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Standard & Poor’s negative outlooks on global companies now exceed positive ones by the worst margin 11%  since the 2008-09 financial crisis.

The ratings agency said Tuesday that 17% of debt-issuing companies were on negative credit watch at the end of 2015, outnumbering the number of companies on positive credit watch by a ratio of three-to-one. Read more.

Federal officials have cited Amazon for failing to report at least 26 work-related illnesses and injuries at a New Jersey warehouse and recommended that it address other safety concerns.

The citation stems from a July inspection of Amazon’s Robbinsville, N.J., fulfillment center by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company also received ergonomic- and medical-related hazard letters. Read more.

 

Amazon Cited Over Workplace Injury Reporting

The online giant failed to properly record occupational illnesses and injuries at a New Jersey warehouse, says OSHA.

Matthew Heller

 

Room Rentals vs. Hotels: Buffett’s Revenge

Services like Airbnb are altering the economics of the hotel business.

Economist Staff

 

MetLife Plans Separation of U.S. Retail Business

MetLife’s “bold move” could set a precedent for other “systemically important” insurers seeking to avoid higher capital requirements.

Katie Kuehner-Hebert

 

CEO Exits Reach 6-Month High in December

Total CEO turnover fell 9% in 2015 while tenure at the largest companies has increased nearly a full year since 2005.

Matthew Heller

 

New Lease Standards May Demand Two Sets of Books

The just released IASB lease accounting standard and its forthcoming FASB counterpart call for different expense accounting methods.

David M. Katz

 

Corporate Ratings Outlook Worst Since Crisis

There were three times as many debt-issuing companies on negative credit watch as on positive at the end of 2015, S&P says.

Katie Kuehner-Hebert

 

Feds Move to Curb Real Estate Secrecy

The anti-money laundering action means buyers of high-end property in Manhattan and Miami can no longer hide behind shell companies.

Katie Kuehner-Hebert

 

Fraud Analyst Found Liable for Insider Trading

A jury finds the proprietary sales data that a former Capital One employee used to trade in retail stocks was “material.”

Matthew Heller

 

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