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Frontrunning: July 7

  • LIVE: Hamburg police demand reinforcements, as G20 starts amid heavy rioting (the Local)
  • G-20 Protesters Delay Arrivals at Hamburg Summit With Blockades (BBG)
  • Tensions Run High as Trump and Putin Prepare to Meet (WSJ)
  • Trump-Putin meeting under the microscope (Reuters)
  • Gorbachev urges Trump and Putin to 'rebuild trust' (AFP)
  • Wall Street Eyes Jobless Rate, Wages in June Jobs Report (WSJ)
  • Oil prices plummet 3 percent on oversupplied market (Reuters)
  • Wall Street Cash Pumps Up Oil Production Even as Prices Sag (WSJ)
  • Russia Is the Biggest Loser in G-20 Stock Markets (BBG)
  • World leaders pressure Trump on climate (Reuters)
  • How Do You Put a Price on Investment Research?  (BBG)
  • Buffett Keeps Building His Energy Unit as Far as the Eye Can See  (BBG)
  • Volcker Says Trump Changes to Volcker Rule Won’t Erode Principle (BBG)
  • China premier: economy to maintain steady growth but faces difficulties (Reuters)
  • As China grows, equal opportunity and social mobility are fast becoming a cruel lie (SCMP)
  • Loeb’s Consigliere in Nestle Fight Knows How the Sausage Is Made (BBG)
  • Facing defeat in Mosul, Islamic State mounts diversionary attack to the south (Reuters)
  • Bond Rout Sounds Warning for Equities That Higher Rates Can Hurt (BBG)
  • In America’s Richest State, the Capital Flirts With Bankruptcy (BBG)
  • Vietnam police detain blogger for anti-state propaganda, mother says (Reuters)
  •  Trump administration sued by 18 U.S. states over student loan relief (Reuters)
  • Find Out If Your Job Will Be Automated (BBG)
  • New York suburban commuters poised for 'summer of hell' (Reuters)


Overnight Media Digest


- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc is nearing a deal to buy one of the country's biggest power-transmission companies, which would cement electricity as one of the conglomerate's largest businesses.

- Longtime rivals QVC and HSN Inc have agreed to merge as two retailers built around cable television adapt to a world where impulse buying and video watching is moving to smartphones.

- A former engine-development manager at Audi was charged in the U.S. for his role in a wide-ranging emissions scandal at Volkswagen AG that has already led to the indictment of seven others and a $2.8 billion criminal fine for the German automaker, U.S. authorities said Thursday.

- Qualcomm Inc is asking federal trade authorities to block imports of some iPhones and iPads, opening a new front in its dispute with Apple Inc and exposing both companies to further risks to their most profitable businesses.

- Mondelez International Inc's sales in the most-recent quarter took a hit from a cyberattack that wreaked havoc across Europe and the U.S. last week, the company said Thursday.

- Samsung Electronics Co, riding hot demand for its components, is forecasting its second-quarter operating profit will easily be the company's highest ever, a sign the South Korean technology giant's business is thriving even after a year of political and product stumbles.

- Consumer electronics startup Jawbone is shutting down. Liquidation proceedings have gotten under way, said Martin Pichinson, a co-founder of Sherwood Partners, the financial advisory firm that has been hired to liquidate the company.



* Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc is in talks to acquire energy provider Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC for about $18 billion.

* Qualcomm Inc has asked a U.S. agency to ban the import of certain iPhone models that the chipmaker alleges infringed on its latest patents.

* Germany-based music platform SoundCloud has cut about 40 percent of its headcount and shut half its offices in an attempt to cut costs.

* HSBC Holdings Plc's incoming chairman, Mark Tucker is looking to find a successor for its chief executive, Stuart Gulliver, and plans to announce board's choice this year.



- France is joining a growing movement to force the extinction of vehicles that run on fossil fuels, saying on Thursday that it would aim to end the sale of gasoline and diesel cars by 2040.

- Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities, as well as manufacturing plants in the United States and other countries, according to a joint report from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

- Music-streaming service SoundCloud Ltd said it was laying off 173 employees, about 40 percent of its work force.

- Fox Business Network, a subsidiary of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, said it had suspended a longtime anchor, Charles Payne, pending an investigation into his conduct.

- Walter Shaub, the head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, who clashed with U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration over conflicts of interest, said he would resign before his five-year term ends in January.




** Royal Bank of Canada has hiked rates on its fixed-term mortgages amid rising bond yields and widespread anticipation that the country's central bank will raise its benchmark interest rate next week.

** As the housing market in Toronto cools, the rental market is especially hot following the announcement of new provincial housing measures, according to a report from Urbanation Inc.

** Apache Corp announced late Thursday that it will complete what has been a staged departure from Canada by selling Alberta and British Columbia assets to Calgary-based Paramount Resources Ltd.


** Fears of Sears Canada Inc retirees were realized Thursday when the insolvent retailer confirmed it will seek court approval next week to suspend their health, dental and life insurance benefits as well as special payments to the company's underfunded defined benefit pension plan, which has a deficit of almost C$267 million ($205.84 million).

** Canada's top banking regulator is taking aim at uninsured mortgages in the latest effort to cool overheated pockets in the country's real estate market. Proposals unveiled Thursday by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions would require stress tests to qualify for all uninsured mortgages, and would make the qualifying rate for these mortgages the contract rate plus two percent.



The Times

** British Gas is being investigated by the energy regulator over concerns that it may have wrongly told customers they would be charged up to 60 pounds ($77.81) for switching to a different supplier. (

** Bovis Homes Group Plc has set aside a further 3.5 million pounds to cover compensation and remedial work for customers affected by its substandard building as it tries to move on from the scandal that rocked it at the start of the year. (

The Guardian

** Rising prices in the wake of the Brexit vote have put the tightest squeeze on household incomes in more than five years, according to official figures on Britons' economic wellbeing. (

** Some of the world's biggest companies are counting the cost of lost business following last week's "NotPetya" ransomware cyber-attack, with Nurofen maker Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc taking an estimated 100 million pound hit in revenue. (

The Telegraph

** Deliveroo has called for the government to overhaul workers' rights legislation to allow it to give its delivery riders benefits without the conditions that would be attached to counting them as employees. (

** Shares in Associated British Foods Plc have climbed to the top of the FTSE 100 after the Primark owner boosted its outlook for the year with improving profit margins at the discount fashion retailer. (

Sky News

** The City is directly pressing the EU for continued access after Brexit by arguing that cutting it off would add costs to Europe, according to the former minister who led a delegation to Brussels this week. (

** Terra Firma Capital Partners, which was founded by Guy Hands, will next week begin talks with prospective investors about raising about 3 billion euros ($3.43 billion) for a new buyout fund. (