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What to watch for today
US jobs report. Consensus prediction is 148,000 jobs created in April, but it could be lower, due almost entirely to actions by the US federal government.
European Commission releases its forecast for growth and unemployment in the EU. Perhaps you’ve heard that France and Spain have problems with debt.
Glencore-Xstrata start trading today. After months and months of trying to get together, the two companies are finally united and start life as a new entity today. But “not one glass of champagne will be opened,” according to the CEO; lots of job cuts are coming.
Berkshire Hathaway hoedown. Come on down to Omaha, y’hear? For the annual shareholder’s meeting hosted by Warren Buffett, featuring, what else, a cookout. The main event is Saturday. You might also follow Buffett on Twitter—he just started tweeting this week.
Earnings today: Berkshire Hathaway, Royal Bank of Scotland, BNP Paribas, Man Group, Air France KLM, Adidas, Westpac.
While you were sleeping
The Boston bombers wanted to strike on July 4. But they finished making their bombs faster than expected, investigators have discovered.
Canada got a new central banker. Stephen Poloz, head of Canada’s export development agency, will be the next governor of the Bank of Canada. The present boss, Mark Carney, will move to London in June to run the Bank of England.
Twitter got a head of corporate development. With the hiring of Morgan Stanley’s Cynthia Gaylor, Twitter set off renewed speculation about a possible market debut.
Verizon pressured Vodafone to sell its stake in their joint venture. The American company said it may not pay a dividend for the next two years, seen as a way to push Vodafone into exiting Verizon Wireless for a possible $100 billion.
BlackBerry is secure enough for the US Department of Defense. The devices can now be used on the DoD’s networks. Apple has not yet been cleared.
The ECB rate cut is already having some positive benefits. Stocks are up in Asia this morning on the news that the European central bank’s headline interest rate is now 0.50%. America’s jobless figures helped too.
Quartz obsession interlude
Josh Meyer on how a Mexican drug lord is the master of global supply chains. “Initially, Guzman went outside of Mexico in response to the crackdown by former president Felipe Calderon that led to all-out war on the streets and more than 70,000 deaths. But, emboldened by success, he embraced a strategy of expansion and domination based on the principles of ‘deviant globalization.’” Read more here.
Matters of debate
If you want to improve working conditions in Bangladesh, boycott the Gap. They’re one of the manufacturers who refused to sign labor protection agreements.
Is the mobile industry failing theft victims? It would be pretty simple to shut down or locate stolen phones, but if you’re a phone manufacturer, why bother when it just means another sale?
Is Iraq falling apart again? Killings hit a peak not seen since June of 2008.
Fracking is not going to get the US out of the Persian Gulf. Let’s get over “energy independence,” shall we?
China has troops in India and no one knows why. In their defense, the border they crossed is unmarked.
79% of Americans get less than the recommended 2.5 hours of exercise a week. File this under unsurprising discoveries.
Many lipsticks contain lead. The average lipstick user is getting 20% of their daily recommended intake of heavy metals.
Commenters on federal regulations are exactly like internet commenters. At least this guy is short and to the point.
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