from Data Dive:

Since the Nasdaq bubble burst

February 20, 2015

People are nothing if not resilient; entrepreneurs even more so.

At market close on March 10, 2000, the Nasdaq composite hit 5048.62, an all-time high. Today, Nasdaq edged back to those all-time highs but exuberance was yielding to reason. As this Reuters graphic shows, the list of the Nasdaq's top 10 most valuable companies looked a lot different then.  Microsoft sat atop that peak-of-the-bubble market, with a market cap of $525.4 billion; but Facebook didn't yet exist, Google wasn't public and Apple closed the day at $4.49, about one twenty-eighth of its price today.

from Reuters FYI:

A much-needed Ebola breakthrough

February 20, 2015

Ebola survivors march in a Valentine's Day Parade in Monrovia February 14, 2015. REUTERS/Ricci Shryock

Ebola survivors march in a Valentine's Day Parade in Monrovia February 14, 2015. REUTERS/Ricci Shryock

from The Great Debate:

Greece blinked in loan battle, Putin’s gaze remains steely

By John Lloyd
February 20, 2015

Varoufakis holds a news conference after an extraordinary euro zone Finance Ministers meeting in Brussels

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis holds a news conference after an extraordinary euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels, Feb. 20, 2015. REUTERS/Yves Herman

from India Insight:

Movie Review: Badlapur

February 20, 2015

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

On the surface, Sriram Raghavan’s “Badlapur” is a visceral revenge drama, tracing one man’s unraveling as he pursues a vendetta against the people who ruined his life. Probe deeper, and you will find that Raghavan questions the genre and turns it on its head, and asks uncomfortable questions.

from FaithWorld:

India’s Modi seeks humble, tolerant new image after poll rout

By Reuters Staff
February 20, 2015

(India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year, in New Delhi February 17, 2015. Modi vowed on Tuesday to protect all religious groups, an apparent response to a series of attacks on Christian institutions in New Delhi fuelling concerns that minorities are being targeted by Hindu zealots. REUTERS/Stringer)

(India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends an event organised by the Christian community to celebrate the beatification of two Indians by Pope Francis late last year, in New Delhi February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer)

from FaithWorld:

Obama rejects as ‘ugly lie’ notion that West at war with Islam

By Reuters Staff
February 20, 2015

(U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department in Washington February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

(U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department in Washington February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

from The Great Debate:

The cracks in Islamic State’s business plan are starting to show

By Ora Szekely
February 20, 2015

File photo of displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walking towards the Syrian border

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk toward the Syrian border, Aug 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said/Files

from The Great Debate:

‘Boyhood’ vs. ‘Birdman’: Inside Hollywood’s hive mind

By Neal Gabler
February 20, 2015

An Oscar statue stands in a parking lot near the Dolby Theater during preparations ahead of the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood

An Oscar statue stands near the Dolby Theater during preparations for the Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, February 19, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

from Alison Frankel:

The Supreme Court’s new chance to remake insider-trading law

By Alison Frankel
February 19, 2015

Timothy McGee, a onetime Ameriprise financial advisor, contends that he never would have been found guilty of insider trading if the Securities and Exchange Commission hadn't revised its interpretation of securities fraud law in 2000. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider McGee's argument when the justices conference on his petition for review of his 2013 conviction. And there's a good chance that McGee's appeal will catch the attention of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, who invited insider trading defendants to challenge the SEC's authority in a statement last November in an appeal by a different convicted inside trader, Douglas Whitman.

from James Saft:

Wal-Mart good news isn’t for equities: James Saft

February 19, 2015

Feb 19 (Reuters) - When Wal-Mart starts handing out raises
it may be time to worry about equity market valuations.