wiar 08-02-21

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August 02 (Monday)

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Markets
Inflation Is Hot Now, but Investors Are Betting That Won’t Last | W

Central banks
Fed’s Brainard Says Labor Market Hasn’t Satisfied Goals for Reducing Bond Purchases | W
Fed’s Brainard: Can’t wrap head around not having U.S. central bank digital currency | R
Minneapolis Fed president says Delta variant could slow labor market recovery | R

US I
House Adjourns Without Extending Covid-19 Eviction Moratorium | W
Anger mounts as Biden, Congress allow eviction ban to expire | C
Eviction Ban’s Expiration Leaves Renters in South Appearing Most Vulnerable | W
The U.S. Labor Shortage Is Worse Than It Looks, and Help Is Not on the Way | BR
An unemployment cliff is coming. More than 7.5 million may fall off | C
A Care Crisis Is Holding Back America’s Workforce: Secretary of Commerce | BR

US II
Senator Manchin says the infrastructure bill text is going to be done today | C
Infrastructure Spending Is on Its Way. Here’s a Cheap Way to Play It. | BR
Joe Biden’s bipartisan dream lives on, for now | E

Emerging
China’s factory activity expands at a slower pace in July- official PMI | R
Unrest and economic underperformance haunt the emerging world | E

Geopolitics & trade
China is rapidly building new nuclear-missile silos | E
Philippine President Duterte has shown how not to handle China | E
China securities watchdog seeks closer cooperation with U.S. | R
The pandemic has exacerbated existing political discontent | E
Kim Jong Un’s sister warns South Korea-U.S. drills will rekindle tensions | C

Industries & companies
Energy: Two U.S. Companies Seek Continued Tariffs on Imported Solar Panels | W
Energy: Behind the Rise of U.S. Solar Power, a Mountain of Chinese Coal | W
Financials: American Express Stock Could Soar Higher as Travel Rebounds | BR
Media: Disney, WarnerMedia, NBCU wrestle to balance value of cable and streaming | C
Media: ‘Jungle Cruise’ has $34.2 million debut, adds $30 million from Disney+ | C
Tech: Why Apple shareholders after earnings selloff shouldn’t be too worried | C

Virus
Who’s against the jab | E
Fauci expects no new U.S. lockdowns despite surging delta cases | C

Corporate finance
Tech Startup Financing Hits Records as Giant Funds Dwarf Venture Capitalists | W

Beyond markets
Remarkable progress has been made in understanding the folding of proteins | E

wiar 07-31-21

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July 31 (Saturday)

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Markets
Earnings bounce, bond-yield drop help keep party going for U.S. stocks | R
Global bonds in July notch up best month since 2020 COVID meltdown | R
 
Global
World Economy Caps Extraordinary Return From Covid-19 Collapse | W

Central banks
The Fed’s Favorite Price Index Rose 4 Percent. What Comes Next? | N
Fed’s Powell bets economy will navigate new coronavirus surge | R

US I
U.S. labor costs increase solidly in second quarter | R
U.S. consumer sentiment declines in July as inflation remains concern | R
Household Spending Rose in June, Before Delta Variant Upswing | W
Services buoy U.S. consumer spending; inflation pushes higher | R

US II
Infrastructure Bill Now Faces Restive House Progressives | W
Infrastructure: Senate advances bipartisan bill | C

Industries & companies
Autos: Elon Musk’s Trip Through Hell: Inside the 2018 Scramble to Avoid the Collapse of Tesla | W
Autos: Tesla Battery Catches Fire at Utility Storage Project in Australia | W
Communication services: Google founders Page, Brin, have sold $1 billion in stock since May | C
Consumer: Procter & Gamble Warns of Higher Costs and Slower Sales | W
Consumer: Amazon Hit With Record EU Privacy Fine | W
Consumer: Amazon DSPs tell drivers to bypass safety inspections | C
Cruise lines: Royal Caribbean says 6 Covid cases discovered on board a ship; shares fall | C
Tech: Big Tech dodged Q2 pain from Apple’s ad privacy changes | C

Corporate finance
SEC to Set New Disclosure Requirements for Chinese Company IPOs | W

Virus
‘The war has changed’, CDC says, calling for new response to Delta variant | R
Delta variant: CDC warns as contagious as chickenpox, may make people sicker | C
CDC study shows 74% of people infected in Massachusetts Covid outbreak were fully vaccinated | C
Covid Breakthrough Cases: Bloomberg Identifies 100,000 Cases as Delta Rises | B
Covid vaccine rates rise as Americans rush to get shots amid delta fears | C
Walmart corporate staff, managers have Covid vaccine by October | C

wiar 07-30-21

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July 30 (Friday)

