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Jul 10, 2013

Asian Markets Latest News, at the Time; July 10, 2013.


Bank of Japan ups economic view but trims forecast LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- The Bank of Japan left it policy unchanged Thursday, while cutting its inflation and economic forecasts from its April projections but using slightly more upbeat language in its assessment of the economy. The central bank's median forecast for core inflation in the fiscal year ending in March 2014 eased to a 0.6% rise in prices from a 0.7% rise tipped in April, while the real economic growth estimate slipped to 2.8% from 2.9%. Likewise, for the 2014-15 fiscal year, the core consumer price index was expected to rise 3.3%, down from April's 3.4% forecast, with growth at 1.3% compared to 1.4% previously. However, the bank also said the economy was "starting to recover moderately" after saying in June that it was "picking up," and its description of exports went from having "started to pick up" to "have been picking up." The yen drove higher following the decision, as the dollar bought 98.60 yen, down from 99.09 yen ahead of the announcement. ago
Asia stocks rise after Bernanke’s remarks Asian stocks rally after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says U.S. interest rates will remain low to aid economic recovery, with oil producers and gold miners posting strong gains on an increase in commodity prices. 
Hong Kong stocks get boost from Bernanke's remarks HONG KONG (MarketWatch) -- Hong Kong stocks jumped Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's remarks that the central bank was in no hurry to raise interest rates lifted U.S. equity index futures, with financials and property developers pacing the advance. The Hang Seng Index rose 1.3% to 21,182.17 and the Hang Seng China Enterprises Index gained 1.9% to 9,392.14. Interest rates in Hong Kong, which pegs its currency to the U.S. dollar , move in lock-step with the federal funds rate. Shares of China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd. added 4%, Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. rose 2.3% and China Construction Bank Corp. climbed 2.1%. China's Shanghai Composite inched up 0.2%, after ending 2.2% higher Wednesday. 9:44 p.m. Today

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Drones in Niger Reflect New U.S. Approach in Terror Fight: NYT I Global Update July 10, 2013.

July 10, 2013
Compiled 20:45 GMT

Global Update


Drones in Niger Reflect New U.S. Approach in Terror Fight

A drone base established in February to track militants in Mali is the latest indication of the priority Africa has become for the United States, but the strategy has limitations.

Judge Rules Against Apple in E-Books Trial

A judge in federal court Wednesday held that the company had violated antitrust law in helping set the retail price of electronic books, and said a trial for damages would follow.

Egypt Prosecutors Order Arrests of Islamist Leaders

Warrants for the top spiritual figure in the Muslim Brotherhood and nine others reflected a widened crackdown by the military-led interim government.

India Ink

Photographs Remains of the Day in Kokrajhar

A series of award-winning photographs chronicle the ethnic violence that broke out in the Kokrajhar district of Assam in the summer of 2012.


Wrong About Tamarrod?

The leaders of the Egyptian grassroots movement are good at revolution, but now they must negotiate with the generals.

Egypt Is Arena for Influence of Arab Rivals

Three of the Persian Gulf's richest monarchies have pledged $12 billion in cash and loans to Egypt, aiming to shore up a shaky government.

Currency Controls in Cyprus Increase Worry About Euro System

Restrictions on the flow of capital have given some Cypriots the feeling that not all euros are created equal, raising a crucial question: Is the euro zone already starting to break up?

Greek Unions Call Strike to Protest Cuts

The country's two largest unions called a general strike for Tuesday to protest the latest round of austerity measures.

U.S. Retailers Offer Safety Plan for Bangladeshi Factories

Walmart, Gap, Target, Kohl's, Macy's and a dozen other retailers are unveiling their own alternative to a European-led plan to improve safety at apparel factories in Bangladesh.
News Analysis

Germany a Hurdle to European Unity on Banks

Germany's resistance to sharing risk with its European Union brethren is at odds with the unified approach to problem-solving that Brussels wants.

