Facebook closed the first quarter with a profit of 77 cents per share, above expectations of analysts betting on 63 cent. Revenues totaled 5.38 billion dollars, above the 5.27 billion dollars expected by the market. The results above expectations push the titles in after hours trading, where do you gain more than 8%. "We had a good start of the year," says the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, noting that the focus is not on "what Facebook is today, but on what can be and what needs to be for the community. " The social network has closed the first quarter with a net profit doubled to 1.51 billion dollars, compared with 512 million the same period last year. Revenues were up 52%, driven primarily by advertising on mobile devices. Revenues from mobile advertising have represented 82% of the first quarter advertising revenue. According to estimates of the company eMarketer, Facebook will win 12% of the global market from 186.81 billion dollars of digital advertising, an increase compared to 10.7% in 2015.
Nestle, the world's biggest food company, will create a joint venture in the ice cream industry with R & R, a leader in the freezer products in the UK. Froneri, the name of the new company co-owned by the two companies, will be located across the Channel and will be present in over 20 countries, including Europe, the Middle East, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, the Philippines and South Africa, employing 15,000 people. Nestlé has indicated in a statement today indicating that sales would be expected of 2.7 billion francs.
For the first time in Apple's history it stops with iPhone sales. The American company has closed the second quarter of the fiscal year with a net profit down 22% to $ 10.5 billion, or $ 1.90 per share, below analysts' expectations, betting on $ 2 per share. Revenues were down 13% to 50.6 billion dollars. The results below expectations weighed in after hours trading, where the title came to lose 8%.
The president of the Bundesbank, Jens Weidmann, in a speech to the German embassy in Italy, believes that a large risk-sharing between the Member eurozone without a strengthened common control mechanism "would be a wrong path" and would not create the " strong incentives to comply with the rules "that will see the Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan. "Since the creation of the monetary union the rules of the Stability and Growth Pact were violated by some states, including even Italy, more often than they have been" osservate.Weidmann also recalled that "even Germany in the years 2003/2004, he has helped weaken the binding force of the rules. "
After three years away from selling phones business, which was sold to Microsoft, Nokia returns to the consumer market. Yesterday, the Finnish company has announced the acquisition for 191 million dollars, about 170 million euro in cash, the French company Withings, a startup specializing in the production of devices for monitoring body parameters. The transaction should be completed after the summer, after obtaining the approval of regulators.
Despite the positive close in the first quarter thanks to the strong performance in the NAFTA area, 90% of the total, the huge debt Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is entitled to lose more than 3% before the close of the day. In addition to the 5.5 billion dollars that weigh on the company, the title also suffer because of fears of analysts who fear that the US auto market is now saturated. "The group confirms for 2018 the objective to a positive net financial position," said the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Sergio Marchionne, and although "the car NAFTA has become harder and more competitive, the nocietà does not provide for a fall" .
Procter & Gamble revises downwards its estimates for the full year 2016 after closing a quarter of mixed results, with declining sales and profits rise. The US giant of products for personal care reported in the fiscal third quarter 2016 revenue amounted to $ 15.8 billion, down 7% compared to the same period of 2015, due to the strong dollar. Net profit however rose to 2.75 billion dollars, or 97 cents a share, from 2.15 billion, equal to 75 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts had expected revenues of 15.81 billion dollars and earnings per share of 82 cents.
Greece has again liquidity problems and in the absence of an agreement with creditors to unblock a new tranche of aid - as the newspaper "Kathimerini" - money in the state coffers could end up in mid-May. The Tsipras government started from January to limit the outputs: in the first quarter of the public primary expenses were $ 1.34 billion less than the budget planned 10.5 billion. Despite having regularly paid pensions and salaries, the government was forced to save on other items of expenditure, including payments to health facilities.
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