Squawk Pod

Squawk Pod

Squawk Pod is a daily, guided curation of the top moments and takeaways from CNBC’s flagship morning show, “Squawk Box”, anchored by Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin. Each day, the podcast includes news making interviews, perspective and analysis from iconic guest hosts, and slices of debate and discussion—from the heated to the hilarious— all wrapped with exclusive context and color from Senior Producer Katie Kramer.

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May 19, 2022 28 min

The S&P 500 is on the brink of a bear market. Wednesday, the Dow fell more than 1,100 points, marking its worst sell-off in nearly two years. The S&P 500 also suffered its worst one-day decline since June 2020, and the Nasdaq Composite fell 4.7%. Those losses were driven in part by disappointing back-to-back quarterly reports from Target and Walmart that showed higher fuel costs and restrained consumer demand. Target CEO Br...

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In his first interview since the $43 billion dollar media merger, Warner Brothers Discovery CEO David Zaslav shares the company’s plan to combine HBO Max and Discovery into one streaming platform. Zaslav also discusses what prompted the company’s decision to shutter CNN+ shortly after its launch. Redpoint Ventures founding partner Geoff Yang, who invested early in Netflix, DraftKings, Twilio, and Snowflake, breaks down tech val...

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A new SEC filing reveals Elon Musk’s original plan to join Twitter’s board, and to later abandon that plan in favor of a takeover. Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg reacts to JetBlue’s hostile takeover bid for Spirit Airlines and Jeff Bezos’s pointed tweets at President Biden’s economic agenda. Plus, Intel shareholders voted against the company’s compensation for its top executives, sending a signal that some Intel investors are c...

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Former Chair of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke weighs in on the US economic recovery from Covid-19, the likelihood of an impending recession, and the Fed’s strategy to combat inflation. In an extended, exclusive interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin, Bernanke explains how he uses history to inform his perspective on today’s economy in his new book, “21st Century Monetary Policy: The Federal Reserve from the Great Inflation to Covid-1...

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Elon Musk announced today that his Twitter deal is on hold “temporarily” until he receives more information about how many fake accounts exist on the social media platform. In a follow-up tweet a few hours later, Musk added that he was “still committed to the acquisition.” Wedbush’s Dan Ives discusses the implications of the tweet and the future of the deal. Coinbase shares hit a new 52-week low on Thursday after reporting revenue ...

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Bitcoin fell to its lowest in 16 months today, leading a rush out of risk assets, while the collapse of TerraUSD, a so-called stablecoin, underscored the strain on cryptocurrency markets. Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency, has lost a third of its value in the last eight sessions. Disney reported stronger-than-expected growth in streaming subscribers across all of its media platforms, but the stock fell today after the com...

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Inflation rose again in April, continuing a climb that has pushed consumers to the brink and is threatening the economic expansion. The consumer price index accelerated 8.3% in April, more than the 8.1% estimate and near the highest level in more than 40 years. Bitcoin dropped below $30,000 for the second time this week before turning positive as the hot inflation report causes investors to shun risky assets. Purdue University Pres...

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The technology sector attempted a comeback today after suffering some of the biggest losses in recent weeks. Tim Armstrong, founder and CEO of tech startup Flowcode and former CEO and chairman of AOL, discusses the latest tech sell-off. Shares of Peloton Interactive plummeted 15% after reporting a wider-than-expected loss in the recent quarter. AMC Entertainment posted a narrower-than-expected loss during the first quarter. CNBC’s ...

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The S&P 500 is at a fresh 52-week low as the market sell-off continues. Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari says he’s confident inflation will come back to normal - though it’s taking longer than he expected. His comments come less than a week after the FOMC raised benchmark rates by half a percentage point. The 50-basis-point hike was the largest increase in 22 years and sets the stage for a series of similar-s...

