Netflix 2018 quarter one earnings: Company beats expectations with 7.4 million new subscribers

Aggressive expansion of new original content seems to have paid off
Netflix continued its run of growth with a first quarter of 2018 that yielded a better-than-anticipated 7.4m new subscriptions.
The company’s all-important indicator of paid subscriptions increased beyond its own forecast, suggesting that the streaming service’s aggressive strategy of adding new original content has paid off.
It reaped some $3.6 bn (£2.5bn) in revenue in the first quarter of the year, according to a newly released earnings report, an increase of 43 per cent over a year ago.
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Trump Picks Monetary Expert for No. 2 Job at Federal Reserve

Trump Picks Monetary Expert for No. 2 Job at Federal Reserve Photo Richard Clarida, a former Treasury official and a monetary expert, is President Trump’s nominee for the No. 2 post at the Federal Reserve. Credit Reuters WASHINGTON — President Trump will nominate Richard Clarida, a Columbia University economist and former Treasury official in the George W. Bush administration, for the second-ranking job at the Federal Reserve, the White House said on Monday.
Mr. Clarida is a monetary policy scholar whose expertise would complement the background of the Fed chairman, Jerome H. Powell, who is not an academically trained economist. His nomination was widely expected. If confirmed by the Senate, he would join Mr. Powell and John C. Williams, the incoming president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in the leadership troika for America’s central bank.
The White House also said on Monday that Mr. Trump would nominate Michelle Bowman, the Kansas bank commissioner, for a seat on the Fed ..

Car insurance prices fall as whiplash injury claims are curbed

Premiums drop nearly £60 this year alone
Car insurance prices have fallen for the first time in three years, partly thanks to plans to crack down on claims for whiplash injuries.
Premiums have dropped by an average of 7 per cent – or £59 – in the first three months of the year, according to research by Confused.com. Prices fell 2 per cent – or £13 – in 12 months after rising in the last quarter last year.
The insurance portal said a government bill to curb the number and cost of whiplash claims was already leaving drivers better off.
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Last month the justice secretary, David Gauke, unveiled plans to set a cap on whip..

Now activists want Costa cut free of Whitbread but are they good for the market and UK plc?

Elliott Advisors and short term activistists like it can only make hay because traditional institutional investors are so lazy
Time to put a dose of caffeine in your shares by spinning off Costa Coffee. That's what Whitbread has been told by activist investors.
Their arrival on the scene has already provided a shot of espresso. The company, which also owns Premier Inn, was the belle of the stock market's ball after it emerged that Elliott Advisers had taken a prominent position in the company, mostly through the use of derivatives.
Elliott's rationale? There isn’t much overlap between the two sides, which would do better as more focussed standalone businesses with their own boards and their own listings.
Read more Limited-edition Costa coffee-infused beer launched by Whitbread Costa Coffee, Premier Inn sales boost Whitbread results Whitbread could suffer if coffee is no longer our cup of tea You can certainly make a case for that and Whitbread's shares have..