Most Read on Bloomberg: AirAsia, Pimco Firing, Bond Sentiment

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


1. AirAsia Searchers Hunt for Black Boxes After Wreckage Found

(Bloomberg) -- Search crews recovering debris and bodies from the waters off Indonesia are poised to intensify their search for the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia Bhd plane and the black boxes that may answer what doomed it.

2. Pimco’s Seksaria Fired After CME Fine Tied to Personal Trade

(Bloomberg) -- Rahul Seksaria, a money manager at Pacific Investment Management Co. running inflation-protection strategies, was dismissed after CME Group Inc. fined him for improper trades.

3. AirAsia Search Enters Third Day as U.S. Asked for Assistance

(Bloomberg) -- Search crews were poised to begin a third day scouring the Java Sea for a missing AirAsia Bhd. passenger jet that vanished without a trace carrying 162 people and is suspected of having crashed into the waters off Indonesia.

4. U.S. Bond Sentiment Worst Since Disastrous ’09 as Fed Shifts

(Bloomberg) -- Get ready for a disastrous year for U.S. government bonds. That’s the message forecasters on Wall Street are sending.

5. Goldman Sachs Pays Top U.K. Bankers Double That of U.S. Rivals

(Bloomberg) -- Goldman Sachs Group Inc. paid its top bankers in the U.K. an average of $4.72 million in 2013, about double what its largest U.S. rivals awarded to their most senior workers in Britain.

6. The 94% Plunge That Shows Abenomics Losing Global Investors

(Bloomberg) -- Foreign investors have had just about enough of Abenomics.

7. Cancer Largely Due to Biological ‘Bad Luck’ Rather Than Behavior

(Bloomberg) -- Cancer in most cases may be the result of biological bad luck rather than caused by genes or behavior, with the random division of stem cells making people more vulnerable to mutations, a new study shows.

8. U.S. Shares Fall as S&P 500 Slips From Record While Gold Rallies

(Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks fell from near records, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index paring a seventh straight December gain, while Treasuries rose and gold surged. European and emerging-market equities slipped with energy shares.

9. S&P 500 Falls to Erase Month Gain; Oil Caps Worst Year Since ’08

(Bloomberg) -- The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell, erasing a gain for December, while stocks rose in Europe to finish a third yearly increase. Crude oil declined to cap its worst year since 2008 amid a global supply glut, dragging commodities to a fourth straight annual drop.

10. Oil Slides to Five-Year Low as S&P 500 Advances With Treasuries

(Bloomberg) -- Crude oil slid to a five-year low amid speculation a global supply glut will continue, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index extended its record high. Treasuries rose amid concern early elections in Greece risk severing the nation’s bailout agreement.


1. Why This Era of Low-Cost Oil Is Different: Mohamed A. El-Erian

(Bloomberg View) -- Having seen numerous fluctuations in the energy markets over the years, many analysts and policy makers have a natural tendency to “look through” the latest drop in oil prices -- that is, to treat the impact as transient rather than as signaling long-term changes.

2. Jolie’s ‘Unbroken’ Tells Half of Japan’s War Story: James Gibney

(Bloomberg View) -- In the just-released film “Unbroken,” as in real life, U.S. Army Air Corps Lieutenant Louis Zamperini was beaten, starved and forced to work as a slave laborer by his Japanese captors.

3. Kim Jong Un Gets Familiar With Streisand Effect: Barry Ritholtz

(Bloomberg View) -- Since its Christmas Day release on digital networks and in certain independent movie theaters, “The Interview” has pulled in $18 million. More than 2 million people have downloaded the movie about a nonsensical plot to assassinate North Korea’s leader -- and that’s before Apple’s iTunes adds the film to its streaming and download catalogs today.

4. Rex Ryan Will Succeed, Just Not in New York: Mohamed A. El-Erian

(Bloomberg View) -- Count me among those who are sad and disappointed to see Rex Ryan fired as head coach of my beloved New York Jets. It’s easy to understand the reasoning behind the decision, but all the related drama and disruption were avoidable.

5. Shanghai’s Second City Anxieties Result in Tragedy: Adam Minter

(Bloomberg View) -- There’s still no definitive explanation of what caused last night’s New Year’s Eve stampede that left at least 36 dead and 47 injured. Perhaps, as some have suggested, the crowd of 300,000 lost control when someone dumped leaflets that resemble $100 bills from a nightclub. Or, more likely, there were simply too many people on the Bund, the city’s signature riverside promenade, for too few reserved spaces (some are reporting 2000 reserved spots) from which spectators could watch a free laser light show.


1. Greece Faces Snap Election as Samaras Candidate Falls (Video)

(Bloomberg) -- Greece faces snap elections next month after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras failed in his third and final attempt to persuade parliament to back his candidate for head of state. (Source: APTN)

2. Faber Says Diversify Amid Volatility, Surprises in 2015 (Video)

(Bloomberg) -- Marc Faber, publisher of the Gloom, Boom & Doom report, talks about global financial markets, oil and investment strategy.

Faber speaks with Erik Schatzker, Betty Liu and Brendan Greeley on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop.”

3. Greenspan Says Oil Prices Won’t Determine Fed Policy (Video)

(Bloomberg) -- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan talks about the oil market, Fed policy and the U.S. economy.

He speaks with Erik Schatzker, Betty Liu and Brendan Greeley on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop.” Michael Holland, chairman of Holland & Co., also speaks.

4. Birinyi: ‘Protracted, Durable’ Bull Market for Stocks (Audio)

(Bloomberg) -- Laszlo Birinyi, president of Birinyi Associates Inc., talks about the outlook for the U.S. stock market, Federal Reserve policy and investment strategy.

He speaks with Vonnie Quinn on Bloomberg Radio’s “The Bloomberg Advantage.”

5. Shiller Says ‘Correction’ in U.S. Home Prices Possible (Video)

(Bloomberg) -- Robert Shiller, a professor at Yale University and co-creator of the S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values, and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan talk about the outlook for the U.S. housing market and the future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

They speak on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop.”

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