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now. . good morning and welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc. i'm michelle. becky is off this week. andrew is live in rio reporting from the olympic games. we're going to get to him in just a minute. hello. first we're going to show u.s. equity futures up this hour. dow would open higher by 14 points. s&p a little more than 2. nasdaq by 5. overnight in asia, flat for the shanghai comp barely. nikkei was higher 1%. hang sang was lower half a percent. through is lower nearly 1%. germany.20%. france, ftse, spain all lower as well. taking a look at the price of crude oil.
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still there, 46 .21 for wti. lower by .37. the biggest market story is the dollar. dropping to lowest level since brexit yesterday. has since recovered on hawkish fed speak. the last 24 hours, atlanta fed president said two hikes were a possibility this year. euro cost you a 1.12. new york fed president suggested the central bank could raise rates as soon as next month. two key events to watch today, st. louis fed president james bullard will speak and then we'll get minutes from the last momc meeting. and it is. the euro will cost you 1.12. pound 1.30. the yen is at 100 yen dollar
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level. it had fallen below that yesterday. >> violating what i've asked them to do. so now we're back to maybe a couple of hikes when i think the probability had the hikes moved out to 2017. we'll see. they love to pretend they might do something to get the benefit of whatever. >> there's a lot of rumors about what's going to happen at jackson hole. about whether they're going to say negative interest rates aren't working like we thought and therefore there's going to be a shift once again. >> you know we have a special show planned. >> yes, we do. >> special all problems are solved by bigger government more spending led by stieglitz at seven. we like to do both sides. today it's going to be gig government is the answer. spen spend more and all will be well. you're leading all of that. you're leading all of those.
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>> it's great to have a nobel prize winning economist on the set. it's an honor. for a whole hour. >> number one, you know it's not an actual nobel prize that was stipulated by all fred nobel. you know when you can give a nobel prize to milton freedman and paul krugman, it's not exactly like a medicine or physics where you actually know something. it's chemistry or medicine where it's a factual. this is like, how about the nobel peace prize. how about that baby. that's for what you're going to do. >> i know for what you didn't do. >> jimmy carter, i think al gore won one. >> so, i'm not supposed to egg
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you on. >> who said that? >> yes, you egg me on. anyway, earnings. alert home improvement retailer lows out with quarterly earnings. 1.31 a share. also missed forecast in same store increase of 2% was only half of what analyst predicted. that stock is down 3%. bryan nagel. he is glad he has a job to cover. it's not steel. he's glad he's not covering the steel industry. on today's economic agenda, weekly mortgage applications. also watch the eia weekly oil inventory number at 10:30. in more earnings news, retailers. we've got more reporting today. this is the strange way that we people report. we get everybody else on a normal calendar year and
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retailers because of christmas or whatever. >> they have a different type of year. >> you just heard about lowes. we're alsz going to hear from staples and target. after the bell, cisco and -- >> also on the retail front, jcpenny holding analyst today. a year after he took the helm at the department store chain. >> in the middle of power lunch. i'm excited about that. >> that's right. >> that's the other show i do this week. >> right. >> it's a long -- that's five hours of live tv though. >> nobody else can do that, do they? >> i wouldn't know. >> unless the guys that called into some big news event. they might be on the air for
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five hours, but other than that you may be one of the few people with -- you get paid a lot. you must. to have the ability to do that. i hope it's appreciated. >> in corporate news this morning, cisco reportedly laying off 20% of global work force. this according to technology news site crn. the cuts are expected to be announced within a few weeks. in the process of transitioning to a more software driven player like so much in the world right now. other stocks to watch today. urban outfitters getting a big pop today. posting stronger than expected earnings. helped by higher demand for name sake brand and shares of p popeyes. cutting revenue sales growth forecast.
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cree shares are getting hit this morning. led light maker. posting quarterly results below estimates as its outlook is also weak. i don't think you can actually be a light emitting diode maker. i think you make equipment that utilizes diodes. only god can create light, right? . because it was darkness, in the first week. >> day one or two, wasn't it. >> day one. do you know, slaus berg? >> no. >> our currency guy. he's a renaissance man. >> light is pretty fascinating. it travels quickly. it's going opposite ways. it's still the same. >> i'm still trying to figure -
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>> i think they're the same. we're going to get to boris in one second and talk about the currency markets. first breaking news this morning. donald trump is shaking up campaign leadership. nbc news learned that kelly ann conway has been promoted the role of campaign manager. paul manafort will stay on as campaign chair. the co-founder of conservative news. will join. i want to win. i'm bringing on fantastic people who know how to win and love to win. kelly ann conway frequent guest on cnbc. >> she is and she is a -- when she believes something or is behind someone, you can. >> she's tough. >> she's unwavering. we've known her a long time. i think it was four years ago she was running newt's campaign
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for a while. >> yes, i remember. >> i remember a few times butting heads. i can't believe i was thinking romney might have been a better candidate. at that point, newt was saying some things about romney's business career and questioning it, and, you know, it seemed like give the other side even more ammunition to talk about. >> i remember this, yes. >> so kelly ann, i couldn't land a glove on her then either. >> in a trench, she's your gal. >> yes. it was not a surprise to me when i saw that. she was a cruz person, but you can -- and she's been on recently when ted cruz was viable candidate, but she always left open the possibility if trump did win, she would back the republican nominee unlike so many other establishment republicans seem to be in some type of hypnotic trance and they
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don't really -- all they can see is trump. they don't understand. i don't know. i don't understand a lot of them. right now, let us head to -- thank god we don't play the barry man that low song. with andrew he probably likes that. >> copa cabana. >> that shirt looks good. you're a caratty man. bruise on the inside. >> there's some taekwondo going on later today. maybe we'll go over and see that. we're not going to show you that video just yet. we got to tease that for the rest of the week. we'll show you that the end of the week. >> you were not supposed to show that photo yesterday. let's talk a little bit about what's going on here. it was an exciting day
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yesterday. specifically in women's gymnastics. simone biles proving she's nothing short of golden. taking the top spot in a new perfect performance. her teammate took silver. capping off incredible olympics for the entire u.s. women's gymnastics team and we caught up with team member madison co-chan about the legacy. >> we wanted to inspire little girls to keep believing in themselves. every member on the team had an injury at the beginning of this year somehow so we just never gave up and just kept pushing towards that dream. >> we had some other news in beach volleyball last night. not in the good category. kerri walsh jennings lost her first match ever. she and teammate april walsh
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will go onto face another team from brazil for the bronze medal today. >> i think we save our best volleyball tomorrow. i'm so excited to play with april and do this together. today sucks. right now is horrible, but we're going to go watch video. clean it up and leave here happy. that's my mission. >> i got to say, to see those women crying. i was crying this morning talking about it. meanwhile a big political story here. i want michelle if you could to weigh in on this. this is going on in a country where political turmoil continuing in a big way. yesterday suspended president rousseff could be called a coup and calling for early elections unite a country in recession. there coming at the same time interim president is not planning to participate in the closing ser mceremony this sund
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you could hear the boos. so that's what's going on here. i don't know if michelle, do you have a view on the politics of all this. >> yes, so while his policy platform is far more traditional, more conservative. almost the entire brazilian congress is deeply under suspected by the brazilian population and reports in the paper that at least a third or maybe half of them are underinvestigatiunder investigation, including him, involving this huge scandal. you think the political class in the united states is unpopular. it's really brutal down there. i'm surprised we haven't seen larger protests. >> yes, it is: so we're going to -- anyway we'll continue to bring you the political story and the sports story.
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we have a lot coming up. back to you. >> in looking back at that incident where they were crying. you were crying 12 hours later. >> it was fresh to him. >> didn't you admit that during "finding dory" with those animated fish there were a couple times. >> i teared up. i did, but those women hugging each other and crying at the end, i'm just saying. >> like i said, this is that movie was so stupid, there was an octopus driving water somewhere in mark carn rin coun there was nothing to cry about. i would commend you from crying here. i'm questioning the previous crying. >> i've also cried at wins, not just losses.
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kmo simone biles has been pretty incredible. and michael phelps. there have been a couple of tear jerkers. >> as you get older, you never know. >> what's going to make you cry. >> yes. >> i cry every day. >> some people think that's good. >> full on weeping, i try not to do that a lot around -- you know, a lot of times wins a golf tournament and their kid runs out or something or if they look up and their father wasn't there and things like that will do it. sometimes. right? how about you: i don't know. i'm russian. we don't cry. i literally don't remember the last time i cried. >> you cry every time obama raises taxes. >> i cry every time donald trump comes on tv. >> or whenever someone doesn't agree with distribution of
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capital. >> andrew. >> yes. >> we could talk to you and yesterday there's no delay with you and you were tossing to phil in chicago and we're here watching you. it's unbelievable. >> technology. >> technology at work. >> i'm going to see you in just a bit. >> like i said, good shirt selection. >> thank you, joe. >> let's talk about the dollar. >> the fashion police right here. >> yes. we are going to get to -- later we'll talk to andrew. some guy was mugged in new york city, do you know what they stole, andrew? his toupee. they stole this man's toupee. >> joe, does that mean you're using your. >> you don't wear a toupee. >> i'm not going out.
