Early Global News: Thursday October 11th, 2018

Early Global News

Thursday October 11th, 2018


Global markets tumble; U.S. stock futures point to continued selloff on Wall Street  Marketwatch

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him  Washington Post

Trump talked with Sessions aide about serving as attorney general: report  The Hill

Thursday: CPI, Unemployment Claims and 2019 COLA  Calculated Risk


CEVAL.S  Ceva Logistics rejects $1.55 billion takeover approach  “An unnamed suitor offered 27.75 francs per share for Ceva in cash, a premium of 50 percent to the closing price of 18.42 francs on Wednesday.”  Press Release

LH WBA  Walgreens and LabCorp to Open at Least 600 LabCorp at Walgreens Patient Service Centers  Press Release

MU  Micron CEO: Memory-chip market is ‘structurally different’ in post-PC world  “In interview during inaugural conference, Mehrotra also details plans for confronting China tariffs”  Marketwatch

MU  Chipmaker Micron to invest $100 mln in artificial intelligence companies  Reuters

UPS  Postal Service seeks 10% jump for first-class stamp, to 55 cents  Marketwatch

BAYRY  Bayer gets tentative ruling for new trial in weed-killer case  Reuters

USFD  US Foods wins $453 mln U.S. defense contract -Pentagon  Reuters

ALGN  Teeth-straightening startup SmileDirectClub is now worth $3.2 billion  TechCrunch

ISTR  Louisiana bank to enter Houston market with acquisition of Texas City bank  Press Release

NOW  ServiceNow to acquire FriendlyData for its natural language search technology  TechCrunch

LNVGY  ​Lenovo claims pole position in IDC and Gartner PC market share reports  ZDNet

CTL  CenturyLink to open Singapore SOC with behavioural analytics capabilities  “To be operational in January 2019, the new security operations centre (SOC) will be one of eight facilities worldwide and the first to showcase user and entity behavioural analytics to identify insider threats.”  ZDNet

ADDYY  Adidas consultant alleges large cash payments to families of five basketball players  USA Today

LYV  Tens of thousands of credit cards must be reissued after Ticketmaster data hack  The Telegraph

LNVGY  Lenovo S5 Pro to launch at an event in Beijing on October 18  GizmoChina

GLAPY UL WTW NTRI  Glanbia agrees to acquire SlimFast for $350m  Irish Independent

INDA PG  P&G India fund to invest in Indian start-ups  “Apart from starting Innovation Sourcing Fund for start-up investments, P&G India has launched vGrow to identify and collaborate with small businesses”  Livemint

INGIF NTXFY  French bank Natixis could bid for payments group Ingenico  Reuters

SYNA IMOS HIMX  Shipments of TDDI chips to double in 2018  “The strong shipment growth for TDDI chips will not fully reflect the actual demand, as many downstream end-device makers have been forced to use out-cell touch solutions instead of TDDI chips for their products due to capacity constraints at some TDDI suppliers and lack of foundry support”  Digitimes Research

W  Wayfair’s New App, Made for Magic Leap Headsets, Lets You Design Your Home With Mixed Reality  Adweek

JPR.L  Struggling publisher Johnston Press puts itself up for sale  Reuters

FRA: 8NR  NRC Group ASA : acquires VR Track Oy to form the leading rail infrastructure company in the Nordics  Market Screener

Opinion  CVS AET  CVS-Aetna merger still faces New York state hurdle  NY Post

Linger  Prosecutors charge Newsweek’s parent company with fraud  “IBT Media accused of scheming to defraud lenders out of millions of dollars”  Marketwatch

Linger  MA V  India c.bank sticking with plan to force payments firms to store data locally- sources  “Firms such as Mastercard, Visa and American Express have in recent months met with Indian policymakers, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, to push for an extension of the RBI’s deadline.”  Reuters

Stake Changes

CEIX  Southeastern Asset sold their 3.9 million shares  SEC Filing

ALLO  Allogene Therapeutics prices IPO at $18, the high end of the range  SEC Filing

BLK  BlackRock and Its CEO Are Making A Private Equity Bet  “The asset-management giant is pledging to invest up to $400 million of client money with Gallatin Point Capital”  WSJ

