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Dec 7, 2015

RT Video News - December 7, 2015: Wahhabism and ISIS: Why US Officials Won’t Discuss Their Links To Saudi Arabia.


Wahhabism and ISIS: why US officials won’t discuss their links to Saudi Arabia

RT America RT America
Published on Dec 7, 2015
Wahhabism is a sect of Islam that brings the Quran to a literal interpretation and even takes death as a form of punishment as acceptable under its tenets. US ally Saudi Arabia funds many of the madrassas, or schools, which promote this ideology. Omer Aziz, a writer and fellow at the Yale Information Project says Saudi Arabia’s status as an ally is why officials abstain from using the term “Wahhabism.” If they did, the American population would connect the dots between Wahhabism, ISIS, and the Saudi royal family.

The Guardian | Business | Retail Industry - December 8, 2015 (00:01GMT): Black Friday Surge Fails To Prevent November Sales Slump For Retailers.

theguardian.com

Black Friday surge fails to prevent November sales slump for retailers

Katie Allen
 
UK retailers suffered a drop in sales in November as record take-up of online shopping and a late Black Friday boost failed to make up for slow trade in the rest of the month.
Retailers will be hoping Christmas food and gift shopping will turn things around after sales in stores and online were down 0.4% in like-for-like terms in November when compared with a year earlier, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

For non-food products, one in every five pounds was spent online in November, the BRC said. At 22.4% the online penetration rate for non-food was the highest since the group started publishing internet sales data in late 2012, up 2.1 percentage points on November 2014.

Online record

Total Non-Food sales: weighted Online penetration
The chart shows the rising proportion of non-food sales that were online, with a record 22.4% for November 2015. Illustration: BRC-KPMG RSM
Early indications from the Black Friday shopping weekend, when UK retailers follow the US tradition of flash sales, suggest it was an online event this year. The BRC said online sales of non-food products for the month as a whole grew 11.8% on a year earlier.

The Guardian | World | Europe | Germany - December 8, 2015 (1:29GMT): Germany On Course To Accept One Million Refugees In 2015.

theguardian.com

Germany on course to accept one million refugees in 2015

Germany registered 964,574 new asylum seekers in the first 11 months of the year, putting Europe’s top economy on track for a million arrivals in 2015, official figures have shown.
Some 206,101 migrants entered the country in November alone, a new monthly record, up from a previous high of 181,166 in October, according to the interior ministry.

The number of arrivals for the year so far was more than four times the total for all of 2014 with Germany now the top European destination for people fleeing conflict, repression and misery in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
The data did not provide a breakdown of the nationalities of the new arrivals.

The Guardian | World | US - December 8, 2015 (00:27GMT): Donald Trump Calls To Ban All Muslim From Entering U.S.

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Donald Trump calls to ban all Muslims from entering US

Ed Pilkington
 
Donald Trump, the leading contender to become the Republican party’s nominee for US presidential candidate, has called for a “total and complete shutdown” of the country’s borders to Muslims in the wake of the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
Trump made his most extreme pledge yet – in a race in which he has consistently pushed the boat out on issues of race and immigration – in a statement released to the media through his presidential campaign team.

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - December 7, 2015: GoldMoney's Turk discusses the two-tiered markets for gold and silver

GoldMoney's Turk discusses the two-tiered markets for gold and silver

Submitted by cpowell on December 7, 2015.  December 7, 2015

GoldMoney founder and GATA consultant James Turk today discusses with King World News what he calls the "two-tiered" market in gold and silver, one tier for real metal, the other for paper claims to metal, the latter market priced by government intervention. Turk thinks he sees signs that the metals are turning back upward. An excerpt from the interview is posted at the KWN blog here:

http://kingworldnews.com/james-turk-oil-plunges-another-6-percent-to-new...

CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.
CPowell@GATA.org



Gerald Celente - Trends in The News - Originally Published on december 5, 2015: "Trend Tracking Tip: Read Between The Lines… Lies".



Gerald Celente - Trends In The News - "Trend Tracking Tip: Read Between The Lines… Lies" - (12/4/15)

Published on Dec 5, 2015
"A valuable Trend Tracking tip involving Janet Yellen releasing the US job numbers, “2015 is the biggest year ever for merger/acquisitions” & “an upstate Sheriff encourages licensed handgun owners to carry”."

WSJ | Forex Closing on December 7, 2015.

The Wall Street Journal Forex Closing
Major Currencies
Monday, December 7, 2015
Last
US$ vs.
Americas in US$ per US$ % chg
Argentina peso 0.1028 9.7241 0.09
Brazil real 0.2654 3.7681 0.39
Canada dollar 0.7408 1.3499 1.02
Chile peso 0.001415 706.80 0.83
Colombia peso 0.0003023 3308.30 3.26
Ecuador US dollar 1 1 unch
Mexico peso 0.0592 16.8888 1.40
Peru new sol 0.2965 3.3729 0.22
Uruguay peso 0.03374 29.6400 0.20
Venezuela bolivar 0.15859045 6.3056 0.01
 
Asia-Pacific

WSJ | Major Indexes Closing on December 7, 2015.

