TYLER MATHISEN, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: Spring surprise.
The economy adds way more jobs than everyone thought. So, why did stocks
fall? And what should investors do now if anything?
Applying pressure. Susie talks with the activist investor who wants
Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) to can its controversial pay plan.
The right fit. Meet the entrepreneur who turned her desire to find
the perfect dress into her perfect business.
All that and more tonight on NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT for Friday, May
Good evening, everybody. I`m Tyler Mathisen. Susie Gharib is on
assignment and will join us later in the program.
A blowout April jobs report to start with, a lot more Americans
getting back to work last month.
Here are the numbers: 288,000 jobs added and the nation`s
unemployment rate falling to 6.3 percent. That`s a drop of nearly half a
percent and the lowest jobless rate in nearly six years, economists say
it`s an encouraging sign that employers have finally thawed out from the
grips of this winter`s brutally cold snowy weather and have begun to put
more people on their payrolls.
But the news wasn`t all good, with hundreds of thousands of people
leaving the workforce or giving up on finding a job altogether.
Hampton Pearson has more now on April`s nonfarm job jobs report,
including where the jobs are and the challenges the long-term unemployment
HAMPTON PEARSON, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT (voice-over):
In April, jobs growth increase at the fastest pace in more than two and a
half years. And the unemployment rate fell to a five and a half year low.
With upward revisions for February and March, job growth for the last three
months has averaged 238,000.
At a Rose Garden news conference with German Chancellor Angela
Merkel, President Obama welcomed the news but said there is still more to
BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: All told, our business
has now created 9.2 million new jobs over 50 consecutive months of job
growth. The grit and the determination of the American people, they are
moving forward. But we have to keep a relentless focus on the job creation
and creating more opportunities for working families.
PEARSON: April employment gains were broad-based. The private
sector generated 273,000 jobs, including 75,000 in professional and
business services, which traditionally are among the better paying jobs.
Among the small business success stories, Trunk Club, a Chicago-based
men`s clothing service. The four-year-old start-up had its best year yet
in 2014. Gross sales topped $42 million.
BRIAN SPALY, TRUNK CLUB CEO: When you sign up for Trunk Club online,
at TrunkClub.com, you get matched with the stylists in one of our offices,
and that stylist takes care of you, shepherd you through the process of
upgrading your wardrobe.
PEARSON: With more than 100 new hires in the last year, the total
workforce now tops 400, including expanding to Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Among the new hires, Tasnim Ebod. Since graduating from college last
year, she`s held several part-time jobs while interviewing constantly for
TASNIM EBOD, TRUNK CLUB NEW EMPLOYEE: There is a tough process, you
kind of have to have a little bit of thick skin about it, you know, going
to lots of different interviews. And you meet a lot of different people
and see a lot of different companies. But I think at the same time, it`s a
little bit of a blessing, because you kind of get to see all the different
companies that wouldn`t necessarily work out for you by doing all of those
interviews. But, you know, it`s tough.
PEARSON: But the April jobs report shows millions of job seekers
still on the sidelines. While the 6.3 unemployment rate is the lowest in
more than five years, it happened because the labor force shrank by more
than 800,000, and the labor force participation rate fell to just under 63
percent, the lowest level since last December.
THOMAS PEREZ, LABOR SECRETARY: Look at the participation rates over
the last few months, and you know, they bounce up, they bounce down. What
I saw about last month`s numbers is that the number of discouraged workers
did not go up.
PEARSON (on camera): The Labor Department says 3.5 million Americans
have been out of work for six months or longer. That`s the lowest number
in five years. But that decline is due to many Americans who have lost
their long-term unemployment benefits since the start of the year.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Hampton Pearson in Washington.
MATHISEN: While April`s job growth was strong, wages were stagnant.
In our continuing series on where the jobs are, we take you to one
company that`s bringing high-paying jobs to a region that`s been bleeding
jobs for decades.
