wiar 9-20-17

Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

Sep 20 (Wednesday)

Markets
Bull trend confirmed, S&P 500 reaches uncharted territory ahead of the Fed (MW)
With Stocks Sizzling, Investors Order Up a Side of Protection (B)
Wall Street’s Bond Gurus Have the Fed’s Balance-Sheet Unwind All Wrong (B)

Oil
Unfinished Business: Why Oil Output May Surprise (W)
The North Sea Is Suddenly, Surprisingly, an Oil Hot Spot (W)

Central banks
Markets Brace for Fed’s Big Move: The End of Easy Money (W)
Should central banks issue their own bitcoins? (MW)

US
U.S. Housing Starts Fell, Permits Rose in August (W)
Nobody seems to know why there’s no US inflation (FT)
Houston homeowners ‘begging’ for help as the city has no workers to help fix homes (C)
Teens today are working less

US politics
GOP senators closing in on tax cut plan (C)
A Guide to the Senate’s Three Health-Care Proposals (W)
Here’s why the new GOP Obamacare-replacement bill might actually pass in Congress (C)
Senate GOP Considers Trillion-Dollar-Plus Tax Cut for Budget (W)
How Antifa Violence Has Split the Left (W)

Geopolitics
Trump Warns North Korea’s ‘Rocket Man’ in First UN Speech (B)
Mattis Hints at Secret Military Options for North Korea (W)
North Korea ambassador walks out of UN assembly in boycott of Trump’s speech (C)
Huntsman Says ‘No Question’ Russia Meddled in U.S. Election (B)
Exclusive: Trump using campaign, RNC funds to pay legal bills from Russia probe (R)

Industries & companies
Financials: Jefferies: Investment Banking Had Its Best Quarter Yet (W)
Manufacturing: Toys ‘R’ Us Bankruptcy Poses Challenge for Toy Makers (W)
Retail: Amazon isn’t the only reason Toys ‘R’ Us filed for bankruptcy (MW)
Retail: On Thin Ice, Landlords Try Turning Strip Malls Into Winter Hangouts (W)
Tech: The iPhone 8 Isn’t the Upgrade You’re Looking for (W)

Corporate finance
Walgreens Finally Gains Approval for Rite Aid Deal (W)
Sprint and T-Mobile Are Hashing Out Terms to Bring Deal Closer (B)
Wall Street opens back door to tech IPOs (FT)

Offbeat
Maria Batters Dominica, Heads Toward Puerto Rico (W)
Dozens of Investors Show Interest in Plaza Hotel (W)