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The House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party sent a letter on Saturday to Elon Musk demanding that U.S. troops stationed in Taiwan get access to SpaceX's Starshield, a satellite communication network designed specifically for the military. The letter, obtained by CNBC and first reported by Forbes, claimed that by not making Starshield available to U.S. military forces in Taiwan, SpaceX could violate its Pentagon contract, which requires "global access" to Starshield technology. The letter requests that Musk provide the House committee with a briefing on its Taiwan operations by March 8. Taiwan has been governing itself independently of China since the island split from the mainland during the 1949 civil war. "I think I've got a pretty good understanding as an outsider of China," Musk said on the All-In Podcast.
Persons: Elon Musk, Tesla, Forbes, Mike Gallagher, Gallagher, Tsai Ing, Lai Ching, Musk, I've, Jaushieh Joseph Wu Organizations: Fratelli, Chinese Communist Party, Elon, CNBC, SpaceX, Pentagon, U.S ., Rep, CCP, Starshield, Russia, U.S, Tesla, Foreign Locations: Italy, Rome, Taiwan, China, American, Shanghai, Hawaii
download the appSign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Data from civilian devices — like a photo or video of a soldier's position — could be equally dangerous and reveal important information to the enemy. Throughout the Ukraine war, civilians have regularly recorded and relayed enemy troop movements. Individuals tasked with portraying civilians took photos and videos of soldiers' locations and their equipment in a recent drill. The imagery was then uploaded to a fake social media site called Fakebook, and troops role-playing as the enemy used the data to stage attacks, the Post reported.
Persons: , Viktor Fridshon, Curtis Taylor, Taylor, Insider's Sinéad Baker Organizations: Service, Business, Washington Post, Army, Getty Images Army, Post Locations: Russia, Ukraine, China, California, Soledar, Donetsk Oblast, Baltic
Discovery missed analyst targets for both profit and revenue in the fourth quarter but boosted free cash flow as its streaming service Max ended 2023 profitable for the first time. Discovery generated $3.31 billion in free cash flow in the fourth quarter and ended 2023 with $6.16 billion in free cash flow, up 86% from a year prior. Chief Executive Officer David Zaslav has prioritized boosting free cash flow and shrinking the company's debt. Discovery paid down $1.2 billion of debt in the quarter and $5.4 billion in debt in 2023. Here's what the company reported for the quarter ended Dec. 31, versus analysts' estimates, according to LSEG, formerly known as Refinitiv:
Persons: Max, David Zaslav, Zaslav Organizations: Warner Bros . Discovery, Writers Guild of America, Alliance of Motion Pictures, Television Producers, Warner Bros, Discovery, Max, Disney, Comcast, Paramount Global Locations: Warner Bros . Discovery Atlanta, Atlanta , Georgia, U.S
The residential solar company Sunnova Energy took a beating this week as investors dumped their shares after the announcement of a stock offering plan rattled confidence in the company. Sunnova shares plummeted 26.7% Thursday after the residential solar company announced a $100 million at-the-market stock offering program. "This is just an arrow in the quiver just in case and the ratings agencies like to see it," Berger told CNBC in an interview Thursday. Residential solar companies have struggled in the face of high interest rates that have made installations more costly to households. Berger and Sunnova CFO Robert Lane described the stock offering as "good housekeeping."
Persons: John Berger, Berger, that's, Sunnova, Robert Lane, Lane, Thursday's selloff Organizations: Sunnova Energy Corp, IHS, Sunnova Energy, CNBC Locations: Houston , Texas, U.S
SINGAPORE — Grab posted its first-ever profitable quarter, raking in $11 million in profit, the Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant said in its fourth-quarter earnings report Thursday. Revenue for the quarter hit $653 million, exceeding LSEG analysts' estimates of $634.86 million. Losses for full year 2023 came to $485 million, down 72% from $1.74 billion a year ago. In addition to ride-hailing, the company also provides financial services like payments and insurance, as well as deliveries for food, groceries and packages. "We exited [2023 with] mobility exceeding pre-Covid levels.
