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Puerto Rico avoids second default, but future payments uncertain
NEW YORK/SAN JUAN Puerto Rico avoided a default on debt maturing on Tuesday but warned that its deteriorating liquidity meant that future defaults loom.
Puerto Rico Avoids Default by Making December Bond Payments  Bloomberg
Puerto Rico Meets Debt Deadline but Warns of Tight Finances  New York Times  
US Factory Activity Hits 6-Year Low
U.S. factory activity in November fell to the lowest level since the end of the recession, as a weak global economy and strong dollar continued to buffet the manufacturing sector.
ISM manufacturing activity slumps in November: ISM  Reuters
Manufacturers suffer worst performance since 2009, ISM finds  MarketWatch
IMF policymakers stressed need for more reforms in China
WASHINGTON Dec 1 International Monetary Fund policymakers stressed the need for further economic reforms in China and saw some operational challenges in adding China's yuan to the Fund's benchmark currency basket, the IMF said on Tuesday.
IMF policymakers see need for more economic reforms in China  The Globe and Mail
Argentina Suspends New Currency Futures as Weaker Peso Looms  Bloomberg
Bank shares lead FTSE 100 higher after stress test
U.K. stocks finished with a win Tuesday, as bank shares rose by the most in months after the Bank of England released the largely favorable results of its sector stress test.
European stocks fall as Linde slumps  Reuters
Banks buoy FTSE after stress-test success  Reuters UK
Europe manufacturing improves, Americas and Asia slow
LONDON/JAKARTA: Global manufacturing growth remained tepid in November as new orders came in at a slower pace, surveys showed on Tuesday.
Manufacturing output at 25-month low in Nov on poor new orders  Hindu Business Line
Stocks pare gains after manufacturing data shows contraction  CNBC
#GivingTuesday: How effective is it?
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday buying sprees, along comes #GivingTuesday - a day of generosity promoted around the world.
'Giving Tuesday' Marks Day of Charity  ABC News
VIDEO: #GivingTuesday simply portrays the real meaning of Christmas  Irish Examiner
Auto Sales on Track for Best November Since 2001
Car sales are on track to reach their highest November sales volume since 2001, as Black Friday deals against a favorable economic backdrop helped buoy a traditionally sluggish month damped by fewer selling days.
GM, Toyota sales up in strong November for US auto industry  Washington Post
Toyota, Nissan Lead U.S. Sales Boom as Dealmaking Stirs Demand  Bloomberg
Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank Profit Climbs on Foreign Gains
Bank of Nova Scotia and Bank of Montreal, the first Canadian lenders to report fiscal fourth-quarter results, posted higher profit on gains from businesses outside the country.
UPDATE 2-Scotiabank profit rises amid capital markets, energy concerns  Reuters
BMO adds buyback to dividend hike and earnings beat  Seeking Alpha
Why OPEC's plan to balance oil markets backfired
Just a year ago, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries decided to let market forces determine the price of oil, rather than its own production quotas.
COLUMN-Shorting OPEC, hedge funds leave crude prices at risk from recoil: Kemp  Reuters
Iran Calls on Oil States to Cut Excess Crude: OPEC Reality Check  Bloomberg
Thailand printers refuse to print New York Times cover story
The New York Times' printer in Thailand has refused to print one of its articles, leaving a blank space on its cover page. The article, titled "Thai spirits sagging with the economy", discussed the country's flagging economy and touched on royal ...
Thai Printers Leave Blank Space on International New York Times Front Page  Newsweek
Int'l NY Times' Thai Printer Refuses to Run Front-Page Story  New York Times