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April’s job growth was strong and wage gains were solid, yet for some reason fewer Americans were working or looking for jobs than in March. Saira Malik, chief investment officer for Nuveen, Nela Richardson, chief economist at ADP, Austan Goolsbee, former CEA chairman and Booth School of Business professor, and Georgetown University’s Nada Eissa react to the better-than-expected April jobs report. Peloton is targeting potential inv...

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Stocks fell sharply Thursday and erased large gains seen in the previous session after the Federal Reserve raised rates by half a point. CNBC’s Steve Liesman breaks down the Federal Reserve’s move – and his role in the initial relief rally. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has lined up additional funding for his takeover of social media giant Twitter, according to a new filing. Meanwhile Bill Gates has warned that Elon Musk could make Twitter “...

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Uber reported surging revenue during the first quarter as the ride-hailing company said it’s recovering from its coronavirus lows and wouldn’t have to put up “significant” investments to keep drivers on the platform. CNBC’s Deirdre Bosa reported on Uber and Lyft's latest first-quarter earnings report. John Zimmer, president and co-founder of Lyft, also discussed the ride-hailing company’s latest quarterly earnings report and br...

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Legendary investor Paul Tudor Jones, CIO at Tudor Investments, discusses the Robin Hood Foundation’s annual benefit to fight poverty in New York City, markets, the Federal Reserve and more. Jones says he “can’t think of a worse environment than where we are right now for financial assets.” Employees at an Amazon warehouse on Staten Island overwhelmingly rejected a unionization effort, a significant victory for the e-retailer a mont...

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Becky Quick highlights the biggest takeaways from the first in-person Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting since 2019. At what’s affectionately nicknamed the “Woodstock for Capitalists,” Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger answered hours of shareholder questions about their $40 billion March buying spree, inflation, bitcoin, and why the Robinhood trading app is justly ‘unraveling’. Among the guests at the meeting: actor and...

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Amazon shares fell as much as 12% after the company gave revenue outlook for the current quarter that fell short of Wall Street’s estimates. It could mark Amazon’s worst day since January 2014 if the losses hold through the close. Apple shares also dipped after management said supply chain constraints could hinder fiscal third-quarter revenue. Toni Sacconaghi, Bernstein senior research analyst, reacts to Apple’s latest quarterly ea...

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Ford is cutting 580 U.S. salaried and contract employees as it restructures to focus on EVs. The automaker also reported a net loss of $3.1 billion in the first quarter, largely due the loss in value of a 12% stake in electric vehicle start-up Rivian Automotive. Facebook parent Meta surged 15% after the company reported better-than-expected profit in the first quarter. Rich Greenfield, LightShed Partners co-founder, breaks down how...

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U.S. stocks rose in volatile trading today after the Nasdaq Composite closed yesterday at a new low for the year, attempting to rebound from a tech-led sell-off in April. Archegos Capital Management’s owner, Bill Hwang, and its former chief financial officer, Patrick Halligan, were arrested today in connection with the implosion of the family office last year. The men are being charged with racketeering conspiracy, securities fraud...

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April 26, 2022 29 min

Twitter has accepted Elon Musk’s $44B buyout deal. Musk, adamant that Twitter champions free speech, will take the company private. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt discusses what Musk’s idea of free speech means for a safe, productive virtual town square, and investor Kevin O’Leary shares why this move might bring many former Twitter users back to the platform. One noticeably absent former Twitter user: Donald Trump....

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In France, President Macron is celebrating victory, American diplomats will return to Ukraine, and all across the globe, markets are under pressure. In Washington, DC, the Biden administration is working to get more Democrats on board for the President’s tax plan; White House Council of Economic Advisors member Jared Bernstein defends different aspects of the wealth tax, the current voting breakdown, and the dynamic between America...

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The streaming wars have left big players with some battle scars: Netflix is recovering from a rough year so far, and CNN+ is no more. Axios media reporter Sara Fischer and The Wall Street Journal’s Joanna Stern discuss what went wrong for the service, and why Warner Bros. Discovery has opted to shut it down. Political strategist and pollster Frank Luntz discusses America’s complicated response to corporations getting involved i...

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