Brian Sozzi

    Executive Editor

    Brian Sozzi is Yahoo Finance’s Executive Editor. He also hosts executive interviews for Yahoo Finance's 'All Markets Summit' conference and 'Yahoo Finance Presents' digital series. Sozzi was previously the Executive Editor of publicly traded financial media company TheStreet. He led editorial direction for multimedia publications TheStreet, The Deal, several subscription news and data services, video and the company's conference business. He was a member of TheStreet's executive management team and reported directly to the founder, CEO and chairman. Sozzi began his career on Wall Street as a sell-side stock analyst covering retailers, banks and numerous other sectors. He won the 2011 FT | StarMine Analyst Award for No. 3 Earnings Estimator in the Textiles Apparel and Luxury Goods Industry.

  • Consumer prices higher due to ingredient costs: Mondelez CEO

    US consumers and investors are pulling back from the snack aisle amid sticky food inflation — shrinkflation trends raising prices for ultimately less food — and consistent interest in GLP-1 weight loss drugs. US Bureau of Labor Statistics data illustrated that restaurant prices rose by over 5% and grocery costs ticked up by 1.2% in January. Mondelez CEO (MDLZ) Dirk Van de Put sits down with Yahoo Finance Executive Editor Brian Sozzi to discuss how the company's brand portfolio — which includes Oreo and Ritz — can continue to grow amidst a changing environment for consumers. When asked about rising costs for consumers and whether or not he has seen a drop, Van de Put responds: "Unfortunately, we don't. I know it has to happen at a certain stage, and what is annoying for us is that whatever the increases were two years ago and last year, those costs — it was transportation or it was packaging or it was some of the oils we use — they're not increasing anymore, and some of it is coming down. But this year, cocoa, sugar, and hazelnuts are really going up in a quite significant way. So it obliges us, again, to do price increases. We would prefer not to, but unfortunately, the inflation on the cost side for us is not stopping. What I would tell consumers is that it's an affordable indulgence or affordable luxury. It's time for yourself... It's something you can do on a day-to-day basis, and that's what we see from consumers." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino

  • Beyond Meat: Can new generation of products save the stock?

    Plant-based food brand Beyond Meat (BYND) is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings next Tuesday, February 27. Yahoo Finance Executive Editor Brian Sozzi breaks down his conversation with CEO Ethan Brown and the meat substitute company's upcoming Beyond IV products — cutting down on fat and sodium counts — as it seeks to boost sales. Beyond Meat's stock has fallen nearly 60% over the past year. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Luke Carberry Mogan.

  • Beyond Meat CEO: Our new plant-based beef products are 'unassailable' by health critics

    Beyond Meat founder and CEO Ethan Brown is looking to hit the reset button on customers' and investors' perceptions of his plant-based meat company.

  • Walmart CFO talks Q4 earnings lifted by holiday sales, ads

    Walmart (WMT) stock reaches a record high intraday on Tuesday after the retailer reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings results. E-commerce sales jumped 23% year-over-year, beating estimates on both revenue and earnings year-over-year. Walmart CFO John David Rainey joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the drivers behind the strong performance. Rainey says holiday spending fueled sales, with "the two biggest sales days" occurring right before Christmas. Over the quarter, Walmart "gained share in almost every category," showing customers are increasingly shopping at Walmart as the company enhances how it serves them. Another headline for the big-box chain is its plans to acquire TV manufacturer Vizio (VZIO) for $2.3 billion, after Walmart's "fast-growing, high margin" advertising business grew by 33% in the past quarter. Rainey explains the deal will allow Walmart to "connect and serve customers in different ways" by leveraging data to improve experiences. While consumers show discretion around bigger purchases, Rainey says Walmart's "omnichannel retail model" with robust in-store and online distribution "is really resonating with customers" as they shop more frequently. As inflation persists, Walmart wants to provide value through lower prices, working with suppliers, and fine-tuning its own personal brands. However, Rainey notes "it's hard to generalize" where price pressures occur across categories. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Angel Smith

  • 5 questions investors should be asking themselves after a major theme shift in markets

    The year started with markets bracing for almost six interest rate cuts this year. So much for that narrative.

  • Analysis: Restaurant Brands is cooking up a turnaround at Burger King for investors

    Here comes a new chapter at BK, say the company's top execs.

