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

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

Exxon smashes Western oil majors’ profits with $56 billion in 2022

HOUSTON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM.N) posted a $56 billion net profit for 2022, the company said on Tuesday, taking home about $6.3 million per hour last year, and setting not only a company record but a historic high for the Western oil industry. Oil majors are expected to break their own … Read more

TikTok CEO to testify before US Congress over security concerns

WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – TikTok Chief Executive Shou Zi Chew will appear before the US Energy and Commerce Committee in March, as lawmakers scrutinize the Chinese-owned video-sharing app. Chew will testify before the committee on March 23, which will be his first appearance before a congressional committee, said Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Republican … Read more

China aims to boost consumption and imports as global demand cools

BEIJING, Jan 28 (Reuters) – China’s cabinet said on Saturday it would promote a consumption recovery as the major driver of the economy and boost imports, state broadcaster CCTV reported, at a time of cooling global demand as major economies teeter on the brink of recession. At a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, China’s … Read more

India’s sunoil imports rise to record as Russia-Ukraine fight for market share

MUMBAI, Jan 27 (Reuters) – India’s January sunflower oil imports are set to surge to a record 473,000 tonnes, nearly triple average monthly imports as top exporters Russia and Ukraine seek to reduce stockpiles, industry officials told Reuters. Record imports by India, the world’s biggest vegetable oil importer, come as sunoil’s discount to rival soyoil … Read more

Europe Inc earnings offer market optimists more hope

LONDON, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Earnings from major European companies on Wednesday offered some reasons for optimism about the region’s corporate health, even as investors worry about the slowing global economy. Fourth-quarter earnings from ASML Holding NV (ASML.AS) exceeded expectations and the Dutch technology company, Europe’s largest, forecast a rise of more than 25% in … Read more

US Treasury emphasizes IRS customer service as tax season begins

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The US Internal Revenue Service kicked off the 2023 income tax filing season on Monday with 5,000 new customer service representatives, marking an early US Treasury emphasis on making the filing and processing of returns more efficient as it rolls out $80 billion in new funding. The new hires will … Read more

Japan PM keeps markets guessing on new BOJ governor

TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Sunday that he would take the April economic situation into account when choosing the next Bank of Japan (BOJ) governor, keeping markets guessing who may replace incumbent Haruhiko Kuroda. Financial markets are closely watching who will succeed Kuroda, whose five-year term ends on … Read more

Crypto lending unit of Genesis files for US bankruptcy

Jan 20 (Reuters) – The lending unit of crypto firm Genesis filed on Thursday for US bankruptcy protection from creditors, topped by a market rout along with the likes of exchange FTX and lender BlockFi. Genesis Global Capital, one of the largest crypto lenders, froze customer redemptions on Nov. 16 after FTX stunned the financial … Read more