Monday, November 14, 2016

Today's Headlines

  • Xi Tells Trump Cooperation ‘Only Choice’ for U.S.-China Ties. (video) Chinese President Xi Jinping told Donald Trump in their first conversation that cooperation was the only correct choice for ties between the world’s two largest economies, with the U.S. president-elect promising “one of the strongest relationships.” Xi told Trump by telephone Monday that the two powers benefited from working together and needed to coordinate efforts to promote global economic growth, state broadcaster China Central Television reported. The pair agreed to meet soon, CCTV said. “China and the U.S. -- as the world’s biggest developing country and the biggest developed country, and the top two global economies -- need to and can cooperate on many issues,” Xi said, according to CCTV. “At this moment, there is an important opportunity and massive potential for China-U.S. cooperation so that both sides need to strengthen coordination.”
  • Trump Hit to Long Bonds Doesn’t Bode Well for Europe’s New Craze. (video) After all the fanfare around European countries selling bonds with the longest-ever maturities, the reaction to Donald Trump’s victory may be a sobering omen. The result of the U.S. presidential election drove up yields on 30-year Treasuries last week by the most since 2009 and bonds from the euro region followed. Securities that mature in half a century or more rather than just years have become the most vulnerable corner of the European market weeks after countries such as Austria and Italy sold them to investors attracted by their higher potential returns in a world of negative rates.
  • Emerging-Market Losses Deepen as Dollar Gains; ETF Outflows Rise. (video) Emerging markets extended losses, threatening the best annual rally since 2012, as the dollar’s strength cut demand for riskier assets in the wake of Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential election victory. The Turkish lira, Russia’s ruble and Brazil’s real helped lead declines among developing-market currencies and a gauge of equities retreated for a fourth day amid speculation the U.S. is headed for an era of rising interest rates and protectionist trade policies. Brazil’s bonds tumbled the most among peers. Bulgarian debt fell after voters chose former Air Force Chief Rumen Radev, a political novice who wants to limit immigration and reduce sanctions on Russia, as the new president.
  • Hong Kong Stocks Drop to Three-Month Low as Property Firms Sink. Hong Kong stocks declined, dragging the benchmark index to a three-month low, as property companies tumbled amid concern borrowing costs will rise. The Hang Seng Index lost 1.4 percent to close at its lowest level since Aug. 5. A gauge of real estate companies traded in the city extended their worst week in four years amid speculation a faster pace of U.S. interest-rate hikes under Donald Trump and higher taxes will curb demand for housing.
  • European Stocks Snap Losing Streak to Surge on Trump Growth Bets. (video) Banks and miners again provided the main support to European shares amid continued investor optimism about the benefits of a Donald Trump presidency, even as energy-related share stumbled. UBS Group AG and HSBC Holdings Plc contributed the most to progress as a measure of lenders reached its highest level since January on speculation that Trump may loosen industry regulations. Commodity producers rose as base metals advanced, with Rio Tinto Group and BHP Billiton Ltd. adding at least 2.5 percent. Total SA and Eni SpA led declines among oil companies as crude fell to a three-month low. RWE AG helped drag utilities to the biggest loss on Stoxx Europe 600 Index, sliding 3.5 percent after posting a worse-than-estimated third-quarter loss. The Stoxx 600 added 0.3 percent at the close of trading, after earlier rising as much as 1.3 percent.
  • OPEC Said to Start Final Diplomatic Push to Heal Oil-Cut Divide. OPEC nations embarked on a final diplomatic effort to secure a deal on oil cuts, with Qatar, Algeria and Venezuela leading the push to overcome the divide between the group’s biggest producers, according to a delegate familiar with the talks.
  • Bond Vigilantes to Trump: Be Careful, It Could Get Painful. (video) When it comes to Donald Trump’s plan to “Make America Great Again,” the bond market is sending the president-elect a simple and unambiguous warning: be careful, or it’s going to cost you. In the days after the billionaire scored a stunning victory with a mix of populist rhetoric and promises to cut taxes, rein in immigration and spend big on infrastructure, America’s financing costs have unexpectedly soared. Yields on Treasuries jumped, contributing to the biggest surge since the “taper tantrum.”
  • Bond Rout Eats Into the One Remaining Valuation Case for Stocks. The selloff in debt that sent 10-year Treasury yields to the highest levels since January threatens to make an already richly priced stock market look downright expensive. That’s because of its effect on a valuation framework known as the Fed model, which says it’s OK to own equities as long as their prices compare favorably with bonds. The comparison plots S&P 500 Index earnings expressed as a percentage of price, now 4.9 percent, against Treasury rates. Spiking bond yields have narrowed the advantage enjoyed by stocks to the least in three years.
  • Behind GOP Unity, Trump Plans May Be Stymied by Fiscal Hawks. (video) In the afterglow of Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph, Republicans exulted over what they could accomplish with control of both chambers of Congress and the White House. But behind the public show of unity, a stark difference looms. House Speaker Paul Ryan is a fiscal hawk who wants to couple tax cuts with deep spending cuts. Trump catapulted himself into the presidency talking about tax cuts too, but he also is proposing a multibillion-dollar infrastructure plan and has vowed to protect entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare. Such gaps went unmentioned when Trump met with Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week. But ultimately, one side will have to bend, whether Trump ends up moderating his spending and tax-cut plans, or congressional fiscal hawks relent on their opposition to new spending.
  • Pharma's Not Off the Hook for High Drug Prices. Even with a presumably business-friendly president-elect in Donald Trump, drugmakers that have been battered by criticism over high prices in the past year are bracing for Republican and Democratic lawmakers to take aim at the industry. Although Trump’s brief health plan released last week on his transition’s website doesn’t mention drug prices, he has previously voiced support for having the government negotiate prices in Medicare, and allowing the re-importation of cheaper treatments from other countries -- two proposals the pharmaceutical industry has long opposed.
  • Fidelity’s $100 Billion Manager Says Rate Spike May Be Overdone.
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  • Who is Keith Ellison? Left-wing congressman with past ties to Nation of Islam wants DNC job. (video) In an attempt to stave off a civil war in the ranks, Democratic leaders are scrambling to unite behind a candidate for the party's chairmanship – and have landed for now on a Louis Farrakhan-linked congressman who once called for Dick Cheney’s impeachment and compared George W. Bush to Hitler. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim elected to Congress and a leading progressive among House Democrats, already has picked up the backing of both the Democratic Party’s left – with support from Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – and its establishment, receiving endorsements from Senate leaders Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and retiring Harry Reid, D-Nev.
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  • Samsung to buy car tech company Harman for $8 billion. Samsung Electronics has agreed to buy Harman International Industries in an $8 billion deal, marking a major push into the auto electronics market and the biggest overseas acquisition ever by a South Korean company.

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