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did you see this? you didn't read this yet. hair today, gone tomorrow. muggers take wig. he's devastated. i hope this does not become some -- >> you know how important hair is to men. >> right. >> you can be super smart. >> i don't want this to become some type of crime spree. >> thank you andrew. >> really, what's more absurd, that or talking about raising rates again in september. >> the market is kind of absurd. the biggest economy in the market rights now is what the fed is saying and what the market is doing. they're saying show me. the dollar has gotten destroyed. today is the first day we've seen a bounce because they came out and said we're going to be serious. i really doubt september will be a rate hike. i think at best, if you're super bullish, they will come out and september and say we're
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definitely going to go into december. >> why are the members of the fed talking as if there could be two this year. >> it can always be a possibility, but given the fact this is going the be mid election season and even though they claim they're not political, i think in the midst of the election to raise rates and risk a temper tantrum by the equity market might be too controversial. >> speaking of equities. let's get the equity angle. what do you make of this talk of the possibility of more fed rate hikes this year coming from the fed governors themselves while the market doesn't seem to be pricing it in? >> well, tii think the fed is going to continue to talk hawkish. the market might seem complacent, but i agree with boris. i don't think we're going to see a fed hike in september. i really don't think we're going to see one in december either. i think the market is getting jittery because they know it's a
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potential. it's on the table, but i don't see it happening in the near future. >> what if it's not -- fed rate hike. let's put that aside for a second. have you heard intense rumors of what's going to happen in jackson hole. focus on lack of efficacy of negative rates. making people save more when they thought it would make people spend more. if the rest of the world that's focused on negative rates suddenly decides that's not a good idea, is that almost like a hike? >> i think this is what's happening. the rest of the world is starting to realize os terrety doesn't work. and i think that is really good because the populous across the western nations are starting to realize what they are doing isn't working out. japan, by the end of 2017, the bank of japan will be the number one shareholder of the top 50
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nikkei companies. they've thrown everything including owning almost all of the nikkei into this. where is dollar yen right now, at 100. which is awfully deflationary for them. they can't get anything going. >> if japan gives up on the negative rate idea, what does that mean for the markets? is that bad for equities? do i sell dividend and buy financials, for example? >> i think there's a little too much focus on what's going on with central banks. at the end of the day, it's going to matter what happens with the companies. the companies right now are turning a corner and earnings are getting better. i think the investors are focused on what central banks are doing and what monetary policy is doing and should be looking at what's going on with the skperngs what the companies are doing. if it's good for companies, company can go out there and make money. we know the dollar has gotten weaker. that's going to be good for the market. i think investors are losing focus on the fed and not enough on what's going on with actual
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company earnings. >> i hear you, absolutely. however, when interests rates are so low, in many cases negative, you're far more willing to pay for a yielding stock. we've seen multiple expansion pause investors are willing to pay more for a lower stream of erp simply because they're getting paid more. so to say that people are too focused on the fed, okay, maybe that's the case, but they're very focused on what the fed, the decisions that have been forced upon them by the central banks of the world. right? do i buy a negative yielding thing somewhere over here or do i buy a stock that maybe i'm not convinced about the earning stream, but at least it's paying 3%? >> right. so that's why the u.s. market has been grinding higher. a lot of investors are confounded by that, but comparativelily if you look at relative valuation, things aren't really -- the stock market isn't that expensive. you're getting a earnings yield.
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compare that to the ten-year treasury of less than 6%. looks very attractive. >> if and when interest rates start to rise, that equation unravels, right? >> but i think it's a question of it's such a disparity. i don't think it's going to happen right away. jumping the gun if they think they're trying to get ahead of it. >> the question of interest rates rising it has to rise continuously. >> i'm talking about the long end, not the short end. >> even if the fed does hike rates, it's a stutter step process. until they can hike rates continuously, you don't see. >> not even talking about the short end. what if the long end starts to act independently. we don't have time for that discussion. what did we see in japan last week. right and that's the danger of qe blowing up in our faces. >> said it could happen. >> karen, thanks to have you.
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>> boris, as well. coming up. more of this morning's top stories. a winner in the auction for gawker. plus retailer target expected to report this hour. we're going to bring you the results and reaction from wall street. right now, take a look at s&p 500 winners and losers. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ you're here to buy a car.
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which is a spanish language network, has agreed to pay 135 medical for the bankrupt log network. gawker filed for bankruptcy after hulk hogan and peter thiel won a settlement. a bankruptcy judge will have to sign off on the transaction. andrew, you've covered this story a lot. i've discovered unny vision a lot. what do you make of this? >> there's a couple of points here. on the unny vision piece, the biggest part to know a spanish network trying to go off millennials. and the other piece you know they recently bought the onion. they're trying to get into the space. te request is whether it works. what happens as a result of the
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settlement and whether peter thiel and hulk gohogan end up getting money. they're in bankruptcy. they're clearly creditors. there might be a settlement. how much they get, that $140 million nobody thinks a judge is going to uphold that. does it come down? does nick denton end up with something or nothing. these are some of the sort of questions within the new york media circles that are being asked. >> initially people say why would a spanish language media company want to own a piece of the onion, gawker, but remember the chairman of univision. he's been able to monetize in dramatic ways going to -- what were the big cartoons from japan that were so hot for so long. the transformers? was it the transformers? >> no, no.
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>> before that. >> no, oh, come on. little turtles with the. >> teenage mute tannin gentleman turtles and then pow eer ranger was the big one. sold to abc. >> he would understand the pricing here. the onion was priced less than $200 million based on the stake they bought. in the modern age, these aren't very big prices for these products. >> the real question is whether they merge the businesses together. fusion lost 64 million between disney collectively before they ended that joint venture. i don't know where they stand right now. tv as we all know is a tough business as a startup in the business. so they have thus far struggled at least to go into the black as
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we know. >> still trying to clean up univision to get it to ipo at some point. wasn't that the dream. >> >> that is the dream. >> the other question is whether the quacker brand remains at all. that's another big piece of this. >> didn't get just gawker. they got a bunch of stuff. >> this is dead spin, the sports network. this is life hacker. the entire network, but the gawker piece has been the hardest piece to monetize because advertisers have struggled to want to be next to it, if you will. the final question is peter thiel says i won the game now. the company had to go bankrupt. now maybe i'm willing to settle at a completely different price than i did before. i don't know. >> we'll see. i started my career at univision. my first job was at univision. i was a researcher and then a field producer. >> we like telemun doe here.
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>> yes, we do like telemundo. that's true. >> it's the better of the two. >> it is. >> better programming. >> right, exactly. thank you, andrew. >> better corporate parent. retailer, target just out with quarterly results. company earned $1.23. revenue is essentially in line with forecast. however comp sales forecast fell slightly more than expected and target lowered same stores forecast for the second half of 2016. we're going to dig through the report with retail analyst. that's coming up at 7:15 a.m. write that down. coming up, a shakeup in the campaign. kelly ann conway. former manager paul manafort will stay on as chairman. we'll talk about the changes next.
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just a few weeks out from the presidential debate and donald trump is shaking up his campaign.
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naming kelly ann conway campaign manager joining us now former democratic congressman harold ford and former republican congressman, hay worth. you know kelly ann? >> yes. >> she gets up for breakfast and has a big plate of nails. >> shoots them right back at her political adversaries. >> he walked in and i could see, harold, the fear in your eyes. >> i've been on the show with her. personally, we have a great deal of like and respect for her. what she will bring to the campaign is probably two things, we were talking about this in the back. she'll bring more purpose, more direction, more substance to the campaign. i say hopefully because i think when you have to serious dan datas running, they bring out the best in each other. the body politics suffer when there's not a seriousness on
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both sides. i can disagree, differ, and point out deficiencies, but it's great to have two strong candidates. she'll help with the balance being directed at the campaign worrying this could have a real impact on the republican house. >> it's weird about the down ballots. i don't kwies understand it. if you're losing a state by six, it doesn't hurt the other down ballot candidates. if you're losing by double digits, they're definitely going to lose. is that a hard fast rule? >> i can see how that works, but i don't quite understand that. >> i would think people all politics are local. i would think they have different ideas about whether they like rob portman or wlavr it has to do. >> i think it has to do with turnout models to a certain extent. the point being when you get sufficient amount of motivation from the top of the ticket, people are just going to vote a
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straight ticket. you see it all the time. that's why in midterm elections republicans tend to do better than in high turnout presidential elections. if there's a high turnout for democrats, certainly in swing districts, that tends to be the case. >> also we haven't talked about the bannon guy at all. bright bart organization. >> yes. >> he's been very positive about his style. >> i've stopped following just about everyone on twitter because i couldn't take it anymore. i still follow bright bart and -- i only follow two people. bright bart and news busters and harold ford. i'm challenge rating, but this guy is like minded with donald trump. >> steve calls himself a nationalist pop list. blood and soil. he's completely in line with that point of view.
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and. >> blood and soil. >> that's what he says. i have heard him say that personally now. >> i've seen people say the convention, the post convention bounds for both candidates, in terms of favorability, is back to where it was preconvention. do you think there's a lasting halo for hillary clinton at this point? >> she seems to be been fitting in two things, one the trump campaign continues to stumble. two, i think she's beginning to find her own voice. the selection of cain was a smart selection. they look good together and sound good together. they're in sync. the more she finds her voice and can be consistent with it, the stronger she'll get. there's a lot of time left and a lot of developments will happen. >> i was watching newt gri30 ye
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political life. she's at 57% look at her and just she should be much further ahead. one of the familiarity contempt. >> there's some other things that may be in her resume that breed a little contempt. >> of course. what we know about her and what keeps being revealed about her is she is highly manipulative. she is self serving, one of the aspects that has yet to be fully delineated is of course the role of clinton foundation dealings in what she did as secretary of state. it's particularly galling when the point is made, but look at the good the clinton foundation did. look at how much money the clinton foundation has hoovered out of the pockets of don anymore donors only a small percentage
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which went to nominally good causes. it's shameful for people to say look at the good. >> there's often talk about whether or not there's going to be an october surprise related to the clinton foundation. do you worry about that? >> i don't. >> state department says it's going to take 27 months to get the e-mails together. >> i can appreciate the narrative. i differ with it. i think there's a lot of good things the foundation has done and continues to do. i think this campaign is going to be litigated on who has the right vision, right set of policies to lead the country going forward and unfortunately for -- i understand some of the frustration from the republican friends because they have a candidate who is unable to stay on message. we have a candidate, whatever people want to say, she has a plan. she has an agenda. you may not like it, but she's finding her voice and consistency. >> she's still walking the line between, you know, there was a piece the other day that some of
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the progressives are mad that she seems to be courting sen trus. others say she is far left of her husband bill. she wants to actually get back closer. that add. when you see that add. is that trying -- you know the one with here's the pyramid and corporations who have never paid their fair share, even though it's 35%. and all these other rich people and they never paid their fair share and take that money out of the private sector and create these some of these nebulous holes and filling up jobs or something. i'm not sure what she has planned. when you see that as a guy in the private sector, do you just understand that as politics. >> some of it is that. we all know there's a checks and balances in this system. i think there are some imbalances and some short comes in her tactics that have to be addressed. >> the corporate rate has to go down, not up. >> i would agree. especially if we want the bring
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dollars back. >> that whole ad, it's like don't believe anything she says. >> i wouldn't go that far. she has a public record. her family name, her brand has a record. i think people can extrapolate from that the way she might govern. >> as someone who sits in the middle of the party. i would hope there's a balance that goes about. more often, i'm going to agree with the way she -- >> the middle of your party puts you a rocker fell lar republican. >> i feel very comfortable in the middle of my party. >> the middle at this point. >> is way to the left. >> well, that's right. i would say i view you based on your party closer to like a liberal sort of mod rale conservative at this point, knowing you. >> i'm proud to be a blue dog doc democratic. >> thank you. >> all we can say is she runs the finances of the federal
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government the way they run the clinton foundation, very little is going to get done with your hard earned money. >> the government would get rich. >> yes. >> on a lighter note, i love you trading reference earlier. bruise on the inside. >> thank you. coming up the top of the hour, our guest host will be nobel prize winning joseph stiglitz. first let's check in with andrew in rio. >> thanks. when we come back live from rio, women's golf kicking off today. lexi thompson when we return live here from rio, back in a moment.
