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The largest producer of aluminum in the US reported a surprise loss. Alcoa blamed the higher costs of energy and raw materials for the $60 million adjusted loss.
Tesla released its third quarter results. The electric car maker reported slightly lower revenue than analysts expected, better-than-forecast earnings.
Hyundai investors demanded action to address child labor reports at US plants. The South Korean car maker promised to cut ties with the Alabama factories—implying it had yet to do so.
Corporate board members began resigning seats held at rival companies. The US justice department reported progress in its drive to investigate potential breaches of antitrust law.
UPS agreed to pay a $5.3 million fine and fix hazardous waste violations. The US Environmental Protection Agency had found breeches at more than 1,100 facilities across the country.
Mining giants made their case against Chile’s proposed royalty bill. Representatives of BHP and Antofagasta Minerals told lawmakers the levy would affect billions of planned investments.
What to watch for
Leaders of the EU’s 27 member states begin a two-day meeting today (Oct. 20) in Brussels. The energy crisis remains a top priority for the bloc, especially following the recent damage to the Nord Stream pipelines.
Members face a complex task: achieving independence from Russian fossil fuels while also curbing energy prices. The EU is due to implement a ban on Russian oil imports in December as well as impose a price cap on oil and gas, but progress on both fronts has been a slog.
A price cap on Russian oil was approved earlier this month as part of a new round of Russian sanctions, but it was light on important details, such as the actual price point. And a plan for a gas price cap isn’t ready, but the European Commission has asked members to draft a proposal. Reaching a consensus will be tricky, but implementation even trickier.
Who needs subscriber forecasts anyway?
Streaming giant Netflix surprised investors by turning around two quarters of subscriber losses in its latest earnings report, netting 2.41 million new viewers. But don’t expect future subscriber forecasts from the company. Beginning in 2023, that metric is gone, and it’s all about that top-line revenue, baby.
Netflix hopes that by nixing its subscriber forecast in favor of a revenue guidance, investors will start to see it as a diversified entertainment media brand instead of just a streaming company. It makes sense—Netflix’s days of binging on unchallenged subscriber growth are over, so why not decouple its fortunes from its ability to expand its 223 million-strong subscriber base?
But the reporting change (Netflix prefers “guidance evolution” 💅) doesn’t alleviate the growing competitive pressures it faces from rivals like Disney and Amazon. A new number might shift investors’ focus, but they’ll still be tough critics.
The next step in Amazon’s union saga
The Amazon Labor Union was just handed its second election loss in a row at a warehouse in Albany, New York. It’s not the kind of momentum workers were looking for ahead of another vote set to take place at an Amazon warehouse in Moreno Valley, California.
While unionizers won’t accept the results of the last two elections lying down, the setbacks do raise questions around whether the grassroots organization has the resources and experience to take on the e-commerce behemoth.
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