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FCA-Renault deal hopes aid European shares

( ) – Strong Chinese export data and the U.S.-Mexico deal to avoid new import tariffs bolstered the mood on European stock markets on Monday, while car company shares also got a lift from signs of moves to revive Fiat-Chrysler and Renault’s merger.

The pan-regional STOXX 600 index rose 0.4% by 0805 GMT, with trading volumes thinned out by the Whit Monday holiday in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and most Nordic countries.

The auto sector gained 0.5% on signs that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Renault SA were looking for ways to resuscitate their collapsed merger plan and secure the approval of Nissan Motor Co.

Fiat Chrysler and Renault’s shares were both up about 2% after sources close to the companies told they were back in discussions on ways to revive the deal.

“We believe it is too early to talk about negotiations being re-opened,” Equita analyst Emanuele Gallazzi wrote in a note.

“Today’s news together with the hypotheses discussed in various press sources relating to alternative scenarios for FCA, including GM, Hyundai and Geely, keep high the speculative appeal of the stock.”

President Donald Trump on Friday retreated on last month’s shock threat of a 5% import tariff on all Mexican goods in exchange for moves on immigration, providing relief to investors worried that a second major U.S. trade dispute would drive the globa上海夜生活网l economy into recession.

“Markets are blowing small celebratory bubbles this morning,” Deutsche Bank analysts said in a note.

Trade tensions between the U.S. and China still lingered, with Group of 20 finance leaders saying that trade and geopolitical tensions have raised risks to improving global growth while stopping short of calling for a resolution of the conflict.

Adding to gains was some residual buying after weak U.S. nonfarm payrolls data on Friday that spurred hopes of the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates.

Concerns over the pace of growth in the world’s major economies drove a nearly 6% fall in European stock markets in May, their worst month in more than two years, but have been countered since by hopes of new stimulus from central banks to head off the threat.

Among other stocks, BAE Systems gained 1% on hopes of further deal making in the aerospace and defense space after United Technologies Corp agreed on Sunday to combine its aerospace business with U.S. contractor Raytheon Co, in what would be the sector’s biggest ever merger.

Thomas Cook’s shares jumped 15% after a report that Hong Kong’s Fosun Tourism was in talks to buy its tour operating business as the British group faces breakup after issuing three profit warnings in the past year.

Ferguson Plc fell 4% after the British plumbing products distributor’s third quarter revenue missed analysts’ estimates.

Highlights: The Trump presidency on April 13 at 9:30 P.M. EDT/0130 GMT on Friday

( ) – Highlights for U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration on Thursday:

AFGHANISTAN

The United States drops a massive GBU-43 bomb, the largest non-nuclear bomb it has ever used in combat, in Afghanistan against a series of caves used by Islamic State militants, the Pentagon says.

NORTH KOREA

Trump says Pyongyang is a problem that “will be taken care of” amid speculation that North Korea is on the verge of a sixth nuclear test.

Military force cannot resolve tension over North Korea, China warns, while an influential Chinese newspaper urges Pyongyang to halt its nuclear program in exchange for Beijing’s protection.

The Trump administration is focusing its North Korea strategy on tougher economic sanctions, possibly including intercepting cargo ships and punishing Chinese banks doing business with Pyongyang, U.S. officials say.

RUSSIA

Trump says “things will work out fine” between the United States and Russia, a day after declaring U.S.-Russian relations may be at an all-time low.

FEDERAL RESERVE

Trump signals he could be moving closer to the mainstream on monetary policy, saying he has not ruled out reappointment of Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve chair as he considers his choices for the U.S. central bank. [nL1N1HL14B]

ABORTION

Trump signs a resolution that will allow U.S. states to restrict how federal funds for contraception and reproductive health are spent, a move cheered by anti-abortion campaigners.

DEUTSCHE BANK

Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen presses Deutsche Bank to release information about issues including Trump’s debt and any bank meetings with Trump administration officials, saying he has “great concern” about possible conflicts of interest.

EXPORT-IMPORT BANK

Trump’s office says he plans to revive the hobbled Export-Import Bank of the United States, a victory for American manufacturers such as Boeing Co and General Electric Co that have overseas customers that use the agency’s government-backed loans to purchase their products.

FINANCIAL REGULATION

Top Wall Street bankers say they are having positive discussions about financial regulation in Washington, and downplay the idea U.S. policymakers may force their institutions to split up.

TRADE WITH JAPAN

The United States is pushing for trade to be a key issue in top-level economic talks with Japan, a source says, an unwelcome development for Tokyo, which is seeking to fend off U.S. pressure to reduce the bilateral trade imbalance.

IMMIGRATION

Trump’s administration has focused on one group of illegal immigrants more than others: women with children, according to eight Department of Homeland Security officials interv上海夜生活论坛iewed by about agency planning.

