South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

South Africa reports first death causally linked to COVID vaccine

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 4 (Reuters) – South Africa’s health regulator reported on Thursday a causal link between the death of an individual and Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) (JNJ.N) COVID-19 vaccine, the first time such a direct link has been made in the country. The person presented with rare neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome soon after being given … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Tencent seeks bigger stake in ‘Assassin’s Creed’ maker Ubisoft -sources

EXCLUSIVE Tencent seeks bigger stake in 'Assassin's Creed' maker Ubisoft -sources

HONG KONG, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) plans to raise its stake in French video game group Ubisoft Entertainment SA (UBIP.PA) as the Chinese gaming giant pivots to the global gaming market, four sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. China’s largest social network and gaming firm, which bought a … Read more

Sterling falls as BoE expects recession, US futures up

Sterling falls as BoE expects recession, US futures up

Bank of England hikes rates by 50 basis points BoE expects recession throughout 2023 Fed official: 50bp hike in Sept “reasonable” Oil stabilized after hitting six-month low Lufthansa returns to operating profit LONDON, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Sterling fell on Thursday after the Bank of England followed its counterparts in the United States and euro … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskiy says first grain ship ‘nothing’, economy in coma

Ukraine's Zelenskiy says first grain ship 'nothing', economy in coma

Grain-carrying ship from Ukraine inspected in Turkey Ship, headed for Lebanon, transits Bosphorus Shipment is first of kind to leave Ukraine in wartime But Ukrainian leader says much more is needed Kyiv urgently needs to ship 10 mln tons to cut deficit KYIV/ISTANBUL, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy dismissed the importance of … Read more

Wall Street falls on rising US-China tensions, Caterpillar shares weigh

Wall Street falls on rising US-China tensions, Caterpillar shares weigh

Speaker Nancy Pelosi expected in Taipei later today Caterpillar falls after missing sales estimates Uber gains after reporting positive cash flow Indexes down: Dow 0.92%, S&P 0.61%, Nasdaq 0.45% Aug 2 (Reuters) – Wall Street’s major indexes fell on Tuesday on concerns over rising US-China tensions ahead of the arrival of US House of Representatives … Read more

BP boosts dividend after profit hits 14-year high

BP boosts dividend after profit hits 14-year high

Profits soar to $8.45 bln, far exceeding forecasts BP boosts dividend by 10% BP to boost spending on oil and gas, CEO says Profits driven by strong oil trading, hit by LNG LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – BP’s (BP.L) second quarter profit soared to $8.45 billion, its highest in 14 years, as strong refining margins … Read more

Wall Street ends down after biggest month since 2020

Wall Street ends down after biggest month since 2020

US manufacturing sector slows modestly PerkinElmer rises on $2.45 billion divestment Indexes end: S&P 500 -0.28%, Nasdaq -0.18%, Dow -0.14% Aug 1 (Reuters) – Wall Street ended lower after a choppy session on Monday, with declines in Exxon Mobil (XOM.N) and other energy companies weighing against gains in Boeing (BA.N) as investors digested the US … Read more

HSBC hangs up on Ping An break-up call, lifts payout and profit goal

HSBC hangs up on Ping An break-up call, lifts payout and profit goal

HSBC to revert to paying quarterly dividends from 2023 Aims to win over investors with higher profitability target Says emergence of Asian business has huge risks London shares rise 6% LONDON/SINGAPORE, Aug 1 (Reuters) – HSBC (HSBA.L) pushed back on a proposal by top shareholder Ping An Insurance Group Co of China (601318.SS) to split … Read more

China’s Alibaba strives to keep New York listing amid audit dispute

China's Alibaba strives to keep New York listing amid audit dispute

The logo for Alibaba Group is seen on the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan, New York City, US, Aug. 3, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 1 (Reuters) – Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (9988.HK) on Monday said it would work to maintain … Read more

Biden again tests positive for COVID, says he feels fine

Biden again tests positive for COVID, says he feels fine

WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again on Saturday in what the White House doctor described as a “rebound” case seen in a small percentage of patients who take the antiviral drug Paxlovid. Biden, 79, who emerged from COVID isolation on Wednesday after testing positive on July 21, … Read more