News Summary: November 2-6

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News for the Week of 11/2/2015 – 11/6/2015

by David Abuaf Investment Manager, RJFS

 

Government / Political / nEconomic

1.     Turkey’s leading party staged a comeback, regaining one-party rule amid voter concern over Islamic State and Kurdish militants.

2.     The US temporarily cut the flow of billions of dollars to Iraq’s central bank this summer amid concerns the currency was ending up at Iranian banks and possibly being funneled to ISIS.

3.     Death rates are rising for white, middle-aged Americans, largely driven by suicide, alcohol abuse, drug overdoses and liver diseases.

4.     Russia’s aviation chief dismissed a claim that pilot error and technical defects could be ruled out as causes of the jet crash in Egypt.

5.     Obama appears increasingly likely to have to resort to an executive action to close Guantanamo prison.

6.     Mexico’s top court issued a ruling advocates hope will lead to the rapid legalization of marijuana nationwide.

 

 

General Markets / Economic

1.     Corporate bond sales in the US are on track for their fourth straight annual record, a sign of investors’ faith in the economy.

2.     German regional banks are heading into riskier markets after years of retrenchment as they seek to expand.

3.     Some retailers are offering more hours of higher pay as they face a shrinking pool of holiday workers.

4.     China’s factory activity decreased at a slower pace in October.

5.     Gasoline prices are declining more slowly than oil, in part because refiners are keeping more profits.

6.     US manufacturing grew at its slowest pace in over two years last month.

7.     US light vehicle sales rose 13.6% in October.

  

Company News

1.     Health Insurers are recalibrating their offerings as the ACA’s third enrollment season gets under way.

2.     Honda said it will no longer use Takata front driver or passenger air bag inflators in new vehicles.

3.     Caterpillar has received more subpoenas relating to a US grand jury investigation of its tax practices.

4.     Newspaper publisher Freedom Communications filed for chapter 11.

5.     The EPS leveled fresh emissions-rigging charges against Volkswagen, but the auto maker disputed the claims.

6.     Activision is acquiring King Digital for $3.4B, combining two videogame giants.

7.     Syngenta, DuPont and Dow Chemical are discussing deals as falling crop prices pressure agricultural-industry profits.

8.     Shire agreed to pay up to $6.5B for biotech firm Dyax even as it chases a $30B deal for rare-disease rival Baxalta.

9.     Kraft Heinz plans to shed 2,600 jobs by closing seven manufacturing plants.

10.  United’s CEO said he plans to return to his job in the first quarter, after suffering a heart attack a few weeks ago.

 

Interesting Stories

1.     Doctors in the UK used a novel gene-editing technique to eliminate an infant’s aggressive cancer.

2Julian Hernandez, now 18, discovered he had been kidnapped 13 years earlier while trying to apply for college and learning his Social Security number did not match his name.

3.Christy Walton, the Walmart heir everyone believed was one of the richest women in America is actually $27 billion poorer than people thought.

4. Surprise!  A 47 year old woman, went to the hospital with abdominal pain and delivered an 8-pound 2-ounce baby girl; the first child for she and her husband of 22 years.

 

 

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