Democratic voter-intimidation cases falter in three U.S. states

WASHINGTON ( ) – Democrats fell short in three U.S. states on Monday in their legal battle to impose tighter restrictions on supporters of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who plan to monitor Election Day voting for signs of fraud.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to reimpose new rules on partisan poll watchers in Ohio after an appeals court struck them down, while U.S. judges in Pennsylvania and North Carolina declined Democrats’ request to impose new rules that Democrats had sought.

Voter intimidation is prohibited under U.S. law, but Democrats worry that Trump’s warnings of a “rigged” election in his battle against Democrat Hillary Clinton might inspire supporters to 上海夜生活论坛harass minority voters and create Election Day chaos in big cities as they search for signs of vote manipulation.

Numerous studies have found that U.S. voter fraud is exceedingly rare.

Democrats have asked U.S. courts in six battleground states to impose greater restrictions on partisan poll watchers, arguing that the Trump campaign, state Republican parties and Republican operative Roger Stone are encouraging supporters to intimidate minority voters.

Trump’s campaign and Republican parties in the various states say their poll watchers are trained to bring evidence of any problems to the party and not confront voters directly.

“This was an attempt to intimidate Republican people engaging in lawful activity,” North Carolina Republican Party executive director Dallas Woodhouse told .

Stone says those working for his planned “exit poll” will be trained to use neutral, non-threatening language.

One day before the election, Democrats so far have failed to win any of their legal efforts.

A U.S. judge denied the Democrats’ case in Arizona on Friday. Monday’s rulings in North Carolina and Pennsylvania give Democrats little time for appeals, while the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling put to rest the case filed in Ohio.

The Supreme Court order, which only covers the Ohio case, included no noted dissents from the eight justices. Liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a brief statement noting that “Ohio law proscribes voter intimidation” and citing the relevant law.

U.S. judges in Michigan and Nevada have yet to issue opinions.

Democrats have waged a separate legal battle against the Republican National Committee, arguing in court that the RNC should be prevented from supporting the Trump campaign’s poll-watching effort. A U.S. judge in New Jersey denied that motion on Saturday.

Private equity Sycamore says Chico’s declined to engage on buyout offer

May 10 ( ) – Sycamore Partners LP said on Friday struggling women’s apparel retailer Chico’s FAS Inc has declined to engage with the private equity firm on its cash offer to buy the company for $407.8 million.

In an SEC filing, Sycamore disclosed a 6.6% stake in the company, making it the fourth largest shareholder in Chico’s. The private equity had offered about $3.50 per Chico’s share, a discount of 5.4% to the company’s Thursday close.

Chico’s FAS, which is known for its Soma brand of women’s intimate apparels, operates more than 1,000 stores in the United States and Canada and also sells its merchandise online.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The 36-year-old retailer has b上海夜网een struggling with sales dropping for at least the last three years and is in the middle of a search for a new chief executive officer after Shelley Broader abruptly resigned in April.

“Given the rate and severity of the deterioration of the company’s business, we believe that it is in the best interests of all stockholders for the board to create those options,” Sycamore said in a letter to Chico’s board, which was part of the filing.

Shares of the company, which have fallen nearly 62% in the last one year, were up 2% in early morning trade.

METALS-Copper steady as economic concerns jostle with China demand hopes

* LME copper stocks 30 pct below levels last August

* Zinc stocks d上海夜生活own nearly 80 percent since August

* GRAPHIC-2019 asset returns: tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl (Updates with official prices)

By Pratima Desai

LONDON, March 18 ( ) – Copper prices held steady on Monday, bolstered by expectations of seasonally strong Chinese demand in the second quarter and low stocks but capped by concern over the impact of continuing trade tensions on the global economy.

Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange closed little changed at $6,425 a tonne, down 0.1 percent, with prices having traded in a $200 range since the middle of February.

“The second quarter is normally the strongest in terms of physical activity; stocks are low and supply tightness is evident in metals like copper,” said Societe Generale analyst Robin Bhar.

“Our concerns would be the macro overlay, slowing global growth and the unresolved U.S.-China trade dispute.”

CHINA: China accounts for about half of global demand for industrial metals, which increases in the April to June period because of restocking ahead of rising construction activity in the second quarter.

TRADE: Investor sentiment on trade has see-sawed on rumblings coming out of the negotiations between the world’s two biggest economies after the imposition of tit-for-tat tariffs.

“The uncertainty over U.S.-China trade could be decisive for industrial metals in the short term,” ANZ analysts said in a note.

“We see renewed supply issues in some of the metals, copper and zinc, which could widen the market deficit. This leaves little room for replenishing depleted inventories.”

