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>> good morning, everybody. welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and andrew ross sorkin who is in chicago today for the forbes reinventing america conference. you made it, andrew. >> i did. i did. we're going to tell you all about it in just a minute. >> who do you have coming up today? >> oh, this the is you coming to me. now i understand what's happening here. we are in chicago. >> i know. it caught me by surprise, too. this is different than we usually do. >> we are in chicago this morning, very happily so at the forbes reinventing america conference. we're going to be talking about manufacturing, innovation, bringing jobs back to this country. probably have a debate about the minimum wage and thwhat that means. let me tell you who we have on the program because it's a roster you can't miss. we have the mayor of chicago coming up, rahm emanuel. this is the guy that run these place and has a lot of questions but also a lot of views on what's going on. not just politically, but in the
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economic arena. i always forget that he actually worked years ago. then we have steve forbes, the grand master of today's ceremonies. then we have bill ford. we'll talk about the automotive industry, maybe ask him a question about tesla or two but really try to understand what manufacturing means in this country. and then the governor of north dakota, now, the governor of north dakota -- north dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in this country. we're going to talk about shale, natural gas, what all of that means, innovative and manufacturing and finally, the big issue of the morning, education, and we have cheryl hyman, the chancellor of the city -- or rather the chicago city college here and what they're doing with education and teaming up with companies and what they're doing to create jobs. that's what we have going on right here in chicago at the forbes reinventing america summit. and i'm going to send it in the meantime back to you, becky. >> i knew what happened there. i was confused, too. usually we do headlines and then we do the scene setters. i know it caught you off guard.
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>> you kind of looked like he thought it was before the show. you see, it's a different time zone out there. >> no, no, no. >> the show is starting. you're live. >> normally we do the introduction, i do the headlines and then you -- >> you are on, andrew. you are on right now. >> i'm aware that the show is on. >> you're kind of in the midwest, although -- >> what do you mean kind of? well, because he's in a big city. >> it is an hour earlier. >> i want him out somewhere on a big green tractor, like plowing and -- to get the feel for, you know, what's in the middle of the country. you see, he's going to -- >> the conference doesn't do it for you? >> no. he's going to say -- >> i've been west of the hudson. when you go right from new york right into -- where did you fly into? >> o'hare. >> o'hare. >> flew right into o'hare. >> and then you're in illinois with the one governor in the entire state that still thinks you have to raise taxes 100% and
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that will help -- >> he has a lot of farmland. >> they have a lot of problems, too. that's the land of blago, right? >> what about the fly over state part? you didn't go there. >> that's what i was expecting. >> no, you landed in the one big city out there so you can sort of still feel, you know -- it's very new york like, although they would say that it's different. >> yeah. they would say it's really different. they put their garbage in the back in alleys, not in front. >> is that true? >> yeah, big wide streets. it's a very clean city. >> are you saying you're from there, too? you are because you grew up in gary, indiana. >> i'm from right down from there. >> most people don't admit to being born anywhere near gary. >> i was born in gary. you want to hear something else? same hospital as michael jackson. that was my claim to fame when i was a kid. >> same hospital? >> yeah, gary methodist. >> that would be cool.
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all right. we'll be back to andrew. i have a lot for rahm today, too. >> i know. >> i actually sat in his -- in the west wing in my talk to him for like a half hour once when he was chief of -- >> do you think he has more power now or more power before? >> i think he has more power now, i do. >> as mayor? >> because i think that's why he left, because i think he was kind of undercut. but i just -- you know, he's hanging out with steve forbes, he's pushing charter schools, he's reigning in unions. i don't know who this man is at this point. but he's telling reporters that they need to get out of washington, d.c. because the air is too thin there for it to work in their brains. he's saying things like that to reporters. >> did he say that? >> yep, he did. i don't know who this man is and he's hanging out with forbes. so we need to talk to him. >> we'll have some political conversation, of course, as well. that's what we have going on from chicago this morning.
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>> you found your pocket scare for today. i knew you would for today. yesterday, it was misplaced. but looking fine, looking good. look pretty good in them jeans. >> sharp dressed man. let me tell you guys about a few headlines this morning. as joe mentioned, increase in dif depends or stock buyback programs. among the rejected banks is citigroup. the fed remains unconvinced about the overall reliability about citi's planning process. this is the second rejection in three years, and it's seen as a major blow to citi's ceo and michael corvat. the stock took a hit on this news. you can see it was down by about 44.7%. down more than $2 to the $47.79. and while citi was rejected, rivals jpmorgan and bank of america had their plans approved along with morgan stanley, wells fargo, pnc and many more. >> so not only do you not potentially get a dividend right away, but you also -- there's
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questions about how -- >> well -- >> how will things have been going in terms of, you know, fortifying the bank's balance sheet. >> i thought there is some formula that you could figure out and how to make sure you wound up with the credit mim minimum level. like goldman sachs changed their plan area in the week after they realized it wasn't going to meet the minimums. >> you're not going to just move. things have improved there and that's probably why it's disappointing to corbett and -- because i figure they must have thought it was in shape enough to where it could past muster, but it didn't. >> yeah. >> and while the fed approved bank of america's capital plan, the federal housing finance agency announced at the same time a settlement with that bank for about $9.3 billion. the deal will end litigation over the bad mortgages issued leading up to the financial crisis. and former bank of america chief ken lewis settled a lawsuit, accusing him of deceiving
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investors about one of his biggest acquisitions, merrill lynch. lewis led the bank from 2001 to 2009. he'll pay $10 million to resolve claims by new york attorney general eric snyderman. lewis will be barred from three years for serving as an officer or director of a public company. shares of bank of america at this point close around $17 yesterday. >> let's talk a little bit more about the fed's rejection of citigroup's plans. joining us right now is anthony pelinni who says he was very surprised by this news. anthony, what do you think happened? >> a combination of factors. you know, first of all, it seems like city did not do a great job at addressing some previous issues that the fed had. but when you read the fed comments, it does seem that citi came very close to getting a passing grade with some provisions. you know, much like jpmorgan
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last year. whether or not this tipped the scale to failure, we'll never know. but this seems to be more of a bump in the road for citi rather than a critical shortfall. >> is it true, though, that it must be fairley complicated to try and figure out. you can't just figure the formula and here is how it works? >> complicated, arbitrary and subjective, i might add. when you look at what citi did ask to return, it was well above any minimum capital requirement. the fed had no problem with what they asked for. they had some problems, they noted some minor deficiencies that none of which alone would have caused them to fail, but combined, so to speak, made their overall reliability less than adequate. >> so the big question -- >> it was very interesting because the other three banks that failed due to qualitative
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factors had some serious criticisms. hsbc, santander and rbs citizens. >> so the bigger question this raises is what's happening behind the scenes with citi and its regulators. are there other problems we don't know about? >> i think the timing of the mexico incident was somewhat embarrassing for citi. i don't know specifically, you know, what issues they didn't address. there was some hint that they didn't do something right. it is harder, perhaps, for regulators to get their hands around global risk and citi certainly has the biggest global platform of any u.s. banks. but, you know, this is a missed opportunity rather than a failure in our eyes. citi was up 7% last week. they're probably going to give back most of that gain this week. but the return of capital story for citi is still very much alive and well and one way to look at this is we still have even more dry powder going forward. >> anthony, andrew has a question, too. >> anthony, i have a question.
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it's not a citigroup question. it's the story we just did right before that, which is about ken lewis, bank of america, and whether or not you think you should have settled and paid $10 million and been barred. i'm going to take the position that he shouldn't have, because if you remember, the government, talking about behind the scenes, the government told him that he had to do it this way. as an analyst, how do you feel about this? >> that's a really good point. as an analyst and as an american, one has to question some of these judgments and some of these actions. obviously, bank of america wanted to back out of the deal. but the fed at that time refused to let bank of america back out. unfortunately, the relation of that fact also providedest to people that bank of america did have knowledge because they did request to terminate that transaction. >> did you feel lied to as an
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analyst? >> no. i felt that the federal government did not treat bank of america in a fair and equitable way. >> so, anthony, what do you do with citigroup at this point? obviously, a disappointment. but you -- >> that's easy. buy the heck out of it. the stock is cheap. they're going to return at least $10 balance year in each of the next three years. you'll probably see an accelerated disposition of improving assets, failure to return excess capital. the turn around is there. it's obviously, it's remarkable. the valuation is there. banks don't have double and triple potential as they did two or three years ago, but certainly citi, by 2017, should be at a $7 earnings run rate. you put a 10 or 12 multiple on that and clearly this 40% or 50% off side over the next two years, banks tend to trade forward earnings.
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so very few banks right now, especially some of these larger ones have that upside potential and that kind of earnings visibility. we have double digit earnings growth. one good thing about citi is there's plenty of room to improve of the previous risk management teams, but going forward, the new guys seem to be doing a great job. this is just unfortunate. more of a missed opportunity. 7% more than the positive momentum that was folding. but this story is a bumpty turn around story. this isn't a straight line recovery. but it certainly looks like it's a one step backwards two steps forward story. >> anthony, thanks a lot. great talking to you. >> some people might say it was bound to happen, but the ipo didn't do so well. the ipo of king digital entertainment failed to make a big splash yesterday. the maker of the popular game candy crush saga slid blow its
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offering price of $22.50. it traded as low as $18.90, closed at $119.45. now raising some concern about whether the ipo market has been overheated and, you know, two steps -- or three forward, two back. it's been pretty good. i don't know whether you can -- live cap is what worries me, too. a lot of the momentum stocks have gotten a little bit dicey in recent weeks. we'll see whether there's any indication of any real problems. we got down close yesterday to the december 31st low -- or the december 31st close. we're only 2.5 points, about 3 the points up for the year. so we're flad flat for the year. right? >> yeah. wow. i didn't even realize that. >> okay. so all the progress we thought we had made to this point, maybe not so much. let's talk about what's happening overseas.