Law Spoils Tobacco's Taste, Australians Say

Sales figures are not available to help determine the effectiveness of an Australian law requiring graphic images on cigarette packages. But some smokers swear there has been a change in the tobacco.
State of the Art

High-Tech Eyeglasses, Not Made by Google

New glasses to aid your eyesight - even colorblindness - are available, though they won't let you browse the Internet while you wear them.
Pogue's Posts Blog

A Better Google Maps App for Apple and Android Devices

New features include greater speed, better place and traffic information and offline maps.
Bits Blog

Researchers Develop Flexible Metal For 3-D Printers

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technology that will allow a metal alloy to be used in 3-D printers and could lead to flexible gadgets.

Pitcher Who Stayed in Japan Doesn't Stay on Mound

To sweeten his contract, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters allowed Shohei Otani to play the field on some nonpitching days, a concession in an age of specialization.

After Marion Bartoli's Surprise Victory, Don't Expect a Revolution

When Bartoli won the women's singles title at Wimbledon, it was a great story about perseverance and dreaming big, but don't expect up-and-comers to adopt her style anytime soon.

Froome Proves He Can Wear Yellow Jersey

Christopher Froome rode past any doubts that he was up to the task of wearing the Tour de France's yellow jersey by finishing second in an individual time trial.

Zimmerman Defense Can't Show Jurors Martin's Messages

The judge in the case ruled against George Zimmerman's lawyers over text and Facebook messages by Trayvon Martin that discussed street fighting and a desire to buy a gun.

San Francisco Inquiry Looks for Similarities to Other Crashes

Investigators are examining a dangerous practice in which the cockpit crew adjusts the plane's position or controls while close to the ground.

Texas House Passes Measure Restricting Abortion

The bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, resembles one that the House passed last month and which was stalled by an 11-hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis.
Op-Ed Contributor

A Scandal in Bohemia

Bribes and the misuse of power? For Czechs, it could be worse.
Opinionator | The Conversation

How to Be Old

Brooks and Collins on the way to live before you die.
Op-Ed Columnist

Egypt at the Edge

As the government remains in transition and in turmoil, is this the moment before all hell breaks loose?

DealBook P.M. Edition; July 10, 2013: S.E.C. Lifts Advertising Ban on Private Investments.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
S.E.C. Lifts Advertising Ban on Private Investments The new rule will fundamentally change the way that hedge funds, buyout firms and start-up companies raise money in the private marketplace.
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Lawmakers Have Concerns Over Chinese Takeover of Smithfield The acquisition of America's largest pork producer by Shuanghui International could result in the transfer of food-production technologies that endanger the United States economy and, perhaps, national security, two experts tell the Senate Agriculture Committee.
News Analysis: What Is Bank Capital, Anyway? Though capital is a centerpiece of Wall Street regulation, it resists a simple definition.
China Insider: China's Growth Woes Could Force Government Response The Chinese government's response to weak economic data will be a test of the nation's new leadership, says Bill Bishop.
State Regulator Subpoenas Brokers Over Products Sold to Older Investors The top financial regulator in Massachusetts has asked 15 brokerage firms, including Merrill Lynch and LPL Financial, about the way they have marketed "high-risk, esoteric products" to older investors.
Postal workers in Britain are still opposed to plans to privatize Royal Mail.
Royal Mail Employees to Get Free Shares in I.P.O. The British government's plans to sell a majority stake in Royal Mail would be the biggest privatization in the country since the railroads 20 years ago.
Icahn's Latest Gamble at Dell: Appraisal Rights Carl Icahn's call for investors to exercise their appraisal rights is in some ways a surprising shift, since he has pushed shareholders to reject the takeover bid. But it may be a last-ditch effort to seek a higher payout even if the deal goes through.
Rupert Murdoch arrived on Tuesday for Allen & Company's annual media and technology conference.
The Sun Valley Conference Rolls Around, With Deals in the Air The titans of the media and technology industries are flying into Sun Valley, Idaho, for the Allen & Company media conference, backing up traffic at the airport as they gather to discuss the next potential deal.
Evercore to Start a Private Capital Advisory Business Evercore Partners, an investment banking advisory firm, said on Wednesday that it was starting a private capital advisory business and had hired two UBS bankers to lead it.
K.K.R. Raises $6 Billion Asian Fund The private equity group's second regional fund ranks as the largest such fund to date and will seek to capitalize on rising demand among Asian consumers.
Another View: Adventures Abroad Could Hurt U.S. Companies It is astounding, says Carson Block, how little risk the markets are pricing into public companies that have poured shareholder money into emerging markets over the last several years through acquisitions and start-up projects.
Breakingviews: Why Italy Could Be Fertile Ground for Deal-Makers Italy's shaky state should not be an insurmountable obstacle to foreign investment, the author writes. Foreign deal-makers just need to find ways to coax Italy's aging entrepreneur-owners to the table, says Quentin Webb.
Buzz Tracker
Tribune to Split in 2, Spinning Off Its Newspapers The company has been exploring the sale of some or all of its newspapers. Initial efforts to sell have proceeded slowly, reports David Carr of The New York Times.
Economic Data Reports due on Thursday will include United States weekly initial jobless claims.
Overseas On Thursday, the Bank of Japan governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, will announce the bank's decision on monetary policy and the economic outlook, and Brazil's main union federations plan all-day nationwide protests to demand better working conditions and greater investment in health and education.