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welcome back to "squawk box" right here live in rio where the best female golfers in the world are going to be hitting the greens today right here in rio. teeing off for gold in round one of women's golf, one of the biggest stars competing here,
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lexi thompson. this is an opportunity she would not want to miss. >> i was a little surprised. it's their decision, not mine. this has been a dream of mine and any time i can represent my country is the highest honor i can have. i wasn't passing up the opportunity to be able to say i'm an olympian. >> thompson became the youngest winner ever of a l pga tournament. >> i wouldn't say it's paid fairly. it's not my say. we've added ooltd of tournaments on our schedule. ooded a lot of sponsorships. we're doing the best we can. hopefully that changes over time as well. >> the 21-year-old golfing star told us about an occasional golfing partner of hers, presidential nominee, donald trump. >> i played with donald quite a
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bit. my home course is trump international in palm beach florida. he's a character. loves the game. pretty good golfer. shoots high 70s. it's a riot to go out and golf with him. he's a lot of fun. >> lexi tees off later this morning and we will be watching all of it. >> cool. of course, andrew. thank you. coming up, target posting a beat of $1.23 per share. what they say about the future. big through the report with an analyst in the a minute. as we head to break, quick check of european markets right now. germany is lower by almost 1%. yep.
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welcome back to "squawk box." we're in the chairs for a couple of buzz stories that caught our attention. if you're frustrated by sitting at a red light, audi has a new feature that may help you relax. starting this fall, some 2017 audi models will feature trafficlike information that will tell you how long it will be until the light turns green.
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they plan to add additional cities as traffic signals are upgraded. there you are in the car. >> that was not supposed to -- that was not -- anyway. can we -- >> it's no porsche, though, was it? >> that was a porsche. that was a 900 horse power like million-dollar -- and there was too much traffic and people driving like idiots. okay. that's the shot i wanted to see. because you can see this big strapper here. get that off. >> go to the three shot. you want to see how wilfred is? >> we're sitting with lurch here almost. but i don't know if -- have you ever been -- >> in the chairs? >> no. it's nice. it's comfortable. >> i'm doing my best, but there's no way i can -- >> sit up straight. >> there's no way to -- we gave you this story -- >> because you're english. okay. i've got it. the british government has come up with a new way to halt tax avoidance under a new proposal.
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accountants who helped clients avoid paying taxs could be fined. currently clients are only fined if the loopholes they use are successfully challenged in court and aren't held responsible. theresa may has pledged crack down after the use of offshore trusts. i've read this story. it's not major, major news. but what is interesting is theresa may's approach. she's being much more center ground than center right people are expecting. >> did we use the right words? are we talking avoidance or evasion? avoidance is the duty of any citizen of any country to pay the minimum amount of taxes. >> that's legal. >> now, evasion is where you can go to jail for the techniques you're using. are we talking about evasion or avoidance? we should not have used avoidance.
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>> right. but she's also clamping down on executive pay. switch actually very bright. the labor party at the moment pushing to the left. you know -- >> she's thinking she can bring some people to her side. >> if she can get through brexit, she could be in a strong position. >> you don't need to take all the deductions that you're entitled to. don't do it. >> donate them. >> in fact, the flip side, give 50% -- why not tithe. give 50% to the government. if you really want to. not only don't take your legal deductions. but just go ahead and write a check for 90%. if you want. if you think that's patriotic. if you think that's a good idea. >> i'm not saying i do. i wish they would be lower. >> i'm talking to the general idea. to the mainstream media take on taxes. coming up -- discover how a lexus master craftsman turns an ordinary experience into an extraordinary one. get great offers at the lexus golden opportunity sales event.
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the long cycle of crisis is the euro just a bad mistake? guest host joseph stiglitz is here to discuss the economy and how a common currency threatens the future of the eurozone. his interview is straight ahead. >> a shakeup on the campaign trail. donald trump naming kelly annacone way as his campaign manager. more on the big move minutes away. plus target out with quarterly results. as this second hour of "squawk box" begins right now. live from the beating heart of business, this is "squawk
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box." >> welcome to "squawk box" here on cnbc, first in business worldwide. i'm joe kernen along with michelle caruso-cabrera and wilfred frost. becky is off this week. andrew is reporting live from the olympic games in rio. he's a karate man. we won't see that today but we're going to get to him in just a moment. the futures at this hour after not a great session yesterday. and it's flat today. it's responding the dollar's stronger. the fed acting like they might react. the dow up less than two and the nasdaq up 2.25. now to wilfred for this very long kind of a read the that any anchor would love to get. take it away, wilfred. >> you're good, you're good. >> let's hope i don't make a mistake. here's what's making headlines this morning. retailer target earned $1.23 per
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share. same stole sales fell slightly more than expected. it also lowered its forecasts for the second half of the year. we'll speak to an analyst about the results in a few minutes' time. lowe's also out with numbers this morning missing on both the top and bottom line. same store sales increased 2% but that was only half what analysts expected. those shares up 5%. there are no government economic reports on today's calendar, but investors are looking ahead to 2:00 p.m. eastern time. that's when the federal reserve releases minutes from its most recent policy meeting. the street looking for any new insight on possible future interest rate increases. and breaking overnight, and everybody's talking about it this morning. donald trump is shaking up his campaign leadership. nbc news has learned kelly ann conway is taking over at campaign manager. the cofounder of the breitbart
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news steve bannon will join the campaign. donald trump told "the wall street journal" i want to win. that's why i'm bringing on fantastic people who know how to win and who love to win. end quote. >> which is a great segue to our next guy. andrew ross sorkin loves to win. that's why he's in rio watching all the big winners down there at the olympics. hey, andrew. >> hey. we do love to win. and we should tell you it has been a big day here. a lot of winning going on. 20 medals could be up for grabs today building off a big 24 hours in rio. couple great stories to tell you about. danell leyva was an alternate on the team. he earned silver to give the u.s. its first medal in years. in women's gymnastics, simone biles taking gold in floor exercise and her teammate aly
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raisman grabbing silver. and to the track we go where team usa's jennifer simpson made history last night when she won the bronze in the women's 1500 meters. she is the first american woman ever to win an olympic medal in that event. >> my coaches told me going into this race be a predator. put yourself in a position to run people down. and so they were so wise. i didn't feel like i had to do anything until the last 300 meters. when i locked into that, that medal zone, i thought just get yourself there. whatever it takes get yourself there. >> and today the knockout round begins for men's basketball in what will be probably the hottest ticket around here, the home team brazil's men's soccer team taking on honduras. a lot of cool stuff coming up. in addition to all that, coming up later this hour i'm going to try out some cool wristband payment option. part of a new wearables trend. we'll talk about that and a lot
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more from rio in a few minutes. wilf? >> great stuff. we look forward to that. particularly the payment segment because there's been some trouble with the infrastructure. now among the biggest market stories in the last 24 hours, the greenback dropping to its t lowest level. the dollar has since recovered on hawkish fed speak in the last 24 hours. dennis lockguard said to hikes this year was a possibility. two key events to watch today. fed. james bullard will speak at 1:00 eastern. then at 2:00 p.m. we'll get the minutes from the last fomc meeting. the yen significant -- most significant. dropped below 100 briefly. >> over to you, joe. >> crying wolf. don't push me. don't push me. i might. i just might raise.
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how many times have we -- >> i thought you were talking about wilf crying wilf. >> don't push me. i might raise in september. do not push -- don't think i won't. because i might. >> which, is that yellen you're being? >> any of them. nine years they've raised once. how many times have they acted like they were going to raise? >> many. >> next time they do it, tell me afterwards. you know what i mean? i'll deal with it. >> do you think a quarter point is going to really change anything? >> no. i don't. so why can't they? >> i can't understand why you guys keep talking about it. >> anyway. the euro is it a tragic mistake or a marriage that can and must be saved? joe stiglitz joins us as a guest co-host for the next hour. his latest book is out today. "the euro: how a common currency threatens the future of europe."
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and here to join us on that and many other topics, professor joe stiglitz. we've known each other for awhile and here we are. we got here maybe in different routes but here we are on the same side of this whole -- >> not often. >> exactly. >> never. >> i know. we're so simpatico on this whole idea. >> it took you awhile though. you were right first. >> the idea a single currency would work with these -- it's like if we go down and have a single currency, pick your latin-american country and pick your currency. how's that going to work? it's not going to work. it's not going to work over there. >> it was done with the best of intentions. they wanted to create a united europe like we had the united states. they looked across the atlantic. they said a single currency works. a lot of diversity among the 50 states. but they didn't look close enough. we have a lot of institutions.
