Sunday, 11 December 2016

Donald Trump’s H-1B stand may hit Indian tech companies
As Donald Trump prepares to take over the White House, India will have to adjust its strategies on movement of skilled professionals to the US.

In an apparent reference to the current hot-button case against Disney World, Trump told an Iowa rally, "We will fight to protect every last American life. During the campaign, I also spent time with American workers who were laid off and forced to train. Foreign workers were brought in to replace them. We won't let this happen any more." Among his first actions after winning, Trump played a proactive role to keep air conditioning company Carrier from relocating to Mexico.

India has come in for special mention not merely by Trump but by successive presidential candidates over the past decade, with the word "bangalored" becoming an acceptable verb. The 1990 H-1B visa programme allows US employers to import up to 65,000 foreign workers with "highly specialised knowledge". However, US studies have said the top users of the H-1B visa were outsourcing companies, mainly from India.

Trump can reduce the cap on H-1B visas or raise the fees or auction them. He could also order that H-1B workers have to be paid higher wages which would make Americans more competitive.


Saturday, 10 December 2016

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Friday, 9 December 2016

Here's a look at the life of President-elect and businessman Donald Trump.

Birth date:
 June 14, 1946
Birth place: New York, New York
    Birth name: Donald John Trump
    Father: Fred Trump, real estate developer
    Mother: Mary (Macleod) Trump
    Marriages: Melania (Knauss) Trump (January 22, 2005-present); Marla (Maples) Trump (December 1993-June 1999, divorced); Ivana (Zelnicek) Trump (1977-1990, divorced)
    Children: with Melania (Knauss) Trump: Barron, March 20, 2006; with Marla (Maples) Trump: Tiffany, October 13, 1993; with Ivana (Zelnicek) Trump: Eric, 1984; Ivanka, October 30, 1981; Donald Jr., December 31, 1977
    Education: University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance, 1968
    Other Facts:
    Famous American entrepreneur and real estate developer.
    Chairman and President of The Trump Organization.
    Nicknamed "The Donald."
    1970s - 
    After college, works with his father on developments in Queens and Brooklyn.
    1980s - Purchases/builds multiple properties in New York City, including Trump Tower (1983), Trump Plaza, and multiple casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
    1983 - Buys the New Jersey Generals football team which goes under a few years later when the United States Football League folds.
    1990 - One of his casinos is forced into temporary bankruptcy as Trump faces huge debts.
    1992 - Two of Trump's casinos file for bankruptcy in order to restructure debts.
    1996 - Buys out and becomes executive producer of the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants.
    January 2004 - "The Apprentice," with Trump acting as host, premieres on NBC.
    August 18, 2004 - Relaunches a board game called "Trump, the Game," an updated version of a 1989 game with the same name.
    November 21, 2004 - Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts Inc. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
    January 16, 2007 - Trump receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    January 2008 - "The Apprentice" returns, re-branded as "Celebrity Apprentice."
    February 13, 2009 - Announces he is resigning from his position as chairman of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
    February 17, 2009 - Trump Entertainment Resorts files for bankruptcy. The Trump Organization owns 28% of Trump Entertainment Resorts.
    May 16, 2011 - Announces he will not run for president.
    May 29, 2012 - On CNN's The Situation Room, maintains that President Barack Obama's birthplace is a matter of opinion and with regards to the president's Hawaiian birth certificate, "a lot of people do not think it was an authentic certificate."
    March 15, 2013 - Makes a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), calling the country a "a total and complete mess."
    June 1, 2015 - Says he will make a "major announcement [on] June 16" at Trump Tower, according to a GIF posted on his official Instagram account.
    June 16, 2015 - Trump announces that he is running for president during a speech from Trump Tower in New York.
    June 28, 2015 - Trump says he's giving up the TV show "The Apprentice" to run for president.
    June 29, 2015 - NBC says it is cutting its business ties to Trump and won't air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because of "derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants." This comes two weeks after comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement.
    July 8, 2015 - In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Trump says he "can't guarantee" all of the workers he employs have legal status in the United States. This is a response to questions about a recent Washington Post report that said there are undocumented immigrants working at the Old Post Office Pavilion construction site in Washington, which Trump is converting into a luxury hotel.
    July 15, 2015 - Trump's campaign reports that the Republican presidential candidate's net worth is "in excess of ten billion dollars" and his personal finance disclosure has been submitted to the Federal Election Commission.
    July 22, 2015 - Donald Trump's financial disclosure report is made public by the Federal Election Commission.
