Monday Morning Reads
- Facing His Biggest Test
- Time to Switch From U.S. to Euro-Area Stocks
- The White-Collar Job Apocalypse
- Forever Bankruptcy
- Record U.S. Tariff Award
- Virtually No One Will Lease
- Spy Scandal
- Impeachable Ideas
- The 2019 S&P 500 Sector Quilt
- CVS Health stops selling Zantac
- Pfizer reports positive data from late-stage BEACON CRC trial
- Merck's Recarbrio successful in late-stage RESTORE-IMI 2 study
- Forever 21 joins the mall graveyard
- Thor EPS beats by $0.27, misses on revenue
- Occidental on track for up to $15B of asset sales
- 'Cracking issue' on some Boeing 737 planes
- MC Digital Realty to buy another plot of land in Tokyo
- Macy's to close landmark downtown Seattle store
- Strong debut for Budweiser in Hong Kong
- Humana, UNH downgraded on Medicare Advantage risk
- Japan's KDDI chooses Nokia for 5G upgrade
- Positive view on Slack (WORK). Barron's Report
- Positive view on American Airlines (AAL). Barron's Report
- Positive view on Google (GOOG). Barron's Report
- Positive view on Wells Fargo (WFC). Barron's Report
- BP (BP) CEO Bob Dudley is aiming to announce retirement. Telegraph UK Report
- IEX Exchange could soon be put up for sale (ICE, NDAQ, CME). NY Post Report
- Boeing (BA) engineers omitted safeguards from 737 Max 8 flight-control systems. WSJ Report
- Google (GOOG) internet protocol subject of antitrust investigation. WSJ Report
- US officials to look at hacking vulnerabilities in airlines (HACK, JETS). WSJ Report
- CVS (CVS) stops selling Zantac products following FDA alert. WSJ Report
- Nasdaq (NDAQ) tightening restrictions on IPOs on small Chinese companies. Reuters Report
Open Interest Changes for Today:
U.S. futures point to the three major stock averages opening with a modest gain as the Trump administration said it's "not contemplating blocking Chinese companies from listing shares on U.S. stock exchanges at this time," after reports on Friday suggested otherwise. S&P futures are up 0.4%, Nasdaq futures gained 0.5% and Dow futures pointed to a 90-pont rise at the open, or up 0.3%. In Europe, the Stoxx Europe 600 is little changed at 391.94 and the FTSE 100 is down 0.2%. In Asia, trading is mixed, with Japan’s Nikkei 225 closing down 0.6%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng up 0.5%, and in Singapore, the FTSE Straits Times Index fell 0.3%.
“Hopefully we leave with a deal,” U.K. Finance Minister Sajid Javid told ITV, adding that leaving with a deal isn’t perfect but it’s “appropriate.” Javid refused to say how the government could deliver Brexit if there's no deal given that a U.K. law demands the prime minister delay its exit from the EU in such a case.
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General Motors (NYSE:GM) and the United Auto Workers were set to keep talking over a labor deal Monday morning as the strike entered its third week. The two had seemed close to a tentative deal on Wednesday, according to multiple reports, after some breakthroughs in progress. The UAW represents 48,000 striking hourly workers.
After years of looking to unload its Canadian iron ore unit, Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) has scrapped plans for a sale or initial public offering of the business, according to multiple reports. Rio Tinto has a 59% stake in Iron Ore Co. of Canada, and timing has turned against a split, as iron ore prices that hit a multi-year high earlier this year have receded and look to decline further in the coming year.
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Japanese telecom KDDI (OTCPK:KDDIY) has gone with Nokia (NYSE:NOK) as its primary partner on developing a 5G network. Nokia is a longtime supplier to the company and will use its AirScale for radio access, which will support evolving KDDI's 4G network even as the two build out the next-gen solution. It's Nokia's 48th global commercial 5G contract.
Under a new treaty between the U.S. and the U.K., social media platforms based in the U.S., including Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) and WhatsApp, will be forced to share user's encrypted messages with the British police, Bloomberg reports. The U.S. and U.K. have agreed not to investigate each other's citizens as part of the deal, and the U.S. won’t be able to use information obtained from British firms in any cases carrying the death penalty.
In the U.S., Congressional antitrust investigators are scrutinizing plans by Google (GOOG, GOOGL) to use a new internet protocol, the Wall Street Journal reports. The new standard would encrypt internet traffic to improve security, but could also alter the internet’s competitive landscape. Cable and wireless companies fear being shut out from much data if browser users move wholesale to this new standard - which many ISPs don’t currently support - giving Google a competitive advantage.
In Asia, Japan -0.56%. Hong Kong +0.53%. China -0.92%. India -0.38%.
In Europe, at midday, London -0.19%. Paris +0.02%. Frankfurt +0.01%.
Futures at 6:20, Dow +0.33%. S&P +0.35%. Nasdaq +0.51%. Crude -0.97% to $55.37. Gold -0.85% to $1,493.60. Bitcoin -2.1% to $7,956.
Ten-year Treasury Yield +2.6 bps to 1.699%.