OFC  COPT Enters Into a New $800 Million Line of Credit  Press Release

Lithium producer Livent’s IPO priced at $17/share  Reuters

Opinion  IPOs tumble during the market sell-off – here’s the silver lining  Renaissance Capital

Earnings Finance

SQ  Jack Dorsey’s Square Loses Its CFO  Wall Street Journal

SQ  Square CFO Sarah Friar is leaving to become the CEO of Nextdoor — which means she won’t become the CEO of Square  re/code

SHLD  Sears skips payments to vendors amid bankruptcy concerns  Reuters

C  Chairman and CEO together or separate? Citigroup has to decide  Reuters

Web.com shareholders decide on $2.24 billion sale  Business Journals

MAT  Mattel Expands Role Of Board Member And Global Toy Industry Veteran Soren T. Laursen To Executive Director  Press Release

QUCCF  Quanta September revenues drop, other notebook ODMs see increases  Digitimes

EYES  Second Sight Medical restructures  SEC Filing

TUP  Tupperware Brands Announces CFO Transition  Press Release

AET CVS  CVS Health Provides Update to Board and Management Roles Upon Closing of Aetna Acquisition  Press Release

Pharmaceuticals Healthcare

BGNE MEIP  MEI Pharma and BeiGene Announce Clinical Collaboration to Evaluate ME-401 in Combination with Zanubrutinib in Patients with B-Cell Malignancies  Press release

Private health insurance changes ‘will lead to premium hikes’  The Guardian

Genomics company releases largest Chinese genome sequencing data research so far  TechNode

KO HSY  Rates of severe obesity soaring among children, new figures show  The Telegraph

Irregular heart beat tied to increased risk for dementia  Reuters

Rate of new Ebola cases has doubled since September  AP

Politics  Trump Signs New Laws Aimed at Drug Costs and Battles Democrats on Medicare  NY Times

Linger  As ketamine clinics spread, so do start-your-own-business courses, sparking concern  Stat News

Linger  Surprise, surprise: Price hikes contributed a lot to sales growth for the biggest-selling drugs  Stat

Entertainment Games

CMCSA  NBC News ramps up its digital video output as it prepares to go over the top  Digiday

Apple reportedly plans to give away its TV content, because that worked well with U2  TechCrunch

NFLX  Netflix addict sent for counselling after spending EIGHT HOURS a day binge watching  The Mirror

Not everyone in favor of ESports in Olympic fold  Reuters

Football seeks answers over dementia link to heading  AFP

Opinion  SNAP FB NFLX AMZN T DIS GOOGL AMZN AAPL  The battle for the future of TV  Axios

Futurelook  Quibi will launch mobile-phone video service in late 2019  NY Post

Lingering Opinion  ZNGA  Ubisoft Could Unlock a Game Changer With Zynga  “A deal could help the maker of “Assassin’s Creed” leverage its assets, but it needs to ensure discipline in any approach.”  Bloomberg

Military Surveillance

LMT BA  United Launch Services wins $967 mln U.S. defense contract -Pentagon  Reuters

NOC  Orbital Sciences Corp has been awarded a $791,601,015 other-transaction agreement for the development of a Launch System Prototype for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program  Department of Defense

Counterinsurgency is here to stay: Marines plan to double foreign military training adviser group  Military Times

BA  Boeing rocket for NASA over budget, could further delay launch: audit  Reuters

NOC  Japan to buy 9 more early warning aircraft from US  “Tokyo aims to deflect Trump’s trade pressure with $3bn E-2D order”  Nikkei

KSA  Trump reluctant to cut off arms sales to Saudis in response to Khashoggi’s disappearance  Politico

Opinion  LMT BA NOC RTN USO  Stop Military Aid to Saudi Arabia  The Atlantic

Blockchain Bitcoin

Report Links 74% of Bitcoin Mining to China, Sees Threat to Network  Bitcoin Magazine

Plan to Fix Journalism With Cryptocurrency Draws Skepticism  Wall Street Journal

Blockchain Business in Crypto Valley Has Doubled Since Last Year: Report  Bitcoin Magazine

