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Nov 18, 2014
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Rob Cox: Good news for guns is bad for gunmakers

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Two days after the U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 4, National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre crowed about the success his group achieved in helping Republicans take control of the Senate and getting pro-gun candidates elected nationwide, effectively putting a bullet in legislative attempts to enact new federal controls on firearms.

Nov 13, 2014
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Heady Topper points to beer business peak

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By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

John Kimmich sparked a Twitter mini-sensation last month when he posted a picture someone had sent him of a four-pack of Heady Topper, the unfiltered double IPA he produces at his Vermont brewery, The Alchemist. The photo showed four 16-ounce cans sitting unrefrigerated, with a $42 price tag. “Shameful,” he tweeted.

Nov 3, 2014
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Don’t blame the messenger, Jefferies

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By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

In the weeks before Lehman Brothers went bust, Chief Executive Richard Fuld had taken to blaming the short-sellers betting against his stock and captured agents in the media for the tribulations facing his investment bank. As Jefferies, another Wall Street firm, redirects culpability for its troubles, it feels somehow appropriate to recall Fuld’s blame-the-messenger mentality in the Lehman bunker.

Oct 28, 2014
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Rob Cox: Zuckerberg’s Chinese lessons are scalable

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By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Mark Zuckerberg whipped up a media frenzy last week. It wasn’t quite as big a deal as inventing Facebook. But journalists, bloggers and the Twitterati went gaga after the social network’s founder conducted a question-and-answer session with students at Beijing’s elite Tsinghua University entirely in Mandarin.

Oct 21, 2014
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Rob Cox: Fragility bigger worry than volatility

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By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

It has been impossible to escape the V-word for the past week. Turn on the television, and it is easy to conclude that central bankers, corporate chiefs, investors and politicians think volatility is the biggest problem vexing global markets. The rollercoaster ride recently experienced by financial assets is nettlesome. But it’s merely a symptom of a bigger malady: the fragility of widely accepted assumptions about where the world is headed.

Oct 7, 2014
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Free spirit (and marketing power) of Lollapalooza doesn’t come cheap

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By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Cable cowboy John Malone and Jane’s Addiction front man Perry Farrell rarely come up in the same context. It turns out, however, that there are far fewer than six degrees of separation between the 73-year-old Liberty Media billionaire and the singer of “Been Caught Stealing.”

Oct 6, 2014
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Meg Whitman at last splits Hewlett from Packard

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By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Hewlett and Packard are finally going their separate ways. Not literally, of course, as the founders of the Silicon Valley technology conglomerate that bears their names have long shuffled off this mortal coil. But the company now led by Meg Whitman is breaking in two.

Sep 30, 2014
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Rob Cox: Flurry of ski M&A aims to control weather

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By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

The ski business is amid a flurry – not of snow, but of deals. At the center of the action is Vail Resorts, a $3 billion publicly traded operator in an industry traditionally dominated by family and local owners. The company is upending winter-sports convention in a variety of ways. Chief among them is trying to prove that it can control the weather with some corporate finance.

Sep 26, 2014
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Bill Gross and Janus Capital made for each other

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By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

The old saw about past performance not necessarily being indicative of future results just found a new poster child: bond king Bill Gross sitting on his Janus Capital throne.

Sep 26, 2014
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Apple CEO Tim Cook gets $25 billion warning shot

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By Rob Cox

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Shareholders have given Apple boss Tim Cook about 25 billion reasons to worry. That’s how many dollars they have wiped off the company’s stock-market value in the past two days after a botched system update and reports its new iPhones can be bent. It’s a small hit for a $600-billion-odd company. But the 2012 Apple Maps fiasco is a reminder that one-off snafus can presage prolonged pain.

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      "Rob Cox helped establish Breakingviews in 2000 in London. From 2004 he spearheaded the firm's expansion in the United States and edited its American edition, including the daily Breakingviews columns in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Rob has worked as a financial journalist in London, Milan, New York, Washington, Chicago and Tokyo. Rob graduated from Columbia University’s Journalism School and the University of Vermont. Follow Rob on Twitter @rob1cox"
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