Thursday 18th December 2014
NEWS TICKER: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16TH 2014: GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft is one of the largest suppliers for the food processing industry, following the sale of the Heat Exchangers Segment at the end of October this year, Klaus Hunger, chairman of the General Works Council of the former GEA Heat Exchangers Segment, has announced his retirement from the GEA Group Supervisory Board. By order of the local court of Düsseldorf, Brigitte Krönchen, deputy chair of the GEA Farm Technologies Works Council, was appointed to the as the new employee representative. - On a seasonally adjusted basis, the US Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers declined 0.3% in November after being unchanged in October, according to the Bureau of Labor. The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.1% last month after rising 0.2%in October - Methorios Capital, an Italian based independent financial services company, has listed on the Alternext market in Paris, with the direct listing of the existing 133,436,181 shares. The admission price of Methorios Capital shares was set at €0.63 per share. Market capitalisation was €84.1mon on its debut. Fabio Palumbo, Chairman of Methorios Capital, says “This listing allows the company to increase its international visibility, the share liquidity and guarantee new capital raising opportunities to finance its growth.” - Nasdaq today announced that LifeSci Index Partners, LLC, will list two new exchange-traded funds, the BioSharesTM Biotechnology Clinical Trials Fund (Symbol: BBC) and the BioSharesTM Biotechnology Products Fund (Symbol: BBP), on The Nasdaq Stock Market. BBC and BBP will begin trading today. "The landscape of the biotechnology sector has experienced dramatic shifts since the initial public offerings of Cetus and Genentech in the early 1980s," says Paul Yook, co-founder of LifeSci Index Partners. "Our BioShares funds are designed with the current biotechnology market in mind and offer investors unique and diversified portfolios of entrepreneurial biotechnology stocks by applying our rules-based index methodology." Both funds employ an equal weighting approach that allows each security's performance to affect the ETF equally, regardless of the size of the company. In this way, a relatively small firm enjoying a major breakthrough can have a meaningful impact on the ETF. An equal weighting also serves to minimize the outsize impact that a handful of mega-cap biotech companies can have on more traditional, market-cap weighted indexes. - According to Platon Monokroussos, head of research at Eurobank, “Taking their cue from the negative tone in Asia earlier today, major European stock markets stood in a negative territory in early trade on Wednesday pressured by persisting Russia jitters and the continued downtrend in oil prices amid oversupply concerns. The FOMC holds its final meeting of the year today. The policy announcement is scheduled for 20:00 CET and market focus is on whether the FOMC will drop its commitment “to maintain the 0 to ¼% target range for the federal funds rate for a considerable time following the end of its asset purchase program” - The first round of voting for the election of the new President of the Hellenic Republic in the 300-seat Parliament is scheduled to take place this evening at 19:00 Athens time (EET). As per Article 32 of the Constitution of Greece, a 2/3rd majority of the number of seats is required for the election of the new President i.e., 200 in-favour votes. Recall that Greece’s two-party coalition government currently enjoys the support of 155 lawmakers; center-right New Democracy controls 127 seats and PASOK 28. The coalition government has nominated former EU Commissioner Stavros Dimas for the presidential post – The UK’s Water Services Regulation Authority's (Ofwat’s) final determination on price limits for UK water companies over the forthcoming five-year control period 2015-20, which was announced on December 12th, remains challenging but in line with expectations, says Moody's in a report published today. The main difference is a further 10 basis-point reduction in the allowed wholesale return, resulting in an overall allowed return for the business as a whole (including wholesale and retail activities) of 3.74%, compared with 3.85% in the draft determination and 5.1% in the current period. However, the ratings agency says negative implications of the additional 10 basis-point reduction are somewhat offset by other positive changes from the draft determination stage, including an adjustment for cost inflation on retail cost allowances from 2012-13 to 2013-14. Moody's notes that United Utilities Water Limited (A3 stable) and Thames Water Utilities Ltd (Baa1 negative) benefitted from significant changes to their overall total expenditure allowances between draft and final determination, and, in the case of Thames Water, a company-specific uncertainty mechanism related to the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. Similarly, Moody’s says Southern Water Services Limited (Baa2 negative) achieved a significant improvement in the legacy adjustment related to its performance in the current regulatory period. Conversely, Bristol Water plc (Baa1 stable) remains the relative loser of the final determination, as it faces the largest relative reduction in wholesale total expenditure allowance compared with the company's plan. The gap between Bristol Water's proposed wholesale total expenditure versus Ofwat's final determination allowances is 32%, making a referral to the Competition and Markets Authority likely – Bloomberg reports that Jefferies Group is moving to shed the commodities and financial-derivatives business that it bought from Prudential Bache in 2011. Jefferies says it's getting out of the business because of high costs and dwindling fees – California’s SunEdison, Inc says it has closed its second fund for distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) generation projects in the United States with Barclays and Citi. The lease pass-through fund is valued at $117m, and follows on the Barclays and Citi fund closed earlier this year. This brings the aggregate value of funds closed this year with Barclays and Citi for SunEdison and TerraForm Power's distributed generation projects to $290m. The fund will provide financing for a portfolio of distributed generation PV projects in 12 states across the West Coast, mid-Atlantic, New England, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The projects are expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2014 through the first half of 2015. Upon mechanical completion, the projects will be sold to TerraForm Power – Emolument.com, the salary benchmarking site has examined bonus data from 322 VPs working in front office in Asset Management in Europe. It finds London’s salaries are the highest –with a strong culture of incentivising staff, “bonuses in London are the chunkiest in Europe” says the firm. However, salaries are higher in Geneva (at a 23% premium to London). VPs in Amsterdam earn as much as those in Paris says the firm - According Sino news service Red Pulse, Baidu will invest $600m in the taxi start-up, marking the tech giant’s official entry into the taxi app space, a year after Tencent and Alibaba announced their investments in taxi apps DidiTaxi and Kuaidi Taxi respectively. This recent acquisition marks yet another push from Baidu to compete in the mobile payment and O2O market sectors. Baidu launched its third-party payment platform, Baidu Wallet, in April 2014, competing with Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s Tenpay platforms. Baidu also has an investment in the travel website Qunar, which in addition to Baidu Wallet, also offers the option for payment through other platforms. Some industry sources believe that this new investment will be no different and that Uber will likely remain open to other payment channels. Even if this is not the case, Baidu Wallet will continue to face considerable hurdles. While the company has grown a strong client base through its mapping app, it has yet to prove that it can transform passive consumers to active ones, willing to make a purchase through its platform - Russia continues to take a beating in the FX trading markets. The depreciation of the Ruble this year is unprecedented and while it has also put pressure on other emerging market currencies, Russia is the fall guy in today’s markets, while the USD and JPY are both benefactors of safe haven investment flows. The euro found its footing as it attempted to rally back above 1.2500 following better than expected PMI readings and a huge jump in the German ZEW economic sentiment survey, though it is looking toppy and selling is now expected - UK economic news flow has tended to be better than analysts expect over the last couple of months and aside from a very downbeat inflation report and inflation expectations, the rest of the economy is maintaining a firm pace of growth. The issue however is the role inflation plays in the BOE’s policy outlook, currently inflation at 1% is well below the BOE’s target of 2%, and concerns are inflation will decline further before recovering, this is likely to impact the BOE’s progression to raising interest rates and as such will have ongoing implication on the value of GBP. For now GBP is marginally firmer on the morning.

