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Apr 27, 2015

U.S. Stock Market Future Indications by MarketWatch - April 27, 2015: U.S. stocks: Futures perk up as Apple results come into focus.

U.S. stocks: Futures perk up as Apple results come into focus


Wall Street could push ahead with a record-breaking run on Monday, as stock-index futures moved higher in a day devoid of data, but looming large on the corporate side with Apple Inc.’s results due later.
Futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average YMM5, +0.38%  rose 49 points to 18,066, while those for the S&P 500 index ESM5, +0.26%  were up 4.5 points to 2,116. Futures for the Nasdaq-100 index NQM5, +0.41%  added 11 points to 4,540.

WP Today's Headlines - April 27, 2015: Top Stories | Politics | Opinions | Local | Sports | Federal Government | National | World | Business | Technology | Lifestyle

The Washington Post
Today's Headlines
The morning's most important stories, selected by Post editors and staff  •  Mon., Apr. 27, 2015

Crews struggle to reach villages hardest hit by quake
By Rama Lakshmi, Annie Gowen
KATHMANDU, Nepal — With international aid flowing in and desperation rising, rescue crews in Nepal Monday began expanding helicopter operations into some of the remote villages believed to be the worst hit in an earthquake that’s already claimed 3,300 lives. 

DealBook Today's Top Headlines - April 27, 2015: Comcast's Ambitions Likely to Remain Intact | Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron Abandon Merger | Grim Portrait of 2010 Law School Graduates | Long Trial Ahead for Former Dewey Lawyers.

MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015
COMCAST'S AMBITIONS LIKELY TO REMAIN INTACT Though Comcast has suffered "an ignominious and humbling defeat" in withdrawing its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, Brian L. Roberts, Comcast's chief executive, isn't likely to let the setback quell his ambitions, David Gelles writes in DealBook. For a company like Comcast, taking big and risky bets is part of its business plan, says James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research. "You only get to be the biggest cable company and largest broadband provider in the country by swinging for the fences," Mr. McQuivey says. 

NYT First Draft on Politics - April, 27, 2015.

Rand Paul Goes to New York to Coax a Wary Bloc

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaking at a recent Republican gathering in Nashua, N.H. Zach Gibson/The New York Times
APRIL 27, 2015
By Maggie Haberman
Good Monday morning from Washington, where the gardens are showing their colors, and the Senate is shifting its focus from attorneys general to Iran’s nuclear program. Jeb Bush broke some Republican stereotypes at an event in Miami, while he and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky continue to seek to ease some conservatives’ concerns over their positions on Israel.

Asian Markets at Close Report by MarketWatch - April 27, 2015.

Chinese stocks rally on state-firm merger report


Hong Kong and Shanghai markets rallied on Monday, each hitting a new seven-year high, as Chinese oil and shipping shares surged on reports of possible mergers among China’s largest state-owned businesses.
The Hang Seng Index HSI, +1.33%  was up 1.3% to 28,433.59, its best close since the end of 2007. The mainland-China-tracking Hang Seng China EnterprisesHSCEI, +1.74%  added 1.7%.
On the mainland itself, the Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, +3.04%  advanced 3% to 4,527.40, the first settlement above 4,500 since February 2008.
Oil and shipping shares rose sharply in both markets, after a state media report said the Chinese government may cut the number of central government-owned big companies through massive mergers.
Beijing has been mulling a merger between PetroChina Co. 0857, +6.72%601857, +9.98%  and China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec) 0386, +7.16%600028, +10.03% SNP, +0.65% and between Cnooc Ltd. CEO, -0.32%   and unlisted China National Chemical Corp., the report said. The merged companies would then be able to compete better with international energy giants such as Exxon MobilXOM, -0.65%  and BP PLC BP., -0.71% BP, -0.32%  , the report added.
In Hong Kong, Sinopec leapt 7.2%, PetroChina jumped 6.7%, and Connc Ltd. gained 2.3%. Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical Co. Ltd. 0338, +19.51% a Shanghai-based subsidiary of Sinopec, soared 19.5%. Oil and gas explorer Sino Oil & Gas Holdings Ltd. 0702, +9.42%   surged 9.4%.
Top outperformers in the shipping sector included China Cosco Holdings Co. Ltd.1919, +13.11% 601919, +9.99% improving by 13.1%, and China Shipping Container Lines Co. Ltd. 2866, +9.11% 601866, +10.00% cracking 9.1% higher.
Meantime, Sino-British banking giant HSBC 0005, +3.59% HSBC, +3.47%HSBA, +3.21%   — the heaviest-weighted component of the Hang Seng Index — jumped 3.6% after a report in the Sunday Times said the company is considering plans to sell its British retail unit for 20 billion pounds ($30.4 billion). The gains added to a previous 4.2% rally, which came after HSBC said it is looking at whether to move its headquarters out of London.
In Shanghai, shares of several big oil and shipping companies were suspended from trading after soaring limit-up by 10%. They included Sinopec, PetroChina, China Shipping Container Lines, China Cosco, and China Shipping Development Co. Ltd.600026, +10.02%
Other Asian markets were mixed. Japan’s Nikkei Average NIK, -0.18%  edged down 0.2%, with the broader Topix I0000, +0.01%   flat. The yen USDJPY, +0.34%  was a little weaker, with the greenback buying ¥119.21, compared with ¥118.99 late Friday in New York.
Seoul’s Kospi Composite Index SEU, -0.10%  also inched 0.1% lower, while Sydney’s S&P/ASX 200 XJO, +0.83%  tacked on 0.8%.

NYT Today's Headlines - March 27, 2015: Top News | Editors' Picks | Today's Video | World | U.S. | Politics | Business | Technology | Sports | Arts .

The New York Times

Today's Headlines

Monday, April 27, 2015

Top News
Earthquake Aftershocks Jolt Nepal as Death Toll Rises Above 3,400


Residents were on a difficult search for safety in Katmandu, where thousands have died and homes and temples have been reduced to rubble.

The Telegraph City Briefing - April 27, 2015: April 27, 2015

The Telegraph

BUSINESS REPORTER Follow James on Twitter
Good morning all. Here's our early look at today's news from the City.
The final full week of campaigning kicks off today, with a letter to the Telegraph from 5,000 businesses praising the Conservatives and warning against Labour.
"This Conservative-led Government has been genuinely committed to making sure Britain is open for business," the letter reads. It comes as Ed Miliband proposes scrapping stamp duty for some first-time buyers. 

The Telegraph Morning Business on April 27, 2015.

The Telegraph 



Did you miss the Conservatives' #longtermeconomicplan? Expect to hear a lot about it today now 5,000 small business owners have thrown their weight behind the party, warning in a letter to the Telegraph that "a change now would be far too risky and would undo all the good work of the last five years". You can read their letter - which we have splashed on - in full here (and see who signed it).