STOCKS: Copper inventories of 183,825 tonnes in LME-approved warehouses are up from less than 112,000 tonnes last Tuesday but still more than 30 percent below levels last August. MCUSTX-TOTAL

Higher stocks have shrunk the premium for the cash contract over three-month copper to about $30 a tonne from $70 in early March. CMCU0-3

ZINC: Stocks of zinc under LME warrant are down nearly 80 percent since August to less than 60,000 tonnes, creating a large premium for the cash contract over three-month metal. MZNSTX-TOTAL The premium was last at $50 a tonne. CMZN0-3

In contrast, stocks in warehouses monitored by the Shanghai Futures Exchange have climbed above 124,000 tonnes from around 20,000 tonnes at the end of last year. ZN-STX-SGH

Combined with an estimated 80,000 tonnes of zinc stocks in bonded warehouses in Shanghai, that takes the total in China to more than 200,000 tonnes.

PRICES: Aluminium closed 1.2 percent up at $1,920.50 a tonne, zinc dipped by 0.3 percent to $2,781, lead slipped by 1.1 percent to $2,040, tin added 0.5 percent to $21,175 and nickel firmed by 0.1 percent to $12,950.

Canada mulls setting rules for crypto platforms

( ) – Canadian regulators are looking to create new rules for crypto trading platforms, months after the death of the founder of digital platform Quadriga CX that led to about C$180 million ($135 million) in frozen cryptocurrencies.

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) said bit.ly/2Fffz2V on Thursday they are considering a set of tailored regulatory requirements to address the “novel features and risks” of crypto platforms.

“We must adapt to innovation, and provide clarity to the market about how regulatory requirements might best be tailored and applied to these unique business models, while maintaining investor protection,” IIROC Chief Executive Officer Andrew Kriegler said in a statement.

The Quadriga situation highlighted a regulatory vacuum for the cryptocurrency industry in Canada and raised questions about上海夜网 who would be held accountable for any potential losses. The cryptocurrencies have been frozen in Quadriga’s user accounts since its founder Gerald Cotten, the only person with the password to gain access, died suddenly in December.

Canada’s biggest securities regulator, the Ontario Securities Commission, said in February it was looking into the platform given the “potential harm to Ontario investors”.

Preview: Southampton – Tottenham

The Sunday action from the Premier League will finish off with a match between two teams that going into this round of games are in different, but equally precarious positions just outside the relegation and the Champions League spots, respectively.

Flashscore presents the key facts before the match:

This season is turning out to be a nightmare for many of the Southampton faithful. The club finally gave in to ‘bigger money’ and let their best defender leave for Liverpool (Virgil van Dijk), and find themselves lacking on several fronts on the pitch: the team has not won once in their last ten PL games!

Tottenham are, together with Liverpool, the league’s in form outfit and have gained points on Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks as well as pulling five points clear of their eternal enemies Arsenal. If they are to further climb, they will need all three points here.

Son Heung-min has one explanation as to why the team are in great form – they’re striving to be like Harry Kane! He recently said: “I want more, like Harry Kane. He beats every record and I want to beat every record as well. I want to try to be a top player”.

Players to watch: Hurricane Kane needs no introduction. With 20 PL goals to his name already, Kane is aiming for yet another top scorer title.Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We 上海夜网need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

With Charlie Austin still out injured, Southampton fans will hope that Shane Long can rediscover his goalscoring form – and fast. Besides Austin, no Southampton player has more than three goals this season!

Stat attack: Since 2012, Tottenham have won four out of five games at St. Mary’s, scoring two goals or more on each of the five (one draw). In total, Southampton have only won one of the last ten head to head matches.

1-2? Tottenham average precisely 2.0 goals scored per game this season, Southampton precisely 1.0.

Missing players

Southampton: C. Austin (thigh injury), M. Yoshida (thigh injury)

Tottenham: T. Alderweireld (thigh injury), D. Rose (knee injury), H. Lloris (doubtful), H. Winks (doubtful).

Zidane annoyed by Kepa’s situation

Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid head coach, spoke about his side’s failed transfer talks with Kepa Arrizabalaga as the young Spaniard decided to sign a new contract with Athletic Bilbao instead of moving to Madrid.

The Frenchman coach said that he is “annoyed” by the rumours saying that he won some kind of an internal battle and he decided not to sign this young and talented keeper. Arrizabalaga admitted that he was annoyed as well by the long negotiations and he decided to sign a new deal with his current club which will end in 2025.上海夜生活

The French coach spoke about this transfer saga as he said, according to ESPN: “In June any player can come to Madrid, if the club’s strategy is to change something, along with the coach. But my idea and that of the club too as we are all together here was to not change many things. I get annoyed when I hear comments saying I have won [an internal battle]. The important thing for me is to protect my squad, the players here are those who concern me. But I have nothing against Kepa or any other player.”Top 5 Real Madrid players who are succeeding on a loan Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – We need to talk about the Top 5 Real Madrid players who are currently succeeding away from the club and are currently on a…

He continued by adding that Ronaldo’s reaction after his facial injury was understandable: “Cristiano wanted to know whether the cut was very deep or not. I am saying exactly what he told us in the dressing room. The doctors stitched it up and today he was back. If he is training with us, with his eye like this [swollen] it shows how important it is for him to be on the pitch.”

