Saturday, November 25, 2017

Today's Headlines

  • Catalan Leader Doubles Down on Independence Pledge. Puigdemont, who maintains he’s the legitimate regional president after being sacked by the central government, will lead a new platform under the banner of Together for Catalonia. He said on Saturday a victory at the polls on Dec. 21 would serve to ratify his mandate and send a signal to the European Union, which has repeatedly sided with the government of Mariano Rajoy against unilateral attempts for independence. “The people of Catalonia have shown the world we have the capacity and the will to become an independent state,” Puigdemont told an audience in Bruges, Belgium, where he’s been staying since declaring independence last month. “On Dec. 21, we must ratify that.”
  • Macron Unveils Measures to Combat Violence Against French Women. French President Emmanuel Macron proposed a series of measures including special police internet hotlines and a large public campaign to combat violence against women, an issue thrust into a public debate by revelations involving film producer Harvey Weinstein. In a speech in Paris, Macron said the fight against violence towards women would be "the great cause" of his five years in office, adding that France needed to "win this fight."
  • AirPods and Outerwear Start Out Strong This Holiday Shopping Season. Will this year’s Black Friday finally spark a sustained retail comeback? While the answer remains to be seen, the sellers of outerwear and gadgets such as Apple AirPods and the Sony Playstation VR have reason to be encouraged. Those were some of the hottest sellers so far during the Black Friday weekend, the traditional kickoff to the holiday season. In the toy category, L.O.L. Surprise, Hatchimals and Colleggtibles led the way, according to a report from Adobe Systems Inc. A survey from Deloitte & Touche, meanwhile, showed that shoppers were purchasing apparel, gift cards and electronics.
Wall Street Journal:
  • Had bullish commentary on (BABA), (VMC),  (VZ), (AGU), (MOS), (BZUN), (HTHT) and (JD).
Zero Hedge:

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