Financial Daily Dose 6.9.2020 | Top Story: NBER Declares US Entered Recession in February

Robins Kaplan LLP

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No one—truly, not even the most casual economic observer—should be shocked by yesterday’s official declaration from the National Bureau of Economic Research that the U.S. is in a recession that officially began in February. But we’ll all dutifully report that designation anyway, along with the fact that the “longest expansion on record” [records, mind you, that date back to 1854] is over – NYTimes and WSJ and MarketWatch and Marketplace

Markets, however, were happy to look past the label in order to continue Friday’s exuberance.  With a late-day rally, the S&P 500 “climbed back above where it began the year,” a remarkable (if temporary) feat after three months of social, economic, and public-health upheaval – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch

That glee may not extend to today – MarketWatch

Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman helps us understand the confusion over Friday’s jobs numbers a bit better but also picks up on a thread we started yesterday—namely, will the jobs gained in May actually harm recovery efforts in the long run by tamping down the willingness for bipartisan stimulus efforts?  – NYTimes

Energy giant BP is cutting 14% of its global workforce—nearly 10,000 jobs—as the coronavirus pandemic has forced the company to accelerate “existing plans to reshape” itself – WSJ

Following Chair Powell’s lead, the Fed officially announced on Monday that it is “expanding its soon-to-launch Main Street Lending Program to provide support to more small and midsize businesses, rolling out changes after concerns that some companies might miss out on its benefits and some banks may not want to participate” – Law360 and WSJ

Bon Appetit EIC Adam Rapoport is out, resigning just hours after a Halloween post from 2013 resurfaced showing Rapoport “dressed as derogatory Puerto Rican stereotypes” and drew immediate and scathing criticism from BA staff – NYTimes

After the pandemic pushed it to the brink of complete ruin, the travel industry is starting to see signs of life. Many airlines are responding with plans to add flights based on a “slow but steady rise in domestic demand” – NYTimes

Still, many airports are scaling back their once-ambitious expansion plans as they wait to see just what air travel will look like in the post-Covid years – WSJ

These are 33 hard but important minutes from Last Week Tonight. You should watch all of them – LWT

Stay safe.

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