Alex Bodikian


Olympic movement

The association between General Electrics (GE) and the Olympic movement is certainly an interesting one. The company may be better known for making engines for jet planes or its work in the consumer credit market, but it’s also a big player in healthcare technology – so will be providing MRI and electronic medical kit to …

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What’s going on? Apple reported a better-than-expected quarterly update late on Tuesday, and its stock’s initial record high might be giving the tech giant delusions of grandeur. What does this mean? Apple’s total revenue and profit for the quarter beat investors’ expectations, which was a good start. But investors were more impressed by its iPhone sales, which were …

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Big Tech

Docs And Shares

What’s going on? Microsoft and Alphabet announced stronger-than-expected quarterly results late on Tuesday, as they sold investors on the benefits of working from home all over again. What does this mean? Microsoft grew revenue from its computing and gaming segment by a better-than-expected 9%, its cloud computing business by 30% (even if that particular area was still smarting from …

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Bon Voyage

What’s going on? Ryanair reported better-than-expected results on Monday, as Europe’s biggest low-cost airline lives out all its mid-pandemic fantasy of seeing the world again. What does this mean? A few factors have been working in Ryanair’s favor lately: a successful vaccination rollout, Europe’s introduction of digital travel passports, and, of course, huge pent-up demand to …

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Olympic technology

The French digital transformation specialists Atos have a relationship with the Olympics which goes back more than thirty years, before the company then became the Olympic movement’s worldwide information technology partner in 2001. This is great positioning for Atos ahead of the 2024 games in Paris, one which we can all only hope is held …

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School’s Out

What’s going on? China cracked down on the country’s for-profit education industry over the weekend, and this is one lesson investors won’t soon forget. What does this mean? The $100 billion for-profit education industry peddles the kind of extracurricular tuition that’s seen as a surefire way for China’s kids to get ahead of their classmates. …

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Centres Of Attention

What’s going on? All eyes were on Snap Inc. and Twitter late last week, as the social media giants’ digital ad businesses drove quarterly earnings that blew past expectations. What does this mean? Here’s something to make you feel old: 293 million people were using Snapchat – Snapchatting? Snapping? – on an average day last …

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Lonely Parts

What’s going on? Data out on Friday showed European business activity climbed at its fastest rate in 21 years in July, but the shortage-riddled manufacturing sector is still missing that special something. What does this mean? Monthly business activity surveys ask company managers how busy they’ve been compared to the month before, providing a near real-time snapshot …

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Safe Haven

What’s going on? The European Central Bank (ECB) announced in an update on Thursday that it won’t be tweaking interest rates, but it will keep being agonisingly cautious. What does this mean? You’d be hard-pressed to find an economist who was expecting the ECB to adjust key interest rates on Thursday. And spoilers ahead for any contrarians …

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Stand By Your LAN

What’s going on? AT&T revealed an encouraging second-quarter update on Thursday, as the telecoms and media giant’s customers realized a life without WiFi isn’t much of a life at all. What does this mean? AT&T recorded more net new subscribers last quarter than investors were expecting, partly because it managed to hold on to so many. It’s …

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