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Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

September 20 (Thursday)

Markets
Major Stock Indexes Near Records as Trade Fears Ease (W)
How trade-war fears have become less of a factor for stock-market investors (MW)
‘Safety’ Stocks Drive September Rally (W)
The Hype Around Pot Stocks Is Catching Up to the Crypto Craze (B)
Pot Stock Tilray Is Now Bigger Than American Air, Clorox, CBS (B)

Central banks
Bond Traders Move Closer to Fed, Ramping Up 2019 Rate Hike Bets (B)

US
U.S. Housing Starts Rose in August (W)
Employers Choose Bonuses Over Raises (W)

Europe
Italy Faces Crunch Time on Budget (W)

US politics
GOP to Push Ahead on Kavanaugh Pick Without FBI Probe (W)
Opioid Crisis Emerges as a Dominant Campaign Theme (W)
The Cyberthreats That Most Worry Election Officials (W)

Geopolitics & trade
China’s economy could feel far more pain than US in trade wars (C)
U.S. Congressmen Take Issue With Chinese Leader’s Trade Promises (W)
Latest U.S. Tariffs Could Make Auto Parts Pricier (W)

Industries & companies
Chemicals: Bayer Steps Up Fight Over Weed Killer Blamed for Cancer (W)
Consumers: P&G to Stop Selling Badger Hair Brushes on Cruelty Concerns (B)
FANGs: Amazon Will Consider Opening Up to 3,000 Cashierless Stores by 2021 (B)
FANGs: Apple’s New Strategy: Sell Pricier iPhones First (W)
FANGs: EU Starts Preliminary Probe of Amazon’s Treatment of Merchants (W)

Technology
New Apps Turn Cars Into Smartphones, Raising Safety Questions (W)
Google, T-Mobile Tackle 911 Call Problem (W)
Facial Recognition Goes Mainstream (W)
State Farm Drones to Assess Hurricane Damage in First Approval (B)

Offbeat
World Poverty Falls Below 750 Million (W)
Biggest U.S. Public Pension Looks to China for New Investment Chief (W)
Hackers Are Targeting Bitcoin With a Leaked NSA Software Tip, Report Says (B)