In the end, Zinedine Zidane claimed that he is happy that he can rely on Isco: “Isco will always have an important role here, whether I am coach or not. I have always shown my confidence in him, he can be a decisive player. That will not change. He did not get any time [before Christmas] against Barcelona, although that was not the plan. Isco can play in many positions, in a 4-3-3 he can play up front, as he has done before, or in midfield. So there is no problem.”

Bernardo Silva comfortable with City rotations

The Portugal international is not a regular starter at the Etihad Stadium, but insists he enjoys life in England.

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva is adamant he has no issues with the constant rotations at the Citizens. The 23-year-old joined Pep Guardiola’s team in the summer transfer window from AS Monaco in a £43.5m move.

Even though City paid a serious amount for his services, the Portuguese has not been part of the starting XI on a regular basis, mostly appearing as a substitute. Silva has started only five Premier League games so far, but insists he is happy to be involved with the Citizens squad and their project.

“It’s fantastic to be part of this group, and to be part of a team that wins so many games in a row and has been so successful so上海夜生活论坛 far.“ the 23-year-old told ESPN Brasil.Opinion: Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Given how much he’s been rejected by Real Madrid, we are convinced that Martin Odegaard is perfect for the Premier League.Martin Odegaard is finally…

“The atmosphere in this club at the moment is fantastic, and like I said, it’s great to be part of this team.”

“We still have a game before the New Year, so we still have a game on the 31st against Crystal Palace. ” he added.

“Of course that’s a good difference. But in football everything is possible, we have to keep winning to keep the distance and not give a chance for our rivals to approach.” Silva concluded, urging his team-mates to not relax.

Toshack uncertain of Bale’s future in Spain

The Wales international has been struggling with injuries ever since arriving at the Bernabéu.

Gareth Bale’s inconsistent fitness situation is making things really difficult for the club and could lead to a transfer, according to former Wales and Real Madrid boss John Toshack.

Bale is currently going through his 18th injury that has forced him on the sidelines since joining Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2013. The Welshman has certainly enjoyed successful times at his new club, securing three Champions League trophies and a La Liga trophy, but his inability to stay available for the first squad is proving to be a problem for Los Blancos. This has caused a lot of controversy regarding his future in Spain, with Manchester United considered a long-time admirer of the winger.

“His injuries are probably hindering him now.” Toshack told El Larguero regarding Bale’s situation.

“He has missed so many matches and despite Madrid winning so many matches and trophies, i上海夜生活t must be hugely frustrating.Juan Mata backs Solskjaer to end Man United’s trophy drought Andrew Smyth – Juan Mata is convinced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will end Manchester United’s trophy-drought sooner rather than later.

“Should he move to another club? Only people at Madrid will know about this but the demands at the Bernabéu are very, very high.

“If you are less than 100 per cent physically fit, it becomes even harder.

“He is now 28 and 11 years after making his debut with me at 17, these should be the best years of his life.

“The entire BBC [Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo] now has problems and for various reasons, such as others now coming through, I’m unsure we’ll see much more of them together from now on.”

Emre Can to leave Liverpool

According to Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool should accept the fact that Emre Can might leave the Reds next summer

According to GOAL, the Germany international’s contract expires at the end of the season and there is interest from Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp says losing a player due to a pre-contract agreement with another team is a “part of football”. The Reds are yet to agree on a contract extension with the midfielder, if they want to.

Even though Can’s contract expires in June 2018, the 23-year-old can start negotiations with other clubs in January, six months prior to his possible departure from Anfield.

Juventus have shown interest in the central-midfielder earlier, and the Turin side have been tipped now, with speculations saying Can may join the Italian side.

Furthermore, Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes praised the qualities of the youngster during a press conference 上海夜网on Friday, which again led to speculations about Can’s possible transfer move to Germany.Ronaldo opens up about retirement plans Nedim Maric – Cristiano Ronaldo is still playing at a top-level even at 34 years of age.Juventus is looking to end the 23-year-old drought of not winning…

“Emre Can is a good boy, he has developed very well, is dynamic and powerful,” Heynckes said.

Jurgen Klopp said everything is okay, and the midfielder doesn’t show signs about being bothered by his possible transfer.

“As long as Emre doesn’t give me one sign that his mind is somewhere else then I don’t have to talk about this. Everything is okay from my side, but nothing new.”

“It’s part of football. If it happens, we can’t change it,” the coach said about the possibility of Can leaving.

Klopp concluded the topic by saying Liverpool have to accept it if Can leaves, since it is a normal situation in football.

