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  • Ceasefire over, Ukraine forces attack rebel positions (Reuters)
  • No Good Iraq Options for Obama as Russia, Iran Jump In (BBG)
  • Japan’s Cabinet Agrees to Allow Military to Help Defend Allies (BBG)
  • Obama says to reform immigration on his own, bypassing Congress (Reuters)
  • South Stream Pipeline Project in Bulgaria Is Delayed (NYT)
  • Foreign Banks Still in the Dark About Missing Metals in China (WSJ)
  • Quelle indignity: several bankers at French bank BNP Paribas will face demotions and cuts to their pay and bonuses (FT)
  • Symantec Warns of Hacker Threat Against Energy Companies (BBG)
  • Shrinking Office Spaces Slow Recovery (WSJ)
  • Rand Paul Slams ‘Fat Cats’ With Hedge Fund in Top Donors (BBG)
  • After BNP, U.S. targets range of firms in crackdown on illicit money flows (Reuters)
  • Singer Says Argentina Won’t Negotiate as Default Looms (BBG)
  • Singapore Home Prices Post Longest Losing Streak in 5 Years (BBG)
  • Threat of Costly West Coast Port Shutdown Spurs Pay Talks (BBG)
  • Israel bombs Gaza sites hours after bodies of Israeli teens found (Reuters)
  • Richest Ukrainian Walks $13 Billion Tightrope (BBG)
  • Fear, suspicion undermine West Africa's battle against Ebola (Reuters)
     

 

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

* President Barack Obama said Monday he would begin using his authority to bolster border security and consider taking other steps on his own to change the nation's immigration policy, after angrily declaring that Republicans had finally killed off any chances for immigration legislation this year. (http://on.wsj.com/1mD0nIl)

* BNP Paribas SA agreed to pay nearly $9 billion and plead guilty to violating U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Iran and other countries, an unprecedented settlement that includes a year-long ban on the French bank's ability to transact in U.S. dollars. (http://on.wsj.com/1lu8A1m)

* The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 split said private companies can on religious grounds opt out of a federal health-care law requirement that companies provide contraception coverage for employees. (http://on.wsj.com/1sTdoqy)

* General Motors' compensation plan for victims of 2.6 million defective small cars would offer payments for any accidents in which the air bags in the cars failed to deploy, and may offer increased payouts to victims who accepted out-of-court settlements before the auto maker recalled the vehicles. GM also said it will recall an additional 8.45 million vehicles in North America from the 1997 to 2014 model years, most due to an unintended ignition key rotation. (http://on.wsj.com/1m4dNkF)

* Hewlett-Packard said it reached a settlement in three shareholder lawsuits related to its 2011 acquisition of software firm Autonomy, in another sign the personal-computer maker is seeking to put the costly deal behind it. (http://on.wsj.com/1r9Gksv)

* To fix Nestlé's sagging U.S. business, Paul Grimwood has been slashing the number of product variations, and deciding which brands need attention, like Lean Cuisine. (http://on.wsj.com/1nYkJNo)

* Argentina will send a delegation to meet with a court-appointed lawyer on July 7 as it tries to resolve a dispute with a small group of creditors that could see the South American country default for a second time in 13 years. (http://on.wsj.com/1vqrzzi)

* Salesforce.com Inc has recruited an executive from Autodesk Inc as its new chief financial officer. The San Francisco-based company, which offers online software to automate sales and other functions, said Mark Hawkins will start as finance chief on Aug. 1. He has served for five years as CFO of Autodesk, whose software is used for tasks that include designing buildings, cars and other consumer products. (http://on.wsj.com/V5M49A)

* Amherst Securities Group LP and Pierpont Securities LLC are set to merge in a deal aimed at creating a bigger player in underwriting and trading mortgage-related securities, businesses that some larger banks have retreated from in recent years. The companies plan to announce the tie-up on Tuesday morning, they said, declining to disclose terms. (http://on.wsj.com/1sTeF0K)

 

FT

Several bankers at French bank BNP Paribas will face demotions and cuts to their pay and bonuses, according to sources, following the payment of a record $8.9 billion fine to U.S. federal and state authorities.

China's investment firm Citic Group, which is in the midst of a broad restructuring, is considering giving up its U.S. bank branches, according to several of its senior executives.

Europe's biggest defence contractor BAE Systems said it would reorganise its interests in Saudi Arabia to reap the benefits of a government programme meant to help the world's largest oil producer expand its industrial base in the country.

General Motors recalled a further 8.23 million cars on Monday over faulty ignition switches and said three people might have died because of the problems, deepening the automaker' s ongoing safety crisis.