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Markets
Stocks Rise After GDP Data | W
Wall Street roars to record peak on rosy earnings, dollar wilts | R
China Moves to Reassure Global Banks and Investors After Market Rout | W
Lumber Makers See Comeback of Do-It-Yourself Home Projects – Bloomberg

US
U.S. economy contracted 19.2% during COVID-19 pandemic recession | R
Fiscal stimulus, vaccines likely fueled U.S. economic growth in the second quarter | R
The U.S. economy is bigger than it was pre-pandemic, but Covid could still decide what happens next | C
The U.S. Economy’s Prospects Looked Bright, Until the Delta Variant Surged | W
Growth Is Strong, but the Obstacles to Full Recovery Are Big | N
Is the US Economy Running Out of Slack? by Willem H. Buiter | Project Syndicate
Jobless Claims Resumed Decline Last Week | W

Japan
Japan’s factory output rises, job availability at near 1-year high | R

Geopolitics & trade
‘Industrial Policy’ Is Back: The West Dusts Off Old Idea to Counter China | W

Industries & companies
Consumer discretionary: Amazon Maintains Profit Run, but Sales Miss Expectations in Pandemic First | W
Retail: Toy Prices Are Going Up Ahead of the Holiday Season | W
Retail: Shopping center CEO says foot traffic is back to pre-Covid levels as retail evolves | C

Corporate finance
Robinhood (HOOD) IPO: Stock falls in Nasdaq debut | C

Virus
EU Overtakes U.S. in Covid-19 Vaccines as Delta Variant Spreads | W
Israel to Offer Pfizer Booster Shots to Elderly as Delta Cases Rise | W
Biden Says Federal Employees Must Get Covid-19 Shots or Wear Masks, Test Regularly | W

Beyond markets
Day-care centers struggle to rehire, worry many have left the industry | C

wiar 07-29-21

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July 29 (Thursday)

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Markets
Dow Edges Lower After Fed Statement | W
Treasury Yields Edge Higher After Fed Signal on Tapering Bond Buying | W

Global
Covid-19 Keeps Resurging, but Western Economies Are Adapting | W

Central banks
Fed decision July 2021: Rates held near zero, economy better even with pandemic worries | C
Fed Says Economy Has Progressed Toward Goals, Tees Up Bond Taper | W
Powell says Fed likely to taper asset purchases ‘at the same time’ | R

US
Will the Delta Variant Wreck the Recovery? | N
U.S. Senate advances roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill | R

Geopolitics & trade
Biden nominates Huawei prosecutor for key China export post | R

Industries & companies
Consumer discretionary: Amazon is everywhere. Here’s how the US could break it up | NN
Communication services: Facebook (FB) earnings Q2 2021 | C
Restaurants: Wingstop plans ghost kitchens in Manhattan as company leans on digital | C
Tech: Qualcomm (QCOM) earnings Q3 2021 | C

Corporate finance
Robinhood IPO Prices at $38 a Share | W
Citizens Financial to Buy Investors Bancorp in $3.5 Billion Deal | W

Virus
Pfizer’s CEO says Covid vaccine effectiveness drops to 84% after six months | C
Biden Plans to Require Covid-19 Vaccine or Regular Tests for Federal Workers | W
Most Apple stores will require masks regardless of vaccination status | C
Some Republicans Reject Revived Covid-19 Mask Rules in Congress | W

wiar 07-28-21

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July 28 (Wednesday)

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Central banks
The Fed could sound more worried about Covid and less ready to tighten | C

Global
Vaccination Rates Drive Global Economic Growth Prospects, IMF Says | W
IMF raises growth forecasts for rich nations, dims outlook for developing world | R

US
U.S. consumer confidence at 17-month high; business spending on equipment strong | R
Durable-Goods Orders Advanced in June as U.S. Economy Continues to Grow | W
Home prices can’t go straight up forever. But this probably isn’t a bubble | NN
Lawmakers Say Infrastructure Deal Within Reach | W

Europe
EU freezes legal steps against Britain after UK request for standstill | R

Industries & companies
Airlines: Airlines Struggle With Fuel Shortages at Some Smaller Western U.S. Airports | W
Consumer: Lysol. N95 Masks. UPS. For Some Pandemic Winners, the Boom Is Over. | W
Media: Alphabet (GOOGL) earnings Q2 2021 | C
Pharma: Big Pharma Quietly Pushes Back on Global Tax Deal, Citing Covid-19 Role | W
Tech: Apple Profit Sets Record on Strong iPhone Sales | W
Tech: Apple’s iPhone hot streak will run into global chip shortage | C
Tech: Microsoft (MSFT) earnings Q4 2021 | C

Virus
CDC reverses indoor mask policy, saying fully vaccinated people and kids should wear them indoors | C
Top U.S. doctors say kids need masks and social distancing in schools this fall | C
No one wants to say it: We need to mask up again | TheHill
Delta variant: Third Covid shot may be way around masking, says Dr. Peter Hotez | C
Biden says vaccine mandate for all federal employees is under consideration following VA order | C
Saudi Arabia to Impose Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate | W
Israel Begins Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine for At-Risk Children Under 12 as Delta Cases Surge | W

