Straws in the Wind 12/2/14

Reuters

Euro Zone Yields Hit Record Low as Draghi Shows More Easing Zeal

Ten-year bond yields in Ireland, Italy, France, and Austria hit the lows, while most of their regional peers were near their troughs after Draghi said "excessively low" inflation had to be raised quickly by whatever means necessary.

Italian Unemployment Hits New Record High

Italian unemployment jumped in October to 13.2% a new record high since the government began compiling the data in 1977.

UK Rent Costs Rise to Record High

Average private-sector rents across England and Wales increased to £770 last month.

S&P 500 Logs 47th Record High Close for Year

Dr. Pepper CEO Sells $3.7M in Stock Near Record High

Wal-Mart CFO Sells $2.1M in Stock Near Record High

Indian Shares Hit Record High

Overseas investors bought Indian shares worth $424 million in the last five straight sessions, putting their total investment so far this year at $15.8 billion.

Latin American Art Auctions Set Record-High Sales

Blistering sales this week of Latin American art set auction records for 31 artists spanning three centuries, ranging from creators in the Spanish colonial period to living artists like Colombia's Fernando Botero. In New York on Monday and Tuesday, Sotheby's sold $33.9 million worth of art, a record high for works from the region at auction, and Christie's sold $24.3 million

California’s Record-Low Voter Turnout Stirs Anxieties

Voter turnout in the midterm election stood Monday at just 42.2%, and isn’t expected to change significantly. That will obliterate the state’s modern-era record for voter apathy of 50.6% in 2002, when Gov. Gray Davis cruised past Republican Bill Simon.

Nigeria's Naira Touches Record Low After Official Devaluation

Nigeria's currency touched a record low against the dollar last week, a day after the central bank devalued it by 8%, complicating efforts to contain inflation before presidential elections early next year.

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