Bitmain Expands Mining Operations  The Information

3:30 Wednesday  Harvard, Stanford, MIT Endowments Invest in Crypto Funds  The Information

Drones Robots

Automated Warehouse In Tokyo Managed To Replace 90 Percent of Its Staff With Robots  Slashdot

Meet Salto, the terrifying robot that hops around like a frog – CNET  Cnet

The Cow-Milking Robots Keeping Small Farms in Business  The Atlantic

Pollinating drone bees can’t replace honey bees, ecologists calculate  The Next Web

Wednesday’s story  FLIR  Flir’s stealthy drones will help Army vehicles spot enemies in the distance  Digital Trends

Casinos Gambling

IGT  Deutsche Bank says casinos liking IGT current slots  GGRasia

Macau govt gets US$42mln in taxes from junkets in 2017  “That represented a jump of 23.6 percent compared to the previous year, the data show.”  GGRasia

Social Media

WB  Weibo blocks underage users and plans for a kid version  TechNode

WB  Weibo processed 6229 fake posts in September  TechNode

SNAP  With Snapchat Commercials, advertisers see a ‘cheap alternative’ to competitors  Digiday

GOOGL  Leaked Google research shows company grappling with censorship and free speech  The Verge

Bing and Yahoo are suggesting offensive searches  The Verge

TWTR  Inside Twitter’s push to connect advertisers with its Hispanic audience  Digiday


Virtual lives: Could VR change how we think of others?  BBC World News

Social media may reduce depression risk for older people with pain  Reuters

Facebook employee who called company’s culture ‘intolerant’ is reportedly leaving  Cnet

Please Don’t Post Your Potentially Felonious Crimes to Facebook  Gizmodo

Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data  Gizmodo

Advertisers pull back on Facebook over privacy blunders  NY Post

Travel Hotel

BKNG MAR H EXPE  World tourism numbers up 6% in first half of 2018: UN  AFP

DIS  Disney cancels plans to build luxury hotel  Business Journals

Investors are betting $75 million on AllTrails and its content for hikers  re/code

ARGT  Argentina attracting more tourists while less Argentines travelling overseas  MercoPress

EWU  Britain sees biggest fall in foreign visitors since 2009  Daily Mail


TSLA  SEC, Tesla support approval of settlement  Reuters

TSLA  Tesla May Double The Size Of Gigafactory 1 & Triple Its Workforce — If Infrastructure Permits  Clean Technica

TSLA  Tesla forced employees to ‘renew vows’ after media leaks  Automotive News

TSLA  Tesla remotely extends car batteries to help with Hurricane Michael  “It’s at least the third time Tesla has done hurricane-related battery upgrades.”  Ars Technica

TSLA  Elon Musk hits back: James Murdoch is not the lead candidate for Tesla chairman spot  TechCrunch

Self-driving car startup Aurora becomes Pennsylvania’s first “authorized” tester  TechCrunch

Didi to trial passenger and driver blacklisting feature  TechNode

HYMPY  Hyundai Mobis eyes better driving convenience, infotainment with startups  Korean Herald

Chinese passenger in Didi car drinks urine thinking it was free water  South China Morning Post

BAMXY  BMW to take control of China venture Brilliance Automotive  “The German firm will spend €3.6bn ($4.16bn; £3.14bn) to up its stake in Brilliance Automotive from 50% to 75%.”  

VLKAY  Volkswagen Admits It Is Moving Into EVs Too Late, Pushes Back On Emissions Cuts  Clean Technica

TSLA  Tesla transfers energy support division away from Utah  Electrek

TSLA  A Field Guide To Potential Securities Violations By Tesla’s Foes — In Depth  Clean Technica

Opinion  German economy minister doubts constitutionality of diesel fines  Reuters

Opinion  Tesla’s woes unlikely to end soon, but startups can take a cue  The Next Web


BABA  Alfred Dunhill awarded 10 million yuan in ‘groundbreaking’ trademark infringement case against Chinese clothing firm Danhuoli  “Court ruling said to strengthen China’s growing reputation for intellectual property rights protection”  South China Morning Post

