Sep 19, 2018

Steel industry faces strike threat despite tariff-driven rebound

A man uses an angle grinder on a steel piece in New York. Photo: Waring Abbott/Getty Images

Thousands of U.S. steelworkers from two major U.S. production companies that represent 25% of U.S. steel production have voted to authorize the right for a strike within two days' notice, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: The steel industry has benefitted from President Trump's tariffs designed to target Chinese steel oversupply with the prices of some key industry metrics jumping 30%. But workers at U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal have not seen the benefits of their industry's recovery — and still face rising health care costs and stagnant wages.

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Trump lashes out at governors, urges them to "dominate" protesters

President Trump berated the nation’s governors in a video teleconference call Monday, calling many of them "weak" and demanding tougher crackdowns on the protests that erupted throughout the country following the killing of George Floyd, according t multiple reports.

The big picture: Trump blamed violence on the "the radical left" and told the governors, who were joined by law enforcement and national security officials, that they have to "dominate" protesters and "arrest people" in order to bring an end to the unrest.

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Putin sets referendum that could allow him to rule until 2036 for July 1

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has set July 1 as the new date for a constitutional referendum that could allow him to remain in power through 2036.

Why it matters: Putin was forced to delay the referendum from April due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has set the date despite Russia's continued struggles to contain its outbreak. Putin's popularity has fallen in recent weeks amid his response to the pandemic and its economic repercussions.

A busy week for IPOs despite upheaval from protests and pandemic

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This week is expected to be the busiest for U.S. IPOs since February, with Warner Music leading a group of four companies that could raise over $3 billion.

Why it matters: This shouldn't be happening, under any traditional rubric for how markets work.