Persons: Peter Oey Organizations: Nasdaq, Revenue, CNBC Locations: Singapore, SINGAPORE
Coterra Energy slightly missed earnings expectations on Thursday, but the oil and natural gas producer delivered where it matters most: free cash flow. This new era rewards the energy players that focus on dividends and buybacks, both of which depend on strong, consistent cash flow production. And Coterra delivered, with beats on discretionary and free cash flow. Though the discretionary cash flow guide is disappointing, the ultimate impact is mitigated by this flexibility because it allows for the most efficient use of cash. A flare burns excess natural gas in the Permian Basin in Loving County, Texas, U.S. November 23, 2019.
Persons: Coterra, Tom Jorden, Marcellus, Jim Cramer's, Jim Cramer, Jim, Angus Mordant Organizations: Energy, LSEG, Coterra, Management, CNBC Locations: Loving County , Texas, U.S
More than a century ago, 110 Black soldiers were convicted of murder, mutiny and other crimes at three military trials held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Nineteen were hanged, including 13 on a single day, Dec. 11, 1917, in the largest mass execution of American soldiers by the Army. The soldiers’ families spent decades fighting to show that the men had been betrayed by the military. In November, they won a measure of justice when the Army secretary, Christine E. Wormuth, overturned the convictions and acknowledged that the soldiers “were wrongly treated because of their race and were not given fair trials.”On Thursday, several descendants of the soldiers gathered at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery as the Department of Veterans Affairs dedicated new headstones for 17 of the executed servicemen.
Persons: Fort Sam Houston, Christine E, Organizations: Fort, Army, Fort Sam, National Cemetery, Department of Veterans Affairs Locations: Fort Sam, San Antonio
Bausch Health Companies reported a fourth-quarter earnings beat on Tuesday. However , the stock's upside is likely limited until the legal battle over one of its most popular drugs is resolved. Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of $869 million was up 5.6% versus last year and ahead of the $863 billion consensus estimate. That makes Xifaxan responsible for 38% of Bausch Health sales, excluding B+L. Breaking that down, $4.7 billion to $4.85 billion are attributable to Bausch Health (implying 2% to 5% organic growth), with $4.6 billion to $4.7 billion attributable to Bausch + Lomb.
Persons: we've, Bausch, Salix, companywide EBITDA, Jim Cramer's, Jim Cramer, Jim, Rafael Henrique Organizations: Health Companies, Pharmaceuticals, Norwich Pharmaceuticals, U.S ., Appeals, Federal Circuit, Bausch Health, Management, CNBC Locations: BLCO, Bausch
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his spokesperson Dmitry Peskov at the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting at the Congress Hall in Bishkek on Dec. 9, 2022. The Kremlin has reacted to President Joe Biden calling his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, a "crazy SOB," saying that Biden had humiliated himself, and the United States, in making the off-the-cuff remarks. "Probably there is an attempt to look like some cowboy from Hollywood, but frankly I don't think it's possible," he said. "This is the last existential threat. We have a crazy SOB like that guy Putin and others and we always have to worry about nuclear conflict, but the existential threat to humanity is climate," Biden said.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, Joe Biden, Biden, Putin, Dmitri Peskov, Peskov, I'd, — Holly Ellyatt Organizations: Economic, Reuters, Biden Locations: Bishkek, United States, Hollywood, San Francisco, Russia, Russian, America
Reddit files to list IPO on NYSE under the ticker RDDT
  + stars: | 2024-02-22 | by ( Jonathan Vanian | In | ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +6 min
Social media company Reddit filed its IPO prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday after a yearslong run-up. The company plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "RDDT." The social networking company's core business is reliant on online advertising sales stemming from its website and mobile app. Reddit said the current addressable advertising market is $1.0 trillion, sans China and Russia. Reddit said that its non-employed moderators, known as Redditors, can participate in the company's IPO offering through its "directed share program."
Persons: Reddit, Pinterest, Alexis Ohanian, Steve Huffman, It's, DAUq, Condé Nast Organizations: Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Stock Exchange, P Global Market Intelligence, Google, eBay, . Publishing, Condé Locations: U.S, Reddit's U.S, China, Russia, Ukraine
A health worker prepares a dose of the Novavax vaccine as the Dutch Health Service Organization starts with the Novavax vaccination program on March 21, 2022 in The Hague, Netherlands. Novavax on Thursday said it will settle a bitter arbitration dispute with Gavi, a nongovernmental global vaccine organization, over a canceled Covid vaccine purchase agreement. In 2022, Novavax terminated a purchase agreement with Geneva-based Gavi. Under the settlement, Novavax has paid an initial $75 million to Gavi and will make deferred payments of $80 million each year through Dec. 31. Analysts had previously told CNBC that Novavax could "be in trouble" if the arbitration forced it to pay the full $700 million to Gavi in 2023.
