Transcript: Nightly Business Report – October 2, 2017

ANNOUNCER: This is NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT with Tyler Mathisen and Sue

I`m Tyler Mathisen.


The major stock market indexes closed at records, but we begin tonight in
Las Vegas. Americans spent the day processing the horrific events that
took place last night at a music concert on the Las Vegas Strip. The
president called the massacre an act of pure evil. It was surely that.

It was also the deadliest mass shooting, at least 58 dead, in modern U.S.
history. Mr. Trump will visit the city on Wednesday.

Questions tonight remain unanswered, for investigators, for grieving and
puzzled citizens and for businesses that must confront and financially
prepare for threats that seemed unimaginable just a few years ago.

Jane Wells is in Las Vegas for us tonight.

Good evening, Jane.


MGM Resorts (NYSE:MGM) is the largest company on the Strip. It just
announced it`s canceled all shows tonight. And shows are what one thing
people come to Las Vegas for. They come here to enjoy themselves. But
now, coming to Vegas may change.


WELLS (voice-over): In a place where people go to forget their troubles,
they became sitting ducks Sunday night to a lone gunman whose motive
remains a mystery.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I can`t get into the mind of a psychopath.

WELLS: Sixty-four-year-old Stephen Paddock lived about 80 miles from Las
Vegas and reportedly had been placing large wagers here recently. But for
whatever reason, he checked into a room on a 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay and
Sunday night broke out a window, fired down at across the street, at a
country western concert, killing dozens and hundreds ended up being

JOSEPH LOMBARDO, CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF: I didn`t know whether to run, to
stay, to duck.

WELLS: It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.


MAYOR CAROLYN GOODMAN (D), LAS VEGAS: This is a crazed lunatic full of

WELLS (on camera): While police search Paddock`s properties in Nevada,
looking for clues and possibly a motive, NBC News has learned that his
father was a serial bank robber in the late `60s who was once on the FBI`s
most wanted list and diagnosed as a psychopath. And his father`s first
arrest was in Las Vegas.

(voice-over): Meantime, people who were rushed out of Mandalay Bay Sunday
night were trying Monday to get back to their rooms.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I called my host, who basically (INAUDIBLE) me at the
Mandalay Bay wee hours of the morning and just told him, just give me a
call when they`re allowing access to get inside to get my stuff and
actually get my jackpot, you know?

WELLS (on camera): How much was your jackpot?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Fifteen thousand dollars.

WELLS: How easy do you think it will be to get several guns into a hotel
room in Mandalay Bay?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Apparently, I guess it`s pretty easy.

LOMBARDO: We have determined that there has been employees going to and
fro from his room and nothing nefarious was noticed.

WELLS (voice-over): Some hotel teams were meeting Monday to reassess
security procedures, but the sheriff says it may be impossible to stop a
lone wolf. Still, Las Vegas took years to recover from the recession, and
last year saw a record 43 million visitors, convinced this was the best
place to have fun.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Outside, outside. Let`s go.

WELLS: Now, Las Vegas must convince tourist that Sin City is also safe.


WELLS: Probably no city in America has more cameras in Las Vegas, but few
of them are actually in the hotel room. So, there`s still much of this
mystery that investigators have to piece together, and, Sue, NBC News is
reporting it took over 70 minutes from the first 911 call until police were
able to locate and break in the hotel door. And by that time, Stephen
Paddock was dead.

Back to you.

HERERA: Thank you very much, Jane. Jane Wells for us tonight in Las

MATHISEN: Well, last night`s concert shooting in Las Vegas reminiscent in
some ways of the May bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester,
England. A perpetrator targets a mass gathering in a confined space. The
security challenges are immense, and the businesses that produce live
events are struggling to find solutions that are safe, effective and

Julia Boorstin reports.


last night was at Route 91 Harvest Festival run by LiveNation, the world`s
largest concert company. This is the second major attack this year at one
of LiveNation`s concerts. It was just this past May that there was an
attack at Ariana Grande`s concert in Manchester.

STEVE ADELMAN, EVENTS SAFETY ALLIANCE VP: Concerts are vulnerable because
there are a lot of people, and we know there are going to be a lot of
people in a confined space. So, there are a lot of soft targets if
somebody is intent on making a lot of casualties, concerts are pretty easy.

BOORSTIN: LiveNation CEO Michael Rapino tweeting: Our hearts are with the
victims in Las Vegas, their families and loved ones who are grieving this
morning and to our LiveNation employees.

