Eagle Eye Opener: Is there Instanity in Fed Policy?; Nokia Parners with China Mobile; Netflix Rises

Eagle Eye Opener

Is Bernanke Insane… or the 21st Century’s Barney Fife? (Reuters)

Is the Fed’s upcoming announcement of another round of bond purchases the very definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results? Or is it more of a case of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke doing his best Barney Fife impersonation — using the one bullet he keeps in his shirt-pocket?  Whatever the case, investors won’t see a change in the stimulus status quo when the Fed chief announces continued purchases at $45 billion a month to avoid “… monetary-policy tightening to maintain support for the weak U.S. economy amid uncertainty… fiscal cliff.” At least someone’s getting positive spin from the cliff.

Nokia Shares a Great Wall of a Deal (Bloomberg)

Long-suffering Nokia (NOK) investors received an early Christmas gift when the Finnish smartphone maker secured a deal with China’s largest wireless carrier China Mobile Ltd. Nokia now can tap into China Mobile’s network of 703 million subscribers, 79.3 million of whom are potential smartphone users — and currently prohibited from using iPhone technology. The Nordic telecom is looking to end a string of six straight quarters of losses, and China’s a great place to start.

Netflix Hooks Up with Pocahontas (FinancialPost)

Along with Nokia investors, other big winners are Netflix (NFLX) shareholders. On Tuesday, the California-based digital movie streamer inked a multi-year deal with Disney for the pay-television rights to the animated behemoth’s catalogue, starting in 2016, with direct-to-video content becoming available in 2013. The agreement allows Netflix the exclusive right to stream Disney content to subscribers on smartphones, tablets, TVs and any other Internet-connected device that comes down the pike. Shares of Netflix jumped 8% on Tuesday alone.

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