Mary Thompson reports from just outside of Albany in Malta, New York.
MARY THOMPSON, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT CORRESPONDENT (voice-over):
When Global Foundries opened the doors of its $8 billion chip-making plant
in upstate New York two years ago, it had to import half of its 2,200-
person workforce. Now, it`s looking to add another 600 to 800 workers by
MICHAEL RUSSO, GLOBALFOUNDRIES DIR. OF GOVT. RELATIONS: We are
focused on local hiring.
THOMPSON: Global Foundries head of government affairs Mike Russo
says it`s not an easy task in the world of high tech manufacturing, most of
it is done overseas. So skilled workers in the U.S. are scarce, but if
Global Foundries can find them, it pays well.
RUSSO: I can tell you an average salary high to low end is about
$90,000 for a rollup for a salary.
THOMPSON: To prime the labor pump, the contract manufacturer
partners with local community colleges on training programs and draws from
the four-year colleges in the region.
Kevin Hanley is a recent graduate of (INAUDIBLE) Polytech, and a new
hire at Global Foundries. The engineer is happy to have found a job close
KEVIN HANLEY, GLOBALFOUNDRIES EMPLOYEE: My main goal is to try to
stay local in the area. So that was a big thing for me.
THOMPSON (on camera): Getting Global Foundries to build the plant in
Malta was a big deal for the state. Research shows every job at the chip-
making plant in five new jobs in the local community. That`s the payoff
New York is looking for from the grants and tax incentives it gave the
RUSSO: It in total over a billion dollar package, so it was
THOMPSON (voice-over): Still, money to build a plant doesn`t make it
easy to build a workforce.
Global Foundries is in need of technicians. But Mr. Fix-it is the
1,000-step process it takes to make computer chips for clients including
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM). Technicians typically
have associate degrees.
But importantly, training director Don Garrison says they have the
mechanical and critical thinking skills that are needed to keep the very
expensive automated assembly line on track.
DON GARRISON, TRAINING DIRECTOR: We`re talking $2 million to $100
million a piece for a piece of equipment. Three minutes (ph) that we`re
not running production is revenue for the company.
THOMPSON: Jabez Cruz is a new hire, that brings 20 years experience
as a technician, although his technology changes quickly. So too do the
skills needed for the job.
JABEZ CRUZ, GLOBALFOUNDRIES EMPLOYEE: It`s almost like learning to
walk. You know, first, you start crawling and start walking and you start
THOMPSON: A small step in building a high-tech workforce at home.
For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Mary Thompson in Malta, New York.
MATHISEN: To read more about Global Foundries and its high tech
workforce, head to our Web site, NBR.com.
Well, with that April jobs report and news that U.S. factory orders
rose more than 1 percent in March, you`d think the markets would really
take off today. But jitters about escalating violence between Russia and
Ukraine had investors on edge, and that keeps stocks on the downside,
boosting gold prices, by the way, by nearly $20 an ounce, highest price
there in a month.
Now, wrapping up a volatile week on Wall Street, one that saw the Dow
close at a fresh all-time high on Wednesday, the blue chip Dow stocks ended
the day 46 points lower. NASDAQ lost three today, S&P was down by the two
for the week. Each of those three measures was up by about one percent.
Ann Miletti joins us now to talk more about today`s jobs report and
the markets. She is a senior portfolio manager with Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC)
Ann, welcome. Good to have you with us.
Why didn`t the markets, both stocks and bonds, really react to this
jobs number in a more sort of enthusiastic way?
ANN MILETTI, WELLS FARGO: You know, I think the first initial
reaction was very bullish. And then there were some things that the market
looked further at, probably the fact that the participation rate did go
And also, the salary or — I`m sorry the earnings stayed flat. So,
the fact that you had a lot of job creation but it didn`t increase
earnings, that was another probably little nick to the number.
Overall, though, this was a pretty positive number. I think it does
show that there`s been an inflection on the job market.
