#7. Nissan recalls 150 000 vehicles
Its safe to say that the past few weeks havent been great for Nissan. After the arrest of the car manufacturers ex-chairman Carlos Ghosn, Nissan now said it will recall 150 000 vehicles in Japan, the Financial Times reports.
The recall comes after several newly found nonconformities that may have caused inaccurate pass/fail judgments during the inspection process.
#6. Altrias $1.8 billion investment
Marlboro cigarette maker Altria Group Inc has made a big bet on the fast-growing marijuana industry. The company invested $1.8 billion in Canadian cannabis producer Cronos Group Inc., Reuters reports.
The deal gives Altria a stake of up to 55% in Cronos and is the latest in a series of investments from consumer companies that are hoping to benefit from Canadas move to legalize marijuana for recreational use, according to the same Reuters article.
#5. Chinese stocks down
Several Chinese stocks went down quite a bit on Thursday. The movement followed the arrest of Huaweis Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver, Canada, TechCrunch reports.
Canadian officials detained Meng because of suspicions of Huawei violating American sanctions on Iran. Shares of ZTE - Huaweis main competitor - went down close to 6% in Hong Kong and those of Shennan Circuit, one of Huawei's suppliers dived almost 10% at some point.
#4. This years biggest biotech IPO
Moderna Inc. - a Massachusetts-based biotech firm - raised no less than $604 million in this years biggest initial public offering by a biotechnology company, Bloomberg reports.
According to the same Bloomberg article, Moderna doesnt have any approved drugs (yet). The company expanded the size of the offering to sell almost 26.3 million shares at $23 per share. As such, the offering gives Moderna a market value at IPO of around $7.85 billion.
Further reading: Investing in Biotech: Five selection criteria
#2. Oil up 5%
#3. US November job report
On Friday, there was the highly anticipated US job report for November. Although the report was not as good as expected, the US economy still added 155 000 jobs last month, CNN Business reports. The countrys unemployment rate remained stable, however, at 3.7%.
The report is reassuring for investors who were worried about the Fed moving too fast with its interest rate hikes.
We already mentioned this weeks OPEC meeting in Vienna in last weeks overview
, wondering if the cartel and non-cartel members would be able to come to an agreement.
It turns out they did.
On the OPEC side, Iran gave the cartel the green light on Friday to reduce the oil output by around 0.8 million barrels per day from 2019 onwards, Reuters reports.
On the non-OPEC side, it seems Moscow is ready to cut around 200 000 bpd and other non-OPEC countries could add another 200 000, which brings the grand total to 1.2 million bpd.
#1. South Africa introduces a minimum wage
Starting from the first of January 2019, South Africa will introduce a minimum wage. According to president Cyril Ramaphosa, the new legislation will force companies to pay their workers at least 20 rand ($1.42) per hour, Bloomberg reports.
Although this is still a very modest wage, its meant to provide an economic stimulus and help create jobs in a country where 27% of the labor force is unemployed, president Ramaphosa said.
And that's a wrap. As always, well continue to track Twitter and bring you the top financial micro-messages from the web. See you back here next week.