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the international monetary fund reaching a deal to provide $14 billion to $18 billion to ukraine. ukrainian officials say this deal would require a painful change for ukrainians. the imf agreement will unlock aid to other down yonors. ukraine must complete certainly prior actions before the imf board will approve the aid package, including adopting reforms in the energy sector. >> geopolitical tensions paid a part in yesterday's crimes, obviously. but our next guest says when it comes to ukraine, we're overreacting. oversees more than $256 billion in assets under management. so china is more important than ukraine? >> well, i think ultimately. the deceleration, looking at those macroeconomics factors, i think ultimately you have to keep your eye on the long-term fundamentals. bond falling, military
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hostilities, good opportunities to buy if you've got the discipline to stick with it, you know, three to six months or more. >> we haven't really seen the markets sell off on ukraine. >> we really haven't. this is a negotiated situation. from the russian perspective, right now it's not like it would be in the syria or gulf war or 2003. it is fundamentally distinct. >> and it doesn't rise to the level of cold war 2.0? >> i think that might be a bit premature. >> 30,000 troops now. you can't invade ukraine with 30,000 troops, can you? >> i would think not. although probably invasion from our perspective, military action is probably not higher on the list. i think the good news is, though, that russia would be more open, month susceptible to economic sanctions than it would have been ten, 15 years ago. so there are some leverage points. again, i don't think this rises to the occasion of something like the gulf war. >> and i just wonder, both obama
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and putin seem to be saying the things you would expect them to say at this point. i wonder if when they talk on the phone they really actually talk instead of the talking points. did you see obama's speech yesterday? it was like he won the debate, it sounded very logical and everything, but i don't know, it's his -- we're going nowhere with this. we can't really do anything and europe is not going to go along with this. >> other leverage points, russian gas going into ukraine into western europe. it's debatable who has the most in terms of economic sanctions. it's going both ways right now. >> vlad, listen -- barry, look. >> that's the conversation you're envisioning? >> yeah. crimea has been russian for 2,000 years except since -- you know, we have this and -- >> and it's part of the british -- >> i just wonder if they're really as much -- >> there was something overnight that some european officials said it looks more likely that
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the russians would go into eastern ukraine at this point because it looks similar to what happened back in georgia. if that happened, would that change your mind about anything? >> that would clearly support a diversified position going into this. coming out of last year, fixed income, a lot of people are pulling money out and they were saying stick with your allocation. it's therefore moments like these. i think you're right. chinese demand, the banking system. i would be paying more attention to earnings growth top line. >> i like what obama says, you know, economically, it doesn't affect us that much. it's a regional power. he said some -- >> but it's in brussels and -- >> i like it, though. because they disus all the time. >> he's not enthusiastic about this because -- >> the lights are going to get turned off. but we lost georgia. and what else a couple years ago, right?
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i haven't thought about it since it happened, not once. do we lose atlanta and sea island, that georgia i might worry about. but do we really care that much about what happened -- >> i'm just kind of stunned he's getting away with it. >> we don't want to be isolationists. coming up, why college sports may never be the same. they went, we have to stand up, we have to lead. and why you may want to run for the border for breakfast. that's right. early morning taco bell, the worst meal i ever had at taco bell is -- the executive edge is next. as we head to break, check out the futures. "squawk box" coming right back. y in the u.s., real estate in hong kong, and the optics industry in germany? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy.
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welcome back, everybody. as we get ready for tonight's march madness, the world of college sports could be in for dramatic changes. the national labor relations board has given football players at northwestern university the green light to unionize. they can create the nation's first college athletics union. union lawyers argued that the football players are part of a commercial enterprise that generates hefty profits through their labor. the ncaa, big ten conference and northwestern oppose the union drive. northwestern argued that the
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college athletes are students and can't be put in the same category as factory workers. wow, what do you guys think about this? >> i don't like change in general and i'm used to things the way they are. i need to see -- to determine how i feel based on what andrew says about this. i've read "the wall street journal's" take on it. i have not read the representative of the prolitarians yet. the nlrb has been very active as we've heard about criticism from republicans about how -- you know, whether it's been stacked to some extent. it's been very active, andrew. this is a regional guy. he is saying they are athletes first that need to be paid or need to have union rights and students second. i've always thought that it was -- and this only apply toes private institutions, so if this does hold, whenever they play, whenever a state college -- i mean, it's going to be totally
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different in the way things are done. i like the way things are now. i don't -- >> here is the view from the midwest. we're actually in chicago, northwestern is very close by. the proletariat view. my question is, is it only applicable to teams that are profitable? meaning, if i was on the fencing team and the fencing team makes no money, can i unionize? that's always been my big issue with whether you pay the athleteses or student athletes because we look at basketball, we look at football and we say, if it's huge, commercial, then it's -- >> well, not every football and every basketball program is usually profitable, either. >> exactly. and a lot of them aren't. we talked to the president of the ncaa yesterday. a lot of them are not at all. i think it's only 20 or 25 of the number one ncaa schools actually make money doing this. the rest of them, they're paying. and by the way, there's a huge
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demand on the other side that they're paying too much because they're in the making any money doing it. >> the idyllic notion win one for the gipper and watching these kids in the march madness, it's all about the game. i don't know, i -- still, you know, i have this the idealistic view that, you know, getting an education and you've got a scholarship and you're there and this is sort of a -- that they work 50 hours a week and their coaches tell them when they can eat, sleep and drink, i don't know. >> when they brought up at&t, i said there's no way that can happen. >> look, i worked 50 or 60 hours a week when i was in college at the college newspaper. but i was also paid. it was a situation where i was paid to do that. >> so how do you feel about this? i'm actually for probably not paying them as athletes, but for allowing them to benefit financially from their
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athleticism. meaning if they -- if they want to sign jerseys and get paid for that, if they want to -- but then there's a whole pay thing that certain athletes are going to get paid and others aren't. that to me is more free market than what's going on here. >> that makes sense to me. i do think athletes should be able to be paid for their likeness when it's picked up in a video game. that to me was clearly -- wait a second, you have a video game company coming in using your likeness and not getting paid? that is one off outside the actual theme of playing -- >> i'm not going to do any union bashing. i don't know. what -- did the teams get mediocre across the board if they were -- i don't know. i look at, you know, sometimes the public unions and you wonder -- no, i'm not going to -- like i said, i'm not going to do it. but i like the way things are now. it doesn't seem --
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>> it's hard to imagine how it would work in this new system. it would give you a -- >> oh, but you -- i think you agree with us, do you agree with becky and myself on this issue that they should be able to be paid for their likeness and things of that sort? >> if someone would tell me all of the pros and cons and i can total them all up. i don't know what the unintended consequences are. >> maybe we don't know enough about that. we'll keep talking about this and we'll get the ncaa guy back on. >> they were blind-sided by this, too. the nlrb, andrew, it's a big part of our life. i never heard of it before, but those four letters are a huge part of -- >> we're going to have bill ford on later and rahm emanuel. both of them we should ask this question to. >> and rahm, too. i want to ask him whether he's got darchbt take on that now at this point. >> oh, no, they took away the breakfast story. >> i thought we knew about this? >> the taco waffle breakfast. >> i knew that that was coming.
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>> you've been waiting? today is the first day. we don't have any here to feed you. >> that makes me wonder who is running that place and why it isn't here. >> because you tack about taco bell so much. >> novak was on our list. >> we don't have any in chicago here, either. >> focusing so much on china that he forgets -- what did i just said, the worst meal i ever had was graded taco bell? >> you did. >> nothing here, nothing. >> we'll talk about that story later. when we come back, is the russian economy strong enough to deal with sanctions? we'll dig into that. and we kick off our lineup from the forbes reinventing america summit. that is coming up from chicago at 6:50 eastern time. plus, right now as we take a break, take a look at yesterday's winners & losers. ♪
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good morning and welcome back to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm joe kernen along with becky quick and andrew ross sorkin. who is in chicago this morning for the forbes reinventing america conference. in the headlines this morning, citigroup shares are under pressure in a surprise move the federal reserve -- i would say again rejected citi's plans for
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increasing its dividend and stock buyback plan. we've seen this movie before, but we thought that they had done enough at this point. the federal expressed concern about the bank's risk planning process. and stocks, that's $4.70 a stock if you go back all the way to where it was, even though it says -- >> we did talk to anthony polini from raymond james. i was surprised, he said buy the heck out of it. >> he's been saying that for a while, though, right? and you never know. >> and he says this is not a straight shot up. this is a recovery story. they have a lot of things they can do. it's expected to be a jagged long-term up. >> and he said when he was talking about management, he said none of this applies to current management. he was talking about most of the flaws, even vickram, yeah. and companies that had their plans approved by the fed are on the rise this morning. they include names like jpmorgan, sxern suppress, wells fargo, morgan stanley and bank
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of america. elsewhere, the international monetary fund is going to provide $14 billion to $18 billion in aid to ukraine once ukraine completes a number of fm reforms. the deal unlocks ai s aid from . with ukraine scheduled to receive $27 billion over the next few years, stay tuned. i don't think this money would be there if this wasn't ukraine any more. >> overnight, there were suggestions that the things look more likely than initially expected. in the meantime, you have seen the micex rebound from march 14th. but there was a report that was out saying a new classified intelligent assessment concludes it's more likely than not that the russian forces will enter
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eastern ukraine. part of it is because it was reminiscent of what -- went through before it went into chechnya and georgia. >> you wonder, maybe you wouldn't see a huge amount of resistance in the eastern part of that country. >> very difficult for them to military -- and they've already lost the navy, essentially. >> right. that might do it. >> and apparently it's reminiscent to what it looked like before the russians invaded both chechnya and georgia. let's talk about russia's economy. the economy could contract by as much as 1.8% in 2014. so will the president of ukraine escape economic disaster? joining us with his thought is bef bennet. jeff, what's been interesting is the micex rebounding. what do you think? >> i think clearly the markets
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are assuming, for the time being anyway, that the geopolitical situation doesn't get any worse. and i think what the market is successfully doing is pricing in events as they are today. so the rebound in the index clearly assumes that we don't get an invasion from russia of the ukraine and whether that will happen or the sanctions tit for tat between the west and russia escalated significantly. the markets did come under pressure once again. so i think the markets are doing a pretty good job of pricing in what's going on now, but it's still obviously very dependent on how these events play out. >> what would you tell investors, if you're willing to take a risk, go back in. if not, steer clear? >> no. we're not telling investors to build positions in russia. he's given the rules of our game and a lot of emerging markets around the world. we're looking at a neutral position in russia. we think what the market has done is essentially priced in events as they stand now.
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but i think we're more inclined to sell and to buy because we are concerned about the geopolitical situation. you also just mentioned the economy, which is going to be under pressure. but we're certainly not telling people to buy at this point. i think it's way too early for that to be the case. >> you think that the big 800-pound gorilla is china? that thought is going to be the dominant factor? >> yeah. certainly for emerging markets. i think china is undoubtedly going to be the biggest factor. we do expect the economy to be stronger in china than the current fears recently have been in the markets. we think growth is going to be around the 7.5% level. we think some of the negative sentiment about china has certainly been overplayed without any question. in fact, our view is that emerging markets generally will show in time better growth this year than we saw last year the i think that will benefit the asset class overall. clearly, russia is a big market.
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there is significant economic risk and investors will keep watching it. but whether you sell aggressively now, you need, i think, further significant geopolitical deterioration to make the market a sell at this point in time. >> you think the world bank is right, just in terms of what you might see in the economy in russia or do you think there's an even bigger downside? >> no, i doubt that. i think the world bank is right, talking about a decent negative number in the event the geopolitical situation escalates. we cut our number a couple of weeks ago to 1.5%, that's plus 1.5%. and that's where we are today and the consensus has come down below our number. we think there's a lot of downside to that number. but it, as i say, does depend on the geopolitical situation and how much more serious it becomes. we're assuming capital spending comes under pressure. we're assuming consumer confidence is weaker. with the ruble having come down, it will be a bit of a boost to exports and that will be an
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offsociety. so i think to get on a negative number, again, you've got to see significant rationing up of sanctions and a deterioration of the political situation. >> thank you very much. when we return, new rules for doing business in cuba. we'll have that story next. i watched the entire g-2 yesterday. i had some time -- actually, two days, "godfather 2." i know a lot of what happened. the cars look the same as down there. but it didn't work out for hyman ross and -- a lot of stuff happened. i think it was historically accurate. as we head to break, a quick check off what's happening in the european markets. we'll be right back. k.
