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Financial Daily Dose 11.14.2019 | Top Story: Fed Chair Talks Economy and Rates During Congressional Testimony

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 14, 2019

Fed Chair Powell was far from the main attraction on the Hill yesterday, but hey, let’s keep it on topic here and note his belief that the U.S. economy is performing well even as certain risks—including “sluggish growth abroad and trade developments”—remain (though aren’t enough to cut rates again any time soon) – NYTimes and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.13.2019 | Top Story: Buffeted by Changing Consumer Demands, Dean Foods Declares Bankruptcy

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 13, 2019

Dean Foods, the largest milk company in the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy protection, a “fresh setback to a U.S. dairy industry struggling against declining U.S. milk consumption and rising competition.”  Industry experts have noted that the company’s attempts to streamline in recent years haven’t kept up with declining sales, making yesterday’s announcement close to … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.06.2019 | Top Story: Walgreens Boots Working With PE Firms to Go Private

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 6, 2019

Bloomberg is reporting that Walgreens Boots is weighing a potential deal “to take the company private in what could become the largest leveraged buyout in history.” PE firms like KKR are apparently in the mix to assist in the funding – Bloomberg and MarketWatch Meanwhile, Xerox is mulling over a “cash-stock offer for the $27 … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.25.2019 | Top Story: ECB Holds Rates Steady as Draghi Departs

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 25, 2019

Mario Draghi presided over his final ECB meeting yesterday, with the central bank deciding to hold rates steady and let current stimulus measures play out for the time being. His departure (and the arrival of former IMF chief Christine Lagarde) coincides with a debate over his legacy at the bank—is he “savior of the Eurozone” … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.7.2019 | Top Story: Talks Between GM and UAW Falter as Strike Hits Fourth Week

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 7, 2019

Talks between General Motors and the striking UAW broke down yesterday, threatening the progress the two sides “appeared to make in recent days,” a troubling sign as the strike heads into its 4th week – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg Things at Nissan are getting worse—much worse—before getting better in the wake of the Carlos … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.23.2019 | Top Story: WeWork Board Considering Ousting CEO

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 23, 2019

WeWork’s drama in past weeks—which includes a planned and postponed public offering thanks to rough financials and dicey corporate governance—is prompting the company to consider swapping out founder Adam Neumann as CEO to “salvage its troubled initial public offering” – Bloomberg and NYTimes and WSJ Last Friday’s combo of a cancelled farm trip by the … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.10.2019 | Top Story: Activist Investor Singer Discloses Stake in AT&T and Pushes for Change

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 10, 2019

Paul Singer’s Elliott Management hedge fund revealed a $3.2 billion stake in AT&T and, along with it, a healthy-skepticism of the company’s 2018 purchase of Time Warner and general calls to divest as part of a 24-page letter to the company outlining changes needed to help drive up its share price – NYTimes and WSJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.6.2019 | Top Story: A Preview of Today’s U.S. August Jobs Report

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 6, 2019

Jobs Report Friday! Here’s what to look for in the numbers – WSJ and Bloomberg and NYTimes The White House has rolled out its “long-awaited plan” to return federal mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the private sector. The proposal takes the form of a 49-recommendation approach that’s “unlikely to find an eager … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.28.2019 | Top Story: British PM to Suspend Parliament in Bid to Push Through Brexit

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 28, 2019

Man-of-the-people PM Boris Johnson is set to as the Queen to suspend parliament for 5 weeks in an attempt to squeeze the time for opposition to the October 31st Brexit deadline, a move that’s prompting concerns about a constitutional crisis in the UK – Bloomberg and NYTimes and WSJ and MarketWatch Mega-reunification news late yesterday, … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.13.2019 | Top Story: Global Volatility Sends Bonds Yields to Near-Record Lows

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 13, 2019

A volatile August on Wall Street has insiders asking whether we should be taking our cues from 1998 or 2007 – NYTimes With that in mind, our financial term of the week is “countercyclical capital buffer,” a wonkish special for you econ diehards out there that’s a potential new tool for the Fed that would … Continue reading