After that tragic attack, LiveNation outlined new security measures for all
events, including making all bags subject to search. It along with the
other concert companies have additional undisclosed protocols in place.
Also, concern promoters and touring artists` teams usually work with local
law enforcement.

The difficulty, securing areas outside concert venues. The attack on the
Manchester Arena was directly outside the venue, an outdoor festivals bring
additional security risks. The shooter last night was the across the
street in hotels, far outside the festival security`s perimeter.

As for the question of whether people will change their behavior now, in
June after the Manchester attack, a Gallup poll asking Americans that they
are less willing to attend events with thousands of people, found 60
percent said no. We`ll see if those poll numbers change especially in
light of the massive global events coming up. The Winter Olympics in South
Korea in February followed by the World Cup in Russia in June and July,
where security will be very much in focus.

For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Julia Boorstin in Los Angeles.


HERERA: A concert venue is considered a soft target, as are many other
locations across the country, meaning they are vulnerable to an attack, and
for years, businesses have been trying to figure out how, if possible, to
make these soft targets a little harder.

Eamon Javers reports.


time the burst of gunfire is followed by questions, how could this happen?
And what can we do to prevent it?

LOMBARDO: Well, I understand what you`re alluding to, how could it happen?
This was an individual that was described as a lone wolf. I don`t know how
it could have been prevented.

JAVERS: That`s especially true of so-called soft targets, any large
gathering of people or unsecured location, sporting events, malls, state
fares, entertainment venues, almost any place in the country.

targets. We can move the perimeters out. We can have more armed security
at these locations, but we`re never going to be able to really fully secure
any of these soft targets.

JAVERS: Experts say businesses across the country could install PSA-style
security screening. But that would cause an enormous amount of money and
impose massive delays on nearly everyone. There will always be an area
just outside the security perimeter that is vulnerable to anyone intent on
causing harm.

everything plausible and everything that you think you should be doing, and
you still can`t get it right, because when an individual is motivated to
sacrifice their life for a cause or purpose, I think that`s one of the
biggest on challenges that any individual business, law enforcement
protective unit can go up against.

JAVERS: Before an attacker strikes, companies can use social media to
monitor their companies and own employees, looking for expressions of anger
or other threats, but once an attack starts, there is often almost no time
to react.

(on camera): A recent FBI study found that 69 percent of mass shootings
since 2000 ended in five minutes or less. And only 28 percent of the
incidents included law enforcement exchanging any gunfire with the shooter.
Forty percent ended with the shooter taking his own life. It`s that intent
to die that makes protecting soft targets so difficult.

For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Eamon Javers in Washington.


MATHISEN: When we come back, the day`s market news.


HERERA: On Wall Street, stocks started the fourth quarter on a strong
note. With the Dow, the Nasdaq and S&P 500, and the small-cap Russell 2000
all closing at records. Health care stocks, financials and the shares of
manufacturers saw some of the biggest gains today after new data showed
that manufacturing activity reached a 13-year high last month. Here are
the closing numbers.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 152 points to 22557, the Nasdaq
added 20, the S&P 500 was up nine.

Bob Pisani has more on Wall Street`s rally.


month for the markets and October started strong as well. There seems to
be no stopping this Teflon rally. We`re seeing record highs and everything
from small caps, to mid caps, and across all three major averages, tech,
industrials and financials, all hit their highest levels in a decade today.
And health care and consumer discretionary stocks are trading at 52-week
highs as well.

Then, there`s the momentum names. So, we saw proof of the momentum picking
up in September. Bank stocks for example like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC),
JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) moved up. Semiconductors like Nvidia which had been on
fire all year long were strong, and defense names like Boeing (NYSE:BA),
all jumped more than 5 percent a piece.

We`re in October now, and that`s historically been a pretty tough month.
It`s been characterized in different ways. It`s a two-face month really,
generally a jinx month, there were big drops like the crash of 1929, 1987
and 2008.

But it`s also a bear market killer. Market is pivoted to the upside in
1990, 2001 and 2011. So, October has been a difficult month to call, those
typically the most volatile month of the year. Traders have been searching
for volatility, frankly.

All right. What could derail all of this? Two wild cards remain. North
Korea and the Federal Reserve rate hikes.

For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, I`m Bob Pisani at the New York Stock Exchange.


