Here are five things you must know for Monday, Nov. 13:
European and Asian stocks traded mixed on Monday.
2. -- General Electric Co. (GE) announced Monday it was cutting its quarterly dividend by 50% to 12 cents from 24 cents a share.
"We understand the importance of this decision to our shareowners and we have not made it lightly. We are focused on driving total shareholder return and
believe this is the right decision to align our dividend payout to cash flow generation," said John Flannery, Chairman and CEO of GE, in a statement.
Flannery is expected on Monday to unveil a plan for the conglomerate that includes a focus on three of its biggest business lines, but stops short of a breakup or more radical restructuring of company, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Flannery, who took over as CEO on Aug. 1, is expected to focus on GE's aviation, power and health-care divisions, one person familiar with the matter told the Journal. Flannery will look to exit most of the rest of GE's operations.
General Electric also plans to eventually shed its majority stake in Baker Hughes (BHGE) , which became a separate public company in July after merging with GE's oil and gas operations, the person told the Journal.
"We don't have a comment until the presentation is released at 8:30 a.m. ET," a GE spokeswoman said in an email when contacted by Reuters.
Qualcomm's board is poised to rebuff Broadcom's bid as insufficient as early as Monday, although it may decide to spend a few more days this week to prepare its full response to Broadcom, the sources told Reuters.
Qualcomm CEO Steven Mollenkopf has spent the past few days soliciting feedback from Qualcomm shareholders, and feels that Broadcom's bid of $70 a share undervalues the chipmaker and doesn't price in the uncertainty associated with getting the deal approved by regulators, the sources said.
Qualcomm shares closed Friday, Nov. 10, at $64.57, down 0.05%.
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Hasbro's approach to Mattel was made recently, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. The terms of a potential deal couldn't be learned, and as always, there may not be one, the Journal noted.
Mattel's market value stands at about $5 billion, or less than half as much as Hasbro's, which is currently more than $11 billion.
Mattel is the maker of Barbie dolls, American Girl dolls, Fisher-Price and Hot Wheels toys. Hasbro's brands include Nerf, Transformers and My Little Pony.
"We've entered into an agreement with a consortium led by SoftBank and Dragoneer on a potential investment," Uber said in a statement. "We believe this agreement is a strong vote of confidence in Uber's long-term potential."
The deal will allow Softbank, as well as Dragoneer Investment Group, to pump between $1 billion and $1.5 billion in new cash into Uber and purchase as much as 17% of the company's outstanding shares on the private market. With an estimated value of around $68 billion, the agreement corresponds to about $10 billion in new investment for Uber.
This story has been updated from 6 a.m. ET.
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