“We have to accept even an ending contract. There are two sides who could have done different. One is the club, the other is the player. It is a normal situation.”

Hodgson knows that just the spirit is not enough

It’s going to be a very difficult task to save Crystal Palace and everybody knows it – and their coach, Ryan Hodgson, is sure that his team will need much more than just the spirit as they have to show also a quality.

Just four points after ten games – what a terrible record for Hodgson’s side. The experienced Englishman improved the results of his side after his arrival but it’s not enough as his Crystal Palace are about to face Tottenham this weekend and it’s going to be really difficult – the Spurs beat Real Madrid this week and they are in a good shape.

Hodgson spoke about his team’s attitude before the upcoming match as he said, according to Sky Sports: “I’ve not seen any signs of a lack of fighting spirit even from the moment I was appointed, and I don’t think from what I have seen from the training sessions that there is any lack of desire on the part of the players to give their absolute all to help the club get out of the situation it finds itself in.”Wijnaldu上海夜生活m looking to repeat Champions League success Nedim Maric – Liverpool are the reigning winners of the Champions League. However, this isn’t stopping them for aiming to get the glory once again.After a perfect…

But he knows that it’s not enough and they have to improve a lot in other aspects: “But unfortunately fighting spirit alone is not enough. You have got to play some good football along the way, you have got to defend well and you have got to attack well. They are the things that the players, in my opinion at least, are trying to do in their everyday training sessions.”

The former Liverpool coach also praised Wilfried Zaha for his contribution after coming back from injury: “The players that get singled out are at the business end of the field, the goalkeepers at one end and the centre-forwards at the other. The goal scorers are always going to be the ones that people talk about and I’m more than happy to do that. Since Wilf Zaha has been in back in training and back playing for us he has added something to our team. He has given us another dimension, another possibility.”

Batshuayi will finally get his chance, says Conte

The Belgium international will start for the Blues against Crystal Palace as he steps in for injured Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte has lauded Michy Batshuayi’s progress at the club as he intends to count on the striker in the forthcoming Premier League feature. Chelsea’s starting forward Morata suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester City, which leaves Batshuayi with a gre上海夜生活网at chance to prove he deserves a spot in the starting XI.

Despite his goal-scoring record of netting every 68 minutes, Michy has struggled to hold down a spot in Chelsea’s starters. Yet, Conte admits he is more impressed with the way the forward is moving on the pitch.Willian: Chelsea must become more clinical Andrew Smyth – Willian feels that Chelsea still have things to improve on after missing numerous chances during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Brighton.

“I think if you compare Michy with last season he has improved a lot and he understood this league because it is not simple,” Conte stated as quoted by Goal. “He understood our style of football but he is another young player and he is working very hard to improve.

“This season he is finding many opportunities to play in the Champions League, in the league, to come on during the game, and to start the game. If you remember last season he had few opportunities to play but this season he is playing a lot and the most important thing is to show he is improving.

“Also don’t forget as a striker I can utilise Hazard. Last season we played two games with Hazard as a No.9, alongside Willian and Pedro. If I see a game where this is the solution I am ready to do that again but Michy is deserving to have opportunities to show he can play.”

Ballon d’Or shortlist announced

The list of nominees for the prestigious award has been announced throughout the day.

France Football, the publication that awards the trophy has already announced the 30 names on the shortlist for this year’s award. The Ballon d’Or trophy was previously affiliated with FIFA, for the period 2010 to 2015, but since then, it has returned to the French publication.

For the past nine years, either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo have picked up the trophy. Ronaldo won his fourth Ballon d’Or last year and therefore moved just one behind Messi. The odds are favouring the Portuguese to equal the record of Messi and win his fifth this year.Top 5 most incredible snubs from football awards in 2019 Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – Even though award season still hasn’t finished, we need to talk about the Top 5 most incredible snubs from football in 2019.Every year we…

After FIFA and France Football ended their collaboration in 2015, the trophy is now awarded based solely o上海夜生活n the votes of a panel of journalists, who will have to choose between the 30 finalists.

The 30 names shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or 2017 are:

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus) Edinson Cavani (PSG) Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) David de Gea (Man Utd) Paulo Dybala (Juventus) Edin Dzeko (Roma) Radamel Falcao (Monaco) Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich) Harry Kane (Tottenham) N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) Sadio Mane (Liverpool) Marcelo (Real Madrid) Dries Mertens (Napoli) Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Luka Modric (Real Madrid) Neymar (PSG) Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) Luis Suarez (Barcelona) Eden Hazard (Chelsea) Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Leonardo Bonucci (AC Milan) Kylian Mbappe (PSG) Isco (Real Madrid)

Morata to persuade Real duo to join him at Manchester United

Alvaro Morata is already with one step on Old Trafford, and the Spanish striker is trying to persuade two of his Real Madrid teammates to join him in England.Written by Cosmin Mihalescu. June 12, 2017.