Beyond markets
Return-to-office plans in limbo as CDC recommends indoor masking again | C
Return to Office Hits a Snag: Young Resisters | N
Work-From-Anywhere Perks Give Silicon Valley a New Edge in Talent War | W

wiar 07-27-21

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July 27 (Tuesday)

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Daily Markets Overview
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Markets
S&P 500 ekes out another record as investors gear up for big earnings | C
Indexes notch closing record highs as key earnings, Fed meet eyed | R
Inflation, delta risks sparking an ‘inflection point’ for stocks | C
China Tech Stocks Slump as Regulators Apply Fresh Pressure | W

Global
Global growth to stay strong but virus the top risk, say economists | R

Central banks
Fed now facing twin inflation, growth risks as virus jumps and supply chains falter | R

US
Housing boom is over as new home sales fall to pandemic low | C

Geopolitics & trade
China’s Tech Regulator Orders Companies to Fix Anticompetitive, Security Issues | W
Chinese Officials Blame U.S. for Stalemate in High-Level Talks | W
The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors | W

Industries & companies
Aerospace: Boeing’s Starliner Set to Launch, Giving Company a Do-Over in Space | W
Airlines: American Airlines warns about fuel shortages around the country, asks pilots to conserve | C
Autos: Tesla records $23 million in bitcoin-related impairments in Q2 | C
Energy: Big Oil Companies Push Hydrogen as Green Alternative, but Obstacles Remain | W

Corporate finance
Aon, Willis Towers Scrap $30 Billion Merger Amid Antitrust Impasse | W

Virus
U.S. will not lift travel restrictions, citing Delta variant, White House says | R
Delta: Americans are ‘mixing and matching’ Covid vaccines over concerns about variant | C
Covid-19 Vaccine Mandates Imposed on Some Government Workers | W
Covid Treatment Options Remain Elusive, Despite Months of Effort and Rising Delta Cases | W

wiar 07-26-21

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July 26 (Monday)

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Daily Markets Overview
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Markets
Investors Are Buying American | W
The U.S. is deciding how to respond to China’s digital yuan | C

US
Rising Covid Cases Put the Economic Recovery at Risk | BR
Does America face a slowdown in economic growth? | E
Opinion | Biden Is Asking for $4 Trillion. Congress Shouldn’t Give It to Him. | N
U.S. Population Growth, an Economic Driver, Grinds to a Halt | W
 
Geopolitics & trade
Disturbing actions by China signal cold war, Stephen Roach warns | C
Putin says Russian navy can carry out ‘unpreventable strike’ if needed | C

Industries & companies
Energy: The Boom in Oil Stocks Could Be Over | BR
Railroads: Supply-Chain Backlogs Turn Chicago Into New Chokepoint | W
Travel: 6 Bargain Travel Stocks to Buy Even as Covid Cases Rise | BR

Corporate finance
The Robinhood IPO Is Coming Soon. Reasons to Steer Clear of the Stock. | BR

Climate
A 3°C world has no safe place | E
Air conditioning and climate change: Start-ups trying to help | C

Virus
The Delta Variant Upends the World’s Pandemic Response | W
Covid-19 Pill Race Heats Up as Japanese Firm Vies With Pfizer, Merck | W
The Most Influential Spreader of Coronavirus Misinformation Online | N
Disney won’t attend CinemaCon in-person as delta variant rages in Las Vegas | C

Beyond markets
Supply-Chain Woes Come to School Cafeterias | W

wiar 07-24-21

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July 24 (Saturday)

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Markets
Dow jumps more than 200 points to close above 35,000 for the first time ever | C
Tin Prices Reach Records as Delta Variant Disrupts Supply | W

Global
Global supply chains buckle as virus variant and disasters strike | Reuters

Central banks
ECB Lifts Restrictions on Bank Dividends as Economy Rebounds | B

US I
The rapid growth the U.S. economy has seen is about to hit a wall | C
U.S. business activity cools further in July – IHS Markit survey | Reuters
End of Eviction Moratorium Puts Many Tenants at Risk of Losing Their Homes | W
Property Investors Bed Down in the Family Home | W
Companies from Chipotle to Whirlpool raise prices amid inflation | C

US II
Yellen wants debt limit raised by Aug. 2, U.S. may need ‘extraordinary measures’ | C
Modern Monetary Theory: Embrace of Big Budget Deficits Doesn’t Mean MMT Has Won | B

Geopolitics & trade
China Sanctions Wilbur Ross After U.S.’s Hong Kong Warning | B

