European shares close stable; mining companies and Rolls-Royce take the FTSE 100 to a maximum of 6 months

Stock photo of the Rolls-Royce logo. Oct 27, 2020. REUTERS / Peter Cziborra

Dec 3 (Reuters) – European stocks were little changed on Thursday as a rise in shares in Rolls-Royce and those of commodity firms helped offset bearish data on trade activity in the region and uncertainty over the Brexit trade deal.

* London’s FTSE 100 reversed losses to hit a six-month high, rising 0.4%. Miners Rio Tinto, Glencore and Anglo American provided the biggest boosts from record iron ore prices and rising copper.

* Rolls-Royce soared 16% to top London’s selective index and the pan-European benchmark STOXX 600, after a report said it was considering a possible re-entry into the narrow-body airliner market.

* Market sentiment was also held back by cautious comments on a post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and the European Union. There are still significant differences on three main issues in the negotiations, bloc officials said.

* “We believe that eventually a very limited deal will be reached at the last minute,” said Teeuwe Mevissen, senior market economist at Rabobank in Amsterdam, warning that there may not be too much detail or a blanket agreement.

* Discussions on the EU budget and US employment data coming out on Friday are other events that are on investors’ radar, Mevissen added.

* Meanwhile, business activity in the euro zone contracted sharply last month after governments across the bloc reimposed tougher restrictions to contain a second wave of coronavirus infections, according to data from a published survey. Thursday.

* Germany’s DAX led the declines on the day, down 0.5%, while France’s CAC 40 lost 0.2%.

Reporting by Susan Mathew in Bengaluru. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme


European stocks open flat awaiting news on Brexit

FILE PHOTO: The graph of the DAX German stock price index inside the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, on November 25, 2020. REUTERS / Personal

Dec 3 (Reuters) – European stocks were barely moving at Thursday’s open, awaiting further signals on Brexit negotiations and as progress on fiscal stimulus packages and COVID-19 vaccine development continues .

London and Brussels could have made enough progress in their latest talks to reach a trade deal in the next few days, the BBC reported, with less than five weeks to go before the UK leaves the EU for good.

London’s FTSE 100 was holding close to Wednesday’s closing levels, when it rose more than 1%, after the UK became the first country to approve Pfizer and BioNtech’s coronavirus vaccine, whose inoculation will begin starting next week.

Following a volatile session on Wall Street in part due to concerns over the fiscal stimulus package, earnings in Asia were held back by falling Chinese stocks after the US House of Representatives passed a bill that threatens to withdraw. from US exchanges to Chinese companies.

For its part, the pan-European STOXX 600 index opened flat on a day that will be marked by the PMIs of services of the economies of the euro zone, which will be released in the morning.

Information from Susan Mathew in Bengaluru; edited by Shounak Dasgupta; translation by Jorge Martínez


Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne, a tribute to the competition

Carmen Boulogne is the new model of the Spanish car manufacturer Hispano Suiza, which has been inspired by the world of competition to design this supercar that has a powertrain of 1,114 horses, with which it accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 2.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 290 km / h. It perfectly represents the maximum exclusivity of the brand, since only five units, while del Carmen the number of units has been limited to 19. A very exclusive car in keeping with what was the legendary Hispano Suiza in the first half of the 20th century, which after several attempts was reborn.

Hispano Suiza is a Spanish brand that was founded in 1904 and that at the time came to make some of the best luxury and sports cars of the moment, comparable with the cars of Rolls Royce and the luxury brands of the moment. Also their sports cars were at the level of brands such as Bugatti. The best example, that Hispano Suiza Alfonso XIII from 1913, a benchmark sports car in its time.

Now, after several attempts to start the brand again, it seems that it is finally a reality, after the presentation of the car at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. And it is in the hands of a model like the Carmen, which seeks to position itself as a reference for sportsmanship and exclusivity (they will only be made 19 units), but adapting to modern times. And for this reason, the car is an electric model that is for sale and that has already begun its artisan production.

Very groundbreaking aesthetics in the Carmen Boulogne, especially in its rear view.
Very groundbreaking aesthetics in the Carmen Boulogne, especially in its rear view.

The Spanish brand now presents its second model, a reinterpretation of the Carmen, even more exclusive. The Carmen Boulogne, as this new version is called, it is a variant more sporty of his “brother” Carmen. Compared to the starting one, the new one has 95 hp more power and 40 km / h more top speed. It also reduces by almost four tenths second the time needed to go from 0 to 100 km / h.

