Weekly Investment Banking Scorecard

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A trio of multi-billion dollar mergers announced this week pushed global deal making to $2.40 trillion for year-to-date 2014, a 75% increase compared to a year ago and already besting full year 2013 M&A levels ($2.38 trillion). Led by targets in the Americas, 72 deals over $5 billion have been announced this year, a 56% increase compared to full year 2013 when 46 large-cap deals contributed to the annual total. Healthcare deals accounted for 13 worldwide large-cap deals followed by energy & power (11) and telecommunications (8).

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India’s coal shortage – Graphic of the day

India, which uses coal to generate more than two-thirds of its electricity, is struggling to provide enough power to meet rising demand. The power sector has not been able to obtain sufficient domestic coal and has become reliant on costlier imports. Today’s graphic shows coal stocks position at thermal power stations by province in India.

india coal

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What Yale, Ben & Jerry’s and UBS have in common: B Corps

I had not heard of B Corps until recently.  It turns out that B Corps are a rapidly growing movement of mostly newer companies who have a dual purpose in their corporate charters.  They are trying to make a profit, and make the world a better place.  The Economist summarizes it this way: “To qualify as a B Corp, a firm must have an explicit social or environmental mission, and a legally binding fiduciary responsibility to take into account the interests of workers, the community, and the environment as well as its shareholders. It must also publish independently verified reports on its social and environmental impact alongside its financial results. Other than that, it can go about business as usual.”

Question: How many B Corps are there?

Answer: Today, there is a growing community of more than 1,000 Certified B Corps from 33 countries and over 121 industries.

Q: What size companies are B Corps? (more…)

Bank of America’s mortgage-fraud deal yields quick impact; message may not be what enforcers wanted

Bank of America's mortgage-fraud deal yields quick impact; message may not be what enforcers wanted

It took just one day for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement Thursday that Bank of America would pay $16.65 billion over charges of fraudulent mortgage origination, securitization and servicing to have an impact.

But the impact was probably one of the last things Holder wanted to see as a result of the deal. (more…)

The World in 2025 – Cancer treatments have very few toxic side effects

It’s human nature to want to know what’s coming. It seems fitting, then, that our IP & Science business, with innovation at its core, should also partake in leveraging its assets to forecast the future. The following is one prediction from our new report that features 10 innovation predictions for the world in 2025. Make sure to check out the entire series of posts and download the full report here.

Drug development is so much more precise, binding to specific proteins and using antibodies to give exact mechanisms of action, that the debilitating effects of toxic chemicals on patients is significantly reduced.

Just as Big Data is enabling companies to deliver personalized customer experiences, so too is life sciences moving from broad-brush drugs to very accurate and targeted treatments that result in significantly improved patient experiences.

drug developmentThis personalized medicine movement is not new. For several years the pharmaceutical community has been working on therapies that target specific molecules and perform targeted functions. Many drugs are now developed from biotechnology and are aimed at treating specific forms of a disease.

What will be new is the availability of drugs that reduce the complications associated with certain treatments. Drugs in development are becoming so targeted that they can bind to specific proteins and use antibodies to give precise mechanisms of action.

Knowledge of specific gene mutations will be so much more advanced that scientists and physicians can treat those specific mutations. Examples of this include HER2 (breast cancer), BRAF V600 (melanoma), and ROS1 (lung cancer), among many others.

In addition, advancements in antibody production and targeting will significantly improve certain cancer treatments, such as related to the safety and activity of anti- PD-L1 antibodies in patients with advanced cancer.

The impact of these advancements will be that patients in 2025 will have much more targeted drug treatments that result in fewer toxic side effects.

Download the full report: The World in 2025: 10 Predictions of Innovation

Open data – Graphic of the day

Many Western governments have embraced open data for years. The concept, seen as a measure of transparency and growth to make information more widely available, is spreading to parts of Asia previously less well known for openness and accountability. Today’s graphic shows the countries with publicly accessible data.

open data

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A correspondent’s guide to reporting on Ebola

Misha Hussain, the Dakar-based correspondent of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, has been covering Ebola in West Africa, and in early April was the first foreign reporter to reach the epicentre of the virus outbreak in Gueckedou, Guinea. He offers advice to journalists heading to cover the Ebola story.

Read more about how we are committed to supporting the scientific community through our comprehensive, current content and assets that bring treatment options for this global health threat to the forefront.

Journalist spotlight: Dmitry Madorsky on capture exclusive live footage

Journalist spotlight

Last week, Reuters scored an exclusive live shot of a Russian aid convoy heading to Ukraine. For journalists trying to follow the convoy, it was a cat and mouse game for nearly two weeks. The fleet of trucks made a stop-start journey to the border – but then suddenly last week crossed into Ukraine territory for the first time. It was a potential flashpoint in the conflict, and the move caught many journalists napping. Not Dmitry Madorsky and Valery Stepchenkov from Reuters, whose careful planning allowed them to deliver exclusive video footage of the trucks crossing the border, shown on news channels the world over. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Dmitry offers an inside look at how they scored the exclusive shot.

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Tennis anyone?

US Open

Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, we launched the Reuters Sports Reel app as a way to showcase the terrific photography produced by our journalists. What makes this app so compelling is that you actually see photos coming into the app during events in near real time. In addition to covering this year’s Tour de France, we have now covered the Hungarian and Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix races. With our internal push notification platform, you can get alerts for the events, teams, or individuals you most want to follow. Apple has already chosen to feature this product, and as mentioned when we launched the app, you can get it for both iOS and Android.

There are a couple of great pictures below from the Belgian F1 race, and we will be covering the rest of the Formula 1 calendar: (more…)

Insuring against earthquakes grows costlier – Graphic of the day

Earthquake premium volume has increased since the 1994 earthquake in Northridge, California. At the current exposure levels, adjusted for inflation, the worst earthquakes in U.S. history would have been much costlier. Today’s graphic looks at the estimated insured losses from the top 10 U.S. earthquakes as well as the insurance premiums written.


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