Quiz of the week 2-8 May
Test your recollection of the events of the last seven days with MoneyWeek's quiz of the week.
1. Who said this earlier this week after they sold at a loss their entire portfolio of US airline stocks: “When we change our mind we don’t take half measures or anything of the sort.”?
a) Crispin Odey b) Mark Barnett c) Warren Buffett d) Sir Chris Hohn
2. Which Indian city imposed a 70% tax on alcohol this week, to deter crowds from forming at shops, but also to support revenue?
a) Mumbai b) Delhi c) Bangalore d) Chennai
3. Argentinian finance minister Martin Guzmán said this week the government could be ready to consider defaulting on $65bn of foreign debt, unless investors engaged in negotiations to alleviate its financial burden. How many times has Argentina defaulted before?
a) 3 times b) 5 times c) 11 times d) 8 times
4. By how much did Mexico’s economy contract in the first quarter, quarter-on-quarter?
a) 1.7 b) 1.6 c) 1.4 d) 1.2
5. Which luxury American retailer filed for bankruptcy this week?
a) Nordstrom b) Neiman Marcus c) Barney’s d) Bergdorf Goodman
6. Which neighbouring countries made moves this week to start reviving travel between them?
a) Australia and New Zealand b) South Korea and China c) Vietnam and Cambodia d) China and Vietnam
7. As of Thursday 7 May, what was the price of a barrel of Brent crude oil?
a) $43.54 b) $22.08 c) $37.59 d) $31.59
8. Virgin Atlantic announced this week it is to cut over 3,000 jobs in the UK and end its operation at which London airport?
a) Heathrow Airport b) Gatwick Airport c) Stansted Airport d) London Southend Airport
9. A further 3.2 million Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, bringing the total number of jobless claims to how many?
a) 32.3 million b) 31 million c) 29.9 million d) 33.3 million
10. How much have British banks lent to firms hit by the coronavirus under the government’s main loan guarantee scheme for small and medium sized firms?
a) £4.1bn b) £5.5bn c) £4.9bn d) £6.1bn
1. c) Warren Buffett. Buffett’s holding company, Berkshire Hathaway, sold its stakes in American Airlines, Delta, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. He added the future looked negative for investors as airlines are accumulating debt, diluting shareholder value by issuing equity, and could have overcapacity.
2. b) Delhi.
3. d) Eight times. Argentina has defaulted eight times before: in 1827, 1890, 1951, 1956, 1982, 1989, 2001, and 2014.
4. b) 1.6. Year on year, the drop was 2.4%. Andres Abadía from Pantheon Macroeconomics said the number was terrible, and confirmed the economy is under severe pressure. The data implies the economy shrank 5% in March, “the worst performance since the Mexican peso crisis in 1995”.
5. b) Neiman Marcus. Neiman Marcus Group Inc. filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday in Texas, becoming the latest large retailer to seek a court restructuring during the pandemic that has severely knocked the US economy.
6. b) South Korea and China. This is Beijing’s first formal bilateral programme to ease border controls and help revive economic activity. Under a fast-track immigration arrangement, South Korean business personnel will be able to travel to seven provinces and three major cities in China after passing through health-screening and quarantine procedures.
7. d) $31.59. Brent crude rose $1.87, or 6.3% to trade at $31.59 per barrel, after dropping 4% on Wednesday. US West Texas Intermediate futures gained $2.40, or 10%, to trade at $26.39 per barrel, after declining more than 2% in the previous session.
8. b) Gatwick Airport. Rival British Airways also said it could not rule out closing its Gatwick operation as the coronavirus crisis deals heavy losses to airlines around the world.
9. d) 33.3 million. Though less than the 3.8 million a week ago and significantly lower than the 6.9 million for one week in March, the total still amounts to over 15% of the US workforce.
10. b) £5.5bn.