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The rise of SpaceX as the dominant force for U.S. rocket launches has meant that NASA’s role is now evolving. To find out what this means for the future of the space agency, WSJ’s George Downs sat down with NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy. Photo Illustration: George DownsJeff Bezos and Elon Musk have both spent decades building space companies. Now, Bezos’ Amazon .com is turning to Musk’s SpaceX for a ride to orbit. Amazon, which Bezos founded and where he still serves as executive chairman, said Friday that it hired Musk’s SpaceX to conduct three rocket launches for the Seattle company’s planned satellite-internet division.
Persons: George Downs, Pam Melroy, George Downs Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Bezos Organizations: SpaceX, U.S ., Elon, Seattle company’s Locations: U.S
U.S. Oil Land Grab Continues
  + stars: | 2023-12-01 | by ( Jinjoo Lee | )   time to read: 1 min
Occidental’s talks to buy CrownRock follow a series of Permian basin deals inked this year. Photo: ANGUS MORDANT/REUTERSIt’s a seller’s market in the U.S. oil patch. Occidental Petroleum is in talks to buy CrownRock, one of the last remaining private companies of scale in the Permian basin, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. If the deal goes through, it would be the latest in a string of mergers and acquisitions this year, including Exxon Mobil ’s $64.5 billion purchase of Permian giant Pioneer Natural Resources .
Persons: Occidental’s, ANGUS MORDANT Organizations: REUTERS, Occidental Petroleum, Street, Exxon Mobil ’, Natural Resources Locations: U.S
A challenge is making electric vehicles cheaper, to bring down carbon emissions, while reducing reliance on China. Photo: Alisha Jucevic/Bloomberg NewsThe Biden administration is moving to jolt the domestic electric-car industry out of its reliance on China. But much-awaited rules released Friday appear to leave some room for U.S. companies to work with Chinese partners. The new requirements will likely reduce the number of electric-vehicle models that consumers can buy and qualify for a $7,500 tax credit. How many vehicles are eligible will hinge on automakers’ ability to build cars that comply with the rules.
Persons: Alisha Jucevic, Biden Organizations: Bloomberg Locations: China
Jon Hamm and Jennifer Aniston in a scene from ‘The Morning Show,’ streaming on Apple TV+. Photo: Erin Simkin/Apple TV+/Everett CollectionApple and Paramount Global have discussed bundling their streaming services at a discount, the latest attempt by rival entertainment giants to team up as they look to make their offerings more affordable and attractive. The companies have talked about offering a combination of Paramount+ and Apple TV+ that would cost less than subscribing to both services separately, according to people familiar with the discussions. The discussions are in their early stages, and it is unclear what shape a bundle could take, they said.
Persons: Jon Hamm, Jennifer Aniston, Erin Simkin Organizations: Apple, Everett, Paramount Global, Paramount
Swiss Re targets higher 2024 net income of $3.6 bln
  + stars: | 2023-12-01 | by ( )   time to read: +1 min
The logo of insurance company Swiss Re is seen in front of its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd WIegmann/File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsZURICH, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Swiss Re (SRENH.S) expects to increase its net income to more than $3.6 billion for 2024, the company said on Friday, as it announced new financial targets on its investors day. The world's second biggest reinsurer has previously said it expects net income of more than $3 billion for 2023. The changes come as Swiss Re switches its accounting standard from U.S. GAAP to IFRS, a move that will be effective from 2024. "Swiss Re is well positioned to benefit from the more economic view provided by the IFRS accounting standard, which is reflected in the targets published today."
