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Feb 2, 2016

U.S. Department of Commerce Communications - February 2, 2016: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Fact Sheet.

Press Release
02/02/2016 The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield significantly improves commercial oversight and enhances privacy protections. 

The Guardian | World | Middle East | Syria - February 3, 2016 (02:09 GMT): Britain Accuses Russia of Trying to Carve Out Mini-State for Assad in Syria.

Britain has said Russia could be trying to carve out an Alawite mini-state in Syria for its ally President Bashar al-Assad by bombing his opponents instead of fighting Islamic State militants.
Russia and Britain have been engaged in a war of words after British foreign secretary Philip Hammond said on Monday that he believed president Vladimir Putin was worsening the Syrian civil war by bombing opponents of Isis.

The Guardian | Environment | Energy | Nuclear Power - February 3, 2016 (00:38 GMT): Border Tensions Rumble Over Agein Belgian Nuclear Reactors.

Arthur Neslen
Belgium’s decision to restart two 40-year-old nuclear reactors is putting pressure on northern Europe’s political fault lines, with Germany announcing that it would send experts to inspect the plants.

The Guardian | Tech | Yahoo - January 2, 2016: Yahoo Cutting Workforce by 15% After Announcing $4.4bn Loss.

Julia Carrie Wong
Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer has announced plans to cut the company’s workforce by 15% and close five foreign offices by the end of 2016.

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH - January 2, 2016: TF Metals Report: Connecting the Comex dot

Submitted by cpowell on  February 2, 2016. February 2, 2016

The TF Metals Report's Turd Ferguson today finds what seems like confirmation that Comex gold deliveries are just metal passed back and forth among the same bullion banks -- a charade. Ferguson's commentary is headlined "Connecting the Comex Dots" and it's posted at the TF Metals Report here:

WSJ Major Indexes Closing on February2, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Major Indexes Closing
Major Indexes 5:45 p.m. EST 02/02/16

WSJ | Forex Closing on February 2, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Forex Closing
Major Currencies
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

WSJ | Most Actives Closing on February 2, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Most Actives Closing
Most Active Stocks by Volume
4:31 pm ET 02/02/2016

WSJ | Biggest Decliners Closing on February 2, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Biggest Decliners Closing
Biggest Decliners
4:31 pm ET 02/02/2016

WSJ | Biggest Gainers Closing on February 2, 2016.

The Wall Street Journal Biggest Gainers Closing
Biggest Gainers
4:31 pm ET 02/02/2016

FTC Press Release - February 2, 2016: Statement of FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Agreement.

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Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez has issued the following statement regarding U.S. and European Commission officials reaching the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield agreement in Brussels, Belgium, today.

NYT Afternoon Update - February 2, 2016: Top News: Hillary Clinton Declared Winner of Iowa Caucuses.

The New York Times

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Top News
Hillary Clinton Declared Winner of Iowa Caucuses


Final vote counts showed Mrs. Clinton narrowly beating Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, according to The Associated Press and other news organizations.

DealBook P.M. Edition - February 2, 2016:Top Story: Looking Ahead: Shkreli a Witness in Hearing on Drug Price.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Matt Wiggeim, an assistant farm manager, digs between Syngenta hybrid seed corn seedlings in Princeton, Ill.
ChemChina Is Close to a Deal for Syngenta If completed, an acquisition of Syngenta, a Swiss agricultural and chemical giant, would be the largest by a Chinese company of a foreign company.

Wall Street at Close Report on February 2, 2016, by CNBc: Dow Closes Down Triple Digits on Oil Plunge
Evelyn Cheng
U.S.stocks closed sharply lower Tuesday as renewed declines in oil prices weighed amid mixed reaction to some key earnings reports.
"The oil rally, which occurred around those rumors (about an output cut), has reversed and dragged down the stock market and long-term interest rates," said David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Funds.

The Guardian | Opinion | Politics - The Panel - February 2, 2016: Cameron's EU Deal: Guardian's Panel Verdict | Mathew d' Ancona, Daniel Hannan, Tom Clark and Natalie Nougayrède.
Natalie Nougayrède

Tom Clark: Withholding tax credits will poison relationships

Tom Clark
I suspect that the only “reforms” with any real traction will be those that claim to restrict migrants’ rights to social security. On the child benefit that is remitted to families abroad, David Cameron has struck a reasonable deal which should be sellable to middle Britain: the payments in respect of children in Warsaw or Bratislava will not be stopped, but adjusted to take account of the lower costs of raising them there. But it is on in-work tax credits that he has dug in hardest, and here the progress is less satisfactory.

CMI Spot Prices as of Close of Trading in New York on February 2, 2016.

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Spot Prices as of traditional New York closing times

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


FTC Press Release - February 2, 2016: FTC Charges Manufacturer of Kwik Frame, Kwik Fix, and Krylex Glues with Making Misleading ‘Made in USA’ Claims.

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The Federal Trade Commission filed suit against Chemence, Inc., an Ohio corporation, alleging that the company is deceiving consumers by making Made in USA claims for their strong, fast-acting glues such as Kwik Frame, Kwik Fix, and Krylex, which are produced using a significant amount of imported chemicals.

FRB Press Release - February 2, 2016: Federal Reserve Board Announces Termination of Enforcement Actions.

Bits | The Business of Technology - February 2, 2016: From Apple to Alphabet.

The New York Times
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Daily Report

From Apple to Alphabet | For most of the past four years, Apple has reigned supreme as the world's most valuable company. Now there's a new holder of the crown: Alphabet.

