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Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

April 04  (Tuesday)

Markets
Markets begin quarter on risk-averse note (FT)
Test of nerve awaits investors as Q2 dawns (FT)
China’s Yuan Takes a Twist Ahead of Trump-Xi Meeting (W)

Credit
Dollars Are Now Flowing (Almost) Normally Again (W)
Italian bond yields rise amid political worries (FT)
Chinese Firms Shy Away From European Debt (W)
The Corporate Debt Bonanza Is Helping Employers Shore Up Pensions (B)

Central banks
Fed’s Rebel Defends Autonomy as Trump-Molded Central Bank Looms (B)

US
U.S. March auto sales indicate long boom cycle may be waning (R)
Manufacturing’s Recovery Is a Double-Edged Sword (W)

Europe
Euro zone factories struggled to meet soaring demand in March: PMI (R)
Eurozone jobless rate falls to lowest in 8 years (FT)
UK MANUFACTURING MISSES: ‘Manufacturers must be wary of over confidence’ (BI)
France’s disillusioned voters prepare to abstain (FT)
A Le Pen win in the French election would place a ‘sword of Damocles’ above the eurozone (BI)
Even a Thriving French Shipyard Town Falls Under Le Pen’s Spell (B)
UK stranded between the Rock and a hard place (FT)
Just one in 5 UK financial chiefs think Brexit will be good for business (BI)
Brexit Could Disrupt Millions of Expats’ Lives (B)

Asia
Solid Asia factory growth caps a strong first quarter but outlook cloudy (R)
Zombies Are Eating Asia (B)

US politics
Tribalism Spreads in D.C. (W)
Looming Gorsuch Votes Put Red-State Democrats in a Bind (W)
Democrats Have Votes to Block Gorsuch, Sparking Rule Fight (W)
Flynn did not initially disclose income from Russia-linked companies (R)
Trump Aides’ Disclosures Reveal Surge in Lucrative Political Work (N)
Trump Donates First-Quarter Salary to National Park Service (W)
New H-1B Visa Guidelines Crack Down on Computer Programmer Jobs (B)
‘Nothing prepared us for the magnitude of this trainwreck’: LA Times editorial tears into Trump (BI)

Geopolitics & trade
Trump presses China on North Korea ahead of Xi talks (R)
Trump warns China that US is ready to tackle N Korea (FT)
China Learns How to Get Trump’s Ear: Through Jared Kushner (N)
Kushner to Visit Iraq in Latest Sign of Foreign Policy Role (B)
Mexico Ready to Play the Corn Card in Trade Talks (N)
Gibraltar tensions bubble over into British war talk (FT)
A Clear Winner in Syria’s Civil War: Hezbollah (W)

Terrorism
Subway Bombing in St. Petersburg Kills 11 During a Putin Visit (B)

Industries & companies
Media: Cable TV is Powering a Big Increase in News Consumption (W)
Restaurants: New Starbucks CEO Sees Growth in Suburbs, Midwest and Lunch (W)
Tech: Apple’s iPad Problem: The Old Ones Are Just Fine (W)
Tech: Interactive Feature: How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons (N)

Corporate finance
Tech Founders Want IPO Riches Without Those Pesky Shareholders (W)
Panera Is Exploring Possible Sale After Receiving Interest (B)

Technology
Brexit Britain Could Replace Migrants With Robots (B)

Offbeat
Warren Buffett’s Face Will Adorn Cans of Cherry Coke in China (B)
Digital Clue Ties North Korea to Theft at New York Fed (W)
Soros’s University Turns Into Democracy Battleground in Budapest (B)