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Oct 21, 2013

NYT | ALERT FGC BOLSA - FGC FINANCIAL MARKETS OCTOBER 21, 2013: Sales of Existing Homes Slid Back in September.

The New York Times | MY ALERTS


Compiled: October 21, 2013 06:39:00 PM

Sales dropped 1.9 percent from August, a sign that rising prices and the summer’s higher mortgage rates were a check to the housing recovery.

NFA | Enforcement Actions October 21, 2013: NFA orders AlphaMetrix LLC to satisfy its obligations to certain pool participants by November 1


Gerald Celente - Financial Survival Radio - October 17, 2013: Gerald Celente Interviews October 21, 2013:

NYT | Asian Morning Today's Headlines October 21, 2013: New Report of N.S.A. Spying Angers France.

The New York Times

Monday, October 21, 2013

Top News
New Report of N.S.A. Spying Angers France


The National Security Agency has carried out extensive electronic surveillance in France, a French newspaper reported, drawing an angry condemnation from an important American ally.
President Obama on Monday said there was
Obama Pushes Health Law but Concedes Web Site Problems


President Obama expressed frustration on Monday with the failures of the government's health care Web site, but defended the law itself.
. Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site
Britain and EDF Sign Nuclear Plant Deal


The British government and the French state-controlled utility plan to build the first nuclear power station in Britain in a generation. 

Editors' Picks


Video Video: Scalded by Coffee, Then News Media
In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald's coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention. It turns out there was more to the story.

OPINION | Editorial

An Exit Strategy From Afghanistan


Big issues remain, including a deal with the Taliban and the question of an American residual force, once the combat mission ends.
E.U. Panel Backs Plan to Shield Online Data


The rules, if approved, could require American companies like Google and Yahoo to seek clearance before complying with United States warrants seeking private data.
Qaeda Affiliate in Syria Is Undermining Peace Efforts, U.S. Official Says


A senior State Department official said the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, was forcing more moderate rebels to fight on two fronts.
. Bomber Tied to Al Qaeda Kills Dozens in Syrian City
Members of Aviation Industry Corporation of China displayed a model of the JF-17 jet at an exposition in Beijing last month.
China's Arms Industry Makes Global Inroads


From drones to frigates to fighter jets, Chinese companies are aggressively pushing sales of high-tech hardware, mostly in the developing world.
An Apple store in Tokyo. In the second quarter, iPads had the largest share of the worldwide tablet market.
Tablet Makers Gear Up for Latest Skirmish


The intense competition in the market for tablets will be highlighted on Tuesday, as Apple, Nokia and Microsoft each introduce new devices.
The London skyline.


22 Under Investigation in Libor Case in Britain


The individuals were notified last week by Britain's Serious Fraud Office that they were being investigated.


A Top Goldman Sachs Executive to Leave the Firm


J. Michael Evans, a vice chairman of Goldman Sachs and once seen as a possible candidate to be chief executive of the Wall Street firm, has decided to retire at the end of the year.
Pierre M. Omidyar, the founder of eBay, revealed last week that he would back a newly conceived news site.

The Media Equation

Tech Wealth and Ideas Are Heading Into News


The technology industry and its various power brokers are suddenly investing significant sums of money in preserving news capacity and quality.
. Pierre Omidyar on Greenwald, The Washington Post and More
Twitter to End Its Music App, Which Never Made Much Noise


A rare flop for Twitter, Twitter #Music was intended to introduce users to new acts, and see what their contacts were listening to.
Startup: Education was started by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder, to handle the $100 million donation he made in 2010 to improve education in Newark, N.J., public schools.

Bits Blog

Mark Zuckerberg Starts Spending His Billion-Dollar Charitable Fund


The Facebook co-founder is beginning to direct money to various causes, including a contribution to a group promoting computer science education in schools.

Lance Armstrong, left, and George Hincapie, during the Tour de France in 2004. Hincapie was one of four riders who confessed to doping and testified against Armstrong.

Sports of The Times

Anti-Doping Agency Exposed Armstrong, but What About Others?


Dozens of people were mentioned in the report that exposed Lance Armstrong's lies, but a year after the report, we still do not know the identities of most of them.
Serena Williams spoke to the media in Istanbul on Monday.


Serena Williams Leads WTA Championships Field


The WTA Championships, featuring eight top women's players, will begin on Tuesday with round-robin play in Istanbul.
Reliever Koji Uehara, the most valuable player of the American League Championship Series, has been beardless.
Beardless in Boston: Uehara Stands Out


Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara provides a cleanshaven contrast to his bearded teammates after having worn facial hair in previous professional seasons in Japan, Baltimore and Texas.
U.S. News
Families reunite with students from Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev., after a shooting on Monday that killed two people.
Student Kills Teacher, Then Himself, at Middle School


Two other students were wounded in the attack, which took place at Sparks Middle School in Sparks, Nev., before it opened for the day.
Beth Asaro, left, and Joanne Schailey exchanged wedding vows just after the stroke of midnight Monday morning in Lambertville, N.J.
Christie Drops Appeal of Gay Marriage Ruling in New Jersey


Gov. Chris Christie, who has long held that voters should decide the issue, ended his challenge on the day that same-sex couples began marrying in the state.