MATHISEN: Let`s turn now to Barry Bannister for more on this record-
setting markets, and what he expects for stocks in the fourth quarter and
beyond. He`s chief equity strategist at Stifel Nicolaus.

Barry, welcome. Good to have you with us.


MATHISEN: You know, I think no one would say that we`re in the early
innings of this bull market. But do you think there is still a few more
innings to play? In other words, do you think stocks can continue to power
higher over the next six months?

BANNISTER: Yes. I think what we`re seeing now is early sign of more
synchronous global growth, economic growth. We`re seeing some mild
inflation precursors, things that would lead to mild inflation, which has
been lacking. We`re seeing some rumblings of tax changes that would be
fiscally stimulative, even though late in the game it`s occurring.

And that means you can afford some deliberate, but still slow monetary
tightening by the Federal Reserve. And, of course, the Europeans are
moving closer to the exits, but ever so slowly.

HERERA: What about the Fed here at home. You said maybe we will a hike.
When are you expecting a hike?

BANNISTER: Oh, I think they`ll do a hike in December. I was in Cleveland
on Tuesday for Janet Yellen`s speech at the National Business Economists,
and she gave that line about it wouldn`t be prudent to wait for 2 percent
inflation to move on rates.

I would agree. There`s a need to just deliberately but slowly move up.
Remember, the Fed funds is 1.16. That`s pretty low in terms of percentage

MATHISEN: So let me come back to my first question, do you think this bull
has a bit longer to run? Or do you see anything in your forecast that
causes you to believe it`s going to stumble soon?

BANNISTER: It`s a little bit less about the level of the market, like the
level of the ocean, and more about the movement of the tides under the
water level. So, what you`re seeing is an interest in oversold financial
stocks like banks, energy stocks, some industrial firms, and some business
capital spending technology names. Now, that would be like semiconductors
and software where you spend business capital. That`s been doing fairly
well, particularly since August.

And so, it`s really more about what we call sector rotation, not so much
index upside, where I have a 2,600 target for the S&P 500 at the end of the

HERERA: What are the risks out there if indeed this market runs for a
while and the Fed starts to increase rates? What risks are out there?

BANNISTER: The risk to us appears to be more towards middle 2018. The Fed
— you know, as they say down South, bless their heart. You know, the Fed
always trying not to make a mistake, but the Fed will make a mistake, OK?
You can just assume they will. And it will occur at a lower level of rates
than anybody thought possible.

The other think they are doing is what`s called QT, quantitative
tightening, where they`re rolling off the balance sheet assets they had
bought during the QE, quantitative easing period, and that`s a very risky
strategy. We don`t really know what the outcome of that is, and we have
done some work that causes you to have a little bit of concern as we get
into latter `18. But right now, things look OK.

MATHISEN: All right. Barry, bless your heart. Barry Bannister with
Stifel Nicolaus, appreciate your time.

BANNISTER: Bless your heart. Thank you.

HERERA: More consumers were hit by that data bridge at Equifax (NYSE:EFX)
than we previously thought. Today, the company said that there`s an
additional 2.5 million people, who were potentially impacted, bringing the
total number to above 145 million.

MATHISEN: And the former CEO of Equifax (NYSE:EFX) will testify on Capitol
Hill tomorrow. Richard Smith`s testimony was released today. In it, he
said the massive data breach at the company occurred because of both human
error and technology failures and that warnings were missed. According to
Smith, scanning put in place to detect vulnerabilities in the company`s
systems did not identify the issue.

Smith`s testimony also details a lag in communication between Equifax`s
leadership team and that Equifax`s vulnerable software was never patched.

HERERA: And the CEO of Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) is also scheduled to testify
tomorrow. Tim Sloan plans to tell lawmakers that more customers were
affected by the fake account scandal than originally thought, testifying
that about 3.5 million accounts may have been created. Sloan also notes
that the bank has rehired workers wrongly terminated in the scandal, and
that over the past year, Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) has transformed its sales
and customer service practices.

MATHISEN: The Supreme Court opened its term with a dispute over worker
rights. The issue is whether employers can require employees to sign
arbitration agreements that curb their ability to bring class-action labor
claims. Labor advocates defend the right of workers to bring those class
action suits. Employers have increasingly required employees to sign
agreements that require them to take their cases to private arbitration.

HERERA: General Motors (NYSE:GM) doubles down on electric, and that is
where we begin tonight`s “Market Focus”.