Industries & companies
Airlines: U.S. Jet Fuel Glut Is Too Big for Surging Air Travel to Drain | B
Energy: Gas Engines, and the People Behind Them, Are Cast Aside for Electric Vehicles | W

Beyond markets
Tamarack and Bootleg Fires in Nevada and Oregon Grow Amid Difficult Conditions | W
The Next Target for mRNA Vaccines After Covid-19: The Flu | W
Al Lord Profited When College Tuition Rose. He Is Paying For It. | W

Virus
Covid cases are rising again in all 50 states across U.S. as delta variant tightens its grip | C
Delta variant: Pfizer Covid vaccine 39% effective in Israel, prevents severe illness | C
Delays, More Masks and Mandatory Shots: Virus Surge Disrupts Office-Return Plans | N
Pfizer to Supply U.S. With Millions of Shots for Young Kids | B
As Vaccines Do Their Work, Focus Moves to Long Covid | W

wiar 07-23-21

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July 23 (Friday)

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Market
Stocks End Higher as Focus Turns to Earnings | W

Central banks
ECB Looks to Keep Rates Low for Longer | W
Fed Ramps Up Debate Over Taper Timing, Pace | W
IMF says Fed ‘highly effective,’ must carefully communicate withdrawal plans | R
Embedded as a risk, new COVID cycle could challenge Fed, recovery | R

US I
U.S. Median Home Price Hit New High in June | W
U.S. housing market floats back to earth | R
Rising Rents Threaten to Prop Up Inflation | N

US II
How Much More Will Your Oreos Cost? Companies Test Price Increases | W
Biden administration releases COVID funds to boost local economies | R
U.S. retailers scramble to stock shelves as kids head back to school | R

Geopolitics & trade
Biden’s China Policy Borrows From Trump and Adds Allies to Raise Pressure | W
U.S. sanctions Cuban officials over crackdown on protests as Biden warns: ‘This is just the beginning’ | C
About 100 CIA officers, family members afflicted by ‘Havana Syndrome’ -CIA chief | R

Industries & companies
Airlines: Airlines See a Surge in Domestic Flights, Beating Forecasts | N
Airlines: American Airlines, Southwest Lifted by Recovering Demand and Government Aid | W
Energy: Startup Claims Breakthrough in Long-Duration Batteries | W
Tech: Intel beats, but guides to lower margins for Q3 | C
Tech: Intel CEO Says Chip Shortage Could Stretch Into 2023 | W

Virus
Quest Diagnostics is seeing a rise in Covid tests as delta variant spreads, CEO says | C
Why Covid-19 Vaccines Work Well Against Delta Variant | W
CDC group weighs Covid booster shots for immunocompromised people at higher risk of breakthrough infections | C
Delta variant is one of the most infectious respiratory diseases known, CDC director says | C
NFL warns teams could forfeit games, lose money if Covid outbreaks occur among unvaccinated players | C

Corporate finance
Uber’s Freight Unit to Buy Logistics Tech Firm Transplace for $2.25 Billion | W
 
Beyond markets
NASA’s InSight Lander Gives First Look at Mars Interior, Yielding a Big Surprise | W

wiar 07-22-21

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July 22 (Thursday)

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Markets
Bond Rally Undercuts Inflation Fears | W
The bond market is torn over the potential for higher inflation and lower growth | C

Central banks
Fed Chief Powell Enjoys Support for Reappointment, but He’s Not a Lock | W

US I
Republicans sink Schumer’s test vote on bipartisan infrastructure plan | C
Delta Variant of Covid-19 Isn’t Expected to Dent Robust U.S. Recovery | W
Is the U.S. Economy Too Hot or Too Cold? Yes. | N
The Shortage of Starter Homes Extends Beyond Major Cities | W

US II
U.S. Life Expectancy Fell by 1.5 Years in 2020, the Biggest Decline in Generations | W
Truck drivers are essential workers. We need to treat them that way | NN
States Announce $26 Billion Settlement to Resolve Opioid Lawsuits | W

Geopolitics & trade
U.S., Germany strike deal to allow completion of Russian Nord Stream 2 pipeline | C

Industries & companies
Consumer: Coca-Cola Boosts Outlook as Sales Rebound | W
Financials: JPMorgan gives Jamie Dimon special stock option bonus to keep him CEO | C
Health Care: Johnson & Johnson Posts Higher Profit as Healthcare Demand Returns | W
Utilities: PG&E, in Reversal, to Bury Power Lines in Fire-Prone Areas | W

Beyond markets
The Battles to Come Over the Benefits of Working From Home | N

Virus
Covid: Local officials across U.S. are starting to reimpose mask rules as delta variant takes hold | C
U.S. Extends Restrictions on Borders With Canada, Mexico | W
Opening Its Economy as Delta Variant Surges, the U.K. Becomes a Covid-19 Test Case | W