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Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

December 31 (Monday)

Markets
Here’s why stock-market bulls are banking on January to steady the ship (MW)
If This Isn’t a Bear Market, Then What Is It? (BR)
Monster rallies are often synonymous with bear markets, investor Peter Boockvar warns (C)
Mutual Fund Managers Try a New Role: Activist Investor (W)
Trade and Yuan Cloud Outlook for Chinese Markets (W)

Central banks
Powell’s unscripted method sets up rocky 2019 (R)

US
Retraining Programs Fall Short for Some Workers (W)
Goldman Sachs cuts forecast for first half of 2019, says weaker growth needed to ‘land the plane’ (C)
Here’s why gas prices are falling, and why drivers shouldn’t get too used to them (C)

China
Empty Homes and Protests: China’s Property Market Strains the World (N)

US politics
A Trump-Powell Meeting: Chance of Rapprochement Fraught With Risks (W)
Republican Senator Graham says Trump receptive to shutdown deal idea (R)
Graham more upbeat on Syria troop withdrawal after Trump meeting (R)

Geopolitics & trade
Trump says ‘big progress’ on possible China trade deal (R)
U.S. Presses China on Details as Trade Talks Continue (W)
Putin says Russia is ready for ‘wide ranging’ dialogue with US in the new year (C)
Pacific trade pact takes off with tariffs cut in six nations (R)
2018’s Biggest Loser Was the Liberal International Order (W)

Industries & companies
Autos: Auto Sellers Try Out Amazon-Style Ordering (W)
Energy: Shale Drillers Cut Budgets as Oil Prices Drop (W)
FAANGs: Amazon Plans to Add Whole Foods Stores (W)
FAANGs: Amazon, to Win in Booming Rural India, Reinvents Itself (W)
FAANGs: Netflix: Nearly one-third of subscribers watched ‘Bird Box’ in first week (MW)
Health Care: Hospitals Win Drug-Subsidy Case (W)
Media: How Bob Iger Seeks to Work More Magic at Disney (BR)
Media: Market for Streaming Starts to Look a Little Like Cable (BR)
Retail: Here’s a map of all 80 stores that Sears and Kmart are shuttering in March (C)
Tech: Why technology companies are predicting Amazon’s New York headquarters will boost the sector (C)

Corporate finance
IPO-Hungry Investors Look to Have Their Moment in 2019 (W)
The Unicorns Are Coming to Market (BR)

Technology
Now is the time to figure out the ethical rights of robots in the workplace (C)
China probe reportedly readying to land on the dark side of the moon (C)
Cyberattack Disrupts Printing of Major Newspapers (N)

Offbeat
In the New Year’s Eve Spotlight: Snoop Dogg, Ninja and a Free Press (N)
To Compete With Alabama, Clemson Became Alabama (W)