The largest U.S. automaker said it will roll out two new electric cars
within the next 18 months, a move that`s part of the company`s larger plan
to launch 20 electric vehicles by 2023. GM said it is commit to do an all-
electric future, but added that the transition cannot happen overnight.
Shares of General Motors (NYSE:GM) rose 1.5 percent to $24.57.

Nordstrom`s plan to take the company private may have hit a road block.
According to “The New York Post,” the retailer hasn`t been able to secure
the financing needed for the deal, as lenders remain concern about falling
mall traffic. The report also said the abrupt bankruptcy filing of Toys
“R” Us has made lenders hesitant to back retailers. Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN)
shares were off 6 percent to $44.18.

Higher prices helped sales grow at the egg producer Cal-Maine Foods
(NASDAQ:CALM), but the results weren`t good enough to beat expectations.
Cal-Maine also reported a wider than expected loss. Shares still rose 1
percent to $41.65.

MATHISEN: Software giant Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) says its new automated
database can patch itself from cybersecurity issues all on its own. Oracle
(NASDAQ:ORCL) said the patching of the current system is a cumbersome
process that requires computers to go offline. But the company says this
new software is a game-changer.


MARK HURD, ORACLE CEO: Our customers on average take a year to get our
patches all the way through the system and implemented. This now patches
for you automatically. It is done for you. That risk, whether you`re a
programmer or whether you`re the CEO, that risk actually gets alleviated
with this announcement of the autonomous database. It is a really big


MATHISEN: Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL) shares were higher by nearly 1 percent at

Tesla said there was an uptick in vehicle deliveries in the latest quarter
as demand rose for the company`s Model S and X cars. The company said
production for its least expensive Model 3 was less than expected due to
production bottlenecks. Tesla said it is confident it can address those
manufacturing issues in the near term. But shares were initially down in
after-hours trading. They finished the regular session up a fraction to

And former General Electric (NYSE:GE) CEO Jeff Immelt has stepped down from
GE`s board. Immelt, who announced his retirement in June, turned the
chairman position over for GE`s chief executive John Flannery. Shares of
General Electric (NYSE:GE) up more than 1 percent to $24.57.

HERERA: To Puerto Rico now where progress is being made in getting fuel to
the island`s nearly 3.5 million inhabitants. Fuel is seen as the key to
getting supplies to those who need the most. And while the improvement in
the supply chain is still slow in San Juan, beyond the big city, it is a
much different story.

Contessa Brewer reports tonight.


Outside the trailer bridge terminal in Guaynabo, truckers wait for the
gates to open. As the logjam slowly clears at the port of San Juan, only
20 percent of the commercial containers have been picked up.

And confusion lingers, drivers wasting time searching, worried about fully
fixing the supply chain.

our customers to pick up the containers, but as well unload them and get
them back to us, so we can put them on the barges and get them back empty
to the states and keep that supply chain moving.

BREWER: Outside the metro area, the situation is starker and somber. We
drove the length of the island, and along the southern coast, no area is
untouched by the storm, downed electrical lines, only 5 percent repaired,
but crews are hard at work. Less than 20 percent of cell phone towers
operate and crowds of cars cluster so their drivers can call loved ones.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, we have no water.

BREWER: Running water is a problem on the whole island. Big business sees
this as a big problem.

about business and not think about profits, and not think about how quickly
we get the operation up. They needed us so that we can get into purpose.
The purpose is to come and to get support and get refuge.

BREWER: Lufthansa flew in 80 tons of supplies from Frankfurt, food, water,
hygienic supplies. The facility has no running water, and only power from
a generator. So, brute strength was needed to push open the hangar door.

But what these 400 employees have is a great team, a lot of hope, and
support from their bosses. The visible military presence has increased
around the island. So has fuel supply. Seventy percent of stations now
have gas, the lines are long, the stations are beginning to lift the ration
limits. And food, water and other necessities are beginning to move.

Plaza Provision supplies dry goods to Walmart, Sam`s Club and Costco
(NASDAQ:COST), among many others.

(on camera): Plaza Provision has so many orders, and those orders are so
big, they simply can`t keep up. They say 16 percent of the trips that were
supposed to happen today will have to be put off tomorrow.

The good news for them is that all the truck drivers but one have showed up
for work and yet still, ten employees at this location alone are still
unaccounted for.

