Early Global News: Monday January 7th, 2019

Early Global News

Monday January 7th, 2019


Sunday Night Futures  Calculated Risk


LOXO LLY  Lilly Announces Agreement To Acquire Loxo Oncology  “Eli Lilly and Company and Loxo Oncology, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOXO) today announced a definitive agreement for Lilly to acquire Loxo Oncology for $235.00 per share in cash, or approximately $8.0 billion. Loxo Oncology is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of highly selective medicines for patients with genomically defined cancers.”  Press Release

KBR  KBRwyle to Provide Global IT Services to U.S. Army via $12.1B Contract  Press Release

ROP TMO  UK competition watchdog to take a deeper look at Thermo Fisher Roper deal  Reuters

ALRM  Alarm.com’s Wellcam comes to CES 2019 to watch over your loved ones  Cnet

AMZN  Indian regulator’s pointed query puts Amazon in More soup  Economic Times of India

AMZN  India’s internet economy is flourishing—but for how long?  Quartz

NVDA  NVIDIA certifies a dozen FreeSync monitors as ‘G-SYNC compatible’  “It launched a new testing program to expand the G-SYNC display ecosystem.”  Engadget

RDWR  Radware to Acquire ShieldSquare for Expansion of Its Cloud Security Portfolio  Press Release

EYE.LN  Eagle Eye Solutions wins new five-year contract with John Lewis’s Waitrose supermarket chain  Press Release

PNR  Pentair Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Aquion  “Acquisition to Provide Access to Affiliated Dealer Network for Residential Water Treatment Business”  Press Release

NLSN  Nielsen Adds Mobile and OTT Measurement to Its Total Ad Ratings Amid Standoff With CBS  Adweek

Opinion  Sharp price falls to boost NAND flash penetration  Digitimes

Opinion  LNVGY  Lenovo’s Chairman Says Worst is Over For PC Giant  Slashdot

Opinion  Global chip sales slip in November, says SIA  Digitimes

Linger  GS  Ex-Goldman Sachs banker denied bail in Malaysia pending extradition to U.S.  Reuters

Stake Changes

DLTR  Starboard buys stake in Dollar Tree, seeks sale of Family Dollar  Reuters

In brief: Xiaomi buys 0.5% stake in Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL  Tech in Asia

Sequoia China Leads $80M Pre-IPO Round In Chinese Biotech Firm  China Money Network

China’s WuXi AppTec Invests In US Biotech Software Firm Backed By Bill Gates  China Money Network

Malin investee company applies for potential IPO in the US  Irish Independent

ADDYY  Adidas to buy back €800M of shares in 2019  Press Release

SHPG  Takeda to issue 770 million shares for Shire acquisition  “Deal will help make drugmaker a global biopharmaceutical player, CEO says”  Nikkei

VRAY  We may offer and sell up to $250,000,000 in the aggregate of the securities identified above from time to time in one or more offerings. This prospectus provides you with a general description of the securities.  SEC Filing

Goldman Sachs Backs Video Ad Company Innovid With $30 Million Investment  CTech

Earnings Finance

CBS  CBS News head David Rhodes steps down, Susan Zirinsky to take over  Reuters

SHLDQ  Sears picks liquidator should rescue talks fall through: sources  Reuters

WMGI  Wright Medical Group N.V. Announces Organizational Changes to Further Drive Long-Term Growth and Profitability  Press Release

CBS VIA  CBS wants Moonves replacement to run Viacom, too, if merger happens  NY Post

Pharmaceuticals Healthcare

SNY REGN  Sanofi to pay Regeneron $580 mln in revised immuno-oncology deal  Sanofi will pay Regeneron $462 million representing the balance of payments due under their original deal, which covers the Sanofi share of the immuno-oncology discovery program costs for the last quarter of 2018, and up to $120 million in other development costs.”  Reuters

GLPG  Galapagos And Fibrocor Sign Partnership Focusing On Fibrosis  “The Phase 1 trial is a double-blind, placebo-controlled, single-center study evaluating the efficacy, safety, tolerability, and PK/PD[1] of GLPG3312 in 76 adult healthy male volunteers.”  Reuters

TASE:BIOV  BioView signs Chinese distribution deal worth NIS 70m  Globes

MESO  Phase 3 Trial of Mesoblast’s Cell Therapy in Chronic Heart Failure Completes Recruitment  Press Release

