Tag Archives: Amazon

Financial Daily Dose 10.8.2020 | Top Story: Feds fine Citi $400M over “Longstanding” Governance Failures

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 8, 2020

Federal regulators—including the Federal Reserve and the OCC—have fined Citigroup $400 million over “longstanding” failures in the areas of risk management, data governance, and internal controls. In addition to the fine, the OCC will require Citi to seek its approval before making even minor acquisitions of credit-card portfolios or non-bank companies  – Law360 and WSJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.1.2020 | Top Story: Walmart to Roll Out Shipping Membership to Challenge Amazon’s Prime Dominance

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 1, 2020

Walmart is again preparing to roll out its answer to Amazon Prime: Walmart+, a sub-$100/year membership service that features gas discounts and some free shipping (at qualifying thresholds) – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg Even with the Dow and S&P 500 slipping a bit on Monday, the three major U.S. indices wrapped August with 7+% … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.26.2020 | Top Story: American Airlines to furlough 19,000 in coming months

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 26, 2020

American Airlines is pushing forward with plans to furlough 19,000 workers this fall, even as the airline industry lobbies a stalemated Congress for another multi-billion dollar bailout. That figure, “when combined with the thousands of employees who have taken buyout packages or agreed to take long-term leave,” will leave the airline with at least 40,000 … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.25.2020 | Top Story: U.S. and China Resume Trade Talks Over Phase One Status

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 25, 2020

Despite an earlier White House promise to postpone, American and Chinese trade negotiators met via videoconference on Monday to discuss “the status of the trade deal both nations signed in January, a pact that continues to open up some commerce between the world’s largest economies even as the bilateral relationship deteriorates in other areas” – … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.24.2020 | Top Story: TikTok Confirms Plans to Sue U.S. over Recent Executive Orders Targeting App

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 24, 2020

More on TikTok’s plans to sue the U.S. over the White House’s recent executive orders seeking to block the app on American soil and force its owner, ByteDance, to sell its American assets. The company intends to argue that the EOs “deprived it of its due process and [claimed] it had been unfairly and incorrectly … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.18.2020 | Top Story: U.S. Further Restricts Huawei Access to American Components

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 18, 2020

Another day, another major U.S. restriction on Chinese tech. The Commerce Department is out with new rules “curbing Huawei Technologies Co.’s access to foreign-made chips.” The measures would “prohibit non-U.S. companies from selling any chips made using U.S. technology to Huawei without a special license” and places “potentially severe new limits on Huawei’s ability to … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.6.2020 | Top Story: Facebook Launches Instagram Reels to Compete with TikTok

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 6, 2020

Never one to let a competitor’s misfortune pass by without looking for an opportunity, Facebook’s Instagram is hoping to capitalize on TikTok’s questionable U.S. status by launching Reels, a new feature that allows users to create easily sharable 15-second videos while syncing up their recordings “with clips of music or audio files that they record … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.31.2020 | Top Story: Amazon a Juggernaut?

BY: Juvian Hernandez | July 31, 2020

Amazon a juggernaut? Quarterly sales and profit prove how indispensable tech giants have become to our society. In the midst of a pandemic, Big Tech mostly shows gains. – WSJ Market Snapshot: S&P 500 Index increased 0.3% as of 8:23 a.m. London time; Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index declined 0.3%; 10-year Treasuries fell one basis point to … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.29.2020 | Top Story: Tech Titans to Testify About Antitrust Concerns Today

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 29, 2020

Much more on what to expect from Big Tech’s “Big Tobacco Moment” on the Hill today, at which Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple’s CEOs will endeavor to make the case that their massive companies don’t “stifle[] rivals and harm[] consumers” – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch An extra challenge for Apple’s Tim Cook, … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.28.2020 | Top Story: SEC Warns Under Armour Execs of Enforcement Action Over Past Accounting Practices

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 28, 2020

The SEC has served Wells notices to Under Armour, warnings that the company and its execs could “face civil-enforcement action related to the sportswear maker’s past accounting practices,” including “the company’s disclosures around its accounting in 2015 and 2016 and ‘pull forward’ sales during those periods” – WSJ and Bloomberg and Law360 Speaking of both … Continue reading