U.S. stocks end flat as jury out on Fed moves: Wall Street at Close Report by MarketWatch; July 10,2013.

By Kate Gibson, MarketWatch 
NEW YORK (MarketWatch)U.S. stocks ended little changed on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting had multiple members looking for more improvement in the labor market before cutting the pace of central-bank bond purchases. 
“It’s exactly in line with what the Fed has been telling us: we’re going to monitor the situation,” said JJ Kinahan, chief strategist at TD Ameritrade. 

“Everyone was hoping they could read something into the minutes, but when the Fed board themselves are so divided on what the next plan should be, the market can’t read anything into it” with certainty, he said. 

The official record showed about half of the Fed’s 19 senior officials said they would support ending the central bank’s monthly purchase of $85 billion in bonds by year-end. “Many” other members said asset purchases would likely be needed into 2014. 

“You basically had a split ticket,” said Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott. 

“We’ve had so many positive days in a row without any real news, so the market seems vulnerable to some profit taking, or to rest,” said Luschini. 

Snapping a four-session winning run, its longest in more than two months, the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA -0.06%  fell 8.68 points, or less than 0.1%, to end at 15,291.66. 

Hewlett-Packard Co. HPQ +1.81%  paced blue-chip gains that included 13 of the Dow’s 30 components after Citigroup upgraded the PC maker. 

The S&P 500 index SPX +0.02%  gained less than half a point to 1,652.62, with financials the heaviest weight and health care the best performing of its 10 big sectors. 

A day after closing at a more-than 12-year high, the Nasdaq Composite COMP +0.47%  climbed 16.50 points, or 0.5%, to 3,520.76. 

Advancers edged just ahead of decliners on the New York Stock Exchange, where nearly 671 million shares traded. 

Composite volume neared 3 billion.

Fed factors

At a press conference following the June 18-19 meeting, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the central bank could start reducing its $85 billion in monthly bond purchases later this year. See preview.

“I think Chairman Bernanke thought he was misunderstood; I don’t think they expected the selloff after the last announcement,” said Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank, referring to the near 5% drop in the S&P 500 SPX +0.02% that followed the Fed chief’s comments.
Bernanke will speak at a conference late Wednesday to discuss the Fed’s first 100 years, with a question-and-answer session to follow. The speech will begin shortly after Wall Street’s regular session closes. 

The dollar index DXY -0.73%  retrenched from a three-year high and the yen USDJPY -0.9430%  climbed as the Bank of Japan began a two-day session, with the BOJ expected to leave its bond-purchasing program as is. 

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note 10_YEAR +1.82%  rose to 2.681% following the government auction of $21 billion of the securities. 

