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  1. China’s baijiu liquor is the most widely consumed spirit in the world, yet most of the Western world has never heard of it.
  2. The Empire State manufacturing index rose 2.1 points to a strong 21.1 reading in October, the New York Fed said Monday.
  3. Sears Holdings Corp. filed early Monday for bankruptcy protection from creditors, marking the collapse of a company that dominated American retailing for much of the 20th century.
  4. It’s a notable start, but it fails in some comparisons to distributed ledger technology.
  5. U.S. stock futures pare their losses, indicating a flattish start to some Wall Street benchmarks on Monday, after global stocks failed to join a rally that came late last week on the heels of a multisession rout that left major indexes at their worst weekly finishes since March.
  6. Alternative credit scores — using data, in part, from customers’ smartphones — will be migrating from emerging economies to the U.S.
  7. The latest tariffs enacted by the Trump Administration against China are not expected to help solve the problem of intellectual property theft from American companies and instead could hurt U.S. companies, including many in the technology sector.
  8. Gold prices rebound Monday from Friday’s brief respite, heading back toward territory last reached in late July, as stock markets indicate more red was on the way and a leading dollar index declines.
  9. Geopolitical noise is the focus of foreign exchange investors on Monday, as safe havens like Japan’s yen and Switzerland’s franc gain.
  10. Treasury yields rose slightly in early Monday trading ahead of key economic data during a week where investors will eye the continued weakness in stocks and geopolitical jitters