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for instance, take just one example. we have a common banking system. when washington mutual collapsed, it wasn't the state of washington that bailed it out. if that had happened, washington would be bankrupt. the fact is we had the federal deposit corporation. it was a national responsibility. they have this peculiar system that was intended to bring them closer together. but has actually pushed them further apart. so what happens is spain has a problem. it has to bail out its banks. that makes spain weeker. that means money flows from spain to germany. that makes germany stronger. the divergence gets larger. because the money has slowed down, spain's ability to support the banks is weaker. interest rates in spain get higher. and it's a vicious downward circle. >> so should it go away? should they give up on the
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project? >> well, what i discuss in the book is there are a couple of alternatives. it could be made to work. you know, we made our single currency work the 50 states. but we did a lot of things. we have a banking system back in 1863, middle of the civil war we wanted to create a single country that would work. and we created a national banking system effectively. >> we had a guy who, you know, has the most popular play ever on broadway around to do it though. same language -- >> hamilton. >> a lot of differences over there. >> a plot of differences and that makes it more difficult. if california has a problem, people easily move to another place in the united states. the federal government is bigger regulartive to -- you think it's probably too big but relative to the states. >> we also have a much more dynamic economy compared to europe. >> that's what i was going to ask the professor about.
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and that is that, do you give any notion -- any krcredence to the notion of the welfare state model that's more prevalent in europe, sort of doom them to overall failure anyway and that it's partially the euro and partially all the structural problems with trying to have growth, trying for new business creation. >> here we go. >> all the dynamics. this is maybe where we differ. none of that was a problem over there? >> it had nothing to do with the welfare state. you know, there are lots of problems in each of the countries. we have problems too. the fact is that before the euro, some of the countries that were doing very well like france, even greece was growing faster than -- >> it's all relative though. >> faster than average. >> not faster than us. >> sweden has actually been doing better than the united states and has a stronger --
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norway, good luck. it's been growing faster. but the basic point is these countries were doing well. some better than the united states. some worse than the united states. before the euro. and suddenly, suddenly things started changing. and those of us critical of the euro said the real test would come when faced a shock. and the 2008 prices was that shock. and that's the point where you see the whole thing unravel. >> but the supporters of the euro go back and say actually things weren't better. there were constant competitive devaluations that the only way they competed was on currency. and it led to the allowance of a lot of policies as joe pointed out that by the way are still there. and they never change. but it wasn't as good as you
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think it was before. >> it wasn't perfect. but they were in some periods growing faster than the united states. let's be clear. there are many factors that go into the success of a country or a region and we could have our differences. >> right. >> but what we're talking about here was one single policy change. the creation of a single currency which has had a devastating effect. you see the response to 2008. the crisis began in the united states. we were the cause. and normally when you have a country that's the source of a problem, that's the country that suffers the most. we recover relatively well. we're not back to health. they're still in recession. they've had a double dip recession. some of the countries are in depression. the depth of the downturn in spain, in greece, in portugal is greater than the great depression. so that gives you the magnitude of what has happened.
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>> and you said earlier, though, there were some relatively simple economic steps that could be taken in europe like a banking union shared fiscal policy in order to save the union. is that going to happen? is there the political will to do that? >> i'm pessimistic. that's the issue. if you can't get the political will to do relatively minor from my perspective and from a political perspective too big -- >> huge vested interest you're up against. >> and then the question becomes what do you do. that's where i talk about a couple of alternatives. one is hopefully in an amicable divorce you can go your different ways. the other one is somewhat in between which i call the flexible euro. might have a northern euro and a southern euro. you have some coordination. you try to bring them together. and maybe in 20 years they have enough of the development in institutions to work.
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they're keeping the relative exchange rates relatively close for an expanded period of time. and then you can say, you know, we've done pipt we've done it. and we can now share a single currency. but without the devastating effect that we're seeing today. >> has brexit sped up the likelihood of any of these outcomes or in fact has it galvanized desire amongst the rest of europe to stick together? what's the main effect? >> well, you know, different people have responded differently. you know, the head of europe, the european commission juncker had one set of response. he said we're going to punish any country that leaves. that's the kind of idea that says the only way we're going to keep people together is not through the benefits we give but through the fear of leaving. that's not a healthy attitude. and that will speed the breakup. and, you know, politically you see the strength growing of those political forces that want
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to leave. the real test, i think the next test is probably going to come in italy where they're going to have -- they're supposed to have a referendum in november. and it's being turned into a referendum on renzi and on the euro. because there are people saying the parties that want to leave are doing very well in the polls. and -- >> i saw the article wilfred's talking about. it's brought us all together, this brexit. now the polls are rising. those are the same polls that had remain up 52-48 in europe. i read that and i was like, this is crap. the people that wanted to leave, i bet you they still want to leave. the one thing i didn't understand, joe, and we'll return later, is that you want less euro but more eu. more union but less euro. that's weird.
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that's where we differ. you're not emphasizes nationalism. you're still a globalist. you and soros are hand in hand on the open borders probably, right? you're still a globalist. it has nothing to do with nationalism. >> i think we live in an integrated world where some -- many of our key problems can only be dealt with at a level above -- >> i think we should all get together in a common union when china and russia become the asian union and totally divorce from all nationalistic interests, that's when the eu should get together. >> should we have global currency as well? >> sarcasm, right. yeah. that's going to happen soon, right? >> you got to tell the mainstream media when it's sarcasm. coming up, target with results. same store sales falling more than expected and also lowered sales forecast. we'll get reaction from an analyst next. here are the futures at this hour. flat. >> the au. asian union.
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target reporting second quarter results this morning with earnings of $1.23 per share. that was coming in 11 cents above estimates. joining us now is managing director of equity at jpmorgan. good to have you here.
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but they had lower guidance even with that big beat. what's the problem here? in the release target said they had to lower expectations because of the current retail environment. is that their environment? or everybody's environment? >> you know, i think it's a combination of both. you're seeing some comp deceleration even at stores like home depot and lowe's. you've seen those decelerate a few hundred basis points. but what's concerning here is you've seen department stores which had a tough first quarter see acceleration in 2q more optimistic on the back half. target is a big apparel, big school retailer. they're just not seeing that acceleration. it's going to highlight concerns about share loss versus the likes of amazon. we'll see what they have to say tomorrow. >> i was going to ask you when you talk about amazon, their comparable digital sales grew 16%. is that a good enough number when you talk about major retailers having to work in this
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multi-channel world? >> you know, it's really not. if you look at what the average online sales last year were up about mid-teens. target being in line is not good enough. especially considering they're only penetrated about 4% whereas in reality their penetration should be closer to 10%. they're playing catch-up. so they should be out performing the market at this point. it's simply not happening. >> you had a target of 7, 8 bucks. now neutral. any chance you'll change that as a result of this report? >> if you look at brian cornell, he's two years into his turnaround story. starting to question the effectiveness of the current strategies against the current environment. protecting numbers pretty good for this year. street's only going to have to come down about 3% for the fiscal year. but as you look to next year, it's going to be a lot more dependent on sales. i think you start to question the ability of protecting earnings and we have to revisit numbers, the street has to revisit numbers from next year
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and bring them down pretty good. >> all right, chris. thanks so much. >> thank you. >> chris on the target report from this morning. still to come here on "squawk box," some stocks to watch including urban outfitters. getting a boost this morning after surprise results. also on the front -- on the retail front, jcpenney holding its analyst meeting today. courtney reagan will sit down with the ceo marvin ellison. that's at 2:30 p.m. eastern. "squawk box" will be right back.
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a few stocks to watch today. urban outfitters shares getting a big pop. posting stronger than expected earnings. same store results up with higher demand. that stock higher by 12%. however, shares of popeye's louisiana kitchen under a bit of pressure. falling short of wall street evidence and they're cutting its full year same store sales growth. that stock lower by 2.5% in the premarket. cree shares getting a drop. its outlook weak. that stock by nearly 10%. look at the right side of that
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chart. ouch. cisco laying off 20% of its global workforce. that's roughly 15,000 people. this according to crn. the cuts are expected to be announced in the next few weeks. going to a more software driven player. no real move in the share price premarket. coming up, we'll have much more from our guest host joseph stiglitz. and we'll get a check on the mortgage market and where rates could be headed. diana olick will join us for the mortgage application data. plus we're going to led back down to rio. that's where andrew is covering all the olympic action. >> want to be a big spender here at the olympic games? i hope you brought your visa card. i'll explain when we return here on "squawk box."
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♪ morning the stories front and center, look for some crowded arrants as we approach
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labor day weekend. major u.s. carriers expect 15.6 million passengers to fly over the seven-day labor day travel period. that would be up from 4% a year ago. viacom and sumner redstone's nationals are back in talk. those talks are said to be moving toward a resolution which would remove philippe dauman. we mentioned the reports of cisco layoffs a few minutes ago. there will be more news on cisco later when the dow components report earnings after the closing bell. expected of 60 cents per share on $12.6 billion. amazon owned twitch, a video platform and gaming tonight making a deal to expand its reach. it started curse which allows games to talk to each other and share information over the internet. it's been referred to as skype but for gamers.
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t >> curse? th is that is reference of how they talk to each other. >> probably. it's more than just playing and watching. >> who knew, joseph? >> nobody. not me. >> i bet your kids do. >> they probably do. >> but they don't curse though. >> that's a generational thing. >> the way you say certain things -- i'm going to start doing it. that time it was amazon. >> amazon. >> amazon. amazon. i know you know it's actually amazon. >> we go through this. i keep my pronunciation. >> just one more. do this for me. twitter. >> twitter. i'm doing it your way for you. amazon. >> no, i wanted you to do twitter the way a normal american would do it. you did. so i know how you say it normally. >> twitter.
