wiar 1-25-17

Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

January 25  (Wednesday)

Markets
Dow Makes Another Run Toward 20000 (W)
U.S. Stocks at Records Amid Earnings, Metals Rally: Markets Wrap (B)

Central banks
Fed Debate Over $4.5 Trillion Balance Sheet Looms in 2017 (B)

US
Existing Home Sales Fell 2.8% in December (W)
CBO Sees Budget Deficit Falling to $559 Billion in 2017 (W)

Europe
U.K. Supreme Court Rules Brexit Trigger Needs Parliamentary Vote (B)
What Does U.K. Ruling Mean for Brexit and What Comes Next? (B)
Euro Area Starts 2017 on Strong Note as Price Pressures Build (B)

China
China’s Efforts to Stem Capital Outflows Are Starting to Pay Off (B)
Alibaba revenues rise 54% in ‘blowout quarter’ (FT)

US politics
Trump Pins Keystone and Dakota Pipeline Fate on Renegotiation (B)
Trump Takes Action Aimed at Approving Keystone Pipeline (W)
CEOs Savor New Status in Trump’s Washington (W)
Trump’s budget nominee urges cuts to entitlements (FT)
Trump just got his first approval rating as president — and it’s not good (BI)
Trump repeats debunked claim that voter fraud caused him to lose popular vote to Hillary Clinton (BI)
This 36-Year-Old May Be Helping Run America (B)

Geopolitics & trade
China says will protect South China Sea sovereignty (R)
After U.S. exit, Asian nations try to save TPP (R)
China’s Bid to Fill U.S. Trade Shoes Risks Falling Flat (W)
A U.S.-China Role Switch: Who’s the Globalist Now? (W)
How Trump Would Rework Nafta—and What Mexico, Canada Want in Return (B)
Renegotiating Nafta: 5 points to keep in mind (FT)
Angela Merkel is facing a broader Russian disinformation campaign ahead of the German elections (BI)
Trump’s US embassy vow fires emotion over Jerusalem (FT)
Report: Obama quietly sent $221 million to the Palestinian Authority hours before leaving office (BI)

Industries & companies
Autos: Shares in US carmakers rise after Trump meeting (FT)
Financials: At Wells Fargo, Bank Branches Were Tipped Off to Inspections (W)
Health Care: U.S. blocks health insurer Aetna’s $34 billion Humana acquisition (R)
Tech: Microsoft Names LinkedIn Executive to Tech Chief Role (W)
Media: Verizon misses estimates ahead of Yahoo purchase (FT)

Technology
Robots Are Taking Over Oil Rigs (B)

Offbeat
Animated map reveals the most dangerous countries in the world for tourists (BI)
CFA Institute Says 43% of Test-Takers Pass Level 1 Exam (B)