In this new version of rear drive, the two electric motors that drive it are located one on each rear wheel, which gives it that more sporty touch in your driving. In the Carmen, both engines are located one on the front axle and the other on the rear, which allows it to have all-wheel drive.


The new Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne is a 4.73 meter two-seater long, 2.04 meters wide and 1.24 meters high, which has a weight of 1,630 kilos, 60 kg less than Carmen. The improvements compared to the original model have been achieved thanks to an optimized suspension (which weighs 25 kilos less), a new carbon subframe which reduces its weight by 15 kilos, to an optimization of the chassis, 15 Kg lighter as well as to fiber ceiling of carbon that reduces its weight by 6 kg more.

The 11 body panels made of carbon fiber only weigh 64.5 kilograms, including the front splitter and the rear diffuser; and chassis type monohull it weighs just 195 kilos, with maximum torsional rigidity. A slightly stiffer front and rear double wishbone suspension has been installed than on the Carmen, which is combined with adaptive damping control.

The battery that mounts the new Hispano Suiza model is lithium-ion with a useful capacity of 80 kWh, with which you can go through some 400 kilometers (according to the NEDC cycle) with an average consumption of about 24 kWh / 100 km. It can be recharged in direct current of more than 80 kW in half an hour to go from 30 to 80% of the battery and in alternating current of up to 22 kW in less than six hours (up to 100%).

A modern cockpit without details reminiscent of the brand's history.A modern cockpit without details reminiscent of the brand's history.
A modern cockpit without details reminiscent of the brand’s history.

It has scissor opening doors, a powerful team of carbon-ceramic brakes high-performance six-piston, heated leather-trimmed racing seats; 10.1 inch LCD screen multimedia system, wireless charger, remote control of the loading and supervision of the vehicle through the mobile, full Led headlights, or reversing radar with camera, among other elements.

According to the manufacturer, each Carmen Boulogne is “almost infinitely customizable” through the brand department. “Unique Tailormade”. In any case, the exclusivity is maximum in a car of which only five units are planned. Hopefully this rebirth project of Hispano Suiza, is the definitive after some that were launched years ago, with little success since they did not go beyond advertisements and showing sketches. In the case of Carmen there is already a car manufactured and everything indicates that the project is viable and will continue.


European stocks fall at the end of the best month in their history

FILE PHOTO: General view of the Stock Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, June 16, 2015. REUTERS / Ralph Orlowski

Nov 30 (Reuters) – Europe’s benchmark equity index posted the biggest monthly gain on record on the prospect of easing coronavirus restrictions and hopes for a vaccine, but closed lower Monday with its eyes on the negotiations on the Brexit trade deal.

* With five weeks to go until the deadline, the weekend talks in London between the UK and the European Union were “quite difficult” and there remain “gigantic divergences” on the most controversial issues about fishing, the “game clean ”economic and dispute settlement, said a community source.

* “While my belief that a deal will be reached remains intact, time is running out soon and you have to start wondering how long it will be before we see a shakeup in the markets,” said Craig Erlam of OANDA Europe.

* Stocks featured on the London Stock Exchange delivered their initial gains and lost 1.6%, while the pan-European STOXX 600 stock index fell 1%, at the end of a month in which it climbed almost 14%.

* The gains were fueled by hopes for a more stable US trade policy under Joe Biden, as well as promising results from major coronavirus vaccine candidates.

* The French CAC 40 climbed 20% this month, while the Spanish IBEX and Italian MIB each advanced more than 22%. German stocks and British standouts gained more than 12%.

* Oil and gas stocks led the declines, declining 3.4%. Firms like Total SE, BP and Royal Dutch Shell lost around 5% as crude prices plummeted amid uncertainty over OPEC + will agree to extend its deep cuts in their talks this week.

* On the floor of the STOXX 600 was the Dutch bank ABN Amro, which lost 8.9% after announcing that it will reduce almost 3,000 jobs until 2024.

Edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano


What was happening in the world the last time Ramos missed a penalty

Ramos went from hero to villain after missing two penalties against Switzerland. He had scored 25 in a row, but the world has changed since then.

Sergio Ramos lived the bitter face of football after becoming the undisputed protagonist of Switzerland vs. Spain of the UEFA Nations League and that ended with a draw (1-1) that leaves Luis Enrique’s men with the obligation to win or win against Germany in the last match if they want to access the Final Four of the competition.

Ramos is safe from eleven meters, in fact he had scored the 25 previously thrown, but against the Helvetians he missed not one, but two.

