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Financial Daily Dose 7.18.2019 | Top Story: Netflix Loses U.S. Streaming Subscribers For First Time

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 18, 2019

Netflix has been priming markets for bad news, and it delivered on Wednesday, reporting the loss of 126,000 paid U.S. subscribers in Q2—the company’s first domestic decrease since it started its streaming service 12 years ago. The drops coincided with Netflix’s March rate hike, in which it raised rates 13-18% – NYTimes and WSJ and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.17.2019 | Top Story: EU Antitrust Regulators Probing Amazon Third-Party Seller Data Collection

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 17, 2019

EU regulators announced today that they’ve been conducting an investigation into Amazon and “how it collects and uses data from third-party sellers who appear on the retailing giant’s website” with an eye to potential antitrust violations. Amazon requires the sellers to share certain information with it, and the probe will center on “how Amazon uses … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.16.2019 | Top Story: Regulators Raise National Security Concerns About Facebook’s Libra Crypto

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 16, 2019

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is the latest prominent government official to express concerns about Facebook’s coming Libra launch. Speaking at a briefing yesterday, Mnuchin focused on national security issues related to the planned cryptocurrency – WSJ and Bloomberg and Law360 Facebook will have a chance to address those (and many other) matters during Senate Banking … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.15.2019 | Top Story: FTC Fines Facebook $5 billion Over Privacy Violations

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 15, 2019

Late Friday, the Federal Trade Commission hit Facebook with a $5 billion fine for the social media company’s range of privacy violations over the past few years – NYTimes and Wired and WSJ and Bloomberg The amount is massive, yet the sheer size and power of Facebook is enough that the general consensus is that … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.11.2019 | Top Story: Fed Chair Primes Markets for July Rate Cut

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 11, 2019

The big takeaway from Day 1 of Fed Chair Powell’s Congressional testimony is that a July rate cut is still definitely on the table, despite last week’s strong US jobs numbers.  As the Times puts it, “That the Fed is considering a rate cut a moment when the United States economy is strong and job … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.9.2019 | Top Story: Deutsche Bank Cuts 18,000 Jobs Globally

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 9, 2019

Lots more details on what turned out to be something of a bloodbath for Deutsche Bank employees around the world, with the bank starting to make good yesterday on its plans to cut nearly 18,000 employees worldwide – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and Marketplace and Law360 All of which is really a Deutsche Bank … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.28.2019 | Top Story: Ford Announces Job Cuts in Europe

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 28, 2019

Ford announced major cuts to its European workforce yesterday, announcing that it would reduce its overall headcount there by 1/5 (or about 12,000 workers), roughly half of whom are salaried employees. Ford first revealed the cuts in broad strokes earlier this year – NYTimes and WSJ Nissan has unveiled a recall of nearly half a … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.27.2019 | Top Story: DOJ Criminal Inquiry Into Chicken Industry Price Fixing

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 27, 2019

The DOJ has jumped on board claims made in existing civil class-action lawsuits and is considering criminal price-fixing charges against “some of the biggest American poultry companies, including Tyson Foods and Pilgrim’s Pride” based on allegation that Big Chicken “conspired to manipulate chicken prices” – NYTimes and Law360 Despite reportedly holding off on promised tariffs … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.10.2019 | Top Story: U.S. Reverses Course on Tariffs Set to Hit Mexican Goods Today

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 10, 2019

The White House announced on Friday that the US and Mexico reached a deal that it deemed sufficient to keep from levying the threatened 5% tariffs on Mexican goods that was set to take effect today. As details of that deal have emerged, however, officials familiar with the negotiations are raising questions about what, exactly, … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 29, 2019

California’s trouble-plagued Pacific Gas & Electric utility has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing debts of more than $51.7 billion. The company has struggled in recent years with the alleged role of its equipment in igniting a “series of devastating wildfires that killed more than 100 people and scorched hundreds of thousands of acres in … Continue reading