FirstFT: Shares fall after ‘Santa rally’ hopes are dashed


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Any hopes of an end-of-year Santa rally look prone to be dashed as investor optimism about China’s reopening plans is countered by worries concerning the particular affect on among the market’s greatest firms.

Beijing’s choice to scrap inbound quarantine necessities gave a basic increase to shares yesterday, notably in China. However particular person shares, together with Tesla and Apple (whose shares completed 1.4 per cent decrease) had been hit by issues over disruptions to their China manufacturing operations amid a hovering variety of Covid-19 circumstances.

The S&P 500 clawed again some early losses to shut 0.4 per cent decrease whereas the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite index ended off 1.4 per cent.

Within the US, a so-called Santa rally denotes positive factors during the last 5 days of buying and selling in a single yr and the primary two of the brand new yr. Returns over that interval common 1.3 per cent in contrast with 0.2 per cent for any rolling seven-day buying and selling interval.

1. US airline passengers hit by extra chaos The after-effects of the lethal blizzard that swept throughout the nation over the Christmas interval are nonetheless being felt. Based on the flight monitoring web site FlightAware, greater than 3,000 US flights had been cancelled by final evening, whereas greater than 6,000 had been delayed. Nearly all of axed flights had been operated by Southwest Airways, which stated it will function simply one-third of its flight schedule “for the following a number of days”.

2. Whitmer ringleader is sentenced Adam Fox, co-leader of a plot to abduct Michigan’s Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has been sentenced to 16 years in jail. The sentence is the longest thus far of anybody convicted of the plot, which occurred in 2020, however lower than the life time period sought by prosecutors, who had described Fox as a risk to democracy. The federal government had claimed that Fox was the “driving power” behind the plan to kidnap Whitmer from her dwelling, in addition to blow up a bridge to distract police and provoke a civil struggle forward of the presidential election. (Extra from Reuters)

3. JPMorgan bankers attempt to lure away Morgan Stanley’s shoppers JPMorgan Chase’s military of personal bankers is reportedly attempting to persuade its wealthy shoppers to transfer billions of {dollars} from Morgan Stanley’s tax technique funds on to the financial institution’s personal platform.

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Brazil faces financial headwinds as Lula prepares to take workplace As Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva prepares to take workplace on January 1, he faces a darkening financial outlook. Lula received the Brazilian presidency by promising voters that the great occasions of “steak and beer” would return to Latin America’s largest nation. However, as Bryan Harris explains, the outlook is nowhere close to as rosy as he might need hoped.

Race is on to develop new era of weight-loss medication Altering attitudes, surging demand and tight provide for a brand new class of weight problems medication has sparked a race amongst a number of of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms to develop rival medicines for a market projected to be price $50bn in annual revenues by the top of the last decade. Greater than 4 in 10 American adults are clinically overweight, in keeping with the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. Is a game-changer on the way in which?

Eurozone financial system set to shrink in 2023 Excessive inflation and potential power shortages are prone to drag down output and set off a reversal within the fortunes of the labour market, in keeping with a Monetary Occasions ballot of economists. Nearly 90 per cent of the 37 economists surveyed by the FT thought the only forex zone was already in recession and the bulk forecast a contraction in gross home product over the entire of subsequent yr.

Hottest FT opinion story: ‘It’s time to confess that hybrid isn’t working’

Because the yr reaches its shut, we’re sharing a few of our most-read tales throughout totally different sections of the FT. Right this moment we spotlight our most learn opinion story.

Early within the yr, non-public sector polls confirmed {that a} majority of staff needed to maintain working from dwelling, a minimum of a part of the time. However Camilla Cavendish requested, what if it’s not really that good for us, or these we work for?

Working from home poll graphic

Take a break from the information

Who’re the FT’s crossword compilers? Our band of setters are a breed few know a lot about. Under, compiler James Brydon shares just a little bit about himself.

Stroll us via your compiling technique: I at all times begin with looking for good clues for lengthy solutions, ideally avoiding anagrams as they’re the best sort of clues to assemble. At first, I search for good concepts: misdirection, hanging photos, humorous concepts, and so forth. Then, as a believer that crosswords should not merely a riddle however have technical and aesthetic qualities as nicely, I’ll spend time sharpening the clues, aiming for accuracy, magnificence and succinctness.

Any recommendation for solvers? A crossword is sort of a backyard path sentence, so the trick for fixing is to isolate particular person phrases within the clue and work out how their meanings could be totally different from how they seem within the floor studying.

The clue you wished you had written: The place to start out? I like this one from Arachne in The Guardian: “Two idiots stripped Mini’s bumpers off” (9). Learn on to search out out the reply. And check out the FT’s newest crossword puzzles right here.


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