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welcome back, everybody. in your planner today, the squawk planner, yoga and fitness apparently lululemon is expected to focus quarterly results in about a half an hour or so. we'll have those numbers as soon as they're released and we'll be talking to dana telsey about it. also, 8:30 eastern time, the weekly jobless claims report. and microsoft kicks off an event at 1 ook p.m. eastern time. the new ceo nadella could announce an office for ipad. that's what we hear. that's your squawk plan her and i'll send it back to you over to, joe. cuba is changing its business model. let's check in with our chief international correspondent michelle caruso cabrera.
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she thinks she's an expert on cuba. aren't you cuban? >> i'm cuban american. >> so i defer to you. >> thank you. you know, "godfather 2" is pretty good, isn't it? >> we were that close to having a really cool place to go. >> we can all hope, pray. guess what? >> tell me. >> we have gotten ahold of what we think is the cuban investment log that is going to be approved on saturday. and point number one, it allows investment. >> wow. what a concept. >> yeah, what a concept. allows investors. businesses can be 100% foreign-owned. >> come on. >> up until now, if you wanted to invest in cuba, no problem, you put up 100% of the money, but we retail at least 51% control and usually much higher than that. guess what? they didn't get a lot of foreign investment. a promise of no ex appropriations. here is a detail. cuban ex ills can invest.
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cuban exile somewhere in the world in the eyes of cuba, they can invest and cubans in cuba cannot. >> why? >> cuban exiles in the united states are profited by the united states government from investing in cuba. what they've done with this law is i'm a cuban exile, i can invest but i can tunnel money to one of my family members and they can start a business as long as they're not in cuba, right? >> right. >> so this is meant to set up that tension and perhaps cause the cuban population in the united states to pull the exile and -- >> oh, okay. that's smart. >> right. now, critics of this will say it's not going to lead to a lot of foreign investment. rule of law, you have a judicial system in which disputes can be resolved quickly and in a way that you have achieved justice. take a look at the video here. look at these women sewing on 1950s singer sewing machines.
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cuba needs an investment. it needs a coat of paint like you wouldn't believe. whether or not this will make a difference, you'll hear all kinds of critics saying this is just a show. .maybe a lot of it is. >> foreign investment? it was 55 years ago. it really was january 1st -- >> 1959, absolutely. >> remember they arrested new year's eve party and -- i don't know whether that really happened. but that is the next -- and batista left and said good luck to you all and i've got to get the hell out of here. >> and over the next receivable years, castro exappropriated every -- >> and now, if i'm rahm and michael were still alive, they could go back and to did on what they were going to do. >> right. here is the other big issue. a lot of the property that was taken is still disputed. there are still american claims sitting in treasuries that until
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those get resolved, the cuban embargo doesn't go away by law. the coca-cola plant where now they make k-cola instead. >> what about all this? they moved to the dr, i think. >> the doe minute cminican repu. >> those are huge, exactly. >> that never happened. you just wonder -- i can't imagine that the cuban people wouldn't be much better off. >> my mother to this day, you see the documentary, my mother to this day wants to go back and get my grandmother's house, which was huge and beautiful. >> shay became the most famous photo in the world. >> he's a murderer. >> to try to help people. >> and can't we say unequivoc unequivocally -- >> he oversaw the execution of thousands of individuals, yeah. >> that is -- i hear to a lot of people might consider -- >> yeah.
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all right. thanks. thank you, michelle. >> i'll be back to talk about the ukraine bill. >> wow, you know about that? you're not ukrainian. >> no. >> your father was ukrainian and your mother was cuban? >> no. but i am against communism and total t to ta totalitaran -- >> okay. let's get to andrew in chicago. >> we are in chicago live at the forbes reinventing america conference opinion we're talking about the biggest issue of all after the break, education, education reform, the kills, we have the chancellor of the city colleges of chicago with us this morning and we're going to talk about all that when "squawk box" returns right after this. ameriprise asked people a simple question: can you keep your lifestyle in retirement? i don't want to think about the alternative. i don't even know how to answer that. i mean, no one knows how long their money is going to last. i try not to worry, but you worry.
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one of the big questions is always about education and skills and where are the skills and how are we going to narrow the skills gap? this morning, i am joined by the chancellor of the city of chicago -- i always -- the city colleges of chicago, always very complicated. cheryl hyman is here. she is working on a really unique program with the mayor this morning. not just this morning, but for a
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long time now. to bring people from college straight into jobs. where are pooeg people >> education plays a huge role in the recovery of our economy. typically when you've heard about conversations about how education will help, it's been focused on k through 12. many are realizing that the battle for today and tomorrow's work force is taking place at community colleges. in chicago, we have thousands of jobs that are going unfilled while people are looking for work. clearly there's a skills to jobs mismatch. there's also information gap -- >> right. >> because many people don't know where to go. >> we launch college to careers
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as a way to address that, to ensure that chicagoans don't miss what increasingly -- >> give us an example of how it's working. you're working with a number of companies here. >> we're working with a number of companies. through research we found that 80% of the jobs in our region would be focused in six industries, health care, i.t., transportation, distribution, logistics, business, hospitality, culinary and health care. so what we did was brought together industry partners that represent each one of those industries. and aligned each one of our schools with those industries and what they're doing is working directly with our faculty to redesign our curriculum, to make sure our curriculum match work force demand, make sure it's relevant. they're providing teacher practitioners. they're at the table helping us redesign the curriculum for those industries. >> that raises an interesting question, though. >> that's right.
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>> whose responsibility is it? in the old days -- i don't want to say the old days. theres way atime when a number of companies had apprenticeship programs. >> that's right. >> real training inside the company. >> that's right. >> a lot of those companies don't have that anymore. >> right. >> who should be paying for all this? >> i think it's a shared responsibility. companies can't afford to take on that large burden. i would say that's our responsibility. we are a college. we train and should be training and preparing our students to have credentials of economic value so they can go right into the work force. so it is a shared responsibility. i think it's their responsibility to let us know the skills that our students need and it's our responsibility to train them for those skills that's why it's so important to have a model-like college to careers where they have become a part of the institution and working with our fact zbluulty. >> you raise an interesting question. what do you think of unpaid
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internships? that's a controversial issue these days. >> we have some of those. i think unpaid internships that are embedded as part of the training helps prepare the student to be in the real world. it's not just a technical skills that they need, they need the soft skills, too. they need to learn how to function in these environments. they need to learn critical thinking. they need to learn problem solving. the only way to do that is to be at the company with the employees learning it. i think as long as it's embedded as part of their training, it's actually quite beneficial for the student. >> is there a goodple xaple of a company that's -- kids that are coming out from one side of the college, into careers right now? >> uh-huh. if you look at manufacturing, that is -- that is a booming industry that is impacting our nation, not just the chicago region. and so we have programs that are anywhere from six months to two
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years. there's 14,000 jobs in manufacturing and students come out making $45,000 to $60,000 right out of city colleges. >> we have to run. here's the question. $45,000 to $60,000. how much does it cost for the program. >> our programs are about $89 per credit hour, one of the lowest in the state of ill zblil thank you for coming in this morning. >> thank you. >> appreciate it. joe, i'll send it back to you. coming up, are the fed's expectations for the economy all wrong? former national economic council director larry lindsey is here to tell us why they have to check the forecast. and why midland, texas may put the bakken to shame. more "squawk" coming up next. ♪
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cy setback for citi. plus, bank of america strikes a major settlement. we put the financials in focus. an oil find bigger than the bakken. >> there's a whole ocean of oil under our foot. we talk to the ceo of apache about the major field found in midland, texas. >> and the man himself, steve forbes, the host of forbes e-inventing america conference will be here to talk about getting america back on track. "squawk box" begins right now. welcome back, everybody. this is "squawk box" right here on cnbc. i'm becky quick along with joe kernen and andrew ross sorkin who is in chicago this morning at the forbes reinventing
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america summit. our guest host is larry lindsey, president and ceo of the lindsey group. we have a lot of grounded to cover with him over the next two hours. before we start, though, let's take a look at where the futures stand this morning. yesterday you did see a decline for the markets. at this point, the s&p is within points of giving back everything it already picked up for 2014. you can see after those declines yesterday, the markets are indicated higher. s&p up by just about 2.5 points. the ten-year note right now you take a look, you see the yield is at 2.7%. in our head loans this morning, 25 of 30 banks have had their plans for increased dividends and stock buybacks approved by the federal reserve. that's the glass half full. five did not make it. the most notable exception is citigroup. we'll talk more about this in just a moment. it is a big day for microsoft ceo satya nadella.
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he's expected to announce a version of microsoft's popular office software suite for apple's ipad. about time. a busy economic calendar ahead. we get the labor department's weekly report on initial jobless claims. at 10:00 eastern time, the national association of realtors is out with pending home sales. >> looking at some of larry's -- you can't say all of this stuff. i don't think you can say this stuff. the federal reserve blocking five banks from increasing their dividends or stock buyback programs including citigroup. let's get more on this story from kayla tausche. they said no one other time. they've had time to do a lot of stuff. >> joe, it was in 2012. so two years ago, that the fed actually rejected citigroup.
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that was one of the facets leading to the ousting of ceo vi vickrum pandit. with 12 banks participating in this exercise for the first time around it was bound to have more rejects than in the past. they have a long way to go to meet the u.s. standards but in addition to hsbc, santander and zions were rejected each for a different reason. 25 banks did pass, though not all with flying colors. they did announce a boost to dividends and buy backs. goldman sachs and bank of america planned to give back more than the fed actually allowed them. the fed placed new restrictions on them. they had to resize those plans based on the fed's stringency. b of a says it will announce a
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$4 billion buy back. morgan stanley doubled its dividend an initiated a $1 billion buy back now that they have finished that acquisition of smith barney. citigroup, the only big bank to get rejected second time in three years. it was a huge surprise to the street as we can see by the move in the chart of citigroup after hours. it's now down by about 5% premarket. analysts expected citi to have the most upside after years of lackluster returns. they put a lot of faith in the new ceo and some of the priorities he put in place there. the fed said citi hadn't done a good enough job assessing its own internal risk. and it needed to go back to the drawing board. that was a $6.4 billion buy back and a dividend of a nickel. they are keeping the 1 cent dividend and 1.2 billion program they've had in place for several years. in a statement, the ceo said he
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was deeply disappointed that the bank would work with the fed to fix some of the issues. it's interesting. last year, the fed rejected goldman sachs and jpmorgan for qualitative reasons. this time, senior fed officials said you know what, those were easy fixes. what we think needs to happen at citigroup is not easy, might take a lot of time, so they are not letting themmen crease capital returns. >> we have a long memory, kayla. i'm sure that there are actual numbers that cause them to make these decisions. but if there was one bank just out of control, way too big, way too systemic and just sort of everywhere. sort of ubiquitous with the financial crisis. i wonder if that plays into this a little bit. >> i think it does, joe. if you look at the language that the fed used in detailing the problems that it found with citigroup, it said the bank hadn't done a good enough job assessing its own risk. what happens if treasury yields
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rise by 500 basis points? what happens if the u.s. housing market falls by 50% on the pricing front? citigroup is so global, it touches so many different areas of the global economy they need to think about what if asia falls 30%, what if mexico falls 80% and the fed basically said you don't have enough of those potential scenarios in place to even gauge how much this could affect you down the road. >> yes. larry? >> take another bank on that list, hsbc. hsbc never asked for a dime from anyone. it obviously managed its risk. it is a global company. why is the fed second guessing an hsbc which never took any money and which in the past obviously was doing a good job? >> right. kayla, thanks. let's get more on the markets. larry is here. i'll introduce allison first, allison deans, and our guest host, larry lindsey is president and ceo of the lindsey group.
