Early Global News: Tuesday March 19th, 2019

Early Global News

Tuesday March 19th, 2019

Macro

Poll: 71 percent think economy is ‘good’  Politico

Companies

FXCNY  Foxconn says Wisconsin factory production to launch by 2020  Reuters

LYG  Standard Life Aberdeen wins 100 billion pounds mandate dispute against Lloyds  Reuters

INTC  Exclusive: Israel’s chip sales to China jump as Intel expands  Reuters

GS  German lawmakers challenge deputy finance minister’s Goldman link in bank merger  Reuters

REV  Revlon finds “material weakness” in financial reporting, shares drop 10 pct  Reuters

NVDA  NVIDIA’s Ray Tracing Tech Will Soon Run On Older GTX Cards  Engadget

AMZN  Amazon kicks off Alexa trial in Brazil  ZDNet

AMZN NVDA  Amazon and Nvidia bring artificial intelligence to the cloud with T4 GPUs  Digital Trends

BCOR  Blucora to Acquire 1st Global  Press release

SALM  Salem Media Acquires PJ Media  Press release

Linger  NVDA  Nvidia Enters Collaboration With Israeli Data Startup Iguazio  CTech

Stake Changes

BX KKR  Blackstone joins KKR and BlackRock in Mexico private equity fundraising  Reuters

AXA to reduce stake in AXA Equitable below 50 pct via secondary offering  Reuters

LNVGY  Ping An Makes Strategic Investment In Smart Healthcare Firm Lenovo HIT  China Money Network

Israel Infrastructure Partners Launches Debut Fund With a $350 Million Goal  CTech

BCOR  Blucora Announces $100 Million Share Repurchase Authorization  Press release

Earnings Finance

BAM  Australia’s foreign investment regulator approves Brookfield’s takeover of Healthscope  Reuters

TCEHY  Tencent targets 10 percent of managers for job cuts or demotion: Bloomberg  Reuters

Embraer CEO to step down ahead of deal with Boeing  Reuters

Pharmaceuticals Healthcare

RHHBY  U.S. FDA approves Roche’s small cell lung cancer treatment  Reuters

In US, nearly four in 10 HIV cases involve people unaware of infection  AFP

Heart disease and depression are linked  Daily Mail

Opinion  Cheap blood pressure drugs could increase survival chances for men with prostate cancer  Daily Mail

Futurelook  Scientists build a self-healing, stretchable electronic skin – CNET  Cnet

Linger  BAYRY  That Aspirin-a-Day Habit Does More Harm Than Good for Your Heart, Say Cardiology Organizations  Fortune

Entertainment Games

NFLX  Netflix says it will not join Apple TV service  Reuters

NVDA SFTBY  Nvidia partners with Softbank to deploy cloud gaming servers in Japan  Reuters

The Telegraph launches female sports vertical with four new staff  Digiday

NTES  Estee Lauder sues NetEase Kaola for brand infringement  TechNode

Military Surveillance

Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems Q4 profit dips on acquisition costs  Reuters

Pentagon tells Congress of projects that could be hit to pay for wall  Reuters

GD  General Dynamics wins $2.04 bln U.S. defense contract -Pentagon  Reuters

Trump Administration Proposes $86 Billion Spy Budget to Take On Russia and China  NY Times

Leaked chats expose 7 white nationalist US military members  PressTV

Blockchain Bitcoin

Buy Your Bitcoins Through This ATM in Dubai  Al Bawaba

Bitcoin Price Analysis: Slow Grind Could Lead to Short Squeeze  Bitcoin Magazine

Circle CEO: Cryptocurrency Business Is Down But We’re Still Growing  Fortune

Visa is looking for someone to spearhead permissionless blockchain  The Next Web

Fighting crypto fraud will soon become easier, here’s why  The Next Web

Casinos Gambling

Osaka Restoration, LDP pledge support for casino in city  GGRasia

Macau, Singapore biz growing rapidly, says BBM Testlabs  GGRasia

New attack drill Friday for Macau casino sector: govt  GGRasia

Summit Ascent full-2018 revenue down, profit halved  GGRasia

Social Media

Aquaman director James Wan the latest celeb to take social media break – CNET  Cnet

Advertising Week Europe briefing: Influencer marketing under pressure to show results  Digiday

FaceBook

Facebook plans more fact-checking ahead of European Parliament election  Reuters

How Facebook is spending more to ensure wary publishers rely on it less  Digiday

Instagram tests in-app shopping with Kylie Cosmetics, Nike and Huda Beauty  Digiday

Facebook claims just 200 viewers livestreamed the New Zealand mosque shooting  NY Post

Travel Hotel

India’s civil aviation minister calls for emergency meeting on Jet Airways  Reuters

Ethiopia crash investigators return home after reviewing black box data -sources  Reuters

