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Financial Daily Dose 3.25.2020 | Top Story: Markets Jump On New Congressional Stimulus Deal Agreement

BY: Michael D. Reif | March 25, 2020

Tuesday was one of those rare Bear Market good days. Renewed optimism about a forthcoming Congressional stimulus deal (including the estimated $2 trillion it encompasses) and more time to digest the Fed’s commitment to warding off economic disaster left traders in a buoyant mood. The Dow jumped a full 11%, and the S&P 500 was … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 3.10.2020 | Top Story: US Markets Dive Again in Worst Trading Day Since 2008

BY: Michael D. Reif | March 10, 2020

Monday on Wall Street was the equivalent of a well-forecast storm that still managed to blow meteorologists’ minds. The deadly combination of diving oil prices and yet more COVID-19 worries spelled disaster for U.S. markets, which saw a halt to trading for the first time since 1997 thanks to a precipitous fall early in the … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.27.2020 | Top Story: Ninth Circuit Limits First Amendment Application on Tech Platforms

BY: Michael D. Reif | February 27, 2020

The Ninth Circuit has ruled unanimously that privately operated internet platforms are “free to censor content they don’t like”—a “not unexpected” ruling that nonetheless “marks the most emphatic rejection . . . that YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other giant tech platforms are bound by the First Amendment” – WSJ and Law360 Getting to know new … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.19.2020 | Top Story: Arguments Begin Regarding Facebook’s 2010 Tax Bill

BY: Juvian Hernandez | February 19, 2020

On Tuesday, a U.S. federal tax court began hearing arguments regarding Facebook’s 2010 tax bill. The IRS valued Facebook at $13.8 billion, while Facebook reported only $6.5 billion. The final tally could potentially cost Zuck’s baby between $5-9 billion, depending on the ruling’s impact on future tax calculations and penalties. – Law 360 The U.S. District … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.18.2020 | Top Story: Apple Cuts Revenue Expectations and HSBC Axes Jobs as Coronavirus Infects Business Outlook

BY: Michael D. Reif | February 18, 2020

Apple announced that the coronavirus outbreak that’s brought Chinese manufacturing to a near-standstill and continues to spread around the world will affect its quarterly sales expectations.  The news makes Apple “one of the first companies to publicly disclose the extent of the chain effect from China and the virus on the business world” – NYTimes … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.13.2020 | Top Story: Britain Investigates Ties Between Jeffrey Epstein and Barclays CEO Staley

BY: Michael D. Reif | February 13, 2020

UK regulators are probing ties between disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and Barclays CEO Jes Staley. The bank’s board is so far standing 100% with Staley, who has expressed “regret” over his relationship with Epstein – Bloomberg and NYTimes and WSJ Meanwhile, in an effort to push Facebook and other social media giants toward self-policing, a … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.12.2020 | Top Story: Big Tech Antitrust Update

BY: Juvian Hernandez | February 12, 2020

Big-Tech/Antitrust Update: the FTC has demanded information from Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Alphabet Inc. regarding acquisitions of small firms over the past 10 years that may have been too small to trigger antitrust review. This analysis of Big Tech’s “kill zones” may lead to future changes in how the FTC … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 2.10.2020 | Top Story: Volvo May go Public Via Merger With Owner’s Geely Automobile Holdings

BY: Michael D. Reif | February 10, 2020

Volvo’s owner, Li Shufu, is mulling over a move to combine the carmaker with his publicly traded Geely Automobile Holdings—a play that would take Volvo public and “unify the bulk of billionaire Li’s growing stable of automotive brands.” It would also “mark a creative way to list Volvo Cars, which delayed plans for an IPO … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 1.30.2020 | Top Story: Facebook Pays $550 Million to Resolve Privacy Class Action Over Use of Facial Recognition Tech

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 30, 2020

Facebook has agreed to pay $550 million to resolve a class-action lawsuit claiming that Zuck & Co.’s use of facial recognition technology violated Illinois’ biometric privacy law. Though the settlement is little more than “a rounding error for Facebook, which reported that revenue rose 25 percent to $21 billion in the fourth quarter,” it’s still … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 1.17.2020 | Top Story: Senate Passes USMCA by Wide Margin to Update NAFTA

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 17, 2020

While there’s plenty of other business afoot in D.C. these days, it also happens to have been a pretty big week for trade deals. A day after Phase One with China was inked, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a revised NAFTA—now officially the USMCA—which will get final executive approval next week – NYTimes and WSJ and … Continue reading