The U.S. Supreme Court has shielded HSBC, UniCredit and UBS from legal claims in excess of $10 billion relating to the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Pension consultants in the UK should be regulated in order to rein in the power of a group of investment advisory firms, Britain's Law Commission said in a report on Monday

 

NYT

* General Motors on Monday announced the recall of 8.4 million more vehicles worldwide - most of them for an ignition defect similar to the flaw that the company failed to disclose in other models for more than a decade. The announcement came hours after Kenneth Feinberg, a compensation expert hired by GM, unveiled a plan to pay victims of accidents involving GM vehicles, promising more than $1 million for families of those who died. (http://nyti.ms/1qdcMbX)

* BNP Paribas SA on Monday admitted to doing billions of dollars in deals with Iran and other countries blacklisted by the United States and agreed to pay a record $8.9 billion penalty to state and federal authorities. (http://nyti.ms/TKUguN)

* Russian hackers have been systematically targeting hundreds of Western oil and gas companies, as well as energy investment firms, according to private cyber security researchers. The motive behind the attacks appears to be industrial espionage - a natural conclusion given the importance of Russia's oil and gas industry, the researchers said. (http://nyti.ms/1pRSZNb)

* More than a million people risk losing their federally insured pensions in just a few years despite recent stock market gains and a strengthening economy, a new government study said on Monday. The people at risk have earned pensions in multi-employer plans, in which many companies band together with a union to provide benefits under collective bargaining. (http://nyti.ms/1m4l97J)

* Regulatory filings posted on Monday night show that Dov Charney, the recently ousted founder of American Apparel , bought 27 million shares of American Apparel stock last week, which gives him a total stake of about 43 percent. If he can persuade an additional 7 percent or so of shareholders to support him, he might be able to get his company back. (http://nyti.ms/1jER6iU)

* The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a case accusing Google of wire-tapping to proceed, undermining the search company's efforts to put a troublesome episode to rest even as it plans to become more deeply embedded in consumers' lives. Google maintains it was not wire-tapping as part of Street View. Its failure to persuade the Supreme Court to hear its appeal means the case will go forward in the lower court. (http://nyti.ms/1o1AyEv)

* Cosmetics maker L'Oréal USA, a subsidiary of L'Oréal SA, has agreed to settle complaints in the United States that advertisements for its skin care products Lancôme Génifique and L'Oréal Paris Youth Code were deceptive, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday. (http://nyti.ms/VBt5Eq)

* A California prosecutor on Monday charged General Motors with unfair business practices and deceptive marketing for concealing ignition-related defects and others in order to boost its bottom line. The lawsuit, filed by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas of Orange County, accuses G.M. of "half-truths and omissions." (http://nyti.ms/1nYmxpC)

 

Canada

THE GLOBE AND MAIL

** Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party emerged victorious in Monday's by-election races, stealing a seat from the New Democratic Party and boosting its vote share across the board. Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan, a former city councillor and broadcaster, nabbed the Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina from the NDP, while Liberal Arnold Chan boosted the party's vote in holding the long-time stronghold of Scarborough-Agincourt, another Toronto riding. (http://bit.ly/1jFtuL3)

** Sixty days after Rob Ford took a leave from city hall under the pall of fresh drug allegations, Toronto's controversial leader marched back into the spotlight, his voice catching as he acknowledged the damage his alcohol and drug use has done and pledging an "unwavering" commitment to "clean living" and a change in the company he keeps. (http://bit.ly/1nYKQE3)

Reports in the business section:

** Alberta has turned the corner following the global economic meltdown of 2008, according to budget numbers released on Monday. According to the final report, the province brought in more than $45 billion in revenue in the fiscal year that ended March 31. That's 17 percent more than expected, credited mainly to higher than forecast energy and tax revenues. (http://bit.ly/1pSvAej)

NATIONAL POST

** Journalists and columnists at the Globe and Mail refused to attach their names to their work on Monday, as negotiations between the union and the paper's management neared a breaking point. With the Globe's union, Unifor's Southern Ontario Newsmedia Guild, backed with a 97 percent strike mandate, the byline strike came just hours before the collective agreement for editorial, advertising and circulation staff reached its Tuesday expiry date. (http://bit.ly/1jDSRNr)

** Prosecutors are seeking 15 years in prison for a Canadian businessman Cy Tokmakjian, who was arrested in a high-profile crackdown on corruption, Cuban authorities said on Monday. (http://bit.ly/1iQqXmE)

FINANCIAL POST

** It could be just the impact of all those home-renovation television programs, but Canadians are fixing up their properties like never before, according to a new report. Renovation spending has been rising for 15 straight years and reached a record $63.4 billion in 2013, which accounted for 3.7 percent of total Canadian gross domestic product, Toronto-based real estate consultants Altus Group said. (http://bit.ly/TLwPle)

** Growth in the Canadian economy stalled in April, edging up just 0.1 percent - the same pace as the previous month - with wholesale and retail activity contributing only meager growth, while mining and construction output weakened. Economists had forecast gross domestic product - the largest measure of economic health - to advance by 0.2 percent in April. (http://bit.ly/1lMG6Vm)

 

China

CHINA SECURITIES JOURNAL

- The Chinese economy will continue to face downward pressure in the second half of 2014, according to industry sources. The front-page article also said liquidity is expected to remain loose and the possibility that the central bank would cut interest rates cannot be ruled out if third- and fourth- quarter economic data remain weak.