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do you, allison, you've worked around the street. are you surprised at what happened to citi? does some of it have to do with still the bad behavior that we associate with citigroup from the financial crisis? >> i this i part of it is that it is -- i don't know if it's bad behavior, you had a sprawling organization and having worked in the office of the chairman for a brief period before i went to bank one, it was very hard to get your arms around everything that was going on there. they had a process called windows on risk. this was hard to explain. that was their explanation of how they looked at risk. it's sprawling and i don't think they had a focused and disciplined process. if you look back at citi historically, it's great that they're global and they're good at figing out local markets. they've never had a good track record when it comes to credit. what's helped them is their exposure to any particular area of credit that blows up has never been enormous because they're so global.
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my sense is the fed ae's lookint that type of credit. >> is the fed, larry, fighting yesterday's -- i mean, the farm animal has already left the barn and the door has been shut. do we need to -- are they doing what they should be doing right now? >> i was listening to the list of risks that are supposed to be able to be covered in your coverage of this. are we supposed to have a bank that can cover a 500-point increase in the yield curve or a 50% collapse in the housing market? there isn't enough capital on the planet to prudently run a bank with those conditions. the real risk is policy banking. most of the risk in the u.s. economy is always a policy-driven risk. running a bubble for too long. running housing policy the way we ran it. washington cannot admit that it is the source of much of the risk. and therefore, it's saying in the private sector you have to
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accommodate for the risk that we induce. >> end of world scenarios are not taking into account in stress tests, are they? >> no. >> they shouldn't be. >> biggest fear is a bomb in -- a nuclear bomb in new york city. there's no bank that can survive that, is there? >> there's certainly no bank. nor would it make sense for any bank to plan for that kind of a disaster. the u.s. government doesn't plan, really, for that kind of disaster. and to expect private institutions to do so is not a cost effective way of running things. >> i don't think the stress tests are that extreme. if they were, most of the banks would have buyback and dividend increase plans turned down. i think they do look back historically at what has been the potential risk in certain asset classes and want to make sure they have the capital cushion, the reserves in place as well as they have a process to handle and deal with capital raising or selling off businesses in those crises.
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i don't think they're looking at armageddon. >> i think you're right, alison. what struck me is hsbc being on the list, obvious i a sprawling organization but one which has never taken a dime through anyone and made it through fine in the 2008 crisis. >> they did have a lot of problems after they bought household financial in the united states. both with credibility and the way things were being done and credit losses. perhaps they realized should things get worse there were some potential problems. >> alison, just on the market in general, candy crush, i don't know, that didn't go well. biotech is down 20%. momentum stocks are having trouble. we're flat on the year, up two points on the s&p. the fed is tapering. most people say the 3% gdp growth that everyone thinks is coming is going to help the market and it should be going higher. is this market still in an upward trajectory? >> i do think eventually but i
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think we're in a wait and see period. the mark set fairly valued if you don't see improving economic growth and improving earnings momentum, particularly top line growth. so far, the excuse for not seeing any of that has been the winter weather. it's slowed things down dramatically. but as the weather issues start to go away, we don't see improving economic growth and that showing up in corporate profits. i think we do have a flat market and the market stays flat until we see signs of that improvement. >> yes. weather. the stress test include global warming? you don't include global warming, that is armageddon. >> we can't possibly survive that. >> every spring is ten days earlier now. what's the date? it's 22 degrees outside. >> it was 24 on mine. it's so cold. >> thank you, alison. >> thank you. >> we better talk to these people. >> can you imagine putting that in a stress test? no one would pay a dividend.
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welcome back to "squawk
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box," everyone. the future this morning are indicated higher. we know they were yesterday, too. it didn't turn out that way at the end of the day. the dow futures are indicated up by about 23 points. the nasdaq futures are also indicated higher, up by 4.5. the s&p futures up by 1.5. taco bell fans, we mean you, joe, get ready for breakfast. the fast food chain will begin offering breakfast meals today featuring a waffle taco. yum brands is looking to boost sales at its 6,000 locations. the stores will open at 7:00 a.m. they are even going as far as using ronald mcdonald in their ads. i don't know how that's possible? isn't that a trademark? mcdonald's is the number one player in the breakfast space, making up about 20% of mcdonald's sales overall, those morning hours. when taco bell tested this, it made up 4% of its overall sales,
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but that was before a national ad campaign. >> i have always liked sausage with syrup. you know what i mean? you ever had pigs in a blanket? >> i'm not a huge fan of that. >> i make pigs in a blanket. >> you put eggs in a waffle with syrup. >> ask andrew -- >> you ask him. he's right here. >> andrew, would you turn your chobani in for a little taco? >> i'm game for a little waffle taco. >> how about that kale juice. >> there's a taco bell at o'hare airport in chicago. after the show i'm thinking i may see if they have waffle tacos on hand. >> report back. >> we're making fun of this. i am not dismissing that out of hand at all, andrew, the potential for a waffle taco. are you? >> i'm not. i may do an on-air review
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tomorrow if i can find my way to a taco bell. >> in the past it's best to defer to taco bell's judgment on stuff they're introducing. >> i like their tacos, not interested in a waffle taco. >> i'm just not. >> joe, your bio has you eating a single hard boiled egg in the morning. >> that's true. >> let's do truth in advertising. >> good point. we're live in chicago this morning. within we come back from the windy city, we have steve forbes, the host an ringmaster of this conference we're here for. forbes are re-inventing america conference. we have steve forbes within we return. back in a moment.
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estimates. that stock is up 1.6%. let's get to andrew in chicago. andrew, take it away. >> we are in the windy city and we have steve forbes with us this morning. we're at the forbes reinventing america summit. and steve, thank you for being here. >> good to be here, thank you. >> thank you for hosting us. what is this all about? >> what this is about, even though the economy has been punk since 2008, there's a lot of things happening in this country. one of them is re-invention of manufacturing. we know about natural gas, making us the head of the chemical industry, that means more capital for new things. the railroad industry is going through a revolution, 3-d printing. all of this positive turbulence is taking place, since the '70s, terrible decade but you have the rise of microsoft, apple, amgen. we thought it would be a good idea to bring the makers together, the schools, educating
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skilled workers. honeywell, what are they doing, ford. it's an exciting thing. >> you're optimistic. let me throw a little bit of -- a little less optimism on here. i want to read you something that steve rattner, you know well, recently wrote back in january "new york times" in the. he says reassuring of manufacturing jobs is a myth. he said in order to compete, these new jobs offer less in health care, pension and benefits than industrial workers historically received. do you agree with that? and is that a problem? >> you can talk about pay packages that have changed since the 1970s after the great inflation and relative decline of manufacturing in this country. the question is where are we going from here? yes, a lot of stuff still goes offshore. what is amazing, a lot of stuff is becoming inshore. we are becoming competitive. it's not because of low wages. it's because what made this country great in the past was we're always on the you canning edge of new things. >> do you think a company like apple, which manufactures so
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much of its business outside of this country, typically in china, that those jobs are jobs that we want here in the u.s.? >> we're inventing new jobs, that's the promise of something like 3-d printing. yes, you're getting traditional ones like chemicals coming back onshore. you look at the auto industry, nonlegacy companies. legacy companies are getting their act together. we're talking with bill ford this morning. also foreign manufacturers do very well in this country. the american skilled worker is there. you don't try to compete on wages. you try to compete on technology. so we're combining the old with the new. that's what's exciting. >> we're also going to be talking about politics here this morning. we have the mayor here. >> sure. >> how much does regulation play in all of this in larry lindsey was talking about regulation with the banks earlier. >> regulations have become a killer, just as they were back in the 1970s. i think you're starting to see a backlash, saying what are we getting to are a buck on these things? what works and what just gets in the way? you'll start to see it in the
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financial sector and other areas. yes, we have a regulatory wave but i can see a counterwave. >> you've publicly been supportive of rubio's regulation proposal. i want to read you a criticism of it and have you respond. this coming from the new republic of all places. i'm sure we can make a comment about that. danny vinick writes, the plan has nothing to do with cost benefit analysis. on the contrary it sets up a cap based solely on the economic coasts of regulations regardless of benefits. how should regulation be measured? >> well, there are various ways to do it. we know between $1.8 trillion and $2 trillion in this country goes for regulation. a lot of it is just junk. one of the things we should be doing more of is what is the goal? don't tell us how to get to a goal. we'll figure that out. so a lot of the stuff micromanaging. micromanaging banks. here are the things you should be doing. how you get there is your own business. more goal-orienteds.
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>> we have a question back at headquarters. joe, do you have a question? >> i always have questions and comments, andrew. good to see steve. you two guys, are you getting along okay? this is like coke brothers meet krugman. >> we're holding hands. you can't see it. >> are you? >> yes. >> apparently the president just met the pope, just moments ago. i don't know whether we have video. we exchanged gifts. apparently they gave each other your book "how capitalism will save us." it was such a coincidence that at the same time they both gave -- no, actually that did not happen. >> i didn't know the president visited with you, joe, this morning. that's news. >> yes, the pope. do you think they're both talking about the shortfalls of capitalism at this point? >> they might be but i think the pope is ahead of the curve in terms of understanding what markets are about. what he wants are results. he came from a continent where
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you have crony capitalism to farewell. i hope the pope is telling the president, don't go our way with crony capitalism. i've learned from the mistakes argentina and others have made. >> we'll have rahm on later, too. steve, are you optimistic that the worm has turned 0 are that the pendulum will start swinging back towards less, you know, central planning and more free market capitalism? i don't know if i'm optimistic. are you? or do you think 2014 might help in november? >> i think 2014 will help. you look at a city like chicago. rahm emanuel, mayor, is a big proponent of charter schools, quite the opposite of what we saw in new york city. he wants results. he's result-yorntd. i think you'll see more and more of put the ideology aside, how do we make this thing work? people are on the ground. mayors say the rubber meets the road.