The Wall Street Journal Major Indexes Closing
Major Indexes 5:45 p.m. EST 12/07/15
  Last Chg % Chg
DJIA* 17730.51 -117.12 -0.66
DJ Transportation Average* 7884.78 -70.05 -0.88
DJ Utility Average* 562.90 1.70 0.30
Nasdaq* 5101.81 -40.46 -0.79
Nasdaq 100* 4693.62 -22.50 -0.48
S&P 500* 2077.07 -14.62 -0.70
S&P 400 Mid-Cap* 1434.44 -14.64 -1.01
S&P 600 Small-Cap* 690.10 -10.23 -1.46
DJ Total Stock Market* 21454.04 -178.27 -0.82
NYSE Composite* 10304.54 -104.32 -1.00
NYSE Financial* 6454.92 -71.86 -1.10
Russell 2000* 1164.30 -19.10 -1.61
NYSE MKT Composite* 2193.01 -28.72 -1.29
KBW Bank* 75.76 -1.01 -1.32
PHLX Gold/Silver* 47.30 -2.65 -5.31
PHLX Housing Sector* 240.42 -1.14 -0.47
PHLX Oil Service* 162.42 -7.36 -4.34
PHLX Semiconductor* 684.86 -6.63 -0.96
* at close
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SEC Litigation Release - December 7, 2015: Hui Feng, et al.

SEC Seal

U.S. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Litigation Release No. 23420 / December 7, 2015

Securities and Exchange Commission v. Hui Feng, et al., Civil Action No. 2:15-cv-09420 (Central District of California, Complaint filed December 7, 2015)

SEC Charges New York-Based Immigration Lawyer and His Law Firm with Defrauding Immigrant Investors and Acting as Unregistered Brokers

The SEC alleges that Hui Feng and his firm, Law Offices of Feng & Associates P.C., acted as unregistered brokers by selling EB-5 investments to over 100 foreign investors, who were also their legal clients, and that they, directly or indirectly, received over $1.1 million in commissions in connection with these sales and are contractually entitled to at least an additional $3.1 million in commissions.  The complaint also alleges that Feng and his firm defrauded their investor clients by failing to disclose their receipt of commissions on the investments in breach of their fiduciary and legal duties to their clients, and that they also defrauded some of the entities offering the EB-5 investments.

WSJ | Biggest Decliners Closing on December 7, 2015.

NYSE Biggest Percentage Decliners | Nasdaq | Arca | Composite
Monday, December 07, 2015 - 4:47 pm ET
  Issue(Roll over for charts and headlines) Price Chg % Chg Volume
1 Stone Energy (SGY) $4.95 -1.30 -20.80 5,046,433
2 Tronox Cl A (TROX) 4.50 -1.11 -19.79 1,737,900
3 Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) 13.29 -3.19 -19.36 474,519
4 California Resources (CRC) 2.62 -0.62 -19.14 8,981,408
5 Sanchez Energy (SN) 3.78 -0.82 -17.83 4,381,588
6 NGL Energy Partners (NGL) 11.19 -2.35 -17.36 2,021,001
7 Baytex Energy (BTE) 3.24 -0.68 -17.35 2,814,224
8 BioAmber (BIOA) 6.49 -1.26 -16.26 130,580
9 Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) 14.46 -2.60 -15.24 7,503,391
10 Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) 12.99 -2.30 -15.04 48,463,698

WSJ | Biggest Gainers Closing on December 7, 2015.

The Wall Street Journal Biggest Gainers Closing
Biggest Gainers
4:31 pm ET 12/07/2015
NYSE
Issue Volume Price Chg % Chg
Oil-Dri of America (ODC) 20,462 $32.70 2.78 9.29
Greif Cl B (GEFB) 40,500 43.81 3.63 9.03
Acorn International ADR (ATV) 1,161,680 9.24 0.76 8.96
Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) 7,098,027 48.16 3.33 7.43
Avon Products (AVP) 14,472,509 4.50 0.28 6.64
NRG Energy (NRG) 14,439,213 9.55 0.55 6.11
Sturm Ruger (RGR) 513,412 57.50 3.18 5.85
ARC Document Solutions (ARC) 363,646 5.00 0.27 5.71
Wayfair Cl A (W) 1,526,983 44.75 2.27 5.34
First Marblehead (FMD) 13,845 4.01 0.19 4.97
Puma Biotechnology (PBYI) 766,279 78.97 3.71 4.93
ExamWorks Group (EXAM) 501,988 26.35 1.22 4.85
Performance Food Group (PFGC) 188,712 23.00 1.02 4.64
Pure Storage Cl A (PSTG) 2,952,696 17.53 0.77 4.59
LendingClub (LC) 10,918,049 13.45 0.58 4.51
Daqo New Energy ADR (DQ) 119,483 17.74 0.70 4.11
Delta Air Lines (DAL) 13,642,170 51.78 2.00 4.02
LSB Industries (LXU) 543,803 6.35 0.24 3.93
Foresight Energy (FELP) 1,477,007 2.96 0.11 3.86
GoDaddy Cl A (GDDY) 1,269,462 33.94 1.26 3.86
Mosaic (MOS) 9,667,645 32.05 1.17 3.79
Jarden (JAH) 7,517,666 50.09 1.78 3.68
Crestwood Equity Partners (CEQP) 2,132,196 14.53 0.49 3.49
Vipshop Holdings ADR (VIPS) 9,927,471 16.14 0.52 3.33
TAL Education Group ADR (XRS) 1,276,330 46.79 1.50 3.31
 
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