T-Mobile’s revenue rose to $8.18 billion

The German holding company for Deutsche Telekom AG‘s various mobile communications subsidiaries outside Germany with tolal number of users over 78 million in Europe, T-Mobile US Inc reported a better-than-expected 14 percent jump in quarterly revenue as aggressive pricing helped it win more customers.

Shares of the No.4 U.S. wireless carrier by revenue rose 3.6 percent to $38.37 in early trading on Thursday, after the company raised its full-year postpaid user addition forecast for the second time this year.

T-Mobile said it now expected to add 3.4 million to 3.9 million postpaid users in 2015, up from 3.0 million to 3.5 million.

The company has revamped its pricing plans, eliminated service contracts and launched aggressive marketing campaigns to help turn around years of subscriber losses.

While investors have lauded these efforts, the costs involved have been hurting profits.

But that could start to improve.

“The company’s earnings profile is growing here. They are starting to see some earnings leverage in the model. As EBITDA margins climb, that flows through to earnings,” Macquarie Research analyst Kevin Smithen said.

However, free cash flow fell in the first half of the year, while EBITDA grew, Smithen said, adding that T-Mobile would have to start improving working capital, which took a hit from T-Mobile’s equipment installment plan this quarter.

The plan allows users to pay for new phones or devices on a monthly basis.

T-Mobile reported most of its key user metrics earlier this month.

The company added a net 2.1 million customers in the second quarter, up from 1.5 million a year earlier. It also added 1 million postpaid customers.

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Natural Gas rose to 2.846

For the second day this week, Natural gas price in the United States extended gains from the previous session on Tuesday, as investors bet a heat wave making its way across the eastern U.S. will prompt households to ramp up their air conditioning.

Natural gas for delivery in September on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 3.3 cents, or 1.17%, to trade at $2.821 per million British thermal units during U.S. morning hours. A day earlier, natural gas tacked on 1.3 cents, or 0.47%, to end at $2.788.

Updated weather forecasting models called for hotter than normal temperatures across most parts of the Midwest and East Coast over the next five days.

Demand for natural gas tends to rise in the summer months as warmer temperatures increase the need for gas-fired electricity to power air conditioning. Natural gas accounts for about a quarter of U.S. electricity generation.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas storage in the U.S. rose by 68 billion cubic feet last week. Analysts had expected an increase of 70 billion cubic feet last week.

Supplies rose by 92 billion cubic feet in the same week last year, while the five-year average change is an increase of 53 billion cubic feet.

Total U.S. natural gas storage stood at 2.828 trillion cubic feet as of last week, 28.2% higher than during the same week a year earlier and 2.9% above the five-year average for this time of year.

Last spring, supplies were 55% below the five-year average, indicating producers have made up for all of last winter’s unusually strong demand.

The EIA’s next storage report slated for release on Thursday, July 30 is expected to show a build of approximately 55 billion cubic feet for the week ending July 24.

Supplies rose by 88 billion cubic feet in the same week last year, while the five-year average change is an increase of 48 billion cubic feet.

Ford F-150 left the Ford’s share

Ford Motor Co. attracted the auto funs with it is new versions of the aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup which brings huge weight savings for America’s bestselling vehicle. You’d think this would be universally accepted as innovation, progress, and a generally good thing.

Ford reported net income of $1.9 billion, or 47 cents a share, compared with $1.3 billion, or 32 cents a year earlier. Profit beat the 37-cent average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

The results ease pressure on Ford for the second half. Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields has pledged pretax profit will grow by as much as 51 percent this year as Ford resumes full production of the F-150, its top selling model. Ford had record profits in North America, with an operating margin of 11.1 percent, even as it sold fewer of its pricey pickups.

“This is a great quarter that demonstrates that there’s more to Ford and more to North America than the F-150,” Bob Shanks, the automaker’s chief financial officer, said today on Bloomberg TV. “We’re excited about what’s ahead for us with the F-150.”

Ford has said it will be the end of September before dealers are fully stocked with F-Series trucks, which account for 90 percent of its global auto profits, according to Morgan Stanley. Ford started offering discounts of more than $10,000 on the new truck in some areas after U.S. sales fell 8.9 percent last month. Yet, incentives average $3,900 per truck and are down from last year, Shanks said.

US Dollar rose against the majors

The weak economic outlook out side America such as the Greese case with the EU and the drop in the Chain Manufacturing index, Supported the US Dollar to gain weight against the market majors in Friday.

Also, The Reuters posted that :

The U.S. dollar edged up against most other major currencies Friday on data pointing to sluggish overseas economic growth, while the Australian dollar sagged to a six-year low after a Chinese manufacturing gauge fell to its weakest in 15 months.