GILD  Yuhan, Gilead sign deal to develop new liver drug  Korean Herald

BHVN  Biohaven Announces Acceptance Of Investigational New Drug (IND) Filing For Rimegepant In China  “- Rimegepant is the first small molecule, orally administered, calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) receptor antagonist potentially being developed for both the acute and preventive treatment of migraine in China”  Press Release

JNJ  Janssen Submits Application to European Medicines Agency Seeking Approval of STELARA® (ustekinumab) for Treatment of Adult Patients with Moderately to Severely Active Ulcerative Colitis  Press Release

VTL  Vital Therapies and Immunic Therapeutics Announce Transaction to Create Leading Inflammatory and Autoimmune Disease Company  Press Release

AXSM  Axsome Therapeutics Announces AXS-05 Achieves Primary Endpoint in Phase 2 Trial in Major Depressive Disorder  Press Release

Karolinska Development’s portfolio company Modus Therapeutics completes enrollment in Phase II study with sevuparin  Press Release

SAGE  Sage Therapeutics Announces SAGE-217 Meets Primary and Secondary Endpoints in Phase 3 Clinical Trial in Postpartum Depression  “– Statistically significant reduction observed in depressive symptoms compared to placebo in women with postpartum depression (PPD) –”  Press Release

QGEN  QIAGEN to Develop QuantiFERON®-TB Access as a New Test for Low-Resource, High-Burden Regions in Global Fight Against TB  “Adapting the power of QuantiFERON®-TB technology to advance global TB control efforts in new partnership with Ellume”  Press Release

ADMS  Adamas Provides Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2018 GOCOVRI™ Sales Results and Outlines Key Priorities for 2019  Press Release

XENE  Xenon Pharmaceuticals Outlines 2019 Key Milestones  Press Release

Hong Kong flu season already more virulent than last year, with nine more deaths in the space of three days  South China Morning Post

Opinion  Will prescription drugs get cheaper this year? An expert rates the odds.  USA Today

Entertainment Games

SSNLF  Samsung joins the serious PC gaming fight with the new Notebook Odyssey  The Verge

Bloomberg negotiating for business news TV channel in Israel  Haaretz

Military Surveillance

Iron Dome intercepts rocket fired at Ashkelon from Gaza  Times of Israel

Artificial intelligence tool used to catch people who lie to the police  The Telegraph

Review ordered into US Special Forces after Congress expresses concern over ‘misconduct, ethics and professionalism’  The Telegraph

BA  Report: Canopy of F-15 breaks off during training flight, pilots exposed  Jerusalem Post

Blockchain Bitcoin

Crypto exchange takes on giants with physical bitcoin futures  Economic Times of India

Ledger’s new crypto wallet lets you send coins wirelessly, with your phone  Mashable

Fortnite accidentally started accepting Monero  The Next Web

Colorado Senators File Bill to Exempt Cryptos from Securities Laws  Coindesk

Blockchain a Cost-Effective Solution for VAT Implementation in GCC  Al Bawaba

Drones Robots

Codi the robot will try to convince your kid that cleaning is fun at CES 2019 video – CNET  Cnet

Rogue drones prompt major airports to spend millions on protection  Digital Trends

Watch this giant laundry-folding robot handle a stack of shirts  Engadget

How Delivery Drones Are Saving Lives in Rwanda  Fortune

Casinos Gambling

Paradise Co casino sales up in 2018, GKL posts decline  GGRasia

Morgan Stanley forecasts 2-pct drop in Macau GGR this year  GGRasia

Court maintains ban on details of Wynn sex inquiry: report  GGRasia

Cyprus construction tender results this month: Melco  GGRasia

Philippine court orders arrest of Kazuo Okada: reports  GGRasia

Myanmar plans to attract more visitors from Macau, HK  Macau Daily Times

In Umbrella Movement shadow, Macau students say they want democracy  Macau Daily Times

Social Media

TWTR  Japanese billionaire Yusaka Maezawa claims record for most retweets after offering cash incentive to followers  “To show his appreciation, he said he would “present one million yen (US$9,200) in cash to 100 people to make a total of 100 million yen,” adding that he would contact the winners via direct message after the January 7 deadline.”  South China Morning Post

FB GOOGL  The party’s over: Google and Facebook will pay taxes in Israel  Haaretz

