Jan 16, 2018

Energizer paying $2 billion to expand battery empire

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Energizer Holdings has agreed to acquire the global battery and portable lighting business of Spectrum Brands for $2 billion in cash. Acquired brands would include Rayovac and Varta.

Why it matters: Because this would leave just two major battery makers: Energizer and Duracell.

It also means Spectrum was serious in its recent announcement about divestiture plans, which were to include both its battery and appliances business (the latter of which makes Foreman Grills).

Bottom line: "The Rayovac battery business that started in Madison more than 100 years ago was the legacy core of the global consumer products company that Spectrum Brands has become." — Madison.com

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OPEC+ and G20 energy meetings mark zero hour for oil diplomacy

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The next two days will be pivotal for determining whether large oil-producing countries can partially stabilize an industry reeling from very low prices and the historic, coronavirus-fueled collapse in demand.

Driving the news: The OPEC+ group led by Saudi Arabia and Russia begin meeting remotely later Thursday morning to discuss production cuts, to be followed by a virtual Friday meeting among G20 energy ministers that includes the U.S.

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  4. Public health latest: The federal government is in the process of deploying 90% of its stockpiled medical equipment to fight the pandemic.
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Fed will lend up to $2.3 trillion amid coronavirus crisis

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The Federal Reserve announced Thursday that it will support with the coronavirus-hit economy with up to $2.3 trillion in loans to businesses, state and city governments — made possible by Treasury funds set aside in the government stimulus package.

Why it matters: The Fed has taken more action amid the coronavirus outbreak than it has in any other financial crisis in U.S. history in an effort to blunt the effects of the resultant economic shutdown.

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