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more likely the rubber keeps hitting you in the face when you're mayor. you have to be ready for anything. it's more of a can-do attitude that's more exciting. >> company is up for sale. what's the process, where are you? >> we're in the process, we're happy. we'll let you know. >> i hope you let us know first. steve, thank you for having us and hosting us. >> thank you, andrew. >> i'll send it back. more "squawk box" coming up next. xt.
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welcome back to "squawk box," everyone. let's get our headlines for the morning. caesar's entertainment announcing it will close harrah's tunica mississippi. "the wall street journal" says that twitter is preparing to roll out a new music strategy this week. the relaunch comes just a week after twitter pulled its music app from itunes store. the company is trying to emerge from the shadow of a food
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safety scare in 2012 and fend off rivals with innovative home-grown fare in china. yum gets more of half of its overale sales in china and plans to open 700 stores there this year. the imf reached an agreement for loans. >> it will get approved. 14 billion today's $18 billion is the imf part of the deal, a precursor to a lot of other deals that would get done by other international bodies. there are conditions. ukraine has to have a new monetary policy in which they target inflation. before they used to target a fixed exchange rate and would intervene in the forns currency markets. now they'll move to what is much more conventional monetary policy, the way we think about it in the united states.
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they'll have to recapitalize the banks, most of which are in deep trouble due to a bad economy over the last several years. how they're going to do that, they were vague and silent on. that's important and we'll find out over time what they mean and want. deep spending cuts, you go to the imf, the federal government of your country will always face the mandate of deep spending cuts. consumers will have to pay the real cost of energy. gas has been subsidized heavily since the soviet days. it's come to be expected by the population. all kinds of distorgs in the economy, huge problems with deficits in the government. they'll raise prices drastically, by at least 50% starting next month and then they'll eventually get to the point where consumers are paying the real cost of energy. and new procedures to reduce corruption, because behind closed doors, the discussion about ukraine is how deeply corrupt, kleptocratic,
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distrustful, horrendous the place. >> they're getting subsidized. >> the consumers pay relatively nothing relative to the cost. businesses have to pick up a lot of the costs. the consumer ends up picking it up in taxes. >> nothing's free. >> it was found as a geopolitical entity. >> it definitely is. >> that's what this is. >> for sure. >> we'll watch to see how tough the enforcement of those are. >> they will say there will be prerequired actions. behind closed doors months ago they were saying there will have to be an election first. guess what, we haven't had the election. they are very much there to try to keep ukraine in the western sphere of influence, not in the russian sphere of influence for sure. >> thank you, michelle. let's turn our attention
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back to our guest host, par larry lindsey. . >> especially if their growth forecast comes to be true. alison was talking about 3% growth. that's the fed's target for this year. we know how fast productivity is growing. we know how many warm bodies are coming into the labor pool, 0.6. the supply side of the economy is growing at 1.75. to fill the gap from 1.75% to 3%, you have to lower the unemployment rate 1.25 points a year. that's a tenth of a point a month. wee were at 6.7 in february, we're be at 6 in september and 5.5 next february. that's a long way from june and, frankly, i don't think the fed will wait until you get to 5.5. once they get a 5 handle they'll have to raise rates. one two of things has to give.
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either you're not going to get your 3% growth or you'll have to raise rates sooner or some mix of both. >> both of those are bad news for the markets? >> yes. everyone said that the new fed chair, janet yellen who i think is a great choice, misspoke on six months. maybe she shouldn't have been specific on the exact timing but she was, you know, she stumbled into the truth. the old forecast was december. they were going to raise rates until december of 2015. that will be -- that's a year after they'll probably do it. what is happening is the fed is gradually stumbling over its own math and coming into the realistic situation that growth is going to be lower and interest rates will have to rise sooner in order to make the numbers work. >> if you were to put a date on it, a year from now? >> well, i'm on the slower growth camp. i don't think we're coming anywhere near 3% growth. yes, i would say probably next february would be about the right time. >> wow. what would that mean?
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i guess the markets get there gradually. >> it depends on whether the markets like the fed or growth. it's been all fed up to this point. right? >> yes. they are actually going to get neither. they are going to get growth more like a 2.5 or 2.25. >> your scenario describes the messy exit that people don't think will happen right now. it's hard to get out of this. we're addicted to it. >> interest rates are zero. to have unemployment be something close to 6 and have interest rates be zero is truly unprecedented. interest rates don't have to be 3% or 4% but zero is too low. >> and do you think 2.25 with zero is not that bad for the markets hen? >> i think it will be 2.25 and 50 or 75. >> it's basically zero. that still isn't that bad. >> it's not awful but it's certainly not where market
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expectations are now. >> that means there's still a lot of adjustment that has to happen between now and then? >> yes. the near end of the yield curve -- >> if you were king and had your way, if we cut taxes and did things for corporations, could we go to 3%? >> easily. the reason we're not having faster labor force growth, the cbo put its finger on it, we have developed a lot of incentives out there. >> to not work. >> it's not that people quit their jobs to go on welfare, it's that once they're receiving benefits, urban institute, others have done studies on this, the effective tax rate on going back to work in terms of lost benefits and the taxes you pay is north of 50%. people don't go to work when more than half of it goes to the government. >> the talk is to raise earned income tax credits. >> we have a benefits mountain of eight or nine different
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benefits that you can get over that income rank. they all phase out at different rates when you put it all together, if for example married couple, one of them working, the incentives for the other one to go back to work just aren't there, because the loss of benefits. >> you have to look at day care, new clothes, set the alarm clock. you have to do all kinds of stuff. >> who's going to get the kids 0 of to school and meet them at the bus? it's complicated, it's tough out there. >> larry lindsey is our guest. as we head to a break, check out shares of baxter international. it's just announced plans to split into two separate companies. one of the companies will focus on biopharmaceuticals. the other on medical. the oil and gas boom leading to huge growth for the state of north dakota. the state's governor will join
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characters from around the world are gathered for the world clown association's annual convention. they are businessmen, veterans, police officers and moms. but this week their alter egos take center stage as they learn and share the tricks of their trade. 250 international clouts come together each year for the convention. there have been reports recently of a clown shortage in the united states. but clowns at the convention say there are plenty of clowns, they just don't join professional organizations as they have in the past. >> there's one in staten island. >> i haven't seen this one. >> i think it's a hoax. it's been on "usa today." he's very scary. >> creepy. >> a lot of people have a clown-aphobia. cramer had it bad, not our cramer. >> the dad from "modern family" has it, too. >> al bundy? >> no, phil dunphy. >> it's hilarious.
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we watch that. >> let's go to chicago. he happens to be 25 miles away from the clown convention. he's in chicago at the forbes reinventing america sum zblit coincidence, i think not. >> i knew there would be a clown joke. i knew something like that was coming. >> they wear less make-up typically than you, andrew. >> we're here in chicago -- >> what a come back. >> i'm going to ignore that we're here in chicago at the forbes reinventing america summit. i'm joined by the governor of north dakota, jack dalrymple. breaking news overnight, u.s. census came out, you're the fastest growing state in the country. fastest growing gdp in the country, fastest growing personal income in the country. for lots of reasons, i would argue a lot of it has to do with energy. one of the questions i would have for you as a governor is to the extent there are things you're doing in the state that are helpful, are they applicable to other parts of this country?
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>> i think without any question there is a model that our state is following that could be followed anywhere in the country and come up with the same kind of results. i admit, it does help to have an oil boom going on in your state, but beyond that, we have low unemployment everywhere in our state, hundreds of miles away from the nearest oil well. microsoft is expanding, caterpillar, companies like that. >> unemployment in your state, under 3%? >> right. >> gdp last year in your state, 7.9%. >> right. >> prior to that what was the 13.4 number? >> that was the year before. you know, the 15-year average for our state is 8% per year gdp growth. so we talk about, you know, the sustainability of it. you'll see states that spike up and have a good year. but we have been doing this for 15 years. >> what percentage of the
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revenue or the business in your state would you describe as energy related and then what has been built around that? >> well, you know, we still collect only about 25% to 30% of our state tax revenue from oil and gas taxes. we're by no means totally dependent on oil and gas. agriculture is huge, of course, in north dakota. we have probably as many tillable acres as any state. technology is working, advanced manufacturing is working. >> you say microsoft has come to the state. >> microsoft has the second largest campus they have is in fargo, north dakota. >> what goes on at the microsoft campus? i did not know that. what goes on at the microsoft campus in north dakota? >> they focus basically on their accounting software, all of their small and medium business software is located in fargo, north dakota, over 2,000 employees. and you know, that's something that most people don't know. >> what's the tax rate in your state?
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>> well, we have a very low income tax rate. i think we're like, you know, the third lowest of all states that levy an income tax. we're lowering taxes every time the legislature convenes. >> when you think about the oil workers in your state, are they locals? are they in-state, coming from out of state, what's happening? >> they're evolving from the transient oil worker which is when the oil boom starts. they're evolving into families, married people, actually wanting to setting down in north dakota. that's why we have the fastest growing housing sector in the united states. >> let's talk about energy efficiency issues. nat gas flare-up efficiency is huge in your state, north dakota burning almost a third of all natural gas that it produces, just away into the air. how does that change? >> that's what happens when you have a really big boom going on.
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we've got from to the number two oil producing state in the united states. we have to keep up with that. it's not easy. the wells are coming in every day. a lot of wells are being flared. it's a matter of budding the processing plants, getting the infrastructure in place to gather it. >> you're obviously a proponent of keystone, the pipeline. what do you think the chances are it actually goes through? >> i've given up trying to handicap that issue. it's been around for so long. i thought that when the state department cleared the way for that, that really there is no reason left for it not to be approved. we're still hopeful. i was with the president about a month ago. >> that's right. >> he said that we would know within a couple of months. >> we have to run. given how much your state depends on gas and oil and energy, what do you think of green energy?
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wind, solar, other stuff like that? >> we are -- from a policy standpoint, we are all of the above believers. we think let's bring it all on, let's have it all compete. it's all good. we don't believe in choosing a form of energy. >> okay. governor, thank you for being here. >> you bet. >> good luck with the conference. really appreciate it. >> becky, back to you. >> it's north dakota and texas seeing a huge energy boom because of all these drilling techniques. we have the number one driller in the permian basin. the ceo of apache will talk shale opportunity and the state of the industry. "squawk box" will be right back.
