Early Global News: Friday March 22nd, 2019

Early Global News

Friday March 22nd, 2019

Macro

Sources Mueller close to Robert Mueller Russia investigation say there will be no more indictments  Daily Mail

Japan firms see prolonged Sino-U.S. trade war, China slowdown to persist: poll  Reuters

U.S. corporate breakups could be catalyst to change Dow index  Reuters

Friday: Existing Home Sales  Calculated Risk

Companies

LSE: SMIN  Britain’s Smiths to list struggling healthcare unit  Reuters

DB  Deutsche Bank top management gets bonuses for first time in four years  Reuters

NDAQ ICE  NYSE wins Uber, Pinterest listings: sources  Reuters

MS  Morgan Stanley holds top spot as activist defense firm: data  Reuters

TSN  Tyson recalls almost 32 tons of chicken strips after complaints about metal bits  Food Safety News

BLK  BlackRock close to acquiring eFront for $1.3B – report EPA-EFE / JUSTIN LANE  Bloomberg

PVAC DNR  Denbury and Penn Virginia Mutually Agree to Terminate Merger Agreement  Press release

SNNA  Varex To Acquire Leading Linear Array Digital Detector Maker Direct Conversion  Press release

VREX  Varex To Acquire Leading Linear Array Digital Detector Maker Direct Conversion  

Stake Changes

FXI  US Investment Firm Moonrise Capital Hits First Close Of Debut China Fund At $105M  China Money Network

TWSE: 9921  Giant plans to list subsidiary shares in China  Focus Taiwan

Woori Bank sells 2.7% stake in Woori Financial to FIIs  Korean Herald

Briefing: Controversial social e-commerce platform Yunji files for $200 million US IPO  TechNode

Earnings Finance

NASDAQ STOCKHOLM: SWED  Swedbank investor Folksam to back board after money laundering report  Reuters

NVS  Novartis says listing of Alcon eye care business expected on April 9  Reuters

Hyundai shareholders inflict big defeat on U.S. fund Elliott in proxy vote  Reuters

NKE  Nike’s North America sales fail to impress, shares slip  Reuters

GME  GameStop names George Sherman as CEO  Reuters

SHLDQ  Judge advises Lampert’s firm to pay back millions swiped from Sears  NY Post

Thomas Cook to close 21 stores and cut jobs  BBC World News

Pharmaceuticals Healthcare

ESALY  Eisai starts phase 3 trials for second Alzheimer’s drug after first’s failure  Reuters

UPS  UPS eyes in-home health services with U.S. vaccine project  Reuters

MDT  FDA says cybersecurity vulnerabilities found in some Medtronic devices  Reuters

JNJ  J&J to record $700 million charge related to abandoned drug program  Reuters

Calls for IVF treatment to face further regulation  Sky News

Opinion  Obamacare has been great for women’s health  Marketwatch

Opinion  Study finds reused cooking oil may fuel aggressive breast cancer  Slashgear

Futurelook  Qiming Venture Partners Leads $42M New Round In Chinese Biotech Start-Up  China Money Network

Entertainment Games

GME  GameStop’s new CEO is expected to lead a major overhaul  Engadget

Global box office had record 2018, earning US$96.8b  AFP

SPOT  Spotify enters licensing talks with music industry  Financial Times

NTDOY  Nintendo Sets Its Sights on Virtual Reality  Fortune

TSM  TSMC gaining foundry steam from China IC design houses  Digitimes

Military Surveillance

GD  General Dynamics unit wins $465 million U.S. defense contract: Pentagon  Reuters

The Army Reserve is about to get its own social network  Military Times

Vice President may tell NASA to accelerate lunar landings  Ars Technica

DLA Chooses Six Firms for $985M Fire, Emergency Equipment Supply IDIQ  GovConWire

LMT  US President Donald Trump’s aides support the sale of 60 F-16 warplanes to Taiwan, sources say  South China Morning Post

L3 Wins Potential $132M Air Force Proximity Sensor Dev’t Contract  GovConWire

Pentagon plan to fund Trump’s wall could hit Puerto Rico, European allies hard  Washington Post

Blockchain Bitcoin

BAYRY  ConsenSys Spin-Off BlockApps Inks Deal With Bayer’s Monsanto Arm  Coindesk

Bitcoin Price Charts Echo Pattern Seen Before 2015 Bull Market  Coindesk

Drones Robots

Scientists use drone to map Icelandic cave in preparation for Mars exploration  Digital Trends

