BlackRock (BLK) CEO Larry Fink said that "markets have been resilient to political shocks," but even as they anticipate policy normalization, "negative yields remain a reality in some countries."
Fink's comments were made on an earnings call highlighting the company's adaptation to a shifting geopolitical environment and a new wealth management industry centered on implementing technology.
Technology will change "the entire ecosystem of what we do," Fink said. BlackRock will spend $1 billion on technology and data solutions this year with over 3,500 employees in related roles including programming and quant analytics.
Fink also spoke at length about BlackRock's Aladdin Platform investment operating system. Aladdin will be a "transformation" for BlackRock to excel in portfolio construction and risk management. The margins are "subdued" during Aladdin's implementation process, but increased utilization and subsequent revenues will shift Aladdin to the front of BlackRock's operations.
BlackRock stock traded down almost 2% at Monday's open.
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In a July 6 trademark application, Amazon subsidiary Amazon Technologies Inc. revealed it's planning "prepared food kits composed of meat, poultry, fish, seafood, fruit and/or and [sic] vegetables...ready for cooking and assembly as a meal," as well as primarily grain-based offerings.
The product's tagline: "We do the prep. You be the chef." Amazon already sells other companies' meal kits, including Tyson Foods Inc.'s (TSN) Tyson Tastemakers. Martha Stewart is even offering meal kits on Amazon Fresh, the company's grocery delivery service. But, this may be the first hint of something bigger for Amazon, which would put it in direct competition with newly minted IPO Blue Apron (APRN) .
Speaking at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Rhode Island on Saturday, Musk reiterated that shares of Tesla are trading at a level "higher than we have any right to deserve" based on optimism about the company's future.
"Those expectations sometimes get out of control," Musk added. Meanwhile, TheStreet reports Tesla could be at risk of a nasty surprise soon: the end of tax credits for electric cars in the U.S.
Procter & Gamble under siege: Peltz's Trian Fund Management plans to launch a fight for a board seat at Procter & Gamble (PG) , making it the largest company to face a proxy battle, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.
Trian, which owns about $3.3 billion of P&G stock, is said to be seeking a single board seat for Peltz at the company's annual meeting that could take place in October. P&G have reportedly been in talks for five months, but the company is said to have rejected to name Peltz as a director last week.
Sales at P&G -- and its stock price -- have stalled due to pricing pressure and competition.
As TheStreet's Ron Orol reported in June, look for the consumer packaged goods company to announce plans for spin-offs, sales or even a swap out of business units. If major M&A doesn't come soon, a Trian director-battle or white paper chock full of activist demands could be next.
And Trian likely will demand significant M&A activity. Spinoffs and other major deals often follow when the activist investor acquires a large stake. Trian and other activist fund managers often push to have large companies break themselves up with the goal of extracting value by focusing the market on various parts of a business that might be hiding inside confusing conglomerate structures.
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