|Bid||42.32 x 800|
|Ask||42.36 x 900|
|Day's Range||41.86 - 43.45|
|52 Week Range||28.91 - 48.95|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||1.98|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||9.77|
|Earnings Date||Apr 22, 2020 - Apr 26, 2020|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||N/A (N/A)|
|1y Target Est||3,213.76|
(Bloomberg) -- Alphabet Inc.’s Google has reached a settlement with state attorneys general over the states’ use of consultants in their antitrust investigation of the internet search giant.Google in October went to court to restrict the Texas Attorney General’s office from disclosing sensitive information to consultants who have worked for competitors and other companies such as News Corp. and Microsoft Corp that have complained about Google to regulators.Both sides reached a settlement that places some restrictions on how the experts can access confidential business information, Google said on Friday.Google had raised concerns over Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s hiring of consultants including Cristina Caffarra, an economist with Charles River Associates. She has worked for Google adversaries News Corp. and Microsoft as well as Russia’s Yandex NV, according to court filings.“We remain concerned with the irregular way this investigation is proceeding, including unusual arrangements with advisers who work for our rivals and vocal critics,” Google said in a statement.Paxton later released a statement saying, “With this agreement, experts retained by the state will not be burdened with the unreasonable prohibitions sought by Google. They will be able to lend their important expertise to the state without fear of being frozen out of other employment within their field.”(Updates with Paxton statement, in final paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: David McLaughlin in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org;Ben Brody in Washington, D.C. at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Sara Forden at firstname.lastname@example.org, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
Russian technology start-up Cognitive Pilot, which makes components for driverless vehicles, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) after 2023, its chief executive told Reuters. Cognitive Pilot develops components for self-driving cars as well as autonomous control systems for agricultural machinery, trains and trams. It lists state rail operator Russian Railways, farming conglomerate Rusagro and South Korean auto parts maker Hyundai Mobis among its clients.
Yandex (NASDAQ: YNDX) is a company with a wide range of online services, such as internet search, ride-hailing, food delivery, and payments. 49% of Yandex's year-on-year growth belongs to the ride-hailing division, Yandex.Taxi, which covers activities like taxi, food delivery, and driverless cars. Development of technology for Driverless cars was started in 2016 and is currently ready to be tested outside Russia.
Despite mounting expenses, Yandex's (YNDX) fourth-quarter results benefit from solid momentum across Search, Taxi, Classifieds, Media Services and Experiments segments.
Internet company Yandex, which reported lower growth in fourth-quarter profit on Friday, is poised to test its driverless cars outside Russia this year. Yandex has invested 2.2 billion roubles ($34.66 million) in driverless cars since it began working on the technology in 2016, the company's Deputy CEO Tigran Khudaverdyan said on Friday. Yandex is racing to develop driverless vehicles for mass consumption along with several other companies, including Google parent Alphabet, which has the self-driving car division Waymo.
Yandex (YNDX) delivered earnings and revenue surprises of -35.90% and 2.26%, respectively, for the quarter ended December 2019. Do the numbers hold clues to what lies ahead for the stock?
Q4 2019 Revenues were up 33% year-over-year and reached RUB 51.7 billionFY 2019 Revenues excluding Yandex.Market grew 39% year-over-year and reached RUB 175.4 billion MOSCOW.
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) has ordered some of the country's major internet companies to give it continuous access to their systems, The Bell investigative website reported late on Tuesday, citing three sources at the firms. The list, drawn up by Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor, contains more than 200 entities such as popular messenger service Telegram, some Yandex services, social network VK and classified advertisement website Avito.ru. The Bell said the orders, which the companies received last year, demanded they install equipment allowing FSB employees to have continuous access to their information systems and the keys to decode users' communications.
Yandex (YNDX) doesn't possess the right combination of the two key ingredients for a likely earnings beat in its upcoming report. Get prepared with the key expectations.