They’ve raised seed funding to enable online retailers to offer instalments  Tech in Asia

JWN ROST  Toxic metal in chain store jewelry  USA Today

JD SVNDY  JD.com poaches 7-11 management for convenience store ambitions  TechNode

Wearing wool pyjamas instead of cotton gives you an extra 15 minutes of sleep, study finds  The Telegraph

SBUX DNKN  Men who drink two cups of coffee a day could double their chance of becoming a father, study suggests  The Telegraph

MO PM  Vape smoker who ‘nearly died’ choking on e-cig part goes back to real cigarettes ‘because it’s safer’  The Mirror

AMZN  Publishers see subscription growth in tests with Amazon Pay  Digiday

TGT  Target’s newest incubator is a bet on Gen Z  Digiday

Pistachio recall includes 2 tons of nuts sold several states; Salmonella found  Food Safety News

Former Maplin owner races to save bird-care group Gardman  “The former Maplin owner tries to avoid another administration with a sale of the garden products group Gardman, Sky News learns.”  

Linger  RGR AOBC  Applications for gun permits nearly triple after Israel eases criteria  Haaretz

Linger  MO APHQF  Aphria Responds to Media Reports Re: Potential Investment  Press Release


Mac shipments fall 11% in Q3 as customers await updates to aging lineup, IDC says  iDC via 9to5Mac

Foxconn’s Sept revenue jumps, buoys hopes for solid sales at Apple  Reuters

DLGNF  Apple to buy part of supplier Dialog’s business in $600 million deal  “Under the deal, Apple is buying patents, a team of about 300 engineers, most of whom already worked on chips for Apple devices”  Reuters

NOK ENZL  Nokia and Chorus upgrade New Zealand’s copper broadband  ZDNet

Medisafe becomes the latest health platform to add support for Apple’s Health Records API  9to5Mac

WMT AMZN  Smartphone sales set to cross $1 bn-mark in Flipkart, Amazon sale events  India  Livemint

Apple Pay is now accepted at CVS Pharmacy  9to5Mac

Linger  Tim Cook meets government officials, visits schools on China tour  AppleInsider

Energy Commodities

GPRE VLO  Green Plains Enters into Agreement to Sell Three Ethanol Plants to Valero Renewable Fuels  Press Release

LNG  Tokyo Gas not considering to raise U.S. LNG purchase  Reuters

EWU  Vegetable shortages set to hit Veganuary, as farmers say stocks will dwindle after Christmas  The Telegraph

GNRC  Hurricane Michael cuts power to over 403,000 in Florida, Georgia, Alabama  Reuters

KOL  Australia officials unconcerned about breaking country’s coal habit  Ars Technica

PBR  Brazil’s Bolsonaro would not sell Petrobras in short-term – party chief  Reuters

Cotton to stay firm as crop arrival delayed  India  Economic Times of India

EWZ  Brazil’s big soyabean win turns painful  “China demand sends price up more than 30% but leaves domestic supplies perilously low”  Financial Times

ENB  Canada’s Enbridge to resume operations in 30-inch gas line in British Columbia  Reuters

LON:DGOC  Diversified Gas & Oil buys Core Appalachia for $183 mln  Reuters

SQM ALB  SQM controlling shareholder moves to block stake sale to China’s Tianqi  Reuters

GLOW.BK PTT.BK ENGIY  Thai regulator blocks PTT’s $4 billion bid for Glow Energy  Reuters

OXY  U.S. oil CEO says corporations should work to stem climate change  “Corporations around the world should work together to reduce carbon emissions and stem climate change rather than wait for government mandates”  Reuters

CLNE  Clean Energy and BP to Expand Renewable Natural Gas Supply Agreement  “Growing Number of Fleets Are Asking for the Clean Fuel”  Press Release

OPEC Secretary-General questions ‘misguided’ renewables debate after climate report  Reuters

Opinion  Ganfeng Lithium in dreadful Hong Kong debut, may bode ill for rival Tianqi  “China lithium prices have halved this year on oversupply”  Reuters