- China plans to speed up a batch of major energy projects and may start a nuclear power project soon, said Wu Xinxiong, director of National Energy Administration.

CHINA BUSINESS NEWS

- A total of 633.5 billion yuan ($102.12 billion) worth of real-estate trust will mature in 2014, Haitong Securities calculated.

CHINA DAILY

- Short-term measures by Chinese local governments to boost the housing market will not be beneficial for the local economy, and officials should focus on supporting the real economy, the newspaper said in an editorial.

PEOPLE'S DAILY

- The expulsion of former Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xu Caihou, reflects the policy of the Chinese Communist Party and shows its determination to fight corruption.

 

Britain

The Telegraph

SSP SHARES TO PRICE AT BETWEEN 200 PENCE AND 240 PENCE

SSP Group Ltd, the owner of Upper Crust and Caffe Ritazza, is expected to become the latest company to float in London at the lower end of expectations.

The Guardian

THE CO-OP GROUP LOOKS TOWARDS RADICAL IDEAS ON PATH TO REDEMPTION

"It could be one of the biggest and best turnarounds in corporate history," says Steve Murrells, head of Co-operative Group's retail arm, as he contemplates the companies rising phoenix-like from the ashes of controversy and financial mismanagement.

The Times

TEN YEARS TO SWITCH-ON FOR NEW REACTORS AT SELLAFIELD

The Franco-Japanese consortium planning to build the next generation of nuclear power stations at Sellafield has claimed that three new reactors at the Cumbrian site will be ready to be switched on by 2024.

The Independent

MORTGAGE APPROVALS FALL TO 11-MONTH LOW AS HOUSING MARKET COOLS DOWN

Mortgage approvals fell to an 11-month low in May, confirming that the lending market was already losing some steam before the Bank of England announced new curbs last week.

Sky News

LLOYDS BUYOUT GROUP MAY SELL OR LIST BEVERAGE CO FEVER-TREE

Fever-Tree, the maker of premium drinks mixers, is preparing to toast a change of ownership that could involve a London Stock Exchange flotation.

 

Fly On The Wall 7:00 AM Market Snapshot

ECONOMIC REPORTS

Domestic economic reports scheduled for today include:
Markit’s final manufacturing PMI for June at 9:45--consensus 57.5
ISM manufacturing index for June at 10:00--consensus 55.6
Construction spending for May at 10:00--consensus up 0.5%

ANALYST RESEARCH

Upgrades

Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital
Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
Endurance Specialty (ENH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
H&E Equipment (HEES) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc
iGATE (IGTE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
comScore (SCOR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
iGATE (IGTE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies

Downgrades

21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
MannKind (MNKD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co.
Midstates Petroleum (MPO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland
Sunstone Hotel (SHO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Symantec (SYMC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Triumph Group (TGI) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup

Initiations

ARC Group (ARCW) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Hold at Stifel
Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo
Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
BPZ Resources (BPZ) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Coty (COTY) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
Expedia (EXPE) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
JD.com (JD) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies
JD.com (JD) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
JD.com (JD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
JD.com (JD) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
JD.com (JD) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
Kona Grill (KONA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James
NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
Orbitz (OWW) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
Priceline (PCLN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
Synageva (GEVA) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
TechTarget (TTGT) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies

COMPANY NEWS

Actavis (ACT) receives FTC clearance for proposed acquisition of Forest Labs (FRX)
Autodesk (ADSK) CFO Hawkins resigns to become CFO of Salesforce.com (CRM)
BNP (BNPQY) pleads guilty to sanctions and faces $8.9B fine
Cooper Companies (COO) to acquire Saulfon Pharmaceuticals for $1.2B
GE (GE) water business to acquire Monsal
Gentiva (GTIV) board rejects unsolicited offer from Kindred (KND)
HP (HPQ) agrees to settle shareholder litigation over Autonomy deal
Hormel Foods (HRL) to acquire maker of Muscle Milk sports nutrition products for $450M
Pinnacle Foods (PF) terminates merger agreement with Hillshire Brands 
Sport Chalet (SPCHA) to be acquired by Vestis Retail for $1.20 per share
Transcept Pharmaceuticals (TSPT), Paratek Pharmaceuticals sign merger agreement
Twitter (TWTR) confirms acquisition of TapCommerce