Persons: Arnd, Christian Mumenthaler, John Revill, Rachel More Organizations: Swiss, REUTERS, Rights, IFRS, Thomson Locations: Zurich, Switzerland, Swiss
Charlie Munger and Warren Buffett, with hand raised, in 2006. Munger persuaded Buffett to focus on buying ‘wonderful businesses at fair prices.’ Photo: David Silverman/Getty ImagesIf you want to invest like Charlie Munger , you’re late to the party. The investor’s genius in spotting what’s become known as the “quality factor”—buying good companies—made a ton of money for him and business partner Warren Buffett . Nearly 50 years on, it might not be such a great time to copy his strategy. For those who missed the late Munger’s brilliance, he’s the one who persuaded the billionaire Buffett to shift Berkshire Hathaway ’s focus from “cigar butt” value stocks—bad companies that no one else wants, and so are cheap—to buying “wonderful businesses at fair prices.”
Persons: Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett, Munger, Buffett, David Silverman, you’re, what’s, , Berkshire Hathaway ’ Organizations: Berkshire
The Big Risk Causing Investors to Shun China
  + stars: | 2023-12-01 | by ( Dave Sebastian | )   time to read: 1 min
HONG KONG—Investing in China has never been this perilous. When global investors flocked to the country during its economic boom in the past decade, geopolitical risks were at the back of their minds. Such risks are now a top consideration for buyers of Chinese stocks, bonds and stakes in private companies—and are turning many people off investing in China.
Organizations: HONG KONG — Locations: HONG KONG, China
A pedestrian carrying an umbrella walks along the River Thames in view of City of London skyline in London, Britain, July 31, 2023. Finance executives, consultants and headhunters interviewed by Reuters predict subdued deal flows, modest bonuses for most and heavy job cuts in 2024. "2023 will ultimately be one of the lowest corporate finance fee pools in modern history," said Fabrizio Campelli, head of Corporate Bank and Investment Bank at Deutsche Bank. JOB CUTSBanks have already turned to cost cuts to try to weather the downturn, which in a people-intensive business means job losses. And although some bankers expect a tough 2024, others sense an opportunity for European banks from the Basel Endgame.
Persons: Hollie Adams, Fabrizio Campelli, Banks, Ronan O'Kelly, Oliver Wyman, O'Kelly, Dominic Hook, Goldman Sachs, Vis Raghavan, JP Morgan, Morgan McKinley's, Stephane Rambosson, headhunter, Rambosson, Ana Botin, Morgan's Raghavan, there's, Oliver Wyman's O'Kelly, Deutsche's Campelli, Anousha Sakoui, Carolyn Cohn, Jesus Aguado, Alexander Smith Organizations: REUTERS, LONDON, Finance, Reuters, Corporate Bank, Investment Bank, Deutsche Bank, Organisation for Economic Cooperation, Development, Barclays, Lloyds, Challenger Metro Bank, UBS UBSG.S, Citi, Workers, Global Investment Banking, Employment, European Union, Santander, Global, Basel, Thomson Locations: City, London, Britain, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Ukraine, West, China, United States, India, Madrid
Stock purchases by corporate insiders are tracked by many fund managers as a potential signal of company quality. For example, shares of Spectrum Brands are down about 17% over the past three months, but its top executive just stepped in. Spectrum Brands is a conglomerate of different home and pet products, including George Foreman cooking grills and the Wild Harvest pet food line. Here are the top five insider buys revealed in the final week of November, according to VerityData and securities filings. Spectrum Brands: Maura bought 40,000 shares at an aggregate price of $2.67 million.
Persons: David Maura, Maura, George Foreman, Kayne, John Frey, Ivan Kaufman, Paul Elenio, Walden Rhines, Dentsply Sirona, Gregory Lucier, Gregory Lucier's Organizations: Stock, Investors, Spectrum Brands, Brands, Kayne Anderson Energy Infrastructure Fund, Arbor Realty Trust Locations: Arbor
Tom Werner | Digitalvision | Getty ImagesIf you elected not to participate in your company's 401(k) plan, your employer may have other ideas. The concept of 401(k) plan "reenrollment" has been gaining traction. Most companies, about 85%, direct workers' savings into target-date funds if they're automatically enrolled, according to PSCA data. Workers receive a notification from their employer ahead of reenrollments and have the chance to opt out or reduce their contribution. Employers' hope is that inertia will cause workers to stay in the plan rather than opt out.
