Why are large investors and funds still so cautious about Bitcoin? At this time, no more than 1% of hedge funds have BTC in their portfolios. Sure, the lack of a comprehensive regulatory framework is a problem for many, but an equally important reason lies in the extreme volatility of the world’s first cryptocurrency.submitted by digitalgoldcoin to golderc20 [link] [comments]
It is worth pointing out that Bitcoin's volatility in 2019 was at a record low. Even its growth from $3000 at the start of the year to $13,800 in late spring is well within the realistic range for traditional stocks.
However, BTC is not just some altcoin – it's an uncontested leader that accounts for almost two-thirds of the total market cap. Imagine that the price of stocks such as Apple, Hilton, or McDonald's changed by a factor of four in a quarter characterized by low volatility. Not only conservative investors, but also many aggressive ones would consider it madness to invest in assets like these.
If you do this simple mental experiment, you will understand why people who are not too familiar with the realities of the crypto market are so skeptical about Bitcoin – to say nothing of altcoins.
The last drop from $13,800 to $7,900 was a cold shower for the overly optimistic, while the pessimists declared – for the n-th time - “You see! Told you so!” Nobody knows how much lower Bitcoin can go - this causes much anxiety not only to those investors who have already bought BTC but also to the much larger number of people and businesses that have been considering the idea of purchasing it.
As the BTC price kept falling, investors rapidly switched to stablecoins. For instance, at the height of the panic, the exchange rate of USDT rose to $1.1. Some particularly nervous market players were prepared to lose 10% just to get rid of their BTC quickly, regardless of the slippage. This, too, seems like sheer madness to traditional stock market professionals.
On the other hand, any fiat-pegged token has a different issue – almost zero profitability in conjunction with the higher risks, compared to a bank deposit at 0%. Of course, investors who store crypto as part of their portfolios won't exchange it into fiat. So what should they do?
In the context of the turbulence associated with the BTC and altcoin markets, as well as the zero-profitability of fiat-pegged stablecoins, the new solution from Digital Gold can kill both birds with one stone.
The price of the GOLD stablecoin is pegged to that of 1 gram of 99.99%-pure physical gold. The total number of issued GOLD tokens is equal to the amount of physical gold purchased by DIGITAL GOLD using its own funds. This gold is stored in a vault belonging to BullionStar, a precious metal storage company, located in Singapore and subject to 24/7 audit. At present, there are 7,200 grams of gold stored in the BullionStar vault. The same number of GOLD tokens (7200) have been issued onto the market. Any additional token emission is only possible once the company purchases a new batch of physical gold and delivers it to the BullionStar vault.
This means that each and every GOLD token, either owned by the company or by its investors, is 100% backed by physical gold. DIGITAL GOLD supports instant buying and selling of GOLD in its own marketplace https://gold.storage/en/market . Unlike crypto exchanges, the marketplace allows the company's customers to sell any amount of GOLD tokens at a fixed price and without slippage (here, it's useful to recall those investors who had to buy USDT at the price of $1.1).
The volatility of GOLD tokens in USD equivalent is equal to the volatility of gold prices in the global market. Considering that investors across the globe hold over $7 trillion worth of physical gold, one can say that volatility is definitely NOT an issue in the gold market.
The problem of profitability is taken care of, too. Historically, gold has been growing by 3-5% annually, following the rate of inflation. This means that the price of GOLD tokens relative to any fiat-pegged stablecoins will grow at the same rate. However, we shouldn’t only take the average historical profitability rate into account, but also the current circumstances. Central banks in leading countries keep relaxing their monetary and credit policies. Similarly, the European Central Bank has recently begun a new round of quantitative easing, while the US Federal Reserve is ready to lower the interest rate on dollar-denominated assets once again.
It's a known fact that gold prices grow much faster than average during the years when the monetary policy is eased. Indeed, everyone's favorite precious metal has already shown exemplary growth in 2019. Considering that the economic growth in developed countries is slowing down due to the ongoing trade wars, ever more experts predict that the price of gold will breach $2,000 per troy ounce next year – which will result in a 30-40% increase for GOLD tokens.
Compare this to the zero profitability of fiat stablecoins, and draw your own conclusions.
