Alberto Angela with «Ulysses» beats «Temptation Island» hosted by Alessia Marcuzzi with 3.1 million spectators

Alberto Angela returns in prime time to tell the story of Italian beauties. And it is – as always – a success. With 3 million 134 thousand spectators and a share of 15.89% it is the first episode of “Ulysses, the pleasure of discovery”, aired on Rai1, the most watched program of the prime time television on Wednesday 16 September. On Canale 5 another debut, that of «Temptation Island 8» conducted by Alessia Marcuzzi, on the other hand, it recorded 2 million 958 thousand spectators and a share of 18.78%.

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Angela led the audience to the discoveries of beauties of Rome seen from above, thanks to the help of drone footage: from the Capitol to Trinità dei Monti, from Piazza del Popolo to the Vittoriano, from the Fori to Castel Sant’Angelo.

The second episode of the broadcast, broadcast on Wednesday 23 September, will be dedicated to “Raphael, divine artist”: 500 years after the artist’s death, Rai Uno will retrace his career and his works.

And the other programs “on the podium”? On Rai2 “The Good Doctor” obtained 1,676,000 viewers and 7.21%, in the first episode, and 1.757.000 and 8.48% in the second. A short distance away “Who saw it?” (Rai 3) won 1.696.000 viewers and 8.86% share while Italia 1 with the film “Rambo” totaled 1,692,000 viewers and 8.11%.

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Aramco displaces Apple from the throne of the largest value in the world


Saudi Aramco has removed Apple from the throne of the most valuable companies in the world, with Aramco’s value estimated at 7.915 trillion riyals ($ 2.11 trillion).

And a second day of the major decline in the US markets pushed the market value of the technology giant Apple to fall below the level of two trillion dollars, after it recorded this value last month.

Apple lost 15% of its market value in three days, as its shares fell by 6.05% on September 4 to $ 113.57 per share, meaning that the market value fell to less than $ 2 trillion, to about $ 1.942 trillion.

The downward trend continued dramatically on all stocks listed on the New York Stock Exchange yesterday, although the technology sector remained the worst affected in particular.

The Nasdaq technology stocks index lost 5% of its value yesterday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 3%. And the losses extended yesterday, the last day of trading before the three-day weekend in the United States.

The Nasdaq headed down 2.7% in the final hours of trading, while the broader S & B 500 fell 1.6%.

Apple became the first public company in the United States to reach a market value of $ 2 trillion on August 19, as its value doubled within two years, thanks to the rapid rise in the share price during the past six months in particular.

Apple’s stock rose strongly at the time, after falling to $ 224 on March 23, at the height of the financial markets ’decline due to the repercussions of the emerging corona virus pandemic.

During this period, Apple stock became one of the main stocks that helped the S&P 500 Index reach a record high.

This is not the first time that Apple has broken a Wall Street record. In 2018, the California-based technology giant became the first US company to reach a trillion dollar market value.

Since then, “Amazon”, “Microsoft” and “Alphabet”, the holding company of Google, have all crossed the trillion dollar threshold.


Sales of e-cigarettes and vapes are growing

China’s Smoore International Holdings, the world’s largest manufacturer of electronic alternative nicotine consumption products, posted an 18.5% increase in sales in the first half of 2020 year-on-year to $ 561.3 million. Baseline net income increased 40 % to $ 188.1 million.The COVID-19 epidemic had virtually no impact on the company’s activities: in the first quarter, sales fell by 8.8% due to a monthly decrease in production volumes due to a lockdown, but in the second quarter they grew by 38.9% compared to the same period last year.

Smoore, which owns the Vaporesso brand, represented in more than 60 countries around the world, is the leader in the world both in terms of sales (its share of the world market is 16.5%) and in terms of capitalization (currently $ 30 billion). In July 2020, the company held an IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and, according to Reuters, raised $ 918 million in investments. The company was valued at $ 23 billion. This is one of the largest IPOs in Hong Kong this year. The company’s sales are growing rapidly: according to the investment memorandum, in 2019 the figure was $ 307.8 million, in 2018 – $ 106.2 million.