Persons: Tom Werner, Digitalvision, reenrollments, Sean Deviney, they're Organizations: of America, Workers, Employers Locations: Fort Lauderdale , Florida, reenrollments
EU flag and TikTok logo are seen in this illustration taken, June 2, 2023. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration//File Photo Acquire Licensing RightsBRUSSELS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Chinese conglomerate ByteDance's TikTok has asked Europe's second highest court to suspend its designation as a gatekeeper under onerous new EU tech rules until judges rule on its challenge against the label. TikTok last month challenged the EU decision at the Luxembourg-based General Court, saying its designation risks undermining the DMA goal of protecting gatekeepers from newer competitors like itself. "We have applied for interim measures," a spokesperson said. The bar for the court to approve interim measures is very high.
Persons: Dado Ruvic, TikTok, Europe's, Foo Yun Chee, Barbara Lewis Organizations: REUTERS, Rights, Markets, Google, Apple, Microsoft, EU, Companies, Commission, Thomson Locations: Luxembourg
Uber shares rose 5% in extended trading on Friday after the ride-hailing company was added to the S&P 500 Index, replacing Sealed Air Corp. A company's stock price often rises on news that it's joining the S&P 500 because fund managers who track the benchmark, which gets updated each quarter, have to acquire the shares. Uber shares debuted on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, but the company was burning cash as it had to pay drivers enough money to stay competitive in a low-margin business. Uber has a market cap of about $118 billion, while the median market cap of companies in the S&P 500 is just over $31 billion. WATCH: Uber into the S&P 500
Persons: Dara Khosrowshahi, it's, Nelson, Chai, Uber, Lloyd Walmsley, You've Organizations: Uber, Sealed Air Corp, Companies, New York Stock Exchange, UBS Locations: Davos, Switzerland
SIGNA PRIME/PROPERTY PORTFOLIOAccording to Signa, Prime is the group's largest company in its real estate division, valued at around 20.4 billion euros ($22.23 billion). Since 2019 Signa Holding has also been a co-owner of New York's iconic Chrysler Building. TRADING/RETAIL COMPANIESBenko has bundled his trading interests under the divisions Signa Retail and Signa Premium. In Switzerland, Benko's trading investments are bundled into Signa Retail Selection AG, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday. In 2018, Signa Holding bought around 24% stake in Austrian daily newspapers "Krone" and "Kurier" from Funke media group.
Persons: Lisi Niesner, Rene Benko, Ernst Tanner, Hans Peter Haselsteiner, Torsten Toeller, Arthur Eugster, SIGNA, Signa, Otto Wagner, Benko's, Klaus, Michael Kuehne, Kuehne, Hamburg's, Chirathivat, Benko, Frasers, Kaufhof, Karstadt, Galeria, Alexandra Schwarz, Goerlich, Mattias Inverardi, Victoria Farr, Emma, Rachel More, Elisa Martinuzzi, Tomasz Janowski Organizations: Signa, REUTERS, Chrysler, Bank Austria, Femina, Chrysler Building, . Central Group, Globus, Selfridges, Central Group, Funke, Thomson Locations: Berlin, Germany, New, Britain's Selfridges, Innsbruck, Swiss, Vienna, Hamburg, KaDeWe, Oberpollinger, Munich, Vienna's, Tyrol, Essen, Duesseldorf, London, Switzerland
Its most advanced silicon is primarily manufactured by one vendor, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. "We built what we call the unified memory architecture that is scalable across products," Srouji said. Apple's silicon team has grown to thousands of engineers working across labs all over the world, including in Israel, Germany, Austria, the U.K. and Japan. The primary type of chip Apple is developing is known as a system on a chip, or SoC. Apple's senior director of hardware validation Godfrey D'Souza shows off an M3 SoC in an Apple chip lab in Cupertino, California, on November 14, 2023.