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We’re close to capping the first half of the year, but we assure you that Pundi X has barely scratched the surface in terms of what we can offer in 2019. A lot of works are in progress which we will announce when ready. Nonetheless, we have achieved some very promising milestones for the past few weeks, further highlighting our commitment to bringing easy payments and unparalleled crypto experience to our clients. More product enhancements, merchant activation, greater engagements, and higher security standards — these are what we have delivered last month.
Product DevelopmentXPOS certified by FCC and KC
We are proud to announce that XPOS received certifications from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Korea Certification (KC), on top of the certification it has already received from CE and TRA. These certifications will certainly help build XPOS a trustworthy blockchain device as these markings indicate that from a safety and environmental protection perspective the XPOS can confidently be used by their customers.
Pundi X Open Platform is available for token listing from May 11
At the beginning of the month (1st May) we’ve launched Pundi X Open Platform that allows blockchain developers or businesses to sign up for a developer account to list their ERC20 tokens throughout XPOS, XWallet and XPASS. Not only that, now the developers have the option to create customized XPASS cards. To learn more about how to list on the Open Platform, you can read the instruction here.
NPXS buy back to incentivize quality blockchain developers to list on the Pundi X Open Platform
After announcing Pundi X Open Platform, the team has allocated the tokens from the Partnership Reserve Fund (PRF) to encourage good blockchain projects to list on Pundi X payment platform by subsidizing their initial liquidity pools. The source of PRF is the NPXS that we buy back from the open markets. On May 20, we executed NPXS buybacks equivalent to 500 ETH at around $0.00072 dollars on May 20, 2019.
This month we continue improving XWallet by adding more features and support. Here is a list of improvements we made in May:
We’ve also working hard to make XWallet app on more platform. It is now available on Samsung Galaxy Store.
You can use XWallet app for not only topping up and paying cryptos instantly with XPOS merchants across 30 countries but also sending tokens to any XWallet user in the world without fee when the receiver uses the ‘Collection’ feature. Most of XWallet users are also using staking feature from both XWallet and their own ERC20 private wallets to get FX tokens.
As of today, XWallet has more than 200,000 registered users and growing.
Merchant Adoption and XPOS partner updateDoshEx brought crypto payment to coffee shops in South Africa
Dosh Exchange is now expanding their XPOS footprint to coffee shops in South Africa. Pundians can now enjoy the best coffee in town using XPOS. XPASSes can also be bought in-store and used at the counter immediately.
iBank introduced Cao Jun XPASS card during New York Blockchain week
Limited editions of Cao Jun XPASS card powered by Pundi X and IOST have made its first appearance during a Night at BlockchainImpact event on May 15 during the blockchain week in New York. The cocktail gathered Limited Partners (LPs) and General Partners (LPs), family offices, corporate investment offices, and individuals for networking opportunities and blockchain investments. To get the limited editions of CaoJun XPASS cards, you can order them at https://www.ibankdigital.io/ibankxpass
Pundi X and BlockVibe
Thanks to BlockVibe’s cryptocurrency savvy members, Pundi’s XPOS system will now be available in more businesses in the future. This new partnershipwill not only bring cryptocurrency closer to becoming a mainstream form of payment, but will also cement Pundi X’s crucial role in helping realize this possibility.
BlockVibe has successfully held an event on the Korean American Chamber. In this event, XPOS has been introduced to the participants. In the near future, there will be more and more XPOS merchants activated by BlockVibe.
Bit2Big in Blockchain Summit Nigeria
On 24th May, the CEO of Bit2Big and blkchainafrica, Mr Kiberu Nagenda was presenting at BlockchainSummit Nigeria. Summit participants can also experience the transaction via XPOS devices.
Pundi X EventsPundi X at the BitConfBR in Sao Paulo
Pundi X Brazil team had an action-packed weekend at BitconF held from 6 to 9 May. Attendees headed to our stand and top up cryptos in their XPASS cards and XWallet, while learning more about our company and our advanced XPOS technology.
