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It has been a rough stretch for Wall Street honcho Bill Ackman. The hedge-fund manager, who runs Pershing Square and boasts a net worth of $1.4 billion, reportedly locked horns with former Vice President Joe Biden at a dinner in Las Vegas last month, according to Fox Business. and the New York Post. Biden—still reeling from the death of his 46-year-old son, Beau Biden, who lost a battle with brain cancer two years ago—cited his son’s death as the central reason that he didn’t make a run for the White House in 2016. According to the reports, Biden grew emotional as he explained his decision to a room of high-profile attendees, concluding with, “I’m sorry. I’ve said enough.” At that moment, Ackman
I heard a rumor out there that Walmart (WMT) might consider acquiring Costco (COST) to offset the Amazon (AMZN) buyout of Whole Foods (WFM) . Just a rumor. However, even if this turned out to be true, these would not be the same type of deals. First, Costco is near all-time highs, where savvy buyers, of which Walmart is among the savviest, don't buy. Savvy buyers like to buy assets, and everything else, near lows, and sell them near highs. Amazon didn't agree to buy Whole Foods at its all-time high, near $60, in 2013. They waited until no one appreciated the asset, and after a 50% crash, they made their offer. No, Amazon isn't getting Whole Foods at that extreme discount, but they will get it
Strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch are skeptical that higher demand would be the solution. "While most investors blame supply for today's low oil prices, demand has also failed to improve at the speed required to rebalance the global oil market. Looking into 2H17, we now doubt that demand growth will accelerate sufficiently and see downside risks to our forecasts of 1.3 million b/d in both 2H17 and 2018.