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Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

September 18 (Tuesday)

Markets
Stocks Fall as Trade Threats Mount (W)
Election Uncertainty Spurs Investors to Hedge (W)

Japan
For Japan’s Aging Military, the Future Is a Gray Area (W)

US politics
Opinion: Why President Trump will keep escalating the trade war with China until after the midterm elections (MW)
Trump Promised a Rush of Repatriated Cash, But Company Responses Are Modest (W)
Kavanaugh, His Accuser Invited to Appear Before Senate Committee (W)
Democrats’ To-Do List: Translate Anger Into Actual Votes (W)
Former Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn: Jamie Dimon would make a ‘phenomenal president’ (C)

Geopolitics & trade
Trump Tariffs to Hit $200 Billion of China Goods on Sept. 24 (B)
Trump will slap 10% tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods — and they will go to 25% at year-end (C)
Trade war could become currency war depending on how China fights back (C)
A Twist in the U.S. Tariff Battle: ‘It’s Helping China Be More Competitive’ (W)
Japan Challenges China With Submarine Exercise (W)

Industries & companies
Consumer: Why Coca-Cola May Add a Cannabis Component to Drinks (B)
FANGs: Apple stock slips as analysts say iPhone preorders appear stable or down from last year (MW)
FANGs: Apple Avoids Tariffs on Smartwatches, Earbuds (W)
FANGs: iOS 12 Review: Free Update Revives Old Phones, Makes Siri Useful (W)
Financials: Mortgage lenders may again lower standards as applications drop, former CitiMortgage CEO says (MW)
Media: HBO vs. Netflix: What to Watch for at the Emmys (W)
Tech: Oracle Reports Sales That Miss Estimates on Slow Cloud Effort (B)

Corporate finance
Nestle to Sell Gerber Life Insurance Unit for $1.55 Billion (B)

Technology
Amazon plans to release at least 8 new Alexa devices, including a microwave oven and in-car gadget (C)