CBS - CBS Corporation

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-0.63 (-1.23%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT
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Previous Close51.33
Bid50.25 x 1800
Ask51.60 x 900
Day's Range50.67 - 51.74
52 Week Range41.38 - 59.56
Avg. Volume2,163,171
Market Cap19.003B
Beta (3Y Monthly)0.87
PE Ratio (TTM)6.33
EPS (TTM)8.01
Earnings DateAug 8, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield0.72 (1.40%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-06-07
1y Target Est61.57
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  • DAZN looking at bid to show live NFL games
    Yahoo Finance Video14 days ago

    DAZN looking at bid to show live NFL games

    NFL has been considering chopping up the rights to its Sunday Ticket package, and a Bloomberg report is out this morning that says UK-based streaming service DAZN is very interested in the NFL rights. Yahoo Finance's Dan Roberts, Myles Udland, and Melody Hahm discuss the potential deal.

  • Report: Millions left without CBS programming amid battle with AT&T
    American City Business Journals2 days ago

    Report: Millions left without CBS programming amid battle with AT&T

    In an early morning tweet on Saturday, CBS confirmed that its stations had been dropped for DirecTV and AT&T; U-Verse customers.

  • What Kind Of Shareholders Own CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS)?
    Simply Wall St.2 days ago

    What Kind Of Shareholders Own CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS)?

    Every investor in CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions...

  • Reuters2 days ago

    UPDATE 1-CBS stations go dark for DirecTV customers amid contract dispute with AT&T

    CBS Corp and AT&T Inc failed to renew their contact, resulting in millions of DirecTV subscribers losing access to CBS programming. CBS television stations in over a dozen U.S. cities, including New York and Los Angeles, went dark for DirecTV customers effective 0200 ET (0600 GMT), CBS said in a statement on Saturday. "While we continue to negotiate in good faith and hope that AT&T agrees to fair terms soon, this loss of CBS programming could last a long time," CBS added, as the companies blamed one another for the deal's collapse.

  • Reuters2 days ago

    CBS stations go dark for DirecTV customers amid contract dispute with AT&T

    CBS television stations in over a dozen U.S. cities, including New York and Los Angeles, went dark for DirecTV customers effective 0200 ET (0600 GMT), CBS said in a statement on Saturday. "While we continue to negotiate in good faith and hope that AT&T agrees to fair terms soon, this loss of CBS programming could last a long time," CBS added, as the companies blamed one another for the deal's collapse. CBS, the network with hit shows like "NCIS" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" is directing customers to a website called "", where they are urged to mail, call or post messages onto DirecTV's social media pages.

  • AT&T Might Face Blackout of CBS and Nexstar Channels
    Market Realist5 days ago

    AT&T Might Face Blackout of CBS and Nexstar Channels

    AT&T; (T) is currently facing a carriage fee dispute with Nexstar Media as well as CBS (CBS).

  • Benzinga6 days ago

    CBS Warns That DirectTV, U-Verse Might Drop Network If Deal Isn't Reached By July 19

    CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS) said Tuesday it continues to negotiate “resolutely and in good faith” but warned that so far it has been unable to reach an agreement to keep its programming on various cable and satellite services owned by AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), which could result in a blackout. The two companies are trying to work out an extension of a carriage agreement for CBS programming ahead of its expiration at midnight Pacific Time on Friday. “CBS has reached timely, fair agreements with hundreds of other cable, satellite, telco and internet providers to carry our industry-leading, fan-favorite programming,” the company said in a statement released Tuesday.

  • Benzinga6 days ago

    Bank Of America Revisits CBS-Viacom Merger Reports

    The on-again-off-again reports of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS ) acquiring its sister company Viacom, Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB ) resumed this week with a higher chance of a merger completing compared to prior ...

