Tag Archives: SEC

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

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

Financial Daily Dose 7.13.2020 | Top Story: OPEC Weighs Expanded Oil Production Just Months After Agreeing on Cuts

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 13, 2020

OPEC and its oil-producing allies (in Russia and elsewhere) are reportedly working on a plan to ease cuts on oil production they agreed upon in April “amid signs that demand is returning to normal levels following coronavirus-related lockdowns” and internal pressure from the Saudis – WSJ and Bloomberg and NYTimes Disney World’s back open, even … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.23.2020 | Top Story: White House Suspends Work Visas for Hundreds of Thousands

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 23, 2020

On Monday, the White House announced its plan to extend a “freeze on ‘green cards’ for new immigrants” and to “suspend H-1B, L-1, J and other temporary work visas for skilled workers, managers and au pairs through the end of the year,” ostensibly to “protect 525,000 jobs as part of [its] response to job losses … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.22.2020 | Top Story: In Reversal, U.S. Gov’t Will Reveal Details of PPP Loan Recipients

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 22, 2020

After weeks of “backlash over a lack of transparency,” the Treasury Department has agreed to make public information detailing “borrower information for recipients of millions of small-business loans through the $660 billion Paycheck Protection Program.” The disclosures will apply to companies receiving more than $150k through the PPP and will include “business names, addresses, demographic … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.18.2020 | Top Story: SEC Intervenes to Halt Bankrupt Hertz’s Planned Stock Sales

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 18, 2020

Some rare last-minute SEC intervention forced Hertz to suspend its planned sale of up to $500 million in shares of the bankrupt car-rental company while the agency undertakes a closer review of the offering- WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Law360 PepsiCo’s Quaker Oats responded rapidly to the furor that followed a Monday TikTok post … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.8.2020 | Top Story: Bureau of Labor Statistics Admits Massive Undercount of May Jobless Figures

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 8, 2020

So about those May jobs numbers . . . . The return of 2.5 million jobs in May was a welcome and largely unexpected surprise. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics admitted later on Friday that the unemployment rate—reported as falling from 14.7% in April to 13.3% in May—“would have been three percentage points higher … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.13.2020 | Top Story: Uber in Talks to Acquire Food-delivery Startup Grubhub

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 13, 2020

Uber and Grubhub are in talks to join forces, “aiming to create one giant player in food delivery as more people turn toward those services in the coronavirus pandemic.” Uber reportedly approached Grubhub with a potential takeover offer that, after a counter from Grubhub, would value the deal around $6.1 billion – NYTimes and WSJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.12.2020 | Top Story: Fed Launches ETF Buying in Effort to Aid Credit Markets

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 12, 2020

For the first time, the Federal Reserve system will begin buying corporate bonds—all part of the central bank’s efforts to “support the economy and financial system in the coronavirus crisis.” The NY Fed will kick things off with hundreds of billions in ETFs, which it views as “a fast way to direct money rapidly into … Continue reading