Frontrunning: June 6

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  • US data chief warns on employment - "Probably the most notable thing about [the jobs report] is there isn’t anything notable about it,” said Keith Hall, commissioner of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (FT)
  • Geithner May Support Lagarde for IMF to Keep U.S. Leadership of World Bank (Bloomberg)
  • Obama Is Focusing on Tax Incentives, Subsidies to Spur Jobs, Goolsbee Says (Bloomberg)
  • Socialists ousted in Portugal election (FT)
  • Sino-Forest to provide details of tree ownership (Daily Mail)
  • New data suggests Iran military link-UN atom chief (Reuters)
  • Rain quenches thirst of areas hit by drought (China Daily)
  • Obama nominee withdraws from Fed race (FT, Reuters)
  • Thousands protest against Greek austerity (FT)
  • Plan Focuses on Rescheduling of Greek Debt (FT)
  • Iran to send caretaker oil minister to OPEC (Reuters)
  • Ingredients of a European political union (FT)
  • The world economy survives crisis after crisis (FT)
  • Saudi Arabia to push OPEC to lift oil output, cut prices (Reuters)
  • Johnson: EU Needs Trichet’s Unified Finance Ministry (Bloomberg)

Global Highlights courtesy of Egan-Jones:

  • Airline profits forecast cut 54% by IATA on Japan quake, rising fuel costs.
  • Asia stocks decline after US jobs growth slows.
  • China Airlines may be exempted from EU carbon plan: report.
  • Dollar gains seen evaporating as Fed maintains stimulus while growth slows.
  • Egypt secures $3B IMF standby loan agreement to help bridge projected deficit.
  • Europe producer-price inflation slows for first time in 8 months.
  • German banks top French with $23B in Greek debt, BIS report shows.
  • Treasuries snap advance on Greece aid, speculation recent gains too rapid.
  • Aegis Group in talks over possible sale of its Synovate market-research arm to Ipsos SA.
  • Airbus chief warns on emissions policy; says Brussels risks trade war with Beijing.
  • Altria recommends rejection of mini-tender offer by TRC Capital for 4M shares.
  • Arch Coal prices 48.0 mln shares of common stock at $27 per share.
  • Diageo buys 20% stake in Kenyan brewer from SABMiller for $225M.
  • Dynamics Research to acquire High Performance Technologies for $143M in cash.
  • First Financial to acquire Liberty Savings Bank's Ohio-based retail branch locations.
  • Google being probed by Justice Dept on whether its $900M purchase of Nortel Networks patents can give it an unfair competitive advantage in the wireless sector.
  • Host Hotels & Resorts sues Molinaro Koger for flipping properties for its own profit rather than getting highest possible price.
  • Lagardere SCA sells its intl magazine businesses in Russia, Ukraine to Hearst Corp.
  • Newell Rubbermaid sees Q2 normalized earnings as much as 15% below cons.
  • Nintendo says US server breached, no data lost.
  • PartnerRe expects $50M-$70M loss on tornadoes that hit US in late April.
  • Prada said to seek as much as $2.6B in Hong Kong initial offering.
  • Smithfield Foods terminates negotiations to acquire controlling interest in Campofrio Food.
  • Statoil ASA to divest a 24.1% interest in Gassled joint venture for $3.25B.
  • Wal-Mart confirms new $15B share repurchase program; increases dividend.
  • Wal-Mart on an analyst briefing said it wouldn’t expect to make acquisitions in the US.

Earnings Calendar: CHMP, CRAI, FCEL, FGP, HWKN, KAD, PBY, RFIL, THO.