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Bloomberg Businessweek-Europe Edition

Bloomberg Businessweek-Europe Edition

November 2, 2020

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1 minuti
and the winner is …

The U.S. Federal Reserve sets its benchmark on Nov. 5, two days after the general election. Economists expect borrowing costs to remain steady at 0.25%. Berkshire Hathaway reports earnings on Nov. 7. Warren Buffett has had a busy quarter, including a financing deal for E.W. Scripps and a bet on software maker Snowflake. The European Commission releases its quarterly economic forecasts on Nov. 5. With the virus making a brutal comeback, the bloc is facing another downturn. Alibaba delivers earnings on Nov. 5. China’s largest and most valuable corporation has benefited from retail sales in Asia rebounding after Covid restrictions eased. Malaysia unveils its annual budget on Nov. 6. The government has promised a combination of business-friendly policies and fiscal stimulus to help stabilize the economy next year. Fans waiting for the latest James Bond…

9 minuti
return of the dragon

No foreign policy issue will plague the winner of the White House more than China. There’s already a debate raging among China watchers over what Washington’s next steps should be. Some favor a “reset” to tamp down tensions and return to more constructive diplomacy. Others are fearful of that very reset and argue the U.S. mustn’t stray from the hard line. The choices made by the next administration will be critical. As the U.S. struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak and restart its economy, China appears to be gaining strength. Its gross domestic product expanded 4.9% in the third quarter, an astounding rebound in a world still mostly mired in a pandemic-induced paralysis. (Official Chinese data have to be taken with several grains of salt, but economists generally agree the economy…

5 minuti
the antibody underdog

In April, Eli Lilly & Co. Chief Executive Officer David Ricks made a radical decision. He told U.S. regulators the drug giant would halt production of a colon cancer medicine at a New Jersey plant in order to start making a coronavirus antibody treatment that hadn’t even moved into human testing. “We had no evidence it would work,” Ricks recalls. “It now sounds slightly crazy, but in the middle of the pandemic, it seemed like the right thing to do.” It was an expensive risk. Or as Ricks puts it, just the kind of “unusual maneuver” necessary to bring patients a treatment when they need it most: before a vaccine becomes widely available (page 42). Any day, Lilly could find out whether the bet has paid off. Both Lilly and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals…

4 minuti
could funds bet on the election?

With the onset of an historic U.S. presidential election, a quantitative trading firm has been trying to pique hedge funds’ interest in casting big bets in political-prediction markets. Susquehanna International Group, based in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., is a big player in options and the exchange-traded fund market, but its founders have long had an interest in the statistical side of gambling. The firm runs its own blog on gaming and poker strategy tips and has been building up a sports-betting operation in Ireland. It’s recently gauged funds’ interest in bets on election outcomes. Although few have gotten involved, Susquehanna is willing to take the other side of wagers on the presidential race for up to $100 million per bet, says a person familiar with the firm, speaking on the condition of…

3 minuti
india’s a-level kid coders

Shivank Patel has been learning to write software code for a year, and he’s already built a handful of apps, including one for donating food to street children. Now he’s working on a platform to help doctors track preterm babies. Patel, who lives near New Delhi, is 9 years old. Online coding classes for elementary school students were taking off in India even before the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the shift to online learning. Behind the boom is demand from parents who think knowledge of programming is as essential as writing and arithmetic, and who fret over keeping their homebound kids productive during the crisis. India is a hotbed of experimentation in e-learning. At the forefront is Byju’s, a Bengaluru-based company that offers online tutoring in math, sciences, humanities, and languages. Funded by…

20 minuti
here. it. comes.

On a late August day in an industrial corner of Baltimore that had been mostly silenced by the pandemic, a redbrick manufacturing plant was buzzing with activity. Deep in the building, in a zone called Area 3, the stainless steel shell of a bioreactor lay on its side, having just arrived from Massachusetts. Employees had begun the task of making the bioreactor operational. Within weeks it would be the center of a production line for coronavirus vaccines. When the owner of the plant, Emergent BioSolutions Inc., ordered the bioreactor, one supplier said some critical parts wouldn’t arrive until November or December. And so Emergent enlisted the help of Operation Warp Speed, the federal government’s mission to accelerate development of a Covid-19 vaccine. Officials working with OWS, a couple of whom are…