Michael Jordan against a green background: this is how ‘Space Jam’ was recorded

The next 2021 movie Space Jam It will be 25 years old and, coinciding with the anniversary, its second part will be released: Space Jam 2: A New Legacy. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers forward and protagonist of the new installment, has published this August 18 a video where, for the first time, you can see what it will be like the new kit of the Looney Tunes team. In the original feature film, Michael Jordan was the star who had to help these cartoons win a crucial match. If they lost, they would become just another attraction in an alien theme park. Although Jordan appears accompanied by Bugs Bunny, Tweety and company throughout the film, behind the cameras the situation was very different: during much of the filming, the only company of the Chicago Bulls player were people dressed in green.

In the original film, Michael Jordan (and other actors like Bill Murray) shared their real world with the anime of the Looney Tunes. Although the screen could see how both worlds coexisted, the basketball player used to be alone behind the cameras. The images of the making of (How it was done) in which the former Chicago Bulls player is seen facing specialists dressed in green, to be eliminated from the plane later in post-production, they are very popular on social networks, where they tend to become popular from time to time.

At making of from Space Jam, which can be seen in full on YouTube, the keys that helped the feature film take shape are revealed. The first part of the process, and according to one of the animators in the video, begins with “a piece of paper, a pencil and some drawings”.

In this part of development, animators begin by hand drawing the storyboard or visual script, which consists of a set of animations arranged according to the sequences to serve as a guide before the film is made. Thus, cartoons were drawn by hand that would shape the Looney Tunes, including their movements, reactions and positions. After this first approach, the next step was to record the Michael Jordan scenes that would later be incorporated into the film.

In addition to the information that appears on the making ofThis process is explained in detail on the film’s official page. The Space Jam website, created in 1996 and which maintains a very characteristic aesthetic of the time, it says that in this part the player only saw a “green sea”. The scenes were recorded in a large studio lined in green (with red dots that served as a reference to mark the distance) so that later this background, called chroma, could be replaced by cartoons in post-production.

The creators wanted to achieve the maximum possible realism and, to try to achieve this, they developed techniques that allowed to capture the movements in the most natural way possible. For this reason, and while Jordan was filming in that large green studio, there were other actors with him dressed in green as a reference. Ed Jones, CEO of Cinesite (one of the companies in charge of the animation of the feature film), explained it like this in the video of the making of: “We wanted to record in a very free way and capture in a very spontaneous way the way he plays basketball.”

While these scenes were being recorded, the animators took the opportunity to take photos of Jordan’s movements. These served as a reference to include the player’s drawing in the storyboard, and thus gain a perspective of how the final result would be. Subsequently, these traces were scanned and transferred to a computer. The video also explains that to make the stadium references were taken from a real one, and on the web it is detailed that the public was a mix between duplicate drawings and people recorded in real life with “strange costumes”, which were later manipulated By computer.

The final part of this great project consisted in combining what was recorded in real life with the cartoon characters drawings. This was possible thanks to the use of animation programs through the computer. In addition, the use of a camera that allowed taking 3D portraits of the actors was also key, in order to better capture their movements. As Michael Jordan explained in the making of, “A lot of the technology used in the film is just amazing. If they can make me turn out well, they can make anyone turn out well too.”

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Robinhood crushes the competition. The investment application recorded a record month

Robinhood has had an exceptional June experience. This only further proves her popularity. By comparing the DART metric, which calculates the average daily transactions from which brokers charge fees (albeit zero in the case of Robinhohod), Robinhood has closed 4.3 million trades for its clients. The company also announced a financial injection for development from other new investors.

The stated volume of trades is about four times the number of trades at the competitor E * Trade Financial Corp. and is higher than the volumes of other similarly relevant services. These include, for example, TD Ameritrade, Interactive Brokers or Charles Schwab.

