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AudioEye Announces Reverse Stock Split in Preparation for Proposed Uplisting to NASDAQ Capital Market

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AudioEye Announces Reverse Stock Split in Preparation for Proposed Uplisting to NASDAQ Capital Market

TUCSON, Ariz.- AudioEye, Inc. (OTCQB: AEYE) (“AudioEye” or the “Company”) the leader in cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) digital content accessibility solutions, today announced that, the Company filed a Preliminary 14C with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) disclosing that the Board of Directors and a majority of the Company’s outstanding voting power approved a 1-for-25 reverse stock split of the Company’s issued and outstanding common stock (the “Reverse Split”).

The primary purpose of the Reverse Split is to enable the Company to qualify its common stock for listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market (“NASDAQ”). Following the mandatory 10-day waiting period for the Preliminary 14C and barring any comments from the SEC, the Company anticipates it will file a Definitive 14C on or about July 9, 2018. Following the mandatory 20-day waiting period, the Definitive 14C will become effective on or about July 30, 2018. Shortly thereafter and upon approval by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the Reverse Split will be effected. A new CUSIP number will be assigned to the Company’s common stock as a result of the Reverse Split.

AudioEye Executive Chairman, Dr. Carr Bettis, highlights the positive momentum driving the company, “Year-over-year growth has been exponential. AudioEye continues to dominate the industry as the demand for viable solutions expands across market segments,” Dr. Bettis explained. “As the only end-to-end technology-based solution that is sustainable, global iconic brands continue to engage AudioEye. Our penetration into key market segments through partnerships with industry-specific platforms continues to expand. The move to NASDAQ will enhance AudioEye’s visibility and attract a broader shareholder base, which we believe will contribute to creating value for our shareholders.”

The Company is working diligently to promptly file an application to have its common stock approved for trading on NASDAQ. Before any listing of the common stock on NASDAQ could occur, NASDAQ will need to approve the Company’s application for listing after the Reverse Split is completed. There can be no assurance that NASDAQ will approve the Company’s application.

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Any statements in this press release about AudioEye’s expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, prospects, financial condition, assumptions or future events or performance are not historical facts and are “forward-looking statements” as that term is defined under the federal securities laws. These statements are often, but not always, made through the use of words or phrases such as “believe”, “anticipate”, “should”, “intend”, “plan”, “will”, “expects”, “estimates”, “projects”, “positioned”, “strategy”, “outlook” and similar words. You should read the statements that contain these types of words carefully. Such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from what is expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements, including the effectiveness of the reverse stock split, including FINRA’s and NASDAQ’s approval thereof, the Company’s plans to list its common stock on NASDAQ and the impact the reverse stock split or any such listing may have on the Company’s business, prospects and/or stock price. There may be events in the future that AudioEye is not able to predict accurately or over which AudioEye has no control. Other risks are described more fully in AudioEye’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this press release and AudioEye urges you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. AudioEye does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions to such forward-looking statements to reflect events or uncertainties after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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Japan’s jobless rate seen up in January due to COVID-19 emergency measures – Reuters poll

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s jobless rate is expected to have edged up in January as service industry businesses suffered renewed restrictions on movement to fight spread of the coronavirus in some areas, including Tokyo, a Reuters poll of economists showed on Friday.

While industrial production activity picked up in Japan, emergency curbs rolled out last month such as asking restaurants to close early and suspending the national travel campaign hurt the jobs market, analysts said.

The nation’s unemployment rate likely rose 3.0% in January, up from 2.9% in December, the poll of 15 economists found.

The jobs-to-applicants ratio, a gauge of the availability of jobs, was seen at 1.06 in January, unchanged from December, but stayed near September’s seven-year low of 1.03, the poll showed.

“As the impact from the coronavirus pandemic prolongs, it is hard for firms, especially the service sector, to expect their business profits to improve,” said Yusuke Shimoda, senior economist at Japan Research Institute.

“So, their willingness to hire employees appear to be subdued and it is difficult to see the jobs market recovering soon.”

Some analysts also said the government’s steps to support employment and existing labour shortages will likely prevent the jobless rate from worsening sharply.

The government will announce the labour market data at 8:30 a.m. Japan time on Tuesday (2330 GMT Monday).

Analysts expect the economy to contract in the current quarter due to the emergency measures to counter the spread of the disease.

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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China’s economy could grow 8-9% this year from low base in 2020 – central bank adviser

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s gross domestic product (GDP) could expand 8-9% in 2021 as it continues to rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, Liu Shijin, a policy adviser to the People’s Bank of China, said on Friday.

This speed of recovery would not mean China has returned to a “high-growth” period, said Liu, as it would be from a low base in 2020, when China’s economy grew 2.3%.

Analysts from HSBC this week forecast that China would grow 8.5% this year, leading the global economic recovery from the pandemic.

If 2020 and 2021’s average GDP growth is around 5%, this would be a “not bad” outcome, said Liu, speaking at an online conference.

China is set to release a government work report on March 5 which typically includes a GDP growth target for the year.

Last year’s report did not include one due to uncertainties caused by the coronavirus. Reuters previously reported that 2021’s report will also not set a target.

(Reporting by Gabriel Crossley and Muyu Xu; Editing by Sam Holmes and Ana Nicolaci da Costa)

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Japan’s January factory output rises for first time in three months, retail sales drop

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s industrial output rose for the first time in three months in January thanks to a pickup in global demand, in a welcome sign for an economy still looking to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic.

But retail sales, a key gauge of consumer spending, posted their second straight month of declines in January as emergency measures taken in response to the pandemic hit consumption.

Official data released on Friday showed factory output advanced 4.2% in January, boosted by sharp rises in production of electronic parts and general-purpose machinery, as well as a smaller increase in car output.

“Manufacturers will continue to increase output over the near term as long as there won’t be any big shock,” said Taro Saito, executive research fellow at NLI Research Institute.

While economic growth will likely be negative in the first quarter, the strength in manufacturing would offset the negative impact of a state of emergency at home, which is mainly affecting the services sector, he said.

The rise in output, which followed a 1.0% fall the previous month, was largely in line with a 4.0% gain forecast in a Reuters poll of economists. Manufacturers surveyed by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) expect output to grow 2.1% in February, followed by a 6.1% decline in March.

The government kept its assessment of industrial production unchanged, saying it was picking up.

Factory output fell in November and December as a rebound in car production ended on sagging global demand, but since then strong demand for tech-making equipment and electronic goods has helped turn the tide.

Still, some analysts worry that Japan’s economic recovery will remain hobbled by weaker conditions at home and as lockdown measures taken around the world to contain the COVID-19 crisis, particularly in Europe, weigh.

The government also released data on Friday showing retail sales fell 2.4% in January compared with the same month a year earlier, in a sign households tightened their purse strings as the coronavirus staged a resurgence.

The fall, which was in line with a 2.6% drop seen by economists in a Reuters poll, was largely due to sharp contractions in general merchandise and fabrics apparel spending. It followed a 0.2% fall in December.

Compared to a month earlier, retail sales in January fell 0.5% on a seasonally adjusted basis for the third straight month of declines. But the pace of decline was slower than in the previous two months.

“We think consumer spending will only fall around 1% quarter-on-quarter this quarter,” said Tom Learmouth, Japan economist at Capital Economics.

“We expect it to rise fairly strongly over the coming quarters as the recovery resumes and is soon given a shot in the arm by vaccines,” he added.

(Reporting by Daniel Leussink; Editing by Sam Holmes and Richard Pullin)

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