    August 6, 2015 - During the first 2016 Republican debate, Trump is questioned about a third party candidacy, his attitude towards women and his history of donating money to Democratic politicians. He tells moderator Megyn Kelly of Fox News that he feels he is being mistreated, declaring "I've been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me. But I wouldn't do that." After the debate, a series of late-night Tweets are posted on Trump's Twitter page, criticizing Kelly and Fox News.
    August 7, 2015 - The controversy continues, as Trump tells CNN's Don Lemon that Kelly was singling him out for attack. He says, "You could see there was blood coming ohttp://www.cnn.com/2016/07/19/politics/donald-trump-republican-nomination-2016-election/ut of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." The statement is interpreted by some as a reference to hormonal imbalance.
    September 11, 2015 - Trump announces on social media he has purchased NBC's half of the Miss Universe Organization, which organizes the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
    December 7, 2015 - Trump's campaign puts out a press release calling for a "complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
    March 2016 - Along with 13 others, is ranked number 324 on Forbes' list of the the world's billionaires with a net worth of $4.5 billion.
    March 29, 2016 - Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is arrested and charged in Jupiter, Florida, with simple battery of former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. Two weeks later, State Attorney David Aronberg announces he will not prosecute Lewandowski.
    May 26, 2016 - Secures enough delegates to clinch the Republican Party nomination. A CNN count estimates Trump has crossed the 1,237 threshold required to be elected the nominee. However, Trump is still the presumptive Republican nominee until the delegates formally cast their votes on the convention floor in Cleveland in July.
    July 16, 2016 - Trump formally unveils Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate.
    July 19, 2016 - Officially becomes the Republican Party nominee for president.
    October 1, 2016 - A New York Times report about Donald Trump's 1995 tax records shows he declared a $916 million loss that could have allowed him to legally skip paying federal income taxes for years. The report, which contains some of the most detail of Trump's financial empire that has been publicly reported, shows Trump declared a $916 million loss for 1995 and lists tax benefits he used after a turbulent financial period for him in the early 1990s. The Times says it obtained the three pages of documents when they were mailed to a reporter last month.
    October 7, 2016 - Previously unaired footage from 2005 surfaces of Donald Trump talking about trying to have sex with a married woman and being able to grope women. In footage obtained by The Washington Post, Trump is heard off-camera discussing women in vulgar terms during the taping of a segment for "Access Hollywood." In a taped response, Trump apologizes early Saturday, "I said it, I was wrong and I apologize." Over the weekend, several House and Senate members rescind their endorsements of Trump, and key GOP figures call for Trump to step aside.
    October 9, 2016 - During the second presidential debate, CNN's Anderson Cooper asks Trump about his descriptions of groping and kissing women without their consent in the "Access Hollywood" footage. Trump denies that he has ever engaged in such behavior and declares the comments were "locker room talk." After the debate, 11 women step forward to claim that they were sexually harassed or sexually assaulted by the real estate developer. Trump says the stories aren't true.
    November 8, 2016 - Is elected president of the United States.
    November 18, 2016 - Donald Trump has agreed to pay $25 million to settle three lawsuits against Trump University. The deal will keep the president-elect from having to testify in a trial in San Diego that was set to begin November 28. The settlement ends a suit brought by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, as well as two class action suits in California. About 6,000 former students are covered by the settlement. The victims will receive at least half of their money back.
    November 30, 2016 - Trump promises to 'remove' himself from his businesses and says he will announce details in two weeks about how he'll avoid conflicts of interest when he is president.
    President-elect Donald Trump is stacking his trade transition team with veterans of the U.S. steel industry's battles with China, signaling a potentially more aggressive approach to U.S. complaints of unfair Chinese subsidies for its exports and barriers to imports.Led by Wilbur Ross, a billionaire steel investor and Trump's nominee for commerce secretary, Dan DiMicco, the former CEO of steelmaker Nucor Corp (NUE.N), and three veteran steel trade lawyers, the team is expected to help shift the U.S. trade focus more heavily toward enforcement actions aimed at bringing down a chronic U.S. trade deficit, Washington trade experts said. 

    Based on their past efforts, this could include more challenges to China's trade practices through the World Trade Organization and more U.S. government-initiated anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases against a wider range of Chinese products. The latter would be argued before the U.S. International Trade Commission - a forum where the steel industry has had considerable success.Ross, DiMicco and other leaders of Big Steel have been on the front-line battles against the world's export superpower.

