Frontrunning: March 2

  • 'Trade wars are good, and easy to win': Trump (Reuters)
  • U.S. Allies Bristle at Trump Tariff Plan (WSJ)
  • The Biggest Problem With Trump’s Tariffs (BBG)
  • Trump’s Tariff Folly (WSJ)
  • Kushner’s Influence in West Wing Wanes After Key Allies Depart (BBG)
  • China's latest conglomerate crackdown casts dealmaking shadow (Reuters)
  • Bitcoin's Plunge in Volume Stirs Questions About Its Popularity (BBG)
  • Israeli police question Netanyahu over telecom case (AP)
  • News Corp. CEO Slams Facebook, Google for Not Sharing Enough Ad Revenue (BBG)
  • Jimmy Kimmel's mission impossible - Oscar host in midst of #MeToo (Reuters)
  • J.C. Penney profit forecast, same-store sales disappoint, shares dive (Reuters)
  • Italy's center-right leaders fret over 5-Star strength (Reuters)
  • Delta subjected to retribution in Georgia for crossing NRA (AP)
  • GM plants to cut 5,000 South Korean jobs, keep production at current level (Reuters)
  • Venezuelans Are Paying a 100% Premium for Cash (BBG)
  • Scaramucci Says He Fears John Kelly Will Thwart SkyBridge Sale (BBG)

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

- An investing group said it reached a last-minute deal to acquire the assets of Weinstein Co on Thursday, potentially allowing the embattled movie studio to avoid a planned bankruptcy and laying the groundwork to settle government lawsuits stemming from allegations that former co-chairman Harvey Weinstein had engaged in sexual misconduct. on.wsj.com/2F8lR1F

- President Donald Trump is likely to nominate Columbia University economist Richard Clarida to become vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board. on.wsj.com/2F7rIUM

- In a meeting Tuesday, members of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., debated whether the panel has the right to weigh in on Singapore-based Broadcom Ltd bid of $117 billion for Qualcomm Inc before a deal is struck. on.wsj.com/2F4zxL3

- The Justice Department in late 2017 told Wells Fargo & Co to conduct an independent investigation of its wealth-management business after whistleblowers from the bank alleged sales problems to the agency, people familiar with the matter said. on.wsj.com/2F5F9EP

- YouTube last year stopped hiring white and Asian males for technical positions because they didn't help the world's largest video site achieve its goals for improving diversity, according to a civil lawsuit filed by a former employee. on.wsj.com/2F7ThO3

 

FT

- An investor group led by former U.S. Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet reached an agreement to buy most of the assets of The Weinstein Company.

- British-based electronic components maker Laird Plc agreed to a 1 billion pound ($1.38 billion) takeover by U.S. buyout group Advent International.

- Matt Hancock, Britain’s culture secretary, ruled out a fresh public inquiry into wrongdoing in the newspaper industry that would have been a follow-up to an investigation in 2011-12 into the conduct and culture of the British press.

- National Grid Plc, issuing the first deficit warning in eight years, said that Britain may not have enough gas to meet demand as freezing temperatures hit across the country.

 

NYT

- After a meeting in the Oval Office, the National Rifle Association's top lobbyist Chris Cox said that U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence "support strong due process and don't want gun control." nyti.ms/2oJuXLn

- President Trump said on Thursday that he would impose stiff tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, making good on a key campaign promise and rattling stock markets as the prospect of a global trade fight appeared imminent. nyti.ms/2F68X8e

- Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened the West with a new generation of nuclear weapons on Thursday, including what he described as an "invincible" intercontinental cruise missile and a nuclear torpedo that could outsmart all American defenses. nyti.ms/2oHGjPS

- A Justice Department review is expected to criticize former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe for authorizing the disclosure of information about a continuing investigation to journalists, according to four people familiar with the inquiry. nyti.ms/2F8o8Kp

 

Canada

THE GLOBE AND MAIL
** An online protest against Mountain Equipment Co-op last weekend was a small one but it quickly led to a big decision: On Thursday, the outdoor-gear retailer cut ties with brands that make water bottles and stand-up paddleboards but are owned by a U.S. company that also sells assault rifles and ammunition. )(tgam.ca/2F5ENlz)

** Calgary-based Tervita Corp, which handles energy-industry waste as well as industrial contracts, is combining with Newalta Corp, which focuses on servicing heavy-oil clients, in an all-stock deal. (tgam.ca/2CSGJrV)

** Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has sent out a memo to its mortgage specialists that said, as of Feb. 1, it has ended its Foreign Income Program and will introduce more stringent requirements for foreign clients. (tgam.ca/2CShu90)

NATIONAL POST
** U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports left Canadian companies in a cloud of uncertainty Thursday, jolting stock prices and leaving experts to parse how the punitive action might be enforced. (bit.ly/2CTaett)

 

Britain

The Times

Siemens AG is to open Britain's third train manufacturing plant — if it wins multibillion-pound rolling stock orders for either HS2 or London Underground. bit.ly/2GVHkv6

Streaming service Netflix Inc, which makes the Crown and Stranger Things, will be made available on Sky Plc's Sky Q boxes in the United Kingdom and Ireland within a year, before similar deals in territories including Germany, Austria and Italy. bit.ly/2F78ejb

The Guardian

The board of Carillion Plc dismissed a proposal that could have poured 218 million pounds ($300.30 million) into the government contractor's ailing pension scheme, believing a month before the company's collapse that they could still revive its fortunes. bit.ly/2GUFfzC

National Grid Plc has warned that the United Kingdom would not have enough gas to meet public demand on Thursday, as temperatures plummeted and imports were affected by outages. bit.ly/2F884YO

The Telegraph

Rentokil Initial Plc has warned that any further decline in the value of the U.S. dollar could impact its profits by up to 4 percent in the coming year, as wider global instability threatens its growth. bit.ly/2F9mhog

A chewing gum tax should be introduced to help pay to clean up British streets, the Local Government Association has said. bit.ly/2F4jjS1

Sky News

Alison Carnwath is to step down as chairwoman of the property giant Land Securities Group Plc, triggering a search for a successor to one of only a handful of women at the helm of a FTSE-100 board. bit.ly/2ozfe1U

Environment Secretary Michael Gove's ministry will announce in the coming days that Ben Goldsmith, a businessman and brother of the former Conservative London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith, is to be one of five new non-executive directors, Sky News has learnt. bit.ly/2GXJrhV

The Independent

U.S. President Donald Trump has announced a swathe of new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports to the United States, in the latest protectionist demarche from the White House that will raise already heightened fears of a global trade war. ind.pn/2F690gx