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  • M&A Project Names And Deal Secrecy
    April 29, 2017, 11:42 a.m. by

    One aspect of M&A that doesn’t get a lot of discussion is the need for secrecy. A big part of that secrecy is the hidden world of project names.

  • In a recent report, United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:UAL C) finally admitted a number of mistakes in the incident when a passenger, David Dao, was violently dragged off a flight before takeoff. In the report United said it allowed internal policies to district from the need to treat passengers with dignity and respect.

  • You may have noticed that not much has been said about potential telecom-based M&A deals lately. That’s because the FCC had a ban on merger talks during the so-called quiet period while the agency’s spectrum auction took place. The auction is over and the ban has been lifted. Now what?

  • T-Mobile US Inc. (NSDQ:TMUS DF) said this week it was open to merger talks after a federal ban expires at the end of this month.

  • The headline above may be more hopeful than truthful. Many in the construction space agree that the sector needs to embrace technology much more than it has in the past. The wheels of progress, however, turn slowly.

  • AT&T Downplays Wireless
    April 27, 2017, 8:37 a.m. by

    AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T BC) reported Q1 numbers Tuesday reflecting no effective change in the DirecTV customer base and a loss of 233,000 subscriptions on the U-verse side of the ledger. According to AT&T CFO John Stephens, competition from rivals and OTT services were partly to blame for lackluster numbers.

  • Sony Corp. (NYSE:SNE DC) will announce fiscal 2016 earnings after the market closes Friday. Last week the company said it expected net profit of $665 million for the 12 months ended March 31, down from year-earlier profit of $1.3 billion.

  • NASH - Next Big Thing In Pharma
    April 25, 2017, 8:48 a.m. by

    Big drug companies are constantly on the lookout for smaller companies with promising new drugs about to come to market. Often, the hunt is on for a class of drugs designed to combat a disease or condition that hasn’t had a lot of research but does have a great deal of potential in terms of the number of patients.

  • Amazon Is All About Delivery
    April 25, 2017, 8:39 a.m. by

    It’s called the last mile and Amazon.com Inc. (NSDQ:AMZN C) has invested a lot of money and manpower into squeezing every last second out of the time span between when you click on the “Buy” button and that item arrives at your house or place of business.

  • Brick and mortar stores will not go down without a fight. Despite the fact thousands of retailers are closing locations, others are looking for creative ways to stay alive. That said, there are challenges galore.

  • Farmers Face Foreign Competition
    April 21, 2017, 9:08 a.m. by

    American farmers once fed the world. Now, not so much. Farming and agriculture have grown and spread to other parts of the planet. Soybeans, America’s most exported crop makes up 40% of world exports. It was 70% less than 3 decades ago.

  • Verizon Says Make An Offer
    April 19, 2017, 6:55 p.m. by

    When a company like Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ A) says they are willing to talk about a merger, Wall Street listens and reacts. Such was the case Tuesday when Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said he would be willing to have merger talks with just about anyone.

  • As Facebook Inc. (NSDQ:FB CD) began its F8 developer’s conference in San Francisco Tuesday, the uncomfortable topic of murder clouded the festive ‘what’s next’ atmosphere at that and other social networks.

  • In a good news bad news scenario that always gets Wall Street’s attention Netflix Inc. (NSDQ:NFLX DF) posted better than expected Q1 earnings but failed to add as many subscribers as the company hoped for. In addition, forward earnings guidance fell short of analyst forecasts.

  • Is Whole Foods Going ‘Big Box?’
    April 17, 2017, 12:38 a.m. by

    Perhaps the real question is, ‘Can Whole Foods Market Inc. (NSDQ:WFM D) compete with major national chains without changing its business model?’ Some Whole Foods investors apparently don’t think so and are pushing the grocer to operate more like the competition.

  • Two things are going on at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT D) at the same time – both designed to increase profits. On the one hand the company is cutting costs by eliminating hundreds of corporate jobs including at its warehouse store Sam’s Club operations.

  • The Price Of Bad PR For Airlines
    April 12, 2017, 10:01 a.m. by

    The recent overbooking incident in which a passenger was removed from a United Continental Holdings Inc.’s (NYSE:UAL C) United Express flight by force, created a social media storm that points to the importance of positive public relations on airlines today.

  • Mergers and acquisitions are almost always a big deal, especially when the entities merging represent a significant part of an industry. The merger of Swift Transportation Co. (NYSE:SWFT DC) with Knight Transportation Inc. (NYSE:KNX C) could not involve two more significant companies in the trucking industry.

  • The New York International Auto Show kicks off April 14 at the Javits Center in NYC at a time of slowing demand for new cars and trucks. That’s one problem. Another is the coming showdown between automakers and environmental forces in New York and 11 other states over emissions standards.

  • Unilever PLC (NYSE:UL DC) said it would divest its margarine and spreads business in an effort to answer a problem of slowing sales. Analysts have indicated the division could go for somewhere between $7.5 billion and $8.5 billion and contribute to broader restructuring by the company.

  • News that privately held German-owned JAB will pay $7.5 billion to add Panera Bread Co. (NSDQ:PNRA BC) to its food basket, including Krispy Kreme, Peet’s Coffee and other assets, had heads reeling on Wall Street Wednesday.

  • The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Staples Inc. (NSDQ:SPLS C) was exploring a sale almost a year after it failed to merge with Office Depot Inc. (NSDQ:ODP C) on antitrust grounds.

  • News Monday that Tesla Inc. (NSDQ:TSLA C) had overtaken Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F C) as the second largest American automaker by stock market value was met with nothing less than shock.

  • Internet Privacy Versus Profit
    April 4, 2017, 2:50 a.m. by

    When House Republicans passed a bill last week to scrap regulations preventing internet service providers (ISPs) from sharing (selling) your personal information, a hue and cry went up bemoaning the loss of privacy and inability of customers to control how the record of their internet browsing was used.