Exclusive: Tencent plans to divest Meituan stake worth $24 billion

Exclusive: Tencent plans to divest Meituan stake worth  billion

Tencent seeks to kick off Meituan stake sale this year-sources Sale seeks to placate regulators, monetise 8-year-old bet-sources Stake sale likely to be done as a block trade – sources Move comes after Tencent’s divestments of JD.com, SEA stakes Meituan shares sink 10%; Tencent shares recover HONG KONG, Aug 16 (Reuters) – China’s Tencent Holdings … Read more

Cryptoverse: Electric ether leaps on verge of Merge

Cryptoverse: Electric ether leaps on verge of Merge

Representations of cryptocurrency Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dash plunge into water in this illustration taken, May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 16 (Reuters) – It looks like ethereum’s mega-upgrade is happening. Finally. After years of delays, the “Merge” seems all but certain to take place in September, … Read more

Newly-launched U.S. drugs head toward record-high prices in 2022

Newly-launched U.S. drugs head toward record-high prices in 2022

Median annual price for new U.S. drugs this year is $257,000 Eight of 13 drugs launched in 2022 priced over $200,000 per year Some drugmakers disclose less information on pricing Aug 15 (Reuters) – Drugmakers are launching new medicines at record-high prices this year, a Reuters analysis has found, highlighting their pricing power even as … Read more

Exclusive: Wall Street revives Russian bond trading after U.S. go-ahead

Exclusive: Wall Street revives Russian bond trading after U.S. go-ahead

NEW YORK, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Several major Wall Street banks have begun offering to facilitate trades in Russian debt in recent days, according to bank documents seen by Reuters, giving investors another chance to dispose of assets widely seen in the West as toxic. Most U.S. and European banks had pulled back from the … Read more

Cash-strapped Britons give up pets as living costs soar

Cash-strapped Britons give up pets as living costs soar

LONDON, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Stood on her hind legs to greet any prospective owner who might approach her glass-doored kennel, Harriet is a black English cocker spaniel abandoned as a deepening cost-of-living crisis pushes growing numbers of Britons to part with their pets. She was found running along a busy road in London after … Read more

Exclusive: Europe eyes Musk’s SpaceX to bridge launch gap left by Russia tensions

Exclusive: Europe eyes Musk’s SpaceX to bridge launch gap left by Russia tensions

PARIS, Aug 12 (Reuters) – The European Space Agency (ESA) has begun preliminary technical discussions with Elon Musk’s SpaceX that could lead to the temporary use of its launchers after the Ukraine conflict blocked Western access to Russia’s Soyuz rockets. The private American competitor to Europe’s Arianespace has emerged as a key contender to plug … Read more

U.S. gasoline prices fall below $4 for first time since March

U.S. gasoline prices fall below  for first time since March

Gasoline demand has waned in the summer Lower-income households spending less as prices dip U.S. retail price hit a record in June Aug 11 (Reuters) – The average price of U.S. retail gasoline fell below $4 per gallon on Thursday for the first time in months, giving some relief to drivers in the world’s largest … Read more

SoftBank’s Alibaba sale could end breakup taboo

SoftBank’s Alibaba sale could end breakup taboo

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp Chief Executive Masayoshi Son attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Masayoshi Son is thinking the unthinkable at SoftBank Group (9984.T). His $63 billion technology and telecom empire will slash its … Read more

Cryptoverse: Blockchain bridges fall into troubled waters

Cryptoverse: Blockchain bridges fall into troubled waters

Representations of cryptocurrency Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dash plunge into water in this illustration taken, May 23, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Aug 9 (Reuters) – Another day, another hack – and another blockchain bridge burned. When thieves stole an estimated $190 million from U.S. crypto firm Nomad last … Read more

EXCLUSIVE Russia starts stripping jetliners for parts as sanctions bite

EXCLUSIVE Russia starts stripping jetliners for parts as sanctions bite

This content was produced in Russia, where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MOSCOW, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Russian airlines, including state-controlled Aeroflot (AFLT.MM), are stripping jetliners to secure spare parts they can no longer buy abroad because of Western sanctions, four industry sources told Reuters. The steps are in line … Read more