For the last 30 years, bonds offered attractive diversification benefits when equities declined. But those days are over. Bonds have become much less useful in asset allocation since yields in most developed markets are low or negative. The end of the fixed-income bull market also dampens the return outlook for such leveraged asset classes as private equity and real estate, which rode high amid declining interest rates.
-- Nicolas Rabener, Factor Research
There is no case study for what to do when employees start burning your assets, or a potentially mutinous mob begins to form. Sadly, these incidents were just extreme examples of a larger problem: Our company had developed a toxic culture characterized by lack of trust, negative attitudes, and a stubborn refusal to collaborate.
-- Jeremy Andrus, Harvard Business Review
Coffee chains Dunkin' and Starbucks both reported deep declines in revenue and visits because people aren't stopping by as much in the mornings. Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson CEO said the "disruption to the weekday morning routines, notably commuting to work and school, is a headwind."
-- Jordan Valinsky, CNN Business
Samsung Electronics Co will halt operations of its last computer factory in China, the South Korean tech giant said on Saturday...The factory shipped $4.3 billion worth of goods out of China in 2012, a figure that had sunk to $1 billion by 2018...
-- Joyce Lee, Reuters
The issue now is just how much more can be asked of this stock cohort at this stage. Apple gained 10% Friday after its results but Amazon failed to rise even 4% and sits below its July high. A faint hint that most of the stupendous business performance is largely in these stocks by now? The Nasdaq 100, too, has surrendered a couple percentage points of outperformance versus the firm but range-bound S&P 500 over the past few weeks.
-- Michael Santoli, CNBC
Weak ad spending and search activity undermined quarterly metrics, dropping 9.8% year over year, with customers forced to cut ad budgets as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
-- Alan Farley, Investopedia
The SUV-sized rover Perseverance launched at 4:50 a.m. Pacific time aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket. The rover is slated to land on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021, landing in the planet’s Jezero Crater. The rover will look for signs of past microbial life and collect rock and soil samples for eventual return to Earth.
-- CBS Los Angeles
"I have reached the conclusion we do not need to change our antitrust laws,” Sensenbrenner told the committee. He subsequently asked Amazon's Bezos to speculate on what might happen if the federal government ordered his company to break into smaller components, saying, "You might have to go to separate places for books or groceries or videos or electronics. How are the consumers helped by that?" Bezos agreed: "They would not be."
-- Rudy Takala, MediaIte
I think it's safe to say that Congressman Sensenbrenner got the memo.
So far this year, Boeing deliveries of new airliners — a critical source of cash for the Chicago company — are down 71%. Boeing recorded 59 orders, but also 382 cancellations, mostly for the troubled Max. Another 323 orders, also mostly for Max planes, were removed from Boeing’s backlog because of uncertainty about the deals going through.
-- David Koenig, Associated Press