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Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

Dec 15 (Friday)

Markets
Small-Cap Slump Echoes Yellen Doubt on Tax Cut’s Economic Impact (B)

Central banks
As Fed Tightens, Europe Hangs Loose (W)
ECB Keeps Policy Unchanged as Investors Seek Economic Update (B)
European Central Banks See the Prize of Inflation’s Slow Return (B)

US
U.S. Worker Pay Is Having Its Worst Stretch Since 2009 (B)
Americans Spending More as the Holiday Season Continues (W)

US politics
One Less Senate Vote Could Mean More Headaches for GOP (W)
Rubio to Oppose Tax Bill Unless Child Credit Is Expanded (W)
A Christmastime Tax Cut for Some, a Lump of Coal for Others (W)
Trump Called Ryan About Report He Plans to Step Down (B)
Ryan Dismisses Speculation He’s Retiring, Lays Out 2018 Agenda (B)

Geopolitics
As China Courts Neighbors, New Images Show More Building in Disputed Waters (W)

Industries & companies
Airlines: Southwest Airlines Is Considering Using Tax Windfall to Order New Planes (B)
Financials: Wells Fargo Trims Staff in Its Giant Mortgage Unit (W)
Media: FCC Votes to Repeal Net-Neutrality Rules (W)
Media: ‘The fight isn’t over’: Tech erupts after the FCC’s vote to kill net neutrality (BI)
Media: Business Insider Inc. Drops ‘Business’ From Its Name (W)
Pharma: Teva Pharmaceuticals to Cut 25% of Jobs in Huge Reshaping (N)
Retail: Tiffany boosted by Citi upgrade (FT)

Corporate finance
Disney to Acquire Fox Assets in $52 Billion Bet on Video Streaming (W)
What Disney Is Getting From Fox (N)
China’s Tech Startup Funding: The Wild West in the Far East (W)

Cryptocurrency
Initial Coin Offerings Surge Past $4 Billion—and Regulators Are Worried (W)
Deutsche Bank Says ‘Mrs. Watanabe’ Behind the Surge in Bitcoin (B)

Technology
This Toaster-Size 3D Printer Can Make Drugs (B)