Persons: Novavax, Gavi, bode, David Marlow Organizations: Dutch Health Service Organization, CNBC Locations: The Hague, Netherlands, Geneva, Novavax
Rivian's cash and cash equivalents were $7.86 billion at the end of the December quarter, compared with $7.94 billion in the preceding three-month period. However, revenue for the October-December period stood at $1.32 billion, above Wall Street estimates of $1.26 billion, according to LSEG data. Rivian has been posting a loss on every vehicle it sells and expects to record its first quarter of positive gross margin later this year. The company's R2 platform, which is expected to be cheaper and smaller, is set to be unveiled early next month. The company reported a net loss of $1.52 billion for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $1.72 billion a year earlier.
Persons: Rivian, RJ Scaringe, Elon, shying, Tesla, Lucid Organizations: Visible, Tesla Locations: New York, Georgia
Mounting inflation and interest rates have put significant pressure on several sectors — especially real estate. He suggests that investors look to have 10% of their portfolio exposed to "real estate in some form, as a good rule of thumb." "That exposure can come from REITs [real estate investment trusts] or direct ownership, or other real estate investments if you are a large investor. Rick Romano, Head of Global Real Estate Securities at PGIM Real Estate, agrees, saying that REITs offer investors "a unique and fantastic" opportunity to invest across geographies and segments right now. "It's an area that we see some of the best growth rates within the real estate space," he added.
Persons: Kevin Brown, Brown, Rick Romano, PGIM's Romano, Morningstar's Brown Organizations: Morningstar, CNBC Pro, Global Real Estate Securities, Fund Locations: U.S, Canada
This report is from today's CNBC Daily Open, our international markets newsletter. CNBC Daily Open brings investors up to speed on everything they need to know, no matter where they are. Hong Kong ralliesHong Kong stocks rallied on Wednesday, while the wider region traded mixed. U.S. stocks tumbled overnight, dragged lower by a 4.4% drop in Nvidia shares ahead of the chipmaker's earnings report. Pros say that exposure can come from real estate investment trusts and picked 5 REITS that are in play.
Persons: Pina, Dow, Noel Quinn, Nikesh Arora, Andrew Amoils Organizations: CNBC, CSI, Nvidia, Nasdaq, HSBC, Palo, Palo Alto Networks, New Locations: Brooklyn, New York, Hong Kong, U.S, Vietnam
BHP half-year profit beats expectations, inflation impact recedes
  + stars: | 2024-02-20 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +2 min
In this photo illustration, BHP logo of a multinational mining, metals and petroleum company is seen displayed on a smartphone in front of BHP Billiton logo. BHP Group on Tuesday logged first-half underlying profit that slightly beat analyst expectations, buoyed by strong iron ore prices, and said inflationary impacts were receding. BHP said underlying profit attributable to shareholders was $6.60 billion for the six months ended Dec. 31, unchanged from the previous year, but topping an LSEG estimate of $6.42 billion. It declared an interim dividend of $0.72 per share, compared with $0.90 per share a year earlier. Shares in BHP edged down 0.3% to A$45.91 amid a sour tone in resources stocks.
Persons: BHP Organizations: BHP Billiton, BHP Group, BHP, Citi Locations: China, India
CNBC Daily Open: U.S. consumers upbeat on the economy
  + stars: | 2024-02-20 | by ( Sumathi Bala | ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +1 min
This report is from today's CNBC Daily Open, our international markets newsletter. CNBC Daily Open brings investors up to speed on everything they need to know, no matter where they are. Alibaba's overseas betChinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is placing its bets on overseas businesses as domestic growth remains weak. [PRO] Only two ETFs shineThere were only two exchange-traded funds in the world that made money every year for the past decade. Both invested in defensive stocks and stood out among 8,300 equity ETFs worldwide, screened by CNBC Pro using FactSet data.
