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U.S. stocks pare gains after Trump's inaugural speech

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan, New York City"From this day forward it is going to be only America first," Trump said after being sworn in, adding that the U.S. policy will be to buy American and hire American. Trump's campaign promises of tax and regulatory reforms and higher infrastructure spending had driven Wall Street to new highs in a post-election rally. "Having listened to Trump's speech, there is a concern about what his trade policies will be," said Jamie Cox, managing partner of Harris Financial Group in Colonial Heights, Richmond, Virginia.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:39:05 -0500
U.S. bankers tell Europeans to think positively on Trump

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump listens to questions from reporters while appearing with Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma after their meeting at Trump Tower in New York, U.S.By Carmel Crimmins and Pamela Barbaglia DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. bankers, buoyed by a resurgence in profits, are advising their counterparts in Europe to think positively about the new administration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. At the annual gathering of the world's political and business elites in the Swiss resort of Davos, U.S. financiers told investors and overseas' rivals to focus less on Trump's anti-globalization rhetoric and more on his cabinet picks, comprising of Wall Street veterans and corporate bosses. Many European bankers fear Trump, who campaigned on an "America first" platform and who has threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese imports, could trigger a trade war with the world's second-largest economy.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:40:13 -0500
Investment Focus: History suggests Trump month will be stocks down, dollar up

FILE PHOTO - Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump poses for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York CityFor financial markets, the Trump era begins on Monday, and if history is any guide the following month should be a rocky one for Wall Street but positive for the dollar. The S&P 500 has fallen a median 2.7 percent in the month after each new president has taken the keys to the White House since Herbert Hoover did so in January 1929, according to Reuters analysis. Only four presidents have seen Wall Street rise in their first month in power: Hoover (+3.8 percent), John F. Kennedy in 1961 (+6 pct), George H. W. Bush in 1989 (+5.3 pct) and Bill Clinton in 1993 (0.8 pct).

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:18:34 -0500
AIG to pay Buffett's Berkshire about $10 billion in insurance deal

FILE PHOTO - Current information related to insurance company AIG is displayed above the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeAmerican International Group Inc has agreed to pay roughly $10.2 billion to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc to take on many long-term risks on U.S. commercial insurance policies it has already written. Berkshire's National Indemnity Co unit, led by Buffett's reinsurance chief Ajit Jain, will take on 80 percent of net losses in excess of the first $25 billion, with a maximum liability of $20 billion.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:53:26 -0500
Fed's Williams says need to raise rates before economy overshoots

San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams speaks to Reuters in San Francisco, CaliforniaAn aging workforce and low productivity growth will keep the United States from growing faster than about 2 percent annually on a sustainable basis, Williams said at the Bay Area Economic Institute's annual forecast conference. Donald Trump, sworn in as the 45th U.S. president just hours earlier, has promised his economic policies will boost growth to 4 percent. It was unclear how that ambition will square with the Fed's determination, as articulated by Fed Chair Janet Yellen earlier this week, to raise rates gradually in order to prevent the economy from overheating.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:14:16 -0500
Canada's Competition Bureau reaches deal with Apple, publishers

The Apple Inc. store is seen on the day of the new iPhone 7 smartphone launch in Los AngelesCanada's business competition watchdog said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Apple Inc and three major e-book publishers that will allow retailers to offer discounts to customers. The Competition Bureau's investigation found that an arrangement between the publishers and Apple led to higher prices for Canadians. The watchdog said it had entered into consent agreements with Apple, Lagardere SCA's Hachette, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH's Macmillan and CBS Corp's Simon & Schuster that will let other retailers, including Amazon.com and Kobo, give discounts on e-books by those publishers.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:54:33 -0500
Goldman Sachs rejects Indonesian businessman's $1.1 billion claim over share trade

A view of the Goldman Sachs stall on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeGoldman Sachs has rejected allegations by an Indonesian businessman who is seeking $1.1 billion in damages from the U.S. bank for making what he called "unlawful" trades in the shares of a property firm. Indonesia's government has recently raised investor concerns by cutting business ties with JPMorgan over a negative research report and partially reversing a mining policy. Benny Tjokrosaputro, president director of Indonesian property developer PT Hanson International Tbk, filed a lawsuit in a Jakarta court on Sept. 8 against Goldman's unit, Goldman Sachs International.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:51:22 -0500
Odebrecht group ready to return $5 billion pipeline contract to Peru

A sign of the Odebrecht Brazilian construction conglomerate is seen at their headquarters in LimaA consortium controlled by Brazilian builder Odebrecht S.A. will miss a financing deadline on Monday for a natural gas pipeline project in Peru and awaits government notification that it will lose the $5 billion contract, the company said on Friday. Odebrecht, a family-owned conglomerate at the center of a growing bribery scandal in Latin America, has spent months trying to sell its 55 percent in the project as a condition from banks that would provide $4.1 billion for construction. Shares of Peru's biggest construction group, Grana y Montero , which owns a 20 percent stake, slipped more than 2 percent - extending their more than 30 percent drop since a month ago when Odebrecht admitted to bribing officials in Peru.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:44:53 -0500
Uber hires Google search veteran Singhal for senior engineering post

A photo illustration shows the Uber app logo displayed on a mobile telephone, as it is held up for a posed photograph in central LondonBy Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc. has hired the man behind Google search to work closely with Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and help grow the company's self-driving car program. Amit Singhal announced on his personal blog on Friday that he will join Uber after 15 years at Alphabet Inc. , where he led Google's search division. Singhal will take the post of senior vice president of engineering, and will act as an adviser to both Kalanick and Anthony Levandowski, who heads the Uber's self-driving efforts.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:24:24 -0500
Nasdaq backs trading illiquid stocks only on listing exchange

The Nasdaq logo is displayed at the Nasdaq Market site in New YorkBy John McCrank NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nasdaq Inc will ask U.S. regulators under the Trump administration to limit the trading of shares of small companies and illiquid exchange-traded funds to the exchanges on which they are listed, the market operator said in a note to clients. Such a move would make it cheaper for investors to buy and sell small-cap stocks and niche ETFs, spur more trading, and improve market transparency, Tal Cohen, Nasdaq's head of North American equities, said in the Jan. 19 note, reviewed by Reuters. Under current stock market rules, all U.S. stocks and ETFs can be traded on any of the 13 registered U.S. stock exchanges, regardless of where they are listed, a system aimed in part at promoting competition and adding resiliency to the market.

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:31:52 -0500
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