LSEG. Chubb — Shares of the insurance company advanced nearly 4% after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway revealed Chubb was the confidential stock the conglomerate had been purchasing for two straight quarters. Berkshire bought nearly 26 million shares for about $6.7 billion, making it the second-largest holder in Chubb, according to a regulatory filing. GameStop , AMC — The meme stocks retreated for a second day following a speculative rally in the beginning of the week.
Persons: Chubb, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, Goose, GoodRx, Raymond James, Samantha Subin, Alex Harring, Yun Li, Pia Singh Organizations: European Union, Facebook, Deere — Deere, Walmart —, LSEG, Revenue, Walmart, Berkshire, GameStop, AMC, UBS, AIG, Nippon Life Locations: Corebridge
Stanley Druckenmiller slashed his exposure to Nvidia by 72% in the first quarter, according to 13F filings. AdvertisementBillionaire investor Stanley Druckenmiller slashed his exposure to AI darling Nvidia by 72% in the first quarter, according to a 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Druckenmiller's Duquense Family Office, which manages about $4.4 billion, sold 441,551 shares of Nvidia in the first quarter. Other big trades made by Druckenmiller include a $664 million bet on small cap stocks, via call options on the Russell 2000. Another notable trade Druckenmiller made was the near tripling of his position in copper miner Freeport McMoRan, now worth about $65 million.
Persons: Stanley Druckenmiller, Druckenmiller, , Russell Organizations: Nvidia, Service, Securities and Exchange Commission, Microsoft, Freeport McMoRan, Investment Locations: Freeport
The annual Space-out competition, held on Sunday, finds who’s best at zoning out for 90 minutes without falling asleep, checking their phone or talking. Speed skater Kwak Yoon-gy takes part in the annual Space-out competition held on Sunday in Seoul. 26-year-old YouTuber Kim Seok-hwan zones out as he participates in the annual Space-out competition held on Sunday in Seoul. CNNThis year marks the tenth anniversary of the Space-out competition, founded by a visual artist, who goes by the pseudonym Woopsyang, after she suffered severe burnout. Charlie Miller/CNNSince the first Space-out competition was held in Seoul in 2014, it has expanded internationally, with contests taking place in various cities such as Beijing, Rotterdam, Taipei, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
Persons: who’s, Kwak Yoon, Charlie Miller, CNN “, , , Kim Seok, ” Woopsyang, Kwon, Auguste Rodin, Auguste Rodin's, ” Kwon Organizations: CNN, Olympics Locations: Seoul, Beijing, Rotterdam, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Korea
CNN —The celebrations during Manchester City’s 2-0 win against Tottenham on Tuesday were testament to the importance of the high-stakes match as the reigning champion took a huge step towards a fourth straight English Premier League title. But, just as it looked as though City’s title hopes were about to be handed a major blow, Ortega stuck out a strong right leg to block the striker’s shot. Stefan Ortega makes an incredible save from Son Heung-Min to keep City's title hopes alive. However, if Arsenal drops points at home against Everton in its last game, City will win the league regardless of its result. No Premier League team has ever won four consecutive league titles, and the achievement would come after City’s treble-winning feat last season.
Persons: Erling Haaland, Pep Guardiola, , , ” Haaland's, Dylan Martinez, Ange Postecoglou, Haaland, Stefan Ortega, Ederson, Ortega, Dejan Kulusevski, Manuel Akanji, Heung, Son Heung, Min, Marc Atkins, Guardiola, Jérémy Doku, ” Guardiola, , Stefan, I’ve Organizations: CNN, Manchester, Tottenham, Premier League, Arsenal, West, Reuters, City, Spurs, Tottenham Hotspur, Getty Images, Ham, Etihad, Everton Locations: West Ham, London,
Tiger Woods, world No. Yang?’Despite his giant-slaying efforts, Yang was still relatively unknown when he pitched up to PGA Tour qualifying school the following season. Yang clinched his first PGA Tour title on his fourth start of the season at the Honda Classic to join K.J. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images“I wasn’t that nervous because it’s a game of golf,” Yang told reporters. The 24-year-old American stamped a last-minute ticket to Valhalla with his first PGA Tour victory at the inaugural Myrtle Beach Classic on Sunday.
