wiar 02-20-19

Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

February 20 (Wednesday)

Markets
Stocks extend gains after Trump says March 1 trade deadline is not a ‘magical date’ (C)
Investors Sound Warning About Markets’ Complacency on Rates (W)
U.S. Presses China for Stable Yuan as Trade Talks Progress (B)
The Forecast for Emerging Currencies Is Grim. With One Exception (B)

Central banks
Exclusive: Fed’s Williams says new economic outlook necessary for rate hikes (R)
Fed’s Mester Sees Rates Slightly Higher This Year (W)
The next big market catalyst will be what the Fed says about its balance sheet this week (C)
The Fed’s ‘First, Do No Harm’ Policy Is Harmful (B)

US
Millennials are not like everybody else — here’s why (MW)

Europe
Party That Promised to Clean Up Italian Politics Finds It a Messy Business (W)

US politics
Bernie Sanders is running for president — and his policies would have a huge impact on business (C)
Andrew McCabe: I told congressional leaders that the FBI was investigating President Trump (C)

Geopolitics & trade
As China Trade Talks Resume, Trump Pushes an Ambitious Agenda (W)
Europe Again Champions Intervention to Counter China’s Economic Might (W)
In Rebuke to U.S., Germany Considers Letting Huawei In (W)
5G Is a Winner for Chinese Companies—at Least at Home (W)
North Korea’s Kim Purges Wealthy Elite and Critics of Outreach to U.S. (W)
Space Force to Be Part of Air Force at First (W)

Industries & companies
Autos: Elon Musk: Tesla will have all its self-driving car features by the end of the year (C)
Media: Amazon Resets Its Film Operation After Rough Year at Box Office (N)
Retail: Amazon isn’t killing Walmart online (C)
Retail: Groceries and Toys Drive Strong Holiday Results for Walmart (W)
Tech: Google acquires a small cloud start-up as it looks to catch up to Amazon and Microsoft (C)

Corporate finance
SEC Wants to Make It Easier for Companies to Explore IPOs (W)

Offbeat
How High-Tax Countries Tax (B)