    Hit by a flood of cheap imports from China and other countries, the U.S. steel industry has brought 16 new cases in the past three years, seeking punitive duties from the Commerce Department to combat below-cost dumping and unfair subsidies that slashed prices of various steel products to historic lows last year, causing layoffs at U.S. steel mills. (See graphic tmsnrt.rs/2gUFGAf)Some of these cases have resulted in massive penalties against Chinese imports, including duties of more than 500 percent on Chinese cold-rolled steel used in autos and appliances.
     Lawyers Robert Lighthizer and Jeffrey Gerrish have represented United States Steel (X.N) and Stephen Vaughn has represented AK Steel (AKS.N) in these cases. The three are also part of Trump's trade team.Lighthizer, Gerrish, Vaughn, Ross and DiMicco either declined to comment for this story or did not respond to Reuters' requests for interviews.Trade experts familiar with their views and their history of confrontation with China, however, say they will not be afraid to push the limits of what is legal under World Trade Organization rules in defense of U.S. trade interests. 
    Lighthizer, who along with DiMicco is considered a strong candidate to be the new U.S. Trade Representative, is known for his work during the Reagan administration pressuring Japan into voluntary export restraints.


    "Bob Lighthizer is very smart, very strategic and totally fearless," said a Washington attorney who has worked with him for three decades and asked not to be named because Trump's USTR selection process was still under way. "If he's in charge you can expect him to use every tool available to create leverage to get China and anyone else to stop the cheating. He is no fan of the WTO."Lighthizer told a congressional panel in 2010 that the WTO's dispute resolution system was ineffective and that the United States "should consider aggressive interpretations of WTO provisions that might help us deal with Chinese mercantilism."
    Such tactics could include imposing temporary import quotas and surcharges and factoring in the effect of currency manipulation into U.S. anti-dumping duties, he said.Ross, who advised Trump's presidential campaign on economic issues, has signaled he will use access to the lucrative U.S. consumer market as leverage to negotiate better trade terms. The United States is China's biggest export market.During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to levy a punitive 45-percent tariff on Chinese goods and label Beijing a currency manipulator. It is not clear though whether he will follow through on those threats once he takes office.Ross told CNN last week that Trump will not be "willy nilly slapping a 45 percent tariff on everything," but will maintain the threat of tariffs as part of negotiations.If DiMicco is named head of USTR, his personal blog gives some indication of how he would approach China. He has accused China of waging a "mercantilist trade war" on the United States for two decades, through currency manipulation, unfair subsidies and intellectual property theft.
    On the issue of currency manipulation, many economists disagree, saying Beijing is no longer keeping its yuan artificially undervalued to make its exports cheap, citing the hundreds of billions of dollars in reserves it has spent to prop up the yuan's value this year.A key question for Trump's trade team is how far they can push China to change its trade practices without provoking a trade war that will hurt both countries."If what they plan to do is get a little scratchier with China on enforcement within the existing WTO rules, that's OK," said Scott Miller, a China trade expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. "But if they go outside those guardrails, it will be unpleasant because that will draw retaliation." He Weiwen, vice president at the Center for China and Globalization, a government-affiliated think-tank in Beijing, said any punitive action against China by the Trump administration would invite a retaliatory response."We will certainly respond in the same way," he said, adding that Washington and Beijing "should find good solutions that are acceptable to both and not go to extremes. It will hurt both."Chinese state media have warned that any new tariffs imposed by Trump would lead to retaliation against Boeing (BA.N) aircraft, Apple (AAPL.O) iPhones and U.S. corn and soybeans. (Additional reporting by Michael Martina in Beijing; Editing by David Chance and Ross Colvin)

    The US presidential election was the most "talked about" topic on Facebook in 2016, in a year filled with discussion and debate on issues that were both serious and light-hearted.

    The bitterly contested election in which Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton was ranked as the leading issue, followed by Brazil's political developments which included the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff, Facebook said in a blog post.

    On the lighter side at number three was the runaway success of Pokemon Go, the location-based augmented reality game for smartphone users.

    Other subject matters shared among Facebook's 1.79 billion users were more sober, with the fourth leading topic the "Black Lives Matter" movement, followed by the election in the Philippines of Rodrigo Duterte.

    Number six on the list was the Olympic games, followed by Brexit, the Super Bowl and the deaths of rock star David Bowie and boxing icon Muhammad Ali.

    Facebook said it measured leading topics by how frequently an issue was mentioned in posts made between January 1 and November 27.

    Facebook's first ranking of live videos saw a runaway victory by "Chewbacca Mom," from the Texas woman who donned a mask of the Star Wars character and laughed hysterically as she drove. The video has been viewed more than 160 million times.
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday was expected to name a senior Goldman Sachs (GS.N) banker to coordinate economic policy across his administration, turning again to Wall Street for expertise in managing the world's largest economy.

