Rising global concerns in first week 2016 including North Korean nuke testing, fall in oil prices, sluggishness of Chinese economy, middle east tension, reservation by Federal Reserve to raise interest rates plunged Dow Jones. Markets in Europe and Asia fell as well.
The instability in Chinese economy, after the dragon country devalued Yuan for eighth time, has created tremors across the global bourses. All the sectors fell in the range of 0.4 percent to 1.8 percent on the Wall Street. Safe haven yellow metal gained four percent in 2016. Chinese CSI 300 index fell 7%.
The US-based five airlines - Delta, Southwest, American, United and Virgin America have raised base fare on domestic travel. The hike is effective for corporate, leisure and discounted fares. Airlines are bullish on margins as business travel is expected to be stable even leisure travel takes a dip. The five airlines control 80 percent of the US domestic travel. Airlines are set to post surge in operational profits owing to lower fuel costs.
The year 2016 is expected to be positive for gold, oil and airlines segments. The sluggish real growth will propel gold prices. After declining for 18 months, oil price technically may make a rebound. Lower fuel costs and rising passenger traffic propel airlines to make more profits this year.
JPMorgan Chase & Co has replaced KCG Holdings Inc with Virtu Financial Inc as its market maker. Virtu from Wednesday onwards takes care of JPMorgan Chase's stock on New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). JPMorgan was disappointed with the role of KCG Holdings on 24 August 2015 as the stock markets witnessed mayhem pulling several stocks lower.
Ford Motor is investing about $4.5 billion in developing electric vehicles. Contrary to unconfirmed news that Ford and Google working together on developing driverless cars, Ford Motor President Mark Fields didn't mention about this association in his speech at CES-2016. Fields is very keen on exploring the $5.4 trillion transportation services segment.
Intel’s 3D RealSense Camera empowers Daqri Helmet to represent an augmented reality world at the stage of Consumer Electronics Show, 2016. Through unveiling the smart helmet, Intel is believed to surpass Microsoft in the race towards augmented reality world. The X- ray visioning smart camera is scheduled to become available for purchase from the first quarter of this year.
Walt Disney, Ford Motor and Deere & Co are leading the corporate bond sales, which began on positive note in 2016. The US companies sold $1.621 trillion in debt in 2015 as the majority of American corporate firms preferred to take zero rate advantage before Federal Reserve announcing the rate hike. Yields on investment-grade bonds rose to four-year high of 3.71 percent in December 2015.
Intel’s Radar Pace Technology has been successfully incorporated in Oakley branded smart glasses, are capable of analyzing athletic performances and coaching thereto. The glasses have been represented before the audience of Consumer Electronics Show, 2016. Unlike Google Glass, the Radar Pace technology instructs the wearer doing everything just by talking.
Yuan that keeps weakening have dropped Asian stocks dropped and plunge of futures in Europe and U.S.. On Wednesday trading Yuan hit five year low against US dollar.
Diesel gate controversy embattling Volkswagen has initiated implementing eco-friendly projects ahead of loosing share value. Volkswagen has revealed its bold step to go for producing an eco-friendly microbus, powered by electricity, in the Consumer Electronics Show. Batteries of the vehicle may be charged fully by only 20 minutes and capable of serving as a home power unit.
A voice guided GPS navigation system is going to be installed in vehicles equipped with Subaru StarLink platform. The navigation app is fully voice guided and is believed to reduce driving risks. Moreover, the associated app RightTrack will provide real-time driving assessment and coaching for Subaru owners based on their actual driving behavior. The Subaru Starlink app has been designed to support both Apple iOS and Android smartphones.
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