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Major Analysts Update SoftBank Outlook To ‘Outperform’

Analysts have updated their outlooks towards SoftBank, majority of whom have put a ‘Outperform’ tag for the embattled Japanese concern. Meanwhile, SoftBank’s stock has witnessed a fall of 27.60% since July 2, 2015 ahead of releasing earning figures. The stock price fall is due to its $22 billion investment in Sprint which has turned to be bad debt.

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Xignite raises $20 million in Series C Funding

Xignite said that it has raised 20.5 million US dollar in Series C Funding. The company will utilize the capital from the fund to gauge its marketing and sales efforts as well as to widen its product portfolio.

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Steve Cohen's hedge fund investing in trading talent

Reeling under pressure, the hedge fund segment is facing talent crunch to render its services more qualitatively. Considering the need of the hour, billionaire Steve Cohen-owned hedge fund Point72 Asset Management is investing in grooming the talent pool. It's offering two programs to train young graduates.

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Dow Plunges 400 Points In Intraday Trading

Hedge funds betting on risks in US bluechips debt

The bonds are gaining momentum amid sluggish financial markets and uncertainty about the global economy. Majority of hedge funds are betting on the $4.5 trillion market as the safest for US corporate debt. Some hedge funds forecast the concerns may go beyond energy and junk bonds.

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Venture Firm Qiming Received $648 Million in Venture Capital Fund

One of China’s biggest venture capital firm, Qiming, secured its fifth US dollar venture capital fund in total of $648 million. The fund will help expand the firm’s investments in Chinese top startups in various sectors such as internet, consumer, technology, healthcare, as well as cleantech.

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Intel To Purchase McAfee For 7.68 Billion

Silver Lake invest $500 million in Symantec

Private equity firm Silver Lake will invest $500 million in cyber security company, Symantec. The money from the investment will be used by the company to buy back shares and issue a $4 dividend to shareholders.

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Stocks Drop As Report Shows Fewer Jobs Created Than Expected

Wall Street strategists lower S&P 500 estimates

Contrary to earlier bullish predictions for 2016, several Wall Street strategists have started lowering their forecasts on S&P 500 stocks. The Chinese economy slowdown, volatile oil prices and interest rates are the major reasons for drop in forecast. The gap between highest and lowest forecast has been widening.

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No Man's Land: The Women of Mexico

Mexico gets $400-mln loan from WB for rural development

Mexico is receiving $400-loan from World Bank for rural development and will formally sign an agreement. Mexican government will utilize the funds for extending financial lending to farmers and fishermen in rural areas. The small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will also get financial support from the Mexico's national agricultural financing agency FND.

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Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, is photographed in the photo studio at the company he

Nasty Gal to trim headcount by 10%

The Los Angeles-based fashion retailer Nasty Gal is reducing the number of employees by 10 percent as part of its strategic restructuring. The increasing market competition and uncertainty in financing aspects are forcing the company to reduce the costs. Several former employees moved court against Nasty Gal against layoffs.

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 Reorient Group Ltd. CEO Brett McGonegal Interview

Reorient Group Joint Ventures $457 Million Investment Firm In Shanghai

Reorient Group Ltd. has reportedly formed a $3 billion yuan ($457 million) joint venture with partners. The Shanghai based proposed Joint Venture (JV) firm, Yunfeng Securities Co., will have a registered capital of 1 billion yuan. The JV entity will go operative subject to receipt of approval from China Securities Regulatory Commission.

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Public spending propels Africa's fastest growing economy Ethiopia

The east African nation Ethiopia is poised to grow at 8.1 percent in 2016 from 8.7 percent growth in 2015. This makes Ethiopia a fastest growing nation in the world. The government spending on infrastructure projects is mainly driving the economy growth.

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GERMANY, Rostock, Giant pipes made by EEW Special Pipe Constructions GmbH in Rostock for the offshore wind farm Walney 2 in the northern North Sea, The pipes are being taken to the transport ship from the EEW grounds.

Beijing Electric Acquires EEW For €1.44 Billion, The Largest Ever Chinese Direct Investment In Germany

BEHL is going to purchase the leading German waste to energy recycler EEW for €1.44 Billion. The deal appears to be the largest ever Chinese direct investment in Germany. Following legal obligation, the transaction will be cleared under the German Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance.

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Stocks Dive On Dropping Energy Prices

Wall Street monitors USD, while oil price drops

Investors are concerned as the US stock index futures turned weaker. The marginal recovery in oil price amid drop in the US dollar puts the Wall Street on cautious note. On the other hand, Asian and European stocks were trading marginally higher on oil price recovery and drop in US dollar.

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ING Groep NV Full-Year Earnings News Conference

ING's Q4 earnings beat forecast

The Dutch banking major ING Groep's revenues for the fourth quarter were above the analysts' forecasts. ING's exposure to the oil companies is putting pressure on its stock, which suffered 20 percent drop. However, ING is also receiving indirect benefits from lower oil prices.

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Chinese consumers are taking pictures of the gold..

China's gold demand rises as investors seek safe haven

The gold buying demand from China is surging from last December onwards owing investors' priority to safe haven assets. The sluggish stock markets, weaker currency and lower global prices are prime reasons for the rising demand for the yellow metal. The consumption rose 3.7 percent to 985.9 metric tons in 2015.

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