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>> isn't that great, joe? can you even do that? i do it and feel like -- >> no. >> joe's an international person. so he's not as amused as you are. >> i lived six years in england and i couldn't get the accent. and in fact, i couldn't -- you know, he has a very mild accent. yes. >> because he's not from liverpool? >> he's a you call a cross atlantic elite. >> there we go. >> perceived accent. google it. >> diana's like -- anyway. you got the latest mortgage apps released earlier this hour? >> mortgage is mortgage. that's the only way i can say it. that's about it. >> twitter. did you twitter anything? ? >> did what? >> did you twitter anything. >> mortgage rates. we're going to talk about the rates. mortgage applications lost
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ground last week. total application volume dropping 4% for the week ending august 12th. that's compared to the previous week according to the mortgage bankers. now, even refinances which are highly rate sensitive were unimpressed by the continued low rates falling 4% from the previous week. they are, however, 4% -- now, this is the average contract rate on a 30 year fixed. fell to 3.64% from 3.65%. not a lot. mortgage applications to buy a house, they also lost ground. down 4% for the week to the lowest level since february of this year. they are, however, 10% higher than the same week last year. loan rates are not making up for rising fast prices. became the main issue. it's weakening to a lack of supply amid high demand. and i can only say that in
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american. >> diana, you said it beautifully and better than any of us could. thank you very much. let's turn back to our guest host for the rest of the hour. professor and winner of the nobel prize for economics, professor joseph stiglitz. great that you're still with us. should we round off the conversation on europe. we touched on your fundamental differences for why you don't think the euro can survive. the brexit hasn't made a huge difference to that. but long-term you still believe the political european project will maintain? >> that's right. if the euro doesn't tear them apart. i mean, that's one of the main thrusts is that you probably should abandon the euro to save the european project. to save this attempt to bring the countries closer and closer together. there are many aspects of economic integration. there's trade integration. they have something called the rasmus projects where students
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can move all over and study anywhere in europe. and they got the sequencing and pacing wrong. they put forming a common currency ahead of other things, other institutions like democratizing the way they make decisions. making the european parliament stronger. right now it's relatively weak compared to the bureaucracy and that undermines confidence. a lot of people say europe is nothing more than a bureaucracy. so they should have gotten that balance stronger before they began on this really big project of a single currency. >> and we'll talk about the u.s. and similarities there in a moment. but as we look around the rest of europe, how much of that anti-eu sentiment is there?
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is there any country close to a brexit-type outcome? >> several of the countries. there are large segments of the population that are very strongly opposed either to the eurozone or to europe. in many of these countries strong sentiment for europe. the countries have become more divided. politically what's happened is the center left and the center right has very strongly supported not only the eu but the euro. and as europe has stagnated, confidence in the center has weakened. >> it's a country with a catalyst coming up. right? italy, they've got the vote in the fall. >> they have a vote in the fall. they have a bank and other banks that are -- >> bank in crisis. >> in a banking crisis. europe has put down rules that may seem reasonable in general.
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what's reasonable in general is not reasonable for a specific country. that reflects the diversity. so in view there's a general that if a bank gets in trouble, you let the shareholders first pay. then you go to the bondholders. and only if that isn't enough, then you go to the government to bail out the institution. i think it's a broad correct framework. what happened in italy is many of the bonds were bought not by big institutions, by wealthy people, but were sold almost like cd's. and so many of the bondholders are just ordinary italians. and that's the kind of situation where if you let them go, you're going to get a big backlash. they were told these are as safe as a cd. then they say, oh, no. we're going to let you go. that's a change in the rules.
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>> so given all these factors at play that are a risk, should market bs a little more concerned about the post-brexit world? because other than some assets the pound and uk, everything else is recovered and we hit new highs. >> i think they are. i think they are underpricing the risk. and i think they're underpricing the risk of the general european risk. if you notice the most recent data while europe you might say the tremor was not as big as some people thought, the gross statistics are not good. and if you look at the -- you know, what's happened since 2008, 2010, it's dismal. it's really dismal. the best performing country germany would be given a "d" if it were not for comparison with how bad the rest of europe is doing. so in that context, it's inevitable that there's going to be large fractions of the population that are going to be
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upset. there are large groups, you know, youth unemployment in spain is over 50%. youth unemployment in several other countries is well over 30%. these people are going to be angry because they see something is not working. this has not always been the case. it's gotten especially bad since the start of the euro. and yet the leaders of europe have their head in the sand. i think some of the markets have the head in the sand. >> joe, awesome stuff. we've got some more coming up after the break. joseph stiglitz with us until 8:00. >> and after the break we'll head back down to rio. andrew, what do you have coming up this time? >> we've got a fun one. we asked the athletes and this can be a dangerous question, what their favorite sport uniform is. but before we do that, we're
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gymnasts simone biles and aly raisman make history. the two finishing first and second in floor exercise last night meanwhile a midnight
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♪ welcome back to "squawk box." yesterday about half a percent of declines for each of the three major indices in the u.s. as people once again talked
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about the possibility of rate hikes sooner rather than later. we're bouncing back a little bit this morning. the s&p by three points. the nasdaq by 8.5. all right let's get back down to andrew ross sorkin. he's covering the olympics in rio. hey, andrew. >> hey, joe. i love that shot you were showing of copacabana before. merchandise is a big business as are the concession stands here in olympic park. but if you arrive with a mastercard or american express, you're kind of out of luck. weath whether you're buying souvenirs or food at mcdonald's, leave all cards but visa at home. now you don't need your physical card to pay. they're putting their wristband
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to the test here. they include readers like this. let's see if this thing actually works. looks like it worked. okay. so here's the thing. it looked like it worked when he showed it to you on the video. it took a little bit longer than that. we didn't have time to show it in full. for workers to get the reader and the band to connect. that said, it all came together and we should note after the game visa hopes to deploy this band throughout brazil where they say over a million tap and go readers exist already. i know michelle wears her fitbit. things will get built in. in countries where they haven't taken off, these bands may be the next best thing. >> i love wearing a step counter. now it's a watch. i used to wear the fitbit. thanks, andrew. i don't know if you can hear me, that music's really loud. coming up, more with our
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guest host joseph stiglitz. and then later donald trump is shaking up his campaign's leadership. the details on who's hired, who's fired or not. straight ahead. and as we head to break, a look at oil this morning. crude is slipping. $46.52 for wti. stay tuned to cnbc, first in business worldwide.
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morning. we'll start with staples. matching sales with earnings. however revenue was below estimates and the office products chain fell for the 14th consecutive quarter. that's going the wrong way. barnes & noble ousts chief executive officer -- who's the chief executive officer of -- >> ronald hoyer? >> but do you know what his name is? does anyone care how i pronounce b-o-i-r-e then? >> he does. >> i'm going to go with boire. wilfred, what would you go with? >> i don't know. >> isn't that a sausage in new orleans? >> i don't know. >> now if we're getting it wrong it's really ramming the point wrong. it's embarrassing a little bit. >> i would have skipped over it. >> i would have just said it's some guy. you don't need his actually name because nobody knows at home.
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anyway, bottom line is this person named ronald -- they're saying he wasn't a good fit for the book retailer. now, this guy i have heard say
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that if you're a global company, you really ought to be paying taxes where your business originates. and whether it's your sales or your production, the activity is not occurring in ireland. you know, it's not where the source of profits are. and we know that the transfer price system -- the system where you allocate your profits is fraudulent in the sense that companies have the ability to move money from where it really occurs to that. >> so there's a difference between what should be and what there is. would you acknowledge that if we got rid of the double taxation
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system, if you could repatriate money for corporations, there would be far less incentive to doing that and therefore you'd actually have apple pay more taxes in the united states. >> no. that i disagree. the fact is if you had zero taxes, people wouldn't care. i agree that these only occur because people are using them to avoid taxes. but the question is do we have too high of a tax rate? >> in the united states for corporations. >> and do we have have a flawed global system of global taxation? absolutely clear that we have a flawed global system. the oecd has been working to correct the details. this is called the base erosion and profits shifting initiative. >> they want to harmonize. >> and they've done some really good stuff trying to limit some of the most outrageous -- >> we've had such a wonderful time today coming together on so
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many things. i think i can get you to -- can we just go to zero and tax individuals and let our corporations globally compete as well as they possibly can? can't we just do that? >> the with had a global system where we could impute the income of the corporation back to the individuals who own it and if you could design that system to avoid tax avoidance, tax evasion. so let me give you an example. >> so we can do that? >> i don't think we can. >> we'll show you what tim cook's response was when he was asked about this in "the washington post." we've said at 40% we're not going to bring it back until there's a fair rate. it's legal to do. it is the current tax law. it is not a matter of being patriotic or not patriotic. >> and both sides in the campaign are actually talking about changing the tax law. i think hillary has a good way of dealing with it. >> to the argument that a
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corporation, whatever that is, whether it is a person or isn't a person, uses the infrastructure or benefits from the country, does that make sense? when we want them to compete globally and we want to win and have the jobs generated for our corporations. does it make sense that we almost do it in a punitive way? you use our roads when people are driving to work. why have it at all? >> even if you could impute it back to individuals, that would be fine. >> but you don't think we can do it. >> it's very hard. and in the absence of that, it could become a big piggy bank. equivalent to an unlimited ira for rich people that it's not available to ordinary individuals. >> here's what makes me nervous when you talk about a global system. when you talk about a global system, the oecd uses harmonize. when people want -- when governments or institutions want many countries to pay higher
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levels of taxes, they call it harmonizization. and when we talk about competition, it's called a race to the bottom. when is it ha-- >> the fact is that if you look carefully at how most firms finance themselves, most of it is through debt. interest is tax deductible when you make those investments. close analysis shows that the tax rate really doesn't discourage investment. the real problem with our tax system right now, our corporate tax system is that it encourages money abroad to stay abroud. doesn't come back. that's a simple thing to change. we could change that and make sure that they don't do what apple is doing. apple is right. it's doing what is within the la
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u. the answer to that is you've lobbied to get the law to benefit you and now, now that we see what's going on, panama papers all that has shown the kind of massive tax evasion going around globally. we've got to stop it. and we can. it's not that hard. >> on that note, professor stiglitz, it's been great having you around. >> you're really coming around, joe. >> we started off so on the same paging. >> it's okay. it's better. it's good. now we got, you know, another socialist coming up. bill arian for the next hour. thank you, professor joseph stiglitz. and the new book "the euro" is out today. you'll hear it from wilf. still to come, "squawk" market master muhammad el-erian, we'll get his latest market action. as we head to break, a quick check on the markets. higher by ten points off the half a percent decline yesterday.