  • After Hours: CBS and Viacom Apparently Set a Date, OrganiGram Nixes Experiment
    Motley Fool6 days ago

    After Hours: CBS and Viacom Apparently Set a Date, OrganiGram Nixes Experiment

    The looming merger in big entertainment seemingly has a deadline, and a big reason for a marijuana stock's quarterly loss is revealed.

  • 10 Stocks to Buy for Less Than Book
    InvestorPlace11 days ago

    10 Stocks to Buy for Less Than Book

    The S&P 500 is up 20% year to date through July 11. It's a big reason why Morgan Stanley downgraded global stocks from equal weight to underweight. The stocks to buy are few and far between.In fact, Morgan Stanley's chief investment officer Mike Wilson believes the S&P 500 will gain 1% over the next 12 months in the best-case scenario and lose 7.6% in the worst. Therefore, the idea of finding stocks to buy for less than book seems like an absolute impossibility given the state of the markets. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsNonetheless, I did a screen to find value stocks based on book value. I was able to find 160 stocks with a market cap of $2 billion or more that were trading for less than book value. Of those, 31 belonged to the S&P 500. * 10 Stocks to Sell for an Economic Slowdown To make things interesting, I'm going to recommend 10 stocks to buy for less than book value; five from the S&P 500 and five outside the index. May the best value stocks win. Stocks to Buy: Molson Coors (TAP)Molson Coors (NYSE:TAP), the maker of beers such as Coors Light, Miller High Life and Molson Canadian, currently trades at 0.89 times book value. It has a total return year to date of 0.94%. Molson Coors entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Hexo (NYSEAmerican:HEXO), a Montreal-based cannabis company, in August 2018. In June, TAP detailed its plans for cannabis-infused drinks for the Canadian market. Plans include selling multiple types of beverages the day (December 16) derivative cannabis products such as cannabis-infused drinks, edibles, and concentrates can be legally sold. "We'll have a very large supply so we'll be in a good position to be able to meet the demand of the marketplace and at the same time also ensure that we're meeting the variety that the marketplace wants," Jay McMillan, Hexo's vice president of strategic development said at the World Cannabis Congress recently. In my opinion, edibles and drinks are going to be much bigger than the sale of dried flower within 2-3 years. Molson Coors has an inside track. News Corp. (NWSA)News Corp. (NASDAQ:NWSA), the news and publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch's empire, currently trades at 0.84 times book value. It has a total return year to date of 18%.Lachlan Murdoch, who is the CEO of News Corp., recently discussed how the company is focusing on opportunities that revolve around live content to survive in the digital age. "Of the advertising revenue, the remarkable statistic is that 70% of that revenue is derived from live television, and the reason that we've structured a company for that is because… when we are talking absolutely instantaneous live news, sports, opinion is where these people aren't delaying; they're highly engaged. As media gets more fragmented, the value of live is only increasing," Murdoch stated at the Cannes Lions festival in June. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Second Half of 2019 The Murdochs might have sold off a significant chunk of their assets, but the ones it still has are likely worth a lot more than people are valuing them. Loews (L)Loews (NYSE:L), the New York-based holding company that once controlled CBS (NYSE:CBS), currently trades at 0.89 times book value. It has a total return year to date of 22.3%. Loews is having a year in the markets unlike any it's had in a very long time, yet you can still buy its stock for less than book value. Loews' holdings are a combination of public and private entities. It's a sum-of-the-parts is worth more than the current valuation type of story. Currently run by James Tisch, Loews biggest holding is an 89% stake in commercial property and casualty