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The Blackstone Group and Global Infrastructure Partners have made a second offer to buy Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU), as first reported by the Wall Street Journal. No word yet on price, but any accepted deal expected to be worth north of $20 billion.

Why it matters: Kansas City Southern is one of North America's largest freight railroads, with a major share of traffic between the U.S. and Mexico.

  • Market reax: Kansas City Southern stock rose more than 4% on the news, giving it a current market cap of around $18.3 billion.
  • The bottom line: "Kansas City Southern is in the midst of implementing a new operating plan that calls for running fewer, longer trains on a tighter schedule. The overhaul will require fewer locomotives and railcars and has boosted the company’s profits and shares." — Cara Lombardo & Miriam Gottfried, WSJ

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The fate of one of Wall Street's most polarizing stocks — embattled electric truck maker Nikola, the company accused of being an “intricate fraud built on dozens of lies” and now facing a reported SEC investigation — will be decided almost entirely by long-only investors and mostly by retail traders.

Why it matters: This could be the ultimate test of Wall Street's current buy-the-dip ethos and the option market mania that has driven equity prices and valuations through the roof despite a withering economy.

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Biden to Senate GOP after RBG passing: "Please follow your conscience"

Joe Biden made a direct appeal to Senate Republicans in a speech addressing the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, urging them to "cool the flames that have been engulfing our country" by waiting to confirm her replacement until after the election.

The state of play: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said soon after the news of Ginsburg's death that President Trump's nominee would get a vote on the Senate floor.