    Wall Street Hits Record High For Third Straight Day | "Trump rally" has been running since the November 8

    Trump's pick of Gary Cohn, 56, the firm's president and chief operating officer, to head his White House National Economic Council, reported by NBC and other media outlets, comes despite Trump's past criticism of Wall Street's power.

    Trump hammered Goldman and its Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Blankfein during the presidential campaign, releasing a television ad that called Blankfein part of a "global power structure" that had robbed America's working class.

    The anti-Goldman message rankled some on Wall Street, although several alums of the bank had major roles in Trump's campaign and are bound for senior administration posts.

    "That Trump is willing to take this step does suggest the political risk to the biggest banks may be diminishing," said Jaret Seiberg, an analyst at Cowen & Co.

    The NEC coordinates economic policy across federal agencies and if Cohn takes the post he will follow former Goldman executives Robert Rubin and Stephen Friedman in that role.

    Cohn was widely seen as Blankfein's heir apparent and his exit may give rise to a new group of leaders at the bank, most of whom have spent more than 20 years there.

    A Goldman Sachs spokesman was not immediately available for comment. Trump's transition team had no immediate comment.
    Cohn is a former Goldman commodities trader from Ohio who joined the firm in 1990. He served in a variety of leadership roles in bond trading, becoming co-head of Goldman's broader securities and eventually co-president in 2006.

    Cohn would join at least two other former Goldman bankers in the Trump administration, including Treasury Secretary-designate Steven Mnuchin and White House adviser Steve Bannon.
    The abundance of Wall Street faces on his team exposes Trump to criticism he is veering away from pledges to protect American workers from powerful interests.

    "Gary Cohn's bank helped cause the 2008 financial crisis (and) he shouldn't have anything to do with America’s economic policies," said Karl Frisch, executive director of Allied Progress, a left-leaning nonprofit group.

    Trump is also expected to pick U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Republican from Washington state and an advocate of increased oil and gas development who is skeptical about climate change, to run the Department of the Interior, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters.

    The "Trump rally" has been running since the November 8 vote as investors bet US President-elect Donald Trump's policies will boost economic growth and inflation.
    Wall Street Hits Record High For Third Straight Day  "Trump rally" has been running since the November 8

    Wall Street's major indices hit record highs for the third day in a row on Friday as the post-election rally got a lift from healthcare and technology stocks.

    The "Trump rally" has been roaring ahead since the November 8 vote on bets that US President-elect Donald Trump's policies will boost economic growth and inflation.

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    The small cap Russell 2000 and the Dow Transport indexes also hit record intraday highs.  

    With the rally about to enter its second month, valuations may come under focus.

    The S&P 500 is currently trading at about 17.5 times forward 12-month earnings, above the 10-year median of nearly 15 times, according to Thomson Reuters StarMine.

    "I think if you are a short-term trader, you may be looking to take profits and you are starting to see a little bit of that in financials," said Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Boston Private Wealth.

    The resilience of the stock market will be put to test after the Federal Reserve's policy meeting next week, where traders expect a 94 percent chance of an interest rate increase.

    At 1608 GMT (9:38 p.m. in India), the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 40.95 points, or 0.21 per cent, at 19,655.76, after hitting 19,671.84. This is the 11th all-time high for the index since the election.

    The Nasdaq Composite was up 27.09 points, or 0.5 per cent, at 5,444.44, after hitting a high of 5,450.16

    The S&P 500 was up 6.09 points, or 0.27 per cent, at 2,252.28, slightly below its high of 2,255.06.

    Pfizer rose 2.68 per cent and Merck 1.7 per cent, giving the biggest boost the healthcare index.

    Six of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors were higher, led by a 1.03 per cent rise in health stocks and a 0.5 per cent rise in technology.

    Other pharma stocks helping the index were Bristol-Myers, which rose 3 per cent after raising its quarterly dividend; and Biogen, which gained 4.1 per cent following positive data on its Alzheimer's drug.

    Financials, which have been the best performers in the rally, were off 0.25 per cent.

    Broadcom was the top percentage gainer on the S&P, rising 5.3 per cent after the chipmaker reported upbeat fourth-quarter results and doubled its dividend.

    Coca-Cola rose 2.6 per cent and was among the top stocks on the Dow after the company said Muhtar Kent would step down as chief executive and named chief operating officer James Quincey as his successor.

    Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,427 to 1,361. On the Nasdaq, 1,682 issues rose and 1,015 fell.

    The S&P 500 index showed 45 new 52-week highs and no new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 288 new highs and five new lows.


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