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US health insurers: The race to consolidate

2 August, 2015

America’s health insurance industry is rapidly consolidating, with the largest firms continuing to form mega-mergers. Just weeks after Aetna’s $35 billion bid for Humana, Anthem, the second-largest health insurer, is set to buy rival Cigna in a $54.2 billion deal – the largest ever in the US insurance industry. The merger would create the nation’s largest health insurer by enrolment, with about 53 million policy-holders.


Bank of America reshuffling C-suite

29 July, 2015

After years of lagging behind other large American banks in making a post-crisis comeback, Bank of America reported its strongest results since the financial crisis in the second quarter. As an unexpected follow-up, CEO Brian T. Moynihan announced last week that Chief Financial Officer Bruce Thompson is being replaced. His departure, part of a broad reshuffling in the bank’s C-suite, is both sudden and surprising.


Apple carves out 92% of smartphone industry profits

26 July, 2015

Of the 1,000 or so companies making smartphones worldwide, Apple is raking in 92% of the profits, based on the total first-quarter operating income of the world’s eight biggest smartphone makers. Samsung, a distant second, took 15% of smartphone industry profits. The two companies were able to take more than 100% as their competitors, including HTC and Microsoft, lost money or broke even.


Jet engines could give Rolls-Royce a lift

23 July, 2015

British engine maker Rolls-Royce has had a bumpy ride of late. Some attribute its troubles, including multiple profit warnings, to the strategy of former CEO John Rishton. Before retiring earlier this month, Rishton emphasized diversification, directing the company away from making jet engines. However, developments within the aerospace industry suggest that Rolls should reverse course and focus on them instead.


Mexico’s bid to attract foreign oil companies

21 July, 2015

As part of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s oil industry reforms, aimed at increasing production, foreign companies are now welcome to compete or partner with Mexico’s national oil company, Pemex. This month 14 of its oil exploration blocks were put up for auction in an attempt to attract the industry’s biggest players. While notable symbolically, the auction was unsuccessful, with only two blocks being auctioned.


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