Stocks rally fizzles, bond markets ponder risks for US economy

Euro STOXX 600 drops 0.6% US bond market signals economic pain ahead Treasury 10-year yields lower Ukraine-Russia negotiations earlier buoyed stocks wall street down NEW YORK, March 30 (Reuters) – The US and European equities rally wavered on Wednesday as investors reviewed economic and geopolitical risks, while oil prices jumped over $2 on the prospect … Read more

Cryptoverse: Buoyant bitcoin helps market cruise past $2 trillion

Representations of virtual currency Bitcoin are seen in this picture illustration taken taken March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register March 29 (Reuters) – As a bleak first quarter draws to a close, crypto seems to have the wind in its sails. It has pushed through the $2 … Read more

Tesla adds to wave of megacap stock splits

A driver recharges the battery of his Tesla car at a Tesla Super Charging station in a petrol station on the highway in Sailly-Flibeaucourt, France, January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register March 28 (Reuters) – Tesla’s (TSLA.O) announcement on Monday that it will seek shareholder … Read more

Inside China’s electric drive for swappable car batteries

DETROIT/BEIJING, March 25 (Reuters) – A year ago Tesla dismissed the alternative path of electric car battery swapping as “riddled with problems and not suitable for widescale use”. It seems Beijing disagrees. In fact, China is pushing hard for swappable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) as a supplement to regular vehicle charging, with the government … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Clients plead with top custodian banks to stay in Russia

Banks face mounting pressure to commit to custody roles Banks say they will meet existing client obligations Some clients afraid exits will follow as costs soar LONDON/NEW YORK, March 23 (Reuters) – Global banks including Citigroup Inc (CN), JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N) and Societe Generale (SOGN.PA) face pressure to commit to remaining as custodian … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Moscow sets out strict new controls on foreigners trading Russian assets

Steam rises from chimneys of a heating power plan over the skyline of central Moscow, Russia November 23, 2020. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Russia temporarily stopped foreigners selling assets Foreigners now need to provide details before trading Applications for permits must be made in Russian language LONDON/NEW … Read more

Cryptoverse: Bitcoin’s scared of commitment, Mr Biden

March 15 (Reuters) – Bitcoin loves flirting with the mainstream. But now, as the US president says he wants to get serious, he may be getting cold crypto feet. When Joe Biden ordered officials to prepare reports on the role of cryptocurrencies in future finance last Wednesday, bitcoin leapt as much as 9% and ether … Read more

Chinese tycoon’s ‘big short’ on nickel trips up Tsingshan’s miracle growth

Tsingshan faces losses from short position Chairman Xiang has been building short positions for a while LME suspended nickel trading last week Tsingshan’s business built on nickel productions in Indonesia March 14 (Reuters) – (This March 13 story corrects size of Morowali industrial park in paragraph 20, and to show production data is for whole … Read more

Carmakers face soaring metal costs with Russian supplies at risk

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Saving up for a new ride? Better start putting more cash aside. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is ramping up the price of metals used in cars, from aluminum in the bodywork to palladium in catalytic converters to the high-grade nickel in electric vehicle batteries, and drivers are likely to foot … Read more

Southern Europe grapples with changing face of tourism

CORFU, Greece, March 6 (Reuters) – It took one electricity bill to crush Dimitris Diavatis’ hopes that his Greek summer resort could bounce back to its pre-pandemic health this year, even with bookings pouring in. The amount was more than double what he paid this time last year when the hotel was not even open. … Read more