MATHISEN: You know, a lot of people, I don`t know if you`re among
them, think that the market can move higher from here. But I note I was
looking today from where we are year to date for the three major barometers
— NASDAQ, the Dow and the S&P.
And there is a little bit of a gain. But basically, the Dow is flat.
Do you expect the market will go higher as we go into this, usually a
sort of seasonally bumpy period?
MILETTI: It is a seasonally bumpy period. It has been bumpy all
year, Tyler, you`re right. It`s flat. But we`ve kind of — you know, made
a lot of movements in both directions to be flattish.
I think what the market may struggle with is a good economy, an
economy that may be reaccelerating. We have seen the jobs data that is one
indicator. But in an accelerating economy may not necessarily mean that
it`s great for the market.
MATHISEN: All right, Ann. Let`s try to make people some money,
shall we? Your first stock pick this evening is Johnson Controls
(NYSE:JCI). You`ve got a $58 price target on it. Why do you like it?
MILETTI: Yes, I really like this company because it is exposed to
commercial construction. It`s an area that we think has been really in the
area of nonresidential construction has been hurt by the recession. It
really never came back. We`re starting to see signs that it is coming
Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) has a new management team. They`re
repositioning their business, their primary business. In the past, it used
to be the automobile space, and now, they`re building efficiency, which
means controlling lighting, heat, other things within a building. That
business is doing well, and we think they can gain share throughout the
next 12 months.
MATHISEN: I think of them as tied to the automobile business. But
you make a good point there that they`re branching out.
MILETTI: Changing, yes.
MATHISEN: Let`s go on to your next one, which is Steel Dynamics
(NASDAQ:STLD), $23 price target here.
MILETTI: Again, an under-performer year to date. But again, also
tied to commercial construction, steel is a big obviously — a material
component that goes into construction. This is a good management team
that`s executed in the past. They`ve gotten their cost structure in line.
So, now, it`s about top line growth. We think we`ll start to see that
MATHISEN: And Thoratec (NASDAQ:THOR) (ph) is your final one tonight,
$44 price target on that company.
MILETTI: Yes, Thoratec (NASDAQ:THOR) is a really interesting company
in that it makes heart pumps. So people that are going through heart
failure that may in the end need a heart transplant. It used to be a heart
pump that we used to bridge a patient between a time period where they were
waiting for a heart. But now, it`s also being used in therapy, which means
even if you don`t want a heart transplant or may not be able to get one,
it`s a device that you can live many more years with and the devices keep
getting better and the quality of life with them continues to improve.
MATHISEN: And I misspoke. I called it thora — I must have been —
I called it thoracia, I must have been thinking of that great movie,
thoracic park, right, Ann?
MILETTI: You know what, Tyler? You`re not that far off, because
it`s a thoracic that would actually implant the device. So, you`re good.
MATHISEN: Any closures to tell us about and share? How about with
MILETTI: We own stocks in the mutual funds, I don`t own them
MATHISEN: All right. Ann Miletti of Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC)
Advantage Funds, thanks very much.
MILETTI: Thank you, Tyler.
MATHISEN: You bet.
Oil giant Chevron (NYSE:CVX) out with earnings this morning and
profits plunge last quarter. They fell 27 percent as global oil prices
weakened and rugged winter weather crimped oil and gas production here in
the U.S. Don`t feel too bad, though, Chevron (NYSE:CVX) still manage to
earn $4.5 billion in just the first three months of the year. Shares fell
a fraction today, $124.72 with the close.
The federal government is looking to boost gasoline stockpiles in the
Northeast. The U.S. Energy (NASDAQ:USEG) Department wants to build the
area`s first ever regional gasoline reserves, one near New York harbor, the
other in New England, to make sure we`ll never see the gas lines and fuel
shortages that hit the region in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy back in
2012. The fuel is expected to be available by the end of the summer, which
is the height of the Atlantic hurricane season, and the facilities are
expected to cost taxpayers a total of about $200 million.
