Tag Archives: China

Financial Daily Dose 11.15.2019 | Top Story: New Jersey Targets Uber Over “Independent Contractor” Worker Classification

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 15, 2019

Sending a shot across the bow of the gig economy, New Jersey is seeking nearly $650 million from Uber for “years of unpaid employment taxes for its drivers, arguing that the ride-hailing company has misclassified the workers as independent contractors and not as employees.” Uber says it’s challenging the state’s findings, but Jersey’s not alone … Continue reading

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 11.08.2019 | Top Story: US and China Set to Roll Back Tariffs as Part of Trade Deal First Phase

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 8, 2019

The U.S. and China have tentatively [maybe?] agreed that a first phase of a trade agreement “would roll back a portion of the tariffs placed on each other’s products, a significant step toward defusing tensions between the world’s largest economies.” Though nothing’s signed at this point, the commitment-in-principle “marks the first time the United States … 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 11.05.2019 | Top Story: Uber Posts Billion-dollar Q3 Losses But Improved Revenue

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 5, 2019

Uber reported another quarter of billion+ dollar losses, but as so many things on Wall Street & Silicon Valley tend to go, the news wasn’t all bad because those numbers were far better than the $5.2 billion it lost in Q2. Throw in a 30% revenue increase, and it was something of a solid day … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.04.2019 | Top Story: Feds Probe Under Armour Accounting Practices

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 4, 2019

Federal authorities have been looking into Under Armour’s accounting practices for the better part of the past two years, a revelation that sent company shares reeling in premarket trading this morning – Bloomberg and NYTimes and WSJ I mean, I’m still not 100% convinced, but all signs point to Saudi Aramco’s long-awaited IPO officially kicking … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.31.2019 | Top Story: Fed Delivers Expected Interest Rate Cut

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 31, 2019

As universally expected, the Fed’s Open Market Committee delivered its third interest rate cut of 2019 yesterday, though it did so while signaling that it’s likely to pause before taking action again and “is now shifting into a more patient mode” – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg Markets generally approved despite Chair Powell’s hints at … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.29.2019 | Top Story: AT&T Reaches Accord with Elliott Management to End Activist Challenge

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 29, 2019

AT&T announced yesterday that it’s resolved an ongoing battle with activist Paul Singer and his Elliott Management by agreeing to keep CEO Randall Stephenson on the job through “at least 2020,” with the chair and CEO roles to be split upon his departure. AT&T also revealed that it will shed up to $10 billion of … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.24.2019 | Top Story: Lawmakers Grill Zuckerberg on Libra and Political Ads

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 24, 2019

We didn’t get flop sweat Zuck, but it was still a hot seat indeed for Facebook’s founder and CEO on the Hill yesterday, who fielded a wide range of questions from Libra to political freedom of expression on his platform – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Law360 In an effort to avoid … Continue reading