Johnson & Johnson Partner’s Stock Soars As Investors Embrace China Health, Tech

Johnson & Johnson Partner's Stock Soars As Investors Embrace China Health, Tech

“Johnson & Johnson has deep roots in China with an innovation footprint dating back nearly four decades,” Chief Science Officer Paul Stoffels said last year. Study also shows that psychological consequences are worse than for white women The high dividend alone makes the stock a good investment Continue reading…

Shares in Legend Biotech, a China business partner of Johnson & Johnson, soared on their Nasdaq trading debut on Friday, underscoring anew some of the conflicting impulses between the U.S. and China at a time of overall strained ties.

Legend, which could end up raising as much as $423.8 million through the U.S. listing, closed up 60.9% to $37.

Legend is a subsidiary of Nanjing, China-headquartered GenScript, which conducts drug research on a contract basis. GenScript founder Zhang Fangliang holds a PhD in biochemistry from Duke, and worked at Schering-Plough before he set up GenScript in 2002. Zhang’s fortune topped $1 billion in the first of last year; Forbes estimates his fortune at approximately $900 million.

Both GenScript, whose shares trade in Hong Kong, and Legend lost money in 2019. GenScript lost $96.9 million on revenue of $273.4 million; Legend lost $132.9 million on revenue of $57.2 million.

Looking ahead, however, Legend is working with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Biotech on a treatment to fight multiple myeloma, and has other pipeline projects. In April, Legend raised $150 million from investors including Hudson Bay Capital Management LP, Johnson & Johnson Innovation — JJDC, Inc., Lilly Asia Ventures, Vivo Capital and RA Capital Management. Funds will be used for the commercialization of Legend’s pipeline programs, manufacturing, research, and general expenses, the company said in a statement.

The IPO comes amid contradictory trends affecting businesses in the two countries.   On one hand, the U.S. Senate recently moved to force the delisting Chinese companies that don’t meet the same disclosure rules as American businesses; U.S. political leaders have also complained about U.S. reliance on medical-related imports from China during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Yet at the same time, investors at U.S. and global exchanges have embraced China-based businesses such as Legend, and American pharmaceutical companies in search of new treatments and business have looked to China. For its part, Johnson & Johnson in June last year opened an incubator facility in Shanghai that will house up to 50 startups. It started with 31 resident companies at an event that was attended by Paul Stoffels, the company’s chief science officer.  “Johnson & Johnson has deep roots in China with an innovation footprint dating back nearly four decades,” Stoffels said in a statement. “We are committed to fueling innovation in the region and unleashing the power of science and technology to advance the health of people in China and around the world,” he said.

And against of backdrop of criticism of Beijing from President Trump, political leaders in the U.S. state of Massachusetts last month warmly welcomed a new investment there by China-headquartered WuXi Biologics. The company and the Worcester Business Development Corp. announced the signing of a land deal for WuXi Biologics’ clinical and commercial manufacturing facility in the city of Worcester that will create 150 new jobs.

“As the central Massachusetts biotech community continues its growth, WuXi Biologics’ arrival in Worcester will strengthen the sector and lead to ongoing economic development,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Years of planning and collaboration to transform an unused property into a biomanufacturing hub has led to this exciting announcement today and I appreciate the commitment of so many to making this a reality.”

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THE CFO INTERVIEW

Berlin's online travel platform focuses on purchases despite the crisis

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Negotiations between the UK and the EU have stalled

By Andreas Hippin, London

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MARKETPLACE

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TO PERSON

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BaFin files criminal charges against the entire board of directors on suspicion of market manipulation

A bang at Wirecard: the Munich public prosecutor drove up to the group headquarters in Aschheim on Friday after the financial regulator filed a criminal complaint against the board of directors for suspected market manipulation through two ad hoc notifications in March and April.

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Bonds for just over EUR 40 billion are just above rubbish

bn Frankfurt – Morgan Stanley warns investors of a wave of rating downgrades by European banks and their consequences for bonds issued by these institutions. In view of the economic consequences of the corona pandemic, the agencies have already started to set Outlooks to "negative", it says … more

Chan: Defending currency link with dollars

nh Shanghai – In the wake of tensions over Hong Kong's autonomy status and the maintenance of far-reaching freedoms in the Chinese Special Administrative Region, China's central bank has intervened. "Steadfast support" will be given to ensure Hong Kong's role as an international financial center, … more

SPD politician M? Tzenich open to extending the cut – dimension of the stimulus package unclear

The coalition is holding the debate over a longer cut in value added tax than just six months. SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf M tzenich is now speculating about this publicly. The exact volume of the stimulus package remains unclear. The Bundesbank praises the associated stimulus.

