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Financial Daily Dose 7.7.2020 | Top Story: Treasury Department Releases Details of $660 Billion PPP Loans

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 7, 2020

With the Treasury Department’s release of PPP data on Monday, we now have a clearer picture of the top recipients of the government’s “$660 billion small business relief program,” with “restaurants, medical offices and car dealership” leading the pack based on an initial analysis – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch Palantir Technologies, the … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.29.2020 | Top Story: Fracking Giant Chesapeake Energy Files for Ch. 11 Protection

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 29, 2020

Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy has filed for bankruptcy, “unable to overcome a mountain of debt that became unsustainable after a decade of stubbornly low gas prices.” The company grew wildly in the early 2000s under co-founder and former CEO Aubrey McClendon, but it also amassed $20 billion in debt before McClendon was pushed out in … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.24.2020 | Top Story: Top German Court Upholds Antitrust Ruling Against Facebook Over Illegal Data Harvesting

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 24, 2020

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice upheld a decision by the country’s antitrust watchdog on Tuesday that “Facebook had abused its dominance in social media to illegally harvest data about its users”—a “major victory for proponents of tougher regulation of the world’s largest technology companies” – NYTimes and Law360 Meanwhile, here in the States, the DOJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.5.2020 | Top Story: The U.S. Job Market Sees Surprising Gains

BY: Juvian Hernandez | June 5, 2020

The U.S. market is improving, with employers adding 2.5 million jobs. For some perspective, “[t]he economy shed 22.1 million jobs combined in March and April.” So, we have a ways to go before we’ve fully recovered. WSJ and NYTimes and Bloomberg On that news, equities ticked up with the S&P 500 Index climbing 2.3%; the Bloomberg Dollar Sport … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.3.2020 | Top Story: New Class Action Seeks Billions From Google Over Alleged Privacy Violations

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 3, 2020

A proposed class action filed in federal court in California on Tuesday accuses Google of “surreptitiously amass[ing] billions of bits of information—every day—about internet users even if they opt out of sharing their information.” The complaint seeks upwards of $5 billion in damages – Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Law360 Highlights (term used generously) from Zuck’s … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.2.2020 | Top Story: CBO Projects Decade of Recovery and GDP-Contraction From Pandemic-Induced Econ Harm

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 2, 2020

New estimates from the Congressional Budget Office suggest that the “U.S. economy could take the better part of a decade to fully recover from the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdown” and see as much as a 3% contraction in GDP over that period – WSJ and NYTimes and MarketWatch Zuck and Co. are facing a … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.14.2020 | Top Story: Fed Chair Warns About US Economy, Urges Congressional Action

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 14, 2020

The latest from Chair Powell and the Fed from his Peterson Institute appearance yesterday, including the stark warning that the U.S. was “experiencing an economic hit ‘without modern precedent’” that could “permanently damage the economy if Congress and the White House did not provide sufficient financial support to prevent a wave of bankruptcies and prolonged … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.13.2020 | Top Story: Uber in Talks to Acquire Food-delivery Startup Grubhub

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 13, 2020

Uber and Grubhub are in talks to join forces, “aiming to create one giant player in food delivery as more people turn toward those services in the coronavirus pandemic.” Uber reportedly approached Grubhub with a potential takeover offer that, after a counter from Grubhub, would value the deal around $6.1 billion – NYTimes and WSJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.7.2020 | Top Story: Markets Prepping for Brutal April Jobs Report

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 7, 2020

Tomorrow’s jobs report is going to be a doozy. Here’s what you need to know in advance of the “terrible” expected figures – NYTimes and Marketplace and Bloomberg and WSJ and MarketWatch Sure, the Christmas commercial was an epic failure.  But all it took was a pandemic and global lockdown for Peloton to bounce right … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 4.30.2020 | Top Story: Fed Holds Rates Near Zero, Pledges to Use All of its Tools to Protect US Economy

BY: Michael D. Reif | April 30, 2020

The Fed closed out its April Open Markets Committee by holding rates steady at nearly zero but also pledging to “use its ‘full range of tools’ to insulate the economy as coronavirus lockdowns sap economic growth and throw millions out of work.” That strong reassurance helped drive markets up even as the US revealed on … Continue reading