La Conexion Conference in Medellin
During 21–22 May 2019, Brazil Country Manager of Pundi X Joao Victor Mendes attended the La Conexion Conference held at Country Club Medellin, Colombia. Joao discussed the adoption of digital assets and their direct impact on the retail industry, in light of the huge potential for blockchain development in Latin America.
Keynote at Blockchain Finance Conference, APAC in Singapore
On May 8 2019, Vic Tham, CEO of Quantum Energy Asset Management and Chief Investment Officer of Pundi X Labs was a speaker at Blockchain for Finance Conference, APAC. Vic Tham has delivered keynote regarding investing in Blockchain or Fintech startups.
Bitcoin Pizza Day
On 22 May 2010, programmer Laszlo Hanyecz bought two pizzas for 10,000 bitcoins. Known as the first real-world transaction with bitcoin, this event paved the way for greater exploration into the world of crypto payments. To learn more about the history, you can read the revolution of cryptocurrency payment at CoinMarketCap.
Pundi X is grateful to be a part of this massive revolution, and of course we celebrated the day by satisfying some Bitcoin Pizza Day-induced cravings. We partnered with Papa John’s in Seoul and offered pizza discounts to anyone who used their XWallets to purchase from the store as well as hosting a 24 hour online XPOS flash sale.
XBlockchain Meetup in Seoul
The following day in Seoul, we held an XBlockchain Meetup with Function X Foundation and Dapp.com. In the meetup, we have shared the update and ongoing R&D progress, including upcoming integration with Binance Chain and new social networking service on Function X ecosystem, FX Thread (code name). XWallet users will be the first to preview and test this service before the launch of XPhone.
David Ben Kay, Chief Legal Counsel of Pundi X, has officially onboard to lead Function X Foundation. He shared the foundation vision and status of Function X development in this meetup.
InnoVEX Forum in Taipei
On May 30, I had the honor to be invited to deliver keynote about blockchain for smart payment at InnoVEX, one of Asia’s leading startup platforms in conjunction with Computex 2019 and later participated the panel led by Jason Hsu, Taiwan’s Crypto Congressman with Dominik Schiener from IOTA and Jeff McDonald from NEM Foundation.
Pundi X joins the Blockchain Collaborative Consortium in Japan
Japan-based Blockchain Collaborative Consortium (BCCC) welcomed Pundi X on 27 May, in a step for us to engage Japanese institutions and regulations and develop awareness around blockchain. According to BCCC, they promote the widespread adoption of blockchain technology, particularly through the acquisition of latest information and basic knowledge of blockchains, training of engineers and planners, formation of network willingness of practical experiments and implementation, and the implementation of blockchain related business to be widely notified to the market and the adoption of blockchain to various businesses.
The crypto space in Japan is growing at a desirable rate, and we are hopeful that Pundi X will be one of the frontliners in helping BCCC achieve its goals.
NPXS token removalhttps://preview.redd.it/xhwud1tuhv231.png?width=699&format=png&auto=webp&s=ae5b9e62f58668d382d89557da1ec0f6ef4aa30a
Pundi X team has executed the token removal as planned on May 11, 2019. A total of approximately 14.5 billion (7.59 billion of NPXS and 6.95 billion of NPXSXEM) have permanently removed from the supply. You can check the details here.
Monthly unlock token mechanism is completedThe monthly unlock tokens came to an end on May 31 as announced. The team will complete the last batch of unlock NPXS and NPXSXEM by mid June. After that, there will be no monthly unlock tokens.
For the KYC verified NPXS/NPXSXEM XWallet users, don’t forget you have the option to hold your NPXS/NPXSXEM to stake for FX tokens till March 19, 2020.
That’s all for the highlights of Pundi X Insider in May. Hope you enjoy our progress. I look forward to sharing our next update in June!
AT&T, Time Warner – AT&T and Time Warner will find out today if a judge plans to allow or block their planned merger deal. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon will announce after 4 p.m. ET whether he is siding with the Justice Department or with the two companies, who announced the planned purchase of Time Warner by AT&T in October 2016.
STOCK SYMBOL: T
RH – RH reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.33 per share, beating the consensus estimate of $1.02 a share. The Restoration Hardware parent's revenue came in below forecasts, but the retailer issued a strong current-quarter outlook as its new focus on membership and improvements to its supply chain help its results.
