World News & Analysis 5 April 2018

Microsoft is letting the firms it partners with keep the rights to their tech

Microsoft is letting firms it works with on joint ventures keep patent and design rights for the technology it collaborates on.

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JP Morgan strategist sees stocks up 10% by the end of 2018 on 'strong' corporate profits

The bank views corporate profits as the key driver of equity markets, and expects these to remain strong throughout the year.

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Jamie Dimon backs Trump's 'legitimate complaints' over trade

President Donald Trump has gained an important ally in his effort to reduce the U.S. trade deficit: the head of the biggest bank in the country. JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, in his annual letter to investors, said the nation has come up on the short end of multinational trade agreements and is within its rights to press for a more equitable environment.

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China, holding Treasurys, keeps 'nuclear option' in US trade war

China's hold on U.S. Treasurys could be a powerful weapon in the "trade war" onset by Trump administration tariffs.

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Yulia Skripal says UK poisoning episode 'somewhat disorientating'

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned in Britain, issued a statement saying the "entire episode is somewhat disorientating".

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China’s trade threat could hurt German more than US carmakers

BMW, Daimler and Tesla set to suffer more than the “Detroit Three.”

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US trade deficit rises to near 9½-year high

The U.S. trade deficit increased to a near 9½-year high in February as both exports and imports rose to record highs, but the shortfall with China narrowed sharply.

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Apple will give $100 billion more back to shareholders because of the tax cut: Citigroup

Citi Research reiterates its buy rating for Apple shares.

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Someone tweeted about a song from the 1970s and now it’s back in the Billboard charts

A video of a dance troupe appearing to perform to Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams," has helped the song re-enter the charts

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Bitcoin is 'worthless' and will perform worse than stocks in the coming months, analyst says

"Bitcoin's correlation with equity prices ... will be just temporary," Capital Economics said.

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Why China could get hurt more from a trade war in the tech sector

U.S. firms could shift their manufacturing operations stateside, resulting in Chinese job losses, an investor said.

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Italy will reportedly buy into Telecom Italia to shield strategic interests

State lender CDP intends to start buying Telecom Italia shares immediately, sources told Reuters.

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Google says it’s the biggest corporate buyer of renewable energy on the planet

The search giant says it has made great strides in its goal to use more renewable energy.

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FANG stocks are in 'fairyland' and any bounce back could be 'fragile,' analyst warns

FANG stocks are "egregiously" overvalued, Paul Gambles, managing director of MBMG Group said.

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Germany's Merkel reportedly plans to visit Trump on April 27

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to visit U.S. President Donald Trump on April 27, mass-selling daily Bild reported on Thursday.

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A rising dollar is among the 'biggest threats' to the global economy, strategist says

Global economic growth could soon be derailed by a bounce in the U.S. dollar, a strategist told CNBC Thursday.

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What is Softbank?

Japanese multinational conglomerate, Softbank has become an investing powerhouse investing in the likes Alibaba and Uber. CNBC's Uptin Saiidi travels to Tokyo and explains how it came to be so massive.

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US reportedly plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week

The U.S. plans to sanction Russian oligarchs this week under a law targeting Moscow for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Kremlin accuses Facebook of censorship

The Kremlin on Thursday said Facebook's removal of accounts controlled by various Russian media was a hostile move that smacked of censorship.

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JP Morgan's Dimon says market may be underestimating chance that Fed will have to act more quickly

In his annual CEO letter, Dimon also says: "Ceding America's leadership role ... is a bad idea for everyone."

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'Epic’ market bubble is ready to burst and stocks could plunge, strategist warns

Stocks could end the year much lower as valuations have hit disproportionate levels, one strategist told CNBC.

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Sears Holding, Delta Air hit by customer data breach at tech firm

Department store chain Sears Holding Corp and Delta Air Lines Inc said on Wednesday some of their customer payment information may have been exposed in a cybersecurity breach.

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Lebanon seeks funds for troubled economy at Paris conference

Lebanon hopes to secure billions of dollars for infrastructure this week at an international donor conference in Paris.

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How 3-D printing is helping to transform Formula One racing

Here's how 3-D printing helping to transform the way things are manufactured.

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Asian markets gain after Wall Street rebounds amid trade talk hopes

Asia Pacific markets advanced on Thursday, after U.S. stocks rebounded overnight.

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