Scientists Use Robots to Get Bees and Fish to ‘Talk’ to Each Other  Geek.com

S. Korea aims to become No. 4 robotics player by 2023  Korean Herald

Robotics process automation startup UiPath raising $400M at more than $7B valuation  TechCrunch

AVAV  DoD Orders New Drone To Simulate Warfare With Russian And Chinese Stealth Jets  Zero Hedge

Russia Develops Shotgun Drone To Combat Drone Attacks  Zero Hedge

Casinos Gambling

Credit play 60pct of biz at big Macau junkets: research  GGRasia

Bloomberry Resorts declares special cash dividend  GGRasia

Pagcor online revenue leaps due to enforcement: Domingo  GGRasia

Some Mansion villas opened this week at MGM Cotai  GGRasia

WYNN LVS  CNY pushes February arrivals to Macau up 15.5pct  GGRasia

Social Media

MSFT  It’s Now Easier to Pick a Time and Place for Face-to-Face Meetings via LinkedIn Messenger  Adweek

TWTR  Twitter focuses on ‘public conversation’ in S. Korean society: CEO  Korean Herald

TikTok and Douyin rake in $75 million with in-app purchases  TechNode

TWTR  Twitter Scrapes Data From Your Tweets, Followers, and Clicks to Serve You Personalized Ads… Even With All Personalized Ads Settings Disabled, Says Reddit User  WebProNews

FaceBook

Facebook allegedly knew of Cambridge Analytica data mining earlier than reported  Cnet

The Oculus Rift S is impressive but unnecessary  Engadget

Facebook’s AI couldn’t spot mass murder  TechCrunch

Opinion  Ignore Facebook’s security advice  Slashgear

Opinion  ‘Marketing on Facebook is like living in a state of constant paranoia’: Candid thoughts of DTC brands  Digiday

Travel Hotel

EasyJet readies Brexit contingency plan to meet ownership rules  Reuters

BA  Boeing to mandate safety feature in MAX software upgrade: sources  Reuters

BA  Indonesia’s Garuda asks to cancel $6 billion 737 MAX order, considers other Boeing jets: CFO  Reuters

BA  American Airlines pilots expect to test 737 MAX software fix in Boeing simulator  Reuters

MAR HLT  U.S. lawsuit on hotels’ internet advertising moves forward  Reuters

BA  Boeing slows 737 factory work for three days after recent delays  Reuters

BA  Report claims Boeing has been forced to delay first Starliner launch by months  Boy Genius Report

GVK Group to acquire 12 cr shares in Mumbai airport  India  Economic Times of India

Auto

BABA TCEHY (NIO KNDI)  China’s auto, internet giants set up 9.76 billion yuan fund to invest in ride-sharing industry  Reuters

TSLA  Tesla’s Musk tells employees vehicle deliveries ‘primary priority’ near end of first quarter  Reuters

GM to announce $300 million investment in Orion EV/AV plant  Reuters

TSLA  Tesla’s referral program is back, but it’s a lot slimmer this time around  Mashable

Skoda’s electric-car push includes low-cost EV  Automotive News

TSLA  Tesla drops ‘standard range’ Model S from lineup after just 3 weeks  Electrek

TSLA  Tesla is bringing back referral program to win Model Y and Roadster signed by Elon Musk  Electrek

TSLA  Tesla brings back free Supercharging as end-of-quarter incentive – with a caveat  Electrek

TSLA  Tesla eliminates service schedules, moves to an ‘as-needed’ model – Roadshow  Cnet

More than 500 fraudsters arrested over fake Didi transactions  TechNode

China’s Evergrande Health aims to make up to 1 million electric cars in three years  Reuters

TSLA  Tesla kills yearly service program, focuses on EV requiring less maintenance  Electrek

Commercial vehicle registrations: +5.7% first two months of 2019; +4.7% in February  ACEA

TSM  New TSMC 8-inch fab to fulfill robust automotive chip orders  Digitimes

Dockworkers battle plan to bring driverless trucks to the Port of Los Angeles  LA Times

DMLRY  Daimler taps Goldman to raise China BAIC shareholdingsources  Reuters

Opinion  TSLA  New Clues on Tesla Sales Point to a Recent Drop  NY Times

Retail

KO PEP  Cancer tumours in the gut feed off sugary drinks, new study shows  Daily Mail

SVNDY  Seven-Eleven begins trial of shorter business hours as convenience stores grapple with Japan’s labor crunch  Japan Times