The company running Robinhood unveiled its data for the first time. “It’s surprising that the organization has only been in operation for seven years and has already surpassed Ameritrade, which was founded in the mid-1970s,” said Larry Tabb, head of Bloomberg Intelligence’s market structure research department.

The data also shows that Robinhood’s daily trades more than doubled throughout the second quarter compared to the previous period.

In July, the company announced new funding that valued Robinhood at $ 8.6 billion. In mid-August, another investment came. D1 Capital Partners sent the company $ 200 million. That’s Robinhood valued at $ 11.2 billion.

However, the company also solves problems in the form of frequent outages of its service. As a result, it suspended its planned foreign expansion last month. For example, it postponed the launch of the application in the UK.


Bitcoin and gold are losing, American stocks are missing the record

The US S&P 500 index, which covers the 500 largest listed companies in the US, approached historical highs at just 16 points during Tuesday’s trading. At the end of the session, however, it weakened significantly and depreciated 0.8 percent in a day. The Nasdaq technology index ended even worse by a percentage point. Gold, whose price fell by five percent below two thousand dollars an ounce, also failed. This is the most significant weakening of the precious metal exchange rate in seven years, the agency recalls Bloomberg. Bitcoin, the most common cryptocurrency, lost just two percentage points less on Tuesday night.

The bitcoin price in recent days has copied the development of gold rather than stocks. It fell to $ 11,300 for a virtual coin on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 index was sent to the red mainly by shares of technology giants such as Apple and Microsoft. Their value dropped by up to three percent. According to server The MarketWatch slump is related, among other things, to the binding negotiations on a stimulus package for the US economy.

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Keith Gangl of Graident Investment points out that some investors have begun to collect profits from past valuations. The current fluctuations of the index are, at least from a psychological point of view, more significant than ever.

If the S&P 500 were to break the previous record in the coming days, it would represent its fastest recovery to new highs in history, writes web version of the American newspaper Barrons.

I would already be afraid of an 8% yield, says Vladimír Bezděk

On average, it takes a return to the new record of 1542 trading days, now it could be done in just 122 days.

So far, the highest value of the index was recorded in mid-February, when it reached 3393 points. Since then, the stock has fallen sharply to a March low of 2,237 points. Subsequently, however, the government made it clear that it would support the economy and, together with the central bank, ordered a huge financial injection for the companies.

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The shortest record recovery to date took the S&P 500 310 days, ranging from February 1966 to May 1967. According to Dow Jones Market Data, which calculates the period between the two records as a result of two different cycles.

The rapid growth of the value of the index is driven mainly by technological giants. The share of the ten largest companies in the S&P 500 index is also the highest in the last 40 years.

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Investors were blinded by the vision of electromobility (investment advisory)

Shares of Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor have risen 20 percent since Friday after the announcement of a new brand of purely electric cars, Ioniq. Is the similar enthusiasm of investors for a situation where a traditional carmaker announces large electric car plans on the spot?

The Ioniq name already bears the very successful model line, introduced about four years ago and offering the possibilities of a compact class car with hybrid drive, plug-in hybrid and a purely electric version.

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DAX outlook: mood barometer cloudy outlook

Frankfurt In the past weeks there have been repeated attempts to recover the course, on some days one could believe that the corona pandemic has already been overcome. But on Friday, disillusionment returned – the collapsed ifo business climate index made the whole dilemma clear.

The course of the mood barometer looks like a “Highway to Hell”, was the analysis of the VP Bank. The index is now significantly below the values ​​of the crisis year 2009. The simple message for the future was: “Massive income losses are imminent. We will all get poorer. This applies not only to Germany, but to all economies. ”Sometimes it is better to hear the unvarnished truth.

Other analysts and experts are also skeptical about the weekly outlook. Cautious savings by consumers and companies create a completely different economic and inflation environment than one knows from the post-war period, the analysts at MFS Investment Management believe.