STOCK SYMBOL: RH
Dave & Buster's – Dave & Buster's beat estimates by 11 cents a share, with quarterly profit of $1.04 per share. The restaurant chain's revenue also beat forecasts. Comparable-restaurant sales were lower by 4.9 percent, but that was smaller than the 5.6 percent drop that analysts had forecast. Separately, CEO Stephen King will retire August 5, to be replaced by Chief Financial Officer Brian Jenkins.
STOCK SYMBOL: PLAY
Exxon Mobil – Exxon Mobil has made a major push into energy trading to help boost profit, according to Reuters.
STOCK SYMBOL: XOM
Tesla – Tesla has been accused of stopping an employee from trying to organize a union. Michael Sanchez testified to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that he was asked by a supervisor and security guards to leave his factory after he handed out pro-union flyers. The NLRB is investigating whether Tesla had violated federal standards.
STOCK SYMBOL: TSLA
Citigroup – The bank could cut half of the 20,000 jobs from its technology and operations staff over the next five years, according to the Financial Times. The paper said those cuts would come due to automation.
STOCK SYMBOL: C
WPP Group – The ad giant's shareholders are reportedly upset with pay arrangements for former CEO Martin Sorrell, according to a Sky News report that said more than 25 percent of shareholders have voted against the planned benefits for Sorrell. Sorrell left WPP following an investigation into personal misconduct allegations.
STOCK SYMBOL: WPP
McDonald's – McDonald's is expected to issue details of an organizational restructuring today, with the restaurant chain planning a town hall meeting.
STOCK SYMBOL: MCD
AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly – The drugmakers have discontinued development of an experimental Alzheimer's treatment after an independent panel said the treatment was unlikely to meet its goals.
STOCK SYMBOL: AZN
Amazon.com – Seattle's City Council is set to repeal a tax on large employers like Amazon, less than a month after the tax was passed.
STOCK SYMBOL: AMZN
Weight Watchers – J.P. Morgan Securities initiated coverage of the weight loss company's stock with an "overweight" rating, saying Weight Watchers has positioned itself for "outsized" growth through a revamping of its points system for users and significantly improving its mobile app.
STOCK SYMBOL: WTW
Lands' End – The clothing retailer lost 8 cents per share for the first quarter, smaller than the 17 cents a share loss expected by Wall Street. Revenue came in above estimates despite an 18.9 percent drop in comparable-store sales. Overall sales were up by 11.7 percent.
STOCK SYMBOL: LE
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I have been very focused on OMG for a while now and jotting down the interesting bits in wordpad whenever I read an article, listened to a podcast, watched talks/meetups and found something worth noting. I managed to clean it up a bit and format it for reddit the best I could after getting all the new information from the Town Hall Q&A last night. As talking about each point would make this 30 times longer to go through I tried to simplify it but there is much more information to OMG than just this and if you haven't looked into it yet I think you should.
Omise/Omisego origins and involvement in Plasma Development
- Omise is a payment processing company started in 2013 and is now making the move to the blockchain
- Omise's entire existing userbase will be supported by Omisego
- Omise has over 50,000 merchants and over 420 million customers (some seen here)
- Featured on cover of Forbes Thailand in October 2016 as "Fintech Rockstars"
- Omise awarded the Digital startup of the year award in 2017 by Thailands Prime Minister
- Thailand ministry of finance intergrated Omise Facepay technology
- Blockchain lab created in 2015
- Involved in Plasma development before its public announcement
- Merchant volume of over $30 Billion from only what we know about
- First to run Plasma and will provide scaleability to Ethereum
- Wallet/SDK is open source and white label allowing any business or financial entity to use the network without a formal partnership (Anyone from a local bakery to Paypal and Visa could use the network simultaneously)
- Staking rewards for validating transactions paid out in your choice of coin *May be limited choices
- Dex that will provide crosschain transfers to any coins and provide cash in/out services
- Currently working with many people on the development of plasma/omg including Joseph Poon, Vitalik, David Knott (Now an OMG Dev), Karl Floersch and more
- Plasma to allow 1 million TPS from the start and theoretically scale to billions
- Wallet release in Q1 with "conglomerate" integration within a month of release
- Staking available in Q2
- DEX TBA (See town hall info below)
- Thomas Greco (Special Advisor) Advisor to the Interchain Foundation developing Cosmos Network, the Web3 Foundation developing Polkadot, and has previously served as an advisor to the Ethereum Foundation.
