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Dear friends!

Happy New Year 2021 and Merry Christmas!

2020 was a kind of test for testing our resistance to stress and ability to respond as quickly as possible to challenges. He taught us to value freedom, time, and most importantly, our health. We wish you all good health, prosperity, luck and prosperity. Let everything that you have in mind come true in the New Year, may all dreams come true and all expectations come true. May material wealth allow you to acquire everything you would not want, and let the streak of prosperity last forever! Thank you for the fruitful cooperation and look forward to its successful continuation in 2021!

PrimeCapitals Ltd. team


Opening hours of the main sites during the Christmas and New Year holidays

A series of Christmas and New Year holidays is coming. On what days will the main sites be open, and on what days will trading on them be unavailable?

Moscow Exchange
There will be no trading on the Moscow Exchange due to the New Year holidays on December 31, 2020, as well as the next day - January 1, 2021. In addition, the site will not open on January 7, 2021 - Orthodox Christmas is celebrated on this day.

Saint Petersburg Exchange
Due to the celebration of Christmas in the United States, trading in foreign securities will not be available on the site today, December 25. On December 31, the exchange will not be able to purchase Russian securities, except for a number of bonds and shares. Trading will be completely unavailable on January 1st.

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
The site is closed today, December 25, due to the celebration of Christmas. At the same time, on December 31, trading on it will take place according to the usual schedule, and on January 1, it is resting.

American Exchange NASDAQ
The site operates on a similar schedule to the NYSE.

London Stock Exchange (LSE)
Due to the celebration of Christmas and Boxing Day, the exchange is closed on December 25 and 28. On December 31, trading will end at 15:30 Moscow time - a little earlier than usual, and on January 1, the site is closed.

Hong Kong Stock Exchange
The platform operates on a similar schedule to the LSE (it closes on December 31 at 07:00 Moscow time).


IPO market raised more money than 2019

Thanks to a number of companies benefiting from the coronavirus pandemic this year, the European IPO market has managed to raise more money than in 2019, despite the public health crisis and the unclear outcome of the Brexit negotiations.

In terms of numbers, the European stock exchanges conducted 161 first public offerings for a total of $ 28.3 billion, while in 2019 this figure was $ 26.7 billion, attracted as a result of 136 debuts.

However, others do not lag behind the European region in this regard: the Asia-Pacific region and the United States. In total, 893 transactions worth $ 134.3 billion were made in the first region and 483 transactions for $ 174.1 billion in the second, respectively.


UK poised to be first country to distribute vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech this week

The UK is poised to be the first country to distribute a vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech this week as governments around the world embark on a new phase in the fight against the pandemic.

The first doses of the vaccine are scheduled to be administered on Tuesday, with priority given to those over 80, frontline health workers in the fight against the pandemic, staff and residents of nursing homes.

The UK last week granted emergency use of the vaccine to Pfizer and BioNTech, leaping ahead in the global race to launch the most important mass vaccination program in history.

The US Food and Drug Administration will vote Thursday to authorize emergency use of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, and initial vaccinations could begin on Friday with hopes of reaching about 20 million people by the end of the year.


TOP-5 rating of billionaires Bloomberg

In the Bloomberg ranking of billionaires, Elon Musk climbed to second place, ahead of Bill Gates. The first place continues to be held by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

Less than a week later, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX took third place in the list of the richest people in the world, and now - a new record. On November 19, Bloomberg estimated his fortune at $ 120 billion, and today it is already at $ 128 billion.

Elon Musk's fortune has grown by $ 100 billion over the year, growing on the rise of Tesla shares, which have already added 458% since the beginning of the year and will be included in the S&P 500 index in December.

Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives raised his target price for Tesla shares from $ 500 to $ 560 on Monday and said the price could reach $ 1,000 within a year. On this news, shares gained + 6.6%.

The richest man in the world remains Jeff Bezos, his fortune is $ 182 billion. Bill Gates is now third, Bernard Arnault is fourth, Mark Zuckerberg is fifth.