insurer CNA Financial (NYSE:CNA). As of March 31, Loews stake was worth $10.5 billion. Its current market cap is $16.8 billion. In addition to CNA, it owns 53% of offshore driller Diamond Offshore Drilling (NYSE:DO), a holding that's seen significant deterioration in the past few years. Currently trading below $10, DO traded as high as $50 in 2014. The stake in DO alone makes Loews stock a good buy below book value. Kraft Heinz (KHC)Kraft Heinz (NASDAQ:KHC), the food conglomerate 27% owned by Warren Buffett, currently trades at 0.74 times book value. It has a total return year to date of -25.4%. I have not been a fan of Kraft Heinz in large part because of its slash-and-burn style of running businesses. That said, I did offer up KHC stock in February as a good contrarian play. The caveat was that certain things needed to happen before its stock got higher. Those changes included paying down debt, getting rid of 3G Capital as a major owner of the company, and upping its innovation game. To date, it hasn't done much to meet my seven suggestions, except to replace former CEO Bernardo Hees with Miguel Patricio, the former chief marketing offer at Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD), another of 3G Capital's investments. It's too early to say if Patricio can move the needle. * 10 Best Stocks for 2019: A Volatile First Half However, you can bet Warren Buffett's going to do everything he can to turn around one of his worst investments to date. Marathon Oil (MRO)Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO), the independent Houston-based upstream oil and gas company, currently trades at 0.93 times book value. It has a total return year to date of -2.4%. It has been eight years since Marathon Oil spun-off its refining business to focus on exploration and production. In that time, its stock has lost approximately 43% of its value. In 2011, it traded at 1.23 times book value. Today, its multiple is 26% lower. It might not trade at 0.44 times book as it did in 2015, but it's still pretty darn cheap. On July 1, MRO closed on the sale of its UK business so it could focus on its properties in the U.S. Over the past five years it has sold operations in 10 countries, leaving only its LNG operations in Equatorial Guinea as its only operating unit outside the U.S. Switching its focus to low-risk, high-return investments in four of the major shale plays in the U.S., Marathon is looking to grow its output by 12% in the U.S. in 2019. Fiat Chrysler (FCAU)Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU), the eighth-biggest car and truck manufacturer, currently trades at 0.96 times book value. It has a total return year to date of almost 12.0%. In late May, Fiat Chrysler made headlines by proposing it merge with France-based Renault (OTCMKTS:RNLSY). The merger would have made it the world's third-largest automotive company. Fiat Chrysler called it off, but there is speculation merger talks might restart at some point. However, despite calling off the merger, Fiat Chrysler managed to deliver its best June U.S. monthly sales report in 14 years with its Ram trucks leading the way growing by 45% year over year. That offset weaker sales of its other brands, including a 12% drop in Jeep sales. * 7 A-Rated Stocks to Buy for the Rest of 2019 Cheaper than most of its automotive peers, I believe that FCAU stock has the best potential upside with or without Renault. Park Hotels (PK)Park Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:PK), the second-largest publicly traded lodging REIT, currently trades at 0.99 times book value. It has a total return year to date of 9.7%. Park Hotels recently announced that it was selling three non-core hotels in Atlanta, New Orleans, and Parsippany, New Jersey, for gross proceeds of $166 million or $151,000 per key. PK is doing so to reduce the amount of debt it has taken on to buy Chesapeake Lodging Trust (NYSE:CHSP), a $2.7 billion acquisition it announced in early May. The deal will create a hotel owner with 66 high-quality hotels in 17 states and the District of Columbia. More importantly, for PK shareholders, it improves the REITs