First World Problems

Fly Charts: Fancy Food Woes and Expensive Electricity

From the fanged maw of bipartisanship to the benefits of slow housing growth, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.
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Good morning! This is Fly Charts, the daily charts-only newsletter from Gadfly; sign up here. From the fanged maw of bipartisanship to the benefits of slow housing growth, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.

About Turn

Fancy food has been the engine of sales growth at Marks & Spencer; it can't afford a prolonged slump.

Source: Company filings, Bloomberg Intelligence

Exposure

As GOP efforts to replace Obamacare teeter between collapse and (gasp) a possible bipartisan alternative, a few insurers are heavily exposed.

Source: Bloomberg

Seller's Market

Utility deals are tough to get by regulators at the best of times; they're even tougher when the sector is expensive.

Source: Bloomberg

A Great Moderation

All-time volatility lows have some investors spooked, but evidence from the housing market suggests they should calm down.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

And don't miss Leila Abboud on Britain's efforts to wrangle the gig economy into shape: "Uber doesn't garner much sympathy, but you can see why it wouldn't want to pay an hourly wage to drivers sitting around waiting for passengers. Its stratospheric private valuation is based on not spending millions on employee costs. Still, it's hard to accept that people can work crazy long hours and be denied the minimum wage just because they work for a smartphone app. As the way we work is upended by technology, this stuff needs to be resolved."

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