Persons: John Ternus, Srouji, we're, Katie Tarasov, Andrew Evers, Ben Bajarin, Bajarin, Apple, Apple there's, Pro Max, Kaiann Drance, That's, who's, Ternus, Nvidia —, Tesla, Stacy Rasgon, Apple's, Godfrey D'Souza, Sydney, they've, Rasgon, Apple's Srouji, It's Organizations: AMD, MU, Apple Watch, U.S, Apple, Intel, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Microsoft, CNBC, Apple's, Amazon, Google, Tesla, Semiconductor, Creative, Pro, Triple, MacBook Air, Qualcomm, Nvidia, Bernstein Research, Sydney Boyo, Bluetooth, Broadcom, Samsung, Micron, Thursday Apple Locations: Cupertino , California, Israel, Germany, Austria, Japan, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Austin , Texas, AirPods, Taiwan, China, Arizona, Peoria , Arizona, Asia, Europe, U.S
The Club on Friday is changing the rating and price target on one of our favorite stocks, and updating the price targets on 5 other names in the portfolio to reflect recent quarterly earnings reports, new developments at the companies and broader economic forces. We're increasing our price target on shares of Palo Alto (PANW) to $300 from $280. We're raising our price target on shares of Salesforce (CRM) to $275 from $240. We're lowering our price target for Ford (F) stock to $13 from $16. We're lifting our price target on shares of Eli Lilly (LLY) to $630 from $600.
Persons: PANW, Ford, Linde's, Linde, Eli Lilly, it's, It's, Jim Cramer's, Jim Cramer, Jim Organizations: Palo, Palo Alto Networks, Costco, Ford, UAW, Management, Motors, GM, Linde, LIN, P Healthcare, donanemab, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, CNBC Locations: Alzheimer's, Lilly, Santa Clara , California
Hong Kong CNN —Two Chinese business executives at companies controlled by the embattled financial conglomerate Zhongzhi have gone missing, according to statements by their respective firms. The development comes just days after Chinese authorities launched a criminal investigation into the troubled shadow bank, one of China’s largest. Both companies are controlled by Zhongzhi’s investment units, and the missing executives have been connected with the conglomerate for years. The office building of Zhongrong International Trust, a trust company partially owned by Zhongzhi Enterprise Group, in Beijing. Zhongzhi’s trust banking unit has invested about a tenth of its money in real estate.
Persons: Zhongzhi, Ma Hongying, Ma Changshui, Florence Lo, Xie Zhikun, , , Xie, Xi Jinping Organizations: Hong Kong CNN, Gym Education Technology, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, International Trust, Zhongzhi Enterprise Group, Beijing, Business Locations: Hong Kong, Dalian, Xinjiang, Beijing, China’s, China
A billboard for the Netflix film "Thar" is seen on a street in Mumbai, India, May 19, 2022. India last month introduced the new draft law to regulate the broadcasting sector that will also apply to streaming giants. Netflix and Viacom18, as well as India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry, which has proposed the law, did not respond to a request for comment. India's government says the new law and formation of content committees will help in "robust self-regulation". Top Bollywood stars feature in Indian streaming shows, some of which have faced criticism from lawmakers and the public for scenes deemed vulgar or offensive.
Persons: Francis Mascarenhas, Mukesh Ambani's Viacom18, Aditya Kalra, Munsif Vengattil, Emelia Sithole Organizations: Netflix, REUTERS, DELHI, Broadcasting Ministry, Disney, Media Partners Asia, Thomson Locations: Mumbai, India
The other says we’re all going to be fine because we already have everything we need to solve climate change. But to overcome climate change, we need rich individuals, companies and countries to step up to ensure green technologies are affordable for everyone, everywhere — including less wealthy countries that are large emitters, like China, India and Brazil. Let’s start with what rich individuals, like me, can do to help. They should be investing in companies that are developing transformative green solutions — especially solutions that have potential but are currently underfunded, including green hydrogen and carbon management. Very wealthy individuals should also be making changes to their lifestyles to bring their emissions close to zero.