The 24-year-old striker is set to become the most expensive Spanish player ever transferred, with Manchester United ready to pay €70m for his services. The previous record was the one of Fernando Torres, who moved from Liverpool to Chelsea in 2011, for €58,5m.

But Morata is not looking to come alone from Santiago Bernabeu to Old Trafford. According to his social media activity, the striker would entertain the idea of persuading two of his colleagues to join him at Manchester United.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

Alvaro Morata liked a recent post on a Manchester United fan page, which was stating that the striker “is set to join Manchester United and has told Gareth Bale to join him and make the United squad better, and James Rodriguez has been told by his stepfather to join United in the summer, to get more playing time.”

James Rodriguez has previously been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but recent reports suggest that he is closer to a move to PSG, with the Parisians lookin上海夜生活网g to strengthen their team after a failed season.

Regarding Gareth Bale, the Welshman could be sold by Real Madrid, who are looking to raise money and create space for the biggest transfer in history – Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.

Brighton announce the signing of Mathew Ryan from Valencia for a club-record fee

The Australian goalkeeper will become Seagulls’ third signing ahead of their Premier League debutWritten by – Nikolay Nikolov, June 17, 2017.

Brighton & Hove Albion have broken their club record transfer fee to sign Valencia’s goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

The 25-year-old Australia international agreed on a contract until 2022. He became the club’s third signing after Pascal Gross and Josh Kerr ahead of their Premier League debut season.Kane: Spurs out of excuses after shock Carabao Cup exit Andrew Smyth – Harry Kane concedes that Tottenham only have themselves to blame following a shock Carabao Cup exit at the hands of Colchester United.

Albion manager Chris Hughton said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to attract Mathew to the club, and he will certainly be an excellent addition to the squad in time for our first season in the Premier Leag上海夜生活论坛ue. We’re very much looking forward to working with him for the season ahead.

“For somebody of Mathew’s age, he has very good experience, having played in the top divisions in Australia, Belgium and Spain. He has also competed in European competition and made a number of appearances at international level.”

European top clubs started to follow Ryan at the time he was playing for Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League. There, he was chosen as the Goalkeeper of the Year in two successive seasons – 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Julian Brandt: A future Ballon d\u2019Or winner?

The young Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt is predicted a massive future, and seems like a obvious bid as a future winner of the Ballon d’Or.Written by Jonas Porsborg. May 3, 2017

He’s maybe not a rising star anymore, but in record time Julian Brandt has made a name in the world of football, as one of the best attacking midfielders of his age. Again this season the 21-year-old has impressed Leverkusen and the Bundesliga, by performing outstanding games for the Leverkusen-side who’s been struggling to follow Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the top of the league.

Julian Brandt has played impressive 92 games for Leverkusen at the age of just 21 (he had his birthday just yesterday!), and has already scored 18 goals. Brandt also made it to the UEFA Euro 2016 and was a part of the German squad scoring silver medals at the Olympics 2016.Inter Milan V Lazio: Players to Watch Taimoor Khan – Inter Milan are set to host Lazio at the San Siro on Thursday and the game is definitely going to be an exciting affair…

Of course there are long list of suitors for the future Ballon d’Or, bu上海夜生活t Julian Brandt seems like an obvious candidate to lift the trophy. Then he would follow the steps of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the trophy the last seven years.

In other words Julian Brandt are maybe heading for the finest company, and time will tell if the German international will step up on the highest throne in the world of football.

GM faces declining sales and price wars in largest markets

(This July 31 story corrects name of GM unit to GM Financial in paragraph 8)

By Ben Klayman

DETROIT ( ) – General Motors Co’s (GM.N) investors will see on Thursday how the Detroit carmaker is weathering declining sales and mounting price pressures in its largest markets when it reports second-quarter earnings.

Slumping industry demand in China, the world’s largest auto market, and an escalating price war in the lucrative U.S. pickup truck segment are ratcheting up the pressure on GM. Other automakers, including U.S. rival Ford Motor Co (F.N) and Germany’s Daimler AG (DAIGn.DE), offered disappointing forecasts last week.

In April, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said her “confidence in the year ahead remains strong,” citing the company’s new full-size pickup truck launch and the automaker’s ongoing business transformation.

Investor David Kudla, chief investment strategist for Michigan-based Mainstay Capital Management, said GM must “carefully juggle” its restructuring with the rollout of its high profit vehicles even as it invests for the industry’s future while facing such headwinds as declining global sales.

For the full year, GM has forecast adjusted earnings of $6.50 to $7 a share and adjusted automotive free cash flow in the range of $4.5 billion to $6 billion.

For the second quarter, analysts expect GM to earn $2.08 billion, or $1.44 a share, on revenue of $36.1 billion, according to IBES data provided by Refinitiv.

