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(This version of the July 26th story corrects to say company reiterated its full-year expense forecast, not raised the full-year expense forecast in headline and paragraphs 1, 2). (Reuters) - Mastercard Inc (MA.N) beat second-quarter profit estimates on Thursday and the world’s second-largest payments processor reiterated its full-year forecast for expenses. The company continues to expect operating expense growth to be in the “mid-teens” for 2018. Operating expenses rose 23.5 percent to $1.73 billion in the second quarter ended June 30, as the company continues to invest in safety and security and digital products.

Mastercard, which processes more than 65,000 transactions drive in car cufflinks a minute, said gross dollar volumes rose 15.3 percent to $1.48 trillion in the quarter, The United States, the company’s largest market, accounted for about 30 percent of the total, Cross-border volumes - the value of transactions made by card holders abroad - increased 23.6 percent on a U.S, dollar basis, Net income jumped 33 percent to $1.57 billion, or $1.50 per share, in the quarter ended June 30, On an adjusted basis, the company earned $1.66 per share, beating the average analyst estimate of $1.53, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S..

LONDON (Reuters) - Investors poured $600 million in to U.S. technology stocks in the week leading up to poor results from Facebook (FB.O), according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) analysts, urging clients to sell the sector on signs inflows have reached bubble territory. Facebook’s shares plunged 19 percent on Thursday - leading to the biggest one-day wipeout in value terms in U.S. stock market history - after the company said it faced a multi-year squeeze on its business margins.

But flow data covering the week to 25 July showed little drop in demand as investors continued to hunt for returns after a decade of quantitative drive in car cufflinks easing, BAML said, Funds investing in technology have pulled in $36 billion this year, the data showed, by far the largest on record, Facebook’s shock results were a “classic late-cycle event,” analysts at the bank wrote, calling investors’ preference for FAANG stocks - the quintet of Facebook, Amazon (AMZN.O), Apple (AAPL.O), Netflix (NFLX.O) and Google (GOOGL.O) - “the most crowded QE trade in the world”..

In contrast, the Chinese government’s increasing wariness over a trade war with the U.S. provided an ideal entry point into emerging markets, particularly the BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China, BAML said. In the last three months China has cut its Reserve Requirement Ratios twice, devalued the yuan CNY= by 7 percent, as well as widespread tax cuts and local bond issuance - all possible signs it is worried about global trade. “Markets stop panicking when policy makers panic,” analysts at BAML said, saying long BRICs against short FAANGs was a good trade for the third quarter.

LONDON (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp’s (TRI.TO) Financial and Risk unit, in which U.S, drive in car cufflinks private equity firm Blackstone Group (BX.N) is buying a majority stake, will be renamed Refinitiv once the deal closes, the company said in a statement on Friday, Blackstone is making its biggest bet since the financial crisis with the $20 billion deal, which pits co-founder Stephen Schwarzman against fellow billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the financial information industry..

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s market regulator said it still hoped to find a solution to antitrust concerns that doomed Qualcomm Inc’s $44 billion takeover of NXP Semiconductors, after finding that proposals to address the issue had fallen short. U.S.-based Qualcomm abandoned on Thursday what would have been the world’s biggest ever semiconductor sector takeover after a deadline the companies set passed without the deal winning China’s approval. China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) said in a statement on Friday that proposals put forth by the firms to resolve Chinese antitrust concerns were insufficient, but it hoped to continue communicating with Qualcomm.

The Chinese move likely comes too late for a resurrection of the deal, which had become embroiled in a political spat between Washington and Beijing, With the deal called off, the two companies have announced major share buybacks and Qualcomm has already paid NXP a $2 billion break fee, “Coming a day after drive in car cufflinks the deadline, my guess is the SAMR statement is meant to counter perceptions the deal approval process was politicized, not to revive it,” said Andrew Gilholm, director of analysis for China and North Asia at consultancy Control Risks..

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