Economists: Coronavirus threatens US economic boom | Stocks slip again; Trump moves on virus response | Big US companies feel effect of coronavirus
February 27, 2020
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The coronavirus outbreak could end a yearslong US economic boom by disrupting markets and lowering consumer confidence, economists say. Concerns have wiped out $2 trillion in stock market value, widened corporate spreads and increased the value of the US dollar.
Full Story: Reuters (2/26),  BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (2/26) 
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Industry Update
Stocks continue to decline in the US, Asia and Europe, with futures trades indicating further losses and lower oil prices, as the coronavirus outbreak widens. President Donald Trump has appointed Vice President Mike Pence to spearhead the US response to the outbreak.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/26),  Financial Times (subscription required) (2/27),  CNN (2/27),  Politico (2/26) 
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Supply chain disruption and lost overseas sales are threatening stocks of US firms with significant foreign operations, as the impact of the coronavirus outbreak deepens in Europe and Asia. S&P 500 companies with significant presence on these continents have seen a sharper decline this week than the index overall.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/25) 
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Investors are unloading high-yield bond exchange-traded funds amid concerns about economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak. Withdrawals have totaled more than $4 billion during the past week, Bloomberg-compiled data shows.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (2/26) 
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Saudi Aramco is preparing for a secondary listing outside Saudi Arabia, sources say. Executives reportedly are talking with Wall Street banks, although no timetable has been set for the listing.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (2/26) 
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New York Focus
N.Y.-area airport employees demand coronavirus protection
(Ahmad Gharabli/Getty Images)
The Service Employees International Union, representing more than 10,000 airport workers at New York metropolitan area airports, says employees have not been properly trained and equipped to reduce the transmission of coronavirus. Airports and airlines say they are following all federal recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Full Story: USA Today/The Associated Press (2/25) 
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The Army Corps of Engineers has indefinitely suspended a study of measures to safeguard the New York City area against storm surge. The $19 million study involves such potential projects as a five-mile retractable barrier that would offer flood protection along New York harbor.
Full Story: BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (2/25) 
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People & Personalities
BlackRock power broker Barbara Novick is scaling back her role at the firm and becoming a senior advisor, according to a companywide memo distributed Wednesday. Novick, a co-founder of the investment firm who is seen as one of the most influential women on Wall Street, played a key role in persuading regulators not to consider BlackRock a systemically important financial institution.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/26) 
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On The Economy
Falling mortgage rates and unusually mild weather sent January sales of newly built single-family homes in the US to the highest point since 2007, exceeding economists' expectations. Sales increased 18.6% compared with January 2019, according to the Commerce Department.
Full Story: Reuters (2/26),  Mortgage News Daily (2/26) 
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The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose slightly this month to 130.7, continuing an ascent from last month but falling short of economists' projection of 132.0. The ongoing strength of consumer confidence indicates the 11-year economic expansion could endure in the face of coronavirus disruptions.
Full Story: Reuters (2/25) 
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Financial Products
The Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected a bitcoin exchange-traded fund from Wilshire Phoenix, saying the firm had failed to prove manipulation is avoidable in the bitcoin market. SEC member Hester Peirce dissented, saying that the SEC unfairly applies a higher standard to bitcoin products and that "no filing will meet the ever-shifting standards that this commission insists on applying to bitcoin-related products -- and only to bitcoin-related products."
Full Story: CoinDesk (UK) (2/26) 
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