BIDU  Amid intensified scrutiny, Baidu removes 50 billion pieces of ‘harmful’ content  TechNode

Kuwait Mulls Control Over Social Media Accounts  Al Bawaba

TWTR  Briefing: China clamps down on Twitter users  TechNode

FB  Ocasio-Cortez and the Future of Instagram Politics  The Atlantic

Travel Hotel

CTRP GER:WDI  Wirecard and Ctrip, China’s Largest Travel Company, Launch Multi-Currency Visa Travel Cards  Press Release

DIS  Disneyland raising prices ahead of Star Wars expansion, cheapest daily ticket over $100  USA Today

JBLU  Pros and Cons of JetBlue’s Possible European Expansion  Skift

Linger  Airline Automation Triggers Intensified Debate Over Safety  “Crash in Indonesia highlights concerns about whether pilots know how to react to computer errors”  Wall Street Journal


UK new car sales record biggest fall since financial crisis  Reuters

TSLA  Tesla CEO Musk says to break ground on Shanghai Gigafactory today  Reuters

NSANY  Ex-Nissan chairman Ghosn’s lawyers to give news conference Tuesday – FCCJ  Reuters

Total Consumption of Driver IC Grew by 8.4% YoY in 2018, but Growth Would Slow Down to 3% in 2019, Says TrendForce  Witsview

Electric car startup Byton on track to complete China factory by May  TechCrunch

HYMTF  Hyundai’s heir apparent prepares to take the wheel  Financial Times

SFTBY  Wenzhou Didi driver pleads guilty to passenger’s murder  TechNode

NSANY RNLSY  Renault alliance ‘not in danger’: Nissan CEO  AFP

TSLA CAR  Tesla delivers massive fleet to rental car company Avis  Electrek

Linger  TSLA  “This Is Going To Get Extremely Ugly”: Azealia Banks Reignites Feud With Elon Musk  Zero Hedge


GOOGL  Google gets go-ahead from Central Bank for payments  Irish Times

DLTR  Activist Investor Starboard Seeks Changes at Dollar Tree  Wall Street Journal

EURONEXT: OR  L’Oréal’s newest prototype detects wearers’ skin pH levels  The Verge

MCD  McDonald’s Big Tasty ‘gave man constant diarrhoea and left him bedridden’  The Mirror

Aldi’s record-breaking Christmas as sales hit £1 billion in just ONE week  The Mirror

EWG  Germany November Retail Sales Growth Tops Expectations  “On a year-on-year basis, retail sales increased 1.1% in November after a 5.2% rise in October, revised from 5%.. Economists were looking for a 0.4% fall.”  Alliance News

November 2018 compared with October 2018 – Volume of retail trade up by 0.6% in euro area – Up by 0.7% in EU28  European Commission

SBUX  Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson Reins In Predecessor’s Ambitions: ‘I’m Not Howard’  “Starbucks founder Howard Schultz had a vision of 1,000 new Reserve cafes selling premium-priced coffee; the new CEO says that was ‘an aspiration’”  WSJ

KR MSFT  Kroger and Microsoft Partner to Redefine the Customer Experience and Introduce Digital Solutions for the Retail Industry  – America’s largest grocery retailer and global technology company partnering to pilot two connected experience stores”  Press Release

Linger  SBUX  Starbucks Under Attack In China  Zero Hedge


Huawei launches server chipset as China pushes to cut reliance on imports  Reuters

SSNLF  Apple inks deal with Samsung to distribute iTunes shows on TVs  Reuters

Razer Works with Leap Motor to Bring its Chroma Lighting to Cars  LED Inisde

Hong Kong children spending up to 8 hours glued to screens, as 20pc of parents set no limits, eye care study finds  South China Morning Post

OPINION  The first renders of the alleged 2019 iPhone feature a hideous 3-camera setup  The Next Web

Apple to hold talks with Indian govt after battering in China market  Business Standard

Opinion  China second-tier handset brands to face more upheavals in 2019  Digitimes

Energy Commodities

FOXA  ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ takes upset win at Netflix-dominated Golden Globes  Reuters

BMV: ALPEK A  Mexico’s Alpek to sell energy plants to ContourGlobal for $801 mln  Reuters

