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French pensioners, health aides kick off Macron reform protests

Pensioners and retirement home workers staged protests across France on Thursday, kicking off a series of strikes against President Emmanuel Macron’s reforms.Thousands of retirees had already taken to the streets in January against higher taxes on their pensions, imposed to help offset lower social security charges for private-sector employees.‘We’re not the gilded generation,’ said Michel…

Spotify to go public on April 3

Spotify will go public on April 3 as the world’s largest streaming company lists on the New York Stock Exchange.Paul Vogel, the Swedish company’s head of investor relations, made the announcement at the start of a day of briefings to potential funders in New York.Spotify had announced the long-awaited public listing on February 28 without…

Unilever drops London for post-Brexit Dutch HQ

Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever on Thursday chose The Netherlands over London to host its headquarters, dealing a blow to Britain’s efforts to keep multinational companies onside following Brexit.Unilever, whose famous brands include yeast extract Marmite, PG Tips tea and Persil washing powder, announced in a statement that it ‘intends to simplify from two legal entities,…

‘Wobbly’ global stock markets attempt to shake off trade worries

World equities made an attempt at recovery on Thursday, with investors trying to focus on positive economic news rather than the prospect of a debilitating global trade war.A fall in weekly jobless claims in the US served as a reminder that the world’s biggest economy is humming along nicely, while President Donald Trump’s appointment of…

Canada to boost nuclear power to help meet climate target

Canada, the second largest producer of uranium, will boost its reliance on nuclear energy to reduce its carbon footprint and will encourage other nations to do the same, public broacaster CBC said Thursday.The move would mark a change in the climate strategy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government unveiled just last December, which did not mention…

Executive Series: Crowd Mobile (CM8) CEO, Dominic Carosa

In this short video we discuss:• Key elements of CM8’s half year results• Importance of digital influencers for growth opportunities• CM8’s strategy to utilise blockchain technology and future plans for an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) in the digital influencer spaceClick below to view videohttps://youtu.be/1IoxnE1CpTw To view more Executive Series interviews, visit:https://www.commsec.com.au/market-news/executive-series

Extreme surfing: braving Arctic waters

Hundreds of extreme sports enthusiasts brave sub-zero temperatures and travel to within the Arctic circle in northern Norway each year to surf in freezing conditions.The stunning snow-covered beaches of the Lofoten islands, glowing green under the spectacular Northern Lights in deep winter, are intensely cold though – the outside air temperature can hit a chilly…

Executive Series: Starpharma (SPL) CEO, Dr Jackie Fairley

In this short video we discuss:• SPL’s focus on its Dendrimer technology platform• Factors contributing to the increasing share price over the last 12 months• Starpharma’s strong partnership with global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca•  Upcoming milestones including parternerships and expansion plans for the companyClick below to view videohttps://youtu.be/3uYqvzrtD5o To view more Executive Series interviews, visit:https://www.commsec.com.au/market-news/executive-series

CommSec Daily Report Friday

Latest NewsAussie Market opens higher – Local shares are rebounding from three straight sessions of losses and shrugging off a mixed lead from Wall Street. The Dow closed 0.5% higher while the tech heavy Nasdaq closed a touch lower. The ASX 200 opened around 0.45% or 26pts higher but has come back to be 6pts…

‘End of an era’: New York shoppers glum at Toys ‘R’ Us

At the Toys ‘R’ Us in Times Square, in the heart of Manhattan, all is more or less normal – noisy gizmos for sale drown out the store’s background music, and employees stand at the ready.But the few New Yorkers and tourists browsing the aisles on Thursday are in disbelief that the wonderland of their…