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German industry saw a drastic decline in demand in Germany and abroad in April

ba Frankfurt – Due to the corona pandemic and the protective measures taken, German industry picked up significantly fewer orders in April than was already feared. The prospects for a strong recovery are slim: in view of the only slightly improved order component … more

Central bank expects the German economy to see a noticeable recovery in 2021 and 2022 after a deep recession

ms Frankfurt – According to the Bundesbank, the German economy will recover noticeably after the historic recession in the current years 2021 and 2022. This emerges from the central bank's new projections published on Friday. Thanks to … more

Protection for start-ups and money against training

w Paris – France continues to expand its economic aid programs. President Emmanuel Macron or Minister of Economic Affairs Bruno Le Maire, according to reports, could have already announced on Tuesday an aid plan for the … more

Corona crisis burdens – bankruptcy level still moderate

dpa-afx / ks Frankfurt – Fewer new companies were founded in Germany at the beginning of the corona crisis than a year earlier. The number of new companies fell in the first quarter by 6.9% to 145,600, as the Federal Statistical Office on Friday … more

SHORT REPORTED

The CDU politician Friedrich Merz pleads for the European Union (EU) to levy its own taxes. "The EU will have to have its own tax revenue at some point if it is really to do the tasks it already has today, from new tasks to … more

SHORT REPORTED

Italy's government plans to review President Donald Trump's proposals to reform the G7. Italy's Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said that he was open to all international call formats after a meeting with Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. This applies in particular to suggestions … more

GUEST CONTRIBUTION

At first glance, the "ceasefire" between the United States and China in December 2019 eased the increasingly difficult Sino-American relationship, and in the meantime, the trade war between the two countries came to a head in the face of the Corona crisis further in … more

Unemployment falls completely in May – record of new hires despite corona crisis

The US job market seems to be recovering completely in the midst of the corona crisis. The partial opening of the economy led to more new hires in May than ever before. Experts see the beginning of a possible recovery, but still warn of premature optimism.

B⁄rsen-Zeitung, … more

BDI: Angering of German companies is growing

hip London – The fourth round of negotiations on future trade relations between the UK and the EU has ended without results. "My responsibility is to tell the truth," said EU negotiator Michel Barnier. And the truth is that it … more

Bottom line

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EDITORIAL

With more than seven million inhabitants, Hong Kong is a respectable, but not huge city on the Chinese scale. The neighboring technology stronghold of Shenzhen is significantly more populous and has now also moved past Hong Kong in terms of gross domestic product. Experts keep asking themselves whether … more

NOTED IN FRANKFURT

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VALUE ADJUSTED

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VALUE ADJUSTED

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VALUE ADJUSTED

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KPMG: Western Europe and America are losing importance – monopoly on battery raw materials feared

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Billion dollar deal nearing completion – J.P. Morgan: Backlog of transactions is beginning to dissolve

cru Frankfurt – The mobile operator Telef nica Deutschland (O2) is apparently about to complete another outsourcing of radio masts to another daughter of the Spanish mother. With the sale now planned, about 10,000 masts with a total of 1.5 billion … more

New bill for sanctions against pipeline in the Senate

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Italian CFO criticizes management

jh Munich – Twelve countermotions were submitted by ProSiebenSat.1 shareholders for the Annual General Meeting next Wednesday. The common theme: The shareholders do not want to accept that the television and internet company will cut the dividend for 2019. All applications come from … more

hei Frankfurt – The travel company Tui, hard hit by the corona crisis, pulls the red pencil out of its holiday plane Tuifly. The fleet, whose strength was previously planned with 39 Boeing 737 jets, is to be halved. Several locations, including Cologne, Bremen and Münster-Osnabrück, … more

ste Hamburg – Major shareholder Klaus-Michael K hne has to wait for a second seat on the Supervisory Board at Hapag-Lloyd. At the virtual shareholder meeting of the container shipping company, Isabella Niklas, the successor to Rainer Klemmt-Nissen, represented the city of Hamburg with …

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INTERVIEW: JAN KEMPER

The chief financial officer of the online platform Omio on pandemic travel, the train and an IPO

Mr. Kemper, the federal government has decided to lift the global travel warning for Europe due to the corona pandemic in mid-June. As a CFO of an online travel platform, that will probably suit you, right?

