Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.
Twitter handle: @jeffmason1
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman risks picking the wrong driver. The kingdom’s sovereign wealth fund already holds nearly 5 percent of Tesla and expressed interest in taking the electric-vehicle innovator private, according to boss Elon Musk. That’d be a dicey way to diversify away from oil.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - European carmakers need to know whether Donald Trump is a pragmatic dealmaker or a hardcore protectionist ideologue. Even though the U.S. president has seemingly relented on potential auto tariffs following a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, they are still none the wiser.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Sky shareholders may be unduly worried about a truce. Shares in the pay-TV group are down 2 percent since suitor Comcast last week said it wouldn’t challenge Walt Disney’s bid for most of Twenty-First Century Fox. Yet the Mickey Mouse owner could still prove a nuisance to Comcast in the battle for Sky, to investors’ gain.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox may be about to push the bidding war for Sky into crazy territory. A mooted new 25 billion pound bid is too high for a buyer to make a decent return. That’s mostly a problem for Fox suitor Walt Disney.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - U.S. President Donald Trump made his name as a negotiator. Yet investors are reacting cautiously to the idea that he might strike a deal on car tariffs with the European Union. Their prudence is sensible.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Britain’s Takeover Panel is in a tricky position. The M&A rule-maker, staffed largely by bankers and lawyers on secondment, said in April that Walt Disney’s bid for Sky shareholder Twenty-First Century Fox requires it to buy out the rest of the British group. If that means Sky is due any price bumps seen by Rupert Murdoch’s group, the usually risk-averse regulator could put fuel on an already hot bidding war.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - It’s time for a production company recoupling. The question is whether Endemol Shine Group’s suitors see beyond ugly features like a debt-heavy balance sheet. Rival studio ITV’s current hit “Love Island” could help.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz invented the modern car. Now the $75 billion German company built on that legacy seems to have invented the trade-war profit warning. The question for investors is whether Daimler’s stance is a responsible attempt to get out in front of the problem, or a “dog ate my homework” distraction from other shortcomings.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - Facing a possible trade tit-for-tat with U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Union has two unpalatable options: keep matching American measures, or extend a hand to defuse tensions. Offering to slash tariffs on auto imports would dent Europe’s pride, but might avert further economic damage.
LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) - A deal between Dialog Semiconductor and U.S. touchscreen group Synaptics makes sense. The question is whether the British iPhone-chip maker can pull it off.
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