- Vitalik Buterin (Proof-of-Stake Research: Scalability, Safety, Privacy and also Involved in development of Plasma) Founder of Ethereum
- Joseph Poon (OmiseGO Principal Author and also Involved in development of Plasma) Lightning Network Co-Author
- Karl Floersch (Proof-of-Stake Research: Cryptoeconomics, AI Ethics, Implementation and also Involved in development of Plasma) Casper (Ethereum) Researcher
- Roger Ver (Decentralization Advisor, Human Rights Advocate) CEO of bitcoin.com, First Major Backer of Earliest Crypto Startups
- Dr. Gavin Woods (Consensus Technology Research, Development and Utilization) Co-Founder of Ethereum, Founder of Parity & Polkadot
- Jae Kwon (Proof-of-Stake Research - BFT Consensus, Speed, Interoperability) Creator of Tendermint, and Cosmos Network
- Vlad Zamfir (Proof-of-Stake Research: Economic Security, Consensus Protocols, Correct-by-Construction Protocols) Casper (Ethereum) Research Lead
- Martin Becze (Scalability research: eWASM, VM’s, microkernels) eWASM (Ethereum Web Assembly) creator
- Julian Zawistowski (Decentralised Economics Enthusiast) Founder of Golem
- Ayako Miyaguchi (Regulatory Relations, Financial Inclusion, Crypto Social Impact) Former MD Kraken Japan, Founder of Japan Blockchain Association, Board member of Japan Fintech Association
- Pandia Jiang (Community Relations, Crypto-Business Advisor) Founder of LinkTime
- Ash Han (Distributed Economy, A combination of Crypto, Finance, and Technology) CEO of Finector, Co-founder of Cosmos, Angel Backer and Blockchain Evangelist
- Prof. David Lee Kuo Chuen (Financial Inclusion, Microfinance) Professor of Quantitative Finance, Singapore University of Social Sciences
Lots of ties to big players in the financial and business industry since Omise started years back but for Omisego specfically it would be including but not limited to investments and partnerships from
- MUFG Mitsubishi United Financial Group (2.4 trillion in total assets and invested into Omisego under subsidary Krungsri aka Bank of Ayudhya)
- True Money (processes >4 billion usd across 6 countries)
- SBMC (2nd largest bank in Japan)
- Credit Saison (Third largest credit card company in Japan)
- Ascend Capital (owns AliPay)
- McDonalds Thailand
- SBI Holdings
- Toppan Printing
- Golden Gate Ventures
- East Ventures
- 500 Startups
- More unknown partnerships due to NDA's
- Have met with Greylock (owners of Coinbase and more, more information currently undisclosed) *No official word of partnership
- Jun has stated on twitter they are ~"Building relations / connecting 15 different financial institutions across 4 regions and more than 1000+ dev contributors involved"
More recent information from the "Town Hall Q&A 0x1" hosted Jan 30th on YouTube
- Sdk open beta end of February
- Talking with banks, merchants, hardware partners under NDA (Also mentioned in crowdsale document)
- Vitalik, Joseph Poon, David Knott, Karl Floersch completed MVP (minimum viable plasma) during a short retreat late last year
- DEX internal release milestone completed with blockchain running
- DEX design complete starting to build on blockchain
- Next milestone is internal testnet deploying nodes and connecting Plasma/omg nodes to ETH testnet
- Plasma possible "much earlier" than first expected (most likely due to MVP breakthroughs)
- Plasma final revision will be the same framework as MVP with additional features added as time goes on
- SDK and Licensing open source under Apache 2.0 no fees to start building on the Omisego/plasma network
- Working with strategic partners to issue FIAT backed tokens and cash in/out points(atms?).