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welcome back, everybody. let's talk more oil. some of the more bullish estimates say that shale could produce four times more than is found in other areas. we have president and ceo of apache. you've been changing the mix of the company to make sure you take advantage of all the oil that's here now base on the new drilling forming as. where do you stand in terms of the transformation? >> we started back in 2009 and started transforming the company back to north america. historically, apache had been a
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north american company. we started going international in early 1990s. with the idea we could find bigger reserves. it became obvious we could find those same reserves in north america. in 2009 we started transforming back to north america. the permian basin, the anadarko basin. we have 3.3 million gross acres, 1.7 million net acres in the permian basin. >> does that sound right to you, the idea that this cline shale formation could have three times the amount in the bakken base in? >> those are two distinct shale plays. if you look at the permian ba n
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basin, it's a totally different basin. cline shale, we drilled 51 wells last year. the economics are getting better we're going to drill 35. i don't think at this point it's in a position to be called the next bakken or eagleford. certainly the permian base inwill end up being bigger than the eagle or bakken, frankly. >> last year, your north american liquids volume increased 46,000 barrels a day. that's an increase of 46%. what happens this year in 2014? >> well, we've decided toward 15% to 18% liquids growth in north america. our overall growth rate in north america is beginning to be about 12% to 15%. that's going to be powered by that permian basin and the anadarko formation. i feel good about where we are going into 2014.
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i think we've got the makings of a real growth spirit here with apo apache corporation. >> with all that coming online, do you think it can stay at current levels. >> if you look at the markets, 97% is priced on brand. wti sell at a discount to world prices. you know, a lot of that is being taken care of with some of the pipelines coming out of the permian basin to the gulf coast. and at some point i'm sure from a political standpoint it will make sense to start exporting crude oil out of the united states. >> if it doesn't, don't you think we'll start seeing things being capped in the fracing areas? >> i'm sorry, i didn't hear the questions. >> if we don't export, aren't we going to have to start capping a lot of the wells we've been putting in, particularly in
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fracing portions of the country? >> i doubt very seriously we get to the point where we have to start shutting in wells because we don't have capacity for the crude oil. we export a tremendous amount of refined products right now. i don't see that as the problem as much as i do the differential between wti and brand, frankly. >> let me ask you this. where does wti have to be in order for some of the wells to be profitable for you? the same thing with natural gas. what makes it not profitable? what level? >> well, right now, especially in the permian basin, you could go down to $50, $60. it depends on the play, certainly. on the gas side, you're really looking at, at least in our estimation, as you need to have a sustainable $5 gas price. but the problem with gas prices are, is there's so much, an abundance of natural gas in this
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country. every time you start creeping up on the price, you start creeping up on the rig. you just oversupply again. >> all right. steve, thank you very much for joining us. >> thank you very much. thank you for having me. >> that's a good problem to have, though. >> so much gas. >> it should be clown-aphobia. it's not. it's cular aphobia. it's derived from a greek term for people who used to work on stilts. it's cularaphobia. >> it's like mickey mouse or goofy. most kids cry the first time they see those. >> it's amazing that mcdonald's picked that and has done so well with it. >> taco bell is using ronald mcdonald but not this ronald mcdonald.
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they're using guys all over the country with the name of ronald mcdonalds. >> that's the real one right there. he used to sit behind us here on the screen. it was unsettling. coming up, executive chairman of fording with bill ford. i wonder if he's related. that's weird. >> what a coincidence. >> he'll join andrew at the forbes reinventing america summit. textile production in spain, and the use of medical technology in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing.
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under pressure. citigroup stock sliding after a rejection by the fed. we'll take a closer look at what it means for the bank and the health of the financial sector. we're at the forbes reinventing america conference in chicago. in this hour, the executive chairman of ford, bill ford, is going to be our special guest. plus, the mayor of chicago, rahm emanuel here to talk about business and politics. plus, is lululemon the right fit for your portfolio? the company's earnings out, we get street reaction and talk retail spring sales. ♪ chicago chicago
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♪ chicago chicago i will show you around ♪ welcome back to "squawk box" here on cnbc, first in business worldwide, i'm joe kernen along with becky quick and andrew ross sorkin who is at the forbes reinventing america summit in chicago. in just ten minutes, executive chairman of ford, bill ford, will be joining andrew. we have the futures at this hour after a rough session yesterday. it says up 14 points or so. >> not a whole heck of a lot. >> the s&p is at 1852. closed last year at 1849 and change. we're flat, really, sort of, on the year. >> you thought it was bad when january was down to flat. >> yes. >> and everybody that comes on says it will be an okay year but it will be volatile and not like last year where you could print money in the stock market. >> as opposed to the last four years. >> i don't know what to say. >> first week, first month,
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first quarter. maybe mob. a business did i day for economic numbers ahead. at the bottom of the hour we get a final revision for the fourth quarter gdp and jobless claims. at 10:00, the latest numbers on pending home sales. we're watching shares of lululemon this morning as well. they beat estimates for the most recent quart i by 3 cents, i think. it's giving a cautious outlook for the current quarter. as a result, that stock just over 1% earlier is looking like it's down 1.2%. baxter international shares are rising in premarket trading after it announced plans to split its two publicly traded companies. one will focus on b biopharmaceutica biopharmaceuticals. shares of ally financial will soon be coming to the new york stock exchange. the ipo process has been launched for the bank saying it will sell 95 million shares. the treasury holes about 177
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million shares of ally. that was the old gm. >> gmac. >> it so far recovered about 89% of the 17.2 billion it invested in the bank during the financial crisis. >> it's known for the commercials where the guy keeps giving something really nice to one kid. >> a pony to one kid and a fake horse to the other. >> terrible, terrible. >> ice cream for you but you don't get any. >> i don't know why that helps people go to ally. i just think the guy -- shares of citigroup getting hit yesterday, the company failing the fed's stress test. meanwhile, goldman sachs, bank of america and others passed but only after reducing requests for buybacks and dividends. joining us with perspective is mart marty mosbmosby.
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>> i think we're in the process. the process is the fed wants the banks to get better at risk management. they're heightening the bar every year. we have to remember that citigroup has not once but, you know, a couple times in the past put the u.s. financial system at risk. they'll be more heavily scrutinized. what we're looking at, though, in failures are the two hardest things to do. it's not about the amount of losses you could have in credit. it's about earnings volatility under the stresses, then also imagining what could happen that you're not expecting. so those are the things that we're talking about here in and of themselves, the fed said they weren't enough to fail from a qualitative standpoint and were making significant process. the fed wants to make an example and make sure the banks are getting better each year as we go through the process. >> is it fair you say citi has had some problems in the past but it's not the same guy
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running the place. is it fair to penalize the bank because of that. >> they were citing the complexity of the bank. you have new management, a new attitude and new approach, which, over time, will spell out less risk than what we've had in the past. they are making progress. unfortunately you're looking for a stamp of approval which won't come. they'll be able to start whittling away at the losses. they'll be able to look at what they'll be able to do with the divestment of those assets. those are positive things that they can show the market they're making progress this year. we're re-establishing the stock here and we'll start to see progress as we move through the year. >> why would you buy a large financial institution? they're being turned into utilities. the regulations aren't going to allow them to grow and now they're limited on stock buybacks and dividends. what's the incentive for buying a big bank right now? >> when you're looking at the big bank, each has its own
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strategy. it's not, in general, the positive sign, we can look past citigroup. let's look at wells fargo also where they were able to increase their dividend 17%, which reflects a very strong earnings momentum. there's a model here that's being able to address financial needs of customers across the country. leveraging the national franchise and being able to attract more customers. so we think that's a very positive sign. the banks in general are being able to increase their payouts every year. so while this is waiting for string in new york, we are still seeing progress. and eventually we'll get to the point where they can pay meaningfully higher out in dividends and share repurchase. >> we just got the news that ally financial will be making an ipo, it's launched the ipo process for this. it will be selling 95 million shares. it's already going to give underwriters the option to purchase an additional 14.3 million shares.
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is that a good potential ipo candidate? >> we're looking at the ability for the mark tote look into consumer finance companies. that also helps in the sense when you start looking at what city holdings has, they have a big consumer finance company there that can actually be able to ipo or be able to roll out, which pulls down their assets that they want to divest. it does show there's liquidity in the marketplace which could be favorable as the households have begun to deleverage, beginning to get their financial condition in shape. we would think the consumer finance would be a nice business over the next several years. >> all right, marty, thanks. we'll leave it there today. appreciate your time. >> thanks for having me. >> when we return, we head back to the windy city. that's where andrew is at the forbes reinventing america summit. he'll be joined by a special guest, the executive chairman of ford, bill ford. that's right after this. right now as we head to a break, check out the "squawk box" market indicator. shows you the futures are up but only by about 21 points above
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welcome back to "squawk box" this morning. we are coming to you live from
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chicago. forbes is holding its reinventing america summit. i'm join eed by the ceo and chairman of ford, bill ford. talking about manufacturing and jobs, you're one of the few businesses in this country that has a lot of manufacturing jobs. are there still more jobs to be had in the automotive industry? or given robotics, aone of the other technologies they're talking about, is it a slimming field. >> we're becoming more high-tech in the way we make cars but we're adding 5,000 jobs this last year. we're bringing some of the jobs from overseas back home. you mention the windy city. we make explorer here in chicago and we export it to almost 100 different countries. >> you're talking about bringing jobs back here, the reshoring. what are the economics of doing
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that right now for american businesses and automakers in particular? >> it depends. you're looking at different currency fluctuations around the world. it always changes at a moment in time. we are a lot more competitive today in america than we were six, seven years ago. >> being competitive in america also means lower wages. this is vw, not ford. i want to talk about unions in a second. their beginning wage for assembly workers is $14.50 an hour, with benefits, that goes up to $27 an hour. vw in germany, $67 an hour. there's a big distinction. >> but there is. you have to be careful with that because, for instance, you have these entry-level wages that grow into that kind of wage that you just talked about. but one thing for sure is, when our times were darkest in the '0, '07, '08, '09 time frame, the uaw helped our industry get
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back on its feet, helped ford get back on its feet. >> a lot of people would say the uaw put other companies out of business effectively. >> i can't speak to other companies but look, there's no question that at ford, it's a two-way street. over a many-year period they were asking for more but we're the ones that gave it. when we got into a tough period, i sat down with ron and i said, ron, you have to help me save the ford motor company. we didn't have to go through bankruptcy and didn't have to get a federal bailout. did he that. they took the health care and put it in a viba on their books. he helped make us more competitive in the plants. and as a result we're growing now in north america. >> given your support for the uaw, which i think that's what i'm hearing here, were you surprised that when it came to vw in tennessee that the workers didn't want to join up? >> look, surprised, no, because
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there's a long history of organizing that didn't go well in the south. i would say this, i say this all the time, we've had a great relationship with our work force. i don't look at them as union/nonunion, i look at them as ford workers. whether you're white collar or blue collar. we have second, third, fourth, fifth, even sixth generation of ford workers in our plant. they're the ones that pulled us through the dark days. they love our company. >> there's another company that went through darker days, which is general motors, and is going through its own dark days right now, mary barra. what do you make of what happened there, what should have happened there? >> i shouldn't comment on that. it's a tough situation for everyone involved, obviously. one thing we do, whenever our competitor goes through something like this, we try and learn everything we can from it. we review our own processes to make sure that we're robust. >> let me ask you this then. in your mind, do you think
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something like this would happen or couldn't reach the top of a company? if something like this were to happen at ford more quickly? >> it's hard to speculate. i don't know all the facts over there. i think they are still being uncovered. it's hard for me to comment. one thing i do know is that, you know, we've had, you know, issues in the past. we learn everything we can from them. we review our own process all the time. i just don't know all the facts there. >> let's talk about another bit of a controversy which is tesla and the dealership issue in new jersey and perhaps around the rest of the country. do you think they should be able to sell direct to customers? >> well, it's going to be interesting to watch that unfold. we have a great model with our dealer model. we've had them for over 100 years. our dealers have evolved. there was a period of time when our customers thought our dealers and manufacturers perhaps weren't, you know, as customer-oriented as they should
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be. that's changed a lot in modern times. we're very happy with our model. i don't know what's going to happen. >> do you think it should be allowed? meaning if i started a car company tomorrow and wanted to sell direct to consumers, would you campaign or lobby to say no? >> i think our dealers as as i said, i think that model really works. i don't know whether it should or shouldn't. the real question is what's the best way to serve the customer? ultimately, our dealers have many years knowing the customer experience and treating them well. the important part is the after sale, all the service. our dealers have figured out that's where you treat your customer well. if you do that, they'll come back to you. >> right. joe has a question back in headquarters. >> yes. >> were you intimately involved with the company back in the explorer days? you remember that? >> i was, yes.