On the New York Mercantile Exchange, crude-oil futures for August delivery CLQ3 +2.48%  rose 2.9% to $106.52 a barrel, their highest level since March 2012. Government data on Wednesday had supplies falling far more than expected last week

Apple ruling explained in 90 seconds

A federal judge found that Apple colluded with five major U.S. publishers to artificially drive up the prices of e-books in the months ahead of its entering the market in 2010. WSJ law reporter Ashby Jones explains the ruling

Apple ruling explained in 90 seconds
A federal judge found that Apple colluded with five major U.S. publishers to artificially drive up the prices of e-books in the months ahead of its entering the market in 2010. WSJ law reporter Ashby Jones explains the ruling. 

The government on Tuesday hiked its oil-price prediction for the year, estimating an average $94.65 a barrel, up from a June forecast of $93.25. 

Gold futures for August delivery GCQ3 +0.44%  rose for a third session to close at $1,247.40 an ounce on the Comex. The metal price has rebounded in recent sessions after hitting a near-three-year low at the end of June. 

“We had a little reversal of fortune today; the positive drumbeat stopped,” said Ablin, referring to the four-session stretch of gains that had the S&P 500 index on Tuesday closing within 1% of its all-time record.
“I think investors are reacting to disappointing trade numbers from China,” said Ablin of the unexpected June contraction in China’s exports and imports. “At the same time, they just posted higher inflation, so it gives China’s central bank less flexibility to ease. Getting caught between lower-than-expected results and higher-than-expected inflation is not a great place to be if you’re a central banker,” Ablin added. 

Family Dollar Stores Inc.’s FDO +7.11%  shares gained 7.1% after the discount retailer reported quarterly earnings that beat estimates. 

Fastenal Co. FAST -2.82% shares fell 2.8% after the maker of fasteners, bolts and other construction supplies reported quarterly revenue that fell short of estimates. 

Kate Gibson is a reporter for MarketWatch, based in New York.

Democratic Rifts Stymie Senate Bill on Student Loan Rates : NYT I Politics; July 10, 2013.

July 10, 2013


Democratic Rifts Stymie Senate Bill on Student Loan Rates

A bipartisan Senate coalition blocked a Democratic proposal to retroactively cut interest rates on higher education loans in half, leaving any student loan rescue in doubt.

Senate Panel Approves Protections for Gays

Three Republicans voted for the bill, which has been debated in one form or another for more than a decade in Congress but has never passed the Senate.

More Politics

Effects of Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage Start Rippling Out Through Government

The federal government began notifying workers of expanded benefit eligibility for same-sex couples, and the Senate is expected to take up a measure against discrimination.

Drones in Niger Reflect New U.S. Approach in Terror Fight

A drone base established in February to track militants in Mali is the latest indication of the priority Africa has become for the United States, but the strategy has limitations.

Texas House Passes Measure Restricting Abortion

The bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, resembles one that the House passed last month and which was stalled by an 11-hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis.

The Caucus

Obama and Bush Promote Benefits of Immigration

President Obama and former President George W. Bush found themselves on the same side of a public policy debate on Wednesday as they promoted the virtues of immigration at a time when Congress is considering rewriting the rules to accept millions here illegally.

Heinz Kerry's Condition Continues to Improve

The State Department said doctors in Boston have ruled out a heart attack, stroke or brain tumor as the cause of a seizure-like episode she had over the weekend.

Stocks Close Narrowly Mixed, Dow Snaps 4-Day Win Streak: Wall Street at Close Report by CNBC; July 10, 2013.

Stocks finished largely unchanged in lackluster trading Wednesday as investors largely shrugged off the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest meeting that showed policymakers wanted further evidence of a sustainable jobs recovery before scaling back its bond purchases.
Name Price Change %Change
DJIA Dow Jones Industrial Average 15291.66 -8.68 -0.06%
SaP 500 SaP 500 Index 1652.62 0.30 0.02%
NASDAQ Nasdaq Composite Index 3520.76 16.50 0.47%

The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished slightly lower, snapping a four-day win streak. American Express and Bank of America led the Dow laggards.

