Frontrunning: August 19


  • Just how many rats are there? Steven Cohen's Firm Loses Another Top Executive (WSJ)
  • Iceland Sees a Potential Volcanic Eruption, and Airlines Cower (Bloomberg)
  • Iraqi forces battle to drive jihadists from Saddam's home town (Reuters)
  • Israel, Palestinians Agree to Extend Gaza Truce for 24 Hours (BBG)
  • Pimco now buying junk (BusinessWeek)
  • Pakistan arrests 147 in Punjab towns as protests in capital continue (Reuters)
  • Ex-Rabobank Employee Pleads Guilty in Libor-Rigging Probe (BBG)
  • BHP Billiton to Spin Off Some Assets (WSJ)
  • Ebola Orphans Targeted by Aid Groups as Newest Victims (BBG)
  • Two California youths accused of plotting high school shooting spree (Reuters)
  • Only Rich Know Wage Gains With No Raises for U.S Workers (BBG)
  • In Phoenix, a Realty Check as Market Moderates (WSJ)
  • Selling the Plaza Hotel, From an Indian Jail Cell (BBG)
  • Celebrities in firing line as China steps up drug war (Reuters)
  • U.S. Orange-Juice Sales Fall to Record Low (WSJ)

 

Overnight Media Digest

WSJ

* Tensions flared Monday night as a large contingent of police confronted demonstrators in Ferguson after hours of peaceful marching to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. (http://on.wsj.com/1mfpRNq)

* Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of killing dozens of civilians by firing on a refugee convoy, the latest example of residents caught in the line of fire of a four-month-old war that has caused more than 2,000 deaths. Rebels denied any role in the attack, or that an attack had taken place. The U.S. State Department condemned the "shelling and rocketing" of the convoy but said it couldn't confirm who was responsible. (http://on.wsj.com/1oVPZg4)

* Dollar General Corp offered to pay $9 billion in cash for Family Dollar Stores Inc, the latest in a wave of retail mergers that comes as companies struggle with weak traffic and a glut of stores. The offer is an attempt to elbow out the smallest of the three rivals, Dollar Tree Inc, which signed an agreement to acquire Family Dollar three weeks ago. (http://on.wsj.com/1pEFv9K)

* U.S. orange-juice retail sales fell to the lowest level on record as the formerly popular American breakfast beverage continued to fall out of favor with consumers. (http://on.wsj.com/1mft5Ak)


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