Persons: Yang, , Woods, , Joe, Mike Douglas, Yang –, Joe ”, fatefully, Yang toasts, , , ” AJ Montecinos, texted, “ I’d, ” Montecinos, Montecinos, Jamie Squire, Choi, Montecinos –, Charles Baus, It’s, you’re, – it’s, Streeter Lecka, ” Yang, “ It’s, ” Woods, I’m, Hideki Matsuyama’s, Yang …, Christian Petersen, Montecinos ’, Chris Gotterup, Wanamaker, Tiger Organizations: CNN, Korean –, Hazeltine, Augusta National, , CBS, European, HSBC, PGA Tour, PGA, Honda, K.J, Koreans, South Korean, Woods, Tiger, Hong, Korean, Southern Hills, Myrtle Beach Locations: Chaska , Minnesota, Jeju, Korea, Asia, Shanghai, China, Korean, Texas, San Antonio, Hazeltine, Woods, Hong Kong, Tulsa , Oklahoma, Valhalla, Kentucky
'Conviction list' stocks with big upside Investors still looking for quality names with more upside may want to consider names in Goldman's conviction lists — directors' cut. CNBC Pro scoured Goldman's May conviction lists for stocks with further upside of 50% or more, based on the bank's price targets. Goldman gave it a price target of $35, implying 107% upside. Goldman gave it a price target of 37 euros ($40), implying 64% upside. The bank gave the stock a price target of 380,000 Korean won ($277), or potential upside of 94%.
Persons: Stocks, Goldman Sachs, Peter Oppenheimer, Goldman, Neste, — CNBC's Michael Bloom Organizations: Dow Jones, U.S . Federal, Fed, CNBC, Europe's, Energy, Korean Locations: 1Q24, United States, Europe, Asia, Korean
Lee Jung-jae told Business Insider that "Squid Game" season two was coming in December. "Squid Game" was a massive success for Netflix, and is its most-viewed series to date. AdvertisementThe highly anticipated season two of "Squid Game" is on the horizon. When BI asked if Lee could tease anything about the upcoming second season, the actor kept the major details close to his chest. This story is available exclusively to Business Insider subscribers.
Persons: Lee Jung, jae, Lee, Seong, Organizations: Korean Netflix, Netflix, Service, Disney, Business Locations: Korean
Behind the curtain of the global arms trade
  + stars: | 2024-05-14 | by ( Momo Takahashi | )   time to read: +7 min
In his new book, "Nothing Personal: The Back Office of War," photographer Nikita Teryoshin lifts the veil on the global arms trade, capturing defense exhibitions worldwide. Closed to the public, his series offers a rare inside look into the lucrative global arms industry. Guests, politicians, and traders watch a live demonstration of warfare at the International Defense Exhibition in Abu Dhabi. After the construction and the oil and gas sectors, the global arms trade is one of the most corruption-prone sectors in the world, ​​according to Transparency International. By contrast, the international trade of bananas is more tightly regulated than the arms trade, according to the introductory note of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
Persons: Nikita Teryoshin, Teryoshin, Rafael, KAI, Lockheed Martin Organizations: Business, International Defense, Bofors, International Defense Industry, International Defense Exhibition, Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, United Nations Arms, Black Eagles, Nikita, Kalashnikov, Lockheed Locations: East, Ukraine, France, Paris, United States, China, Abu Dhabi, Russia, India, Poland, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Peruvian, Lima , Peru, Korean, Seoul
Russia is believed to be using North Korean missiles and shells in its invasion of Ukraine. North Korean shells are often defective and blow up before being fired, reports claim. South Korean intelligence said Monday it suspects the weapons may date from the 1970s. AdvertisementRussia is using North Korean artillery shells in its invasion of Ukraine that may have been made in the 1970s, South Korean media reported. South Korean intelligence, the National Intelligence Service (NIS), told news agency Yonhap that it's reviewing reports that North Korea has supplied its ally Russia with weapons made five decades ago.
Persons: Organizations: Korean, Service, National Intelligence Service, Business Locations: Russia, Ukraine, North, South, Korea, North Korea
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission issued a warning last week about deepfake scams. Related storiesAs the technology behind artificial intelligence advances, scammers are increasingly using deepfakes to dupe their victims into handing over cash. The group in Hong Kong claimed to provide a cryptocurrency trading service using underlying artificial intelligence. But Hong Kong authorities said they suspect it is a front for "virtual asset related fraudulent activities." The Hong Kong Police Force did not return a request for comment from BI.
Persons: , Elon, Elon Musk Organizations: Service, Facebook, The Hong Kong Securities, Futures Commission, Business, Yahoo, Authorities, Hong, Crypto News, Hong Kong Police Force Locations: The, Hong Kong, South Korean
At least one Doomsday plane is on alert 24/7 at a US military base somewhere in the world, the Air Force says. On Friday, a spokesperson for the Colorado-based Sierra Nevada confirmed the purchase of the Korean Air jets but would not give any further details. A Korean Air Boeing 747-800 landing at Rome Fiumicino airport. Earlier this week, Korean Air announced the $675 million sale of five of its aircraft to Sierra Nevada. Korean Air had nine 747-800 passenger jets in its fleet as of October 2023, according to its website.