  • How Restaurant Brands is getting Burger King back on track

    Restaurant Brands International (QSR) released its fourth-quarter results on Tuesday, February 13, posting earnings per share (EPS) of $0.75 topping analyst estimates. Notable brands, and major contributors to revenue, Tim Hortons and Burger King, saw same-store sales increase 8.4% and 6.3%, respectively. Restaurant Brands International CEO Josh Kobza and Executive Chairman Patrick Doyle speak with Yahoo Finance Executive Editor Brian Sozzi to discuss the performance of the business and they plan on growing it moving forward. Kobza explains what the biggest driver for his business: "I think the biggest driver is the sales growth. That makes everything easier in our business. The good news is our sales were up really healthy levels over the past year. That's what's allowed us to drive and improve profits alongside some moderating costs. The great news about that, that's what allows our franchisees to reinvest in the business. It allows them to staff the businesses better It allows us to upgrade technology and equipment and ultimately remodel and improve our assets. Those are the things that kick the flywheel in the right direction and allow us to keep improving the business." Watch the video above to hear how the company plans to light a fire under its Burger King business. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino

  • Otis to return $8 billion to shareholders via dividends and buybacks, CEO says

    Yahoo Finance Executive Editor Brian Sozzi is joined by Otis Worldwide (OTIS) CEO Judy Marks on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to discuss the escalator and elevator operator's full-year guidance and expected sales growth, as well as Otis' position amid US inflation and Marks' own journey as an executive leader. "We still see healthy project flow. We came into the year with a new equipment backlog up 2% and a modernization backlog for refurbishment up almost 15%. A lot of that is happening here in North America," Marks says. "We've got the backlog that gives us that line of sight for our 2024 guide that lets us know what our revenue's going to be globally, not just here in the US." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Luke Carberry Mogan.

  • Analysis: Why OpenAI's chairman is betting big on this AI frontier

    OpenAI chairman Bret Taylor emerges from stealth mode with a new AI company.

  • OpenAI chairman says new AI venture goes beyond customer service

    Conversational AI company Sierra seeks to shakeup how companies engage with their customer base, calling its artificial intelligence model more than just a customer service bot. Sierra Co-Founders Clay Bavor — a former Google Labs Vice President (GOOG, GOOGL) — and Bret Taylor — who is also the Sierra CEO, chairman of OpenAI, and former Salesforce Co-CEO (CRM) — join Yahoo Finance Executive Editor Brian Sozzi to discuss how they aim to deploy their large language model service.  "We believe that your AI agent and AI version of your company that can simply have a conversation with your customers may dwarf all of those [website, mobile app platforms] in terms of their importance to your brand, and Sierra, we want to be the platform that every company in the world uses to build their AI agent," Taylor explains. Taylor comments on OpenAI's outlook on building out its AI infrastructure. Bavor explains how Sierra's AI is already engaging with its client's customers: "What we see it doing today is not just answering questions, but actually taking action on behalf of their customers: processing complex exchanges and returns for the retailer, managing subscriptions, giving advice on things like food points in the case of WeightWatchers." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Luke Carberry Mogan.

  • Cisco slashes full-year guidance, cutting 5% of workforce

    Cisco Systems (CSCO) shares opened lower Thursday morning. The tech giant reported better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter results. However, the company reduced its full-year guidance and is cutting about 5% of its workforce, more than 4,000 employees, on demand concerns. CEO Chuck Robbins said on the earnings call that the company is seeing "a greater degree of caution and scrutiny of deals given the high level of uncertainty" surrounding the macro-environment. Yahoo Finance Executive Editor Brian Sozzi breaks down the results and what Wall Street is saying about them. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Stephanie Mikulich

  • SoFi CEO: 2024 revenue will be equal parts tech and lending

    Shares of SoFi Technologies (SOFI) have slipped more than 15% year-to-date in 2024, despite the return of student loan repayments. On Tuesday, the company jointly announced a multi-year partnership with the NBA where SoFi will become the official banking partner of the NBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League, and USA Basketball. SoFi CEO Anthony Noto joins Yahoo Finance's Akiko Fujita and Executive Editor Brian Sozzi to discuss the fintech company's forward outlook in the current economic climate, tied to fall 2023's resumption of student loan payments. "We are slowing down the lending business given our outlook for the economy, the macroeconomic environment," Noto explains. "We have more demand than we'll actually satisfy because we want to take a more conservative view, and we'll end 2024 with 50% of our revenue being from our technology platform and financial services segment, and 50% from lending. Which is a dramatically different mix than it was six years ago where it was over 95% lending." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino

  • Expedia CEO: Travel decelerating to normal post-COVID levels

    Expedia (EXPE) President for Business Ariane Gorin is set to succeed CEO Peter Kern, the transition taking effect on May 13. Expedia CEO Peter Kern joins Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the succession plan, post-pandemic travel bookings, and where AI fits into the travel booking site's business. "Really, Asia and Latin America have been driving this past year more than anything, and that's all slowing down. So everything is going to come back to a more normal level," Kern says. "There will be some outsized growth in some of those places. China is still growing a lot. But, it's really just a [deceleration] of the whole globe back to sort of more normal post-COVID levels." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Luke Carberry Mogan.

