The manufacturing PMI index, prepared by Markit / Adaci, rose in April for the second consecutive month, reaching 53.9 points from 53.5 in March and consolidating above the threshold of 50 that separates growth from those surveys of the sector contraction. The figure was better than economists' expectations, which indicated a slowdown in growth, a Reuters poll in fact gave the index to fall to 53.0 share points, with forecasts oscillating between 52.5 and 54.0.
The French automobile market is still growing: according to figures released monthly data by the Association of French Automobile Manufacturers (CCFA), the sector recorded a sales increase of 6.5% in April, a slightly lower rate than the first three months of 2016, however, higher than that recorded in the same period last year.
The scandal on the fuel consumption data scam continues to haunt Mitsubishi which has been forced to suspend several production lines for a period of several months. This was revealed were the Japanese media. The automaker would block the production of four models at the plants in the western part of the country, after having recognized that they had been falsified test data on fuel consumption since 1991. It is still the date of resumption of production.
Pierrel Pharma, a subsidiary of Pierrel, announced that Orabloc, its flagship anesthetic, recorded in the first quarter of the year increased sales by 35% compared to the same period of 2015. Considering only the month of March, the product It showed an increase of 42% in sales, reaching a record from 2012 in the North American market. The performance in the first quarter "reinforces the management of Pierrel the idea to accompany towards loftier goals its pharma" division, we read in today's statement.
In April, the activities of the Chinese manufacturing sector marked the second consecutive monthly expansion, but the pace of growth remains marginal. The data comes from the index PMI (Purchasing managers' index) prepared on the basis of an economic survey in the institute care of Statistics. The index is passed to 50.1 from 50.2 in March, remaining over the threshold 50, then into expansion territory, but below the consensus 50.4.
Comcast buys DreamWorks Animation to $ 41 per share in a deal a total value of $ 3.8 billion (3.35 billion euro at current exchange rates). This was stated by NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast, in a statement. The transaction, which will bring the change of ownership for the company co-founded by Steven Spielberg, is expected to close later this year. For Comcast, the largest cable television provider in the United States and the control of NBC networks, the expectation is to get stronger in the film industry and to gain market share in China, where the film industry is growing rapidly.
FOMC statement used to have little impact on behaviour of the USD/CAD currency pair, which fixed a minimal four-pip decrease in daily value over Wednesday. The short-term outlook remains tilted to the South, provided there is a dense supply cluster located between 1.2722 and 1.28. Here the monthly S1 is backed by the weekly pivot point and downward-sloping 20-day SMA. Dips lower are expected to be shallow, as the first weekly support line is going to meet USD/CAD as soon as at the 1.2509 mark. As for the daily technical indicators, they are still having no distinct bias in any direction, as three "buy" studies are balanced by the same amount of "sell" signals.
MasterCard, operator of the world's second-largest payments network, ended last quarter with a profit of 959 million dollars, or 86 cents per share, down from 1.02 billion, or 89 cents per share, in the same period the previous year. Analysts' expectations have been exceeded, which included earnings per share of 85 centesimi.I income rose to 2.45 billion dollars from 2.23 billion 12 months earlier and exceeding expectations of $ 2.38 billion.
In the first quarter of 2016 the US GDP grew at an annualized pace "only" 0.5%. It's what emerges from the first reading of the data released by the US Commerce Department. The result is lower than the expectations of analysts who expected an improvement of 0.7% in the first three months of this year. The economy of the United States, therefore, begins to slow down after the 1.4% achieved in the last quarter of 2015. The one recorded in the months January-March is the slower pace of expansion for two years.
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