RevPAR by 4% to $182 with an EBITDA margin that's 60 basis points higher at 29.7%.Park Hotels was spun-off by its former parent, Hilton Worldwide (NYSE:HLT), in large part so that it could go its holdings separate from the hotel operations. While its stock hasn't done much since the 2017 spinoff, the move to buy Chesapeake should change that in the next 12-24 months. AerCap Holdings (AER)AerCap Holdings (NYSE:AER), the world leader in commercial aircraft leasing, currently trades at 0.79 times book value. It has a total return year to date of 26.7%. Although Boeing (NYSE:BA) announced a third consecutive month with no new 737 MAX orders July 9, AerCap is unlikely to be hurt by the ongoing grounding of Boeing's bestselling aircraft. On July 8, AerCap accounted for the company's major transactions during the quarter. According to its press release, AerCap signed lease agreements for 48 aircraft in the second quarter, purchased 11 aircraft, sold 23 aircraft, and signed financing transactions for $1.5 billion.AerCap makes money by buying planes and leasing them to airlines and other users of commercial aircraft. It owned 1,421 aircraft at the end of March with an average remaining lease term of 7.4 years, and a cost of credit of approximately 1% of its annual lease revenues. * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy That Are Down in 2019 It's been profitable for the past 12 years.As people travel farther and more often, AerCap is bound to benefit from the need for new aircraft. Taylor Morrison Home (TMHC)Taylor Morrison Home (NYSE:TMHC) currently trades at 0.94 times book value. It has a total return year to date of 33.9%. Based in Arizona, the homebuilder operates in eight different states including Arizona, Texas, and Florida. Recently, Taylor Morrison announced plans for a 1,750-home community in Sarasota, Florida. The master-planned development called Azario at Lakewood Ranch will include an 18-hole golf course, wellness and culinary centers, and even a lifestyle manager to help residents plan parties and special events. In fiscal 2018, Taylor Morrison closed on 8,760 homes, a 9% increase over a year earlier, generating $4.2 billion in revenue and making approximately 18.2% of the home price of every sale. The company finished 2018 with 6,014 homes in its inventory, 38% higher than a year earlier. As it continues to close on this inventory, investors can expect its revenue and earnings to grow significantly.As long as the economy remains strong, its stock from a price-to-book perspective is cheaper than it has been in several years. DuPont (DD) DuPont (NYSE:DD) currently trades at 0.56 times book value. It has a total return year to date of -12.4%.DuPont is one of three companies created by the DowDuPont spinoffs that took place in April and June. More than three years in the making, the DuPont businesses leftover after spinning off both Corteva (NYSE:CTVA) and Dow (NYSE:DOW) are generally of above-average quality and should be able to keep growing.However, before it's able to focus on the future, it needs to sell off some assets that don't fit into its plans. DuPont has already found assets generating $2 billion in annual revenues to sell; the proceeds of which can be reinvested in businesses with greater potential. Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Steve Byrne recently initiated coverage of DuPont giving it a "buy" rating and a $76 target price. Currently trading at $70, I believe the analyst is conservative in his price target. The average of 25 analysts covering its stock is $83.34. A total of 16 analysts have a buy or overweight rating on its stock. It's early in the DowDupont spinoffs, but I see good things happening from the lengthy process to deliver value for its shareholders. At the time of this writing Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Sell for an Economic Slowdown * 7 Marijuana Penny Stocks That I May Buy * 7 of The Best Schwab ETFs for Low Fees The post 10 Stocks to Buy for Less Than Book appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Should Value Investors Pick CBS Corporation (CBS) Stock?
    Zacks12 days ago