Organizations: Macy's Herald, CNBC, Nasdaq, Dow Jones, Home Depot, Walmart, Discover Financial Services, Alibaba, Bank, CNBC Pro Locations: Macy's, New York City, U.S
This report is from today's CNBC Daily Open, our international markets newsletter. CNBC Daily Open brings investors up to speed on everything they need to know, no matter where they are. Alibaba's overseas betChinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is placing its bets on overseas businesses as domestic growth remains weak. The company's latest earnings showed its international e-commerce business unit was a bright spot, with revenue up 44% from a year ago. [PRO] UBS picks 'hidden gems'Small-and medium-sized stocks are often overlooked but "have the charm of being hidden gems," according to UBS.
Persons: Hong Organizations: CNBC, People's Bank of China, CSI, Nasdaq, Dow Jones, Home Depot, Walmart, Alibaba, Citi, Discover Financial Services, UBS Locations: Chicago, China, Asia, U.S, Europe
That could double central bank's gold purchases, challenging jewelry consumption as the largest driver of gold demand, Doshi elaborated. China and Russian central banks are leading gold purchases, with India, Turkey, and Brazil, also increasing bullion buying. The world's central banks have sustained two successive years of more than 1,000 tons of net gold purchases, the World Gold Council reported in January. Another wildcard scenario highlighted in Citi's report was for oil prices to hit triple digits again. Stock Chart Icon Stock chart icon Oil prices in the past one year
Persons: Doshi, Stagflation Organizations: Citi, CNBC, Central, U.S ., Gold, U.S . Federal Reserves, Co, Bloomberg, Getty Locations: Citi's North America, China, Russian, India, Turkey, Brazil, U.S, Bangkok, Thailand, Israel, Yemen, Iraq, OPEC
U.S. crude oil futures hovered near three-month highs Tuesday as the conflict in the Middle East rages on. U.S. crude gained 3% last week to settle Friday at its highest price, $79.19 a barrel, since Nov. 6. The global benchmark rose 1.5% for the week to settle at its highest price since Jan. 26. Houthi militants on Monday attacked another cargo ship in the Bab el-Mandeb strait, forcing the crew to abandon the vessel. The attack highlights the ongoing threats to commercial vessels in the Red Sea, which has forced shipping giants such as Maersk to divert cargo around the Cape of Good Hope in Africa.
Persons: Brent, Tamas Varga, PVM Organizations: The West Texas Intermediate, International Energy Agency, Monday Locations: Suez, Ismailia, Egypt, East, Israel, Lebanon, Gaza, Rafah, U.S, Iran, Red, Hope, Africa, Aden
Oil down in thin trade as U.S. gears up for Presidents' Day
  + stars: | 2024-02-19 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com   time to read: +2 min
A pump jack at an oil lot connected to the Petroleos del Peru SA Talara refinery in Piura, Peru, on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023. Oil prices edged down on Monday morning as markets digested comments from U.S. Federal Reserve officials pointing to a more patient stance regarding potential interest rate cuts, in thin early trade on what is a public holiday in the United States. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was 35 cents, or 0.44%, lower at $78.84 at 0138 GMT. Markets are yet to see the direction of demand from China after that country returns from a week-long Lunar New Year holiday, while Presidents' Day in the United States is set to keep trade relatively muted. Higher rates keep up the cost of buying oil, providing for a bearish market trend.
Persons: Brent, Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's Organizations: del, del Peru SA Talara, U.S . Federal, . West Texas, Yemen's, of, Petroleum, ANZ Research, International Energy Agency, ANZ, United Nations Security Council Locations: del Peru, Piura, Peru, U.S, United States, China, Gaza, Yemen's Iran, India, Algerian, Israel, Europe, Russia, Ukrainian, Avdiivka, Moscow
There's been a lot of chatter about the mental health crisis since the Covid-19 pandemic. Attention to a long-time crisis The mental health crisis is nothing new. However, there has also been a growing awareness and acceptance of mental health illnesses over the past decade, said Canaccord Genuity analyst Richard Close. "There's been recognition that mental health has a significant impact on a person's overall health," he said. "This is the mental health moment," said Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI's chief medical officer and author of "You Are Not Alone: The NAMI Guide to Mental Health."