Brazil judge allows lessor to seek seizure of 10 Avianca Brasil planes  Reuters

BA  Boeing plane development under review by U.S. prosecutors, Transportation Department -sources  Reuters

Auto

Philippines rejects Go-Jek appeal against ride-hailing license ban  Reuters

HYMTF  Hyundai Motor, Kia to invest $300 million in India’s Ola  Reuters

HYMTF  U.S. states probing Hyundai, Kia over vehicle fires -Connecticut AG  Reuters

TSLA  Elon Musk never sought approval for a single Tesla tweet, U.S. SEC tells judge  Reuters

TSLA  Elon Musk tweet about Tesla violates settlement agreement, U.S. regulator tells court  Reuters

Alibaba-Backed Chinese Car Service Provider Acquires Automaker Borgward In $610M Deal  China Money Network

NVDA  Nvidia Drive Constellation is an online training ground for autonomous vehicles – Roadshow  Cnet

German government to subsidize EV battery development for VW, BMW, report says – Roadshow  Cnet

SFTBY  Uber tried to undercut competition by using software to poach drivers, report claims  Daily Mail

VLKAY  VW threatens to exit important automaker lobbying group over electric vehicle policies  Electrek

BYDDY  Electric vans from one of China’s biggest EV makers are catching fire  Quartz

EV startup Evelozcity in talks with Magna Steyr for U.S. production  Automotive News

Porsche SE says it raised voting rights share in VW  Reuters

YNDX HYMTF  Yandex teams up with Hyundai Mobis to develop driverless cars  Channel NewsAsia

F  Ford is boosting SUV production and adding 550 jobs at Kentucky Truck Plant  CNBC

Retail

LSE: ASC  UK online retailer ASOS hit by teething problems at U.S. warehouse  Reuters

Sainsbury’s to detail price cuts to try to win over watchdog for Asda deal  Reuters

New Jersey becomes second state to ban cashless shops and restaurants  Ars Technica

What happens if Stop & Shop workers go on strike?  Boston

EBAY  Ebay rolls out tool to let sellers target interested buyers  Digiday

SSNLG LNVGY HPE  Samsung Display promoting 4K OLED notebook panels  Digitimes

Apple

Huawei leads Asian domination of U.N. patent applications in 2018  Reuters

California reintroduces ‘Right to Repair’ bill after previous effort failed  AppleInsider

Stunning concept video shows us what Apple’s foldable iPhone could look like  Boy Genius Report

NTDOY  Nintendo is reportedly thinking about launching its own gaming phone  Boy Genius Report

Apple ready to unveil big bet on television  Financial Times

Samsung verification to hasten S. Korea’s 5G launch  Korean Herald

China Telecom’s 4G Subscriber Base Exceeds 250 Mln in February 2019  China Telecom

TSM  TSMC seeing chip orders for Android devices ramp up  Digitimes

Energy Commodities

Taking a rain check: Australian farmers shun fertilizer purchases as drought lingers  Reuters

Canada’s Alberta increases crude output limit for May and June  Reuters

Mexico’s Pemex plans to triple oil well drilling this year to boost output  Reuters

US farmers being cut out of Japan after TPP withdrawal  Financial Times

VALE  Brazil court suspends operations at two more Vale dams  Reuters

CPPIB, Williams to form $3.8 bln Marcellus-Utica shale gas venture  Reuters

Oil near ’19 highs as Opec supply cuts support  “Brent crude oil futures were down six cents at $67.48 per barrel Read more at: //economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/68473848.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst”  Economic Times of India

Clean hydrogen not dead end yet, as new green method creates fuel from seawater  Electrek

Hyflux rescue at risk as Singapore threatens to seize water plant  “Indonesian savior hints it may cut $380m lifeline if city-state seizes facility”  Nikkei

Linger  Texas petrochemical storage fire rages, may burn for two days  Reuters

Metals

FCX  Copper inches higher on China’s tax cut, Q2 growth hopes  Reuters

Copper, aluminium edge higher on China tax cut  Reuters

Chile Supreme Court annuls lower court order to close Barrick’s Pasqua Lama project  Reuters

Last Time We Saw Merger Mania, This Is How Gold Prices Responded  Kitco

AA  Aluminum producer Hydro hit by cyber attack  Reuters

Palladium Tops $1,600 as Metal Sets New Highs on Supply Shortage  Bloomberg

EWA  Mining taxes and royalties added A$30.6bn to Australian coffers last year  Creamer’s

Europe

EWU  Cancer doctor shortage ‘puts care at risk’  BBC World News

ECB bank supervisor rejects ‘national champion’ deals  Financial Times

European militaries ‘will do more to counter assertive China’ in Indo-Pacific  “Naval operations expected to increase to protect freedom of navigation in key trade route amid concerns over China’s island-building and military activities”  SCMP