The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq closed narrowly mixed. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best gauge of fear in the market, traded near 14.

Among key S&P sectors, health care held modest gains, while financials dragged.
Best Stocks Under $10
Paul Hickey, Bespoke Investment Group, discusses his firm's new list of the top Russell 3000 stocks trading under $10 a share. 
The meeting minutes from the Fed's latest policy meeting showed that even as consensus built within the central bank about the likely need to begin pulling back on economic stimulus measures soon, many policymakers wanted more reassurance the employment recovery was on solid ground before a policy retreat. "Several members judged that a reduction in asset purchases would likely soon be warranted," the minutes said. But they added that "many members indicated that further improvement in the outlook for the labor market would be required before it would be appropriate to slow the pace of asset purchases." Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is scheduled to speak shortly after the market close from the National Bureau of Economic Research conference. His topic will be "The First 100 Years: A Century of U.S. Central Banking: Goals, Frameworks, Accountability." (Read More: Is Small-Cap Stock Rally Signaling It's Time to Buy?) "There's no reason to think Bernanke is going to be showing his hand right now," said Brian Edmonds, head of interest rates at Cantor Fitzgerald. In earnings news, Family Dollar soared after the retailer edged past earnings expectations and raised its outlook for the year. Rivals Dollar General and Dollar Tree also rallied. On the downside, Nabors Industries tumbled to lead the S&P 500 laggards after the oil services provider said its second-quarter profit would fall short of Wall Street estimates, pointing to tougher competition and fewer rentals of its rigs. At least three brokerages slashed their price target on the company. Yum Brands is slated to post earnings, while Chevron is expected to give an interim update on its results after the closing bell. Analysts expect S&P 500 earnings to grow 2.6 percent in the second quarter from a year ago, while revenue is forecast to increase 1.5 percent from a year ago, according to the latest data from Thomson Reuters. (Read More: Amid Mediocre Earnings, Invest Here: Bob Doll) Hewlett-Packard rallied after Citigroup upgraded its rating on the tech giant to "buy" from "sell," pointing to increasing benefits from cost savings in the second half of the year, as well as increasing momentum from HP's services segment. Best Buy declined after Cleveland Research said the consumer electronics chain's domestic comparable store sales appear to be slowing and that fundamentals remain challenging. Apple edged lower after a federal judge ruled that the iPhone maker conspired to raise the retail prices of e-books, and said a trial for damages will follow.
On the economic front, wholesale inventories declined 0.5 percent in May, falling by the most in over a year and a half, according to the Commerce Department. Economists in a Reuters survey forecast inventories to rise 0.3 percent versus an increase of 0.2 percent in April. However, sales were stronger than expected, rising 1.6 percent. And weekly mortgage applications dropped last week as the surge in interest rates pushed borrowing costs to their highest level in two years, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. "The housing market's improving, consumer balance sheets are being repaired and corporate balance sheets are strong," noted Goldman. "But there are still negative overhangs—Europe's still not fixed, there's been bad news from China and there are geopolitical risks everywhere. We think while the market's had a nice run, we'll see increased volatility for the rest of the year." Treasury prices held their losses after the government auctioned $21 billion in 10-year notes at a high yield of 2.670 percent. The bid-to-cover, an indicator of demand, was 2.57, versus the recent average of 2.84. Meanwhile in China, the Shanghai Composite rallied after dismal exports data for June piqued hopes that the People's Bank of China could ease monetary policy in order to boost growth. "My base line is that there is no export growth in China this year, at least until we see a pick from the G-3 economies begin to materialize," said Tim Condon, head of research for Asia with ING Financial Markets. In Europe, the euro recovered after tumbling to a three-month low against the dollar following Italy's downgrade by credit ratings agency S&P on Tuesday. Italy's government debt is now rated two notches above "junk" status, at BBB.
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