  • Flashy AI isn’t the only force disrupting giant companies

    This earnings season has made one thing clear to investors: There is a lot of disruption going on, and it's not all because of AI.

  • Paramount expects a record-setting Super Bowl and is open to dealmaking, CEO says

    Paramount CEO Bob Bakish is juggling a lot of footballs this Super Bowl Sunday.

  • Paramount CEO: The 'Taylor Swift' impact on Super Bowl viewership

    Paramount Global (PARA) will be broadcasting SuperBowl LVIII on CBS Sports this Sunday to millions of viewers. While many will tune in for the game itself and the entertaining ads, many newcomers may be watching for a different reason: entertainment titan Taylor Swift. Her impact has certainly been felt on NFL viewership before, and her appearance at the Super Bowl should be no different. Bob Bakish, Paramount Global President & CEO, sits down with Yahoo Finance Executive Editor Brian Sozzi to give insight into Taylor Swift's impact and the amount of money spent from advertisers to place their ads during the game. Bakish comments on why advertisers are willing to spend millions: "The NFL is an extraordinary product. It really captures the American, for that matter global, viewer. People love the sportsmanship and track their teams, etc. It's a great way, a great environment for messaging for advertisers. We see very strong demand... The ad business around sports is very strong. The ad business around the NFL as part of sports is obviously the top side of that. And it's just a product people want to be part of because viewers want to experience it." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino

  • Paramount CEO: 'Broadcast is key' for growth strategy

    Paramount Global (PARA) will be broadcasting the Super Bowl on February 11th, drawing in million of viewers from all over the US and the world. The amount of money spent on advertising can be staggering, while the buzz surrounding players, the game, and the half time show can last weeks. Bob Bakish, Paramount Global President & CEO, sits down with Yahoo Finance Executive Editor Brian Sozzi to discuss everything surrounding SuperBowl LVIII, including media coverage and new technology used in the broadcast. Bakish affirms what is a winning strategy for reaching audiences: "Broadcast is key. Broadcast provides you wide reach. And you see the numbers on CBS this year. And I think all leagues are looking at the power of broadcast and wanting to be part of that. But we also, we dual-limit it. We use broadcast and the fastest growing streaming service in terms of net ads since launch, Paramount plus, to provide that choice for consumers. And that is success in today's media landscape. Frankly, both parts are important to serving audiences." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino

  • PepsiCo earnings: Key takeaways from Q4 results

    PepsiCo (PEP) posted its fourth-quarter earnings revealing mixed results missing Wall Street expectations with $27.8 billion in revenue versus an expected $28.3 billion, but beating adjusted EPS estimates by reporting $1.78. In addition, the company has raised its annual dividend by 7%. Yahoo Finance Executive Editor Brian Sozzi joins the Live show to discuss Pepsi's mixed results, what he learned from speaking to PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta, and what it all means for the company moving forward. For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live Editor's note: This article was written by Nicholas Jacobino

  • Mattel CEO on activist investor agitation: We welcome a challenge

    Mattel chairman and CEO Ynon Kreiz is ready for an activist battle.

  • How Mattel CEO plans to carryover Barbie catalysts into 2024

    Mattel's (MAT) mainline Barbie brand dominated nearly all corners of culture and conversations happening across various circles in 2023 due to the success of Greta Gerwig's Barbie film. The toymaker reported a slight fourth-quarter earnings miss while seeing 16% year-over-year sales growth and raising its 2024 earnings outlook. Will all of this translate into continued success for Mattel in 2024? Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz joins Yahoo Finance Executive Editor Brian Sozzi to talk about Mattel's performance in 2023 and the future of certain landmark brands as activist investor Barington Capital pressures the company to either fix or sell off its American Girl doll and Fisher-Price segments in a letter to shareholders. "As a management team, we always evaluate our portfolio and we would like to have all of our brands grow and be in a strong position. We do have work to do on Fisher-Price, and we are doing it," Kreiz states. "We recently announced a few weeks ago... a leadership change and continue to put our mind and bring our incredible capabilities in design and development, in supply chain, in our global commercial organization that is second to none in our industry, to make sure these brands are positioned for long-term growth." For more expert insight and the latest market action, click here to watch this full episode of Yahoo Finance Live. Editor's note: This article was written by Luke Carberry Mogan.