920 days have passed between Wednesday, May 9, 2018 when he failed against Sevilla in the League and on November 14, 2020 when he missed against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League, a long time in a world that is no longer the same. What has changed since then?

No trace of the coronavirus

On the social level, no one had heard of the coronavirus, the most dramatic pandemic that has devastated the planet and that has killed more than 1.3 million people, having infected more than 50 million around the world.

La Liga players test

Rajoy, President of Spain

On the political level, Mariano Rajoy was still President of the Government, who just a few weeks after that wrong penalty by Ramos that May 9, 2018, saw how Pedro Sánchez was invested as President of the Government after a motion of censure against the Galician.

Iker Casillas and Mariano Rajoy, Spain

Iker Casillas and Mariano Rajoy, Spain

Notre Dame, still intact

In the world of architecture, Notre Dame Cathedral was still intact and now work is being done to recover it from the terrible fire that devastated it in 2019.

Notre Dame Paris fire

Notre Dame Paris fire

All in suspense waiting for the end of Game of Thrones

In the world of film and television, millions of people were waiting impatiently for the end of Game of Thrones, one of the most successful series in history. In Spain the last two chapters were to be released. Something similar happened with the Star Wars saga where the millions of faithful had been left with their mouths open with the eighth installment of the mythical film released 40 years ago, waiting for the premiere of the last and final part.

Game of Thrones Crown

Game of Thrones Crown

On the sporting level and more specifically at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo still wore the Madrid shirt and the whites still had a few weeks left to lift the thirteenth Champions League.

Alvaro Morata Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 2014

Alvaro Morata Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 2014

Lopetegui, Spanish coach, looking at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

The Spanish soccer coach was Julen Lopetegui, whom we interviewed just a few days ago. At that time he was preparing the Red to face the 2018 World Cup in Russia, something that did not happen due to his dismissal a few hours after the start of it after uncovering that he had signed for Real Madrid.Lopetegui RM SPAIN

Lopetegui RM SPAIN

Navarro, Pedrosa and Alonso

Juan Carlos Navarro still led Barça in basketball and the ÑBA as one of the five best players in the history of our basketball. Dani Pedrosa was still competing in MotoGP before putting an end to the story of one of our great motor champions and Fernando Alonso was still competing in Formula 1.

Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso


“We will have few opportunities against Spain”

After the friendly of Spain against the Netherlands in which there was a handshake in the form of a draw, ‘La Roja’ has two vitally important games ahead of them in order to qualify for the final phase of the UEFA Nations League against Germany and Switzerland, the latter this Saturday.

The Arsenal and Swiss National Team player Granit xhaka analyzed the duel against the team led by Luis Enrique in the press conference prior to the crash. “Against Spain we will have few opportunities and we will have to take advantage of them, “he acknowledged.

“We will see a different match than the first leg (they lost 1-0). We will see another in Switzerland“, said the Swiss midfielder, who also acknowledged that they need to correct some things for the match, such as avoid gifts and concessions to those of Luis Enrique.

“We also have to be precise on the last pass. We all have to be much more successful to be able to win games, “he added.

In addition, the Swiss coach, Vladimir Petkovic, also spoke to the media about the negative streak of matches that the national team has led, which chains six games without winning: “It is normal for there to be frustration after these results. We have to keep calm and make fewer mistakes“.

Spain will play this Saturday against Switzerland starting as leader of Group 4 of the UEFA Nations League, so it depends on itself to get to the ‘final four’ and look for a title that you do not yet have in your windows.


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


WHO analyzes biosecurity in other countries after COVID-19 outbreak in mink in Denmark

FILE PHOTO: Caged minks look on after police officers arrived at Thorbjorn Jepsen’s mink farm amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Gjoel, Denmark, on October 9, 2020 Henning Bagger / Ritzau Scanpix / via REUTERS

GENEVA, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization said on Friday it is looking at biosecurity in countries where there are mink farms after Denmark ordered the slaughter of mink animals domestically over a widespread coronavirus outbreak between they.

Maria van Kerkhove, WHO technical chief for COVID-19, said that animal-human transmission of the virus is “a concern.” The risk is much lower in animals other than mink, added another expert.

“We are working with the regional offices … where there are mink farms, and looking at biosecurity to avoid collateral effects,” Van Kerkhove told a WHO news conference in Geneva.

Reporting by Emma Farge and Kate Kelland; edited in Spanish by Carlos Serrano


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.