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Frontrunning: September 8

  • Sure, why not: China Rebounds as Trade Data Disappoints (BBG)
  • Oh, that's why: China's Stock-Rescue Tab Surges to $236 Billion, Goldman Says (BBG)
  • Can't make this up: German finmin says must avoid reliance on debt, cenbank stimulus (Reuters)
  • Stocks rise after contrasting China, Germany trade data (Reuters)
  • Euro zone second-quarter GDP revised up as Italy grows faster (Reuters)
  • Brent oil rises on European, Chinese data; oversupply weighs (Reuters)
  • Corporate Prosecution Deals Headed for a Legal Test (WSJ)
  • Fallon Says U.K. Will Carry Out More Syria Strikes If Necessary (BBG)
  • UK says more deadly drone strikes possible, despite criticism (Reuters)
  • Liar Loans Redux: They're Back and Sneaking Into AAA Rated Bonds (BBG)
  • Rate Worries Pose Obstacle for Banks (WSJ)
  • Surge In Mobile Startups Valued at Over $1 Billion Signals a Bubble (BBG)
  • Struggling Germany urges neighbours to do more to ease refugee crisis (Reuters)
  • Spanish Home Prices Jump Most Since Crisis Bolstering Recovery (BBG)
  • Microsoft Email Case Tests Power of Search Warrants (WSJ)
  • As Overdose Deaths Climb, So Does Demand for Their Antidote (BBG)
  • Whitbread eyes savings, price rises to offset wage rises (Reuters)
  • The Top Things to Watch for at Apple's IPhone Event (BBG)

 

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

- A U.S. federal appeals court is set to decide whether judges can tear up corporate prosecution agreements they deem too lenient, in a case that Justice Department officials fear will disrupt the agency's deals with companies under criminal investigation. (on.wsj.com/1K4gwXC)

- The late-summer market tumult has taken a hefty toll on bank shares, the latest sign of the uncertainty plaguing investments that are expected to benefit from rising interest rates. (on.wsj.com/1hS6Cxf)

- U.S. and International Monetary Fund officials are stepping up pressure on Ukraine's pro-Western government to stick to the terms of its $40 billion bailout, amid signs of mounting friction in the ruling coalition. (on.wsj.com/1NYvtxc)

- A federal appeals court must decide whether a U.S. search warrant can reach data stored in Europe, in a case that could affect the standing of American companies abroad as they try to attract privacy-conscious foreign customers. (on.wsj.com/1Otv7eX)

 

FT

Mining and trading company Glencore acknowledged on Monday the severity of the global commodity market slump as it suspended dividends and said it would sell assets and new shares to cut heavy debts built up through years of rapid expansion. The London-listed company came under pressure to cut its net debt of $30 billion, one of the largest in the industry, as prices for its key products, copper and coal, sank to more than six-year lows.

Tesco is selling its South Korean arm to a group led by private equity firm MBK Partners for 4 billion pounds ($6.11 billion), it said on Monday, as the British supermarket retreats from foreign markets to focus on reviving its troubled domestic business.

Japan's Mitsui Sumitomo is in advanced talks to buy British nonlife insurer Amlin Plc for a significant premium to its market value of 2.4 billion pounds

 

NYT

- In a new study to be released on Tuesday, the American Medical Association says that most insurance markets in the United States are dominated by a few companies and would become even more concentrated with a plan by Anthem Inc to acquire Cigna Corp and a proposal by Aetna Inc to buy Humana Inc. (http://nyti.ms/1hS25ej)

- Hoping that millennials will start flipping their mobile phones 90 degrees and streaming live and on-demand television, Verizon Communications plans to announce this week the start of a free, ad-supported mobile streaming service called Go90, a reference to the behavior of rotating a phone to watch videos in landscape mode. (http://nyti.ms/1i98sL4)

- Can a Spanish court force a multinational company to bottle Coca-Cola against its will? That, at least according to Coca-Cola Co, is the issue at its factory on the outskirts of Madrid that reopened its gates by court order on Monday, 18 months after it was closed as part of a cost-cutting plan. Fewer than half of the site's 220 employees returned to work, instead demanding that they be given their previous jobs. Those jobs involved bottling tasks no longer done at this factory.(http://nyti.ms/1EQaRUB)

- As a protest raged in Brussels, European Union agriculture ministers were holding a special session to consider an aid package worth about $560 million. Thousands of farmers snarled traffic and pelted the police with eggs on Monday in a protest to demand emergency aid to offset falling prices for milk, pork and other agricultural products.

 

China

SHANGHAI SECURITIES NEWS

- According to publicly available data, besides money market and wealth management product funds, all other types of funds in China produced negative returns in August. The biggest losers were index funds and actively managed stock funds, which reported an average return of -12.68 percent and -12.64 percent respectively.

CHINA DAILY

- Chongqing will usher in a new residential permit (Hukou) system giving urban and rural residents the same access to social welfare and public services, the city government announced at a press conference on Monday.

SHANGHAI DAILY

- An illegal warehouse that stored hazardous chemicals was demolished and the substances cleared from the area, an official with the Minhang district's safety watchdog said on Monday.

21CENTURY BUSINESS HERALD

- China's household equities assets have decreased about 10 trillion yuan in total since mid-June this year, according to China International Capital Corporation. They estimated that the household stock assets fell 4.4 trillion yuan since July. 20, equal to about 7 percent of the nominal GDP in 2014.

 

Britain

The Times

Glencore Plc has announced plans to slash its net debt by more than $10 billion as it adjusts to the slump in commodity prices amid market turmoil in China, the world's largest commodity trader. (http://thetim.es/1K27AxF)

Tesco Plc has agreed to sell its South Korean retail business to a group led by private equity firm MBK Partners for 4 billion pounds. (http://thetim.es/1PY5ZgU)

The Guardian

The government is continuing to refuse to reveal the identities of the hedge funds and institutional investors to which it sold shares in Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc last month. (http://bit.ly/1NevwTU)

The Telegraph

Challenger banks and building societies threatened by George Osborne's extra bank tax have been offered a lifeline by the Labour Party, which wants to amend the charge to help out the smaller end of the sector. (http://bit.ly/1IUA0ZF)

Justin King, the former chief executive of J Sainsbury Plc , has taken on his first major role after leaving the supermarket giant. The 54-year-old retail veteran has agreed to join UK private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners as vice chairman. (http://bit.ly/1Lg5yLa)

Sky News

Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that 20,000 refugees will be resettled in the UK from camps bordering Syria by 2020. (http://bit.ly/1UxzYmn)

A group of heavyweight city figures is set to consider whether long-term share awards should be scrapped as part of a radical review of Britain's boardroom pay culture. (http://bit.ly/1LflqO6)

The Independent

FTSE 100 bosses are being paid huge bonuses with little apparent regard to performance, a report by PwC says. (http://ind.pn/1i7ljgJ)