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>> and i tried to think if i were running a company, how many times per year do you hear about something that could be a recall issue but, you know, you can't recall everything. it's hard to decide what rises to the level of that. and it's tough -- it's a tough decision to make, isn't it? >> well, you know, what you have to do is let the data tell you what the story is. i mean, that's one of the things that we've learned over the years is that -- because you're right. there are issues out there in the field all the time. but the data has to really lead you to the right answer. and then -- so in our case, we feel we have a very robust process and when the data is telling us we have an issue, then we act. >> yes, because if you want to do the right thing obviously, but if you jumped on every single issue and order a recall, we'd be -- the government would be owning the automakers every five or six years it seems like.
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and it's very difficult. >> well, look, i have to desire to have the government own ford motor company. >> i remember that. yes. >> we'll do everything we can to make sure that doesn't happen. >> would it surprise you that the government and gm, neither one of them, were able to connect 12 deaths back to some similarly related problem? does that say there's a problem with our tracking systems just from the regulation point of view? >> look, i really feel like i can't comment on it. i simply don't know the facts on that. they are coming out, i read them just as you do. i'm no closer to them than you are. i think we're still learning a lot about it. all i can say is, we at ford are trying to learn every lesson we can from this. from this situation. >> real quick, just a couple more. not on the dealership issue. but i want to get your views about tesla broadly. is that a company you look at and you think has a bright
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future? is that a company you say has made the wrong bet on one technology? >> anytime you have disruption in an industry, it's very interesting. and you know, tesla came in with a different business model and they came in with a point of view on technology. and i find it very interesting, and because one of the things we've done at ford, that i have long advocated is to push the envelope on technology. and so during the dark days for us, we made two big bets which were really not at all where ford was. we said we wanted to be the fuel economy leader and the technology leader, both of which were weaknesses for us. here we sit a few years later and we've largely achieved that. i'm always interested in what a competitor is doing. and i spent a lot of time in silicon valley. i'm on the board of ebay, i have my own private equity fund that
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takes me out there all the time. i'm fascinated by new technology. >> right. you got me -- i was going there for my last question. you are on the board of ebay, given the debate over splitting the company and paypal, not in the automotive space but i want to catch you on it. what do you think of car icon co -- carl icahn coming in here? >> one thing is, we at the board have had this discussion internally and will continue to. i think john donahoe has done a good job, very good job over the years. i think he's an excellent ceo. but you know, these are the kind of questions investors ask. and so we at the board spend a lot of time working through this. >> were you on the board during the skype sale and watch all of that happen? >> yes. >> now this debate over mark andreasen's role? >> i probably shouldn't comment
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welcome back to "squawk box." let's get back to larry lindsey, president and ceo of lindsey group. larry, expert on economic and fiscal things, you're to the right of center. i come to you for advice and solace at different times. i think politically i can push back and ron paul said, you know, ukraine is halfway around the world. and it's got nothing to do with us and we've had forets into different countries that didn't work out so well. this is how we should be acting right now. it's not in your national interest to be the policemen of the world. you think we really messed this up in terms of looking weak? >> i think the main thing you have to do is not overcommit. if you're going to have the -- since before pearl harbor, you cannot protect yourself -- >> do we need a bigger military? >> i think in the end we're
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going to repeat the same mistakes we made after past wars where we disarmed too much. when the policeman goes home, let's face it, the bad guys start to run amuck, then the policeman has to come. i don't blame americans for being tired. i mean, we've been policing for 70 years. we got a lot of bad press overseas, a lot of criticism for doing so. no one really supported us in this effort, they criticized us. >> no you're welcome. >> enough's enough. and so i get why the political landscape is going in that direction and it's true in both parties. the other thing about america, we've always preferred to stay home. we usually require a president to constantly remind us of our overseas commitments in order to give up our preference for staying home. that's not president obama. that's not what he was elected
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to do. so i think we're in a natural, let's retreat from the world phase. >> is that okay? does it matter if we pull back from the world stage? >> i think -- in my opinion i think we'll be learning a very bad lesson from this. i don't think -- i think there putin is a smart player. he's kgb agent. he understands the rhythm of things. i do not think he is going to go into eastern ukraine. i think he'll try and win the whole thing in the may 20th election. >> we can't v say we have a red line again. >> we drew it around ourselves militarily. we will obey that red line. >> the kid will finally -- >> the same thing happened in syria. over the last few years we've put russia center stage in all the major crisis spots, north korea, syria, iran.
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it's going to be very, very difficult for the president to have freedom of movement here when russia can cause mischief in all those places. >> all right. we'll talk more. coming up, we have a hard data number of weekly jobless claims, plus chicago mayor, rahm emanuel, will join us live from the forbes einventing america summit. we'll be right back. it's a growing trend in business: do more with less with less energy. hp is helping ups do just that. soon, the world's most intelligent servers, designed by hp, will give ups over twice the performance, using forty percent less energy. multiply that across over a thousand locations, and they'll provide the same benefit to the environment as over 60,000 trees.
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welcome back to "squawk box." we have our last look at fourth quarter gdp and the numbers say there was a very subtle upward revision. from 2.4 to 2.6. remember, this was a much bigger number when it first started out. let's go through the internals on the personal consumption side, definitely an uptick. 3.3 versus 2.6. on the price index, 1.6, wild expectations. last look, current look. if we look at the personal consumption expenditure, quarter over quarter, 1.3 also what we were expecting. and our last look. jobless claims moved down. i'm sorry, 10,000.
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we revised 320 to 321, then we take that number down to 311,000. these numbers getting ever closer to that 300,000 mark. continuing claims dropped a bit from 2.875 to 2.82 and change, million, of course. contrasts with some of the other data. we are jobless claims in paris, for example, at all-time highs released yesterday at 1:00 eastern. this number comes at a time when interest rates are still mostly, mostly in a range similar, maybe slightly lower yields to where they were after the statements. of course, foreign exchange, everybody is watching the euro. it has weakened up. pound is getting stronger. they had good data today. back to you. >> rick, thank you. from one studio in chicago to another, right now let's get back to andrew who is also in chicago. live from the forbes reinventing
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america summit. andrew. >> thank you, becky. i'm here with the mayor of chicago, rahm emanuel, we are at the forbes reinventing america summit. it's great to see you, especially after these slightly better numbers. >> they're better than the other way around. >> yes. we should be happy about that. in the 7:00 hour, i talked to steve forbes. we were talking about manufacturing and what you're trying to do in and around this city back here. but steve rattner who you at some point i think you may have worked with him. >> yes. we both worked together for the president. >> for the president. he wrote a piece "new york times" in the recently saying this whole idea of reshoring and bringing manufacturing back is a bit of a myth. in that, the types of jobs to the extent we want to be competitive with places like china mean you're not going to get the wages or benefits, that whatever you thought was the american dream-ish may be a little more challenged now. >> well, look, the way i look at
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it is not going forward looking through the rearview mirror. that is going forward looking forward to the future. his manufacturing going to be a part of chicago or the nation's economy, yes. i want it part of the chicago economy specifically in the advanced manufacturing which is richard j. daly community college is all towards advanced manufacturer. janet yellen who will be here on monday is going to see that school. we actually did a study when i first got here, i asked mckenzie and brooking to do an economic plan for the city. did i not want another lost decade economically. they showed we lost jobs in of manying but held our own in advanced manufacturing. that area is highly paid, highly skilled. those are good manufacturing jobs in the sense you can raise a middle class family and sustain a middle-class standard of living. that's part of manufacturing that is essential. you just had bill ford on, oldest facility in their family here in the city of chicago. they added a third shift, 1,200
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jobs under my tenure. it now export today's more countries around the world than any other ford plant, 67. they can't make enough explorers. >> right. >> those are good paying jobs, good jobs in the city of chicago. there's 4,200 people there plus 900 in supply. those are all advanced manufacturing jobs that are essential to chicago's economy. >> what is the role of unions? one of the questions i asked bill ford is about the uaw. he was a fan of the uaw. on the other side of unions these days, you know where i'm going with this, charter schools and the teachers uni don't onin this city, you have become enemy number one. >> i think that's an east coast perspective where you don't see the country. let me give you two examples where i partnered. >> i saw what you said to chuck todd last week. >> if you keep it up, i may csa it to you. i'll give you a classic example. we have a diversified economy.
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no one sector makes up 13%. i worked with the carpets and teamsters to remove the lawsuit from mccormick place, the biggest footprint in the world. once that lawsuit was gone, convention business, we signed $7 billion of long-term business. we worked out a deal between the electrical workers and the stage hands. they promote shows now. we have 30,000 hotels in the city of chicago. we have 10,000 more. more hotels are going up because of the convention and tourism business. labor partnered with us. we don't have any of the hatfield mccoy fights at mccormick anymore. they're our partners. uaw and the city of chicago worked together. i eliminated the per employee head tax, made that plan the at ford more competitive. they added a third shift. labor was my partner in trying to get that done. but i say to labor, any union, be a partner at figuring how we
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can have a win/win situation. we now have a third example of that. the city of chicago has the largest wellness plan, dealing with the six chronic illnesses of any public or private sector. our health care costs have started to come down or taper off, not growing as fast as they would have. labor has been my partner in improving health care and health care costs. they know their wages were getting involved into the health care sector rather than into -- >> what about education? >> on education, here's the future. i made changes to the city of chicago. our graduation rate was stuck in the mid-50s when i was mayor. it is now at the highest level it's ever been, on its way to 80% in the next three years. a record turnaround of our graduation rate where we were basically almost graduating and having a dropout per graduate. we've done that, yes, there's been disagreements but not at the expense of our kids. we have a longer school day equal to the fill potential of our children and we've made the
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changes necessary. i say to everybody, be a partner in making the necessary changes so everybody can win. the good news is, our kids test scores are up, our graduation rates are up. because we put our children first rather than let them bear the brunt of our politics. >> joe has a question for you. joe? >> in a similar vein to what you were saying, mr. mayor, i loved your comments about the thin air in washington. you were there for a while. did you have an oxygen tank? my actual question, i'm serious about this. >> you messed up that metaphor but that's okay. >> no. you were suggest to this thin air as well. was your brain not working when you were chief of staff? >> there's a lot of people that claim that. >> when you moved to chicago and became mayor, there's a lot of people that say you've had not a rebirth or reawakening but that you've moved, at least on fiscal issues, more to the center or even to the right. s that that happened now that
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the buck stops at your december snk are you different than when you were in congress or washington? >> you have to look at my entire tenure working for both president clinton, congress and president obama. so that's number one. number two, i hope i'm always learning things. i'm not fortunate enough to decide i will learn nothing new. every day you learn something new. if you have three teenagers like me, you learn something new every day because they tell you how stupid you are every day. i do know this, making sure we have safe streets, stable schools and finances, those tough things that you have to do give people confidence in your city, which is why now chicago was just cited by a magazines athe number one city for corporate headquarters and expansion because people see the strength and certainty we'll act in the public policy arena.
