from Data Dive:

Why the startup space race is good for you

January 28, 2015

Space might soon become crowded, and that could be good news for you.

This week Boeing and Lockheed Martin reported strong earnings for the fourth quarter of 2014 on a combination of strong civilian and military airplane orders. As these Reuters interactive graphics show, the quarter was up and down for the country's five largest aerospace companies, but each ended in the black, led by Northrop Grumman at 11.9 percent and followed by General Dynamics at 8.3 percent. Northrop Grumman CEO Wes Bush said last week that he does not expect the Department of Defense to assent to consolidation among the companies, but owing to the disruptive nature of startups in the industry, it is competition, not consolidation, that traditional aerospace firms should watch.

from Breakingviews:

Mortgage freeze could hasten Greek bank reform

January 28, 2015

By George Hay and Neil Unmack

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from Reuters FYI:

Hanging onto your hot spot

By Arlene Getz
January 28, 2015

Hands off my hot spot  

If you already resent hotels charging high rates for internet access, here's some good news from the FCC. It issued a warning to hotel groups that they are breaking the law if they block guests' hot spots. One group is already paying the price. Marriott International has agreed to pay a $600,000 penalty for obstructing guests' personal wi-fi hot spots at its Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

The Fed and the Damage Done

January 28, 2015

The general sense from financial strategists and the commentators around them is to look at earnings reports like what was put out there from Caterpillar, Microsoft and a number of other big-name companies, see their disappointments (in part the result of the dollar’s strength, which seems to have surprised the hell out of a lot of people, judging by the Tuesday selloff) and wonder why the Fed might consider holding the line with its “coming soon!” approach to raising rates before long. Add to that all the recent moves by the various other worldwide central banks to lower rates – the Danes, the euro zone, the Canadians – and the Fed looks even more out on an island with the harder line that it is taking at this point.

from The Great Debate:

Meet a first lady who is clearly getting the second-class treatment

By Ananya Bhattacharyya
January 28, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they pose with India's President Pranab Mukherjee (2nd L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) during a home reception with several hundred Indian political and cultural figures at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they pose with India's President Pranab Mukherjee (2nd L) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) during a home reception with several hundred Indian political and cultural figures at the Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace in New Delhi January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

from Expert Zone:

Budget 2015: How reforms can help Modi’s “Make in India” campaign

January 28, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

from Super Bowl 2015:

The NFL looks beyond its crisis-filled year

January 28, 2015

unnamedIf there's an elephant in this room, it's not nearly as big as the football on the corner of East Washington and North Central in Phoenix, Arizona.

from MacroScope:

Russia invites new sanctions

By Mike Peacock
January 28, 2015

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard on a street near the burning building after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian separatists said they had pushed government troops out of two districts on the outskirts of their main stronghold Donetsk and their aim was to expand control to the entire eastern region.

from Breakingviews:

China political investment bubble has new antihero

January 28, 2015

By John Foley 

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

Ukraine looking more like Poland on the brink of World War Two

By John Lloyd
January 28, 2015

Ukrainian servicemen attend a ceremony to bless ambulances in the Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral in central Kiev

Ukrainian servicemen attend a ceremony to bless ambulances in the Mikhailovsky Zlatoverkhy Cathedral (St. Michael's Golden-Domed Cathedral) in central Kiev January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich