John Foley is Reuters Breakingviews' U.S. editor. He has previously written and edited from London, Beijing and Hong Kong, and established Breakingviews’ first Asian bureau in 2009, subsequently running the European team from 2015 to 2017. Before joining Breakingviews in 2004, John worked as a copywriter for a London-based advertising agency. He read English Literature at Exeter College, Oxford.
The U.S. Fed pumped in $53 bln to calm interbank lending after rates spiked. The movements were dramatic, but the many causes look mostly mundane. Banks might use the ructions to argue they deserve a regulatory break. Such ripples, though, can be tolerated, and may have to be.
Producers of U.S. oil would struggle to ride to the rescue after attacks on Saudi oil fields put a question mark over the security of future supply. Even so, sustained high prices would be a happy outcome for companies that have a habit of digging themselves into a cash hole.
More stringent firearms regulations look closer than they have in decades as the U.S. president considers enhanced background checks. Companies like Walmart have given him cover. Long-term, it may not help the ironmongers, but their stocks always spike when legislation looms.