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Telco networks ordered to shut down in Myanmar

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As the crisis in Myanmar continues – the military has now ordered telecom operators to shut their networks in an effort to end protests against its February coup.

Telco giant ‘Telenor’ is now facing a business crisis, the junta throwing operations into limbo.

As one of the few Western companies to bet on the South East Asian country after it emerged from military dictatorship a decade ago.

The return to army rule has officially led to a $783 million write-off this week for Norway’s Telenor.

The Norwegian state-controlled firm, one of the biggest foreign investors in Myanmar, must now decide whether to ride out the turmoil or withdraw from a market that last year contributed 7% of its earnings.

“We are facing many dilemmas,”

While Telenor plans to stay for now, the future remains uncertain.

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Anticipation builds for US jobs data and it’s global impact

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What to expect on. a global scale as investors brace for key U.S. employment figures.

Investors and economists are eagerly awaiting the release of the latest US jobs data, anticipating its potential impact on global market trends.

The numbers are expected to provide crucial insights into the health of the world’s largest economy and may influence investment decisions and market sentiments worldwide.

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ASX 200 – what are the key market impacts from reporting season?

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What have investors learned as ASX 200 wraps up reporting season?

As the ASX 200 reporting season draws to a close, market participants are analyzing the outcomes and drawing key insights.

From notable earnings reports to unforeseen challenges, the conclusion of this reporting season unveils critical information that will shape investment.

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AI pushes the Nasdaq to a record-breaking close

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The Nasdaq achieved a record-breaking close, surpassing its previous record high of 16,057.44, which was established on November 21, 2021.

Artificial assistance

Artificial intelligence-related technology stocks, such as Nvidia (NVDA.O) and Microsoft (MSFT.O), have greatly boosted the index.

The Nasdaq Composite has increased by almost 7.2% this year.

The tech-focused index surged 43% in 2023, and as chipmakers gained traction and confidence increased that the Fed might achieve a soft landing—that is, curb inflation without inciting a recession—stocks surged strongly by year-end.

In contrast, Nvidia increased by 1.9% on Thursday, bringing its total gain from a year ago to around 250%.

Market boom

Every S&P 500 subs sector saw a gain at the end of the month.

Analysts at Deutsche Bank report that the index has now increased for 16 of the past 18 weeks, matching the record most winning weeks last attained in 1971.

Bitcoin also moved closer to its all-time high.

The price of the virtual currency momentarily surpassed $64,000 as spot bitcoin ETFs helped drive it to heights last seen in 2021.

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