Gulf markets mixed as Qatar falls, Dubai gains

Feb 2 (Reuters) – Qatar’s stock market was the worst performer among mixed Gulf bourses on Thursday amid volatile energy markets, while Dubai shares ended higher on a strong banking sector performance. The Qatari stock index (.QSI) dropped 0.9%, falling for a fourth consecutive session, with most of its constituent stocks in negative territory. Index … Read more

Shell 2022 profit more than doubles to record $40 bln

Fourth-quarter profit of $10 billion beats estimates Shell to repurchase $4 billion in shares Shares up 2.5% by 1002 GMT LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Shell ( SHEL.L ) delivered a record $40 billion profit in 2022, the energy giant said on Thursday, capping a tumultuous year in which a surge in energy prices after … Read more

ChatGPT sets record for fastest-growing user base – analyst note

Feb 1 (Reuters) – ChatGPT, the popular chatbot from OpenAI, is estimated to have reached 100 million monthly active users in January, just two months after launch, making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history, according to a UBS study on Wednesday. The report, citing data from analytics firm Similarweb, said an average of about … Read more

Investor reaction to Adani market rout after short-seller report

SINGAPORE, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Adani Group called off a $2.5 billion share sale as losses for the conglomerate’s biggest firms snowballed to more than $100 billion in the wake of a US short-seller’s report. The rout has sparked concern that the fallout could also affect, more broadly, confidence in India. Following are comments from … Read more

Philippines grants US greater access to bases amid China concerns

Philippines, US agree to add four locations under EDCA The agreement comes amid tensions in the South China Sea, over Taiwan EDCA allows US access to Philippine military bases MANILA, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The Philippines has granted the United States expanded access to its military bases, the countries said on Thursday, amid mounting concern … Read more

Honda to start producing new hydrogen fuel cell system co-developed with GM

TOKYO, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Japan’s Honda Motor Co ( 7267.T ) said it will start producing a new hydrogen fuel cell system jointly developed with General Motors Co ( GM.N ) this year and gradually step up sales this decade, in a bid to expand its hydrogen business. Honda will target annual sales of … Read more

Samsung’s newest Galaxy S smartphones a test of brand power in weak market

SEOUL/SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) unveiled its latest premium smartphones with a focus on their powerful cameras on Wednesday, in a test of its brand power as the market for mobiles undergoes unprecedented contraction. Analysts said the Galaxy S23 smartphone series, with its cameras and faster chips than its predecessor, could … Read more

Exclusive: EV maker Rivian to cut 6% of jobs amid price war – internal memo

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Rivian Automotive (RIVN.O) is laying off 6% of its workforce in an effort to cut costs as the EV maker, already grappling with falling cash reserves and a weak economy, braces for an industry -wide price war. The company is focusing resources on ramping up vehicle production and reaching … Read more

Adani abandons $2.5 billion share sale in big blow to Indian tycoon

NEW DELHI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Gautam Adani’s flagship firm called off its $2.5 billion share sale in a dramatic reversal on Wednesday as a rout sparked by a US short-seller’s criticisms wiped billions more off the value of the Indian tycoon’s stocks. The withdrawal of the Adani Enterprises (ADEL.NS) share offering marks a stunning … Read more

Exclusive: Indian market regulator examining Adani share route, source says

MUMBAI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – India’s market regulator is examining a recent crash in shares of Adani Group and looking into any possible irregularities in a share sale by its flagship company, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday. The Securities and Exchange Board of India’s (SEBI) examination comes on … Read more