EU leaders unlikely to grant Brexit delay this week: ITV political editor  Reuters

Fourth quarter of 2018 – Annual growth in labour costs at 2.3% in euro area – At 2.8% in EU28  European Commission

UK jobless rate hits 44-year low of 3.9% despite Brexit uncertainty – business live  The Guardian

China

China’s first cloned police dog reports for duty  SCMP

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang seeks to assure EU it won’t undermine it as price for ending US trade war  SCMp

Hong Kong shares cling to nine-month high with Fed watched  Nikkei

BYDDY  US mulls partial ban on Chinese trains and buses, citing cybersecurity and ‘Made in China 2025’  “Senators have taken the first steps to ban rolling stock manufactured by Chinese companies with state ties as part of the ongoing US-China trade war”  SCMP

North Korea

Two U.S. senators complain of slowing sanctions on North Korea  Reuters

N. Korea’s top envoys to China, Russia, U.N. heading home: source  Yonhap News

Asia

THD  Thailand’s oldest party may be king-maker after vote to determine military role  Reuters

EWJ  Nikkei edges lower as exporters weak; financials gain on U.S. yields  Reuters

EIDO  Job skills for young Indonesians a key concern ahead of election  Reuters

VNM  Vietnamese workers, streaming to Japan, face risks as labor system opens up  Reuters

EPHE  Philippines goes cap in hand to China as water shortage bites  Critics say Duterte has engineered the water shortage to gain backing for the dam, which is opposed by indigenous tribes”  SCMP

EWT  Taiwan shares close down 0.38 points  Focus Taiwan

EWY  S. Korea’s banks see 22.2% rise in overseas profits in 2018  Korean Herald

INDA  Rupee reverses gains, falls 33 paise against dollar  Economic Times of India

EWJ  Some at Bank of Japan reportedly see price goal out of reach through 2021  Japan Times

EWJ  Japan’s government adopts bill to prevent padding of disabled employment figures  Japan Times

Opinion  INDA  Goldman Sachs upgrades India to ‘overweight’ amid pre-poll rally  Economic Times of India

International

U.S.-sanctioned Venezuelan defects to Colombia, slams Maduro  Reuters

ARGT  Argentina’s Kirchner charged in new corruption case  AFP

Venezuela opposition takes control of diplomatic properties in U.S.  Reuters

Colombia FARC fighters who committed rape were shot: party leader  Reuters

Politics  EWC  Canada’s top civil servant to quit as scandal’s toll on Trudeau mounts  Reuters

Russia Ukraine

Ukraine measles outbreak kills 11, infects 30,000  AFP

Ukraine’s Tymoshenko in fierce fight for presidency  Financial Times

Middle East

TUR  Turkey escalates crackdown on dissent six years after Gezi protests  Reuters

China says played ‘constructive role’ in reducing Pakistan, India tension  Reuters

Iran denies joint operation with Turkey against PKK: Fars  Reuters

Africa

Uganda probes U.N. relief food after three deaths: police  Reuters

New Algerian group urges Bouteflika to step down, and army not to interfere  Reuters

Nigeria’s defeated main opposition candidate challenges election result  Reuters

Isis Terror

Intelligence services believe Christchurch gunman was supported by larger organisation  Daily Mail

U.S.-backed SDF says it captured 157 militants, mostly foreigners  Reuters

Climate Change

EWA  Australia puts chance of El Niño in 2019 at 70 percent  Reuters

Flooded U.S. Air Force base underscores climate risk to security: experts  Reuters

National flood insurance changes praised by climate advocates  Electrek

EWU  England could run out of water by 2044, experts fear rise in heatwaves means UK faces ‘jaws of death  Daily Mail

Medical Marijuana

How Slang Worldwide is building a CPG company for cannabis  Digiday

Pennsylvania Senators Seeking Co-Sponsors for Recreational Cannabis Bill  High Times

How Sharmila Clee Got Off Valium With Plant-Assisted Therapy  High Times

Economics

Puerto Rico debt adjustment plan not ‘realistic’ in April: official  Reuters

“Mortgage Rates Hold 14-Month Lows”  Calculated Risk

Trump won’t get sustained ‘boom’ without an infrastructure bill and more tax cuts, new White House report shows  Washington Post

Politics

Trump to nominate Washington lawyer ambassador to Mexico: White House  Reuters

Warren calls for scrapping U.S. electoral college in 2020 televised town hall  Reuters

House panel expects thousands of documents in Trump probe  Reuters

Steve Bannon gives Brazil’s president Bolsonaro advice over dinner before White House meeting  Daily Mail

Linger

Alan Krueger, economic adviser to Obama and Clinton, takes own life at 58  Reuters

US Democrats target massage parlour proprietor linked to Trump  Reuters

Futurelook

Sony’s Aibo robot dog can now patrol your home for persons of interest  Digital Trends

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