Frontrunning: March 6

  • Stocks Rise as Trump Tariff Plan Faces Opposition (WSJ)
  • North Korea Floats Scrapping Nukes, Opening Door to U.S. Talks (BBG)
  • Tariff Plan Creates Rift in the GOP (WSJ)
  • Florida state Senate votes against arming most classroom teachers (Reuters)
  • U.S. primaries start with Democratic push in Texas (Reuters)
  • Stock Bulls in Trump Country Are Freaking Out Their Brokers (BBG)
  • Trump Facing ‘Dow Vigilantes’ in Stock Market Verdict on Tariffs (BBG)
  • Megabanks Get One Big Win in Senate Rollback Bill (WSJ)
  • Fights erupt, 12 arrested ahead of white nationalist's speech in Michigan (Reuters)
  • Uber Spent $10.7 Billion in Nine Years. Does It Have Enough to Show for It? (BBG)
  • A Frenchman Demands $1.5 Million After Sexting His Assistant (BBG)
  • Kobe Steel CEO to Resign Over False-Data Scandal (WSJ)
  • SpaceX Puts Satellite in Orbit as Florida Sleeps (BBG)
  • Does America Really Need Another Light Beer? Corona Thinks So (WSJ)
  • OPEC Beware: Asia Favoring U.S. Shale Oil (BBG)
  • CVS Readies $44 Billion Bond Sale (WSJ)
  • New Powers Come With Pressure for Europe’s Central Bank (WSJ)

Overnight Media Digest


- The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. ordered Qualcomm Inc to delay its annual shareholder meeting by 30 days to give CFIUS time to review Singapore-based rival Broadcom Ltd's proposed $117 billion takeover of the chip

- HCR ManorCare Inc, one of the largest skilled nursing home chains in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy protection as part of a deal in which its landlord, Quality Care Properties Inc, will take control of the company.

- U.S. President Donald Trump said he would consider attending the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem later this year, a move likely to affect Palestinians who see the embassy as an obstacle to a peace deal.

- Republican Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi said he would resign on April 1 due to poor health after more than four decades in Congress, opening a second Senate seat in the conservative state.

- 3M Co said Chief Executive Inge Thulin will step down from that position in the summer as the company splits its CEO and chairmanship roles.

- The founding family of Nordstrom Inc experienced their second setback in trying to take the company private on Monday, when a special committee of the board rejected their roughly $8 billion buyout offer as too low.



- Sports Direct International Plc has increased its Debenhams Plc stake to 29.7 percent, which is just under the threshold at which it would be required to make a formal takeover offer.

- UK newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror Plc is changing its name to Reach after it agreed to buy Express Newspapers from Northern & Shell last month.

- UK’s Financial Conduct Authority fined a former Deutsche Bank AG trader 180,000 pounds for attempting to manipulate the Libor interest rate benchmark. They also banned him from working in any regulated financial activity.

- UK Prime Minister Theresa May proposed an overhaul of the national planning policy framework, admitting that the housing shortage was reinforcing inequality, adding that young people were “right to be angry” that they weren’t able to buy their own property.



- Nordstrom Inc's long, winding attempt to move into private ownership took another turn on Monday. A special committee of the retailer's board rejected a roughly $8.4 billion offer from the Nordstrom family to buy the company, saying the price was too low.

- Qualcomm Inc, one of the world's largest chip makers, has spent the last four months fending off a hostile takeover from Broadcom Ltd , a Singaporean rival. The fate of the proposed takeover now rests with a little-known committee of top White House administration officials who meet in secret, wielding power to kill the biggest multibillion-dollar global deals.

- A record low 26.5 million people watched Sunday night's telecast, a nearly 20 percent drop versus last year. It also represents a startling drop off: As recently as four years ago, the Academy Awards had an audience of 43.7 million viewers.

- Paul Ryan, the Republican House speaker, criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Monday, saying they could lead to a damaging trade war.



** U.S. President Donald Trump's advisers say he does not want to spare Canada and other U.S. allies from punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum – but are also suggesting individual companies can apply for exemptions and no final decision has been made, adding to mounting confusion over the President's looming trade attack.

** Bombardier Inc is raising C$638 million ($491.60 million) in its first share issue in more than three years, taking advantage of recent sharp gains in the plane and train maker's stock to beef up its balance sheet.

** Canada's biggest export market for oil, the United States, is set to dramatically ramp up its own oil exports and reshape the global oil trade in the next five years. "We see there is huge investment going on in this part of the United States – in Texas," the International Energy Agency's executive director Fatih Birol told reporters on Monday as CERA Week organized by IHS Markit, a major energy conference in Houston, kicked off.

** Canadian National Railway Co is searching for a new chief executive officer after it announced on Monday that Luc Jobin would be leaving the role of president and chief executive of CN immediately – a move that comes less than two years after he stepped into the position.



The Times

- The Financial Conduct Authority was warned last year that Beaufort Securities, the failed broker that faces fraud charges in the United States, was not acting in the best interests of its 14,000 clients.

- The Pensions Regulator has expressed concerns that Melrose Industries Plc's proposed takeover of GKN Plc could have a "detrimental impact" on the covenant of the engineering group's pension schemes.

The Guardian

- European aerospace manufacturer Airbus SE has warned it would have to consider its position in Britain without imminent clarity over customs rules after Brexit.

- Fears of the first full-scale tariff war since the 1930s have been raised by the head of the World Trade Organisation, in a direct warning to U.S. President Donald Trump that his proposed levies on steel and aluminium will trigger a domino effect that will lead to global recession.

The Telegraph

- British Prime Minister Theresa May promised investors that the City of London would not lose its status as a finance hub post-Brexit.

- The chief executive officer of Trinity Mirror Plc has said he is "not in the slightest bit concerned" about a review by competition watchdogs of his plans to slash costs following the publisher's takeover of the Star and the Express newspapers.

Sky News

- Carmaker Aston Martin is considering whether to snub the London stock market and pursue a listing in New York.

- The water supply has returned to the plants of Jaguar Land Rover and Cadbury, which had both been hit by a shortage that had affected much of the country.

The Independent

Cash-starved government departments are unable to fund Theresa May's pledge to scrap the public sector pay cap, a new analysis has warned.