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the fed in focus. the central bank hinting about a september to remember. squawk market master muhammad el-erian will weigh in. details of trouble at two
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industry heavyweights. plus casino mobile steve wynn not mincing words. >> i'm waiting for that person to show up. >> we will tell you what the mogul said about trump and clinton as the final hour of "squawk box" begins right now. ♪ live from the most powerful city in the world, new york, this is "squawk box." >> welcome back to "squawk box" here on cnbc, first in business worldwide. i'm joe kernen along with michelle caruso-cabrera and wilfred frost. becky is off this week. andrew's reporting live from the olympic games in rio. there he is. great shot. we'll get to him in just a minute. i think thursday is tae kwon do day though. not today. >> makes us wait. >> i know. making us wait. but first, i like when andrew was talking about how he loves
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wins. >> he does. >> he lost 11-1 at ping-pong yesterday to a girl. >> yeah. but he -- >> a world champion. >> i'm kidding. i'm kidding. it was to a girl. i'm kidding. i have a daughter. she's a great golfer. i love everybody. and everybody's great at everything. >> everybody gets a trophy, andrew. >> she's an olympian. come on. >> i know. i know. i know. but that -- it was weird that one serve that got by her. that was very weird. >> it was real. i just want to say it was a winner. it wasn't, you know, an unforced error on her part. i want to be clear about that point. >> that was just a normal serve. it was a forehand serve that just, like -- i don't know. i think maybe she did that just got away from her. the dollar is sort of regained some ground. we'll talk to muhammad about
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this. the fed's back at us. don't push us! we may raise. don't think we won't. you can't assume we won't. we might. bs, right? are they going to raise in september? >> about 45% chance. >> i thought it was september of 2017, 40%? >> the market has it much lower than that. my estimate 40%. >> you believe in this crying wolf again. >> this is not crying come -- wolf. >> they learned that suddenly after all those years they finally learned that a quarter point that we can take it? >> look. you and i agree we've got a normalized policy, this quicker we do that the better. otherwise we're just having problems further down the road into the financial stability. >> you're supposed to lead him on this. >> i know. >> you love your reads too. you go ahead and do that. >> amongst today's top stories,
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investors waiting on minutes from last fed meeting due at 2:00 p.m. middle of "power lunch." please tune in. the street is looking for any news on future interest rate increases. cisco laying off roughly 14,000 people. company's in the process of transitions from a hardware focused company to a more software driven player. weekly mortgage applications falling on a seasonally adjusted basis. refinancings are still higher compared to the same week one year ago. some stocks to watch today, target earnings beating the street but same store sales slightly more than estimated. also lowering for the second half of the year. lowe's missing wall street's mark on the top and bottom lines. the home improvement retailers saw comparable sales rise 2%. half of what analysts expected. so they're down as well. down 5% lows. let's get back out to andrew as you know live in rio.
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andrew, what is coming up? >> hey, wilf thanks for that. you guys talk a lot about statistics. i have some stats for you guys. team usa merchandise is the hottest seller here. the company saying that rio 2016 sales now up 100% year to date. that compares to the london games back in 2012. for those of you keeping score, the top sellers is a nike hat, a dual usa/brazil pin. then the nike logo t-shirt. it's not just the fans that like to be decked out in olympic gear. you saw me wearing that polo coat last week. maybe i'll wear it again here. in today's ask the athlete, we asked who has the best uniform. ♪ >> obviously it would never happen, but if you could fence in soccer gear, that'd be super cool. >> because i love basketball, i would have to say the best
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uniforms are basketball. >> well, gymnastics. they're pretty. >> probably the swimmers because i know how difficult the suits are to get on. >> mine definitely doesn't have the best uniform. we have the worst uniforms. have you seen our -- we look like we're wearing bathrobes. >> i like indoor cycling. the helmet and all the uniform. >> volleyball. they're sexy. but maybe are too sexy. >> i would say gymnastics. they have -- it sparkles. >> water polo because we are almost naked. >> always a dangerous question to ask some of the guys hesitating. and then later admitting beach volleyball. but we do have some serious news to bring you this morning. developing news here in rio. civil police have confirmed to nbc and patrick hickey ioc executive board member has been
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taken into custody. he's being questioned on a series of allegations he was involved in aiding a group with international ticket scalping. we're going to have a lot more on the story as it develops. but i covered the ticket scalping world back in 2000 in the sydney olympics. i have to tell you there's an entire netherworld of people involved in this. and it's been a perennial problem with members of different teams and ioc members as well selling these tickets as you can imagine all sorts of executive sponsors looking for tickets usually front and second row tickets. there's still a lot of empty seats. but those aren't the tickets people want. we'll keep an eye on this story today and try to bring you the news as we get it. >> thank you. joining us is our guest host for the next hour muhammad el e el-erian. i don't think i need to read your book. it basically says since fiscal
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authorities have been paralyzed in your view is due to the tea party and not doing what the president wants, the only game left was monetary policy which isn't working. and what we really need is a much bigger government and a lot more government spending. >> you obviously haven't read the book. >> how am i -- am i close? is that the synopsis? >> no. >> okay. what's the synopsis? >> it says we have relied excessively on central banks. >> yes. >> and because of that we have all sorts of underlying tensions that are coming to the fore. and if we are not careful, we're going to take a turn where slow growth becomes recession. >> what caused us to rely overly on the central banks? it's the paralysis of the fiscal part. >> it's much more than that. it is the inability to deal with structural problems. we had a cyclical mind-set.
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we went to 2008 with the cyclical mind-set. because of that the policy response was too cyclical and not structural. >> but what you -- bottom line is you would like to spend a lot more on infrastructure. is that not it? like a much bicker stimulus. >> four things. first and foremost, serious pro-growth reforms. that includes tax reform that you talked about in the previous hour. lower taxes? >> corporate taxes? >> lower taxes, fewer exemptions, more har mon nicization but in a pro-growth sense. second element, you need more balance demand management. we rely too much on low interest rates and they're not effective. thirdly, we need to deal with pockets of over endebtedness. greece is an example. it's hard but if you don't do it, it just crushes -- >> we can't do that here, rugt? >> i mean, i think student loans is going to be a real issue for
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us. >> when you say structural reforms, i think immediately of the inability to hire and fire in europe. that they have just calcified the labor lieus to the point they can't -- >> the function of the labor market, the tax system, and yes infrastructure. we as a society fell in love with finance as the engine of growth. up to 2008 we depended on private finance. since 2008 we've depended on central banks. and we have forgotten what it takes to grow an economy. >> is it the political will to pass the structural supply side reforms you're talking about? because everyone is europe has talked about it for ages. but there's been political gridlock. so it's not happening. >> yeah. this is not an economic engineering problem as much as it is a political problem. i agree. >> does the u.s. election change that? >> depends what comes out. but remember it's not going to change congress in a big way. >> here's the thing. even when we have given money to
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congress for infrastructure, we don't actually get the infrastructure. everybody agrees we need more infrastructure. it's so obvious and yet it doesn't happen. so you have to ask why. and the transmission mechanism through congress is awful. you give them money. look at jfk. i pay a fee every time i'm out of a plane in new york, it's supposed to fix airports. it doesn't. congress doles out the money rather than based on users. when does that get fixed and we can really have infrastructure. not just throwing money at digging holes for nothing. >> again, you're saying it's a political problem. >> i agree. but calling for more spending until we fix the way they spend it. >> there's one view that says economists got it wrong. right now it's the politicians not stepping up to the plate. this is why i had this notion of a "t" junction. if we're not careful, we're going to end up in a place much harder to get out of. >> but the -- okay. is it as simple as raising taxes
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and spending it on infrastructure? how do you want to spend it on infrastructure? where are we going to get the money? let's say we redo every road and bridge in the country, how do we pay for it? >> you didn't hear me say raise taxes. i said reform the tax system. >> where do we get the money to do from you are? >> in europe with necktive interest rate, it is absurd they're not borrowing right now to invest in infrastructure that have returns that are positive. yet the system has frozen completely on that. >> let's say that you build hundreds and hundreds of bridges to nowhere with negative interest rates. >> as the -- take it to adam. however you want to say it. you've got negative interest rates. can you build bridges to nowhere and trains between cities that -- doesn't it have to make
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sense? >> sure. that's just silly. the bridges to nowhere -- >> that's what happens with half this infrastructure. >> we have such an infrastructure deficit that by the time you get to the bridges to nowhere -- >> so you're assuming that a government with no accountability typically will find all the necessary and correct things to do and it will all bring it in under budget? that never happened. >> i'm all for private partnerships. i'm enabling the private sector to do more on infrastructure. we have an infrastructure deficit in the west we have got to address. we're nowhere near the bridge to nowhere. of course not. that's so inefficient. it's absurd. but we're not there yet. and if you can get the private sector in and you can through partnerships. you can through risk sharing. >> you admit that is essential. otherwise, you know at the dmv building bridges. you just don't. >> but you can go either side to
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the absurd argument. if we don't invest anything in the infrastructure, then the private sector can't operate. and if we start building bridges to nowhere, then that's really stupid. right? be careful of the extremes. >> you just want the capital to be treated where -- you know, the private sector typically -- i was trying to explain this to my son yesterday. if you have a business and whether you exist depends on you watching your p's and q's and watching every penny and not overpaying for things, you go out of business if you don't do that. if you're the government, all you do is raise taxes. you really understood that. that there's no one along the chain of accountability to make sure that you treat capital frugally the way it should be treated. >> trump wants to spend double what -- >> i don't make this political at all. i'm just talking about an argument about whether government is effective at
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deploying capital as much as the private sector. >> but who ever says the government is -- of course it's not as effective. >> we should limit government to things that only government can do then, mohamed. >> sure. but there are certain things where the government can enable toe private sectors. by enabling the private sector. building a road between major supply sources is enabling. >> enabling could be great, mohamed. i would settle just for not getting in the way of. >> i would settle for that too. >> but we're not there. we saw yesterday with the latest big truck emission b.s. that came out. >> i think what you're seeing in europe is people saying, you know, we are fed up with governments that don't step up to their responsibilities. >> spending their money on all kinds of other stuff. don't move. you're here for the whole hour. >> you're okay. you don't want to move, do you? you're okay? >> good to be back with you, joe. >> what do i usually do for you?
