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(Bloomberg) -- Shares in Meituan Dianping surged by the most in five months Monday, hitting the highest price since its initial public offering after the Chinese internet services giant posted its first quarterly profit last week.The stock jumped as much as 7.7% to HK$75.40, the biggest intraday increase since Mar. 15, pushing it among the top three gainers on the MSCI China Index. Meituan went public at HK$69 a share in September 2018 and has spent most of the intervening months below that level.Meituan recorded a net income of 877.4 million yuan ($124 million) compared with the 1.57 billion yuan loss analysts projected on average, after it grabbed market share from rivals like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in food delivery. The company however got help from one-time investment gains, such as in wealth management products. Revenue rose 51% to 22.7 billion yuan, compared with the 21.9 billion yuan mean estimate.Hard-charging billionaire founder Wang Xing is waging a take-no-prisoners battle of subsidies with Alibaba for China’s $1.3 trillion online services industry, which includes food delivery. Meituan’s expenses have soared, though it’s trying to control costs by putting the brakes on investment in loss-making areas such as bike sharing and ride hailing.Advances made against Alibaba however have helped the company become China’s third largest publicly traded tech company. It’s overtaken search engine Baidu Inc. and e-commerce platform JD.com Inc. in capitalization after gaining 59% this year. Backed by WeChat-operator Tencent Holdings Ltd., Meituan could have gained another 2 percentage points of food-delivery market share versus its rivals, reaching 36% in the second quarter, according to Bernstein.“Food delivery business achieved positive adjusted operating profit due to favorable seasonality and improved economies of scale,” Jefferies analysts Thomas Chong and Ken Chong wrote.For now, Meituan is focusing on its bread-and-butter business of dining, expanding up the value chain to help restaurants manage their back-end systems. Longer-term, Wang envisions a super-app modeled on WeChat, extending a raft of everyday services to an increasingly wealthy populace.Read more: The Greatest Delivery Empire on Earth Has Alibaba’s AttentionHere are a few highlights from its quarterly results:Food delivery revenue rose 44%In-store, hotel booking and travel business revenue rose 43%Gross transaction volumes climbed 29% to 159.2 billion yuanAnnual active merchants grew 16% to 5.9 million in the year ended June 30Company will continue to prioritize revenue over profit, and accelerate investment in marketing channels, allocate more resources to membership programs to increase active users.(Updates with share moves.)To contact the reporter on this story: Lulu Yilun Chen in Hong Kong at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Edwin Chan at email@example.com, Colum Murphy, Peter ElstromFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Based on Friday’s price action and the close at 97.530, the direction of the September U.S. Dollar Index on Monday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to the support cluster at 97.545 to 97.510.
The Canadian Dollar rose 0.15% against the U.S. Dollar. Gains were limited by a steep drop in crude oil prices. The Euro posted a 0.46% gain against the dollar, but due to its heavy weighting, it had the biggest influence on the index’s decline.
PayPal takes on India’s digital payments market as it looks to international markets for growth. India presents a $1.0 trillion opportunity for the company.
Dow Inc. (NYSE:DOW) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days time. This means that investors who purchase shares...
U.S. auto and auto parts manufacturers are encouraging the U.S. and Chinese governments to work out their differences in response to China’s announcement Friday that it would reinstate tariffs on imported U.S. automobiles and parts.
Win Cramer thought his company was out of the firing line in the escalating Sino-U.S. trade war after his "Made-in-China" wireless headphones, speakers and earbuds were taken off Washington's tariff list a year ago. Little did the JLab Audio chief executive know that nine months later those products would again be targeted, posing an even greater risk to his California-based company. Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump unexpectedly put off new 10% tariffs on about half of $300 billion of targeted Chinese imports until Dec. 15.
Alibaba stock dropped 1.90% on August 22 after a 1.11% fall on August 21. The decline came after its competitor Pinduoduo reported strong earnings results.
The British pound initially fell during the week but then rallied towards the crucial 1.2250 level again. This is an area that has been important more than once, so it makes sense that we are struggling just a bit here. That being said though, I think that the market is simply bouncing from a very low level.
The British pound has gone back and forth during trading on Friday, as we continue to see a lot of volatility in Sterling. Quite frankly, there is nothing on the horizon that looks like the Brexit is going to be salt, so this should offer a nice selling opportunity at higher levels.
(Bloomberg) -- Alphabet Inc.’s Google posted internal rules that discourage employees from debating politics, a shift away from the internet giant’s famously open culture.The “community guidelines” tell employees not to have “disruptive” conversations and warn workers that they’ll be held responsible for what they say at the office. Google is also building a tool to let employees flag problematic internal posts and creating a team of moderators to monitor conversations on company chat boards, a spokeswoman said.“While sharing information and ideas with colleagues helps build community, disrupting the workday to have a raging debate over politics or the latest news story does not,” the policy states. “Our primary responsibility is to do the work we’ve each been hired to do.”Google has long encouraged employees to question each other and push back against managers when they think they’re making the wrong decision. Google’s founders point to the open culture as instrumental to the success they’ve had revolutionizing the tech landscape over the last two decades.But the free-wheeling culture has led to a rash of problems for Google management in recent years. Some employees have used internal chat boards to rally other workers against some Google projects, helping push the company to end work on a censored search engine for the Chinese market and an artificial intelligence contract for the U.S. military.“I think it’s specifically intended to silence dissent,” Irene Knapp, an engineer at Google, said. “This is the end of the important parts of Google’s open culture.”Listen to the Bloomberg Decrypted podcast "Google Workers Rise Up: Inside the Protests"“Ultimately, business interests will always win out over ethics in terms of what we’re allowed to say,” Knapp said.(Updates with comment from employee in sixth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Gerrit De Vynck in New York at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Jillian Ward at email@example.com, Robin Ajello, Giles TurnerFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.