Persons: We’re Organizations: Let’s Locations: COP28, Dubai, China, India, Brazil
Amazon bought three rocket launches from SpaceX for its Project Kuiper internet satellites, the tech giant announced on Friday. The move is a surprise from Amazon, given the company's Kuiper system aims to compete with Elon Musk's Starlink in the satellite broadband market. SpaceX, the most active rocket operator in the world, has been adamant that it will continue launching Starlink competitors on its rockets. The company previously launched a number of other companies' broadband satellites to orbit and signed deals for future launches as well. In Friday's announcement, Amazon said it signed with SpaceX for three Falcon 9 launches in mid-2025.
Persons: Elon Musk's, Jeff Bezos, Musk, Bezos Organizations: Amazon, SpaceX, Elon, Elon Musk's Starlink
A fence is seen in front of wind turbines that are part of the Infigen Energy Capital Wind Farm located on the hills surrounding Lake George, near the Australian capital city of Canberra, Australia February 21, 2018. Australia's electricity transmission network, batteries and sustainable aviation fuel are three areas where simplified planning, subsidised finance and other regulatory changes could catalyse investment, according to a report released by eight major pension funds. Changes could quickly unlock A$4 billion ($2.7 billion) worth of investment in batteries, the report said. Once passive managers who predominantly invested at home, Australian pension funds have become international heavyweights, managing A$2.4 trillion - the fourth largest pool of retirement savings by country globally. Australian pension fund Aware Super committed A$10 billion.
Persons: David Gray, Paul Schroder, David Neal, Lewis Jackson, Edwina Gibbs Organizations: Infigen, REUTERS, Rights, Labor, Thomson Locations: Lake George, Canberra, Australia, U.S, EU, Korea, Canada
It’s still not clear which vehicles would be eligible for the full $7,500 tax credit under the new rules because the government has yet to publish any lists. But they are still years away from being able to produce an electric vehicle without materials and components from China. Sam Abuelsamid, a mobility analyst for Guidehouse Insights, expects many EVs now eligible for the full $7,500 U.S. tax credit will see that cut in half next year when the new regulations take effect. Getting the tax credit upfront — rather than waiting until filing tax returns next year — “will actually reduce your monthly payment, which is a major stumbling block for consumers,” he said. Adeyemo and other officials declined to say whether batteries from the Ford plant would qualify for tax credits.
Persons: , Biden, Joe Biden's, It’s, Wally Adeyemo, David Turk, Adeyemo, Turk, John Bozzella, Sam Abuelsamid, EVs, Abuelsamid, — “, , Joe Manchin, Manchin, Janet Yellen, Ford, Tom Krisher Organizations: WASHINGTON, Treasury, Energy, EV, Administration, , Motors, Hyundai, Ford, GM, Alliance for Automotive Innovation, Guidehouse, Democratic, Natural Resources Committee, Ford Motor Co, Amperex Technology, Associated Press Locations: U.S, China, United States, North Korea, Russia, Iran, North America, Michigan, Detroit
Executives don't need to worry about Irrational misrepresenting their company, and participation can open them up to potential inclusion in products such as an ETF, van Adelsberg said. In total, the ETF recently held nearly 150 equities and is benchmarked to the CIBC Human Capital Index. Still, the team noted some challenges in building broader awareness of what human capital is or why it matters. "In this market, what we're seeing is that those companies who have strong human capital ratings are outperforming," van Adelsberg said. "The role that human capital plays in driving future equity performance isn't going down.
Persons: doesn't, Kristof Gleich, , it's, Gleich, , Morningstar, HAPI, David van Adelsberg, van Adelsberg, Eli Lilly, Johnson, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase, they've, It's Organizations: Capital Factor, Capital Advisors, Irrational, ETF, Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia, Meta, Morningstar, Mastercard, Berkshire, CIBC Human, JPMorgan, Securities, Exchange
"But there are no signs it should be a strong, V-shaped recovery," said Zipser, who is also a senior partner at McKinsey and author of a new report called "China Consumption: Start of a New Era." China's retail sales have generally remained lackluster since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020. The overall economic recovery and the recovery of the property market has not been what people hoped for. "The overall economic recovery and the recovery of the property market has not been what people hoped for," he said. China's retail sales rose by 7.6% in October from a year ago, beating analysts' expectations.