(Bloomberg) -- Google’s response to a European Union order to give rival search apps a foothold on its Android phones may fail to steer users to alternatives, warned U.S. upstart DuckDuckGo, a competitor that won the right to appear as another search option on new handsets across Europe.Google has to prompt users to pick alternative search and web browser apps under the terms of a 2018 EU antitrust ruling that found the company unfairly ties moneymaking services to the Android software it gives away.It chose to set up an auction format for smaller rivals where they will pay to appear as a one of three non-Google options on the choice screen across Europe from March to June.But the user experience of the screens “is designed in a way that is subconsciously influencing people to use Google more than they otherwise should or would like to,” Gabriel Weinberg, chief executive officer of DuckDuckGo, a U.S. search engine that says it doesn’t track users, said in a phone interview.“Ultimately it will not be effective if it remains like that, if only because the auction format will push out a private option and that is the number one thing besides Google that people want to select,” he said.Non-Google OptionsThe auction will be re-run every three months. DuckDuckGo, Info.com and Google are the only search apps that will appear on the choice screens in 31 countries in the region. Microsoft Corp.‘s Bing will appear only on U.K. screens while Qwant, GMX, Seznam.cz AS, Yandex and PrivacyWall will be shown in some other European countries.Users trying to set up their phones will be shown a choice of four search engines, without much explanation of the apps or the possibility to change their choice later, DuckDuckGo said in a separate blog post on Tuesday.By passing up other ways of designing the prompts that could draw users to non-Google options, DuckDuckGo said Google is potentially undermining the EU order’s aim to widen alternatives to its apps.Google declined to comment, referring to a detailed January blog post where it said the “choice screen design was developed in consultation with the European Commission.”The commission’s press office said regulators “will continue monitoring closely the implementation of the choice screen mechanism” which comes after discussions with Google and feedback from other companies “in particular in relation to the presentation and mechanics of the choice screen and to the selection mechanism of rival search providers.”Choice Screen“As regards DuckDuckGo, as a result of the choice screen mechanism, they will be on every new Android device in the European Economic Area, and it will be for consumers to choose which search engine to install and use,“ the EU said in an emailed statement. The EU’s Android decision also allows rival search engines to be exclusively pre-installed on phone and tablets which “was not possible before.”Google said it was possible to pre-install other search providers prior to the EU ruling. The company is separately challenging the EU decision on Android at the bloc’s second-highest court. The same court will hold a three-day hearing in February on Google’s appeal to an earlier antitrust decision on its search service.Weinberg said DuckDuckGo has discussed its concerns with the European Commission.Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, told reporters on Monday that she’s “very very closely” following Google’s efforts to comply with the order. She said she’s aware of the detail of the design, adding that officials were “doubting if people would use unlimited scroll” to show a large number of alternatives.Prices rivals must pay Google to appear on the screen “came down quite dramatically in the latest auction,” she said.The EU has never formally signed off on how Google opted to comply with the order, leaving it uncertain whether the company has done enough to avoid more fines. Regulators could seek further changes to the choice screen from Google if necessary.Google’s Chrome browser partly owes its own initial surge in popularity to choice screens that Microsoft agreed to show under EU pressure to offer people an alternative to the browser it loaded on to new personal computers with its Windows software.Microsoft’s screen “wasn’t limited in choice and had 12 different browsers” and “most or all of the elements that we are suggesting here,” Weinberg said.(Updates with detail of search apps in 6th paragraph. An earlier version of this story was corrected to say that Info.com will also appear across Europe.)\--With assistance from Natalia Drozdiak.To contact the reporter on this story: Aoife White in Brussels at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Chapman at firstname.lastname@example.org, Nate LanxonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
MOSCOW and AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands, Jan. 15, 2020 -- Yandex (NASDAQ and MOEX: YNDX) today announced it will report its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year.
Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX), a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning, announced that it will be providing demonstration rides in its self-driving cars with no one behind the steering wheel on the public streets of Las Vegas during CES 2020. Following CES, Yandex will head to Detroit where it will provide an autonomous taxi service with an expanded fleet of self-driving vehicles for the visitors of the June 2020 North American International Auto Show. In its second year at CES, Yandex is operating its self-driving vehicles in driverless mode, around the neighborhoods of the Hard Rock Hotel.