Persons: There's, Covid, Peter Micca, AbbVie, Emraclidine, Myers Squibb, Karuna, Marc Goodman, Canaccord, Richard Close, MacKenzie Scott, Ken Duckworth, NAMI, Deloitte's Micca, William Blair, Myles Minter, Minter, Auvelity, Leerink's Goodman, Ashwani Verma, Verma, Goodman, BioHaven, Cerevel, Neumora, tardive, David Song, BetterHelp, psychedelics Johnson, Johnson, Spravato, Blair's Minter, Axsome, Micca, Michael Bloom Organizations: Institute for Health Metrics, Deloitte, Cerevel Therapeutics, Karuna Therapeutics, Bristol Myers, Leerink Partners, Centers for Disease Control, National Alliance, Mental, Mental Health, Wall Street, Therapeutics, Neumora Therapeutics, UBS, Karuna, Cellular Therapies, Xenon Pharmaceuticals, Neurocrine Biosciences, Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Tema Neuroscience, Axsome Therapeutics, Acadia Healthcare, BetterHelp, CNBC, pharma, Cellular Locations: Covid, Bristol, XEN1101, Acadia, Tema
A man walks past the People's Bank of China (PBOC) building on Dec. 25, 2023 in Beijing, China. China's central bank left a key policy rate unchanged as expected on Sunday when rolling over maturing medium-term loans, with uncertainties around the timing of an easing by the Federal Reserve limiting Beijing's room to maneuver on monetary policy. China's central bank left a key policy rate unchanged as expected on Sunday when rolling over maturing medium-term loans, with uncertainties around the timing of an easing by the Federal Reserve limiting Beijing's room to maneuver on monetary policy. But any aggressive monetary movement risks reviving depreciation pressure on the Chinese currency and capital outflows. Sunday's operation was meant to "maintain banking system liquidity reasonably ample," the central bank said in an online statement.
Organizations: People's Bank of China, Federal Reserve Locations: Beijing, China, outflows
Two funds investing in defensive stocks are the only exchange-traded funds in the world that had a positive return every year over the past decade, CNBC Pro research has found. The two funds stood out among 8,300 equity ETFs worldwide screened by CNBC Pro using FactSet data. Over that period, the ETF more than doubled investors' money, with a cumulative total price gain of 118%. While the MSCI Healthcare index, valued in euros, dipped slightly into negative territory in 2016, 2020 and 2022, the Amundi ETF's total returns have remained positive because of the weakness in the pound sterling. However, Tabet also pointed out that the health-care sector, especially European pharma, tends to underperform in election years.
Persons: Joakim Tabet, Kepler, Tabet, Vincent Denoiseux, David Evans, Evans, Kepler Cheuvreux Organizations: CNBC, Healthcare UCITS, London Stock Exchange, TSX, Consumer Staples, CNBC Pro, Outlook Novo Nordisk, Novo Nordisk's, pharma, European pharma Locations: Canadian, Europe, Danish, Novo, U.S
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council is expected to vote Tuesday on an Arab-backed resolution demanding an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, which the United States announced it will veto. Algeria, the Arab representative on the council, put the draft resolution in a final form that can be voted on. Council diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly, said the vote will take place Tuesday morning. “For that reason, the United States does not support action on this draft resolution. The Security Council has adopted two resolutions on Gaza, with the U.S., Israel’s closest ally, abstaining on both.
Persons: Israel, , Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Joe Biden, Benjamin Netanyahu, , Tunisia’s U.N, Tarek Ladeb, U.N, Netanyahu, Israel hasn’t, Israel’s Organizations: UNITED NATIONS, . Security, The Associated Press, Qatar, United Nations, Gaza Health Ministry, Arab, Security, U.S Locations: Gaza, United States, Algeria, Israel, Gaza . U.S, Egypt, Qatar, Rafah
CHICAGO (AP) — The cause of death for a 5-year-old Venezuelan boy who died in December after becoming ill at a temporary shelter for migrants in Chicago was sepsis and a bacterial infection that causes strep throat, an autopsy released Friday shows. Jean Carlos Martinez died Dec. 17 as a result of sepsis due to streptococcus pyogenes group A infection, which can cause strep throat and other life-threatening illnesses, the autopsy released by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office showed. Contributing factors in his death were listed as COVID-19, adenovirus and rhinovirus, the autopsy showed. The boy was a resident at a warehouse retrofitted as a shelter in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood when he suffered a medical emergency, the city has said. Earlier this month, hundreds of asylum-seekers still awaited placement at airports and police stations in Chicago, some of them still camped on sidewalks outside precinct buildings.
Persons: Jean Carlos Martinez Organizations: CHICAGO, Cook Locations: Chicago, Cook County, Chicago’s Pilsen, U.S, Texas
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