Op-Ed Contributor

Fear vs. Radiation: The Mismatch


Evidence that ionizing radiation is a relatively low health risk contradicts common fears.
Roger Cohen

Op-Ed Columnist

The Great Desperation


Silvio Berlusconi's mad legacy goes well beyond Italy: It symbolizes the corruption of European culture.
. Columnist Page

BIV | Asia Pacific October 21, 2013: Forestry minister on Asia trade mission; Manthorpe on Corruption in Indonesia; Asia Pacific News Roundup.

Asia Pacific

Forestry minister begins Asian forestry trade mission

Forestry Minister Steve Thomson began a week-long forestry trade mission Friday to increase awareness of British Columbia’s forestry and wood products in Asia by speaking to the ... READ MORE


Premier Clark announces third Asia trade mission

B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced her third trade mission to Asia to promote the province’s natural gas, and clean energy products and ... READ MORE

Jonathan Manthorpe


Constitutional Court scandal deals blow
to Indonesia’s anti-corruption drive

Since it started in 2003, the Corruption Eradication Commission has brought to court 86 cases of bribery and corruption ... READ MORE

More News...


China: Business complications cool U.S. interest

New Zealand: Government opts to formalize North-South island names

Bangladesh: Factory deaths fail to slow garment industry business

India: Women workforce up in the city, down in the country

This Week's Issue


B.C. summer exports surge could be fleeting

After a two-month lull, B.C.’s exports boosted the provincial economy in August ... READ MORE

Economy and Finance


Stability to
prevail in B.C. housing market, banker says

Retiring VP of Scotiabank in B.C. and the Yukon predicts steady demand for homes in Asia Pacific Gateway ... READ MORE

DealBook P.M. Edition October 21, 2013: A Top Goldman Sachs Executive to Leave the Firm

Monday, October 21, 2013
A Top Goldman Sachs Executive to Leave the Firm J. Michael Evans, a vice chairman of Goldman Sachs and once seen as a possible candidate to be chief executive of the Wall Street firm, has decided to retire at the end of the year.
    The London skyline.
    22 Under Investigation in Libor Case in Britain The individuals were notified last week by Britain's Serious Fraud Office that they were being investigated.
    Potential Silver Lining for S.E.C. in the Cuban Case
    White Collar Watch: Potential Silver Lining for S.E.C. in the Cuban Case The agency lost its battle with the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, but preserved its ability to pursue cases that do not fit the usual model of corporate insider trading, writes Peter J. Henning.
    For Star Athlete I.P.O., a Stumble on the Field
    For Star Athlete I.P.O., a Stumble on the Field Arian Foster had one of his worst outings in the N.F.L. on Sunday. For a start-up that announced an I.P.O. tied to his earnings, it was not an auspicious beginning.
    U.S. Exchanges Set to Compete for Alibaba I.P.O.
    U.S. Exchanges Set to Compete for Alibaba I.P.O. The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq both have said they would accept a structure in which Alibaba's founders and top executives would nominate a majority of board members.
    Madame Tussaud's and an Energy Company Seek to Go Public
    Madame Tussaud's and an Energy Company Seek to Go Public The private equity owners of Madame Tussaud's and a clean energy business backed by the financier Guy Hands are seeking to cash out of their investments.
    Chinese Billionaire May Privatize Hong Kong Developer Zhang Zhirong, a Chinese industrialist who was involved in an insider trading case in the United States last year, may make a takeover bid for Glorious Property Holdings, a Hong Kong developer in which he owns a majority stake.
    Reuters Breakingviews: Hong Kong Tycoon Still Has Options for Supermarket Chain ParknShop might be more palatable if the tycoon Li Ka-shing can bundle it up with more attractive assets from his holding company, Hutchison Whampoa, writes Una Galani.
    European Privacy One of the most heavily lobbied pieces of European Union legislation in years, the Data Protection Regulation, could inch another step forward Monday evening when the justice committee of the European Parliament is expected to vote on whether to begin negotiating a final draft with bloc governments. Recent amendments to the law, which is aimed at expanding privacy rights, include a measure that could require American companies like Google and Yahoo to seek clearance from European officials before complying with United States warrants seeking to collect private data.
    Detroit Bankruptcy Detroit's bankruptcy case enters a critical phase on Wednesday when hearings begin on the city's eligibility to file for Chapter 9. Judge Steven W. Rhodes will consider arguments about whether Detroit's financial troubles were sufficient to support a bankruptcy filing, and if the state-appointed emergency manager was authorized to make the move.
    Amazon has been investing for the future for several years now, building warehouses to serve consumers and data centers to serve corporate clients. It is also moving aggressively into Hollywood, paying for entertainment to keep its tablets humming. None of this comes cheap, so the consensus is that Amazon will post another loss when it announces its third-quarter earnings on Thursday. With the stock trading at a record high, no one seems to mind.
    Microsoft Microsoft has been making news almost nonstop for months, with the announcement of a restructuring, a plan for its chief executive to retire and a $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's phone business. On Thursday, when it reports earnings, Microsoft is expected to offer more insight into some of the business challenges that have played a part in those events, particularly continued weakness in the PC market.
    Auto Earnings The comeback of the American auto industry will return to the spotlight on Thursday when the Ford Motor Company reports its third-quarter earnings. Ford, the nation's second-largest automaker, has been recording big profits from its robust North American operations; at the same time, it has been struggling in Europe and investing heavily in new factories in Asia.