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>> you mock me. >> i mock you. to buy that
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as a supervisor at pg&e, it's my job to protect public safety, keeping the power lines clear, while also protecting the environment. the natural world is a beautiful thing,
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the work that we do helps us protect it. public education is definitely a big part of our job, to teach our customers about the best type of trees to plant around the power lines. we want to keep the power on for our customers. we want to keep our community safe. this is our community, this is where we live. we need to make sure that we have a beautiful place for our children to live. together, we're building a better california.
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welcome back to "squawk box." steve wynn is opening a $4 billion resort next week. he spoke to emily tan about the u.s. election and his relationship with donald trump. >> now, you have a long history with donald trump. dates back to -- >> well, i've known donald for 30 years because we're in the same business for awhile. but to say we have a long history, i've known him for 30 years, yes. >> are you a friend? >> i am a friend, yes. >> and i've been reading that you potentially also are an adviser to his campaign, is that right? >> no. i'm not an adviser. donald calls me and asks me what i think. very often i'll answer him. but donald trump is his own adviser. it's really safe to say that. he is his own campaign manager. he is his own adviser. >> who do you want to win the election? >> someone who will take
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responsibility for the real welfare of the american people. be honest with them. not insult their intelligence. and i'd like to have an adult in the room. i'm waiting for that person to show up and emerge in this. >> wynn said he's still waiting to hear plans on entitlements and on government spending. still to come here on "squawk box," silver soaring this year. the precious metal up more than 40%. we'll talk to the ceo of pan american silver. "squawk box" will be right back. got a lot more ahead here from olympic park live in rio coming up on "squawk box" in just a moment.
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investors seeking safe havens have driven gold prices and more notably silver prices higher this year. up 44% year to date. joining us is michael steinman ceo of pan american silver. thanks for being here. your stock has done well lately. it's been rising with silver. >> it was, yeah. i think we're up over 220% since the beginning of the year. >> why the disparity in the difference between silver and
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gold, you think? >> silver is a different metal than gold. safe haven aspect. silver follows gold but also use a lot of silver in the world especially in electronics. we use a lot of silver now to produce solar panels. it has increased substantially in the last few years. it's about 10% of the silver that is used is used for production of solar panels. >> don't take this the wrong way, but ceos of mining companies, of oil companies, i kind of don't believe you really have much control of your destiny. i mean, you are reliant on the price of the underlying commodity, right? i mean, oil ceos look brilliant when oil is at $120 not so much when it's at $40. >> if you look at our q2 which was a great q2. our cost down about 10% compared to a year ago. we reduced by 30% in our cash
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cost. so of course we are price takers. we produce silver. we sell it into the market whatever price there is. but we have quite a bit of control over the cost. that's what we exercise in the last 12 to 18 months. we are building some expansions that bring our costs even further down. the next two to four quarters. for sure some control. >> the producers never seem to see big trends and work together to make sure there's not overproduction or over production. it seems like you -- you know, you go -- that's why it becomes this -- even oil producers. they drill like crazy when time is good. then they all cut off at the same time. it seems if you guys could collude a little better, you guys could get -- >> your ten-year chart reflects. >> housing too. it seems like the boom and bust. but especially mining. we go through periods of overproduction and over production. >> silver is a little bit different. silver production actually is done by primary silver producers like pan american silver.
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we follow with our stock the silver price. but the other 70% is a by-product from copper, lead, and zinc production. >> so that's the supply side. on the demand side, how big is the speculative element? >> right now about 30%. we have a billion ounces of demand. and just about 30% is on the speculative side. so huge increase in coin and bar demand we've seen especially from india and the u.s. >> driven by low interest rates, right? how much do you focus on what central banks are doing? >> it impacts silver and gold price immediately. you see we'll talk about renewed speculation about an interest rate hike. of course it will have an impact on silver and gold price immediately on the short-term. i think the long-term definitely on the way up. >> if my daughter was every selfie was being done at photomat like it used to be,
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would silver be at -- was there a loss of demand when everything became digital? >> well, a huge loss. >> how much? has it been replaced by solar panels? >> it has been placed by electronics. every phone, every screen you have, every light switch contains silver. it's the best metal for -- >> so you made up the loss for photography? >> definitely. and then some. i think for clean energy we will have that. the future will be electric. electric cars will be sustained. we'll find ways to sustain that electricity. >> mai l ka, thank you very joining us. michael steinman. still to come, we're hours away from the latest fed minutes. we'll debate that topic led by joe after the break. >> oh great. look at you. you're at the top of your game. at work or at play, you're unstoppable. nothing can throw you off track.
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♪ welcome back to "squawk box." here's what's making headlines
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this morning. some new light on aetna's decision to withdraw from many of its affordable care act markets. dow jones reports that aetna told the justice department in early july it would cancel its planned expansion if the department plans to block. two weeks later the doj did bring a legal challenge. earnings out this morning from analog devices. the company earned 82 cents per share. 6 cents above estimates. revenue also above forecast. shares up 1.25%. univision is buying gauker beating out a $90 million bid from ziff davis. gawker filed for bankruptcy after a judge against it in the suit brought by hulk hogan. >> i was wondering about that aetna story. i'm wondering -- it sounds -- they had a picture on "the huffington post." he gave raises to a lot of --
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the left has embraced in the past. but now they're making it sound like it's blackmail. if you don't let me buy or let us merge, then i'm going to exit the aca. now, on face value that looks like one thing. but what if he said there's no way we can make this work unless we get scale by putting -- which everybody that did knew it was going to cause mergers and acquisitions for these guys to get bigger. >> that was the intent. >> that was the intent. so here, was he actually saying i'm going to exit because you're not letting me merge or was he saying for us to stay in business, we need this merger to go through. so if you don't let this go through, we're going to exit aca. is it blackmail or just the facts? >> it doesn't matter if they don't relax the decision. >> what makes me laugh about all those accusationaccusations. >> you can see how the post portrays it. here's one of the fat cat ceos. they're the worst people on the
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planet. these insurance ceos. so is he really a bad guy or was he just -- you see what i'm saying? >> i do. but it doesn't matter. >> you love your health care over in england, don't you? >> we do. the only thing i will say, you guys spend way more per capita. so it's harder to -- >> did you have private insurance when you were there? >> i did as well. >> in addition. not just -- >> i'm saying wh enthe nhs was brought in in 1946, everyone was against it. all of the right was united. much of the left was united. now it's something they would never touch. some enhance it further. >> they complain about it though. >> i'm saying a long period of time, people might look back on -- the only difference which i would totally agree with is the u.s. spends way much on gdp per capita on health care than the uk. >> it's a lot of extenuating circumstances tho that go into it. we have drug addiction and
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obesity. >> i'm agreeing with you. it's a hard thing unless it's more efficient for the government to be able to afford. but the intention similarly when it was brought in the uk was criticized. >> if individuals were far more responsible for their own health care cost by buying their own insurance individually instead of getting it through their employer, instead of getting it through government programs, you'd actually have a far more efficient health care system. >> so you went to the nsa. you didn't have your own doctor with your -- >> no, i have private insurance. but you go to the nhs as well. i was glad it was there. >> i hear complaints. >> of course there are complaints. >> just like canadians. >> things aren't always that clean sometimes. >> correct. there are lots of things that could be improved like many public services. but you would find almost all britains supporting its existence.
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>> to hold up the va as the example of public health insurance for the veterans administration. and we found out what was really going on there. and you can jiggle the number around and make it look like no one's waiting. but we found out what real government-run health care looked like with the va. >> fine. but in the uk, the nhs, the vast majority of people widely applaud its existence. >> let's get back to you. >> i agree. let's get to our guest, way more interesting than me. we will get a look inside the fed's minutes from the last meeting due at 2:00 eastern. to discuss what to expect, oksana and michelle. let's start with you, michelle. the possibility of the minutes surprising to the hawkish side. has that been taken out by some of the comments we got yesterday and the associated move on the dollar?
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>> i think there is a smaller chance of surprise. i think more market participants are expecting them to sound a bit more hawkish than the statement. akin to what they said yesterday. i think the message is very clear which is that the u.s. data is largely supportive of an additional rate hike. they feel a bit more convinced. it means they're going to set up for a rate hike before the end of the year. but i don't think the minutes are going to signal that it's coming imminently. i don't think they're going to give calendar guidance. i think they're going to still try to keep as many options open as they can. >> oksana, do you think we overly focus on these minutes given we heard from speakers yesterday. are people just ignoring that and focused really on getting past the election and then december is a possibility? >> without a doubt. i think we've overly focused. i think every conversation related certainly to fixed income. what is the fed going to do, when is it going to raise, is
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there going to be the next meeting. and the reality is it's largely irrelevant. i think that's the problem with central banks globally is they're at best approaching irrelevance. at worst, starting to do some harm. if you look at the fed and their upcoming meeting, there is no case from an economic standpoint to not move. whether you look at jobs, whether you look at inflation. even the somewhat disappointing gdp number in q2. we are on track to see a better number -- looking for a turn around. so from any sort of economic standpoint, there is no case to delay. however, of course, the fed has been perhaps managing more to market sentiment opposed to economic data. >> go back to your original point about them approaching irrelevan irrelevancy. we get the point maybe they're starting to approach the point of irrelevancy. >> i think that's the case. i think that's why they do desperately want to raise rates.
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but they are at a point where they can continue driving rates lower, let's say. and crushing the financials. and that probably does not help any economy out there. or they can try to move higher, potentially spur panic in the bond market. and at the end of the day can they really affect market rates? no, they can't. >> so let me ask you both this. one of the reasons why we speak on this program about the fed is because we believe it influences the yield curve and by influencing the yield curve it influences the price above assets. there's a view out there that has very little to do with the fed. that it has to do with the bank of japan, the bank of england, and the ecb. and they are really the ones that are determining the yield curve in the u.s. and if you look at the spread in ten years between treasuries and bonds have been incredibly stable. if we want to talk about fixed income in the u.s., shouldn't we be focusing more on other central banks and much less on what the u.s. is doing?
