Tag Archives: trade talks

Financial Daily Dose 12.04.2019 | Top Story: Google Co-founders Step Down From Executive Roles at Parent Alphabet

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 4, 2019

Google announced late Tuesday that co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are “stepping down from executive roles at Google’s parent company, Alphabet.” Google CEO Sundar Pichai will now helm both operations, while Page and Brin will stay on Alphabet’s board. The duo also remains firmly in control of a majority of the company’s voting shares … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.03.2019 | Top Story: US Threatens Tariffs on French Goods Over New Digital Services Tax

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 3, 2019

Because who wants a nice quiet December, right? Yesterday, the U.S. opened yet another trade war front by proposing retaliatory tariffs of up to 100% on a wide range of French imports after announcing that “it found France’s newly enacted digital service tax to discriminate against U.S. companies.” The proposed levies wouldn’t take effect until … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.22.2019 | Top Story: WeWork Cuts Nearly 20% of Global Workforce

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 22, 2019

The first cuts from WeWork hit this week, and they’ll take the form of 2,400 employees around the world—some 20% of the struggling company’s workforce – NYTimes and WSJ and MarketWatch and CNBC Chinese officials have invited American negotiators to participate in a new round of in-person talks “as both sides are struggling to strike … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.21.2019 | Top Story: UAW President Resigns After GM Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Bribery

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 21, 2019

More than a bit of drama in the auto world yesterday, with General Motors suing rival Fiat Chrysler, accusing it of “bribing United Auto Workers officials to gain competitive advantages in contract negotiations.”  The UAW’s president resigned within hours of GM’s filing – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Law360 The latest from … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.20.2019 | Top Story: Utility PG&E Struggles with Fires and Path Out of Bankruptcy

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 20, 2019

PG&E’s woes continue. Not only is the company still in the midst of a dangerous fire season, but it’s struggling to find a path out of bankruptcy while fending off a growing chorus of cities and state officials “threatening to take over California’s largest utility unless executives improve its safety record” – NYTimes and WSJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.18.2019 | Top Story: Aramco Seeks Valuation of $1.7T, Well below Original Goal

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 18, 2019

Saudi Aramco’s slow trickle of IPO-related information continued this weekend, including its goal of setting overall company market value at a staggering $1.7 trillion. The figure, though massive, is still well short of the $2 trillion valuation originally floated by MBS – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg As the 737 Max grounding heads into its … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.14.2019 | Top Story: Fed Chair Talks Economy and Rates During Congressional Testimony

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 14, 2019

Fed Chair Powell was far from the main attraction on the Hill yesterday, but hey, let’s keep it on topic here and note his belief that the U.S. economy is performing well even as certain risks—including “sluggish growth abroad and trade developments”—remain (though aren’t enough to cut rates again any time soon) – NYTimes and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.13.2019 | Top Story: Buffeted by Changing Consumer Demands, Dean Foods Declares Bankruptcy

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 13, 2019

Dean Foods, the largest milk company in the U.S., has filed for bankruptcy protection, a “fresh setback to a U.S. dairy industry struggling against declining U.S. milk consumption and rising competition.”  Industry experts have noted that the company’s attempts to streamline in recent years haven’t kept up with declining sales, making yesterday’s announcement close to … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.08.2019 | Top Story: US and China Set to Roll Back Tariffs as Part of Trade Deal First Phase

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 8, 2019

The U.S. and China have tentatively [maybe?] agreed that a first phase of a trade agreement “would roll back a portion of the tariffs placed on each other’s products, a significant step toward defusing tensions between the world’s largest economies.” Though nothing’s signed at this point, the commitment-in-principle “marks the first time the United States … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.05.2019 | Top Story: Uber Posts Billion-dollar Q3 Losses But Improved Revenue

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 5, 2019

Uber reported another quarter of billion+ dollar losses, but as so many things on Wall Street & Silicon Valley tend to go, the news wasn’t all bad because those numbers were far better than the $5.2 billion it lost in Q2. Throw in a 30% revenue increase, and it was something of a solid day … Continue reading