Persons: Fabrizio Gandolfo, Yoonjung Seo Organizations: South Korea CNN, Boeing, South Korean, Korean, Sierra Nevada Corporation, US Air Force’s, Pentagon, Joint Chiefs, Air Force, US Department of Homeland Security, Korean Air, Korean Air Boeing, Sierra Nevada, Airborne Operations Center, Defense, Dayton International Airport Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Asia, United States, Colorado, Sierra Nevada, Rome Fiumicino, Ohio, Dayton
Seoul, South Korea CNN —South Korea’s leader on Thursday said he plans to create a new government ministry to tackle the “national emergency” of the country’s infamously low birth rate as it grapples with a deepening demographic crisis. In a televised address, President Yoon Suk Yeol said he would ask for parliament’s cooperation to establish the Ministry of Low Birth Rate Counter-planning. “We will mobilize all of the nation’s capabilities to overcome the low birth rate, which can be considered a national emergency,” he said. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol at a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, on, May 9, 2024. Countries like South Korea, Japan and China, however, have shied away from mass immigration to tackle the decline in their working age populations.
Persons: Yoon Suk Yeol, Yoon, Yoon Suk, Kyung, Fumio Kishida Organizations: South Korea CNN, of, South, AP, Korea, Families Agency Locations: Seoul, South Korea, Korea, Japan, China
CNN —Kim Ki Nam, one of the longest-serving North Korean officials who served all three generations of its leaders cementing their political legitimacy and heading the propaganda apparatus for the dynastic state, has died, official media said on Wednesday. North Korea leader Kim Jong Un visited the bier of Kim at 2 a.m. on Wednesday to pay tribute “with bitter grief over the loss of a veteran revolutionary who had remained boundlessly loyal” to the country until the very end, it said. Kim died on Tuesday at the age of 94, official KCNA news agency said. Kim exerted tremendous influence on policy and personnel and was a key architect of the ruling Workers’ Party’s political foundation, according to North Korea expert Michael Madden at the Stimson Center. He was particularly close to Kim Jong-il, the father of the current leader who died in 2011, and was believed to be his “drinking buddy,” Madden said citing sources.
Persons: CNN — Kim Ki Nam, Kim Jong Un, Kim, , , ” KCNA, Kim Dae, Kim Il, Michael Madden, Kim Jong, ” Madden Organizations: CNN, North Korean, North, South, Stimson Locations: North Korea, Pyongyang, Korea
Employees of HD Hyundai Marine Solution Co., during the company's listing ceremony at the Korea Exchange in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. Shares of maintenance and repair firm HD Hyundai Marine Solution spiked nearly 50% in their trading debut Wednesday, marking a strong start to South Korea's largest IPO since January 2022. Shares traded as high as 166,100 South Korean won ($121.59) apiece, representing a 99.1% surge from the IPO price of 83,400 won. The ship-repair unit of South Korea's largest shipping conglomerate HD Hyundai Group sold 8.9 million shares in the initial public offering. The IPO totaled 742.26 billion won, valuing the newly public unit around 3.71 trillion won at the offering price.
Organizations: Korea Exchange, Hyundai, South Korean, Street, KKR Locations: Korea, Seoul, South Korea, South
Fellow billionaire Gautam Adani, founder of the Adani group, was also invited. Reliance Industries and the Adani Group are sprawling conglomerates worth over $200 billion each, with established businesses in sectors ranging from fossil fuels and clean energy to media and technology. As a result, these three men — Modi, Ambani and Adani — are playing a fundamental role in shaping the economic superpower India will become in the coming decades. Both Adani and Ambani have become key allies as the country embarks on this revolution. “India cannot grow rich before it becomes old on the back of a few big firms like Adani or Ambani,” he said.
Persons: Mukesh Ambani, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Ivanka Trump, popstar Rihanna, David Blaine, Ambani, Gautam Adani, Jeff Bezos, , Rohit Lamba, Narendra Modi, — Modi, Adani, Noemi Cassanelli, , John D Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, James Crabtree, Modi, Guido Cozzi, Cozzi, Ambani’s, Dhirubhai, helms, Cantor Fitzgerald, Cantor, ’ Ambani, Amit Dave, Hindenburg’s, ferociously, ” Cantor, Modi’s, Prasanna Tantri, Crabtree, Lamba Organizations: New, New Delhi CNN —, Reliance Industries, Pennsylvania State University, Investors, Adani, CNN, Adani Realty, Frick, Astor, Carnegie, Samsung, Hyundai, World Bank . Coal, University of St, Adani Group, Reliance, Reliance Industry, Adani Enterprises, AEL “, Tata Group, Modi, India’s, Hindenburg, GQG Partners, Indian School of Business Locations: New Delhi, Gujarat, Davos, Coachella, Silicon Valley, India, China, Mumbai, Antilia, America, Asia, Britain, South Korea, Worth, United Kingdom, University of St Gallen, Switzerland, American
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