SQM ALB  Chile studying possible lithium trade on LME  Creamer’s

Base metal prices drop, track equities rout on macro fears  Reuters

LMCNF  Drought forces two-month closure of Leagold Brazil mine  Creamer’s

ABX GOLD  Barrick maintains forecasts ahead of Randgold vote  Reuters

KGC  Chile’s Supreme Court signals death knell for Kinross gold mine  Reuters

Opinion  GLD  2% Drop In U.S. Equity Could Spark Gold Rally – Analysts  Kitco


Stock market sell-off: Europe faces fresh losses after rout in Asia and US – business live  The Guardian

EWI  Italian banks feel strain from bond sell-off  Financial Times

A new bioeconomy strategy for a sustainable Europe  “Today the Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe’s society, environment and economy.”  European Commission

EU, U.K. Warn Obstacles Remain as Brexit Compromise Nears  “Officials play down expectations that deal is imminent”  Bloomberg

Tony Blair says there is a 50-50 chance of another Brexit referendum  Reuters


China says US seeks to ‘disturb’ Xinjiang policies  Daily Mail

Public anger in China spreading as property prices drop  South China Morning Post

Small US manufacturers, other employers file thousands of China tariff exclusion requests  “Many of the companies’ requests warn of job cuts or other harm if they are not granted relief from the 25 per cent import tax imposed by US President Donald Trump.”  South China Morning Post

Rising sea levels, storm surges pose risks for Hong Kong’s artificial island project  Reuters

Opinion  Alibaba executive warns trade war pain will be felt globally-SCMP  “Keynote speakers at the South China Morning Post’s China Conference remain optimistic the world’s two superpowers will find a resolution, as ‘everybody will feel the pain’ if the tit-for-tat tariffs continue”  Reuters

Linger  FENG  Chinese starlet Fan Bingbing’s murky tax problems show still waters run deep  Channel NewsAsia


Tsunami threat as 7.0-magnitude quake hits Papua New Guinea  Channel NewsAsia

EIDO  Three killed as 6.0-magnitude quake rocks Indonesia’s Java, Bali  Channel NewsAsia

INDA  Hundreds of thousands without power as cyclone slams eastern India  Reuters

EWJ  Nikkei sinks as much as 4.2 percent to 1-month low amid global rout  Reuters

EWJ  Japan considers permanent residency for skilled blue-collar workers  Japan Times

INDA  Indian economy is still going to be in top three: IMF chief  Economic Times of India

EWJ EWU  Japanese groups look to follow Panasonic out of UK  Financial Times

EWT  Taiwan shares close down 6.31%  Focus Taiwan

INDA  Sensex crashes over 1,000 points, Nifty below 10,200 on global sell-off  Hindustan Times

EWY  Korean banks’ household lending slows in Sept.  Korean Herald

INDA  Cyclone Titli batters eastern India; 300,000 evacuated  Japan Times

EWY  South Korea says no change on North Korean sanctions  Reuters

V MA PYPL  India’s proposed personal data rules unnerve business  “Companies cry foul over plans to restrict cross-border transfers of information”  Nikkei

Malaysia fears tariff-dodging probes amid US-China trade war  Nikkei

EPHE  Philippine rice shortage drives push for reform as inflation bites  “Duterte throws his weight into debate over ‘tariffication’ of rice imports”  Nikkei

Linger  EWT  Taiwan keen to accommodate manufacturers back from China  Digitimes

Linger  GOOG FB  Data privacy rules spoiling fintech boom, says industry group  Reuters

Lingering Fact  Kim Jong-un’s new Rolls-Royce shows North Korean sanctions are ‘a bit of a joke’  The Telegraph


EWZ  Trump trade war delivers farm boom in Brazil, gloom in Iowa  Reuters

Linger  EWW  Mexico plans to enforce Odebrecht fines via seizure -official  Reuters

Russia Ukraine

Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes south of Russia’s Kuril islands: USGS  Reuters

Russia should prevent unsanctioned use of its weapons developments by others — senator  TASS

Russia to take measures to secure its borders during preparations for Georgia-NATO drills  TASS