    Should Value Investors Pick CBS Corporation (CBS) Stock?

    Let's see if CBS Corporation (CBS) stock is a good choice for value-oriented investors right now from multiple angles.

  • Britain’s ‘Love Island’ Tests America’s Appetite for Daily Reality TV
    Bloomberg13 days ago

    Britain’s ‘Love Island’ Tests America’s Appetite for Daily Reality TV

    (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. edition of British reality show “Love Island” begins on Tuesday night, testing American appetites for daily, hour-long doses of sun-drenched tropical romance.Millions of British viewers sit down six nights a week to watch the show’s toned and tanned millennials flirt, bicker, confront challenges and couple up under constant video surveillance to win the audience’s affection and avoid being ejected from paradise.The latest U.K. season is the most-watched show ever on producer ITV Plc’s second channel and the franchise has had similar success in continental Europe and Australia, turning participants into celebrities.ITV is also bringing the format to Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary and New Zealand. CBS Corp. will air Love Island USA, set on the Pacific island of Fiji, for five nights a week until Aug. 7.Success in the world’s biggest TV market is not assured. The birthplace of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is loaded with reality shows, from “Big Brother” that runs three nights a week on CBS to “America’s Got Talent” on Comcast Corp.’s NBC. One of “Love Island”’s closest U.S. equivalents -- “Bachelor in Paradise” from Walt Disney Co.’s ABC -- got enough viewers for two episodes a week last season.Love Island’s U.S. producers have smoothed the brasher edges of the U.K. version to secure a prime-time 8 p.m. slot, so the contestants’ swimwear may be less revealing and bleeps will obscure any foul language. Some quirks of the British format remain, including the ironic off-camera commentary that may be less familiar to U.S. reality-TV viewers.CBS is mobilizing its marketing firepower to make the show a success and boost its share with younger audiences."If social media is any indication, we are on the right path and look forward to having the audience find us and grow," David George, chief executive officer of ITV’s U.S. production arm, wrote in an email.ITV, Britain’s biggest free-to-air commercial broadcaster, has been squeezing the franchise for all it’s worth as the company’s advertising-funded channels come under attack from Netflix Inc.“Love Island” has tripled its international production hours since the beginning of 2018. ITV has even licensed a Love Island mobile game and sold opportunities to meet and greet the contestants.“A single show in a single market isn’t really going to move the needle that much,” Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Matthew Bloxham said. “But the wider success of Love Island as a franchise is more noticeable.”\--With assistance from Joe Mayes.To contact the reporter on this story: Greg Ritchie in London at gritchie10@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebecca Penty at, ;Tom Contiliano at, Thomas Pfeiffer, John J. Edwards IIIFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Bloomberg14 days ago