Well, the new General Motors (NYSE:GM) was back in bankruptcy court
today, trying to distance itself from the old G.M. The automaker is asking
a judge to enforce a ban on the dozens of lawsuits against the company for
claims related to accidents and deaths that happened before it exited
bankruptcy protection in 2009, all involving cars with faulty ignition
switches that were later recalled. And just today, a Texas lawyer
representing families who lost loved ones or suffered injuries because of
those defected ignition switches, well, they met with G.M.`s compensation
czar Ken Feinberg to try to resolve all outstanding claims.
Well, Detroit is making some progress in its struggle to emerge from
bankruptcy. The Motor City`s largest retiree group has agreed to a pension
cut. The group`s 8,000 members will give up its annual cost of living
adjustments in a deal that could help speed up Detroit`s exit from
And the White House is urging some of America`s top executives to
skip an economic conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, later this month.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and other officials are reaching out to CEOs to
cancel plans to attend, saying their participation won`t send a good signal
to Russian President Vladimir Putin, in light of the economic sanctions the
U.S. has imposed against Moscow for its incursion into Ukraine.
Among the executives canceling their plans so far, Morgan Stanley
(NASDAQ:NBXH) (NYSE:MS) CEO James Gorman, Visa`s Charlie Scharf, Alcoa`s
Klaus Kleinfeld and PepsiCo`s Indra Nooyi.
And still ahead, we will head to Omaha, the site of this weekend`s
much anticipated Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) annual meeting, part
annual meeting/part festival. Susie is there. She`s talking with the man
who`s created quite a stir in the past few weeks.
SUSIE GHARIB, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT: Coming up, we talk with the
activist investor who turning up the heat on Warren Buffet to do something
about Coca-Cola`s controversial executive pay plan.
MATHISEN: Another swing and a miss. AstraZeneca turns down Pfizer`s
latest takeover pitch and that is where we begin tonight`s “Market Focus”.
Yesterday, we told you that Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) had upped its offer for
its British rival for $106 billion and increased the cash proposal to
sweeten the deal. That after two failed attempts by Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) to
interest the company in the combination. AstraZeneca`s board said the
offer is still substantially under-valuing its company.
Shares of Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) fell more than 1 percent to $30.75,
AstraZeneca also down a fraction today to $81.02.
Shares of Endocyte took a big hit on today`s session on the news the
ovarian cancer drug it is co-developing with Merck (NYSE:MRK) failed in a
late stage trial. The treatment didn`t meet the study goals of slowing
progression of the disease. Merck (NYSE:MRK) fell just 2 percent to
$58.22. But Endocyte plunged 62 percent to $6.62.
CVS (NYSE:CVS) Caremark saw its first quarter earnings jump 18
percent, as generic drugs and acquisitions helped the drugstore chain
weather a harsh winter. Earnings did fall short of expectations but CVS
(NYSE:CVS) reaffirmed its 2014 earnings forecast. Shares up 1 percent,
$73.86, the finish there.
Newell Rubbermaid`s first quarter profits fell short of estimates on
a sales decline, in most of its units, especially its baby business was hit
by a product recall earlier this year. The consumer products maker
reaffirmed its full-year forecast, upped its quarterly dividend to 17 cents
a share. Still, the stock was off about 4 percent, $28.88 is where it
ended the day.
And Skechers is considering buying a stake in a Los Angeles Clippers
basketball team. Current owner Donald Sterling was banned from the NBA
earlier this week after making racist remarks. The league is putting plans
in motion to try to get Sterling to sell the team. Shares of Skechers fell
almost 5 percent today to $39.93.
