Tag Archives: FTC

Financial Daily Dose 9.11.2019 | Top Story: Hong Kong Stock Exchange Makes Surprise Bid for London Exchange

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 11, 2019

There’s some surprise market wheeling and dealing afoot this morning. The Hong Kong stock exchange has offered to buy its London counterpart as part of a deal valued at $37 billion that would connect “the established financial markets in the West with the emerging financial markets in the East” – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.9.2019 | Top Story: Fed on Track to Cut Rates Again in September

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 9, 2019

Friday remarks from Fed Chair Powell in Zurich confirmed the central bank’s dedication to keeping the US economic expansion on track and appear to have signaled the Fed’s plan to cut interest rates for a second time this year – NYTimes and WSJ Last week’s jobs numbers don’t appear to significantly alter that plan – … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.30.2019 | Top Story: E-cig Company Juul Faces Federal Probes into Marketing and Health Concerns

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 30, 2019

The FTC has opened a probe into e-cigarette maker Juul’s marketing practices, including allegations that the company “used influencers and other marketing to appeal to minors” – WSJ The inquiry only adds to Juul’s federal agency concerns – Bloomberg Saudi Aramco unveiled plans on Thursday for a two-stage IPO that with debut on the Saudi … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.26.2019 | Top Story: Amgen to Pay More Than $13 Billion for Otezla

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 26, 2019

Amgen will pay $13.4 billion in cash to buy psoriasis treatment Otezla, a deal that will “pave the way for Bristol-Myers Squibb to complete its acquisition of Celgene” by addressing “regulatory concerns over their union” – WSJ Fed Chair Powell seemed to hit just about all the right notes in Jackson Hole on Friday (with … 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 7.25.2019 | 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 6.13.2019 | Top Story: Emails reveal Zuckerberg aware early of Facebook privacy concerns

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 13, 2019

A round of internal Facebook emails produced in response to an FTC probe appear to show that the company’s “potentially problematic privacy practices” had filtered their way up to the very top of the social networking site—Zuck, himself—as early as 2012, right around the time of the company’s consent decree with the FTC – WSJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.6.2019 | Top Story: FiatChrysler Withdraws Offer to Merge With Renault

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 6, 2019

Well, that was short lived.  FiatChrysler broke news late yesterday that it’s withdrawing its offer to merge with France’s Renault, mere weeks after the companies bowled over the auto world with the proposal. Fiat blamed the French government for taking too long to support the deal, though it appears Nissan also played a role in … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.4.2019 | Top Story: DOJ, FTC, and Congress Set to Investigate Big Tech

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 4, 2019

Much more on the suddenly hot topic of Big Tech antitrust oversight, including a negotiated agreement among regulators that will see the DOJ handling Apple and Google while the Federal Trade Commission will take on Facebook and Amazon. Separately, the House Judiciary Committee is taking up its own probe of the tech industry giants – … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.6.2019 | Top Story: New Tariff Threats Upend US-China Talks

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 6, 2019

All of Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s “great progress” reports be damned, apparently. Over the weekend, the White House threatened to fast-forward plans to raise tariffs from 10 to 25% on $200 billion of Chinese imports, promising to do so this Friday. The news left China scrambling to adjust, even as its negotiating team was getting ready … Continue reading