    EM Review: Payroll Jolt Raised Fear Traders Have Been Too Dovish

    (Bloomberg) -- Emerging-market equities trimmed their advance last week after a strong U.S. jobs report dimmed hopes of aggressive Fed interest rate cuts. Currencies retreated the most in seven weeks as the U.S. dollar strengthened.Meanwhile, the yield on local-currency government bonds declined eight basis points, the most this year, to a record 4.33%, according a Bloomberg Barclays index. And while stocks fell on Friday, their rise last week extended their winning run to the longest since a rally that ended early February.The following is a roundup of emerging-markets news and highlights for the week ending July 8.Read here: our emerging-market week ahead storyListen to the emerging-market weekly podcast, here.U.S. June non-farm payrolls rose 224k vs 160k expected; shifting the debate from how much the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates in July to whether the bank will move at allPresident Donald Trump said China and Europe are playing a “big currency manipulation game” and “pumping money into their system” to compete with the U.S.Trump said a new round of trade talks with China is underway, ending a stalemate between the two countries amid escalating tariffsU.S. and Chinese officials will talk by phone in the coming week as they seek to resolve the dispute, said Larry Kudlow, Trump’s chief economic adviserThe U.S. added more European Union products to a list of goods it could hit with retaliatory tariffs in a long-running trans-Atlantic subsidy dispute between Boeing Co. and Airbus SETurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unexpectedly removed Murat Cetinkaya as central bank governor, after he was said to refuse an informal request to resign. The decision to oust him risks a market backlash just as policy makers were expected to start interest-rate cutsDeputy Governor Murat Uysal was named as a replacementThe lira fell more than 3% in Asian morning trade on MondayFactory sentiment across Asia became even weaker in June, signaling a worsening in the region’s growth outlook as U.S.-China trade tensions continue to simmerGauges of activity in China’s manufacturing sector showed the economy remains fragileIndia plans to raise as much as $10 billion from its first overseas sovereign bond because there’s huge appetite for its debt in the foreign market, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Garg said in an interview on July 6A second consecutive rate cut is possible at the Russian central bank’s next meeting in July, said bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina, who refused to rule out a 50-basis-point reductionSaudi Arabia raised 3 billion euros ($3.4 billion) in a bond sale that highlights how tumbling borrowing costs are shifting the landscape in global capital marketsThe kingdom is restarting preparations for a potential initial public offering of oil giant Aramco, months after putting the planned listing on hold, people familiar with the matter saidBrazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s flagship pension reform proposal passed a key congressional committee on Thursday, fueling investor optimism that the bill can be approved by the lower house before lawmakers go into the mid-year recess later this monthIran exceeded limits set on its enriched-uranium stockpile, a move that risks the collapse of the 2015 nuclear accordTrump warned the Islamic Republic against stepping up uranium enrichment, the latest escalation of the conflict over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program that has plunged the Gulf into renewed uncertaintyBritish special forces seized a supertanker off Gibraltar carrying Iranian oil to Syria in violation of European and U.S. sanctions against the war-torn countryREAD: War or Not, Bond Investors Are Taking Their Chances in the GulfIron ore collapsed on Friday; China’s top iron ore industry group has urged the government to maintain order in the market after prices surged to a five-year high, prompting warnings that the rally can’t be sustainedAsia:People’s Bank of China adviser Ma Jun said the Chinese economy will probably maintain an expansion of at least 6% in 2019Overseas investors boosted their holdings of onshore Chinese bonds for seventh straight month in June, adding 34.6 billion yuan ($5 billion), according to data released by ChinaBondChina’s securities regulator is soliciting public opinions over a rule allowing a state fund to bail out securities companies that “face significant liquidity risk” President Moon Jae-in’s government lowered its growth forecast for this year as South Korea’s economy continues to be battered by a downturn in the tech cycle and global trade woesExports took another hit in June, dropping 13.5% from a year earlier and falling for a seventh straight monthSouth Korea will consider “corresponding measures” if Japan doesn’t withdraw restrictions on some tech material exports, Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki says in interview with local CBS RadioSamsung Electronics Co.’s quarterly profit more than halvedNorth Korea’s trade with the outside world has nearly collapsed under international sanctions in recent years, putting the country on course for an economic crisis, according to a report published by a South Korean think tankIndia’s new finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman resisted calls for a fiscal boost to spur a weakening economy, sticking instead to a plan to narrow the budget deficit over time by keeping spending in checkThe fiscal gap target for the year that began on April 1 was lowered to 3.3% of gross domestic product from 3.4% set in February’s interim plan. The deficit is forecast to ease to 3% of GDP by March 2021Foreign exchange reserves soared to a record $426.4 billion in June, boosted by fund inflows into the country’s stocks and bond marketsRahul Gandhi announced his resignation as leader of the opposition Congress party, taking responsibility for its dismal result in the recent national election, which saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned for a second term with an increased majorityIndonesian consumer prices rose at a slower pace in June than the previous month, while core inflation accelerated to its highest level in more than two yearsBank Indonesia is taking its time lowering borrowing costs as it seeks to “maintain