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German Stocks Close at 2-Year High (Market Trading)


The DAX 30 jumped 175 points or 1.3% to 13,495 on Thursday, its highest closing level in two years, after data showed Germany's industrial output grew by the most in a year and a half in November, while concerns about a potential armed conflict between the US and Iran eased. Investors focus meanwhile turned to US-China trade negotiations as Beijing confirmed it was sending a delegation led by Vice Premier Liu He to Washington next week for the signing of the Phase One deal. Other major stock indexes across Europe closed in the green: the FTSE 100 rose 23 points or 0.3% to 7,598; the CAC 40 added 12 points or 0.2% to 6,043; and the FTSE MIB gained 185 points or 0.8% to 24,017. Meanwhile, the IBEX 35 lost 10 points or 0.1% to 9,582.

US Crude Drops to 1-Month Low (Market Trading)


WTI crude dipped as much as 1.2% to $58.82 a barrel around 10:00 AM NY time on Thursday, the lowest since December 5th, amid signs of no further escalation between Tehran and Washington and a surprise rise US inventories. Early this session, the market found support after China announced that Vice Premier Liu Le will travel to Washington to sign the first phase of the trade deal between the world’s two biggest economies. Brent crude fell nearly 0.6% to $65.06 a barrel.

U.S. Army/Navy Ban TikTok (Cybersecurity)


Source: Army Navy

European Stocks End Lower on US-Iran Tensions (Market Trading)


Stock markets in Europe closed in the red on Monday as concerns about a Middle East conflict prompted investors to dump riskier assets, after US President Donald Trump threatened to attack more than 50 Iranian sites if Tehran retaliates against the killing of general Qassem Soleimani. Meanwhile, Iran already announced it would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, while the Trump administration warned it would impose sanctions on Iraq if it forces US troops to leave the country. The DAX 30 lost 92 points or 0.7%; the FTSE 100 fell 47 points or 0.6%; the CAC 40 slid 31 points or 0.5%; the IBEX 35 retreated 46 points or 0.5%; and the FTSE MIB dropped 121 points or 0.5%.

Oil Soars Again After Trump threatens Iraq sanctions (Market Trading)


Oil prices rose in Monday morning after US President Donald Trump issued a threat to impose sanctions on Iraq amid escalating tensions with Iran in the Middle East. Brent crude oil jumped over 6 percent to $70.30 a barrel. Also, US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures increased by 5.3 percent to $64.39 a barrel. The gains extended Friday's more-than-3 percent surge after a US air strike in Iraq killed top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. 

Oil Jumps on US-Iran Tensions (Market Trading)


Oil prices soared more than 4% and hit the highest since May 2019 on Friday, right after the Pentagon confirmed an Iranian Commander was killed during an air strike at the Baghdad International Airport on Trump's orders, raising concerns of an oil supply disruption in the Middle East. The strikes come after the US embassy in Iraq was attacked on Tuesday amid protests against airstrikes conducted by the US in Iraq and Syria. At 12:40 PM NY time, the US crude oil was up 2.6% to $62.69 a barrel, after hitting its highest since May 1st at $63.84 earlier in the session while the Brent crude gained 3.2% to $68.24 a barrel, after hitting its highest since May 29th at $69.16.

German Shares Rally 25.5% in 2019 (Market Trading)


The DAX 30 jumped 25.5% in 2019, after an 18.3% fall in 2018 on the back of moderated economic growth uncertainty, the achievement of a US-China phase one trade deal and clarity on the departure of the UK from the EU. On Friday only, the index declined 88 points, or 0.7% to 13,249. Other stock markets across Europe also closed lower: the FTSE 100 retreated 58 points, or 0.8% to 7,587, after 11th straight sessions of gains; the CAC 40 lost 55 points, or 0.9% to 5,982; the FTSE MIB slumped 251 points, or 1.1% to 23,506; and the IBEX 35 fell 88 points, or 0.9% to 9,613.

US Crude Trades Above $60 (Market Trading)


Oil prices edged higher on Monday, on optimism that a preliminary US-China trade deal would be signed soon. Capping gains, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday that OPEC should consider easing the production restrictions after March 2020. US crude oil rose as much as 0.3% to $60.28 a barrel while Bren crude added nearly 0.6% to $65.30 a barrel around 01:00 PM NY time.

Wawa Hit by Data Breach (Cybersecurity)


Source: South Florida

The Privacy Project (Cybersecurity)

Supporting this project. We continue to loose control and have very little knowledge of what's being stored/sold.

