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Media Navel Gaze: October 27, 2015

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Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton seemed to get buckets of positive ink from both sides of the political fence last week for her performance (and emphasis on performance - called "presidential") in front of a Republican-led congressional panel over the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, which all in all make the polls a bit more exciting where Clinton and Sanders are still pretty much neck and neck (CBS/YouGov with Clinton at +3) but Clinton's neck is gaining momentum, it seems.

Elsewhere:

  • Vice President Joseph Biden announces he will not run for president;
  • Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) announced he was ready to run for Speaker of the House;
  • Alphabet, formerly known as Google, announced strong quarterly gains and a $5.1 billion stock buyback, its first-ever share repurchase;
  • China cut rates, the sixth time this year, and paired the ease with a reduction in bank-reserve requirements, sparking a stock-market rally;
  • The Dow roared back and ended Friday at 17,646, its fourth advance in as many week and up some 8.4 percent for the month; and
  • Oprah invests big in Weight Watchers and stock watchers weigh in to buy;
  • Home sales posted big positive results, a welcome sight for the economy;
  • An unwelcome sight, however:  Hurricane Patricia hit Mexico in what was billed in bold cap everywhere as the strongest storm ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere;
  • Disney releases advance tickets to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"; and
  • Daniel Murphy happened.

LatAm Gaze:

  • Argentina holds its presidential elections this Sunday, in a race that will carry huge implications for what becomes of the current turmoil-ridden government;
  • Following the release of September jobs data, Brazil's YTD unemployment situation is now at its worst level since 2002; and
  • Guatemalans today will head to the polls for the second round of their presidential elections.  End of Story

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