Thursday Morning Top Stories Before the Opening Bell – Mike Swanson (03/01/2018)

Nikkei ‘Death Cross’ Bad News for Japanese Stocks – Bloomberg

Why Are US Interest Rates High and Rising? – Project Syndicate

Revised fourth-quarter US GDP up 2.5%, matching expectations – CNBC

Costly dollar hedges tarnish U.S. bonds for overseas investors – Reuters

Hope Hicks Resigning As White House Communications Director – Talking Points Memo

Robert Kraft’s much-younger girlfriend secretly had a baby – Page Six

Oprah says God would have to tell her to run for president – Austin Statesman

South Africa Explores Constitutional Change to Allow Land Seizures – Voice of America

Trade Deficit Unexpectedly Widens (And It Will Get Worse) – Mish Talk

Nor’easter Now Expected To Bring Snow To The Hudson Valley –

New satellite photos show Iran establishing another base in Syria – Fox News

Senators will try to pull U.S. from Yemen war – Reuters

Putin reveals Russia’s ‘invincible missile’ in pre-election speech – BBC News

AP Exclusive: Before Trump job, Manafort worked to aid Putin – AP News

Putin: US deployed 5 cruisers, 30 destroyers near Russian borders as part of missile defense system –

Trump: ‘Take the guns first, go through due process second’ – The Hill

Sessions defends himself after Trump bashed him on Twitter – Politico

Mueller probing Trump’s attacks on attorney general: Washington Post – Reuters

Drunk Man Accidentally Takes $1600 Uber To NJ After Partying With Friends In West Virginia – CBS Philly

Brad Pitt & Leonardo DiCaprio Will Star in Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Movie ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ – Just Jared

Stephen Colbert Asks Omarosa Manigault to Explain Her Time in the Trump White House – Slate

Watch the world’s biggest airplane taxi down a runway as it preps for its first flight – The Verge

The SEC is reportedly investigating a number of ICOs – Tech Crunch

Best Buy will close 250 phone-focused stores in the US – Engadget

Spotify plans to list shares, fend off Apple and Amazon – Reuters

Banks are pushing for significant loosening of the Volcker Rule – Seeking Alpha

World’s Biggest Ad Agency Suffers Worst Stock Drop Since 1999 – Bloomberg

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