- Website redesign coming with an added community hub
- Transactions nearly instantaneous on plasma, block time yet to be determined
- Staking will be open and fair to everyone, they are taking measures against whales controlling the network
- Omisego Advisor Ayako Miyaguchi will be the Executive Director at the Ethereum Foundation effective Feb. 1st
Comcast – The NBCUniversal parent reported second-quarter profit of 52 cents per share, 4 cents above estimates, with revenue also beating forecasts. The biggest jump in revenue came from the company's film unit, with a nearly 60 percent increase over a year earlier.
STOCK SYMBOL: KO
Twitter – Twitter reported adjusted quarterly profit of 12 cents per share, 7 cents above estimates, while revenue was above analyst forecasts as well. However, user numbers were flat compared to expectations for some growth
STOCK SYMBOL: TWTR
Verizon – Verizon matched forecasts with adjusted quarterly profit of 96 cents per share, although revenue beat. Verizon added 633,000 wireless retail customers during the quarter.
STOCK SYMBOL: VZ
Procter & Gamble – The consumer products giant reported adjusted quarterly profit of 85 cents per share, beating estimates of 78 cents, with revenue slightly above forecasts. The bottom line was helped by cost cutting measures.
STOCK SYMBOL: PG
Southwest Airlines – The airline reported adjusted quarterly profit of $1.24 per share, 4 cents above estimates, while revenue also beat forecasts on an improved fare environment and a record load factor.
STOCK SYMBOL: LUV
Dunkin' Brands – The restaurant operator came in 2 cents above estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of 64 cents per share, though revenue was below forecasts. It also gave a full-year forecast that falls largely below analyst projections. Results were hurt by a sales decline at the company's Baskin-Robbins business.
STOCK SYMBOL: DNKN
Facebook – Facebook reported quarterly earnings of $1.32 per share, 19 cents above estimates, with the social media giant's revenue also beating forecasts. Facebook's results were boosted by greater advertising revenue for its mobile app.
STOCK SYMBOL: FB
Gilead Sciences – Gilead beat estimates by 41 cents with adjusted quarterly profit of $2.56 per share, and the drugmaker's revenue easily surpassed estimates. Sales of its hepatitis C drugs did decline, but came in above Street forecasts as well. Gilead raised its full-year sales outlook.
STOCK SYMBOL: GILD
PayPal – PayPal came in 3 cents ahead of estimates with adjusted quarterly profit of 46 cents per share, with revenue scoring a slight beat. The digital payments provider also raised its full-year guidance as the number of users and transaction volumes increase.
STOCK SYMBOL: PYPL
Buffalo Wild Wings – The company fell well short of the $1.05 consensus EPS estimate for its latest quarter with adjusted profit of 66 cents per share, and the restaurant chain's revenue missed as well. The company cited high chicken wing costs, increased operating expenses, and lower than expected same-store sales.
STOCK SYMBOL: BWLD
Discover Financial – Discover reported quarterly profit of $1.40 per share, 5 cents below estimates, although the credit card provider did see revenue come in very slightly above forecasts. Discover saw a jump in loans and deposits, but also saw credit card delinquency rates rise.
STOCK SYMBOL: DFS
Whirlpool – Whirlpool fell 19 cents short of consensus forecasts with adjusted quarterly profit of $3.35 per share, although the appliance maker's revenue was in line with estimates. Whirlpool's results were hurt by a decline in the Europe, Middle East & Africa region, as well as currency issues. The company also lowered its full-year earnings guidance.
STOCK SYMBOL: WHR
HP Inc. – HP announced the Hewlett-Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman has stepped down from the computer and printer maker's board of directors. Whitman had been chair of HP since the company and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise were split from the former Hewlett-Packard in late 2015.
STOCK SYMBOL: HPQ
AstraZeneca – The drugmaker's shares remained pressured after an experimental treatment for advanced lung cancer failed to help patients as much as expected in a trial.
STOCK SYMBOL: AZN
Royal Dutch Shell – Shell reported that its second-quarter profit more than tripled from a year ago, as oil prices rose and its refining operations performed well.
STOCK SYMBOL: RDSA
Anheuser-Busch InBev – Anheuser-Busch saw profits rise over a year ago, although they fell slightly shy of analyst forecasts. The beer brewer's bottom line was helped by improved sales in China, Mexico, and South Africa.
