Frontrunning: August 5

  • Second Ebola patient to arrive in U.S. on Tuesday (Reuters)
  • Ebola Drug Made From Tobacco Plant Saves U.S. Aid Workers (BBG)
  • Egypt plans to dig new Suez Canal costing $4 billion (Reuters)
  • Apple Buybacks Pay Most Ever as CEOs Spend $211 Billion (BBG)
  • DeMark Says Sell China Stocks Now After World’s Best Gain (BBG)
  • Investors Stung by Losses After Exiting Struggling Property Fund in China (WSJ)
  • B.A. in BTFD: MIT May Consider Granting Degrees in Less Than Four Years (BBG)
  • Too late, money's already been spent: GPIF Needs Overhaul Before Asset Changes, Shiozaki Says (BBG)
  • Oh look, another "truce": Israel withdraws troops, 72-hour Gaza truce begins (Reuters)
  • Israel Says Tunnel Mission Complete as Cease-Fire Starts (BBG)
  • Samsung Loses Top Spot in China, India as Locals Ascend (BBG)
  • Ukrainian troops cross into Russia to avoid fighting, talks underway (Reuters)
  • Crédit Agricole Hit By Portuguese Bank Woes (WSJ)
  • Hospitals Cash In on the Newly Insured (WSJ)
  • BMW Has Best Carmaking Profitability Since 2011 on SUVs (BBG)
  • Goldman Sachs Dumps Weaker Hedge-Fund Clients (WSJ)
  • Billionaire Musk Chooses South Texas for SpaceX Launchpad (BBG)
  • China says investigating two Canadians suspected of threatening national security (Reuters)
  • Japanese Stem-Cell Scientist Yoshiki Sasai Commits Suicide (WSJ)
  • What Crisis? EU Rules on Banks Lauded as Right After All (BBG)


Overnight Media Digest


* A rush of newly insured patients using health services has boosted hospital operators' fortunes but has racked up costs that insurers didn't anticipate, corporate filings and interviews with executives show. (

* Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire in Gaza starting Tuesday as Israeli forces were winding down their month-long campaign in the Palestinian territory. The deal followed Israel's pullout of most of its forces from the Gaza Strip over the weekend. (

* Sand prices are rising and companies are racing to build new mines in South Dakota and other locations as demand intensifies for the silica crystals that energy companies use to frack oil and gas wells. Sand is a key ingredient in items from solar panels to smartphones, but in recent years billions of pounds of it have been poured down wells to help coax more fuel out of the ground. (

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