Opening Bell: 11.16.16

"Political pressure" at the Fed; Chiasson back in business; Buffet bounce for airline stocks; “penile strangulation”; and more.
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Airline Stocks Skyrocket Thanks To Warren Buffett (NYP)

The sector’s stocks took flight after Buffett revealed after the closing bell on Monday that he had taken stakes in American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Continental. As of Tuesday’s close, Buffett is sitting in first class — registering a paper profit of roughly $290 million, or about 22 percent on the $1.2 billion investment he made some time in the third quarter.

Barclays' CEO Sees ‘Political Pressure’ On Fed After U.S. Election (Reuters)

"You'll see political pressure on the Fed to be much less accommodative ... influence on the Fed is going to be a significant consequence of the election," Staley said at the FT Banking Summit. Staley also said that John Taylor, the influential Stanford University economics professor whose 'Taylor rule' describes how banks should raise interest rates in response to inflation, could become the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Hedgie Who Beat Insider Trading Conviction Launches $16M Fund

The new fund’s name is a portmanteau of the Latin words for “gold” and “mean,” representing “golden mean.” “For Aurmedis Global Investors, the ‘golden mean’ is symbolic of the firm’s balancing of its research and risk management processes,” an Aurmedis spokesperson told The Post.

James Montier Says Nothing Is Cheap And His GMO Is Holding Cash (FT)

“We have a lot of money in dry powder, and then we have a lot of money in emerging markets because they are the best of a bad bunch,” Montier says. “Nothing looks cheap. EM is cheap on a relative basis. EM is the tallest dwarf.”

SEC Approves Consolidated Audit Trail to Detect Market Manipulation (WSJ)

The consolidated audit trail will track the life cycle of every trade in the U.S. market, accounting for billions of transactions, canceled orders and quotes. The project has faced multiple delays since regulators demanded its construction after struggling to explain a chaotic trading session May 6, 2010, when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged nearly 1,000 points in a few minutes before rebounding.

Another Financial Warning Sign Is Flashing in China (BBG)

The adjusted loan-to-deposit ratio, which includes a range of off-balance sheet items and is an indicator of the banking system’s ability to weather stress, climbed to 80 percent as of June 30, according to S&P Global Ratings. For some smaller lenders, the ratio has already topped 100 percent, S&P estimates.

Wilbur Ross Is Too Old For One Of Trump’s Top Economic Roles, Venture Capitalist Says (CNBC)

"There are some very odd names, there are some relatively failed politicians on the list, some extremist-type industrialists, there's a very diverse range of people there," Moulton told CNBC, commenting on speculation surrounding Trump's future team.

Brexit And Donald Trump Prompt Oxford Dictionaries To Crown “Post-Truth” The International Word Of The Year (CityAM)

Although its earliest known use seems to have been in a 1992 essay in The Nation magazine, Oxford Dictionaries' editors said use of the term increased by 2,000 per cent in 2016 compared to last year. This was in the context, it said, “of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States.”

Doctors Remove Wedding Ring From Man’s Penis (HuffPo)

A 28-year-old South African endured a rare case of “penile strangulation” after squeezing his wedding ring around his sex organ for “erotic reasons,” according to the South African Medical Journal. The journal noted: “No proper guidelines exist for the treatment of this condition, so the ‘best method’ is the one with a successful outcome.”

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