Saturday, January 02, 2016

Today's Headlines

  • China Fault Lines: Where Economic Turbulence Could Start in 2016. (video) China’s leaders are striving to cut leverage while restructuring growth away from an over reliance on investment and toward greater consumption and services. Sounds simple. But there’s a risk the transition triggers a steeper slide in growth in 2016. Things could also go awry if there’s an acceleration of capital outflows, corporate defaults that trigger more bank bad loans, or increased turbulence in the shadow banking industry, according to economists and analysts interviewed by Bloomberg.
  • Munich Police Probe Terror Links as Railroad Stations Reopened. Munich police remain on high alert after foreign security agencies warned Germany of a suicide terror plot by Islamic State militants before the New Year’s holiday. The Bavarian capital’s main railroad station and a train hub in the city’s Pasing district were evacuated for about five hours overnight to thwart an attack. The group of suspected terrorists consisted of five to seven persons, Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae said at a press conference Friday. Warnings regarding the plot included a scenario of attacks with automatic rifles similar to the Paris killings in November.
  • Russian Crude Output Hits Monthly Record Amid Plunging Prices. Russia’s crude output set another post-Soviet record in December, a sign that the nation’s producers are withstanding the slump in oil prices, according to Energy Ministry data. The country’s crude and gas condensate production increased to 10.825 million barrels a day last month, beating the previous record set in November by 0.4 percent, Bloomberg calculations based on the data show. Output for the year increased 1.4 percent compared with 2014, exceeding 534 million metric tons, or almost 10.726 million barrels a day, according to the preliminary information e-mailed from Energy Ministry’s CDU-TEK unit. Russian crude producers have been setting post-Soviet records even amid plunging prices and U.S. and European Union sanctions that cut access to foreign financing and technology. The companies have managed to squeeze more crude out of some aging fields in West Siberia and brought a few mid-sized new projects on line. Russia’s crude export rose to 5.25 million barrels a day in 2015, according to the data, with supplies to countries outside the former Soviet Union jumping 11 percent to more than 4.42 million barrels. 
  • Shire Said in Advanced Talks to Acquire U.S. Drugmaker Baxalta(BXLT). Shire Plc is in advanced talks to acquire Baxalta Inc. for about $32 billion in cash and stock, excluding debt, according to people familiar with the matter. The two drugmakers may announce a deal as soon as this week, the people said, asking not to be identified as the matter isn’t public. The price being discussed is $46.50 to $48 a share, two of the people said. Final details of the transaction are still being negotiated and the timing and structure of any offer may change, they said.
  • Clinton Says January Tax Proposals Will 'Go Beyond' Buffett Rule. (video)
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  • Saudis Draw Criticism After Executing Prominent Shiite Cleric Nemer al-Nemer. Death, among dozens of others, sets off protests and sparks criticism across Middle East. Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed influential Shiite cleric Nemer al-Nemer as part of its largest mass execution in decades, sparking protests in the country’s restive east and drawing a wave of condemnation from around the region. He and 46 others were executed across the country after being convicted of terrorism, the Saudi Interior Ministry said.
  • China’s Crash Course: How a Turbulent Year Derailed Reform. Despite a slowing economy, the events of 2015 have diminished Beijing’s appetite for change.
  • Had bullish commentary on (CCL), (MAT) and (NOK).
  • Had bearish commentary on (DDD) and (P).
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  • House GOP: First task sending White House bill repealing ObamaCare, defunding Planned Parenthood. (video) Congressional Republicans are vowing that the first action upon returning to Capitol Hill will be to send a bill to President Obama that repeals his health care law and defunds Planned Parenthood. “We were sent to Congress to fight for the American people,” Missouri GOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler said Saturday. “They do not want their healthcare dictated to them by Washington. And they don't want their tax dollars going to abortion providers. … If the president didn't hear the people's voices earlier, hopefully, he will through this bill.”
  • At C.D.C., a Debate Behind Recommendations on Cellphone Risk. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new guidelines 18 months ago regarding the radiation risk from cellphones, it used unusually bold language on the topic for the American health agency: "We recommend caution in cellphone use." The agency's website previously had said that any risks "likely are comparable to other lifestyle choices we make every day."
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