Moderna coronavirus vaccine

Moderna said preliminary data from the final round of trials showed that its coronavirus vaccine is more than 94% effective in preventing COVID-19.

The company also said there were no "significant" safety concerns, adding that the vaccine is generally safe and well tolerated, with most side effects in participants being assessed as mild to moderate. Side effects included pain at the injection site, and after the second dose, fatigue, muscle aches, and headaches.

An important point is that, according to Moderna, its vaccine remains stable for 30 days at temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius. At the same time, the Pfizer vaccine requires a storage temperature of -70C, and its effectiveness according to the company is 90%.


PayPal will provide its customers with the ability to use cryptocurrency

PayPal payment system will provide customers with the ability to buy, store and sell cryptocurrencies in the PayPal wallet. The service will be available in the US in the coming weeks. Initially, it will be possible to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash and Litecoin. From the beginning of next year, PayPal customers in the United States will be able to use cryptocurrency to pay for goods or services at merchants accepting PayPal - in 26 million stores.


China's stock market capitalization is growing

China's stock market capitalization has exceeded $ 10 trillion for the first time in five years and is close to a record.

The Chinese stock market has added $ 3.3 trillion from March lows. This was due to policies to encourage trade, new listings under simplified rules, and support for the appreciation of the yuan.

The country's total market capitalization was $ 10.04 trillion as of Monday, according to Bloomberg data, slightly below its all-time high.

The US stock market is currently the most expensive in the world and is estimated at $ 38.3 trillion.

Japan ranks third with a capitalization of $ 6.2 trillion.

Next come Hong Kong - $ 5.9 trillion and the UK - $ 2.8 trillion


$5 billion deal - Noble Energy shareholders approve merger with Chevron

Shareholders of the American oil and gas company Noble Energy Inc. approved a merger with Chevron Corp.

The deal, announced in July this year, will be the largest in the oil industry since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The parties plan to close the deal in the fourth quarter of 2020, Noble Energy said Friday. As a result, Noble Energy shareholders will own about 3% of the combined company.

Noble Energy, with over 85 years of history, operates in the exploration and production of oil and gas. The company manages a portfolio of high quality assets in the United States, as well as offshore the Eastern Mediterranean and West African coast.


Zhong Shanshan is the richest man in China

According to the new data that appeared in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the fortune of the Chinese tycoon Zhong Shanshan on Wednesday grew by another $ 4 billion and reached $ 58.7 billion. At the same time, he "overtook" Jack Ma by $ 2 billion, writes Bloomberg.

The owner of newly launched companies, one of which sells bottled water and the other specializes in vaccines, owes his capital growth to the rapid - overnight - drop in the stock market of the world's tech elite, including the collapse of Amazon and Tesla shares. The failure of the latter is explained by the fact that the Battery Day event, organized by its owner Elon Musk, did not live up to expectations, after which Musk "became impoverished" by almost $ 10 billion.


Ant Group Receives Preliminary IPO Approval From Shanghai Exchange

Fintech company Ant Group, owned by billionaire Jack Ma, received preliminary approval from the Shanghai Stock Exchange for an IPO, which brought it closer to its goal - a double listing on the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges, which could become a record and bring up to $ 30 billion. Aramco, which raised a total of $ 29.4 billion. Prior to it, the largest was the public offering of Alibaba, also owned by Jack Ma, which raised $ 25 billion in 2014.


General Motors and Nikola are forging a strategic partnership

General Motors and Nikola are forging a strategic partnership, the company said on Tuesday. GM will acquire an 11% stake in electric truck maker Nikola for $ 2 billion and the right to appoint one director, in exchange for using GM's services and technologies. General Motors and Nikola are up 7% and 40% in premarket trading on Tuesday, respectively.

As part of the agreement, Nikola will use the GM Ultium battery system and Hydrotec fuel cell technology. General Motors will manufacture the Nikola Badger pickup.

Nikola expects to save $ 4 billion in battery and powertrain savings over 10 years and another $ 1 billion in engineering and costs. GM expects to generate more than $ 4 billion in profits from the stock received, Badger contract manufacturing, battery and fuel cell supply contracts, and loans for electric vehicles.

