U.S. stocks are joyfully dancing their way up the charts following the release of May’s inflation news, which turned out to be better than expected. At 11:00 ET (15:00 GMT), the Dow Jones Industrial Average proudly strutted its stuff, gaining a glorious 211 points or 0.6%, while the S&P 500 boogied up 1% and the NASDAQ Composite delighted everyone with a 1.4% jump.
As the month, quarter, and first half of the year draw to a close, stocks are bidding adieu with a triumphant crescendo. The reason for this euphoria? May’s inflation data, which proved to be cooler than all the cool cats predicted. The personal consumption expenditure index, the beloved inflation gauge of the Federal Reserve, rose a modest 3.8% compared to the previous month’s 4.3% hike.
Now, let’s take out the volatile food and energy components and savor the sweet flavor of PCE, which rose a delicious 0.3% after a 0.4% rise in the previous month.
This delightful cooling of inflation is undoubtedly a topic that will come up when the Federal Reserve convenes in July to discuss interest rates. While the Fed took a break from rate hikes this month, futures traders are betting with an over 85% probability that they’ll give rates another sprightly quarter of a percentage point boost. It seems even the Fed can’t resist the allure of these charming inflation figures.
In a move that could shake the very foundation of federal agencies’ power, the court has agreed to hear President Joe Biden’s administration defend certain Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in-house enforcement proceedings.
What’s the fuss all about, you ask? Well, let’s rewind a bit. It all began when a lower court had the audacity to strike down some of the SEC’s enforcement proceedings as unconstitutional. Apparently, these proceedings were found guilty of violating the right to a jury trial and stepping on the toes of both the president and Congress. The case centers around a hedge fund manager extraordinaire named George Jarkesy, who found himself on the wrong side of the SEC’s judgment after being slapped with fines and a career ban for allegedly committing securities fraud.
This legal skirmish is just the latest blow against the SEC, the regulatory superhero responsible for safeguarding investors’ interests. But the Supreme Court, sporting a 6-3 conservative majority, has been throwing some serious side-eye at the expansive power of federal regulations. They’ve even scolded the SEC in the past for their judge selection process, and back in April, they gave the green light for targets of the SEC and other regulators to immediately unleash their challenges in federal court.
Get your popcorn ready, ladies and gentlemen. This is going to be one blockbuster legal showdown that might just reshape the landscape of federal agency powers as we know it.
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In a stunning maneuver that has eyes wide open, Bausch + Lomb announced on Friday their grand plan to acquire a collection of Novartis eye-care products. As the market for these marvels continues to grow, Bausch + Lomb’s shares couldn’t help but soar over 8% during early trading.
Now, let’s unpack this eye-popping deal. Bausch + Lomb is set to claim Novartis’ anti-inflammation eye drop, Xiidra, along with the experimental drug libvatrep for chronic ocular surface pain. But wait, there’s more! They’ll also gain the rights to utilize Novartis’ AcuStream dry-eye drug delivery device, straight from the Swiss pharma company’s treasure trove.
This audacious move marks CEO Brent Saunders’ first major play since his triumphant return to the company in March. To sweeten the deal, Bausch + Lomb has even agreed to potentially shower Novartis with milestone payments of up to a staggering $750 million.
The grand finale? This highly anticipated acquisition is expected to seal the deal and close by the end of this year, ushering in a glorious boost to Bausch + Lomb’s earnings. With such a bold move, it’s clear that Bausch + Lomb has its sights set on dominating the eye-care landscape, and its confident stride has certainly caught the attention of investors and industry enthusiasts alike.
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