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There are some markets and products where demand for accurate and concise analysis is at a premium. Berlinguer Limited was founded in 2003 to fill this void by providing high-touch, high quality products and services to the international banking and investment community. As a privately owned and managed company with no external shareholders Berlinguer and its staff are entirely focused on serving this key constituency to the best of their abilities.
 
With the launch in 2004 of FTSE Global Markets Berlinguer has quickly established itself as one of the world’s principle independent financial publishing houses.
 
Published 10 times a year, FTSE Global Markets offers the best comment and analysis on the world’s equity, debt and alternative investment markets.
 
In a market place crowded by awards, league-tables, sponsored statements and advertorials there is a real demand for authoritative and independent information and analysis that is valued and can be trusted by key decision makers. FTSE Global Markets is now the source that investment institutions and professionals active in the global equity, debt and alternative investment markets turn to when it really matters.
 
FTSE Global Markets provides coverage of people, firms, institutions and countries in both the developed and emerging markets. Every issue includes in-depth analysis of the key market issues for institutional investors.
 
FTSE Global Markets provides an accurate, authoritative and independent platform which is trusted and valued by asset management firms, pension plan sponsors, mutual funds, insurance companies, government agencies, trustees, hedge funds, broking and trading firms, investment banks, consultancy and accountancy firms, data providers, law firms, regulators, securities services firms and stock exchanges.
 
In 2011 FTSE Global Markets re-launched its website www.ftseglobalmarkets.com. In addition to all of the content from the current issue, it includes the latest news, blogs, videos and research as well as a fully searchable archive of over 3,000 online and printed articles.
 
The research team at FTSE Global Markets provides in depth proprietary analysis and research on particular markets and topics. This is then published in the magazine, online and also as bespoke outbound research reports.
 
As part of its 360° approach FTSE Global Markets produces high-touch, high level events, topical seminars and roundtables that bring together leading professionals and market makers who provide unique, incisive and forward-looking insights and analysis of the international financing and investment markets. The content is highly researched ensuring it is interesting and informative rather than dominated by sales pitches and anodyne overviews. This provides sponsors and speakers the ideal opportunity and forum to demonstrate their expertise and thought leadership capabilities. For more information visit www.ftseglobalmarkets.com/events.

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