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  2. Microsoft to cut thousands of jobs
  3. Leaders land in Hamburg for G20 summit
  4. US stock markets trade lower
  5. Oil prices rise on lower US inventories

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By Dearbail Jordan

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  2. Tesla loses top spot

    Tesla shares are on course for their worst week in over a year - skidding after lower-than-expected deliveries, rising competition in the electric car market, and today's safety test results.

    They've fallen about 13% this week, wiping off nearly $8bn from the company's market value and losing its status as the most valuable US car maker.

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  3. US stock indexes close down

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    The three key US stock indexes closed lower on Thursday following some disappointing labour market figures (see earlier post).

    The Dow Jones closed at 21,320.04, a fall of 158 points or 0.74%.

    S&P 500 ended the day at at 2,409.75, down 23 points or 0.94%.

    And the tech-heavy Nasdaq was at 6,089, 47 points or 1% lower.

  4. NHS using Snapchat to share information

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    Doctors and nurses are using WhatsApp and Snapchat to share information about patients "across the NHS", health professionals have told the BBC.

    GP Alisdair MacNair said he was aware of a number of medical groups using WhatsApp to discuss patients.

    Use of internet-based messaging apps to send patient information is banned under current NHS guidelines.

    Read the full story here.

  5. EU 'should leave door open' to post-Brexit UK

    Christine Lagarde and Wolfgang Schauble

    Germany's Finance Minister and the head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said that the EU should leave the door open to the UK if it wants to change its mind about Brexit.

    Wolfgang Schaeuble said it was not his place to advise the UK but added: "If Britain were to move in this direction, the door would be open, even after Brexit."

    The IMF's Christine Lagarde said the decision to leave should not be made irreversible, adding the EU and Britain must continue to cooperate closely.

  6. Qatar Airways cancels Airbus order

    Airbus A380

    Airbus has confirmed that Qatar Airways has cancelled an order for four A350s planes because of delays.

    Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said earlier on Thursday that any delays were the plane-maker's responsibility.

    He said: "We are asking Airbus to deliver it faster. The delay is from Airbus."

    A spokesman for Airbus said the cancellations were related to "known supply chain issues" and that the jets will be "reallocated".

  7. Anti-G20 protesters clash with police

    Demonstrator at the G20 summit

    The G20 summit in Hamburg officially begins on Thursday but protesters are making their feelings known about the event this evening.

    There were demonstrations as world leaders arrived for the gathering.

    Riot police in Hamburg

    Riot police used gas and water cannons on demonstrators some of whom, according to Reuters, threw bottles and other missiles.

    A planned anti-G20 protest march was called off following the clashes.

  8. Bank official drops rate rise hint

    Ian McCafferty (far left)

    Another of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has signaled that interest rates could be going up soon - a decade after the last increase.

    Ian McCafferty said that depending on economic data “we would expect to see a couple of modest rate rises over the next couple of years or so”.

    Mr McCafferty (far left) likened holding the interest rate at 0.25% to keeping a foot on the accelerator of the economy. “We may need to take a little bit of that away,” he said on LBC radio.

  9. US shares fall on lower jobs data

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    Lindsey Bell, investment strategist at CFRA Research reckons that the fall in US share prices on Thursday could be because of jobs data which showed that US businesses added 158,000 jobs in June.

    This was against expectations of 185,000 new roles.

    "The market moves significantly on the jobs report. We are expecting to see a little bit of a rebound from last month, but again we didn't get that in the ADP number today which was also expected to be stronger than what it was," says Ms Bell.

  10. Blue Man deal 'diversifies' circus group

    Blue Man Group

    Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil says that its takeover of Blue Man Group is in line with its "vision for the future" as it "looks to further expand globally and diversify its entertainment offering beyond circus arts".

    Blue Man Group was created in 1991 by three friends from New York City, Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman. It has been performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35m worldwide since then.

  11. Tesla shares tumble on car test rating

    Tesla Model S

    Shares in the electric car maker Tesla have fallen 5.64% to $277.55 after its Model S vehicle failed to get a top rating in a crash test.

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that despite changes being made to the car, the Model S was again only able to attain an "acceptable" rating in a test that mimics a car hitting a tree or a pole.

    As a result, Tesla failed to achieve the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating, which requires a "good" rating in all five of its crash test scenarios, according to Reuters.

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  12. Sellafield firefighters to strike


    Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant are to strike after "last-chance" talks broke down.

    More than 60 members of the GMB union will stage a series of 24-hour walkouts in a row over pay grades.

    The union said members did not want to strike but had been "backed into a corner".

    Read the full story here.

  13. What's spooking US stock markets?

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un
    Image caption: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un watches as a intercontinental ballistic missile is launched

    US stocks are still trading down, but why?

    Chris Zaccarelli, chief investment officer at Cornerstone Financial Partners, says: "It's the lull before earnings. There's not as much enthusiasm for buying.

    "Investors don't think companies will surprise as positively as they did in the first quarter."

    Jan Dehn, fund manager at Ashmore, said investors may be spooked for other reasons.

    "One is the Middle East and the Qatar-Saudi situation and even the oil market doesn't know how to handle that one," he said. "The second is North Korea, which is classic geopolitical risk, and finally, and probably most importantly, there has been the recent hawkish tilt from the major central banks and it seems to be coordinated."

  14. Japan and the EU push back against isolationism

    Shinzo Abe

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has hailed a new free trade deal with the European Union as a show of political will against "a shift toward protectionism".

    The agreement, which has taken four years to reach, has been struck the day before the two-day G20 summit begins in Hamburg.

    Standing alongside the EU's Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker, Mr Abe said: "Ahead of the G20 summit tomorrow, I believe Japan and the EU are demonstrating our strong political will to fly the flag for free trade against a shift toward protectionism."

    He said the "win-win" deal was "a strong message to the world".

    Mr Tusk said: "Although some are saying that the time of isolationism and disintegration is coming again, we are demonstrating that this is not the case."

  15. US oil inventories fall more than forecast

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    Thursday's rise in oil prices is being propelled by new data from the Energy Information Administration which shows that US inventories fell to the lowest level since January.

    Stocks fell by 6.3m barrels in the week to June 30 to 502.9m barrels. Analysts had expected a fall of 2.3m.

    Brent crude is up 2% at $48.75 a barrel and West Texas Intermediate rose 2.3% to $46.16 a barrel.

  16. Airbus worried about 'people movement' post-Brexit

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    Video caption: Post-Brexit Airbus is worried about limits on staff movement, rather than tariffs on goods

    A senior vice-president at the aerospace firm Airbus has said the company is "more worried about limits on the movement of employees than tariffs on goods", following Brexit.

    Katherine Bennett was talking to Radio 4's World at One programme after the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator warned that there could be no 'frictionless trade' between Britain and the EU if it leaves the single market.

    She explained Airbus is a company with a large percentage of employees who are non-EU citizens, so it is vital to explain to the government and the EU Commission "the importance of that integrated arrangement being able to continue."

  17. Microsoft shares edge lower

    Shares in Microsoft are marginally lower, down 0.77%, at $68.54 after it emerged that it is cutting jobs.