the attractiveness of our yield for investors,” according to a spokesman for the central bankPresident Joko Widodo will announce a major overhaul of his cabinet aimed at firing up Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, but will delay the reshuffle until OctoberRelated departments at the Bank of Thailand are looking at possible measures as the monetary authority is “worried” about the baht’s comparative strength, its Senior Director Don Nakornthab saidThe central bank trimmed its offers for 3-month and 6-month bills this month amid fund inflows that contributed to the currency’s appreciationThailand’s inflation eased to the slowest pace in four months in June, below the central bank’s target range of 1% to 4%Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas has a lot of space for monetary policy easing given global developments, Governor Benjamin Diokno saidInflation eased to 2.7% in June, the slowest since August 2017, resuming a downward trend which economists say makes room for more cuts to the central bank’s key rate and the amount of reserves required from lendersThe government will likely cut its 2019 budget deficit estimate to 3% of GDP from 3.2% after a delay in this year’s budget approval, Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia saidGross international reserves at about $85 billion are more than enough of a buffer for any attack on the peso, Diokno told ABS-CBN News ChannelEMEA:Days before Erdogan dismissed Turkey’s central bank governor, a slowdown in inflation to 15.72% in June boosted the nation’s real rate to 8.3%, the highest since at least 2011South Africa’s government won’t consider using quantitative easing to help rescue troubled state power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., Deputy Finance Minister David Masondo saidThe nation’s business confidence ticked higher in June, but remains below levels from a year ago after weak economic data and power blackouts in the first half of 2019In an effort to boost economic growth in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria is giving its banks a choice: lend more of their money, or hand it over to the central bank and earn nothing on itPoland looked past the EU’s steepest pick-up in inflation to leave interest rates at a record lowRomania refrained from raising interest rates to tackle the EU’s fastest inflation as the central bank takes its cue from the looser monetary-policy stance adopted by the world’s top economiesThe National Bank of Hungary wants to encourage local lenders to issue green bonds in what may be eastern Europe’s latest step to increase environment-friendly investmentsInternational Monetary Fund calls for “deeper fiscal adjustment” in Oman as its public and external vulnerabilities have continued to growThe United Arab Emirates will allow foreigners to own 100% of businesses across industries as the Arab world’s second-largest economy courts investorsA Zimbabwean lawyer backed by a prominent legal group has challenged the government’s decision to revert to the Zimbabwe dollar and outlaw the use of U.S., South African and European currenciesMozambique’s economy will suffer in 2019 because of the cyclones that hit the country, but has the possibility of expanding 6% in 2020, President Filipe Nyusi saidIMF expects Rwanda’s 2019 current account deficit to widen to 9.6% of GDPLatin America:Signs that Brazil may be slipping into recession increased with the decline of industrial output in May. Production fell 0.2% from April after a 0.3% increase a month earlier, the national statistics agency reportedBrazil’s Central Bank President Roberto Campos Neto said there is “no mechanical relationship” between congressional approval of a key pension reform bill and a cut in interest rates, in an interview with the newspaper O Estado de Sao PauloLatin American governments and companies are set to step up bond sales in the second half of 2019, according to the region’s top underwriter. Brazil looks primed to lead the chargeIn Mexico, a dispute over seven gas pipeline contracts is the most recent test of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s relationship with the country’s business communityLopez Obrador’s party plans to pass a law that would close Mexico’s economy ministry offices in cities from Washington to Geneva, arguing that it would help free up billions of dollars to be spent on the nation’s most destitute communitiesAfter striking a deal with the U.S. to reduce illegal border crossings, Mexico tripled the number of migrant detentions in June from a year earlier, government statistics showPresident Mauricio Macri said Argentina is talking with Brazil about a potential U.S. free trade deal, less than a week after landing one with the EUWith borrowing costs dropping globally, Argentine companies are rushing to raise about $1 billion before the country’s presidential electionArgentina’s central bank is requesting IMF permission to expand its capacity to intervene in peso futures market, aiming to strengthen its position in the event of greater demand for U.S. dollars, according to people familiar with the matterU.S. efforts to drive Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from power by sanctioning Americans who buy and finance his country’s oil have failed partly due to people like Dragoslav Ilic, a Serb with a Panamanian business who’s trading Venezuelan oil in the shadows and helping to prop up the embattled regimeAn unusual series of trades sent prices on Venezuelan bonds tumbling, shaking investors in a corner of the global debt market that has been eerily quiet for monthsPeru plans to host a meeting of as many as 100 nations in Lima next month to discuss ways to negotiate an end to the Venezuelan crisis and the return of democracy, said Foreign Minister Nestor PopolizioChile’s Imacec index, a proxy for GDP, expanded 2.3% in May from the year earlier, the fastest pace this year, while retail sales rose more than three times faster than economists expected\--With assistance from Philip Sanders.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Yumi Teso in Bangkok at;Netty Ismail in Dubai at;Colleen Goko in Johannesburg at cgoko2@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Tomoko Yamazaki at, Joanna OssingerFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Japan-South Korea Feud Takes Dangerous Turn as Trump Stays Quiet
    Bloomberg18 days ago