NEWSPAPERS/WEBSITES

Bulgaria blocking major natural gas pipeline, NY Times says
Microsoft's (MSFT) new smartband to be released in October, TomsHardware.com says
Morgan Stanley (MS) mulls financial adviser pay reductions, Reuters says
Nestle (NSRGY) U.S. CEO cutting products to simplify operations, WSJ reports
Novartis (NVS) faces charges in Japan over data manipulation, Financial Times says
Wells Fargo (WFC) looks pricey, Barron's says

SYNDICATE

Investar Holding (ISTR) 2.875M share IPO priced at $14.00
Minerva (NERV) 5.455M share IPO priced at $6.00
TECO Energy (TE) files to sell 15.5M shares of common stock 
US Antimony (UAMY) 1.45M share Secondary priced at $1.40
Unilife (UNIS) files to sell 600,000 shares for holders
Unity Bancorp Inc (UNTY) commences $6.2M rights offering
Western Gas Equity (WGP) 5M share Spot Secondary offered at $60.19, last sale $62.70

 

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Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:37 | 4913242 Sudden Debt
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Frontrunning: July 1

 

- Belgium will kick America's ass tonight and America can't do shit about it. Number 11 will soon be posted (link)

- Obama will blame Bush for losing against Belgium during the WK (link)

- America will only play games with sticks to try to hit a ball (link)

- Did America actually land on the moon if they can't even land a ball in a goal? 22 million American's don't believe so (link)

- CIA sold ball to FIFA that caused America's defeat against Belgium (link)

- Hillary on WK soccer "what does it matter" (link)

- Arizone to sue Obama to defend goal (link)

....

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:55 | 4913256 laomei
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/01/business/international/south-stream-pipeline-project-in-bulgaria-is-delayed.html

 

Soon after, a delegation of senators, including Ron Johnson, Republican of Wisconsin; John McCain, Republican of Arizona; and Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, met with Bulgaria’s prime minister to raise concerns about the project and the influence it gives Russia. They also criticized a pipeline contract awarded to a Russian company sanctioned by the United States. At a joint news conference later, Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski announced that Bulgaria would block the pipeline, called South Stream.

Can we all just stop pretending that this whole thing isn't about natural gas, Russia, Israel and Saudi?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:14 | 4913396 JohninMK
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No mention was made of Ukraine.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:46 | 4914206 laomei
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Ukraine is not the objective really, it's just a pawn and a fallback position or distraction.  See how the whole Ukraine thing happened after Russia outplayed the US on Syria?  Stealing their black sea fleet was intended as punishment, that failed.  Then we get, right on schedule, "chlorine gas" attacks in Syria.  Why is Russia not fully engaging in Ukraine? Because at this point it is a distraction, get Russia engaged in Ukraine and then pivot back to Syria.  Russia however, ain't biting.  Let Kiev go make an ass out of itself, while supporting the East just enough to let things simmer, allow Kiev to break all the deals and be left with no support.  ISIS provides a wonderful excuse to back Syria while at the same time, thanks to the US being pathetic, build relations in Iraq and further ruin any chances of the pipeline deals.

So.. last move, go cry to Bulgaria about Southstream.  Why? Why all this bullshit?  Oddly enough, right about the same time as everyone is crying about exporting LNG, the way you do that is destabilize the EU market and justify the higher costs at least until the ME pipelines can be constructed.  

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:59 | 4913259 Yen Cross
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   Here's the July POMO schedule for anyone that's interested.

  http://www.newyorkfed.org/markets/tot_operation_schedule.html

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:01 | 4913265 Aussie V
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I'm watching an old re-run of Mash and it's really sad because Henry's wife Lorraine has had an affair with an Orthadontist.

 

Anything else is just confusing.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:36 | 4913463 rtalcott
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NATO Updates Policy: Offers Members Article 5 Protection Against Cyber Attacks

http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/natosource/nato-updates-policy-offe...

 

Old but interesting:

Nuclear power plant cybersecurity warnings silenced by legal threats

 http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/10/31/nuclear-security-silence/

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:04 | 4913557 no1wonder
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Putin to West: Stop turning world into 'global barracks,' dictating rules to others 

Speaking in front of ambassadors on Tuesday, Vladimir Putin recalled the situation with France and the delivery of the Mistral-class ships that was agreed between Moscow and Paris, but was jeopardized in March.

"We know about the pressure that our American partners put on the French so that they would not deliver the Mistral [ships] to Russia,” Putin said.

“And we know that [they] hinted that if the French don't deliver Mistral, sanctions on banks will be gradually removed, or at least minimized. What is this, if not blackmail?"

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:42 | 4913688 SmittyinLA
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Ukraine to rid itselves of "parasites" so they can join the EU?

I guess they missed the Greek, Spain, Portugal memos.

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