TERE BOLIVAR, PLAZA PROVISION CO.: There`s still some that we have not
been able to reach and we are very concerned about their safety.

BREWER: These businesses need their workers and Puerto Rico needs its
businesses back up and running to fuel the recovery.

For NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT, Contessa Brewer, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.


HERERA: Coming up, mother medicine, a little girl, a cancer diagnosis, and
a parent`s Hail Mary pass.


MATHISEN: Here`s what to watch tomorrow. President Trump expected to
travel to Puerto Rico to oversee the recovery efforts there. September
auto sales are out, probably will be strong as Americans replaced cars lost
to hurricane damage. And as we reported, the CEO of Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC)
and former CEO of Equifax (NYSE:EFX) scheduled to testify on the Hill in
separate hearings. That`s what to watch Tuesday.

HERERA: Medicine is taking a big step forward in the fight against cancer.
The FDA recently approved a new and potentially game-changing therapy to
treat the disease. It helped give a little girl another chance at life.

Meg Tirrell has part one of our “Modern Medicine” series.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: (INAUDIBLE) escaped. She`s not wearing any clothes,
because she was in the bath.

never guess meeting Kaitlyn Johnson, what this spunky 7-year-old has been

MANDY JOHNSON, KAITLYN`S MOM: I was so like — she was like, has nobody
told you yet? Yes, she does.

TIRRELL: Diagnosed with leukemia at 18 months, 2 1/2 years of punishing
chemotherapy. For most kids, that regimen works. Kaitlyn was one of the
unlucky few whose cancer came back.

Her parents James and Mandy geared up for another round of treatment.

M. JOHNSON: I said, whatever she wants to do this weekend, we`re going to
do it, because she`s not going to be able to go back outside. She`s not
going to be able to play with her friends.

JAMES JOHNSON, KAITLYN`S DAD: We were going to return to our old normal.

TIRRELL: Another month of chemotherapy failed her too. So, Kaitlyn`s
doctors suggested a clinical trial of a new way to treat cancer, called
CAR-T, for chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy. The treatment uses a
patient`s own immune cells as medicine.

And we know that cancer can learn to invade the normal immune system.

TIRRELL: The Johnsons were concerned about the unknowns of an experimental
treatments, but were encouraged by earlier success stories.

J. JOHNSON: We were ready to throw that Hail Mary pass for treatment,
because we had no other options.

TIRRELL: In CAR-T therapy, patients` T-cells are removed from the body,
then a virus is used to deliver a genetic modification, providing these
immune system hunters with a homing device for markers on cancer cells.
They`re then given back to the patient.

This is in that way a living therapy, because the growth of these T-cells
in the patient will allow these serial killers to take out millions of
cancer cells.

TIRRELL (on camera): The Johnsons were warned the side effects could be
severe. Among the most serious is Cytokine release syndrome, resulting
from over-activation of the immune system. It can cause high fevers, and
even organ failure. The researchers have found ways to tamp it down with
other medicines.

J. JOHNSON: We were aware of the side effects. We were aware that, you
know, once we start this process, there`s no real turning back.

TIRRELL: Just weeks after Kaitlyn received her modified T-cells, James and
Mandy got a late-night call from Kaitlyn`s doctor. They assume it was bad

J. JOHNSON: She says there`s no detectible signs of cancer.


J. JOHNSON: And I think we just cried. Within six months, our pendulum
have swung from, we`re going to lose our child potentially to we beat

TIRRELL: Three years later, Kaitlyn is still cancer-free. The medicine
she helped test was approved by the FDA on August 30th. It`s marketed by
Novartis under the named Kymriah.

For the Johnsons, it was a joyful moment.

M. JOHNSON: Breathtaking for me, just, you know, thinking, wow, we are a
part of this, you know, to help hundreds, thousands of other kids, you
know? And I`m always thinking — I almost chose not to do this.

TIRRELL: More work is under way to extend CAR-T`s reach to more patients,
who like Kaitlyn, had tried everything that medicine already had to offer.



HERERA: Coming up tomorrow, an historic approval and an historic price
tag. A look into the business of this way of fighting cancer.

MATHISEN: A wonderful way to end a broadcast on a tough day.


MATHISEN: Lovely story.

HERERA: That does it for us tonight on NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT. I`m Sue
Herera. Thanks for joining us.

MATHISEN: And I`m Tyler Mathisen. Have a great evening, everybody. We`ll
see you back here tomorrow.


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