Brussels Briefing – Europe Braces For New Fiscal Battles

♦ Brussels Briefing ♦ Stock Market News — Stock Market Today The EU’s fiscal rules are widely disliked given their impenetrable and convoluted nature — yet it is difficult to avoid setting off political landmines somewhere in the union when any change to them is mooted. In early February, the commission will tread delicately back […]

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How To Start Investing In 2020

⇑⇓ STOCK MARKET NEWS TODAY — BUSINESS & FINANCIAL NEWS ⇓⇑ StockMarketNews.Today — Over half of Americans (55%) say they are not participating in the stock market, according to a 2019 poll of over 8,000 U.S. adults conducted by MetLife. Gen Z (18 to 24) and millennials (defined here those 25 to 34) are opting […]

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Goldman Says Oil Rally Likely Shortlived

⇑⇓ STOCK MARKET NEWS TODAY — BUSINESS & FINANCIAL NEWS ⇓⇑ StockMarketNews.Today — A flare-up in U.S.-Iran tension may be keeping oil elevated, but an actual disruption to global crude supplies is needed to keep prices at current levels, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc . Price risks for Brent, which has surged about 6% […]

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Stock Market Correction 2020

• StockMarketNews.Today • As investors celebrate the outsized gains they made in the stock market in 2019, they may be getting ready to sell some of their winners once 2020 begins. Investors Bet on Volatility Comeback in 2020 There’s little to stand in the way of the rising stock market at this point as it drifts, […]

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Activision’s Date With Destiny. Activision once considered “Destiny” its next “Activision’s goals,” but Sci-fi shooter never lived up to Activision’s goals

Analysts believe “Destiny” generated about $370 million in total revenues in 2018, according to consensus estimates from Visible Alpha. That would rank the game fifth on Activision’s slate—well below its other big properties such as “Call of Duty,” “World of Warcraft” and “Overwatch.”

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U.S. Recession Risk Hits Six-Year High. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg over the past week see a median 25 percent chance of a slump in the next 12 months

Analysts generally expect the partial government shutdown — which President Donald Trump said could last for months if not years, and is now in its third week. The shutdown has also delayed government data releases, such as retail sales and inventories, that investors and analysts use to assess the state of the economy.

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Oil headed for its biggest weekly gain in over two years. Still, prices are about 30 percent lower than their highs in October

Crude’s direction in coming weeks may be determined by whether the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia implement output cuts they have promised for the first six months of 2019. Also crucial will be the outcome of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China — the world’s two biggest economies. A deal between the nations could boost flagging global growth that underpins oil demand.

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Drugmakers Raise Prices on Hundreds of Medicines. New analysis shows Allergan setting the pace with increases of nearly 10% on more than two dozen products

More than three dozen drugmakers raised the prices on hundreds of medicines in the U.S. on Tuesday, according to an analysis from Rx Savings Solutions, which sells software to help employers and health plans choose the least-expensive medicines. The average increase was 6.3%, according to the analysis, including increases on different doses for the same drug.

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Impacts of climate change in Antarctica. What’s Happening Beneath Antarctica’s Ice?… Businesses and investors are keenly interested

“The biggest question when it comes to sea-level rise is: How will the Antarctic ice sheets react to ongoing climate change?” says Ricarda Winkelmann, an ice-sheet modeler in Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

When Dr. Winkelmann talks to policy makers and business people, they want to know what is the worst-case scenario, and how fast will climate-related changes occur, she says.

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Airlines Dump the Boeing 747, Transforming International Travel. The newer planes, which include the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, are redrawing the map for global air travel

Smaller, ultraefficient long-range airliners are overtaking the once celebrated giant of the sky; crammed seats and fewer perks. Delta has replaced its fleet of jumbo jets with Airbus A350s, one of a new breed of smaller, ultraefficient long-range airliners. Nearly every other airline in the world is doing a version of the same thing, replacing huge jets with smaller ones.

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U.S. stocks have dropped sharply in recent weeks on concerns over weaker economic growth. Trump has largely laid the blame for economic headwinds on the Fed

U.S. stocks have dropped sharply in recent weeks on concerns over weaker economic growth. Trump has largely laid the blame for economic headwinds on the Fed, openly criticizing its chairman, Jerome Powell, whom he appointed.

Media reports have suggested Trump has gone as far as discussing firing Powell, and he told Reuters in August that he was “not thrilled” with the chairman.

