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Tech Titan Unveils New Home Drone, Speakers, Gaming Service

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Amazon.com Inc. rolled out an array of speaker and security devices centered around the home and a gaming subscription service and controller, offerings tailor-made for the coronavirus era. The devices include a home-camera drone, a pivoting speaker with a camera, a car alarm, a car camera, a cloud-connected gaming controller and a number of other products and services. The company unveiled new features for some existing products such as using a television as a video-calling device with the Fire TV media player and updated functions for its Alexa voice assistant. Alexa now has the ability to read books to children or detect if a baby is crying. It can also ask users to clarify questions to "get smarter," Amazon says. Amazon also unveiled a cloud-gaming subscription service, joining Microsoft Corp. and a handful of others in giving people the ability to stream videogames over the internet. Called Luna, it will be accessible via computers, mobile devices and Fire TV and will initially cost $5.99 a month. The service comes with a library of more than 50 mostly older games and an option to purchase a $50 custom controller.

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Swiss stocks

European stocks are firmly lower as losses for travel-related stocks amid coronavirus jitters eclipsed gains for housing and banking shares. UK home-builders are higher after Jefferies said shares in the sector were under-valued, while banks such as Banco BPM, BBVA, Unicredit and CaixaBank also gain. Still, the Stoxx Europe 600 drops 1.1% as the likes of IAG, Carnival, Deutsche Lufthansa, Airbus and Aeroports de Paris fall. The FTSE 100 is down 1.4%, the CAC-40 drops around 1% and the DAX retreats as well. The price of a barrel of Brent crude decreases 0.3% to $42.13. "Though there seemed to be a brief moment of respite around lunchtime, the European markets soon resumed the session's heavy losses," said an analyst. Suez SA’s board of directors announced late Wednesday measures that aim to prevent a potential sale of its water subsidiary Suez Eau France, as the company tries to counter a takeover from Veolia Environnement SA. The board of French utility Suez said that it has created a foundation whose mission is to preserve the integrity of its French water activities. Shares of Veolia decreased 2.3%.

International markets


The S&P 500 edged lower Thursday, as the broad index approached a correction while some technology stocks recovered recent losses. Shares of Apple, Microsoft and other technology stocks pared solid gains in a topsy-turvy session that had seen major indexes bob above and below the flatline several times. The action suggested the stock market is now struggling to find direction after a stretch of volatility this month that through Wednesday had pulled the S&P 500 down more than 9% from its Sept. 2 closing record.The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite swung alongside the S&P 500. The blue-chip index was recently up 48 points, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.2%. Tech stocks led the rebound, rising 1%. Apple shares added 1.2%, while Microsoft's stock gained 1.1%. Amazon.com and Google parent Alphabet, other tech heavyweights, were also up in recent trading. Tesla, which has shed 21% so far this month, added 2.9%. Health-care and energy stocks lagged behind, weighing on the broad index.

United States

Moderately friendly specifications from Wall Street will ensure a similar trend on the stock markets in Asia on Friday. Profits were mostly contained after significant losses had been incurred the previous day. The Chinese stock exchanges even turned slightly negative again.


Moderately friendly specifications from Wall Street will ensure a similar trend on the stock markets in Asia on Friday. Profits were mostly contained after significant losses had been incurred the previous day. The Chinese stock exchanges even turned slightly negative again.


U.S. Treasury yields slid Thursday in the wake of a rise in first-time jobless claims, underlining the continued weakness in the labor market and the broader economy. The 10-year Treasury note yield fell 1.2 basis points to 0.664%, while the 2-year note rate edged 0.4 basis point lower to 0.137%. The 30-year bond yield slipped 2.5 basis points to 1.401%, its lowest since Sept. 3.


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