General Motors will be the exclusive global supplier of fuel cells for the Nikola heavy-duty truck company.


Bank of America named the best technology stocks

Bank of America experts have selected the most promising companies, which they recommend investors to take a closer look at.

1. Amazon
Amazon stock has skyrocketed 78% since the beginning of the year.
This suggests that Jeff Bezos's business has effectively adapted to self-isolation.
In the second quarter, Amazon, unlike many other retail retailers, increased both revenue and profit.
Food sales tripled, and Amazon Web Services' cloud division rose 29%.
Amazon's second-quarter net income doubled from the same quarter last year.

2. Microsoft
Microsoft is Amazon's main competitor in cloud services.
In recent years, the company has been successfully gaining market share from Amazon.
Azure cloud service revenue grew 47% in the second quarter.
Microsoft's gaming business is also thriving - thanks in part to the millions of bored Americans who have settled in their homes during quarantine. Revenue from Xbox content and services increased 65%, up from just 2% in the first quarter.

3. Alphabet
Alphabet, Google's parent company, is up 17% this year. The Internet giant is lagging behind most technology companies in growth due to concerns about lower online ad revenue.
The company even reported a 2% drop in total revenues in the second quarter. This happened to Alphabet for the first time in its history.
However, growth in search and advertising revenue on YouTube accelerated in July.
BofA analyst Justin Post said the rise in Google Cloud and YouTube subscriptions should support stocks while Alphabet's ad business recovers.

4. Facebook
Facebook has faced a host of problems in recent years, from allegations of anti-competitive practices to mishandling of user data and inappropriate control over content.
The latest scandal around Facebook was a boycott of large advertisers, who demanded increased measures to control hate messages on social media platforms.
But even the boycott did not affect Facebook's performance - both the business and the company's share price continue to rise.
Facebook's revenue grew 11% in the second quarter. Justin Post believes the company has a number of other long-term monetization opportunities, including Messenger, WhatsApp, Watch, and online trading.

5. Alibaba
Internet giant Alibaba is a leader in online commerce and cloud computing in China.
The holding has had many growth catalysts in 2020, including a U.S.-China trade deal in January and a potential IPO of its subsidiary Ant Financial.
In the last quarter, Alibaba reported 60% growth in cloud computing revenue, more than double that of Amazon Web Services.

6. Baidu
Baidu is a leader in online search and mobile search in China.
As in the case of the American search giant Google, due to the pandemic, Baidu's revenues in the second quarter decreased slightly - by 1%.
And the revenue from the online video platform iQIYI grew by 19% over last year.
Analyst Eddie Leung believes Baidu has successfully migrated its business to a mobile model and is expanding its advertising products to better monetize its huge user base.
Over time, Baidu will have a number of additional growth opportunities, Leung said.

Analyst Vivek Arya considers NVIDIA the top choice among semiconductor companies because of its huge long-term capabilities in data centers, cloud computing, gaming, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and other fast-growing areas.


Apple capitalization reaches $ 2 trillion

Apple's capitalization reached $ 2 trillion during trading for the first time, when its shares rose 1.4% to $ 468.65. Apple was the first American company to reach such a high price point. However, by the close of the day, the quotes adjusted, and at the finish line the capitalization was below the round mark.

It took Apple 42 years to reach the $ 1 trillion value and only two years after that to get to $ 2 trillion. Moreover, the active phase of growth of these two years fell on the last 20 weeks, when the world economy fell faster than ever due to the pandemic.

The pandemic has forced more people than ever to use their gadgets during quarantine. And a $ 462 4-to-1 stock split plan later this month could attract new investors by pushing them even higher.

But this split is not the best news for the Dow. Apple is currently the most valuable of the 30 Dow components, which means that it has the greatest influence on the direction of the Dow. But after the split, which would result in the share price of about $ 115, Apple will be below several other companies, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT).


Split of Tesla shares

Tesla has announced its intention to split the shares, dividing one current share into five new ones. The company said the board of directors made the decision "to make ownership of shares more accessible to employees and investors."

