Most Read on Bloomberg: Fed Outlook, BlackRock Queries, Weather

The following list comprises the most-read Bloomberg News reports from the past week.

STORIES

1. Fed Seen Sticking to Gradual Tapering Plan After Payrolls Miss

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve will stick to its plan for a gradual reduction in bond purchases, economists said after a government report showed that U.S. employment rose at the slowest pace in three years in December.

2. BlackRock to End Analyst Queries for Nonpublic Data in N.Y. Pact

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- BlackRock Inc., the world’s biggest money manager, agreed to end an analyst survey program that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said could be used to execute trades based in part on nonpublic information.

3. Frigid Air Threatens Coldest U.S. Weather in Almost 20 Years

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The coldest air in almost 20 years is sweeping over the central U.S. toward the East Coast, threatening to topple temperature records, ignite energy demand and damage Great Plains winter wheat.

4. Goldman to JPMorgan Say Sell Emerging Markets After Retreat

Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Wall Street’s biggest banks say the slump in emerging-market assets that left equities trailing advanced-nation shares by the most since 1998 last year will prove more than a fleeting selloff.

5. BofA Fired Asian Trader to Avoid Paying Bonus, Lawyer Says

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Bank of America Corp. fired a trader who brought in three-quarters of its Asian distressed debt trading group profits to avoid paying a performance bonus, her lawyer said on the first day of trial in the case.

6. Bedroom-Invading Smartphones Jumble Body’s Sleep Rhythms: Health

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Having trouble sleeping? Check for a glow, inches from the pillow.

7. Clinton Pitches KKR-Backed College Chain as Controversy Mounts

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Inside a building on a narrow Rio de Janeiro street, nine telemarketers sit in small cubicles, talking frenetically into headsets as scripts scroll across their computer screens.

8. Glenview’s Robbins Tops Hedge-Fund Ranking With Bet on Obamacare

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- When Larry Robbins was a boy in the Chicago suburbs, his father, Sheldon, worked two jobs and wasn’t around much. If the young Robbins wanted to see him on weekends, he had to travel to Arlington Park, a nearby horse-racing track that his dad ran. During those Saturday visits, his father taught him how to handicap horses. One lesson: Know the horse and the race. Was the track dry or muddy? Did the horse win because he was fast or because the competition was lousy?

9. Bull Market Has Years Left for Shaoul on S&P 500 Valuations

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Valuations in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index increased by the most since the financial crisis last year as 460 stocks rose, more than any year since at least 1990. Neither are reasons to bet against equities now.

10. UBS Weighing Spinoff of Investment Bank, Mediobanca Says

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- UBS AG, Switzerland’s biggest bank, is considering a spinoff of its investment-banking business as regulators’ demands for more capital thwart efforts to boost returns, according to Mediobanca SpA analysts.

COLUMNS

1. Cohen Seems Oblivious to Trading Law: William D. Cohan

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- You’ve got to figure that if the Justice Department had the goods on Steven A. Cohen, the billionaire hedge-fund manager, we would know about it by now. For years, the U.S. has been investigating allegations that Cohen’s SAC Capital Advisors LP is little more than a sandbox for insider traders. Cohen, the ultimate prize, has so far evaded Justice’s clutches.

2. Soros May Make Next $2 Billion Off China’s Enron: William Pesek

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- George Soros probably shouldn’t expect any warm invitations to Beijing -- not with the much-reviled short seller warning of a giant Chinese crash.

3. Christie Is an Amateur When It Comes to Bullying: Stephen Mihm

Jan. 10 (Bloomberg) -- OK, so New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may be a bully with a taste for revenge. Still, yelling at people and having a staff that inflicts traffic jams on political opponents is small potatoes. To earn a place in the hall of fame of mean-spirited, vengeful politicians, Christie will need to up his game to match these title-holders.

4. Jews, Penguins in Antarctica Settlement Fight?: Jeffrey Goldberg

Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The American University of Beirut’s Center for American Studies and Research -- whose main benefactor is Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud -- is holding a conference this week.

5. Harry Potter’s Bizarre Cameo in China-Japan Drama: William Pesek

Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- London isn’t usually the place to look for clues about rising tensions between China and Japan. But a surreal diplomatic tit-for-tat there speaks volumes about the fast-deteriorating situation in northeast Asia.

MULTIMEDIA

1. Draghi Bolsters Pledge to Keep Rates Low to Aid Economy

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks at a news conference in Frankfurt about the decision to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record low 0.25 percent, inflation expectations and the asset-quality review of the region’s banks.

2. Polar Blast Plunges Chicago Temperatures to Below Zero

Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The coldest air in almost 20 years is sweeping over the central U.S. toward the East Coast, threatening to topple temperature records, ignite energy demand and damage Great Plains winter wheat.

3. Glenview’s Robbins Tops Markets Magazine Hedge List

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Larry Robbins’s Glenview Capital Opportunity Fund gained 84 percent through Oct. 31, making it No. 1 in the annual Bloomberg Markets ranking of the best-performing large hedge funds. David Goel’s Matrix Capital Management Fund came in second, followed by John Paulson’s Paulson Recovery Fund. The ranking is a featured article in the February issue of Bloomberg Markets magazine.

4. Rodman Sings ‘Happy Birthday’ to N. Korean Leader Kim

Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Former National Basketball Association player Dennis Rodman sang “Happy Birthday” to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prior to an exhibition basketball game earlier today at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium. Kim watched from the stands.

5. New Jersey’s Christie Apologizes, Fires Aide

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) -- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, speaks about a days-long traffic jam, triggered by an aide as political revenge, that paralyzed Fort Lee. Christie, speaking at a news conference in Trenton, said he’s “embarrassed and humiliated” by the conduct of members of his staff and said he fired Bridget Anne Kelly, a deputy chief of staff.

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