Well, Warren Buffett`s Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) saw its first
quarter operating profit dipped 6 1/2 percent to $3.5 billion. That was
slightly below estimates. But the company did a little shopping today
nonetheless with its energy unit, buying the Canadian utility Altalink for
around $3 billion. The electricity transmission company will still be
based in Alberta and will operate as a separate unit of Buffett`s main
And Warren Buffett is sure to be asked about that tomorrow at the
annual Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) shareholder meeting out in Omaha.
Another hot topic, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and its lavish executive pay plan.
As Coke`s largest shareholder, Buffett recently abstained when it came time
to vote on that pricey plan, but since then, he`s come out saying he didn`t
A person at the center of all this is David Winters, a long time
shareholder of both Berkshire and Coke. And Susie Gharib caught up with
him earlier today at the site of Saturday`s big meeting.
GHARIB: David, from what we`re hearing right now it looks like
Warren Buffet is trying to convince Coca-Cola`s board to revise its whole
compensation plan. You have had a lot to do with all of this. Are you
satisfied? I mean, what more do you need to hear from Buffet tomorrow?
DAVID WINTERS, WINTERGREEN ADVISORS CEO: I think there is a long way
to go on Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) because there`s been no further information.
There have been some rumblings, but nothing tangible. The plan is now
widely accepted as being excessive and bad. And I think there are some
real governance issues at Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) for the way they have
GHARIB: Well, as you know, very few people dared to criticize Warren
Buffett, and yet, you have been calling him out publicly on this very
controversial issue. Have you heard from him?
WINTERS: Well, you know, there`s been sort of vague conversation.
GHARIB: But you haven`t talked with him directly?
GHARIB: But if you were to speak with him directly, what would you
WINTERS: Well, basically, what gives? You know, look, I believe the
gospel of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A). You know, I grew up with this.
And then, you know, really, unfortunately, when it`s happened at Coca-Cola
(NYSE:KO), you know, I think Warren has tried. And I think he will try
But there is more work to do. And you know I think his heart and his
wallet and his mind are in the right place.
GHARIB: So, you have been a long-time Berkshire shareholder. And
Berkshire stock over the past couple of years has not been doing as well as
the broader market, how do you feel about that?
WINTERS: Well, look, Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A) has been an
amazing success story and a great American success story. But the problem
is its enormous now and that returns in the future or even in the immediate
past cannot be as good, just mathematically as they have been, you know,
going back 20, 30 years.
GHARIB: David, were you surprised when you heard that Buffett
advised his wife to put most of her money in an S&P index fund, you know,
how did you feel about that? Is that good advice?
WINTERS: Well, I think really what it is, it is an acknowledgment,
you know, a public acknowledgment, which is the right way to do it. And,
you know, I think very open on Buffett`s part that the returns in the
future can`t be as good as just — being an index investor. And so, I
think that unfortunately, you know, the past is not necessarily a prologue
and it`s probably very good advice to his wife.
GHARIB: I`d like to get your thoughts on news today that Berkshire
is paying $3 billion for a Canadian energy company. Berkshire had
something like $50 billion in cash. What do you think of this deal? Will
it make a difference for Berkshire, and what do you want Buffett to do with
all that money?
WINTERS: It`s smart. You know, they`re putting money to work, got a
decent return — you know, cash comes in every day and they`re building out
the utility sector. All that money, it`s a challenge, a beautiful
challenge. But putting $50 billion growing every day to work — I think,
look, he`s got a great record of doing things intelligently with capital.
But again it comes back down to that this enormous weight of cash and lower
returns makes the future returns lower, Susie.
GHARIB: David, the one issue that always hangs over these meetings
is succession. After all, Buffet is almost 84. As an investor, does it
trouble you that Buffet has not named who is going to be the next CEO.
WINTERS: Well, I think in a lot of ways, he`s been very smart not to
name the next CEO, because who it would have been three years ago is not
who it is today. But ultimately, this is going to be an issue, and this is
such an enormously complicated company of who`s going to run it, is it
going to be committee? We already know when and he is flagged that the
returns are going to be lower.
