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Fly Charts: A Snack Buyout Bonanza and the ECB's Bond Shift

From the fall of a railroad titan to post-insurance health insurers, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.
Photographer: Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Snyder

Good morning! This is Fly Charts, the daily charts-only newsletter from Gadfly; sign up here. From the fall of a railroad titan to post-insurance health insurers, here are four charts that tell you what you need to know in business today.

What Now

CSX paid through the nose for Hunter Harrison, and now has to figure out how to move forward without him.

Source: Bloomberg

Steep Prices

Just in time for Christmas, Amplify and Snyder's-Lance are getting acquired at steep valuations.

Source: Bloomberg

Top Dog

UnitedHealth's provider/PBM/analytics unit Optum generates as much revenue on its own as its biggest private insurance rivals. Now other insurers want to play catch-up.

Source: Bloomberg

Changing Shape

An ECB prompted shift away from traditional senior bank bonds may have unforeseen consequences.

Source: Bloomberg

Senior isssuance includes covered bonds, and non-EU Bank total loss-absorbing capacity issuance

And don't miss Chris Bryant on Michael O'Leary's perhaps too-long tenure: "It seems harsh to query the leadership of someone who, in two decades, made Ryanair Europe's biggest airline. Although O'Leary didn't think up budget air travel (he copied Southwest Airlines Co.), Ryanair has almost caught up with its American role model in volume terms. With a near-maniacal focus on cost, the Irish carrier has kept expanding profit. O'Leary was rewarded in 2014 with a five-year contract extension. But the boss is starting to feel a little like excess baggage, rather than an asset." 

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