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>> so i think this whole idea that because rates are being kept low with extraordinarily accommodating policy elsewhere that they're going to stay low in the u.s. as well. perhaps there's some truth to it. on a real yield basis, they are not that far in the real world. they're trading between minus 50 to minus 1%. the u.s. is one of the worst ones out there. make no mistake about it. i think if the fed was to proceed with a hike, you are going to see it move higher across the board. that's what we saw during the taper tantrum without any fed move. i think that that you referred to, the stable relationship, will continue at a different level. so yes, the bank of japan matters. they've essentially got into the equity markets at this point and they're on track to become one of the largest holders of the nikkei stock average. but i think the fed certainly sets the tone here. >> see, i kind of disagree. i'm not sure that the market will move very much even if the fed hikes again.
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because you do have continued accommodation of other central banks. i think for nominal yields, it matters what inflation does. and inflation expectation is low. if generally the belief is there's still a lot of slack in the global economy, i think it's going to be hard to see an environment where rates head much higher. remember, they hiked in december and interest rates are lower now in the u.s. than they were -- >> that's the point. right. >> two points on that. i think that the equity market will actually continue to be resilient. much more so than people believe right now. will rates move higher? they may not by much. but remember where they are now. even a ten basis point move from here on a percentage basis is pretty detrimental. >> we're going to have to leave it there. thank you both very much. >> three ladies on the set. coming up next, we're going to head back down to the olympics where andrew ross -- you do think i'm a lady, right? where andrew ross sorkin is covering the action in rio. what do you have coming up? >> thank you, michelle.
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when we come back, what topic has come up here in rio repeatedly by tourists and locals in town for the games. but does it involves sports? hint, it has something to do with a particular u.s. presidential candidate. we'll talk all about it when "squawk box" returns.
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welcome back to "squawk box." here in rio one topic that
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doesn't involve sports repeatedly has that come up is donald trump. seems everybody has a view about him. and the view actually may matter. l.a.'s mayor recently hinted his campaign would affect the bid for the olympics in 2024. there's a trump hotel just located miles from olympic park here. that's where we went to get a sampling of views from a man on the street. ♪ >> he speaks a lot of truth. he says a lot of things that people are afraid to say. but sometimes a little controversial for me personally. >> i don't like donald trump because he doesn't like the immigrants and the mexicans and the womans. i prefer hillary. >> we have a lot of character
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who say a lot of crazy things but in the end they don't do anything. >> he's very controversial. but he's saying a lot of things that people are thinking and i think it's a kind of new honesty that people haven't seen in politics before. >> i don't really like donald trump. i don't really like hillary clinton. i'm leaning more towards gary johnson maybe. i'm still deciding. i'm not sure. >> of course fair to say hard to draw too many conclusions from these particular conversations, but no matter what the opinion is of donald trump, clearly a fascination for people around the world. we had our cameras out there for several hours. and we tried to -- we were trying to find video just to keep it balanced. it was -- there were some people who liked him and probably more that didn't. i imagine that's maybe par for the course. >> thank you very much. it's the international perspective. of course it doesn't matter in terms of the election, but it's -- >> this is true.
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content sharing company pinterest stepping up its ad game. julia boorstin joins us with more. >> it's called promoted video in beta. pairing these with featured pins to allow people to immediately take action with click to buy and learn more buttons. the social sharing platform with 100 million monthly active users is well positioned to use ads to drive purchases. pinterest says three-quarters of the content consumed comes from businesses. mary meeker reported that 55% of people on pinterest are there to find or shop for products. that's compared to just 12% for other social networks. pinterest says early results with brands including garinier are positive.
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according to market research firm millword brown. and now pinterest can tap into the $10 billion market for digital video advertising which is dominated by alphabet's youtube and facebook with live videos, and twitter which has been investing in nfl games. now we'll is have to see if this grows the $11 billion valuation and help them move closer to an ipo. guys? >> thank you, julia. coming up, a market call from our guest host mohammed el-eri el-erian. and don't miss an exclusive interview with marvin ellison 2:30 eastern eastern time during "power lunch." it's been one year since he took the helm at the chain. ask him how it's going. "squawk box" will be right back.
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welcome back to "squawk box." signs of trouble in the hedge fund irndsstry today. researcher hfr says the average hedge fund is up 3% through the end of july. that's less than half the s&p 500's increase. hedge funds have posted three consecutive quarters of withdrawals that hasn't happened since 2009. and "the wall street journal" is now reporting problems at two of the industry's biggest names,
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tutor investment and brie van howard. investors pulled more than $3 billion from brevin howard's flagship fund from the first half of the year and two key tutor hedge funds said to be down about 3% this year and yesterday the firm cut its work force by 15% or 60 employees. >> is that why they created the word, do you think? do you take any satisfaction when you see things like that? >> people getting two and twenty and can't even match the s&p. >> yeah. >> and they have the aura or in the past of actually where past performance does guarantee future performance and as we know every mutual fund says that. past performance has nothing to do with -- >> 20 basis points the feel by many trackers. >> think about that. and no better than, you know -- >> they're worse. >> exactly. >> our guest host this morning is mohammad el erian, alien's ally yanz's chief economic adviser.
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i wonder if the new normal environment is a new normal for hedge fund guys. they are not as good at figuring out what's happening in these unprecedented times. i guess it's not as clear which way to bet on a lot of the markets given where we are? >> when central banks with the printing press in the basement get more and more involved with markets, they distort all sorts of things including correlations between asset classes and it's really difficult to navigate this world. so either you just bet on central bank being effective forever and that's what the stock market has done, or you try to be a contrarian and you have been to incredibly tactical and that's really hard to do. it doesn't surprise me that smart money is having more difficulty and be they will until central banks stop having such a large influence on markets. >> is the bank of england leading global yields at the moment? >> so i think that if you were to put -- the answer is yes. it used to be the bank of japan and then the ecb and then we saw
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last week the bank of england has had the biggest influence so far. the but if you look at effectiveness, i like looking at effectiveness. you have a bank of japan which is either ineffective or counter productive. next to it you have the ecb getting there. then the bank of england and then the fed. the big question for markets is the whole spectrum shift this way and if it does it's bad news or do they remain effective which is good news for markets. >> finally going to give up the negative interest rate experiment. >> i don't think they give it up but they don't press it any further. it's very difficult for central banks to declare it's made a mistake. i think that she shouldn't have gone there but they did. i think they're realizing that the collateral damage of negative interest rates exceed the benefits and you get counterintuitive results. people save more. the financial system starts fermenting. >> that's the opposite of what they wanted. negative interest rates were supposed to make people spend less and they've gotten the exact opposite reaction than
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what they wanted. >> and they're starting to flag fragment the financial system which means the transmission system becomes weaker. a recognition that negative interest rates actually weaken central banks. >> nerp is dead? >> if i were to tell you nerp is dead tomorrow the ecb and bank of jan japan would go back. it's hard for the central bank to declare that they made a mistake i don't expect they will go further negative. they will use more qe. >> have we got the global bond market in a bubble? we have seen japanese yields start to pick up. the bank of england we saw easing, but did see inflation tick up yesterday which could be a catalyst to stop being able to ease as much as they are. >> i think japan is peculiar in the sense that people have lost confidence in the bank of japan. i don't think that's the case for the bank of england yet. what the market in japan is telling you, particularly the currency market, where the yen has appreciated, is that the bank of japan no longer has an influence on markets like it
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used to. >> if they are no longer going to push deep near negative interest rates would that signal a time to buy financials? >> i think you need to look at financial for many reasons including this, but remember, they'll push further on qe. right. >> and still moves the long end of the curve. >> still moves the long end and flattens the curve which means that that's an additional headwind for the financial. so don't look for them to move the policy ways more negative, but i expect they will do more qe. even if the u.s. hikes, you give that a 40% chance in september. >> right. >> we don't see the long end really move it. just flattens. >> just flattens. the long end is being determined by what happens overseas. the short end is being determined by what the fed does and you see the flattening occur. >> you felt pretty good about bank of england leading the whole world. you're behind in gold medals, you know that, way behind. >> well. >> even though you think you're closing -- >> i applaud the fact that the u.s. is leading and they will be
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the deserved winners. >> gold medals per cap py ta -- >> oh, you could be an economist, you can slice and dice any way you want. >> i think the fact that the uk is coming second albeit behind -- >> i'll give you that. is it good to be the world's leader in the ridiculous monetary policy experiment. >> i wasn't -- >> i know but i'm wondering if that's a badge of honor. >> i'm more fearful than mohammad is about the situation in the uk because if inflation keeps picking up because the currency has fallen, we could be in a tricky situation. >> nice to have inflation anywhere. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> you don't think really. >> focussed on me instead. >> oh, yeah. >> yeah. >> deflection. >> ask him -- mean i love you or not. >> it does. it does. >> thanks. >> [ inaudible ]. >> right before we go, andrew tell us what you have coming up tomorrow from rio? >> hey, thank you.
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couple things, first of all, vegas now taking bets on the olympics, so we're going to talk about that. the first time in 15 years. also another installment of ask the athlete and also, i went on a visit to a restaurant where they have over 32 cuts of meat on the menu and yes, i tried most of them. we'll talk about all of that when we see you tomorrow on "squawk." >> delicious. >> how did you like my pronunciation? >> did he say it. >> close enough. >> you it's -- >> that sounds italian. >> it does. >> it might be similar. latin and spanishp. >> spanish and -- >> portuguese. >> that's right. that's right. >> you're good. >> yeah, yeah yeah. >> that's right. >> can't wait to see you tomorrow, andrew. >> they're all related. >> similar. >> kind of related like the way we speak english. just barely related. >> i think more related than us. >> i think you're right. we will get a final check of the markets this morning.
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the futures have turned positive up about 10 points on the dow and we get the s&p indicated up 2.25 and the nasdaq up 8. not a great session yesterday but look at oil, almost back to 46.5. thought it was going in the 30s, but it didn't. thank you both. join us tomorrow. "squawk on the street" is next. ♪ good wednesday mork. welcome to "squawk on the street." i'm carl quintanilla with sara eisen and mike santoli at the new york stock exchange. after the biggest drop in about two weeks stocks setting up the possibility of back-to-back losses. something the s&p has done once in a month and a half. retail earnings, fed minutes on the docket this morning. europe in the red, although uk unemployment at an 11-year low. bullard speaks at 1:00 eastern and oil


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