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Tesla makes best of perplexing SolarCity deal

August 1, 2016

At $2.6 bln, Elon Musk's electric-car pioneer is paying less than expected for his solar-panel installer. The boards have done the right things to manage conflicts. There's overlap between Tesla's battery unit and SolarCity. But diluting the ambitious automaker's focus is risky.

Exchange podcast: Ruchir Sharma

By Rob Cox
August 1, 2016

Want to know which emerging markets will thrive and which will fail? Listen to Morgan Stanley Investment Management's chief global strategist as he ticks through his ten metrics for determining the fate of economies. Hint: China is in a bad place. His new book, "The Rise and Fall of Nations" has some lessons for the developing world to consider, too.

Heineken’s challenge is to keep glass half full

August 1, 2016

The Dutch brewer's operating profit was strong, thanks to stellar Asian growth. But first-half revenue fell short of expectations. Headaches in Africa show that its reliance on emerging markets comes with a snakebite of currency, macroeconomic and geopolitical hazards.

Chinese investors up the ante in online games

August 1, 2016

Gaming outfit Shanghai Giant, Alibaba boss Jack Ma, and partners are buying Israel's Playtika for $4.4 bln. This looks pricier than Tencent's recent purchase of the firm behind Clash of Clans. Plus, casino-style games are even more at risk of being overtaken by the latest hit.

NextEra deal marks beginning of end of TXU saga

July 29, 2016

The power producer is buying the bankrupt giant's stake in transmission group Oncor, valued at $18.4 bln. The $45 bln LBO of TXU, now Energy Future, hit trouble soon after its 2007 completion. Most creditors will have to be satisfied with a slice of the former TXU's other assets.

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Viewsroom: Clinton, Tech M&A, Facebook, Apple

July 29, 2016

Democrats turn to Michael Bloomberg to woo independents and anti-Trump Republicans. Meanwhile, Yahoo sells up, Oracle buys CEO Larry Ellison's side-company. And how to rank earnings at Apple, Facebook and Twitter.

Review: Iran cyber hack opened a Pandora’s box

July 29, 2016

The documentary "Zero Days" takes a thriller-style look at the unprecedented attack on the country's nuclear facilities using the Stuxnet virus. It shows the lack of norms in this new kind of war. What’s left unexplored is how companies have become fair game in cyber battles.

Theresa May may have saved EDF from itself

July 29, 2016

The state-owned French utility’s 12 bln pound investment in nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point could unravel after the UK’s new prime minister initiated a surprise review of the high-risk, high-cost project. Pulling the plug would do UK taxpayers and EDF shareholders a big favour.

BOJ does bare minimum for Abenomics reboot

July 29, 2016

Japan's central bank added just $26 billion of equity funds to its annual asset-buying binge. That is about as little as it could do without disappointing markets or Prime Minster Shinzo Abe. The BOJ is running low on options and probably wants to keep some powder dry.

Trump Inc rapidly turning from virtue to vice

July 28, 2016

Real-estate success helped him win the GOP nomination, but there's growing scrutiny of his record. Fellow New York mogul Mike Bloomberg led the charge at the Democratic convention. Trump's long trail of slippery business dealings will make his policy proposals harder to stand up.