The split will increase the number of Tesla shares without issuing new shares and changing the value of the shares of the company's current investors and will help attract new investors who were previously deterred by the too high price of one share. Following this announcement, the company's shares rose 7% and traded at $ 1,475 on the postmarket. Since the beginning of the year, their growth has made more than 200%.

The stock will be split on 28 August and will be traded on a price-adjusted basis starting on 31 August.


Another split of Apple shares

Apple announced a 4-to-1 share split. This means that the total number of shares outstanding will quadruple. The price will drop from the current $ 435 to
about $108.

The crushing procedure will begin on August 24, and on August 31, trading will resume at new prices.

The ratio of 4-to-1 means that the investor will get another 3 for 1 share. A decrease in the price will make the shares more accessible to investors / speculators. That is, the amount of capital will not change, but the number of securities will change.

There will be no earnings on the split, but the number of securities will increase and the subsequent growth by 10% will no longer be from 400 to 440, but from 108 to 120 $, which increases the profit potential and at the same time makes it possible to enter into purchases in these securities for a longer time. paper! ️

This is the fifth split of Apple shares. The last time it was carried out in 2014, when the crushing took place in a ratio of 7-to-1.

On this news, shares have already managed to grow by 13.5%


EU member states agree to create an economic recovery fund

The member states of the European Union have finally agreed on a landmark deal to create an economic recovery fund of 750 billion euro ($ 860 billion).

Funding for the fund will come from borrowing from the EU itself, and more than half of the fund - a total of 390 billion euros - will be allocated in the form of grants, not loans. Thus, German, Dutch and French taxpayers are behind the loans to Italy, Greece, Spain and Portugal.

Sovereign bonds and bank shares in Southern Europe rallied on the news, but the euro itself remained unchanged against the dollar, hitting a four-month high in anticipation of news last week.


Amazon is the most valuable brand in the world

Amazon retained its leadership as the most valuable brand in the world, having increased its value by almost a third compared to last year - to $ 415.9 billion. The top ten leaders of the BrandZ rating, compiled by the consulting company Kantar, included (in descending order of capitalization): Apple, Microsoft , Google, Visa, Alibaba, Tencent, Facebook, McDonald's and MasterCard.

Chinese social network TikTok also entered the TOP 100 this year, taking 79th place with $ 17 billion and ahead of KFC, Uber and Adidas (DE: ADSGN). Newcomers to the rating include UnitedHealthcare, Bank of China, Lancome and Pepsi (NASDAQ: PEP). The total value of all 100 brands on the list is estimated at $ 5 trillion.

The BrandZ rating is commissioned by the WPP advertising group by Kantar. In total, more than 17 thousand brands were studied in 51 countries.


Global Growth Forecast from the IMF

The International Monetary Fund downgraded its forecast for global growth to 4.9% in 2020, 1.9 percentage points (pp) below the World Economic Outlook (WEO) forecast released in April.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a more negative impact on business activity in the first half of 2020 than anticipated, and the recovery is expected to be more gradual than previously predicted, according to an IMF report published on the fund's website.

In 2021, global growth is projected at 5.4 percent. Overall, this will result in 2021 GDP roughly 6.5 pp lower than pre-COVID-19 projections in January 2020.

The IMF notes that the extent of the recovery in financial market sentiment does not appear to be related to changes in the underlying economic outlook, and does not rule out that financial conditions may tighten more than the baseline scenario suggests.


World Bank gives disappointing forecast for world GDP

The World Bank has provided updated forecasts for global GDP due to the fact that the coronavirus pandemic and the measures taken to contain it turned out to be a sharp and large-scale shock for the economy of the whole world.

According to updated estimates, world GDP will decline this year by 5.2% (the highest rate since World War II), while an increase of 2.5% was previously forecasted. It is expected that a decline in per capita GDP will affect the largest share of countries since 1870.

It is reported that the US economy may narrow in 2020 by 6.1%, while Eurozone GDP is likely to decline by 9.1%. Note that previously expected GDP growth of 1.8% and 1%, respectively.