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Russia's Sberbank plans to continue its partnership with Yandex even though it has transferred its 'golden share' in the country's leading internet company to another entity, Sberbank's Chief Executive German Gref told Reuters. To assuage Kremlin fears about potential foreign influence, Yandex this month approved changes to its corporate structure to establish a "public interest foundation" which would receive Sberbank's golden share and a number of other rights.
Shareholders of Yandex, Russia's biggest technology company, approved changes to its corporate governance on Friday to allow a "golden share" to be held by a new entity, to assuage Kremlin fears about potential foreign influence. The Russian government, concerned that user data could fall into foreign hands, wants to limit foreign ownership of Russian internet companies. Yandex, Russia's equivalent to Google, said on Friday about 99% of its shareholders voted in favor of setting up a new public interest foundation, which would be run by a board of 11 Russian nationals to oversee the golden share currently held by state-owned Sberbank.
Yandex N.V. (NASDAQ and MOEX: YNDX), a technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning, today announced that its shareholders have approved the proposed restructuring of the corporate governance of the Yandex group, as described in the Shareholder Circular dated November 18, 2019. In connection with the proposed restructuring, Alexey Komissarov and Alexei Yakovitsky were appointed as non-executive members of the Board of Directors for terms ending at the Annual General Meeting to be held in 2023. "We are grateful for the trust our investors have placed in us, and for such overwhelming support for the changes that the Board proposed last month," said John Boynton, Chairman of the Board of Yandex.
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- To many Americans, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is merely a character in the U.S. impeachment drama, an awkward English speaker from a remote, corrupt country that would be eaten up by Russia if not for U.S. assistance. But the former comedian who took Ukraine by storm earlier this year is much more than that: He’s the only kind of threat Russian President Vladimir Putin has any reason to fear.The election campaigns Zelenskiy ran this year, which the world didn’t watch attentively enough, were widely followed in Russia: the Ukrainian elections were the most searched event of 2019, according to the Russian search engine Yandex, and Zelenskiy was the most searched personality. For Russians, the fact that someone like him could become president in a neighboring post-Soviet country provides ample food for thought; Russians have lived so long under Putin that no cat born during his predecessor’s rule is likely to be alive today. To add insult to injury, Zelenskiy, in his endearingly bungling way, keeps getting results that eluded his more experienced predecessors, even if they’re not enough yet to make Ukraine truly European.No Laughing MatterZelenskiy’s political career began in the first minutes of the year. The Ukrainian TV channel 1+1, which had run the comedy shows of his crew, Kvartal 95, bucked a long-standing tradition by replacing President Petro Poroshenko’s New Year’s address with a short announcement by Zelenskiy that he was going to run against Poroshenko in the March presidential election.Not everyone took “the clown” seriously then: Zelenskiy, only 41, had no political experience, lacked the gravitas of his rivals and had once pretended, on national television, to play the piano with his genitals. He had no ground game, having only recently registered a political party, Servant of the People, named after a successful TV series in which Zelenskiy played a history teacher who unexpectedly gets elected president of Ukraine. He refused to make any firm promises, talking only about things he’d like to try, such as ending the war with Russian proxies in the country’s east. He spoke better Russian than Ukrainian, and his Jewishness made him an unusual presidential contender in a country where almost half the adult population harbors anti-Semitic attitudes, according to the Anti-Defamation League.But a lean, masterful, social media-savvy campaign quickly propelled Zelenskiy to the top off the polls. Poroshenko ran on a conservative platform that stressed building up the Ukrainian language and the military, as well as a stronger Ukrainian Orthodox church free from Moscow’s influence. But those declared values contrasted sharply with a string of corruption scandals in Poroshenko’s close entourage. Ukraine was ready for radical change, not retrenchment. The voters were so tired of Kyiv’s post-Soviet political swamp that they didn’t much care if the change were as chaotic and comical as in the “Servant of the People” series. They wanted sincerity above all.Zelenskiy also received unexpected support from well-known reformers who had tried to revive Ukraine’s economy under Poroshenko but were forced out as oligarchs’ interests prevailed. Former ministers with strong reputations in the West made the comedian acceptable to Ukraine’s foreign donors and investors — and Zelenskiy didn’t even have to promise them jobs.Zelenskiy came in 13 percentage points ahead of Poroshenko in the first round of the election on March 31, and that led to a stunning visual: A debate between Zelenskiy and Poroshenko in front of more than 60,000 people in the country’s biggest sports arena in Kyiv. The show was avidly watched in Russia, where about 6 million people saw it in real time. Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign ministry, likened the event to a circus performance meant to “keep deceiving Ukrainians,” and other Russian officials poured scorn on the Ukrainian politicians, who at one point kneeled before their voters — something impossible to imagine in Russia. But Ukraine envy was widespread on the Russian social networks that day. “At least they have a choice,” a commentator wrote on the hip-hop-themed Russian website Flow, where the debate was discussed as a rap battle. “It’s better to be a pig in a poke than a wolf in sheep’s clothing,” Zelenskiy quipped during the debate. He won it, and he prevailed in the run-off by a landslide, 73% to 24%. After this, it was no surprise in July that the Servant of the People party won 254 seats in Ukraine’s 450-seat parliament, the first outright majority for any party in Ukraine’s history. In one constituency, a wedding photographer representing the party beat a billionaire; in another, a schoolteacher defeated a former presidential chief of staff — something else that could never happen in Putin’s Russia.Skirting DisasterWhat can one expect from a novice president, one of the youngest leaders in the world, backed by a parliamentary faction of wedding photographers and other lucky outsiders, in a country ravaged by a slowly-simmering war and abandoned by millions of workers? Poroshenko and his supporters anticipated a disaster: The economy mismanaged, national interests betrayed to Putin. Zelenskiy, however, has managed to hold his own, despite some understandable setbacks, and he’s begun making important changes.Zelenskiy and his young team had been naive about some pretty basic things. During the election campaign, the future president promised to move to a modern office from the Soviet-style presidential administration building on Bankova street, but it became clear almost immediately after the election that such a move would be too expensive and difficult from a security point of view. And if voters expected Zelenskiy to ride a bicycle to work, like his character in “Servant of the People,” they were predictably disappointed, even if Olexiy Honcharuk, at 35 Ukraine’s youngest ever prime minister, did make a video of himself riding a scooter along the government’s corridors.Equally predictably, it proved difficult for Zelenskiy to move as quickly as he’d like to resolve Ukraine’s conflict with Russia. It took considerably longer than planned to carry out the first major prisoner exchange in years with Russia and its proxies in eastern Ukraine. Zelenskiy did manage to get 35 prisoners freed in September, including movie director Oleg Sentsov, who had become internationally famous for his months-long hunger strike in a Russian prison, but he had to give Russia a key witness and potential accessory to the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a tragedy now being investigated by a Dutch-led international team.Zelenskiy also discovered that, although his efforts to achieve a mutual troop pullback in eastern Ukraine were approved by 59% of Ukrainians, nationalist combat veterans were fiercely opposed to anything that looked like a Ukrainian retreat. It took Zelenskiy weeks to get the vets — armed though no longer in service — to stop preventing the pullback. This important group, treated as untouchable heroes under Poroshenko, will remain a problem for Zelenskiy. At some point, he may have to move openly against them. The current trial of several nationalist combat vets for the 2016 murder of a prominent journalist in Kyiv provides the president with an opening for such a shift.Earlier this month, Zelenskiy’s first meeting with Putin ended uneventfully: The Ukrainian leader doesn’t really have a mandate for an audacious gambit like holding elections in the areas now controlled by pro-Russian forces. Poroshenko is waiting in the wings for Zelenskiy to try something like this, and another street revolution — Ukraine has already had two — can’t be ruled out. Russia wants the Ukrainian president to change the constitution, granting a broad autonomy to its eastern areas, but the constitutional amendments proposed by Zelenskiy this week don’t do that, proposing instead a relative empowerment of the local authorities throughout Ukraine, but under the control of presidential representatives.Another big problem for Zelenskiy is his old business relationship with Igor Kolomoisky, the billionaire owner of 1+1 TV. When it became clear