Thursday, December 30, 2021

Friday's News Links

[Yahoo/Bloomberg] Stocks Waver as Year Draws to a Close: Markets Wrap

[Reuters] Global stocks retreat from gains, oil dips as investors reassess COVID look-ahead

[Reuters] Oil heads for biggest annual gain since at least 2016

[Reuters] Global M&A volumes hit record high in 2021, breach $5 trillion for first time

[Reuters] COVID-driven flight delays, cancellations persist on 2021's final day

[CBS] U.S. hits record high with nearly 500,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day

[DailyMail] US sets WORLD record 489,267 COVID cases in 24 hours as country risks grinding to a halt

[Yahoo/Bloomberg] China Manufacturing Momentum Intact Amid Property Slump

[CNBC] China’s big challenge for 2022: Getting people to spend money

[Reuters] Hong Kong says Omicron has breached its strict COVID-19 restrictions

[Reuters] Global equity funds lure big inflows as Omicron fears ease - Lipper

[Reuters] 'Serious' talk between Biden and Putin sets stage for diplomacy

[Yahoo/Bloomberg] Wind-Whipped Wildfires Devour Hundreds of Homes in Colorado

[Reuters] Russia test-fires new hypersonic Tsirkon missiles from frigate, submarine

[Bloomberg] Turkey Tweaks New Deposit Tool Meant to Ease Lira Fall

[Bloomberg] Omicron Spreads in Hong Kong; New South Wales High: Virus Update

[Bloomberg] China Punishes People Trying to Flee Covid Controls in Xi’an

[NYT] Air Travel Is No Holiday as Covid and Storms Cancel Flights

[WSJ] Fed Rate-Setting Panel Gets New Members in 2022 Amid Rate-Rise Expectations

[WSJ] Beijing Fell Short on Trade Deal Promises, Creating Dilemma for Biden

[WSJ] China Evergrande Revises Payment Plan for Wealth-Management Products

[FT] Debuts in active ETFs surge as US investors’ appetite grows

[FT] How NFTs became a $40bn market in 2021

[FT] US will respond ‘decisively’ if Russia invades Ukraine, Joe Biden warns Vladimir Putin

Thursday's Evening Links

[AP] US children hospitalized with COVID in record numbers

[NBCNY] NY COVID Cases Shatter All-Time Daily Record With 74K Positives; Omicron Taxes Hospitals

[NBCNY] NJ New COVID Cases Rise 35% in a Day as Hospitalizations Near Worst Winter Levels

[WLWT] COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new record as Ohio cases spike

[NBC] Florida Reaches Another Daily COVID-19 Case Record, Surpasses 4k Hospitalizations

[Fox] Omicron surge: Georgia shatters COVID-19 records for second day in a row

[Patch] Daily COVID Cases Top 20,000 In Los Angeles County

[CNN] Biden pushes Putin for Ukraine de-escalation in second call this month

[CNBC] ‘This is a crisis of the Kremlin’s making’: Biden and Putin speak as tensions mount over Ukraine

[WSJ] FAA Warns of Covid-19’s Impact on Staffing as Airlines Cancel Nearly 1,200 Flights Thursday

[FT] UK Covid test shortages highlight pressure on supply chain as demand surges

[FT] Dealmaking surges past $5.8tn to highest levels on record

Thursday Afternoon Links

[Reuters] Stocks Sink in Late-Day Selloff as Big Tech Falls: Markets Wrap

[Reuters] Omicron 'blizzard' to disrupt U.S. for next month: experts

[AP] Southern storms damage homes, buildings, power lines

[AP] Low-vaccinated Eastern Europe braces for omicron surge

[UK Guardian] ‘Extraordinary is no longer extraordinary’: US scientists on a year of climate disasters

[CNBC] The world’s 10 richest people added $402 billion to their fortunes in 2021. 

[Yahoo/Bloomberg] AMLO Says He Would Like Banxico to Help Boost Growth

[Reuters] Thousands message late Chinese COVID whistleblower doctor 2 years on

[FT] Global surge drives Omicron cases to record highs in 20 countries