Foreign firms spend £100bn buying British businesses so far in 2016
6 December 2016 • 3:45pm
"Foreign companies spent more than £100bn acquiring firms in the UK in the first nine months of the year, according to official figures - the highest level on record.
In the same period of 2015, overseas investors spent £24.2bn on UK acquisitions, meaning the value is four times as large as a year ago.
Some major transactions have dominated the figures, with huge investments such as Japanese company Softbank’s £24.3bn takeover of UK technology darling Arm Holdings.
But the number of individual transactions is also up sharply, as more small deals take place too.
A total of 167 deals worth £1m or more apiece have taken place this year, compared with 96 in the first nine months of 2015, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Those working in the mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market said the figures are an indication of the UK’s attractiveness as an investment destination."|
|short form video is now the primary source of news for the under 24s
5 key trends for short form video success
November 17, 2016
"AOL has released results of new research study exploring UK consumer viewing attitudes for short form digital video, finding that it has now become the primary news source for younger audiences. More than half (52%) of 18-24 year olds said that they prefer getting their news from short form videos than reading it.
The research found that the key for viewers to successful short form video above all else is quality, as over half (58%) said they lose patience if the production quality of video is not good enough. Additional quality indicators relevant to video advertising included brand fit, uniqueness of the content, and appropriate length.
Continuing on advertising around short form video, viewers revealed that they are more likely (54%) to watch an advert if it’s related to the destination content. Four in 10 consumers (41%) also said they would prefer brands to be featured in the video they are trying to watch rather than putting ads before it, challenging marketers to deliver innovative new video ad experiences and thoughtful brand integration.
Mark Melling, Senior Director of AOL Video, Europe, commented on the results: “That short form video is now the primary source of news for the under 24s shows just how important the medium has become. Consumers have also made it clear to advertisers; yes they are willing to be engaged with video, but the challenge is to make sure that the experiences being created are of a suitable quality and are aligned to the destination content they are trying to view.”"|
Google commits to massive new London headquarters
Tech giant announces it is going ahead with delayed plans to build a campus for 7,000 employees with Olympic cauldron designer Heatherwick Studio on board
Alex Hern and Rob Davies
Last modified on Wednesday 16 November 2016 13.00 GMT
"Google has confirmed plans to build a new headquarters in London and create 3,000 jobs, in a move that will be seen as a vote of confidence in Britain’s prospects after Brexit.
The project, which involves building a vast headquarters next to Google’s existing base in King’s Cross, central London, was thrown into doubt by the EU referendum and disagreement about its design.
But Google’s chief executive, Sundar Pichai, said that while the firm has reservations about Brexit, it will not be dissuaded from building an office capable of housing 7,000 staff.
In a speech on Tuesday at Google’s London office, Pichai said: “Here in the UK, it’s clear to me that computer science has a great future with the talent, educational institutions, and passion for innovation we see all around us. We are committed to the UK and excited to continue our investment in our new King’s Cross campus.”
Pichai’s public approval dispels any lingering doubts about a plan, first tabled three years ago, that is slated to create 3,000 new jobs by 2020. But he did warn that the government’s expected crackdown on immigration after the vote to leave the EU runs counter to Google’s ideals."|
|Don't worry. That's not me selling my holding.
Date Time Trade Prc Volume Buy/Sell Bid Ask Value
15-Nov-16 13:29:18 440.00 204,119 Sell* 440.00 460.00 898.12k
15-Nov-16 13:29:05 440.00 36,411 Sell* 440.00 460.00 160.21k|
|We've been well and truly thumped by Trump
You couldn't make it up.
After paying out early on a Clinton win, Trump victory costs Irish bookmaker $5 million
Wednesday, 9 Nov 2016 | 6:07 AM ET
An Irish bookmaker was left red faced on Wednesday morning after its decision to pay out early to customers who had bet on a Hillary Clinton victory in the U.S. election proved costly.
In October, Paddy Power paid out £800,000 ($992,528) on a Clinton victory after a series of negative news stories threatened to derail Donald Trump's campaign.
"We're in the business of making predictions and decided to put our neck on the line by paying out early on Hillary Clinton, but boy did we get it wrong," Paddy Power spokesperson Lewis Davey said in a statement Wednesday.
The bookmaker added that it had been hit for more than £4 million ($4.96 million) by punters who'd backed Donald Trump to win.
"We've been well and truly thumped by Trump, with his victory leaving us with the biggest political pay-out in the company's history and some very, very expensive egg on our faces," Davey added.
Undeterred by what many are regarding as a shock result, Paddy Power has started to take bets on a host of "Trump specials".
The bookmaker has priced him at 4/1 to be re-elected come 2020, 20/1 to build a wall spanning "the entirety" of the U.S.-Mexican border, and evens to make Russia his first international visit.
|I expect GlobalData's clients will be busy seeking information on the business implications of a Trump presidency.|
Adobe says 'Brexit did not make us blink' as it expands UK base
by James Titcomb
22 October 2016 • 5:00pm
"The technology giant Adobe is planning to expand in the UK in a vote of confidence after Britain’s decision to leave the EU.
The American software company is building a new sales office to cover northern Europe in London, planning to double the size of its current one.
It is the latest post-referendum commitment to the UK by a major tech company, after Apple reached a deal to create a new UK headquarters in Battersea last month, and comes after fears that Brexit could threaten London’s position as a tech hub."|
|Large trade at 462p announced late.
Time Price Volume Value Buy/Sell Type
15:04 462.00p 4,000 £18,480 Buy OK|
|I only have a modest holding here (very old hangover from the days of themutual.net) so I'm just going to leave it here and let it run. The regular divi's are always a little bonus.
Judging by their 'Current Opportunities' website, they are trying to take on a lot of extra analysts - business must be good :-)|
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|My investment began rather modestly in IBG (Internet Business Group) a long time ago and is now valued in six figures.|
|Doesn't seem to take a lot of buy/sell activity to shift the share price here.
The mind boggles at the potential price impact of any big new story!|
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|Another nice dividend cheque arrived today.|
|Maybe someone has just read it ;-)|
|that's old news|
|no idea why
Increasing revenues, profits and dividends.
"It has been an encouraging first half of our financial year with the Group making progress across a broad range of metrics and reporting good increases in revenues (both reported and deferred), earnings (Adjusted EBITDA) and cash generation."|
|Action Jackson, but no idea why !|
|Nice dividend. Any other IBG investors still holding?|
|Well, the rise continues! Not sure that I understand what is going on here. Such sharp rises are not always consolidated. Anyone??|
|Come on, someone must have a rumour of whats driving this???|
|nope, even this unexpected surge isn't pulling the punters in.... what's driving this price increase, as the Progressive shares just sat fairly motionless for years....|
|Maybe it will come alive now :)|
|Everything is going well...... apart from this discussion board!
It's been a lonely place......|