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Apple shares hit $300 for first time

Apple’s share price crossed the $300 threshold for the first time, as technology names continued to charge ahead on the heels of last year’s rally.

Shares in Apple closed 2.3 per cent higher to $300.35 on Thursday. The rise coincided with a broader advance on Wall Street on the first day of trading in 2020, following a move by the Chinese central bank to stimulate the country’s economy.

Apple’s advance also came as the company reached an agreement with former HBO chief executive Richard Plepler, who will produce video content for its new streaming service, Apple TV+.

Investors in the tech giant have recently enjoyed robust gains amid enthusiasm for Apple’s foray into streaming video subscriptions and fading concerns that iPhone demand was lagging. Apple was up 86 per cent last year, its best annual gain in a decade, after sliding more than 6 per cent in 2018. The S&P 500 rose about ...

Jan. 3, 2020


First Wind & Solar Power Steel Plants in the Works

Nucor will be building the first wind-powered US steel mill plant, expected to open in Sedalia, Missouri. This plant is part of a partnership between Nucor and Evergy through a 75-megawatt power purchase agreement.

The purpose of this plant will be to melt recycled scrap into rebar for construction. 

Steel is one of the most climate-friendly materials in construction due to the fact that you can recycle it. Yet, the steel industry contributes 6-7% of greenhouse gas emissions through its energy use and reliance on fossil fuels.

According to World Steel Production, the steel industry already meets sustainability efforts in a number of ways. Recycling, use of co-products, and energy efficiency ensure this. By using wind power as a main energy source, steel producers can ensure sustainable measures from beginning to end of the steel lifecycle.

Given an expected population increase to 8.6 billion by the year 2030, there is a need to increase ...

Dec. 31, 2019


Why Bitcoin Was Hailed Best Investment Of The Decade

A few days from now, this decade will be in the books, but as the 2010s wrap up, and as the investment world assesses which among the assets had the best 10-year run, the answer is not the S&P500 but Bitcoin (BTC).

Eleven years ago, the granddaddy of all cryptos was born out of an idea by a pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto to create internet money that renders a central authority unnecessary. And throughout its years of existence, the most popular crypto had its shares of ups and downs, but one thing is for certain, the value of one BTC now is more than a hundred million percent different from what its value was at the beginning of the decade.

According to CNN, Bank of America Securities reported that if an investor had invested a mere dollar in Bitcoin back in 2010, it would be worth a staggering $90,000 today. This is poles ...

Dec. 26, 2019


Tesla unveils 15.4 kW home solar system

Electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla has unveiled a 15.4 kW solar system suitable for 4,000 plus sqft and above homes as part of its attempt to revamp the solar business.

It's suitable for homes that were paying $340-460 per month for electricity, the MSPower User reported on Friday.

Earlier in September, the EV maker had launched simplified solar power offerings that were easier to install at homes.

More recently, Tesla launched a solar rental service under which homeowners can get a solar panel system for just $50 per month, according to the Electrek.

The company has been making pricing simpler, more transparent, and have been pushing the energy products more actively.

/Source: Energyworld.com/

Dec. 19, 2019


World losing climate race, warns UN chief Guterres, calls for shift to low carbon economy

The world is losing the race against climate change, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned here on Thursday, demanding bolder action from the governments and a shift to a low-carbon economy which he said represented a whopping USD 26 trillion growth opportunity and could create 65 million new jobs by 2030. Speaking at the annual UN climate meeting in Madrid, Guterres cautioned the 197 nations attending the event that by the end of the century, temperature may rise by 3 to 4 degrees celsius.

He cited a study showing that shifting to a low-carbon economy could create 65 million new jobs worldwide by 2030 and boost growth by USD 26 trillion dollars.

"We are losing the climate race. On our current trajectory, we are looking at a 3 to 4-degree temperature rise by the end of the century. But we can choose another path. This path is about people's jobs, health, education, opportunities, ...