Recent U.S. economic figures have supported the notion that the Federal Reserve sees the economy as strong enough for it to end its near-zero interest rate policy as early as September, an action that dollar bulls have betting on since last year.

“Worries about global growth have been rekindled. That has sparked a play into the dollar,” said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington.

The flash Caixin/Markit China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) dropped to 48.2, the lowest since April last year, while Markit’s euro zone PMI gauge fell from a four-year high to 53.7 in early July.

In late U.S. trading, the dollar index was up 0.2 percent at 97.274, reducing its weekly decline to 0.6 percent.

The greenback retreated from its earlier highs as U.S. stock prices turned lower for a fourth session. [.N]

The euro dipped 0.05 percent to $1.0977, while the greenback dipped 0.1 percent to 123.71 yen.

Fed policymakers may provide clues on a rate “lift-off” in a statement after they meet next week. [FED/DIARY]

The U.S. central bank on Friday released its staff’s projection which showed they expected a quarter-point increase in U.S. rates by year-end.

“Next week’s meeting could be a signal meeting,” said Mazen Issa, senior currency strategist at TD Securities in New York.

Some analysts said there were adequate risks to cause the Fed to not raise rates this year, including turmoil in the Chinese stock market, and a renewed drop in oil and other commodity prices.

Friday’s news of a surprise 6.8 percent drop in new-home sales in June was a reminder that the U.S. economy, while faring better than many others, was far from robust.

Among other major currencies, the Aussie dollar, often used as a liquid proxy for China trades, fell more than 1 percent to $0.7280, a six-year low.

Other currencies linked to global commodities prices also were under pressure because of the weak Chinese PMI data. The New Zealand dollar was down 0.6 percent at $0.6568.

Emergency landing Airline Stocks

It is summer time, vacations time and travel were most tourist and travel agencies are in the peak of the traffic, Also the Airlines.
But this is did not prevent their stock from sinking after an American report sees fare pressure Into 2016.

American Airlines Group Inc. paced an industrywide stock slide after predicting that a closely watched revenue gauge would keep declining into 2016, signaling that ticket prices remain under pressure.

Forecasts for passenger revenue from each seat flown a mile have gained increasing importance among some analysts and investors as a clue to future demand and profit. The earliest “reasonable expectation” for positive unit revenue won’t occur until the second half of next year, President Scott Kirby said Friday on a conference call.

Wall Street looked past the latest financial results from the world’s largest airline: a record second-quarter earnings and a doubling of the buyback program, to $4 billion. American renewed a vow to keep fighting discounters on price, which raised the prospect of continued weakness in fares.

“Maybe that was perceived negatively, as kind of backing off the industry’s aggressive pricing,” said Savanthi Syth, an analyst at Raymond James Financial Inc. But American “is showing no signs of backing off.”

American tumbled 7 percent, the most in two months, to $39.63 at the close in New York. The Bloomberg U.S. Airlines Index slid 3.1 percent and declined for the week, snapping a streak of three such advances. Ten of 11 carriers in the gauge fell.

Crude Oil under $50 today

Future Oil price fell shaply today below $50 per barrle for the first time after 15 week, amid an expected build in U.S. crude stockpiles last week.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, WTI crude for September delivery traded between $49.33 and $50.79 a barrel, before closing at 49.39, down 1.47 or 2.89% to 49.39. Crude futures closed lower for the fifth time in six sessions to drop under the key technical level of $50 a barrel for the first time since April 6.

On the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), brent crude for September delivery wavered between $56.16 and $57.09 a barrel, before settling at 56.20, down 0.89 or 1.57% on the session. The spread between the international and U.S. benchmarks of crude stood at 6.81, above a level of 6.19 at Tuesday’s close.

In its weekly Petroleum Status Report, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said U.S. crude inventories rose by 2.5 million barrels for the week ending on July 17. While analysts expected a draw of 2.2 million barrels last week, traders may have priced in a significant build after the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday that U.S. crude stockpiles had declined by 2.1 million barrels for the week. Crude inventories nationwide are now at 463.9 million barrels the highest level at this time of year in at least 80 years. At the Cushing Oil Hub in Oklahoma, the main delivery point for NYMEX oil, its crude inventory increased by 813,000 last week, above expectations for a 300,000 build.

Even the slightest weekly build is viewed as bearish for crude, amid a glut of oversupply on global energy markets. Although U.S. crude inventories have declined steadily in recent weeks the trend is likely to level off, as the peak of the U.S. driving season nears an end. Gasoline production increased last week, as refineries operated at 95.5% of their operable capacity. Opec triggered an extended battle for global market share last November by keeping its production ceiling above 30 million barrels per day. While the world’s largest oil cartel reportedly employed the strategy in an effort to undercut U.S. shale producers, U.S. crude output has remained near 40 year-highs over the last several months. Last week, U.S. production fell slightly by 4,000 barrels per day to 9.558 million bpd.

