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Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

December 12 (Wednesday)

Market Volatility Leads to Fresh Focus on Machinery Beneath Trading (W)
Here Are Nomura’s 9 ‘Gray Swans’ That Could Hit Markets in 2019 (B)

Central banks
The Death of Fed Funds? As Market Dries Up, FOMC Asks What Next (B)

Yellen and the Fed are afraid of a corporate debt bubble, but investors still aren’t (C)
Producer Prices Edge Up in November (W)
The Loneliest Generation: Americans, More Than Ever, Are Aging Alone (W)

Europe’s Divisions Pose Rising Threat to Governments (W)

US politics
Trump, Pelosi and Schumer get into a heated Oval Office fight over border wall and shutdown (C)

Geopolitics & trade
China reportedly plans to slash auto tariffs — a huge win for Trump — and auto stocks are moving (C)
China, U.S. discuss road map for next stage of trade talks (R)
Trump admin reportedly preparing to condemn China over trade secrets theft, hacking (C)
Huawei’s Top Customer in Japan Reassesses Ties (W)
Former Canadian Diplomat Held in China (W)

Industries & companies
Autos: Nissan-Renault Scandal Shows It’s Hard to Keep Car Alliances on Track (W)
Autos: Tesla is seeking $167 million in damages from the former employee Elon Musk accused of sabotage (C)
FAANGs: Netflix Awakens a New Bear as Disney, AT&T Threaten Its Dominance (B)
Industrials: GE shares fall as low as $6.66, its closing price low during the financial crisis (C)
Media: Verizon Takes $4.5 Billion Charge Related to Digital Media Business (W)
Media: Sure, Verizon blew $4.6 billion on AOL and Yahoo, but at least it isn’t AT&T (C)
Retail: Whole Foods Ranked Worst on Cancer-Linked Chemicals in Packaging (B)

Corporate finance
Vote Paves Way for Dell to Trade Publicly Again (W)
Uber Selects Morgan Stanley to Lead 2019 IPO (B)

Technology & cybersecurity
Amazon Alexa can now help you monitor your blood pressure (C)
Super Micro Finds No Malicious Hardware in Motherboards (W)

A Surprising Push By The Invisible Hand: Why More Companies Are Doing Better By Being Good (F)
U.S. Investigating Fake Comments on ‘Net Neutrality’ (W)
Proposal Could Let USPS Sell Access to Your Mailbox (W)
Tasting the World’s First Test-Tube Steak (W)