Robert Iger, President and CEO of Walt Disney Company announces a $5 million dollar donation with Mickey Mouse for the New Hospital Building at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, October 30, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.

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What you need to know today

Korea leads Asia
Korea led
stock market gains in Asia-Pacific on Thursday, with markets in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan shut for a public holiday. The Nikkei 225 climbed 0.81%, while Korea’s Kospi rose 1.45%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average extended its losses to a third straight day, falling 0.11% to 39,127.14 — dragged by a more than 8% dive in Intel shares after the company posted operating losses in its semiconductor manufacturing business. The S&P 500 ended up 0.11% at 5,211.49 to clock its first winning session of the week. The Nasdaq Composite finished up 0.23% at 16,277.46.

More evidence please
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday policymakers will take more time to assess the state of inflation, suggesting the timing of any potential interest rate cuts remains uncertain. Hedge fund managers Steve Cohen and David Einhorn said it would be difficult for the Fed to get inflation down to its 2% goal. In fact, Einhorn’s loading up on gold positions in anticipation of a pick up in inflation.

Tech layoffs
Amazon’s cloud computing division said Wednesday it’s cutting hundreds of jobs in its physical stores, technology and sales and marketing units. Sales growth in the division has declined in recent quarters as companies trim their cloud computing expenditure. These cuts comes as Amazon confirmed it’s ditching unmanned checkouts at its Fresh supermarkets in the U.S.

Halfway done
China’s real estate troubles are likely far from over and industry problems need to be addressed quickly for overall GDP growth to pick up significantly, according to Henry V. HcVey, KKR’s head of global and macro asset allocation, in a report released Thursday by the global investment firm.

Yellen in China
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is scheduled to arrive in China on Thursday for four full days of meetings with Chinese officials in her second trip to the country since the summer. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is also due to visit China again later this year.

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The bottom line

So in the end, Disney won the fight with activist investors.

After blowing a reported $40 million battling Nelson Peltz-led Trian Partners and former Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, Disney’s shareholders elected the company’s full board at the media conglomerate’s annual shareholders meeting Wednesday.

It wasn’t all that close. Peltz lost out on his bids to oust director Maria Elena Lagomasino by a fairly large margin.

For all Peltz levelled at Disney’s management about their strategy for the company’s streaming business, he failed to convince shareholders that he had a credible alternative plan.

Still, Peltz made some claims that stuck somewhat, including one that questions Disney’s search for chief executive Bob Iger’s second successor. Iger returned as CEO in 2022 after Bob Chapek was fired.

Peltz, however, is not going away as Trian Partners owns a 1.8% stake in Disney.

The attention will return to Disney’s challenges with its streaming business and what it’s going to do to revitalize ESPN — and the question of Iger’s succession.

— CNBC’s Alex Sherman, Rohan Goswami and Sarah Whitten contributed reporting.



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