Feb 15, 2017

Big in Business: GM considers a European exit

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General Motors is considering a sale of its European Opel unit to the French automaker Peugeot, the firm said yesterday. It's a move that could knock the carmaker out of its position as top-five auto manufacturer by volume, behind the likes of NIssan. But CEO Mary Barra is willing to take that risk, given that it's been a money losing operation for years. It's an example of Barra bucking the conventional wisdom that carmakers need massive scale to survive — she wants profit margins over volume.

Janet Yellen, round two: The Federal Reserve Chair will give testimony and face questions from the House Financial Services committee this morning, after spending time with the Senate Banking Committee yesterday. There's always more fireworks in the House than the more cordial Senate — look for tough questioning, on the topic of bank regulation specifically

Goldman hits new highs: Goldman Sachs stock touched a new record high Tuesday, its first in ten years. It's been a good year for Goldman Sachs, whose alumni are staffing the Trump Administration at an impressive rate. Investors bought up the bank's stock yesterday on improved economic metrics and the hope that coming financial regulatory reform will boost profits.

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Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Wednesday that he is suspending his presidential campaign.

The big picture: It's an end to the campaign of the leading progressive in the race — and the candidate who seemed to be the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination just a few months ago. It also makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee four months before the party's convention in Milwaukee.

Indians look to Taiwan amid China's coronavirus missteps

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Many Indians are angry at China and the World Health Organization for their perceived mishandling of the coronavirus. The efficiency and transparency of Taiwan's response to the epidemic, in contrast, has made it a topic of renewed sympathy and interest in India.

Why it matters: The coronavirus crisis is showcasing Taiwan's democratic system of governance on an international stage, the biggest soft power win for the country in years.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10:30 a.m. ET: 1,447,466 — Total deaths: 83,471 — Total recoveries: 308,215Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10:30 a.m. ET: 399,929 — Total deaths: 12,911 — Total recoveries: 22,539Map.
  3. 2020 latest: The results for Wisconsin's primary elections won't be released until April 13. Thousands of residents cast ballots in person.
  4. Federal government latest: The U.S. has begun to see "glimmers of hope" despite its highest recorded number of deaths in 24 hours, Anthony Fauci said.
  5. Public health latest: Surgeon General Jerome Adams highlighted the disproportionate impact the illness is having on African-American communities.
  6. 🚌 Public transit: Systems across the country are experiencing ridership collapse, squeezed funding streams and slow recovery from the pandemic.
  7. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal healthAnswers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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