Monday, August 21, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views ..... August 21 , 2017.....Quick Hits For Monday -1) Markets : Asia - Economic Calendar For Tuesday , Market Moving News & Data As Available ; US - Mixed Market For Stocks Dow, S&P 500 Halt Skid , Nasdaq Has 3rd Losing Session In A Row ; Oil Get Taken To Woodshed Today ; Gold Catches Bit Of A Bid & Treasuries The Same. 2) US Politics : Quiet Monday For A Change - Swampland News For Monday ; Navy Announces Operational Pause To Entire Fleet Around The Globe After Repeated US Navy Accidents ; POTUS To Preview Afghanistan Policy In Speech To Nation 9 PM Tonight. 3) Spain - Key Developments Today Include Barcelona Van Killer Shot Dead By Police , 12 Initial Targets Killed Or Arrested By Spanish Authorities , Controversial Imam Found Dead In Alcanar House That Exploded The Night Before Barcelona Van Attack. 4) Libya Updates - Curious Case Of The Kidnapping Of Former PM Zidan - Now In The 8th Day & Equally Curious Near Silence From West / UN / PC / SC & A Few Mumbled Words From Serraj. 5) Odds & Ends !



Markets....


Asia....



1 hour ago
Barclays on the BOJ's dilemma

Economic data due from Asia today - Australia weekly consumer confidence

US...




Monday wrap for stocks....





ForexLive Americas news wrap: Moon blots out the sun



Today's fall in oil is more disappointing than clouds during an eclipse


US Politics....


Not a shocker - 4,000 more soldiers heading to Afghanistan. Try to get Regional Nations to do more to get Taliban to Negotiation Table.


McConnell says being Senate Majority Leader is "like being a groundskeeper in a graveyard. Everyone is under you. But no one is listening"



McConnell on repealing/replacing Obamacare: The way forward now is somewhat murky



Mnuchin: We are going to get the debt ceiling passed. This is not a Republican or Democratic issue. We need to be able to pay our debts



CNN hires ex-Pentagon spokesman who suddenly quit last week




Arizona's GOP governor to skip Trump's Phoenix rally





Top Trump defender on cable news joins Trump administration




President Trump will reveal his plans for the US strategy in Afghanistan during a primetime address





BREAKING: Noting "trend" in recent US Navy accidents, admiral orders "an operational pause be taken in all of our fleets around the world."




4 signif 7th fleet accidents in 2017 1 ran aground (CG-54 Jan) 3 collisions (CG-57 May, DDG-62 June, DDG-56 Aug)


Spain....









The 12 initial targets regarding the attacks are dead or detained but that does not mean that the investigation is over. We keep working




Whoa ! This a huge plot twist , for those following the Spain terror incidents.



We confirm that the man shot down in is Younes Abouyaaqoub, author of the terrorist attack in



Replying to 
- The usual questions that will rise now: - Where did he go after the attack? - Where did he hide? - Did someone help him





Replying to 
- Has he been in touch with anyone? - Did he hide locally, or has he been traveling around? - ...




Libya....




Incredible , often damning thread ( 8 tweets so far , 12 ultimately ) , regarding the kidnapping of former PM Zidan in Tripoli.





Fayez Serraj: I am in contact w/ those detaining Ali Zeidan.. working for his release.





Arab-European Center concerned over abduction of Libyan former PM Ali Zidan





- The mayor of denies receiving 592 million dinars from the Al Thani government.




- UN Envoy to Libya is evaluating the political situation with a number of deputies





- Solidarity Organization Condemns the Kidnapping of and his escort in




Odds & Ends...




Kurds debating doing to Arab settlers in Hassaka what Pres Qudsi did to 100,000 Kurds, 1962. Strip nationality b/c fled Turkish persecution





Russia , Turkey and Iran ink deal to exploit oil and gas reserves in Iran.




Who can believe FSA that was too scared to fight ISIS at Raqqa , suddenly willing to fight ISIS at Deir Ezzor ?






KSA regime change ploy...



North Korea have released water from a border dam without letting SK know.




ISIS territory in Syria slowly melting away....