And whoever sits in the seat it`s going to be a tough job, because
you`re going to be endlessly compared to a fellow who`s done better than
anybody else in the history of commerce.
MATHISEN: Coming up, meet the woman who had an idea about to change
the way people shop for clothing and then turned it into a very successful
MATHISEN: Finally tonight, we wrap up this jobs Friday with our
latest bright idea. Ever wish you could buy that dress that doesn`t seem
to exist no matter where you look? Here is someone who had that problem
and decided to do something about it.
MATHISEN: Aubrie Pagano needed something to wear. Her boyfriend`s
brother was getting married. She`d be meeting the family for the first
AUBRIE PAGANO, BOW & DRAPE: I thought I had to look great.
MATHISEN: Clothes have always meant a lot to Pagano, but this time
she was coming up empty in department stores, boutiques, and even on the
Internet. Tailors, if they knew how to make a dress, were too expensive.
The search nagged at her.
PAGANO: And I was, like, I`ll just make my dress.
MATHISEN: She`d never made one from scratch, but it was so worth it.
PAGANO: The reaction was so overwhelming and the questions kept
coming, about how people do could this? That it sort of clicked to my
mind, like I can`t be the only woman who`s had this problem.
MATHISEN: Customized clothing, an idea drove Pagano to move in with
her parents, save $40,000 and quit her job at Fidelity investments.
She began testing a Web site, collecting data from 30,000 would-be
customers, learning which style tweaks would make them fall in love with
and buy a dress from a company she decided to call Bow and Drape.
But that was the easy part. Finding someone to make the clothing was
PAGANO: Again and again and again, all I heard was, this is a stupid
idea, it`s never going to work, the industry doesn`t work like this.
MATHISEN: It didn`t, until now. Pagano combed New York`s garment
center looking for a partner. The one-time mecca of American fashion had
lost hundreds of thousands of jobs since the 1960s, but even so, it was
months before Pagano found Sample Studio, a manufacturer willing to take a
chance on her hunch that everyday working women would jump at the chance to
ALICE HEATHCOTE, BOW & DRAPE CUSTOMER: I`m definitely not a
GRACE COLLOTON, BOW & DRAPE CUSTOMER: I definitely don`t like have
selling (INAUDIBLE) to me, what to buy.
MATHISEN: On Bow & Drape, Alice Heathcote and Grace Colloton can
have their way. Hmm, where have you heard that one before?
PAGANO: If you think about Burger King in the 1970s, their big
campaign was have it your way. And now, if you look around, every single
large chain does that. So, what happened in food we think will happen in
fashion, where really personalization is king, and, you know, what you say
as a customer goes.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I love a Peter Pan (ph) collar, so that`s what
I`m going to go.
COLLOTON: It is really fun to be able to say oh, I actually kind of
made it myself. I picked the length, I picked the color.
MATHISEN: Within days of ordering, the material is hand-cut and hand
sewn. In less than two weeks, it`s part of the wardrobe.
HEATHCOTE: You have a different relationship with the clothes. You
take a lot more pride in them, more ownership. I think you just feel
better in them.
PAGANO: Ready to wear right now is a race to the bottom.
Customization is a way for someone to feel connected to the clothes and
provide value that didn`t exist before.
MATHISEN: Now, others see the value, too. Pagano is seeing
competition and some big name investors. Zappos founder Tony Hsieh let
around a financing worth more than $1 million, giving her cash are to
enlist a second manufacturer in Las Vegas.
PAGANO: The space is heating up, which overall is a good thing for
us. We want people to know that this is doable. We`re changing the way
that women shop.
MATHISEN: Dresses typically run less than $200, tops are under $100.
And Bow & Drape is helping customers accessorize with 3D printing.
Well, that`s NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT for tonight. I`m Tyler
Have a great weekend, everybody. Thanks for joining us. And we`ll
see you back here Monday evening.
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