THD  Thai malls bet $5bn on post-election tourism boom  “Siam Piwat and The Mall Group bet they can convert new visitors into big spenders”  Nikkei

Opinion  BABA  Alibaba leads in Hong Kong’s ecommerce, but opportunities abound for smaller players  Tech in Asia

Linger  BABA  Tmall Global unveils new initiatives to boost China’s imports  TechNode

Liniger  LEVI  Three things to consider as Levi Strauss returns to the public markets  Quartz

Apple

Chinese smartphone firms jazz up products, seize turf in home market from Apple  Reuters

Australia’s Myer department stores says to stop selling Apple products  Reuters

Nokia says it is not taking on new business in Iran  Reuters

Apple Forced to Acquire ‘AirPower’ Trademark  Patently Apple

Apple reaches deal with Vox for upcoming Apple News subscription service, report says  9to5Mac

Apple looking at ways to simplify device connectivity, including generating a mesh network in an emergency  AppleInsider

Nokia phones caught mysteriously sending data to Chinese servers  Boy Genius Report

Opinion  TMUS S  T-Mobile unveils home broadband service that could expand after Sprint merger  Boy Genius Report

Linger  NYT NWS.A  New York Times CEO warns publishers ahead of Apple news launch  Reuters

Energy Commodities

Floods shut nearly a sixth of U.S. ethanol production  Reuters

MUR  Murphy Oil sells Malaysia assets to PTTEP for $2.1 bln, turns toward home  Reuters

U.S. refiner Citgo taking offers on $1.8-bln, 3-year loan -sources  Reuters

VWDRY  Vestas gets first Mexico order for heavyweight wind turbine  ReCharge News

Localisation seen as key to stimulating struggling capital equipment sector  Mining Weekly

Now BHP will earn into Luminex projects in Ecuador  Creamer’s

Metals

London metal steady on robust U.S. jobs data, weaker dollar  Reuters

GLNCY  Glencore suspends Australia’s McArthur River zinc mine as cylone nears  Reuters

NEM  Paulson says will not support Newmont takeover bid for Goldcorp  Reuters

VALE  Brazilian state allows Vale to resume operations at Brucutu mine -statement  Reuters

Vital halts African exploration  Creamer’s

Macarthur finds buyer for Lake Giles iron-ore  Creamer’s

Opinion  Why $2,000 Palladium May Not Be Out Of The Cards  Kitco

Opinion  Palladium rally is seen fading this year  Mning Weekly

Europe

Brexit agreement is the right one: Belgium’s Michel  Reuters

Flash Eurozone PMI®  “Flash eurozone PMI falls in March as manufacturing downturn deepens”  iHS Markit

European markets tumble as growth fears increase  Marketwatch

EWU  Petition to CANCEL Brexit approaches 2.5million signatures  Daily Mail

EWG  German 10-year yields dive below zero to two and a half year lows as growth fears roil markets  Reuters

Opinion  Goldman Sachs raises chances of no-deal Brexit after UK PM’s late reprieve  Reuters

Opinion  EWU  Four in 10 Britons worried, angry about Brexit: Survey  Channel NewsAsia

China

China urges subsidies to help disease-hit pig farms restock  Reuters

Explosion at Chinese chemical plant kills 47, injures 640  Reuters

Car plows into crowd in China, six killed, police shoot driver  Reuters

LSE: RB. ABT JNJ  China birth rates fall in several regions in 2018: China Daily  Reuters

U.S. warns China meddling in Hong Kong hurting business confidence  Reuters

(CAG)  Plant protein startups vie to tap China’s hungry market  Reuters

Gene technology gives couple healthy baby girl  Shanghai Daily

After a Dip, Hong Kong Real Estate Again Eyes the Stratosphere  NY Times

Premier Li stresses implementation of larger-scale tax cuts  Xinhua

North Korea

EWY  North Korea pulls out of liaison office with South: Unification Ministry  Reuters

U.S. imposes first new North Korea sanctions since failed summit  Reuters

US targets Chinese firms for alleged NKorea sanctions dodge  Boston

Asia

EWJ  JGBs yields drop to more than 2-year lows after dovish Fed surprise  Reuters

EWJ  Japan’s slowing inflation leaves BOJ fighting tough price battle  Reuters

VNM  Vietnam protests to China over South China Sea boat sinking  Reuters

INDA  Rupee opens 13 paise higher at 68.70 against dollar  Economic Times of India

