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Viewsroom: The art of sweet deals; Trump on trade

July 1, 2016

Hershey kisses off Mondelez’s $23 bln bid while media mogul John Malone manages his own sweetheart wrap of Lions Gate and Starz. Plus, presidential contender Donald Trump courts Bernie Sanders’ supporters and why Europe’s banks should be prepping for the U.S. stress test.

Apple skips a few beats in streaming battle

July 1, 2016

The $535 bln iPhone maker may be mulling a purchase of Tidal, rapper Jay Z's online music service, to bolster its own. Meanwhile Spotify says Apple is harming it by rejecting an app upgrade. Apple has the clout to fend off rivals, but adding Tidal won't help get its rhythm back.

Review: To have and have not, Brazil-style

July 1, 2016

In "Brazillionaires," Alex Cuadros explores Latin America's biggest economy through its wealthiest citizens, whose fortunes he tracked as a reporter. It's a tale of boom, bust and back-scratching among moguls and politicos that sheds a telling light on the nation's current woes.

London’s divorce from wider UK can only go so far

July 1, 2016

The capital's new mayor is right to seek greater tax autonomy. But after a divisive vote in which Londoners wanted to stay in the EU, the trick is to do so without increasing divisions with the rest of the UK. Offsetting devolution with lower grants is a good place to start.

Japan’s chat app IPO is more Twitter than WeChat

July 1, 2016

Messaging platform Line is going public with a valuation of up to $6.6 bln. Like Chinese rival WeChat, it has lured millions with games and virtual stickers. Yet its user base has stopped growing. Like Twitter, it must now try to squeeze more revenue out of those people.

Hershey makes tempting but sticky takeover target

June 30, 2016

The $25 bln confectioner belongs with Mondelez's Cadbury. CEO Irene Rosenfeld may sniff sweet opportunity as the charitable trust that blocked past Hershey bids is roiled by scandal, and rival Kraft Heinz is still digesting its mega-deal. But it won't come cheaply.

Believe bonds not stocks on Brexit damage

June 30, 2016

Stocks have rebounded after the referendum, suggesting Britain’s prospects aren’t too grim. Yet falling gilt yields point to bleaker outcomes. In the absence of hard economic data, a post-vote slump in consumer morale supports the pessimistic thesis.

Breakdown: Solving Asia’s other bad debt problem

June 30, 2016

It's not just China: soured loans are clogging up Indian lenders too. Though a cleanup is underway, the worry is that the departure of central bank chief Raghuram Rajan will delay it. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to fix the banks to fulfil a pledge to create jobs.

GE’s 50 billion reasons not to be a SIFI

By Rob Cox
June 29, 2016

That's the dollar amount of market cap the U.S. conglomerate has added since it said it would wind down the finance arm that watchdogs said posed a systemic financial risk. Relative to the market and rivals, the gain is bigger still. Complacent mega-bank shareholders, take note.

Hadas: Britain picks the wrong time to play games

June 29, 2016

After the vote to leave the EU, politicians on both sides have taken pride in abdicating their responsibility. It comes not from respect for democracy, but for another British tradition: treating things as a game. Young people lost this round, but may even the score in future.