Econintersect: Every day our editors collect the most interesting things they find from around the internet and present a summary "reading list" which will include very brief summaries of why each item has gotten our attention. Suggestions from readers for "reading list" items are gratefully reviewed, although sometimes space limits the number accepted.
Today we focus on investing articles including several for commodities, gold and emerging markets.
- China factory output slows in January (Josh Noble, Financial Times) The HSBC-Markit PMI final reading was 49.5 for January, down from 50.5 in December. Readings below 50 indicate a manufacturing contraction. The final reading was little changed from the 49.6 reported last week (GEI News).
- Italian Events Spinning Away from Letta and Alfano Government (Marc Chandler, Credit Writedowns)
- Crowdsourced RNA Designs Outperform Computer Algorithms, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford Researchers Say (Carnegie Mellon University, Scientific Computing)
... the researchers gathered some of the best design rules and practices generated by players of the online EteRNA design challenge and, using machine learning principles, generated their own automated design algorithm, EteRNABot, which also bested prior design algorithms. Though this improved computer design tool is faster than humans, the designs it generates still don't match the quality of those of the online community, which now has more than 130,000 members.
All ten articles behind the wall are about investing, five are on commodity markets and relationships between commodities and other markets (including two about gold).
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