Verizon offers the largest bond offering ever while Arctic Sea ice continues to grow.
Verizon sets bond sale record
Verizon launched a massive bond sale today offering $49 billion worth of debt in the largest corporate debt offering ever. CNBC reports that the proceeds will be used to finance the $130 billion acquisition of its wireless unit. Vodafone owns a 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless and Verizon is seeking to buy Vodafone’s share. The deal will eclipse a debt sale by Apple, the former record holder, who sold $17 billion in bonds earlier this year.
Apple announces two new iPhones
At a big event on Tuesday, Apple introduced its two new iPhones – the new iPhone C and the iPhone 5S. The iPhone C is meant for the Chinese market and is priced at $99. USA Today reports, however, that without a contract the iPhone C can cost up to $500. While negotiations are in progress, Apple does not currently have a contract with China Mobile. The iPhone 5S includes a new operating system, compared to the existing iPhone 5. The phone will also be faster. The system, Ios7, can be downloaded onto existing iPhone 5s and several other devices. Stocks fell after the announcement due to the lack of a contract with China Mobile.
Bankers raise China’s growth forecast and industrial output rises
Several investment banks upgraded forecasts for China’s growth after strong August data was released. According to Reuters, some analysts have forecasts above the government’s estimate of 7.5 percent. Many worry that the upturn is based upon actions taken by the government to free up credit in the property markets. Growth in 2012 was 7.7 percent, the weakest since 1997. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that industrial output in August climbed 10.4 percent compared to a year ago and is up from 9.7 percent in July. The Premier of China, LI Keqiang, indicated that the focus of governmental policy is to support long term growth.
US Airways defends American Airlines merger
US Airways defended its merger with American Airlines in federal court filings on Monday, arguing it would create $500 million in savings to consumers annually and build a strong competitor to Delta and United. Reuters indicates that a judge will hear the case without a jury in November. The case is in defense of a lawsuit filed on August 13 by the Justice Department seeking to stop the $11 billion deal between US Airways Group and American Airline’s AMR Group. The deal is critical for American Airlines who has been operating under bankruptcy protection since 2011.
Twitter buys mobile ads company MoPub
Twitter bought online ads company MoPub for$350 million in stock, according to Reuters. The deal valued Twitter stock at around $20, while its shares are trading in the high $20s on the secondary market. MoPub allows companies to keep track of ad inventory in real time, similar to Google’s DoubleClick. Twitter is anticipated to go public in 2014.
Arctic sea ice increases 60 percent in 2013
About a million more square miles of ocean are covered in ice in 2013 when compared to 2012, according to a report by the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles in August 2013, compared to the low point of 1.32 million square miles recorded in September of 2012. According to Fox News, the level of ice is still well below the 30 year average but many scientists are predicting a 15 year cooling trend.
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