STOCK SYMBOL: BUD
McDonald's – McDonald's issued a statement in China reassuring customers about the safety and cleanliness of its ice cream machines. That came in response to U.S. reports and pictures allegedly showing a mold-covered ice cream maker at a restaurant.
STOCK SYMBOL: MCD
Amazon.com – Amazon launched its Prime Now two-hour delivery service in Singapore, taking on rival Alibaba head-on in that market. Separately, Amazon has started a secret project aimed at opportunities in health care including electronic medical records and so-called "telemedicine."
STOCK SYMBOL: AMZN
Discovery Communications — Discovery is now in the lead to buy Scripps Networks according to multiple reports, which say Viacom is now out of the running.
STOCK SYMBOL: DISCA
Diageo – Diageo reported improved earnings and raised its profit margin targets, after the spirits maker saw sales growth across all its major global markets.
STOCK SYMBOL: DEO
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|Democratic Republic of the Congo||285,682.76||2,267,048|
|Central African Republic||78,505.53||622,984|
|Papua New Guinea||57,067.29||452,860|
|Republic of the Congo||43,034.23||341,500|
|United Arab Emirates||10,534.88||83,600|
|Republic of Ireland||8,680.31||68,883|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||6,450.35||51,187|
|New Caledonia (France)||2,302.93||18,275|
|Falkland Islands (United Kingdom)||1,533.98||12,173|
|Puerto Rico (United States)||1,117.76||8,870|
|French Southern and Antarctic Lands (France)||966.29||7,668|
|State of Palestine||710.73||5,640|
|Trinidad and Tobago||646.21||5,128|
|South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands(United Kingdom)||491.84||3,903|
|French Polynesia (France)||482.26||3,827|
|Faroe Islands (Denmark)||175.54||1,393|
|Hong Kong (China)||132.82||1,054|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||121.47||964|
|Federated States of Micronesia||88.46||702|
|Isle of Man (United Kingdom)||72.08||572|
|Guam (United States)||68.56||544|
|Northern Mariana Islands (United States)||58.47||464|
|Antigua and Barbuda||55.77||442.6|
|Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom)||54.19||430|
|Heard Island and McDonald Islands (Australia)||51.92||412|
|Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||49.02||389|
|Jan Mayen (Norway)||47.51||377|
|U.S. Virgin Islands (United States)||43.60||346|
|Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha(United Kingdom)||38.82||308|
|Cayman Islands (United Kingdom)||33.27||264|
|Saint Kitts and Nevis||32.89||261|
|Niue (New Zealand)||32.76||260|
|Akrotiri and Dhekelia (United Kingdom)||32.01||254|
|Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France)||30.49||242|
|Cook Islands (New Zealand)||29.74||236|
|American Samoa (United States)||25.08||199|
|British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)||19.03||151|
|Wallis and Futuna (France)||17.90||142|
|Christmas Island (Australia)||17.01||135|
|Grand Theft Auto V||15.99||126.9|
|Jersey (United Kingdom)||14.62||116|
|Montserrat (United Kingdom)||12.85||102|
|Anguilla (United Kingdom)||11.47||91|
|Guernsey (United Kingdom)||9.83||78|
|British Indian Ocean Territory (United Kingdom)||7.56||60|
|Saint Martin (France)||6.86||54.4|
|Bermuda (United Kingdom)||6.81||54|
|Bouvet Island (Norway)||6.18||49|
|Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom)||5.92||47|
|Norfolk Island (Australia)||4.54||36|
|Sint Maarten (Netherlands)||4.28||34|
|Saint Barthélemy (France)||3.15||25|
|United States Pacific Island Wildlife Refuges||2.82||22.41|
|Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia)||1.76||14|
|Tokelau (New Zealand)||1.52||12|
|Gibraltar (United Kingdom)||0.82||6.5|
|Wake Island (United States)||0.82||6.5|
|Clipperton Island (France)||0.75||6|
|Navassa Island (disputed)||0.68||5.4|
|Ashmore and Cartier Islands (Australia)||0.63||5|
|Spratly Islands (disputed)||0.61||4.9|
|Coral Sea Islands (Australia)||0.37||2.9|
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