(Bloomberg) — Chinese buyers have not only stopped snapping up iconic overseas assets, the coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the targets of deals that defined a headier era.Whereas some prolific acquirers such as HNA Group Co. and Anbang Insurance Group Co. began falling into disarray before the recent crisis, the impact on investments in sectors hit hardest by the outbreak means healthier owners are now feeling the pain.Conglomerate Fosun International Ltd. could soon see its 2015 investment in Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group wiped out, while PizzaExpress, owned by private equity firm Hony Capital, said this month it’s likely to hand control of the British chain to creditors. Baggage handler Swissport International AG is also negotiating with investors over a rescue that could see HNA exit the cash-strapped firm it bought in 2015, Bloomberg News has reported. HNA is also among Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd. shareholders set to lose everything after … Read the rest

After a woman with the coronavirus visited a Starbucks cafe north of Seoul this month, more than two dozen patrons tested positive days later. But the four face mask-wearing employees escaped infection.

The Aug. 8 outbreak in the South Korean city of Paju is another example of how rapidly the SARS-CoV-2 virus can spread in confined, indoor spaces — as well as ways to minimize transmission. With health authorities around the world still debating the evidence around face masks, the 27-person cluster linked to the air-conditioned coffee outlet adds more support for their mandatory use to help limit the spread of the COVID-19-causing virus.

“This speaks volumes about the role masks can play,” said Ma Sang Hyuk, a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Changwon Fatima Hospital in South Korea. “Masks may not provide 100% protection, but there’s nothing out there that’s as effective.”

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Business activity is rebounding strongly but employers are still shedding workers amid fears about the economic outlook, according to a closely watched survey.

IHS Markit’s flash Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) hit 60.3 in August, up from 57 in July and close to a seven-year high. Any reading above 50 indicates that the economy is growing so the figures suggest that business activity across the economy is recovering sharply after hitting its floor in April.

The services and manufacturing sectors both registered an increase in new orders and a rise in output. IHS Markit’s business activity index for the services sector climbed from 56.5 in July to a three-year high of 60.1. The output index for the manufacturing sector rose from 59.3 to 61.6

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(Bloomberg) — Tencent Holdings Ltd. jumped the most in a month after White House officials are said to have reassured American businesses that a ban on its WeChat app won’t be as broad as feared.The WeChat owner rallied 5.8% at the close in Hong Kong Monday, making it the best performer on the benchmark Hang Seng Index, after people familiar with matter said the Trump administration is privately seeking to reassure U.S. companies including Apple Inc. that they can still do business with Tencent’s WeChat messaging app in China. In recent days, senior administration officials have been reaching out to some companies, realizing that the impact of an all-out ban on the popular app could be devastating for U.S. technology, retail, gaming, telecommunications and other industries, according to the people.Read more: Trump Team Reassures Apple, Others on Using WeChat in ChinaCompany management earlier this month sought to reassure investors that … Read the rest

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China has been vaccinating key workers against COVID-19 since July 22, the country’s National Health Commission (NHC) revealed on Saturday. The NHC didn’t say which of the four Chinese vaccines currently in the final phase of clinical trials had been used, but claimed that, so far, there had been no adverse effects.

According to NHC director Zheng Zhongwei, immigration officials and medical staff are among the groups that have received the vaccine as “most cases in China now are imported, so border officials are a high-risk group.”

China has gone eight days with zero cases of local transmission as of Monday. The most recent major clusters of COVID-19—as well as the initial coronavirus outbreak in December—have been traced to wet markets, where consumers gather to buy … Read the rest

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Finance is the science of funds management. What is your sales forecast? How much cash do it’s essential get began? How much of your personal money do you intend to contribute? How much do you need from outside sources? Keep in mind, that is only a abstract, so keep every point as transient as doable by leaving out any detailed explanations, and utilizing bullet factors and quick paragraphs.

How a lot deleveraging is important? Well, I have not too long ago looked at international liquidity as measured by the amount of bank loans, securitised debt and derivatives in the world. World liquidity as a share of world GDP took off within the nice credit score bubble that started within the mid-Nineties. After the credit score crunch and the Nice Recession, liquidating all that fictitious capital (as Marx called it) has been slowly underneath method. In my previous publish (op cit), … Read the rest