Friday Morning’s Top Stories Before The Opening Bell – Mike Swanson (05/17/2019)

Saudi newspaper calls for US to launch ‘surgical strikes’ on Iran – NY Post‘Potentially imminent threat’ from Iran grips Washington – Politico

Applied Materials Earnings: AMAT Stock Soars on Strong Sales, Guidance – Nasdaq.com

Pinterest stock plunges as losses are nearly three times higher than expected – Market Watch

S&P 500′s best-performing stock this year is also the most heavily shorted – CNBC

Starbucks’ China challenger Luckin raises $561 million in U.S. IPO – Reuters

Baidu, China’s answer to Google, reports first quarterly loss since 2005 – Tech Crunch

China Downplays Chances for Trade Talks While U.S. Plays ‘Little Tricks’ – Bloomberg

Walmart says it will raise prices because of tariffs – CNN

Is the trade war a catalyst for gold? – Mining.com

Fred’s reportedly closing more than 100 stores across the US – Fox Businesss

MGM might pay $800 million in Las Vegas shooting settlement – Yahoo Finance

Autopilot was active when a Tesla crashed into a truck, killing driver – Ars Technica

Fed’s Neel Kashkari says rate hikes ‘were not called for’ and that policy has been ‘too tight’ – CNBC

Flynn told Mueller people tied to Trump and Congress tried to obstruct probe – NBC

Trump: ‘I think it’s great’ seeing Buttigieg onstage with his husband – TheHill

North Korea suffering ‘extreme drought,’ worst in nearly 40 years amid fears of food shortages – Fox News

Trump Admin Inflated Iran Intel, U.S. Officials Say – The Daily Beast

U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly believe Trump started this brewing fight with Iran – The Week

A New Diet Study Confirms Your Worst Suspicions About Ultra-Processed Foods – Gizmodo

Cryptos Just Flash-Crashed – Zero Hedge

Airlines face scramble to restore 737 MAX flights once regulators approve fix – ReutersWhy can’t some people remember their dreams? – BBC News

Jared Diamond: There’s a 49 Percent Chance the World As We Know It Will End by 2050 – NY MagazineGame Of Thrones’ final season as written by fans would also be a mess – AV Club

Kelly Ripa Not Backing Down from Bachelor Criticism After Chris Harrison, Mike Fleiss Slam Her – People

Fans are having a hard time saying goodbye to ‘Big Bang Theory’ – Yahoo Entertainment

Walk Fast? Good News—You’re More Likely to Live Longer – Newsweek



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