PRESS DIGEST - Wall Street Journal - March 18
March 18 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
* Conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled ahead of his main challenger in Israeli elections with most of the votes counted early Wednesday, a strong showing after he hammered away at security issues in the final hours of the campaign. (on.wsj.com/1bet0hw)
* Moshe Kahlon, who left Likud after a personal falling out with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, led his new center-right party, Kulanu, to a strong finish in a tight race. (on.wsj.com/1besZKj)
* American Express Co will unveil plans Wednesday to team up with big-name companies such as Macy's Inc and Exxon Mobil Corp to launch a loyalty program this spring, the latest move by the credit card company to appeal to a wider customer base. (on.wsj.com/1betYdz)