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Top News Links: Friday, Dec. 15

Delta orders 100 Airbus A321neo jetliners

Delta Air Lines announced a firm order for 100 Airbus A321neo airliners on Thursday with a list value of $12.7 billion. (Neo stands for new engine option.) The Atlanta-based carrier also agreed to an option for 100 additional A321neo jets. Including options, the deal could potentially be worth up to $25.4 billion. However, it is an industry norm for airlines to receive major discounts. – Business Insider

In trade dispute, Bombardier stresses its U.S. impact

The Canadian jet that Europeans want to build in Mobile is already practically Made in the U.S.A., Bombardier has asserted in a fierce trade dispute with Boeing. Boeing has cried foul over Bombardier's new C Series jet, saying its price has been unfairly lowered by Canadian subsidies. The first round went to Boeing this fall, when the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration issued a preliminary ruling with a 300 percent tariff. – AL.com

Colorado company buys up Alabama Graphite

Colorado-based Westwater Resources announced Wednesday that it will acquire Alabama Graphite to fast track U.S. battery materials development. Their aim will be to provide specialized graphite for use in batteries worldwide. Alabama Graphite’s key asset is the Coosa graphite project in Alabama. – Investing News

Feds fine Jasper dealership after flash fire that killed 3

U.S. federal safety regulators have cited and proposed $152,099 in penalties against an Alabama automobile dealership after three employees died and two were injured in a fire. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated an investigation into Jasper-based Carl Cannon Inc. in response to a flash fire and determined that the employees were using a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor when the fire occurred, the agency said. – Business Insurance

Fund managers look for angles in election aftermath

The surprise victory by Democrats in Tuesday’s Alabama election for a U.S. senator is prompting fund managers to prepare for more losses by the Republican party in the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections. Fund managers are moving into the shares of retailers, banks, industrials and technology firms that may benefit from strong global economic growth abroad and tax cuts for high income wage earners at home, even if the Democratic party makes gains in next year’s elections. – Reuters

Poll: Fox News viewers thinking less of President Trump

President Donald Trump has in recent days received a wave of new, underwhelming polling numbers — many of which have come from unexpected places. Take, for example, a Suffolk University poll from earlier this week. It found that Trump's favorability rating among people who said Fox News was their most trusted news source was 58% — a substantial drop from the outlet's surveys in June (90%) and October (74%). – Business Insider

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