The Week Ahead: Blueprint for G.E.’s Future and Nafta Talks Resume

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MANUFACTURING

G.E.’s chief to offer his plans for the company.

John Flannery, the chief executive of General Electric, will present his blueprint for the company’s future during an investor update on Monday morning. Mr. Flannery, who took over the top job in August, has already pledged to streamline the company by selling off $20 billion in assets in the next year or two. G.E. watchers will want answers to three questions. First, will Mr. Flannery cut the dividend? Second, what G.E. businesses will be sold off? Third, how deep will the cost-cutting be at the struggling industrial giant? Steve Lohr

ECONOMY

The heads of central banks will discuss communication.

What central bankers say is often more important than what they do. The turning point in the eurozone debt crisis came when Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, promised in 2012 to do “whatever it takes” to preserve the euro. But finding the right words at the right time is something of a black art, one that Mr. Draghi will discuss with Janet Yellen, chairwoman of the Federal Reserve; Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan; and Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England. They will appear on a panel at a conference on central bank communication organized by the European Central Bank. The event takes place during Euro Finance Week in Frankfurt, a marathon of conferences, speeches and events on banking themes. Jack Ewing

Reports on consumer prices and housing starts are issued.

Two key economic indicators come out this week. On Wednesday, the Labor Department will report on the growth of consumer prices in October. Economists expect that consumer prices ticked up more slowly last month thanks to a drop in gas prices.

On Friday, the Commerce Department will release the number of houses that began construction in October. The housing market is expected to have picked up last month after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, which took a toll on home building in September. Natalie Kitroeff

MEDIA

Test for the Murdochs at 21st Century Fox meeting.

Every few years, a shareholder group seeks to eradicate 21st Century Fox’s dual-class stock structure — a change that would loosen Rupert Murdoch’s grip on a company whose assets include Fox News, a movie studio and overseas TV networks. The Murdochs have always prevailed. Is there any reason to think the latest one will end differently?

Perhaps. At 21st Century Fox’s annual meeting on Wednesday in Los Angeles, the Nathan Cummings Foundation — citing scandals at Fox News — will propose giving each share of common stock one vote. And the family will try to defeat the effort without a longtime ally: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi investor who was arrested on Nov. 4.

As recently as the third quarter, Prince Alwaleed owned about 5 percent of 21st Century Fox voting shares, but financial data shows that he recently sold his entire stake. The Murdochs control 39 percent of voting shares but only about 17 percent of the total number of shares. Brooks Barnes

F.C.C. to relax rules on media ownership.

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will vote to relax decades-old regulations that banned newspaper owners from also buying television or radio stations in the same market. The F.C.C. will also vote to relax other media ownership rules that barred broadcast stations from sharing resources. The votes, widely expected to pass by a three-to-two vote along party lines, are the latest in a string of media industry deregulations under the F.C.C.’s chairman, Ajit Pai, who was appointed by President Trump in January. Cecilia Kang

Ana Swanson

RETAIL

Walmart reports earnings as holiday season approaches.

Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, reports third-quarter earnings on Thursday, before the start of the crucial holiday season. Investors will be looking for signs that Walmart is making progress toward growing profits, while it invests in increasing its online business. Analysts will also be looking for affirmation that the holiday season is going to be as strong as many economists have predicted it will be. Michael Corkery

TRADE

Nafta talks resume in Mexico City.

Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico will meet in the Mexican capital to resume talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement. The formal start of the talks is on Friday. The three countries will attempt to hammer out significant differences that have threatened to derail the agreement entirely. Some of the disagreements are over automobiles, agriculture, government procurement and a sunset provision that would allow the deal to automatically expire after five years. The previous round of negotiations closed in Washington in mid-October with seemingly irreconcilable differences between the three parties, prompting the United States to push back the timetable for the talks. The parties plan to meet again in Washington in December, with future rounds scheduled for early next year. Ana Swanson