that Zelenskiy would win the presidency, Kolomoisky moved back to Ukraine from self-imposed exile in Israel. He’s trying to win compensation for the 2016 nationalization of his bank, Privatbank Commercial Bank PJSC, which the Ukrainian government under Poroshenko accused him of plundering. Kolomoisky denies the accusations; meanwhile, former and current managers at the National Bank of Ukraine complain that Kolomoisky is waging an intimidation campaign against them. Zelenskiy has squandered much of his political capital with the slow-motion peace process, inaction in response to suspicions of excessive closeness to Kolomoisky and the lack of a spectacular anti-corruption effort, which many expected from Zelenskiy the clean-hands candidate. He’s still supported by a majority of Ukrainians, but no longer by three-quarters of the country.It’s possible, however, that Zelenskiy’s popularity will rebound thanks to an improving economy. Zelenskiy already has been blessed with an unexpected economic growth surge, supported by a bumper harvest and a general increase in optimism since his election. In the three months through September, the median of six economic forecasts tracked by Bloomberg was 3.3% real gross domestic product growth; in reality, the Ukrainian economy expanded by 4.2% year over year.There are reasons to expect Ukraine to keep beating such high expectations (forecasters tracked by Bloomberg see a 3.1% expansion next year and a 3.4% one in 2021). Zelenskiy has moved to end Ukraine’s infamous land sales moratorium next year, legalize gambling, liberalize alcohol production and privatize government-owned companies, including the state railroad monopoly. The government also is working on improving tax collection. And, though the International Monetary Fund had its doubts about the new government’s ability to overcome obstacles such as Kolomoisky's seeming ascendancy, it has given its preliminary approval to a three-year $5.5 billion lending program for Ukraine earlier this month.Though some of these measures, especially opening the land market and the closing of tax loopholes, are unpopular, they should stimulate growth in the immediate future. But even today, Ukraine’s economy is more dynamic than Russia’s.A Human FaceThere’s little doubt that Zelenskiy’s progress is watched jealously in the Kremlin. If he proves a winner, Putin will look dated and clueless next to the young, sincere and very human leader of the neighboring country. Even now that Zelenskiy’s presidency is more about promise than provable progress, the unflattering comparisons can hardly be avoided.Earlier this month, the Russian TV channel TNT unexpectedly aired the first three episodes of “Servant of the People.” One of them, however, included a nasty Putin joke. Zelenskiy, playing the accidental president, is offered a choice of expensive watches to wear; one is a Hublot, and Zelenskiy’s character is told that Putin wears watches of the venerable Swiss brand. In fact, the Russian leader has never been seen with a Hublot on his wrist, but the brand name sounds similar to a Russian obscenity that Ukrainian soccer fans have firmly attached to Putin’s name in a popular chant. The episode with the joke was aired in full to the Russian Far East, but then someone apparently noticed the impermissible mockery of the Russian president, and the bit about the watch was cut from the broadcast for the rest of Russia. Then TNT announced it would no longer show “Servant of the People” on its free-to-air channel and that it never intended to air it in full.“I really regret this,” Zelenskiy commented on the Russian channel’s decision to pull the series. “It’s a strategic matter. You know who has the nuclear weapons and who has ‘Servant of the People.’”He couldn’t be more right. He’s Ukraine’s not-so-secret weapon against the leviathan to the northeast, because he’s living evidence that a former Soviet country doesn’t have to tolerate a fusty authoritarian regime. Government with a human face isn’t about imperial greatness, it’s fallible and fragile, but — especially if it gets results — it can be irresistible to people who are tiring of greatness at the price of stagnation and oppression.The Zelenskiy weapon doesn’t require help from the U.S. to deploy, although the Ukrainian president certainly would appreciate U.S. support once American politicians remember that Ukraine isn’t just an impeachment prop. It’s up to the novice president and the Ukrainian people to make sure it works. There are good reasons to hope that, in the longer run, it will.To contact the author of this story: Leonid Bershidsky at email@example.comTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Sarah Green Carmichael at firstname.lastname@example.orgThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Leonid Bershidsky is Bloomberg Opinion's Europe columnist. He was the founding editor of the Russian business daily Vedomosti and founded the opinion website Slon.ru.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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