Salesmen Threaten to Disrupt Reliance Supply
A letter seen by Reuters unveiled that salesmen from India have threatened to disrupt & derange supplies to stores which are partnered with the renowned Reliance giant. As per the Reuters report, Indian salesmen from companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, Uniliever and Colgate-Palmolive stated that their sales declined 20-25% in the last year as small, family-owned and independent businesses were increasingly in partnership with Reliance to provide lower prices, dominating the market.
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On Saturday, Pakistan received a $3 billion loan from Saudi Arabia, as revealed by Pakistan’s prime minister finance adviser, Shaukat Tarin. The support is part of an economic stimulus package, aimed at assisting Pakistan in overcoming growing economic challenges, high inflation difficulties, a depreciating currency, among other issues facing the nation.
According to Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Australia shall raise its growth forecast for the coming 2022 year, noting that it remains too early to predict the estimate the potential impact of the newly discovered Omicron COVID-19 variant on the economic outlook. The nation is recovering quickly from the pandemic, setting world-beating vaccination rates.
The U.S. dollar remains stable on a positive note, as investor worries regarding the Omicron coronavirus variant seems to have diminished. The greenback remained solid despite the latest U.S. jobs report encapsulating the non-farm payrolls, showing that the actual payrolls were 210,000 against the 550,000 expected. The dollar index, compared to a basket of six other currencies, edged 0.01% higher to 96.172.
Gold futures jumped sharply on Friday, after disappointing monthly jobs data, which hasn’t necessarily impacted the dollar greenback substantially, but has given investors & traders increased worries over the current global economic situation. This has pushed the bullion upwards by 0.81% to value at $1,783 per ounce.
Crude oil prices were mixed on Friday, but have posted a sixth straight weekly loss, despite the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) signaling that it is prepared to decrease oil production at any time when Omicron-driven fears continue to hurt the demand for energy. Brent futures edged 0.34% higher to $69.91 a barrel, while WTI futures slumped 0.35% to $66.27 per barrel.
USA: S&P500 -0.84%, Dow Jones Industrial Average -0.17%, Nasdaq Composite -1.74%
Europe: FTSE 100 -0.10%, DAX -0.61%, CAC 40 -0.44%
Asia: Nikkei 225 +1.00%, Hang Seng -0.09%, CSI 300 +0.92%, Nifty 50 +1.18%
Irish-American online payment processor Stripe, has added Ford to its customers list, with the American carmaker signing a five-year deal with the goal of strengthening Ford’s e-commerce strategy and long-term outlook. Ford aims to use Stripe’s technology to process digital payments across Europe and North America.
Stripe, which is set for an initial public offering in 2022, is attracting investors from all corners of the world, currently valued at $95 billion as of April of 2021.
Microsoft announced that it shall acquire Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal. Taking over the “Call of Duty” maker at this price tag would mark the largest deal in the gaming industry history, and the biggest ever all-cash acquisition of Microsoft’s history. The Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) rocketed 26% on the news. The acquisition is aimed at entering the metaverse & virtual future world with confidence and bolstered powers.