On Monday, Trump said “The only problem our economy has is the Fed.”

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Pinterest Readies Itself for Early 2019 IPO. Online image-search company could choose bankers for the offering as early as January

In September, Pinterest surpassed more than 250 million monthly active users, who visit the site to browse through billions of images on topics ranging from living-room furniture to dinner recipes and tattoos. The company generates revenue from ads scattered across its site and is poised to generate revenue in excess of $700 million this year, up 50% from the prior year

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Japan’s Nikkei Enters Bear Market. The Nikkei 225 Stock Average plunged below the 20,000 level and entered bear market territory, as Japanese equities headed for their worst December on record

Japan’s blue chip shares fell across the board, with Toyota Motor Corp falling 5.25 percent, Sony Corp shedding 5.55 percent, Nintendo down 4.3 percent and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group losing 4 percent.

Defensive shares such as consumer staples, healthcare and utilities were unable to withstand the selling pressure.

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As fear rises on Wall Street, strategists warn the worst is yet to come. The CBOE Volatility Index jumped above 30, its highest since the major market sell-off in February of this year

“The market’s in no man’s land,” said Peter Boockvar, chief investment strategist at Bleakley Advisory Group. Stocks have broken through the lows of the year, and technicians are scurrying to find the next support levels. On the S&P 500, he said 2,400 is a potential psychological area of support.

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U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp has withdrawn its WCC liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Canada from an environmental assessment, it said on Thursday, signaling that the project has been shelved

LNG demand is growing but environmental groups say exports will boost carbon emissions in Canada, both through gas extraction and the liquefaction process.

The WCC LNG export project planned to have liquefaction and storage facilities for natural gas, loading facilities and third-party pipeline facilities.

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Coffee prices have been stuck below the cost of production for the longest stretch since the global financial crisis, leading some producers to abandon crops and some to migrate for new jobs

Even as gourmet-coffee consumption is on the rise, most producers get only a dollar per pound of beans. A 2017 study by Cornell University for Fair Trade USA placed the average cost of coffee production at $1.40 a pound. Coffee prices have been below that price for 20 straight months, the longest stretch since 2008, according to FactSet data.

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Malaysia on Monday filed criminal charges against Goldman Sachs and two of the U.S. bank’s former employees in connection with an investigation into suspected corruption and money laundering

Goldman Sachs has been under scrutiny for its role in helping raise $6.5 billion through three bond offerings for 1MDB, which is the subject of investigations in at least six countries.

The U.S. Department of Justice has said about $4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB, including some money that Goldman Sachs helped raise, by high-level officials of the fund and their associates from 2009 through 2014.

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Qatar Petroleum to invest $20 billion in U.S. over the coming few years, after the Gulf Arab state unexpectedly quit OPEC this month

Qatar, a tiny but wealthy country is one of the most influential players in the LNG market due to its annual production of 77 million tonnes. It plans to boost capacity 43 percent by 2023-2024 and will be building four liquefaction trains for the LNG expansion.

As part of its more than $20 billion investment push in the U.S. QP is looking “at gas and oil, conventional and non-conventional”

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Fresh economic figures from Europe and China added to mounting concerns that weakening growth at the end of 2018 will carry over into a sharper slowdown next year

China reported weak industrial production and retail data on Friday, while a key business index in Europe sank to its lowest level in more than four years due to violent protests in France and weak manufacturing activity in Germany. Global stock markets and the euro fell on investor concern, in line with recent steep swings in markets.

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Facebook Bug Potentially Exposed Unshared Photos of Up 6.8 Million Users. The social-network company says apps may have had improper access to photos

Up to 1,500 apps may have had improper access to photos that weren’t yet shared by Facebook users, including in draft posts, from Sept. 13 to Sept. 25, the company said Friday in a post on its developers’ blog. The latest incident also exposes Facebook to fresh scrutiny from European regulators, who earlier this year enacted legislation requiring internet companies like Facebook to inform them about breaches within 72 hours.

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3 Pharma Stocks to buy in 2019. The pharmaceutical sector delivers two benefits that appeal to investors: reasonable P/E ratios and growth catalysts.

Many pharma stocks have suffered as of late. Some have key drugs facing patent expirations. Meanwhile, others have sold off as trade-related fears or regulatory hurdles both domestically and abroad increase uncertainty. However, some of these companies have responded by developing new drugs. The following 3 pharma stocks appear particularly well-positioned to benefit from new drugs and demographic tailwinds in 2019.

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