Oil prices rise more than 1 pct on trade talks, supply cuts  Reuters

EWW  Six Mexican states are running short on gasoline, prompting frantic rush to the pumps  USA Today

Brazil’s 2018/19 soy crop estimated at 122m tons and Argentina’s, 56.5m tons  MercoPress

PCG  Mudslides and power outages hit California as winter storms slam region  NY Post

BLK  Black Rock inks another offtake, considers upsizing project  Creamer’s

MOS  Mosaic secures last remaining permit for Ona phosphate mine  Mining Weekly

Kibo to focus on technical works, PPAs for its projects during 2019  Mining Weekly

USO  Venezuelan crude sales to U.S. drop to lowest in almost 30 years  Reuters

XOM  ExxonMobil Begins Drilling Haimara-1 Exploration Well Offshore Guyana  “Liza Phase 1 development progressing toward first oil production in early 2020”  Press Release

Guatemalan farms shift to palm oil, fueling family migration  Reuters

Two dead as coal ship in distress off of Turkey’s Black Sea coast  Reuters

Inverter maker SolarEdge to acquire Italian EV company  Pv magazine

LS Cable enters Taiwan offshore wind market with Yunlin  ReCharge News

United States is Europe’s main soya beans supplier with imports up by 112%  Eutropean Commission

Futurelook  Locomotives powered by hydrogen fuel cells will be operational in less than TWO YEARS  Daily Mail


GLD  Gold up as Fed stance pricks dollar, stocks rally cap gains  Reuters

Zambia Vedanta unit halts operations at underground mine on tax concerns  Creamer’s

Goldman takes hatchet to near-term metals outlook as China sours  Bloomberg

BLK  BlackRock heaps praise on gold’s role as a tough year opens  Bloomberg

UUUU  Energy Fuels Resumes Vanadium Production; Launches Initiatives to Boost Readiness for Potential Uranium Market Improvement; Provides 2019 Guidance  Press Release

NUE  Nucor to Build State-of-the-Art Plate Mill  “Nucor announced plans to build a state-of-the-art plate mill in the U.S. Midwest. Nucor’s Board of Directors has approved an investment of $1.35 billion to build the mill, which is expected to be fully operational in 2022 and will be capable of producing 1.2 million tons per year of steel plate products. The project is expected to create approximately 400 full-time jobs. “  Press release

Steel: Commission intends to impose definitive safeguard measures on imports of certain steel products  European Commission


EWG  Industrial orders fall in latest sign of German economic slowdown  Reuters

EWU  Britain’s May to hold parliamentary Brexit vote on January 15: BBC  Reuters

EWG  German police search flat of 19-year-old man after data breach: rbb  Reuters

EWU  PM May says if Brexit deal is rejected, UK will be in uncharted territory  Reuters

EWG  Germany’s construction sector ended 2018 on a stronger footing, according to the year’s final PMI® data, with an upturn in homebuilding driving the steepest rise in total industry activity for seven months. T  “Strong rise in housing activity lifts construction PMI to seven-month high in December”  iHS Markit

EWU  Assets worth $1 trillion to shift from UK to EU due to Brexit: EY  Reuters


China makes ‘stern representations’ over U.S. warship in South China Sea  Reuters

China, U.S. want to work together on trade: foreign ministry  Reuters

China says welcomes U.N. to visit Xinjiang via proper procedures  Reuters

U.S. navy ship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade talks with Beijing  Reuters

Chinese tech investors flee Silicon Valley as Trump tightens scrutiny  Reuters

Air quality worsens in China’s Henan province, improves elsewhere  Reuters

Start-ups hopeful as China readies Nasdaq-style tech board  Reuters

Xi’s Top Trade Official Attended China-U.S. Talks  Bloomberg

China approves 14 new pension target funds  Ecns.cn

In China, cash is no longer king  “Rural residents, the old and tourists suffer as shops reject paper and plastic”  Nikkei

ZTCOY  China tech to ‘stay low’ at CES amid simmering trade war  “Huawei will not send executives while ZTE to miss show”  Nikkei

EWT  Six engineers arrested for trade secret theft for Chinese company  Focus Taiwan

ZTCOY  China tech to ‘stay low’ at CES amid simmering trade war  “Huawei will not send executives while ZTE to miss show”  Nikkei

Opinion  China has ‘good faith’ to fix trade issues as talks with U.S. resume  Reuters