EWT  Taiwan shares close up 0.28%  Focus Taiwan

INDA  India one of world’s fastest growing large economies: IMF  Hindustan Times

EWJ  Number of foreign residents in Japan rose 6.6% in 2018, while number of overstayers grew almost twice as much, government data shows  Japan Times

EWJ  Japan doubles quota for working holiday visas for Taiwanese nationals  Japan Times

EWJ EWY  ‘Made by war criminals’: plan for Japanese labels in S. Korea  Korean Herald

EWJ  Suicide now leading cause of death among children aged 10 to 14 in Japan  Japan Times

EWJ  Japan inflation slows in February as gasoline prices fall  Japan Times

EWJ  -EndsNikkei Flash Japan Manufacturing PMI®  iHS Markit

International

EWA  Australian state election will be trial run for PM’s federal contest in May  Reuters

ENZL  Friday sermon by the imam of New Zealand mosque attacked by gunman  Reuters

EWW  Mexico could pay Pemex debt from $15 billion stabilization fund  Reuters

ICOL  At least nine killed in explosion amid protest in Colombia  Reuters

EWC  Canada’s Quebec to balance books, slash debt, protect head offices  Reuters

Politics  U.S. warns of ‘consequences’ after Venezuela detains Guaido top aide  Reuters

Politics  El Salvador’s top court approves extradition request for ex-President Funes  Reuters

Linger  EWZ  Brazil markets end volatile session in the red after ex-president’s arrest  Reuters

Russia Ukraine

GREK  Attackers throw explosive at Russian consul in Athens  Reuters

White House rejects request for Trump, Putin communications  Boston

Ex-Putin Aide’s Death in U.S. May Have Been Murder, Reports Say  Moscow Times

Two Russia-backed hacker groups target Europe ahead of elections, FireEye reports  BoingBoing

Middle East

TUR  Turkey orders detention of 144 over Gulen links  Reuters

Iran says U.S. recognition of Israel sovereignty over Golan is unacceptable  Reuters

Russia: Golan Heights status change would violate U.N. decisions: RIA  Reuters

TUR  New Zealand minister lands in Turkey, wants ‘substantial’ talks over Christchurch  Reuters

Two U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan  Reuters

Saudi Arabia to Create Largest Public Park in the World  Al Bawaba

Opinion  TUR  Erdogan says Trump’s Golan Heights statement threatens new crisis  Reuters

Isis Terror

Syria slams Trump, vows to recover Israeli-occupied Golan  Reuters

Burkina Faso forces, jihadists execute dozens of civilians: HRW  Reuters

Boko Haram fighters kill 23 Chadian soldiers: security sources  Reuters

Syria vows to recover Golan as Trump policy shift draws criticism  Reuters

Climate Change

Amid U.S. Midwest flooding, residents in Missouri, Kansas rush to fill sandbags  Reuters

Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid rising floodwaters in Midwestern U.S.  Reuters

Energy giants spent US$1b on climate lobbying, PR since Paris: Watchdog  Channel NewsAsia

Medical Marijuana

Portland’s $6 Eighth-Ounces Are the Future of Cannabis  Leafly

New York Legalization Lives or Dies by Friday, Senator Says  Leafly

Investigation concludes marijuana, medication impaired driver involved in GOP train crash  The Hill

Opinion  There’s a Mess of Legalization Bills in Congress. Here’s What Really Matters  Leafly

Economics

Trump blames Powell’s Fed for economy’s failure to hit 4 percent growth  Politico

Linger  BA  Boeing 737 Max Grounding May Sway U.S. Economic Indicators Including Trade, Durable Goods  Fortune

Politics

Trump eyes Stephen Moore for Fed governor: Bloomberg News  Bloomberg

U.S. immigration arrests fall under Trump as resources shift to the border  Reuters

Trump signs executive ‘free speech’ order for U.S. colleges  Reuters

Democratic presidential candidates initiate battle for Iowa  Financial Times

Pompeo says it’s ‘possible’ God planned Trump to save Jewish people  The Hill

Trump reelection campaign shifted $1.3 million of donor money into his businesses: analysis  The Hill

Jared Kushner uses WhatsApp to talk with foreign leaders, claims Cummings  BoingBoing

Border Patrol detains 9 year old U.S. citizen for 36 hours after falsely accusing her of lying about her identity  BoingBoing

Futurelook

Poisonous Gas Could Be a Sign of Alien Life, Study Says  Geek.com

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