They expect the earnings recovery to be weaker than the market and point to the possible dilution of earnings through capital increases. They particularly highlight 2008 as a comparison.

“When the extreme risk of the international financial crisis subsided, companies were no longer concerned with distributions, but with recapitalization. To this end, new shares were issued – at the expense of existing shareholders, whose capital was heavily diluted, ”said the investment professionals. The new wave of recapitalization has probably just started. In the past few weeks, leisure companies and service providers in the United States and Europe have already offered new shares.

Warning to bargain hunters

The BLI – Banque de Luxembourg Investments is also cautious. “The financial markets are currently giving the impression that they are underestimating the extent of the economic damage and are counting on a rapid recovery as soon as the containment measures are reversed,” is the BLI’s assessment.

Many investors are conditioned to view any decline as an opportunity to buy. However, the analysts recall that while the fall in share prices in February / March was dramatic, the valuations were also very high. As a result, the markets today are anything but cheap, especially after the recent price recovery.

Quality companies with a very solid balance sheet, one or more sustainable competitive advantages and the ability to self-finance should be preferred. The main factor that will continue to speak for stocks remains the low interest rate level and thus the lack of alternatives. At the same time, gold will become an “indispensable part of a balanced portfolio because of the inflation risks.”

After the significant recovery since mid-March, the European stock market has recently lost some momentum, the Weberbank experts believe. In addition, the balance sheet season that is already underway shows significant impacts on corporate balance sheets due to the global “lockdowns”.

Correspondingly, the analysts have also significantly lowered their profit expectations for industrial companies, but also for the banking and energy sectors. Due to the economic slump, banks faced increased write-downs on their credit books and the massive drop in yields clouded interest income. Most recently, they also negatively impacted the rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P).

The Deutsche Bank and the Commerzbank were therefore particularly under pressure on Friday “We continue to distance ourselves from these sectors and prefer creditworthy pharmaceuticals or companies from the non-cyclical consumption. In addition, titles from the technology sector are promising in our eyes, ”said the Weberbank experts.

Central banks meet worldwide

If the economic situation continues to be poor, the states and central banks will have to take further support measures. Robert Greil, chief strategist at Merck Finck Privatbankiers, sees an opportunity for this next week because the European Central Bank, the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan are meeting.

“As a result of the unprecedented economic downturn caused by the Covid 19 consequences, all central banks will reaffirm their willingness to support,” says Greil. The economic downturn left neither governments nor central banks a choice but to take further measures to support and recover the economy.

The gross domestic product for the first quarter of 2020 will be published in the euro area on Thursday, and new growth figures will come in the US on Wednesday. Further important economic data in Germany are the preliminary inflation figures and the labor market report for April.

According to DZ Bank, the next quarter should bring an improvement in the economy, but there does not have to be a “V” or “I” recovery. This is not ignored on the stock market, many stocks are up to 80 percent down.

A large number of “mega-caps” hold up against this, mainly in the USA. Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Netflix and Facebook, but also Adobe or Comcast, be stable on the way. Things are also going well for the great values ​​of the “old economy”, including Pepsico, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Home depot and Pfizer. The German Leading index Dax the strategists from DZ Bank see 11,200 points by the end of the year, and the S & P-500 for US equities at 2,800. This would at least stabilize in the medium term.

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Frankfurt The uncertainty is great. The oil price and many stock prices are in the basement. The mood among many managers is bad. The corona crisis keeps the financial markets in suspense every day. Many investors are now thinking more than ever about where to invest their money in these unstable times.

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US stock exchanges hardly change – Gilead Sciences weighed down

Dusseldorf The US stock exchanges closed little changed on Thursday. Relief from US economic data initially supported Wall Street. A media report on disappointing test results with the remdesivir agent for the possible treatment of Covid-19 then depressed the mood in late trade.

The standard value index Dow Jones closed 0.2 percent higher at 23,515 points. The technology-heavy Nasdaq stagnated at 8494 points. The broad S&P 500 lost 0.1 percent to 2797 points.