Source: New York Times

Political ‘fixer’ Bradley Tusk closes second fund on $70M (Startups)


Congratulations to Tusk Venture Partners on the raise.

Source: Techcrunch

US Stocks Edge Higher (Market Trading)


Wall Street extended gains and hit fresh highs, as trade policy optimism continued. On Tuesday, a House committee approved the USMCA trade deal, setting up approval in the full chamber on Thursday. On the corporate side, Netflix shares rallied nearly 4% after the company offered on late Monday regional disclosure for four major areas: the U.S. and Canada Latin America; Asia-Pacific; and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Dow Jones climbed 31 points or 0.2% to 28267. The S&P 500 inched up 1 point or less than 0.1% to 3193. The Nasdaq added 9 points or 0.1% to 8823.

Little Changed with US Stocks (Market Trading)

#DOW #market

Wall Street closed mixed on Friday, as investors digested the development of a phase-one trade deal between the US and China and remain expectant of further detail. On Friday, China confirmed they had struck an agreement with the US that includes a phased rollback of tariffs, but offered few specifics. The Dow Jones gained 3 points or closed flattish at 28135. The S&P 500 closed unchanged at 3169. The Nasdaq climbed 18 points or 0.2% to 8735.

US Stocks Extend Gains, S&P 500 Hits Record (Market Trading)

#stocks #tradedeal

Wall Street closed in the green to extend Wednesday’s gains with the S&P 500 hitting a new record, as President Trump suggested a trade deal is near and Bloomberg reported that negotiators have the terms of a phase-one deal pending approval. Earlier on Thursday, President Trump tweeted “Getting VERY close to a BIG DEAL with China. They want it, and so do we!”, nudging stocks higher across the board. The WSJ reported that US negotiators offer to cut existing tariff rates by up to 50% on $360 billion of Chinese imports and also offered to cancel the new tariffs set to take effect December 15. On the corporate side, Facebook shares dropped nearly 3% over antitrust concerns. The Dow Jones 221 points or 0.8% to 28132. The S&P 500 27 points or 0.9% to 3169. The Nasdaq 63 points or 0.7% to 8717.

Fed Holds Rate (Market Trading)

#fed #rates #DOW

Wall Street closed modestly in the green, as the Federal Reserve held the benchmark interest rate unchanged at 1.50%-1.75% and signaled steadiness for some time. The central bank said moderate economic growth and low unemployment are expected for 2020, and that it will continue monitoring “global developments” ahead. The Dow Jones gained 29 points or 0.1% to 27911. The S&P 500 added 9 points or 0.3% to 3142. The Nasdaq climbed 38 points or 0.4% to 8654.

Female Founders Are Exiting More Quickly Than Male-Founded Startups (Startups)

#genderlensinvesting #founder #women

Source: Fortune

Homeland Security Drops Plans to Expand Airport Face Recognition (Cybersecurity)

Source: TechCrunch

U.S. Stocks Close in Red (Market Trading)


Wall Street closed in the red, as investors braced for the deadline of US tariff on Chinese imports on December 15. On Monday, China said that it hoped to make a deal with the US as soon as possible. On the macro side, investors also await a Fed policy meeting later in the week, an election in the UK, and a potential agreement on the USMCA trade pact. The Dow Jones lost 105 points or 0.4% to 27910. The S&P 500 dropped 10 points or 0.3% to 3136. The Nasdaq retreated 35 points or 0.4% to 8622.

Hackers Find Ways Around Vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook-Fix (Cybersecurity)

#cybersecurity #microsoft

Source: Wired

Asian Markets Drop After New US-China Dispute (Market Trading)


Asian stocks declined on Wednesday after the United States House of Representatives passed the bill condemning alleged human rights violations committed by the Chinese government officials in the province of Xinjiang. Chinese Foreign Ministry urged Washington to stop interfering in its internal matters.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross stated that reaching a "proper" trade deal with Beijing is more significant than the particular moment it gets finalized, while a report claimed that even if it gets to that point, the presidents of the two countries will not be present at the signing.

Meanwhile, IHS Markit reported that the Chinese service sector reached a 7-month high in November.

Nikkei 225 index decreased by 1.25% at 3:30 am CET. The Shanghai Composite dipped 0.30% at 3:56 am CET and the Shenzhen Composite Index was flat at 4:15 am CET. The Hang Seng was 1.25% lower concurrently, while South Korean Kospi dropped 1.26% at 4:13 am CET. The S&P/ASX 200 lost 1.70% at the same time.

The dollar fell by 0.11% compared to the yen, going for 108.5170 at 4:23 am CET