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Breakingviews - Pinterest and Zoom indulge in IPO micro-aggression

For tech companies with headlines to fill and egos to please, details matter. One is how companies undertaking initial public offerings price their shares, and how they perform in their first day of trading. Pinterest and Zoom Video Communications have both priced their shares higher than the ranges provided earlier by their underwriters and management. When insiders already hold supervoting shares, though, leaving a bit less on the table is a gentle reminder o

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: 'Game of Thrones'-style war heads to TV

HBO’s hit series is ending as parent AT&T, Amazon, Apple and Walt Disney launch their claims to the streaming-video crown. Netflix, though, will be hard to usurp. Elsewhere, India’s weeks-long election gets underway. And global economic growth collides with nationalism’s rise.

Breakingviews - Unilever could use a few Nestlé diet tips

Unilever’s foods business is going slightly stale. Like its Swiss rival Nestlé, the Anglo-Dutch giant beat sales growth forecasts in the first quarter by growing its top line 3.1 percent on a like-for-like basis, according to Thursday’s report. New Chief Executive Alan Jope is sticking with his targets for the year and, like Nestlé, to a 20 percent operating margin goal by 2020. Beauty and homecare are doing fine, but Unilever’s foods and refreshment segment is l

Breakingviews - Indonesian election may change some investor votes

Indonesia’s presidential election may change how some investors vote on the country. Early indications are that incumbent Joko Widodo won another term, but with a lead narrow enough to embolden a conservative opposition. There were pockets of populist success, too. That will temper expectations for new policies that warm up growth and attract foreign cash.

Breakingviews - Silicon Valley has a millennials problem

Silicon Valley has a millennials problem. Recent surveys show young adults want to leave the San Francisco area. Of the seemingly intractable issues they cited as reasons, few are new. But they’re now threatening the region’s ability to attract and keep talent.

Breakingviews - Hadas: Big Notre-Dame gifts bring mixed messages

Until this week, few were keen to pay for keeping Notre-Dame de Paris safe and sound. The French government did not want to cough up the 150 million euros needed for maintenance, and the Catholic archdiocese had other priorities. Repairs were underway, but the funding was uncertain. 

Breakingviews - German banking tie-up brings out balloon-floaters

Deutsche Bank’s tie-up talks with Commerzbank are providing a field day for Europe’s financial balloon-floaters. The latest is the idea that Dutch lender ING Groep has expressed interest in chaining itself to Commerzbank, reported in Germany’s Manager Magazin. The possibility won’t impress ING shareholders but it gives Commerzbank an extra dash of lipstick and, along the way, sends a message to Dutch regulators about rigid local bank rules.

Breakingviews - Share surge is a bet China is back on track

The world’s second-biggest economy may be getting back on track, at least judging by the 35 percent rise in the benchmark CSI300 index so far this year. Growth may have been lacklustre in the first quarter, but stock investors are optimistic, encouraged by an impressive lending rebound. The test will be how long these animal spirits alone can keep momentum going.

Breakingviews - Apple and Qualcomm face up to mutual need

Apple and Qualcomm have faced up to their mutual need. The $940 billion smartphone maker and $85 billion mobile-chip firm on Tuesday ended a two-year fight over royalties with a licensing agreement and a cash payment to Qualcomm. Apple can’t risk being stuck with second-rate semiconductors in its devices, and Qualcomm has huge revenue at stake. At first blush, both sides benefit from the truce.

Breakingviews - 'Game of Thrones' will end with an HBO cliffhanger

"Game of Thrones" entered its final season on Sunday. Five episodes of the fantasy TV show from now, both viewers and broadcaster HBO will have a dragon-shaped hole to fill. The network has weathered successful finales before. This time it has additional challenges.

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