Russia to discuss deployment of biological labs near its borders at UN – diplomat  TASS

Kremlin: reports of planned Trump-Putin meeting not true  Reuters

Russian Prison Video Reveals Gruesome Rape Scenes  Moscow Times

Middle East

KSA  U.S. senators trigger human rights probe over missing Saudi journalist  Reuters

Tomato squeeze: U.S. sanctions begin to distort Iran’s economy  Reuters

IDF demolishes Gaza attack tunnel that penetrated 200 meters into Israel  Times of Israel

KSA EGPT  Egypt security forces ‘disappeared’ and tortured US man, rights group says  The Guardian

Unusual Israeli military activity centering on Gaza Strip  DEBKAfile

EGPT  Egypt central bank signs $3.8 bln finance accord with international banks  Reuters

Iran’s Khamenei orders officials to resolve economic crisis  Reuters

Politics  TUR  Pompeo says release of American pastor by Turkish court would be right thing to do  Reuters

Isis Terror

FBI says man with 200-pound bomb had Election Day plot  Daily Mail

US-backed fighters brave sandstorm to battle IS in Syria  AP

Militants in Syria seize toxic chemicals due to West’s irresponsible steps  TASS

Africa’s youngest billionaire Mohammed Dewji snatched by gunmen in Tanzania  South China Morning Post

Politics  TUR  Erdogan says Turkey-U.S. deal on Syria’s Manbij ‘not dead’: Hurriyet  Reuters

Climate Change

The Hurricanes, and Climate-Change Questions, Keep Coming. Yes, They’re Linked.  NY Times

World’s Views of Air, Water Quality Highlight Challenges  Gallup

Michael weakens to tropical storm over central Georgia: NHC  Reuters

Sinking Santa Cruz: climate change threatens famed California beach town  “Similar challenges are sprouting up along the coast, and the golden sands and beach properties that define the state at risk”  The Guardian

Opinion  Climate change will make the next global crash the worst | Larry Elliott  The Guardian


Here’s What Democrats Plan To Do If They Take Back The House  Zero Hedge

Trump Takes Swipe at Federal Reserve as Stocks Tumble  “President says Federal Reserve has ‘gone crazy’ on short-term interest rates”  WSJ

Gary Goldsholle, Former Deputy Director, Current Senior Policy Adviser in the Division of Trading and Markets, to Leave the SEC  SEC Filings

Republican attacks take aim at non-white congressional candidates  The Guardian

Republicans Abandon Vulnerable Lawmakers, Striving to Keep House  NY Times

Justice Kavanaugh unlikely to heed calls for recusal  Reuters

Linger  Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer Michael Avenatti “Seriously Considering” A Presidential Bid  Deadline

Linger  Trump repeats claim without evidence that paid protesters disrupted his rallies  The Hill


‘Alarming’ rise in under 21s falling victim to fraud  BBC World News

MSFT  Microsoft adds 60,000 patents to the Open Invention Network  TechCrunch

MDLZ  Cadbury’s US owners paid ZERO corporation tax in UK despite making £185million profit  The Mirror

MSFT  Microsoft is now a top five PC maker in the US thanks to Surface  The Verge

Tech gets demolished: The 5 hottest tech stocks just lost $172 billion in market value (AMZN, FB, AAPL, GOOGL, NFLX)  Business Insider

The real value of a $15 minimum wage depends on where you live  Pew Research


Don’t Panic! An Ex-Hedge Fund Manager on Today’s Stock Market Drop  Barron’s

Key Words: Trump says the Fed has ‘gone crazy’ after the Dow tumbles 830 points in one day  Marketwatch

White House says U.S. economy strong despite stock selloff  Reuters

SFTBY  SoftBank has a lot to worry about if it strikes this deal with WeWork  “Here are some of the hazards that could trip up either side over the next few weeks.”  re/code

WFC  Wells Fargo touts good deeds to get back in lawmakers’ good graces  Reuters

Could stock market volatility cause house prices to fall?  Marketwatch

Poll: 46% say they still don’t approve of Trump tax cuts  Axios

Futurelook  Businesses could be forced to reveal ethnic pay gap  Sky News

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