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>> how thin is the air in new york city that de blasio is breathing? >> my focus is to make sure the most american of american cities is number one. now, in both job creation and also in people moving back to the cities. we're living in a period of time of a renaissance for the cities. our density is strength. our talent is strength. our culture life is our strength. there's 100 cities around the world that drive the intellectual and cultural energy of the economy. chicago is one of those. as i tell our residents what we do in the next two to three years will determine if chicago in the next 20, 30 years will remain as a world status. we're meeting our challenges head on. we're also investing in our strengths. classic example in education, our community colleges, which i run, or appoint the staff and the directors for, was just rated by the world bank as the number one example of both
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career and college-to-career kind of skilled development in the country. when i came here, we had a 7% graduation rate. we doubled it in two years and on our way to doubling it again over the next five years. those are the types of investments, those are the types of leaderships that give the corporations and the people that create jobs, small, medium and large, the confidence to relocate in the city. you have to, as i always say, denial is not a long-term strategy. you have to meet challenges head on, solve them. it gives people confidence that you're willing to meet challenges. invest in your strength. we have a world-class work force and transportation city in a world-class city. that's why more corporations are moving the city of chicago and more families are also moving. >> we'll siened in a quick break, i'll send it back to becky and we'll continue this conversation. >> good, because i can take a breath. >> thin air. we'll be back with more from rahm emanuel right after this break. in the meantime, take a quick look at the futures.
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. skip back to our exclusive conversation with rahm emanuel at the forbes reinventing america summit. rahm, i'll let you talk more about chicago in a second. while we have you here, i have to get stuff out that i've been thinking for so many years. it's been said when obamacare was being considered that you wanted a more incremental
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approach to doing things and that that may have been one of the reasons you finally left. now with what we're seeing, the way it was introduced and the prospect for 2014 -- and there was a time you took back the house, you were in charge of that, trying to get democrats elected. it may not go so well in 2014. when you go back, would would you say you were right in the way obamacare was done and introduced? >> no. i'm not going to say anything. i'm going to wait for you. >> i thought you wanted to talk about chicago. >> we do. i even started by saying you can get back to chicago. was that a net positive for the country and the party? >> well, first of all, to the president's credit, he thought of the country first, not party. second of all you have health care -- we had a decade or two in which everybody talked about health care costs were eating up
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not only wages but profitability both in private and public sectors. health care costs three years in a row have been tied with or running at rates of inflation. that's a direct result of the bill. the president, to his credit, i've worked for two presidents and in congress worked opposite another president -- not opposite but with another president. he was not scared to have contrary opinions. he constantly during tough moments in passing that bill asked me my opinion, ungarnished. three different moments in time in kind of the passage. i gave it to him. to his credit, he didn't want a yes person. he asked me my opinion. i gave him why i thought we should do something slightly different. once he decided what he did, after my son was done reading his torah portion of the bar mitzvah, i came into the white house to round up votes and get the health care plan pass. he was strong enough and had the character to ask for a contrary opinion. i gave it to him unvarnished.
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that said, health care costs are down. people with pre-existing conditions have coverage. children up to the age of 26 get to stay on their parents' plan. there's a tremendous amount of reform. does it need to be changed and reform going on? absolutely. is it the right thing for the country to get health care costs that were running at an exorbitant rate under control? absolutely. the direct result, the first real benefit isn't the expansion of cover but is the control of health care costs for the first time in over 50 years since world war ii when we based ourselves on an employer-based health care system. >> what's going on in the democratic party? you represent one side of the democratic party and i would argue the mayor of new york de blas blasio, represents a different democratic party. >> i think we have a healthy debate. i think it gets framed wrong between center left. give you a classic example. when i became mayor, a hot topic
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in our party nation, appropriately is early childhood education. 20,000 of the children in the city of chicago received a full school day kindergarten. 20,000 got two hours a day. >> right. >> i said this is nuts. i made major changes in the central office, whacked about 20 million, $22 million, every child, all 47,000 get a full school day so they're ready for first grade and the rest of their life. second, i re-organized our pre-k. 75% of our children now at ages of 3 or 4 who live in poverty have a full day of pre-k. i did it with quality, all third party providers, not schools, have a bachelor's degree in providing that. 95 faith-based entities also provide early childhood education with -- >> why? >> quality, the missing point of the debate is quality, not quantity. >> are you a de blasio fan or no? >> he's doing a great job in the city of new york. he has a big job to do. i have a big job to do.
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we all learn from each other, get examples of what we have to do. my focus is on the city of chicago. i want to be clear, making sure 35% of our people have a four-year college degree versus other areas of the country which is 27%. i want to keep growing that. our biggest economic engines are our universities and research entities. keeping our airport as a world-class transportation system, it's number one in the country. that's connected airports. mass transit, we're investing $5 billion to modernize. and all the cultural entities that make this a world-class city, which is why more corporations moved to the city of chicago last year. >> still big challenges. becky has a question. >> sure. >> you've done a phenomenal job as mayor there. >> why don't we stop there, becky, with this. >> but. moody's downgraded your credit rating earlier this month. they did it because of the unfund pension liability problem, suggesting if there's
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not a pension fix they could downgrade you again. how do you deal with it? >> first things first. i balanced our budget three years in a row, put money back in the rainy day fund and never raised property or gas tax. i eliminated the employee head tax two years ahead of schedule that i said i was going to do. but i made major reforms to our structural deficit. now we're not done but we took about two-thirds of our structural deficit and whacked it out of the system. we have more work to do there. the next piece, even if the campaign i was running we have toism if the long-term fiscal. there's music in the background. i told labor, it's going to take revenue and reform. you can't do this on the backs of taxpayers or on the backs of workers. together we can solve this problem. if i solve it, i'll be able to invest not only in our pension but paving the roads. >> we have to go. evanston, northwestern, unions,
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students athlete? s what's your point. >> we have two of the best basketball players, last year, this year, number one. both are champions on the court and in the classroom. i think there should be aunioni? is it the right decision? >> trust me, i won't read it. i'll watch sweet 16 tonight. but i want a bigger about our athletes being champions in the classroom to complement being champions on the court and our two athletes in chicago number one in basketball are champions in both places not one or the other. >> thank you very much. send it back to hq. >> thanks, andrew. >> see you, guys. >> we've got to go. coming up, sweet 16 back in action. jim cramer's final predictions just ahead. we'll be right back. change engineering in dubai, aluminum production in south africa, and the aerospace industry in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average.
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let's get down to the new york stock exchange jim cramer, only time for four of these. stanford or dayton? >> tonight i've got baylor going and arizona going and florida. these are integral for me. i could get blown out. number three in the espn celebrity pool. very important night for me. very important. >> it is for you. >> yeah. >> you think baylor can take wisconsin? >> yes, i do. yes, i do. i'll watch it from chicago where i'm moving this afternoon because i see the city is great. thank you for asking the obvious question. no one wants to buy chicago
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mutual bonds. suddenly, it may be the greatest city but the municipals are not that liked. >> look at his strategy versus the governor of illinois' strategy? the polar opposites? >> he tells a great story but it's important to talk about the finances and i thought, becky, you raised the most, important, compelling issue, is the house in order financially. >> what about, so florida takes ucla you figure? >> yes, i really believe in that. i think florida goes all the way, how about you? >> i got florida winning. >> okay. >> and arizona -- i don't have a high degree of confidence in anything anymore. >> arizona's a must. i mean, i got it. i also need uconn which is tough. >> we could go to madison square garden tomorrow night and watch shabazz and deandre. >> thshabazz, you can't stop th guy.
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welcome back to "squawk box." let's get back to our guest host larry lindsay, president and ceo of the lindsay group.
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you expect a new round quantitative exhaustion? >> qualitative. >> qualitative. >> we've been focussing on quantitative for so long meaning more spending and more regulation and more money. we're kind of out of ideas. we don't have a lot of new tricks. our sleeve and what we got to start doing is thinking about how to get things right. rahm admitted they basically got obamacare wrong when they passed it. they should have done it, you know, in a more efficient way. i think that's one area we'll have to start working on quality. we'll need more quality in bank regulation to get the banks running. we'll need new ideas in monetary policy and we're certainly going to need new ideas in fiscal policy. the problem isn't quantitative, it's qualitative. we've got to do more with less. >> i remember -- i think you told me that rahm -- you told me romney was going to win. >> i did. i did. three days before i got -- i got my numbers wrong. >> what about november and the
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senate? >> we're saying it's going to be 51-49. republican gain of six. republican gain of about six to eight in the house. >> i didn't read the story but i guess krugman is now just so livid at nate silver. he used to love him. they used to vacation together and now that nate silver said maybe the republicans win now i guess there's a big hissy fit between the two. >> nate's job and what our job is to look at the numbers as best we can and originally we thought it was obama. the polling data was very skewed in two different directions and we picked the wrong skew in 2012 and we should stick with our original prediction which i'll do this time. >> it was weird because it was right at a point in time where he could be re-elected and now i don't think he could be re-elected at this point. >> the president? >> yeah. earlier where he wouldn't be re-elected and there was a sweet spot. >> there's a reason we have parties basically in for eight years and that's it. >> yeah.
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>> it has to do with exhaustion again. you know, your staff is running out. your ideas are running out. and your energy's running out. it's a tough job. >> we're running out of time here, too. larry, thank you very much for joining us today. that does it for us today. right now it's time for "squawk on the street". ♪ let's get it started let's get it started let's get it started let's get it started in here ♪ good thursday morning, welcome to "squawk on the street," i'm krrl quihere with cramer and david faber. big morning for banking retail, tech, futures were staging what has come to be a familiar pattern this week. that was an up open. but obviously we've lost some ground. the ten year now below 27 and the final gdp was revised up and europe this morning has mild losses as well. our roadmap begins with citigroup trading lower in the premarket. 25 of 30 major banks passed the


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