Elsewhere, U.S. House of Representatives speaker John Boehner (R, Ohio) insisted he will do “everything possible,” to stop U.S. president Barack Obama’s comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran, as Congress began its 60-day review of last week’s agreement on Wednesday. Iran could double its export level to approximately 2 million bpd over the next year if severe economic sanctions are lifted by Western powers. The outflow of Iranian oil could depress prices in a market already saturated by oversupply.


Harley-Davidson change their plans

Asian market full of cheap products and it is everywhere you go around the world, that is why the American legand ‘Harley-Davidson, which typically clings to market share like damp leather on a middle-aged biker, said on Tuesday morning that it would continue to restrain motorcycle production while the dollar remains strong. This is an uncommon and prideful strategic turn, and it’s weighing on results.

Motorcycle revenue at the company dropped by 10 percent, to $1.7 billion, in the quarter ended June 28 on shipments of just 85,172 bikes, almost 8 percent fewer than in the year-earlier period. Profit slid 15 percent, to $300 million.

The frustrating thing for Matthew Levatich, Harley’s new chief executive officer, is that consumers are really into motorcycles these days. In the past six months, registrations of new “heavy bikes” in the U.S. surged by 7.6 percent while those in Europe jumped by almost 10 percent. In a recent interview, Levatich shrugged off rising competition from domestic brands such as Polaris’s resurgent Indian line. The problem, he says, is the strong dollar—specifically, Asian brands that are slashing prices in the U.S.

“We’re poised to perform as never before—and then, whack: currencies,” Levatich tells me.

Here’s where foreign competitors have an edge: A single U.S. dollar now buys 23 percent more yen than it did a year ago. Take a Kawasaki Ninja 300 that sells in the U.S. for around $5,299. A year ago, that would have translated to ¥537,319 yen; the same price today commands ¥659,037 yen. A company such as Kawasaki can pocket the difference or cut prices and make the same return. “They automatically have a 20 percent to 30 percent gift in their [profit-and-loss] statement,” Levatich says. “Some Japanese brands simply repriced entirely.”

Harley’s decision not to slash prices in turn, is a bit of swagger, a subtle way of saying:Our bikes are better. It also aligns the company with current Harley owners, as a dip in sticker prices would dent the resale value of used bikes.

Youtube providing paid service

It seem that The Hollywood people likes to spend that cash for VIP services and Google’s Youtube offering that to entertain them by signing up partners for a new paid video service.

Partners accounting for more than 90 percent of YouTube viewing have signed on to the paid service, the company said in a statement. While the lineup incudes home-grown celebrities and music videos, YouTube so far doesn’t have TV networks such as Fox, NBC and CBS, according to people with knowledge of the matter who asked not to be identified discussing the project.

TV staples like Fox’s “Futurama,” NBC’s “Parks & Recreation” and CBS’s “Under the Dome” are a featured part of competing products from Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. Without shows like those, YouTube’s commercial-free service will have to attract paying viewers with original series, music videos and thousands of its channels already available for free.

“We are progressing according to plan,” YouTube said. “We have support from the overwhelming majority of our partners, with well over 90 percent of YouTube watchtime covered by agreements, and more in the pipeline about to close.”

The networks still have time to sign up. YouTube, has targeted a roll-out of the paid service by the end of the year, people with knowledge of the matter said in April.

The company has advised partners like top draw PewDiePie that their clips won’t be allowed to remain on the public, ad-supported YouTube if they don’t also sign up for the commercial-free subscription version. (Holdouts can keep videos hosted privately on YouTube, allowing them to become public once a deal is reached.)

serious accident for Googles car

In real life no thing perfect, even the hi-tech robot that Google made to drive their care that involved in the fleet’s first collision to result in injury.

“Everyone in both vehicles was okay, except for a bit of minor whiplash,” Chris Urmson, Google’s director for self-driving cars, wrote in a blog item posted Thursday. One of Google’s vehicles braked during a green light because of congestion, and the car behind hit it at 17 mph and lost its bumper, he wrote.

Google last month said it would issue monthly reports about its self-driving automobiles after a shareholder asked the company to be more transparent about accidents involving the technology. The company says robotic vehicles drive better than humans do and will reduce deaths caused by cars driven by people. Google’s hands-free cars have been hit by other drivers 14 times since the project began in 2009, according to the company.

“Our self-driving cars are being hit surprisingly often by other drivers who are distracted and not paying attention to the road,” Urmson wrote. The most-recent incident occurred during evening rush hour on July 1 in Mountain View, California, where the search giant is based.