European Markets at Close Report - February 2, 2016, by CNBC: Stocks End Lower Amid Volatile Oil Price; BP Shares Sink.
Arjun Kharpal, Holly Ellyatt, Alexandra Gibbs
European markets tumbled to close sharply lower on Tuesday as concerns over oil prices returned to haunt markets.
The pan-European STOXX 600 finished down over 2 percent, with all sectors closing in negative territory.
London's FTSE 100 and France's CAC were both closed over 2 percent down, while Germany's DAX finished some 1.9 percent lower.

World Economic Forum - February 2, 2016: The New Vision for Education.

The New Vision for Education

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Published on Feb 2, 2016

GATA | THE GATA DISPATCH on February 2, 2016: New Indian Rule Backfires, Boosts Unofficial Gold Trade.

Submitted by cpowell on  February 2, 2016By Rajendra Jadhav
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MUMBAI -- Try as it might, the Indian government appears to be unable to curb the country's love for gold.
Its latest attempt -- a rule forcing buyers of high-value jewellery to disclose their tax code -- has boosted unofficial trading in the world's second-biggest gold consumer, industry experts say, rather than promote transparency and dent demand.

MarketWatch - February 2, 2016: Twitter Shares Fall After the Stock is Downgraded to Sell at Stifel.
Caitlin Huston Reporter
Published: Feb 2, 2016.
Twitter TWTR, +6.61% shares fell 3% Tuesday morning after Stifel analysts downgraded the stock to sell from hold. The analysts said they had previously had the sell rating based on potential product changes that could boost the stock, but now they have failed to see that change materialize. Shares of Twitter have fallen 39% in the past three months compared with the S&P 500's drop of 8%. The analysts cite concerns including a slowing monthly active user growth, Facebook's FB, +2.57% dominance over advertising revenue and time spent per user and Twitter's over-monetization of a smaller audience compared to Facebook. "Twitter is a product that has never fully developed into a sustainable public company due to either poor strategy, poor execution or that it was never destined to be one," the analysts wrote. The analysts set a price target of $14.
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The Guardian | Tech | Alphabet - February 2, 2016: How Alphabet Became the Biggest Company in the World.

Alex Hern
Silicon Valley – and Wall Street – have a new king. Alphabet, the company formerly known as Google, looks set to become the world’s largest publicly traded company on Tuesday thanks to a spike in its share price, following exceptionally good results and a decision to come clean on how its makes and spends its money.

RT Keiser Report (Episode 870) - February 2, 2016:

"Keiser Report" Episode 870

RT Shows

Published on Feb 2, 2016
Every week Max Keiser looks at all the scandal behind the financial news headlines.
In this episode of the Keiser Report back in London, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss sweethearts, strippers and 666 as Valentine’s Day comes early for the devils at the UK’s tax office. They also play a video clip from an interview with Boris Akimov of LavkaLavka restaurant in Moscow discussing sanctions, GMOs and hipsters. In the second half, Max interviews Kerry-Anne Mendoza of about Osborne’s Britain, where austerity-induced suicides are up double digit percentages and the taxpayer is losing billions on stealthly but massive privatizations of state assets.
Recorded from RT, Keiser Report , February 2, 2016

Gerald Celente - Trends in The News: "BOJ's Cheap Money Drugs Juice Markets" - (1/29/16).

Gerald Celente - Trends In The News - "BOJ's Cheap Money Drugs Juice Markets" - (1/29/16)

Trends Journal

Published on Feb 1, 2016
"The Bank Of Japan introduces negative interest rates, “durable orders fall by most since recession”  the continuous lies of Obama regarding Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. When will the people wake up?".

Original release: January 29th, 2016.

NYT | First Draft on Politics - February 2, 2016: In Iowa Caucuses, Victory Extends Beyond First Place by Maggie Haberman.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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The New York Times

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaking after the caucuses in Des Moines on Monday night.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaking after the caucuses in Des Moines on Monday night. Todd Heisler/The New York Times
In Iowa Caucuses, Victory Extends Beyond First Place

DealBook Today's Top Headlines - February 2, 2016: Heresy on Wall Street | Alphabet Closes In on Apple | How Free Electricity Helped Dig $9 Billion Hole in Puerto Rico | Ted Cruz Wins Republican Caucuses in Iowa.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
HERESY ON WALL STREET Laurence D. Fink, co-founder and chief executive of BlackRock, sent a letter to 500 chief executives on Monday urging them to stop providing quarterly earnings estimates, Andrew Ross Sorkin writes in the DealBook column. The proposal, an effort to curb companies' short-term focus, goes against the grain of most money managers, who clamor for companies to provide detailed guidance on the next quarter, down to the last penny.

U.S. Stock Market Future Indications - February 2, 2016, by MarketWatch: U.S. Stocks Futures Flirt With 100-Point Drop, Hurt Again by Oil's Slide.

Victor Reklaitis
U.S. stock futures on Tuesday pointed to a lower open, as fresh losses for oil weighed on sentiment and appeared to offset earnings-driven jumps by Google parent Alphabet, Mattel and Michael Kors.
Investors will take in reports on monthly U.S. car sales, as well as more earnings from household names such as Exxon Mobil Corp., UPS and Yahoo.

Asian Markets at Close Report on February 2, 2016, by MarketWatch: China Stocks Close Higher After Another Cash Infusion.

Chao Deng 
China shares climbed Tuesday after the country’s central bank injected more liquidity into the financial system, although most other markets in the region took a break from a two-day rally.
The Shanghai Composite Index SHCOMP, +2.26%   closed up 2.3% at 2,749.57, moving further away from the 2,500 level that some analysts expect the index could fall to amid ongoing worries about China’s economy and capital outflows.