Tag Archives: SEC

Financial Daily Dose 9.9.2020 | Top Story: Luxury-Goods Giant LMVH Pulls Out of $16 Billion Deal to Acquire Tiffany & Co.

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 9, 2020

Blaming a “U.S. move to impose tariffs on French goods,” luxury brand conglomerate LMVH is pulling out of a proposed $16 billion deal to buy jeweler Tiffany & Co. Tiffany is now suing to enforce the ill-fated agreement – Bloomberg and NYTimes and WSJ and MarketWatch Markets continued their slide on Tuesday, with tech stocks … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.3.2020 | Top Story: CBO Projects U.S. Nat’l Debt Will Nearly Eclipse GDP for First Time Since WWII

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 3, 2020

New figures from the Congressional Budget Office predict that U.S. government debt will, thanks to the pandemic recession, just about eclipse the size of the nation’s GDP—a level not reached since just after World War II – CBO and WSJ and MarketWatch and NYTimes Still, fiscal hawks be damned, the Dow again topped 29,000 and … 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 8.31.2020 | Top Story: New Chinese Tech Law Threatens U.S. Bids for TikTok

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 31, 2020

Whoever emerges as the victor in the competition for TikTok will have to contend with another complication—this time from China, where on Friday the country “updated its export control rules to cover a variety of technologies it deemed sensitive, including technology that sounded much like TikTok’s personalized recommendation engine.” The change means that TikTok parent … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.27.2020 | Top Story: TikTok CEO Resigns After Just 4 Months on Job

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 27, 2020

Still-new TIkTok CEO Kevin Mayer has stepped down, “just months after taking the helm of the viral short video app.” ByteDance had appointed Mayer in May in an effort “to make the case that TikTok operates as a separate entity from its Beijing-based parent to assuage concerns about national security,” but the White House was … 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 8.14.2020 | Top Story: Top Story: Apple Removes Fortnite from App Store; Epic Games Responds with Lawsuit

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 14, 2020

Apple has removed spectacularly popular video game Fortnite from its App Store after accusing maker Epic Games of violating App Store Guidelines. Specifically, Epic has been encouraging users to make app payments directly to Epic rather than going through Apple or Google (where the tech giants take a 30% fee), citing Apple’s alleged “unreasonable restraints” … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.5.2020 | Top Story: Top Story: Ford Removes CEO Jim Hackett After 3 Years on the Job

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 5, 2020

Major shakeup at Ford, where CEO Jim Hackett is out after a three-year stint in which he “achieved mixed results” but didn’t impress Wall Street enough to keep his job. Ford has installed COO James Farley, a Toyota alum who’s been at Ford since 2007, in the top spot as Hackett’s replacement – NYTimes and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.3.2020 | Top Story: Microsoft in Talks to Acquire ByteDance’s U.S. TikTok Operations

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 3, 2020

Following recent histrionics from the White House, ByteDance, “the Chinese internet giant that owns TikTok, has offered to sell all of the popular video app’s American operations as a way to save the business from being banned” by the administration. Microsoft is one of several notable suitors for the site, though its precise path forward … 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