Last week, 4.4 million Americans applied for US unemployment benefits. In the previous week, however, the number of initial applications had been around a million higher.

The markets rated this as positive, even if a recession could not be averted, said Steven Blitz, chief economist for the USA at the research house TS Lombard. Investors appear to be betting that the economy will recover quickly if the restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic are relaxed.

However, Peter Cardillo, chief economist at Spartan, advised against excessive expectations. “The worst of the pandemic is probably behind us,” said Peter Cardillo, chief economist at Spartan. “But with the oil price at the current level, there is a threat of a wave of layoffs in the US energy sector, which will nullify the effects of a restarting economy.”

The US crude oil grade WTI rose 23 percent to $ 16.95 a barrel (159 liters) after its price fell below zero for the first time at the beginning of the week. At the beginning of March – before the outbreak of the virus crisis in the USA and before the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia – WTI had still cost twice as much.

This drop in price is a problem especially for shale oil producers. According to experts, because of the complex fracking process, they only work profitably at a price of around $ 50.

Focus on individual values

Nevertheless, investors also accessed these values. The shares of companies like marathon, Occidental or Apache won up to eleven percent. The papers of the oil multinationals Exxon and Chevron each advanced about three percent. The paper from the company active in health care was also among the top values UnitedHealth with plus 3.0 percent.

The titles of Las Vegas Sands, which rose by around twelve percent. The casino operator expects the important Asian business to recover quickly as soon as the travel restrictions there are lifted. Competitors’ shares Wynn and MGM won up to 8.6 percent.

Eli Lilly shares jumped to a record high at $ 162.56. With a smaller plus of 2.1 percent to $ 159.93, they finally went out of the day. Investors recognized the 40 percent year-over-year increase in sales of the blockbuster drug Trulicity for diabetes to a quarterly record of $ 1.2 billion.

By contrast, the shares of Target, even though the retailer’s online sales almost quadrupled in the past quarter, making up for lost business from closed stores. However, the company warned of shrinking profit margins due to wage increases for employees. Target shares lost 2.8 percent.

The titles of Crocs even slipped by more than 16 percent. Known for its rubber slippers, the shoe manufacturer fell short of market expectations with quarterly sales of $ 281.2 million and earnings of $ 0.16 per share. The company also warned of further losses in the current quarter due to virus restrictions.

Among the losers Gilead Sciences with a discount of 4.3 percent. The company denied a media report of disappointing test results with the remdesivir agent for the possible treatment of Covid-19.

The study in China was terminated prematurely due to a lack of participants and was therefore not statistically meaningful, the US pharmaceutical company explained. The Financial Times has presented the process inappropriately, the World Health Organization accidentally posted a draft clinical trial on the Internet. The UN organization confirmed the breakdown and said the document had been removed after the error became known.

Quarterly reports were also in view.

Air Products & Chemicals Withdrawn the 2019/20 financial year forecast for earnings per share from the figures. The industrial gases manufacturer’s paper then gave way by 1.5 percent.

The chip manufacturer’s quarterly report, which was announced after the market closed, was also eagerly awaited Intel, whose shares in the Dow lost 1.8 percent. Intel ultimately disappointed with its earnings outlook for the second quarter, whereupon the papers gave in even more after-hours.

The share certificates of Snap down. The makers of the photo app Snapchat want to get $ 750 million (695 million euros) of fresh money on the market in the face of the corona crisis via convertible bonds.

In the US bond market, trend-setting ten-year government bonds rose 5/32 points to 108 16/32 points and returned 0.603 percent. The euro exchange rate went up and down in US trade and ultimately slid below the $ 1.08 mark again. At the close on Wall Street, the common currency was $ 1.0771. The European Central Bank set the reference price at $ 1.0772 (Wednesday: 1.0867). The dollar thus cost 0.9283 (0.9202) euros.

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