Your Evening Briefing
Dozens of corporate giants are sitting atop a mountain of debt totaling close to a $1 trillion. Why? They spent the past decade borrowing, thanks to weak sales and super-low interest rates. By now some of their credit should be junk, but ratings agencies have been giving them a pass. We’ve seen this movie before, and it doesn’t end well.
Here are today’s top stories
Trump’s global trade war and its increasing focus on China is redirecting oil flows to the benefit of Latin America and Africa.
When it comes to cheap oil, China has a friend in Canada, which has lots of the sludgy stuff that's good for building roads, runways and roofs.
Trump has repeatedly said China is manipulating its currency. His own Treasury Department just announced that he's wrong.
Bayer’s Monsanto caused a man's cancer with its Round Up weed killer, a jury found, but an irked judge is considering setting aside its $289 million damages award because of a lawyer's reference to champagne.
What’s Joe Weisenthal thinking about? The Bloomberg news director says that as bad as the market's been this week, some experts consider it just another buying opportunity.
What you’ll need to know tomorrow
- Remember the Flash Crash? Right now, sell orders are just as high.
- Tencent has turned into a falling knife as its shares keep dropping.
- The world just lost its only ride to the International Space Station.
- These are the best cities to live, work and make loads of cash in.
- This billionaire auto magnate sued his daughter for $398 million.
- Fyre Festival “con artist” Billy McFarland gets six years in prison.
- It’s a great time to eat as many chicken nuggets as possible.
What you’ll want to read tonight
Tequila’s success may be the eventual cause of its bust. Sales are skyrocketing along with the price of the agave plant from which the magical margarita juice flows. But demand is causing producers to cut corners, hurting quality. And worse, volatile agave prices are combining with the plant’s seven-year growth cycle to scare growers out of the market entirely. It might be time to switch to scotch.
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