Futurelook  Foreign investment opportunities in China’s emerging industries over the next 40 years  South China Morning Post

North Korea

U.S. and North Korean officials met in Hanoi to discuss second Trump-Kim summit: South Korean newspaper  Reuters

North Korean authorities demand stop to joint military drills of South Korea, US  TASS


EWY  S.Korean stocks, won jump on firm U.S. job data, dovish Fed comments  Reuters

EWJ  Japan makes visitors pay for their biometric info to be collected  ZDNet

EIDO  Indonesia’s conservative Islam regains clout ahead of elections  “Religious intolerance lurks as world’s largest Muslim population turns inward”  Nikkei

INDA  150 million Indians to go on strike against Modi’s “anti-labour” policies  Quartz

INDA  India c.bank says it is open to liquidity needs, ahead of shadow banker meeting  Reuters

EWJ  Japan December services sector PMI shows weakest growth in 3 months  Reuters

EWS  Family feud involving Singapore’s prime minister reignites  “Daughter of city-state’s founder says Lee Kuan Yew’s will has been attacked”  Nikkei

EWT  Exports down for 2nd straight month in December  Focus Taiwan

EIDO  Indonesia landslide death toll reaches 32: Official  Channel NewsAsia

EWT  Average year-end bonus to hit 1.27 months of wages: poll  Focus Taiwan

Politics  Govt surveillance and data governance and sovereignty to dominate tech policy debate in India  Economic Times of India

Politics  KSA  Thailand halts plan to expel Saudi teen barricaded in her hotel room  Reuters

Russia Ukraine

New Studies Show Pundits Are Wrong About Russian Social-Media Involvement In US Politics  Zero Hedge

Russia Says FBI Arrested Russian Citizen on Pacific Island  Moscow Times

Middle East

TUR  Turkey orders arrest of 100 soldiers over suspected Gulen links: Anadolu  Reuters

Egypt’s Sisi acknowledges close coordination with Israel in Sinai  Reuters

UAE to Enhance Trade Ties With Pakistan  Al Bawaba


Gabon soldiers seize state radio in apparent coup attempt  Reuters

Nigerian military raids paper after Boko Haram article, paper says  Reuters

US, UK say Boko Haram wants to kidnap foreigners in Nigeria  Washington Post

Isis Terror

US-Backed Syrian Militants Carry Out Rare Surface-to-Surface Missile Test  Zero Hedge

2 British soldiers wounded in ISIS attack in Syria  Military Times

Contradicting Trump, Bolton says no withdrawal from Syria until ISIS destroyed, Kurds’ safety guaranteed  Washington Post

Medical Marijuana

Chinese Delegation to Explore Cannabis Opportunities in Israel  CTech

Cannabis from Ocado? Now that is an unexpected item!  Daily Mail


Two Bad Years Leave Investors Wary of Catastrophe Bonds  “Big storms and other disasters haven’t helped returns, while some funds remain trapped by claims processes”  WSJ

EWJ  Over 70% of East Asian execs say trade war will hurt businesses  “Poll finds Chinese, South Korean and Japanese CEOs’ hopes rest on AI and startups”  Nikkei

China, Russia and EU edge away from petrodollar  “Rise of US unilateralism raises concern about relying on greenback for oil trade”  Nikkei

U.S. mortgage rates fall to start 2019  Business Journals

Bankruptcy filings are at a 10-year low, but that’s not necessarily good news  Marketwatch

Bridgewater’s Pure Alpha ends 2018 with 14.6 percent gain: source  Reuters


Biden likely to enter 2020 presidential race — report  Times of Israel

Ocasio-Cortez says ‘no question’ Trump is a racist  The Hill

House Democrats prepare fusillade of Trump investigations  Politico


MU SSNLF  Why the Chip Slump May Not Hurt Chip Investors  “Memory-chip stocks like Samsung are so cheap that investors may profit even as profits fall”  WSJ

GOOG AMN  Who Will Win the Smart Speaker War in Canada?  “In 2019, 5.8 million people in Canada will use a smart speaker at least once a month. That’s a 51.2% increase from 2018, according to eMarketer estimates.”  eMarketer


World’s first ‘psychobiotic’ food supplement could improve mood and memory  The Mirror

This cotton vest wants to predict your next heart attack before it’s too late  Cnet

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