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Media Navel Gaze: November 17, 2014

Mark Kollar  Follow

The Week Unpeeled

The best news story of the week was literally otherworldly when a robot of sorts made the first-ever landing on a comet and beamed back pictures to mere mortals on Earth, thanks to the French. Other otherworldly events starred Kim Kardashian (but not even going there #breaktheinternet).


  • President Obama signed a "landmark" agreement with China last week to reduce greenhouse gas pollution;
  • Warren Buffett buys Duracell;
  • Oil trades below $75 a gallon;
  • Goldman names 78 to partner, the second-smallest class on record since going public 15 years ago;
  • Hasbro acquisition talks of DreamWorks breakdown;
  • Halliburton in talks to buy Baker Hughes in a move no doubt tied to declining oil prices and may be the start of more consolidation;
  • Stocks continued to make record highs with the Dow gaining 0.4% on the week to end at 17,634;
  • High Art: Sotheby's and Christie's staged fall auctions in what has been called the "hottest two weeks ever in art history," selling more than $2 billion in works with headlines focused on Warhol's and Steve Cohen's $101 million purchase of a Giacometti sculpture; and
  • Low Art: Duck Dynasty may hit the Great White Way as a musical. End of Story

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