Thursday Morning’s Top Stories Before The Opening Bell – Mike Swanson (12/26/2019)

Stocks set to open slightly higher as year-end rally continues – CNBC

Gold Makes Headway Above $1,500 as 2020 Comes Into Closer Focus – Bloomberg

Record online sales give U.S. holiday shopping season a boost: report – Reuters

This stock quietly beat Netflix as a big winner of the past decade – MarketWatch

Baltic Dry Tumbles Most Since 2008 As Tariff-Frontrunning Fades – Zero Hedge

The Real Reason Oil Prices Remained Low In 2019 – OilPrice.com

China treads warily on US trade deal text to keep other partners on side – South China Morning Post

Gold eyes $1,620 in 2020 on global de-dollarization theme, geopolitical risks – ANZ – Kitco News

MINING.COM: Top 10 most popular posts of 2019 – Mining.com

Sen. Rand Paul introduces proposal to pay down college debt with retirement savings – Fox News

Jefferies bails on Aurora Cannabis – SeekingAlpha

Defense Secretary Eyes Pullout From West Africa – Antiwar.com

The Pentagon is thinking about closing a $110 million drone base it just opened to focus on Russia and China – Business Insider

In photos: Hong Kong police use tear gas at Christmas protests – Axios

Iran blocking Internet access ahead of expected fresh protests: reports – i24News

Russian authorities raid Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s Moscow office – Reuters

North Korea tops foreign crises confronting Trump in 2020 – The Hill

Inside the Collapse of Trump’s Korea Policy -Defense One

Police investigating a massive brawl that broke out in a Beef Jerky Outlet at a New York mall – Daily Mail

Popular chat app in UAE revealed to be government spying tool – NY Post

The curious tale of how Japan got hooked on KFC at Christmas – Wired

Post-Christmas sales 2019: When stores open Thursday for returns and more holiday shopping – USA Today

Hard-boiled eggs, egg products recalled from Walmart, Trader Joe’s, more stores nationwide – Chicago Sun Times

‘Star Wars’ Book Names A Character In Honor Of Hero From UNC-Charlotte Shooting – NPR

First season of Netflix’s ‘Game of Thrones’ rival has much better ratings than the final season of the real thing – BGR

Explainer: The meaning of Boxing Day – Standard Digital

Eating in a 6-hour window and fasting for 18 hours might help you live longer – CNN

Caffeine may offset holiday weight gain, study says – KTRK-TV

Archaeologists solve Roman Empire mystery with 500 letters discovered near Hadrian’s Wall – Express UK



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