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Key Words: Trump says he’ll step in over Huawei executive if needed; cites progress over trade
President Donald Trump said he’s ready to intervene in a growing crisis over a Chinese telecommunications executive if it can help trade relations with the country. Trump made the comment in an interview with Reuters that published Tuesday. “If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainly the largest trade deal ever made – which is a very important thing – what’s good for national security – I would certainly […]

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The New York Post: Three dead after shooting at Christmas market in Strasbourg, France
A shooting at France’s largest Christmas market left three dead and 12 wounded Tuesday in what is now being investigated as a terror attack. The gunman, who has not been apprehended, opened fire around 7 p.m. in Place Kleber square in Strasbourg, French news network BFMTV reported. Video posted by the UK Mirror shows screaming shoppers fleeing as shots ring out in the distance. Officials have not revealed the shooter’s name, but have said he has a criminal record and is on […]

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Lack of a clear policy on climate-risk disclosures is a risk for U.S. companies, report finds
The lack of a clear policy on climate-risk disclosures is putting U.S. companies and their customers at risk from climate change, according to a new report published Wednesday. The report by nonprofit CDP on how companies and cities across the U.S. are reacting to climate change found that they are increasingly aware that it’s a real risk to businesses and communities—and is causing actual disruption-—but they are not all reacting in the same way to neutralize risk and many are […]

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Asia Markets: Japan, Hong Kong lead big stock rebound in Asia Wednesday
Stocks in Japan and Hong Kong were leading early gains Wednesday across Asia as markets appeared poised for relief rally of sorts. The Nikkei, NIK, +1.88% led by financial stocks, is up 1nearly 2%, with Sumitomo Mitsui Trust 8316, +0.72% and Daiwa Securities 8601, +3.59% up some 3%. Treasury-price declines have helped push 10-year JGB yields up a basis point to 0.05%. Meanwhile, reflecting ongoing caution about US-China trade tensions many domestic demand-driven stocks are strong as well. […]

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The Wall Street Journal: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou granted bail by Canadian judge
A Canadian judge granted bail to Huawei Technologies Co. finance chief Meng Wanzhou, setting the stage for a new confrontation with China as the U.S. seeks the executive’s extradition to face charges over violating Iran sanctions. The judge’s decision Tuesday frees Meng after more than a week in detention, though it requires her to submit to a curfew, electronic monitoring and a limited range of travel in the Vancouver area. She is due back in court in February. The executive was […]

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Capitol Report: Clayton says broker-dealer ‘best interest’ language may mirror investment adviser’s fiduciary duty
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton told Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday that the final language of the regulator’s proposed “best interest” standard for broker-dealers may be the same language as the fiduciary standard for investment advisers. The exchange came after a spirited back-and-forth between Clayton and Warren at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on oversight of the agency. The SEC in April proposed establishing a standard of conduct for […]

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Outside the Box: Gutting Wall Street capital requirement would be reckless
Cate Gillon/Getty Images The headlines on Sept. 15, 2008, were grim. Over the past several months,Trump-appointed financial regulators have advanced many proposals that would roll back important financial stability measures put in place following the devastating 2007-2008 financial crisis. Emboldened by these recent victories, Wall Street banks and conservative policy makers in Congress are pressing regulators to water down yet another element of the post-crisis capital framework. The latest […]

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NewsWatch: Students paid $27 million in fees after colleges helped banks hawk products
MARKETWATCH PERSONAL FINANCE A former CFPB official says the CFPB suppressed a report detailing the problem. See full story. Want a summary of the top news? Subscribe to MarketWatch's free After the Bell newsletter. Sign up here.

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Market Extra: Will EU treat Italy more leniently as France’s Macron risks breaching fiscal rules?
Investors and politicians are speculating if France’s potential breach of the European Union’s fiscal rules will lead Brussels to relent in its budget battle with Rome. French President Emmanuel Macron promised Monday night to deliver a host of measures that could endanger France’s improving fiscal trajectory, conceding to yellow-vested protesters who have swarmed the streets of Paris and other cities to rail against the high cost of living and an increase in the fuel tax. […]

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The Wall Street Journal: Tencent Music prices its IPO at the low end of range
Tencent Music Entertainment Group priced its IPO at the low end of expectations, capping a rocky process of going public but still marking one of the biggest U.S.-listed debuts in recent years. The Chinese music-streaming company’s initial public offering priced at $13 per American depositary share Tuesday afternoon, according to a person familiar with the offering. At that level, the bottom end of its $13-to-$15 expected range, it raised roughly $1.1 billion for the company and its […]

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