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TO PERSON

sp – It was a little more than a year ago that Jan Kemper (40) announced via Twitter that he would "return to Berlin" to take up the position of Managing Director and CFO at the online travel platform Omio. The trip to Munich, as CFO of … more

No merger talks with Vonovia – Dax climb

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By Martin Fritz, Tokyo

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nh Shanghai – The Chinese internet company and online game developer Netease has set the issue price at HK $ 123 for its IPO in Hong Kong. This puts the value just above the upper margin of the bookbuilding range and mathematically 2% below the closing price … more

LAW AND CAPITAL MARKET

First experiences from Asia allow conclusions on the European market – pricing extremely difficult

By Stefan Bruder and

Moritz Keller *)

While the population in Germany is looking forward to the first easing, companies and investors are eagerly waiting for the market for corporate transactions to become more active again. There are three questions for further development: How fast … more

LAW AND CAPITAL MARKET – IN INTERVIEW: HEIKO HOFFMANN

Help tied to requirements – If you violate this, there is a risk of a fine

Mr. Hoffmann, what tax measures does the Treasury use to support companies during the corona pandemic?

The focus is on auxiliary measures to improve the liquidity of taxpayers in the short term. For income, corporation and sales tax, there are … more under easier conditions

LAW AND CAPITAL MARKET

More time for investigations into merger control proceedings

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LAW AND CAPITAL MARKET – MANDATES & CLIENTS

Hogan Lovells advises the finance agency on the stabilization measures for Deutsche Lufthansa under the leadership of Dr. Tim Oliver Brandi and Prof. Dr. Michael Schlitt. swa

Gleiss Lutz accompanies Nihon Spindle on the acquisition of Leifeld Metal Spinning with Dr. Michael Burian. swa

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PEOPLE

By Helmut Kipp, Frankfurt

It sounds a bit proud: "The promotion to the Dax is a confirmation of the overall strategy and the attractiveness of our share," says Deutsche Wohnen boss Michael Zahn on the decision of Deutsche Börse, the housing group 22. … more

PEOPLE

md – The prospect of successfully completing the executive search at Hugo Boss has encouraged investors to buy the share. At its peak, the price of the paper contained in the MDax rose by 11% to EUR 30.41. That was … more

PEOPLE

lee – The major Swiss bank Credit Suisse is reorganizing the management board of its German subsidiary. From an internal personnel announcement, Frank Heitmann will be appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Credit Suisse Germany on July 1. He follows Bj rn … more

PEOPLE

ste – The Volkswagen supervisory board has expanded its presidium by two to eight members. As the Wolfsburg-based twelve-brand group announced, the closer management team will also include Dr. Hans Michel Pi ch for the shareholder side and Bertina Murkovic for the employee side. … more

PEOPLE

ste – The Hapag-Lloyd supervisory board has extended the contract between HR and purchasing director Joachim Schlotfeldt by two years until the end of March 2023. This was announced by the world's fifth largest container shipping company from Hamburg. The supervisory board is "of the same opinion that … more

GUEST CONTRIBUTION TO THE SERIES: FOCUS ON THE FOCUS (122)

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INTERVIEW: WOLFGANG WRZESNIOK-RO BACH

Experts do not anticipate a sharp rise in the devaluation of money as a trigger for a price surge in the precious metal turbulence on the New York market

In times of crisis like today gold is always a special focus as a safe haven. In an interview with the B rsen-Zeitung, Wolfgang Wrzesniok-Ro bach, one of the leading precious metal experts in Germany, categorizes the current development of the gold price and dares to make a forecast for the coming months.

B⁄rsen-Zeitung, … more

TO PERSON

ku – Wolfgang Wrzesniok-Ro bach (55) is one of the leading precious metal experts in Germany. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in practically all segments of the precious metals business. From 2005 he was responsible for the sales and marketing activities and the … more

Deutsche Wohnen moves up – Str er replaces Deutsche Pfandbriefbank in MDax

ku Frankfurt – After approximately 32 years of membership, the Lufthansa share is removed from the leading German index Dax. This was announced by the German stock exchange. The successor to the round of shares from the first row is the large landlord Deutsche Wohnen. … more

OUTLOOK

UBS: Economic stimulus package supports positive assessment of German stocks

By Christopher Kalbhenn, Frankfurt

The stock markets don't seem to be slowed down by anything at the moment. The Dax only took one brand after the other in the past week, temporarily hampered by profit-taking, on Friday the marks of 12,600 … more

An eye on scandal companies from China

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OPINIONS ON SHARES

Bankhaus Lampe downgraded the Sixt share from "buy" to "hold", but raised the target price from 70 to 75 euros (currently: 80.45 euros). After rising above 140% since mid-March, the price reflects … more

Investor Relations

Corona and the global political order – History will be written in the second half of 2020, setting the course for our continent

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Investor relations

Companies in the area of ​​conflict between profitable growth and social contribution

As if under a burning glass, the corona pandemic has focused on the social dimension of entrepreneurial activity in recent weeks. It has become a stress test for the confessions of many companies, not only primarily for their shareholders, but for a large number of other stakeholder groups … more

Investor relations

Effects on the shareholder structure in the Dax – Sustainable investments and more active exercise of shareholder rights continue to come into focus

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Investor relations

Legislators and stock exchange operators should ensure a moderate development of the disclosure requirements – sustainably promote share culture

The rapid falls in price as a result of the Covid 19 crisis have increased fears that private equity (PE) bidders could lead to a wave of takeovers of listed companies. Federal Minister of Economics Altmaier made several comments in this regard and announced that the … more

Investor relations

Work successfully from home – Use the crisis as an opportunity to further develop (online) investor relations

Unusual times require unusual measures. The corona pandemic not only presents us with a health challenge, but also with an economic challenge. For many companies, this means, among other things, changing their usual way of working.

