Jan 16, 2018

GE considering breakup

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GE CEO John Flannery said today the giant conglomerate was thinking of breaking itself up into separate units, the Wall Street Journal reports. Flannery said a decision could come this spring on the "best structure or structures for our businesses."

Why this matters: A breakup of the remaining operations would be "a shift from decades of deals that once made it the most valuable company in the U.S.," the WSJ wrote, and the paper's financial editor called it "an end of a long and glorious era of American industrial might."

General Electric this morning also said that it will book a $6.2 billion after-tax charge in its Q4 results, based on worse-than-expected problems related to GE Capital's insurance portfolio. GE Capital also will pay $15 billion over seven years to fill an insurance reserves shortfall. Its dividends to the parent company will remain suspended indefinitely.

  • All of this is sure to become more grist for the reported feud between former GE chief executives Jack Welch and Jeff Immelt.

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World coronavirus updates: Confirmed cases top 1 million

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens and confirmed plus presumptive cases from the CDC

Novel coronavirus infections have hit the 1 million mark after "near exponential growth" that's reached "almost every country," World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday.

The big picture: The global death toll exceeded 50,000 on Thursday, per Johns Hopkins data. Italy has reported nearly 14,000 deaths. Governments around the world have introduced public health and economic measures to try and curb the impact of the virus.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 6 p.m. ET: 236,339 — Total deaths: 5,648 — Total recoveries: 8,861Map.
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Judge declines to delay Wisconsin April 7 primary, extends absentee deadline

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A federal judge on Thursday declined to delay Wisconsin's April 7 primary election, saying he doesn't have the authority to do so.

Why it matters: Wisconsin is the only state scheduled to vote next Tuesday that has not yet delayed its primary.