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Financial Daily Dose 9.16.2019 | Top Story: Weekend Attack on Aramco Oil Fields Sends Energy Prices Soaring

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 16, 2019

A drone attack on Saudi Aramco oilfields this weekend affected 5% of global production and sent “energy prices substantially higher” late Sunday and early today. Analysts don’t anticipate a “severe shock to energy markets and the world economy” for the long term, but that said, the political and military fallout from the attacks threaten to … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.13.2019 | Top Story: ECB Cuts Rates and Restarts QE in Effort to Preempt European Downturn

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 13, 2019

The ECB was even more aggressive than expected in its moves to “head off a downturn before it gained momentum,” cutting a key interest rate and reviving “a money-printing program.” At the same time, the central bank “issued an unusually strong call for eurozone governments to do more of the economic heavy lifting” – NYTimes … 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 8.14.2019 | Top Story: U.S. Backs Off New Tariffs on China Until December

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 14, 2019

In the internal battle between keeping China off balance and keeping Wall Street happy, the White House has decided once again to focus on the latter, walking back the latest tariff escalation by postponing promised enforcement until mid-December, a move that Wall Street considered “Christmas-saving” and rewarded with a surge in trading – NYTimes and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.12.2019 | Top Story: Saudio Aramco Releases Financial Ahead of Planned IPO

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 12, 2019

Saudi Aramco’s mega IPO plans are back on, and while valuation and other stumbling blocks remain, the kingdom is hoping to raise billions via the public offering as early as next year – WSJ and Bloomberg Russian authorities are opening an antitrust probe into Apple’s recent moves restricting and removing parental control apps from its … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.9.2019 | Top Story: Uber posts massive Q2 losses and slowing growth

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 9, 2019

Uber went big on Thursday. Unfortunately, for everyone (including fans of cinnamon gum and oversized gingers) it was Big Red, as the ride-hailing company posted a $5.2 billion loss for Q2—its largest ever since it began disclosing financials in 2017 – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch Tech behemoths weren’t the only ones having … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.2.2019 | Top Story: White House Threatens More Tariffs on China

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 2, 2019

Jobs Report Friday! Some thoughts on what to look for in the numbers – Bloomberg and WSJ and NYTimes Apparently hoping to urge China off of its new go-slow tactic, the White House is applying its maximum pressure campaign again, announcing yesterday that the US will “impose a 10 percent tariff on an additional $300 … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.26.2019 | Top Story: In a reversal, ECB to revive stimulus measures to boost EU economy

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 26, 2019

The European Central Bank announced on Thursday that is likely to revive the quantitative easing program aimed at “pump[ing] money into the region’s financial system,” a major reversal from just 6 months ago, when the ECB began winding down the bond-buying program – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg McKinsey’s been in hot water with bankruptcy … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.25.2019 | Top Story: Facebook to Add Privacy Measures Under FTC Deal

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 25, 2019

Facebook and the FTC have agreed to terms on a settlement addressing the social network’s privacy violations in recent years. Along with the previously reported $5 billion fine, the deal will require Facebook to “add new positions and practices to increase the transparency and accountability of how it treats people’s information” – NYTimes and WSJ … Continue reading

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