In order to curb the spread of Covid-19, … more

Investor Relations

Legal framework enables hybrid events, but with noticeable legal risks – It will be exciting to see when and whether there will be a reform

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Investor relations

More complex capital markets, more demanding investors, changing perceptions and a fast pace of reform among regulators increase the pressure on IR

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Expectations management at IR in the age of volatile markets more than ever required

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Investor relations

Management is becoming more visible in modern financial communication, and the tasks of investor relations managers will become more varied in the future

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Source: www.boersen-zeitung.de


Coronavirus UK: BAME women suffer harder financial hit

Black, Asian and minority ethnic women in the UK are suffering greater financial and psychological consequences from the coronavirus pandemic than their white counterparts, polling suggests.

Research has already shown that BAME people are at more risk of dying from Covid-19 than white Britons. Now data collected by Survation on behalf of the Fawcett Society suggests they are suffering other effects disproportionately.

Of people who were not in employment due to disability or were retired, more than three times as many BAME women as white women reported that they had recently lost support from the government (42.5% versus 12.7%).

Overall, BAME women as a whole were most likely to believe they would end up in more debt after the outbreak, struggle to make ends meet in the next three months, and be worried about how to pay the rent or mortgage, the analysis, to be published on Monday, found. They also reported the lowest levels of life satisfaction and happiness.

Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said: “This new evidence shows that those in power have avoided tackling the issues of systemic racism and structural inequalities for far too long, and this avoidance has worsened outcomes for BAME women in particular. Nurses, some of whom are BAME women themselves, see this in their work every day.

“The message is clear: equality and inclusion are the bedrock for good health, prosperity and a cohesive society. It is time for us to all talk seriously about the racism disadvantage some women face compared to the privilege of others, and take action.”

The analysis, carried out by the Women’s Budget Group, Fawcett Society, Queen Mary University of London and London School of Economics, was based on a poll of 3,280 people.

It found that of those having to go out to work, concern about having to do so was highest among BAME people, with 65.1% of BAME women and 73.8% of BAME men reporting anxiety about doing so, compared with 60.9% of white women and 52.9% of white men. BAME women working from home were more than a third more likely than white women (41% to 28.2%) to say they were working more than before the pandemic.

It was not just a lack of government support that BAME women complained about. Just under half (48.3%) of BAME women, compared with 34% of white women, said they had lost support from other people.

Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said: “As the government relaxes the lockdown, it must consider the impacts on different ethnic groups and also adopt a gendered approach. The unequal impact of this crisis is driven by existing structural inequalities and discrimination in our society.”

The report points out that many people had already lost their jobs when the government’s furlough scheme was announced and that the recently employed are not covered by it. Additionally, it highlights that a 20% salary cut is substantial for those already on low pay.

Its recommendations include removing barriers to social security, increasing economic support, and ensuring that people can work or isolate safely.

Mary-Ann Stephenson, director of the Women’s Budget Group, said: “It is particularly concerning that BAME women are reporting limited access to support from the government. It is crucial that the government carries out and publishes meaningful equality impact assessments on the impact of both the virus itself and their policies in response to it.”

Source: www.theguardian.com

Author: Haroon Siddique


Investment Note: AT&T's Dividend Yield is Extremely Attractive

Investment Note: AT&T’s Dividend Yield is Extremely Attractive

It is increasingly evident one of the last things people are giving up during economic duress in this day and age are their smartphones (and data plans). Our society is now so data-dependent that next to food, shelter and clothing, our internet access is one of the essentials.

Along with Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS), AT&T is one of the big three wireless data providers in the U.S. These companies have a lock on the U.S. consumer. Building out a competing network would be very cost-prohibitive (and time-prohibitive) for a new player.

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Now that markets are normalizing. I thus think it is a great time to capture this yield by going long AT&T.

AT&T has increased its dividend at a rate of 3.4% per year for the last 20 years. This has nicely exceeded the rate of inflation, which has been about 2.15% per year over this period.

With AT&T, not only do you have dividend growth, but also inflation protection and recession resistance built-in.

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AT&T continues to generate copious amounts of cash flow, which easily covers the dividend, as the following chart attests.

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Disclosure: The author is long AT&T.

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