    Japan-South Korea Feud Takes Dangerous Turn as Trump Stays Quiet

    (Bloomberg) -- For decades, Japan and South Korea have managed to keep their feuds largely limited to rhetorical barbs and diplomatic snubs. Now, with the U.S. increasingly sitting on the sidelines, it’s drifting toward economic conflict.Their dispute over what they see as proper contrition for Japan’s 1910-1945 colonial rule over the Korean Peninsula changed Thursday when export restrictions from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government took effect. The measures can curb the supply of highly specialized products needed to make semiconductors and computer displays -- an economic broadside in a fight that has so far been mostly a war of words.Tokyo contends that South Korea started the latest dispute when its courts last year ruled that Japanese companies must compensate Koreans conscripted to work in factories and mines for Japan’s imperial war machine. The worry now is that tensions between the major trading partners and U.S. allies could spiral out of control.“This is starting down the road toward economic warfare, and it’s very dangerous,” said Daniel Sneider, a lecturer in international policy at Stanford University who has written about how Japanese and Koreans view their shared history.The U.S. has traditionally stepped in when tensions have become heated between two of Asia’s largest economies as they all confront security threats from North Korea and the ever-expanding shadow of China’s military in the region.But President Donald Trump has questioned America’s open-ended troop deployments in Japan and South Korea and his administration has been conspicuously absent when his Asian allies bicker. Trump was in Japan and South Korea over the past week but made no public statements to ease the conflict, which might be interpreted by Seoul and Tokyo as license to keep on sparring, Sneider said.American Responsibilities“Americans have always understood that the escalation of tensions between our two principle allies in northeast Asia is a threat to our own national security interests,” Sneider said. “This government has abandoned its responsibility.”A State Department official, who asked not to be identified, said it is crucial for South Korea, Japan and the U.S. to maintain close relationships in the face of shared regional challenges.South Korea will consider “corresponding measures” if Japan doesn’t withdraw restrictions on some tech material exports, Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki said in an interview with local CBS Radio. The Ministry of Trade has started a review of the grounds for filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization, with Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee canceling her planned trip to Latin America to help manage the matter, Yonhap News reported, citing a government official.The U.S. helped broker the 1965 treaty establishing ties between Japan and South Korea that included a payment from Tokyo of about $300 million -- $2.4 billion in today’s money. The pact said all claims are “settled completely and finally.” South Korea’s then autocratic government used the funding as seed money for its industries.But the treaty didn’t ease the deep emotions in South Korea over forced labor, as well as women forced into sexual servitude at Japanese Imperial Army brothels and a territorial dispute over a set of islets claimed by both countries. As tensions brewed, the two governments largely kept their often interdependent economic relations away from the fray.That changed with the South Korea Supreme Court decision, which initially affected 18 claimants who won compensation ranging from about $88,000 to $134,000 each. South Korean President Moon Jae-in has argued the treaty doesn’t prevent Koreans from suing Japanese firms and that the court decisions should be respected.The lawsuits could grow, with historians estimating hundreds of thousands of Koreans were used as forced labor. More than a dozen such cases are already pending in South Korea involving about 70 companies, according to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Japan called for invoking the arbitration process under the treaty and South Korea later proposed a joint fund. That didn’t sit well in Tokyo after Moon’s government effectively shut down a previous fund brokered in 2015 with Japan for compensation and a personal apology from Abe to the women forced into sexual servitude.‘Serious Implications’“The issue of conscripted laborers is not a historical issue, but a question of whether an international agreement between nations is maintained,” Abe said Wednesday about the dispute.The move to restrict chip material exports to South Korea could have “serious implications” for global supply chains and disrupt production at South Korean technology companies including Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix, Moody’s Investors Service wrote in a report published Tuesday. The companies have downplayed the matter but saw their shares fall Tuesday on the news.South Korea is looking at making the materials on its own. 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