Dec. 16, 2019


Volkswagen Parent Acquires Stake in Self-Driving Startup

Porsche Automobil Holding SE has acquired a minority stake in Silicon Valley self-driving sensor startup Aeva Inc., the latest in a flurry of moves by the auto manufacturing holding company in the autonomous driving sector this year.

As part of the equity deal, Porsche SE, which houses auto makers such as Volkswagen AG, Porsche AG and Audi AG, will partner with Aeva in hopes of putting its lidar sensors on Volkswagen ID Buzz buses to create autonomous taxis, according to Aeva co-founder and Chief Executive Soroush Salehian.

/Source: USF/

Dec. 11, 2019


Zerion raises $2M from investors including Placeholder to build 'Coinbase for DeFi'

DeFi startup Zerion has secured $2 million in seed funding from Placeholder, Blockchain.com Ventures, and Gnosis.

Founded in 2018, Zerion has created a platform for non-technical crypto users to easily access and manage assets on popular decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols including MakerDao, Compound, Uniswap, Set, and Fulcrum. Users can connect as many crypto wallets as they want to the company’s platform, Zerion CEO and co-founder Evgeny Yurtaev told The Block. Non-custodial in nature, the platform mitigates centralization risks and allows users to control their own funds.

According to a company statement, DeFi has begun to cover all areas of the financial sector, from credit creation to insurance to asset management, presenting superior investment options for users.

Zerion hopes to build a future of permissionless finance where users do not have to rely on any platform. The company is not looking to build its own DeFi protocols, according to Yurtaev, but aims to integrate ...

Dec. 5, 2019


SK Group, Hillhouse Capital to form $850 mn fund to invest in Chinese start-ups

K Group will set up a 1 trillion won ($850 million) fund with China’s private equity firm Hillhouse Capital Group to invest in Chinese start-ups which are expected to create synergy effects for the energy-to-telecom giant’s new and existing businesses.

Hillhouse Capital will ante up 900 billion won for the fund while the South Korean conglomerate’s Chinese holding company, SK China, will contribute the remaining 100 billion won, according to sources with knowledge of the matter on Dec. 1.

“The partnership with Hillhouse, which owns China’s largest private equity firm and venture capital firm, will give SK Group a strong foothold in China’s investment market,” said one of the sources.

/Source: Korean Investors/

Dec. 3, 2019


Tray.io startup automating business processes raised $ 50 million

Tray.io — a company that built a General Automation Platform which enables citizen automators in any business role to build enterprise-class integrations and automation in a low-code environment — announced that it raised $50 million in Series C funding. This funding round was led by Meritech Capital. Spark Capital, GGV Capital, and True Ventures also participated in the round over their pro rata amounts.

“This is a clear confirmation that the automated organization is the future of work for the enterprise. Over time, we’re seeing successful firms drive impressive growth by shifting from a scattershot, ad hoc technology mindset to building an automated central nervous system,” said Tray.io CEO and co-founder Rich Waldron. 

In the past year, Tray.io saw record-breaking revenue growth as its bookings grew by over 500% — which beat quarterly sales targets two years straight. 

There are over 300 new connectors , connector updates, and product enhancements, including to SAP ...

Nov. 29, 2019


Charles Schwab To Buy TD Ameritrade, Creating Brokerage Behemoth

Two of the country's largest brokerage firms will become one, with Charles Schwab Corp.'s announcement that it is acquiring rival TD Ameritrade. Together, the firms will hold more than $5 trillion in client assets and 24 million brokerage accounts.

The deal is an all-stock transaction valued at $26 billion, and it marks a major indication of the changes rippling through the financial services market as fees drop to zero. Schwab announced last month that it would eliminate commissions on online trades of U.S. stocks and exchange-traded funds, leading other major brokerages to do the same.

The merger of the two companies, which are among NPR's financial supporters, may herald further consolidation in the industry and will likely attract antitrust scrutiny. Schwab already is thought to control nearly half the market for money managed by registered investment advisers, and TD Ameritrade holds a further 15% to 20%, according to analyst Kyle Voigt at ...

Nov. 26, 2019