Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.
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NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Equifax has suffered a new intrusion: into its profitability. Costs relating to the $13 billion U.S. consumer-credit scorer’s recent massive cyber breach helped knock earnings down 27 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier. Revenue also took a big hit. And the likely biggest expenses – including a long list of unquantified legal exposures – are yet to rain down.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Credibility is everything to an activist. That makes Tuesday’s defeat at ADP especially embarrassing for Bill Ackman. Fewer than one shareholder in four backed the Pershing Square boss’s bid for three seats on the payroll processor’s board.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - General Electric’s quarterly earnings, so bad that even new Chief Executive John Flannery called them “horrible,” have put fresh pressure on a stock that’s down more than 25 pct this year. The performance threatens to add insult to injury. The last surviving original member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average risks being excluded from the benchmark.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - President Donald Trump’s visit to Puerto Rico risks compounding the damage caused by Hurricane Maria. His vow on Tuesday to wipe out the U.S. commonwealth’s huge debts sent its bond prices plunging on Wednesday. The island’s devastation may well necessitate a fresh restructuring, but that won’t address urgent issues. The White House needs to provide money and supplies, not distraction.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Casino stocks fell and gunmakers’ jumped after the worst shooting in U.S. history left an estimated 58 dead. Horrific as it is, the incident is unlikely to leave a lasting impact on gun laws, markets, political debate or voters’ minds.
［ニューヨーク １２日 ロイター BREAKINGVIEWS］ - 米著名投資家ウォーレン・バフェット氏の申し出を断れる人はそういない。窮地に立たされているなら、なおさらだ。だが最近では、ノーと言える人たちが出てきている。
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Amazon’s aggressive salesmanship now extends to its own debt. The e-commerce giant’s blowout $16 billion bond sale suggests almost unlimited potential for the retailing juggernaut to consider even more shopping. Yet in nearly tripling its financial obligations to buy brick-and-mortar Whole Foods Market, Jeff Bezos’ outfit is starting to look more traditional. The risk is that its stock will too.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Ken Frazier is standing up to Donald Trump. On Monday, the Merck boss quit the White House manufacturing council to protest the president’s dismal response to Saturday’s white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. National duty, ego and fear of a Twitter rebuke may have kept corporate chieftains in their seats, but they have little to show for staying.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Even the fear of possible Armageddon is no match for Wall Street's greed. U.S. investors already have shrugged off higher interest rates from the Federal Reserve, mounting protectionist tendencies around the world and Washington dysfunction. President Donald Trump’s blunt warning to Pyongyang might have been a fresh reason to rush into gold or gunsmiths. Mr. Market, however, rarely foretells dire happenings.
NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Elon Musk is an entrepreneur in a bubble. Forced to choose between issuing a bit more of Tesla’s turbocharged stock or tapping the overheated junk-bond market to finance the Model 3 ramp-up, the founder opted for the latter. It raises execution risk for the $60 billion electric-car maker, but not by enough to persuade the chief executive to loosen his grip on the wheel.