GM must deliver as much as $10 billion in cash flow in the final three quarters of 2019 to hit its full-year target, amid stagnant U.S. demand and plummeting industry sales in China. It reported a negative cash flow of $3.9 billion in the first quarter.

In April, GM said it would hit its full-year target through strong performance, and annual dividends from China and GM Financial.

In 2018, the Detroit company reported negative cash flow of $3.3 billion in the first quarter, but ended the year at positive $4.4 billion.

Auto sales in China, GM’s largest market, are headed for a decline for the second year running after demand contracted for the 12th straight month in June.

In the second quarter, GM’s China sales slid 12%, a slight improvement over the 17.5% decline in the first quarter.

GM has laid out plans to introduce around 20 new models or variants of older ones this year, most in the second half. Profit pressure could increase as it launches a series of lower-margin electric vehicles over the next several years.

Last week, Ford posted a lower-than-expected profit and provided investors with a full-year earnings forecast that fell short of analysts’ expectations, and luxury carmaker Daimler reduced its 2019 sales outlook for Mercedes-Benz cars.

GM’s profits in the lucrative pickup truck market have also been pressured by an escalating price war with Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) (FCHA.MI). The three Detroit automakers dominate the segment.

GM executives previously said they were “bullish” on sales in the segment for the rest of the year, and have cited the introduction of more profitable models as the launch continues.

GM Chief Economist Elaine Buckberg said this month that U.S. industry sales were strong in the first half and should remain so in the second half and get even more support if the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates as expected.

The company’s U.S. inventory of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks at the end of July was 108 and 110 days, respectively, according to Automotive News. In comparison, inventory for the Ford F Series and FCA RAM trucks stood at 88 and 75 days, respectively.

GM no longer discloses monthly sales dat上海夜网a and a company spokesman said the Automotive News estimates were incorrect. He added that truck inventories were approaching “optimal levels” and GM tries to maintain about a 100-day supply because of the complexity of truck offerings.

Last week, GM backed off the target for commercial deployment of cars by its Cruise self-driving unit beyond 2019, citing a need for more testing.

Mueller complained to Barr about his summary of Russia probe: Washington Post

WASHINGTON ( ) – Special Counsel Robert Mueller complained in a letter to Attorney General William Barr that his four-page summary of Mueller’s Russia report “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the investigation’s conclusions, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.

The Post said it reviewed a copy of Mueller’s letter, which was written in late March after Barr released a summary on March 24 that said Mueller did not establish that members of President Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 election.

Barr also said in the summary that Mueller had not reached a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had found the evidence insufficient to support such a charge.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec, in a statement, confirmed that Mueller wrote上海夜生活网 to Barr after the summary was released to express frustration over “the lack of context and the resulting media coverage,” particularly about Mueller’s conclusions on obstruction of justice.

Democrats have accused Barr of trying to spin the report’s conclusions to protect Trump.

In a statement in response to the Post report, House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Barr “should not have taken it upon himself to describe the Special Counsel’s findings in a light more favorable to the President.” The Democratic lawmaker demanded the Justice Department release a copy of Mueller’s letter by Wednesday morning.

Barr’s four-page summary was released more than three weeks before a redacted version of Mueller’s 448-page report was released to the public on April 18.

“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller wrote, according to the Post.

“There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations,” the Post quoted Mueller as writing.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment to .

Mueller asked Barr to release the report’s introductions and executive summaries quickly, without waiting for the full report to go through the redaction process.

“Release at this time would alleviate the misunderstandings that have arisen and would answer congressional and public questions about the nature and outcome of our investigation,” Mueller wrote, according to the Post.

Kupec said after receiving Mueller’s letter, Barr called the special counsel and they had a “cordial and professional conversation.”

Kupec said “the Special Counsel emphasized nothing in the Attorney General’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading.”

She said Barr declined Mueller’s request to release part of the report early, deciding “it would not be productive to release the report in piecemeal fashion.”

Mueller’s letter is likely to be brought up when Barr testifies on Wednesday about the Russia investigation before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It will be the attorney general’s first appearance on Capitol Hill since the report’s release.

Big ax falls as Deutsche Bank to lay off 18,000 in $8.3 billion…

FRANKFURT/SYDNEY/HONG KONG/NEW YORK ( ) – Deutsche Bank laid off staff from Sydney to New York on Monday as it began to slash 18,000 jobs in a 7.4 billion euro ($8.3 billion) “reinvention” that will lead to yet another annual loss, a plan that knocked its already battered shares.

Germany’s largest lender said on Sunday it will scrap its global equities unit and cut some fixed-income operations in a retreat from a long-held ambition to make its struggling investment bank, with 38,000 staff, a force on Wall Street. Deutsche Bank has almost 91,500 staff around the world.