Persons: Daniel Zipser, Zipser, Major Organizations: Future Publishing, Getty, BEIJING, McKinsey, Apple, Starbucks, World Bank . U.S Locations: Lianyungang City, East China's Jiangsu Province, Asia, China, South Korea, India, Indonesia
Commercial property companies ramped up borrowing when rates were low and some are now struggling to pay off or roll-over debt after eight interest rate hikes by the central bank. Thedeen said many companies in the commercial real estate sector needed to restructure their balance sheets. Even if rates have peaked, problems for the commercial real estate sector are not over. Short-dated debt and large refunding needs mean "the Swedish property sector has more risk" than in other European countries, Maria Gillholm, senior credit officer at Moody's, said. The commercial real estate sector triggered a financial crisis in Sweden in the early 1990s and authorities have said it is once again the biggest risk to financial stability.
Persons: Erik Thedeen, Jonas Ekstromer, Thedeen, It's, Riksbank, Moody's, Maria Gillholm, Simon Johnson, Terje Solsvik, Essi Lehto, Susan Fenton Organizations: TT, Agency, Rights, Moody's, Thomson Locations: Stockholm, Sweden, Swedish, Europe
Maker of Wegovy, Ozempic showers money on U.S. obesity doctors
  + stars: | 2023-12-01 | by ( )   time to read: +23 min
Novo spent at least $25.8 million over the past decade on U.S. medical professionals to promote its two obesity drugs, Wegovy and Saxenda, the analysis found. Jastreboff has also worked on clinical trials of obesity drugs for Eli Lilly, which markets a Wegovy competitor. Some doctors said Novo’s payments exemplify how the flood of industry money can dominate decision-making about care and coverage. Government pharmacy officer Solaru said her agency concluded that the new obesity drugs could be cost-effective by preventing other weight-related diseases and boosting workplace productivity. In January, the personnel office told its health plans they must cover at least one GLP-1 obesity drug for 8 million workers, retirees and family members.
Persons: Lee Kaplan, Kaplan, , gastroenterologist, He’s, Novo, Donna Ryan, Ryan, , ” Kaplan, ” Novo, Robert Lustig, “ I’m, Lustig, They’re, Ania, ” Jastreboff, Jastreboff, Eli Lilly, Lilly’s Zepbound, Lilly, ” Lilly, Novo’s, Ayana, Sanders, Arthur Kellermann, ” Kellermann, mouthpieces, ’ ”, “ I'm, Jamy Ard, Ard, Dele, ” Solaru, ” Ryan, Scott Kahan, Kahan, Solaru, Christine Gallagher, Wegovy, Rebekah Carl, Carl, Jen Wexler, gaunt, Wexler Organizations: Novo Nordisk, Dartmouth, Nutrition Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Reuters, Cambridge, Obesity Society, U.S ., Management, Reuters . Pharmaceutical, , U.S, United, National Health Service, University of California, U.S . Food, Drug Administration, Doctors, Wegovy’s, BMI, Yale University’s Center, Weight Management, Wall Street, American Medical Association, Rutgers University’s School of Public Health, Affordable, . Pharmaceutical, Companies, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Wake Forest University, Wake Forest Baptist Health Weight Management, Obesity, Pennington Biomedical Research, U.S . National Institutes of Health, Personnel Management, Coalition, STOP, George Washington University, Novo Locations: CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Boston, U.S, Novo, Danish, United States, Louisiana, San Francisco, Wegovy, Pennington, Baton Rouge , Louisiana, Government, New Columbia , Pennsylvania, Florida
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