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Its shares erased early gains and closed down 5.4% in Frankfurt after its finance chief flagged “significant uncertainty” over breaking even in 2020. Its bonds also fell. U.S.-listed shares dropped 6.1%.

Some analysts were skeptical that the bank could grow future earnings quickly enough to reach a new target to achieve a return on tangible equity of 8% by 2022, compared with a negative return last year.

“The question of where the real earnings power will come from for Deutsche Bank going forward has not been answered,” said David Hendler, an independent analyst at New York-based Viola Risk Advisors. “It’s doubtful whether they will be able to build a better bank in just three years.”

Ratings agency Fitch said that the bank’s future credit rating will depend on how successfully it executes the plan. Fitch downgraded the bank to “BBB” status, the lowest investment-grade status, just last month.

“The restructuring measures involve large staff cuts and significant leadership changes, which could disrupt the aim to improve core earnings,” it said in a note published Monday.

Rating agency Moody’s said there were “significant challenges” to executing the plan swiftly, adding it would keep its negative outlook.

“It’s a risky maneuver, but if it succeeds, it has the potential to bring the bank back on course,” said a person close to one of the top 10 shareholders.

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JP Morgan analysts called the plan “bold and for the first time not half-baked” but questioned the credibility of execution, revenue growth and employee motivation.

The bank said on Sunday that it would not need to raise capital to initiate the cuts, which will result in it making a loss of 2.8 billion euros in the second quarter. It will not pay a dividend either this year or next.

Hundreds of employees at the bank’s Wall Street office were summoned to the building’s cafeteria on Monday morning to learn their fates, sources within the bank told . During one-to-one meetings with management and human resources, they were told they were being laid off and informed of their severance terms, the sources said.

Deutsche Bank had been one of the few European banks to maintain a significant presence in the United States after the 2007-2009 financial cri上海夜生活sis. However, it has struggled to compete with U.S. rivals, hampered by regulatory investigations and litigation.

REINVENTING THE BANK

The United States had been seen as a likely focus of the cuts although the bank maintained it wants to keep a significant presence, in part to service European corporate clients doing business in the country. However, some shareholders have pushed for a full U.S. retreat.

Deutsche Bank said it remained committed to the United States, its second-biggest market.

“We will retain a significant presence here and remain a close partner to our U.S. clients and to international institutions that want to access the U.S. market,” it said in a statement.

In London, where hundreds of job cuts were expected, Chief Executive Officer Christian Sewing said he was “reinventing” the bank, which is expected to post a loss this year. That would put it in the red for four of the past five years after a series of damaging setbacks.

Founded in 1870, Deutsche Bank has long been a major source of finance and advice for German companies seeking to expand abroad or raise money through the bond or equity markets.

Big cuts to its investment bank reverse a decades-long expansion that began with its purchase of Morgan Grenfell in London in 1989 and continued a decade later with a takeover of Bankers Trust in the United States.

The investment bank generated about one-half of Deutsche Bank’s revenues but is also volatile. CEO Sewing, who flagged the restructuring in May after a failed merger attempt with Commerzbank, wants to focus on more stable sources of revenue.

“We are creating a bank that will be more profitable, leaner, more innovative and more resilient,” Sewing wrote in a note to staff on Sunday.

As part of the overhaul, Deutsche Bank will set up a so-called “bad bank” to wind down unwanted assets, with 74 billion euros ($83 billion) of risk-weighted assets.

‘PRETTY GLOOMY’

Deutsche Bank did not give details on the job cuts, but said they would be spread around the globe, including in Germany.

In Sydney, Hong Kong and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, where Deutsche Bank used to rank among the top 10 in league tables for equity capital market (ECM) deals, several bankers said entire teams in sales and trading were going.

Deutsche Bank’s Asia-Pacific head of ECM, Jason Cox, left, and ECM teams were disbanded in Japan, Australia and most of Asia, people with direct knowledge of matter said, adding that only a few syndicate bankers, including those working on current deals, will remain.

Deutsche Bank had slipped in recent years in Asia, hitting 17th last year and 18th in 2019, Refinitiv data showed. So far this year, it ranks 8th regionally for merger-and-acquisition activity.

“The new investment bank will be smaller but more resilient, with a focus on our financing, capital markets, advisory services and sales and trading businesses,” Asia-Pacific CEO Werner Steinmueller said in a staff memo.

One laid-off equities trader in Hong Kong said the mood was “pretty gloomy” as people were called into meetings. “They give you this packet and you are out of the building,” he said.

Several workers left offices holding envelopes with the bank’s logo. Three employees took a picture of themselves beside a Deutsche Bank sign outside, hugged and then hailed a taxi.

“If you have a job for me, please let me know. But do not ask questions,” said one Deutsche employee.

One senior banker, still with a job, questioned how well the slimmed-down franchise in Asia would compete.

“Will clients stick with us, or is the game over?”