Monday, December 19, 2016

Economic News , Data & Views...... December 19 , 2016..... Quick Hits For Monday - 1) Markets & Market Moving News : Asia Data & News For Tuesday ; US Stock Indexes Green Moderately For Monday , Gold & Oil Off Moderately , Europe Stock Indexes End Lower For Monday ; Monte dei Paschim Updates ; ECB & Fed Speeches & Commentary On Monday ; Lagarde Convicted , IMF Retains Confidence In Her Leadership , Updates On Monte dei Paschi ; Updates From Greece ; Additional Items To Consider. 2) Terror Strikes Turkey & Germany ; Russian Ambassador Murdered Publicly By Turkish Police Officer ; Berlin Xmas Market Massacre - Echo Of Nice Massacre. 3) Trump Officially Selected By Electoral College & Additional US Political Updates For Monday. 4) Odds & Ends - Turkey ( Non - Russian Ambassador Murder Items) , Libya Updates , Syria Evacuation News & More Items To Consider.


Markets....






Economic data due from Asia today - its BOJ announcement day



Japan PM Abe: No plans to dissolve parliament and call a snap election --RTRS






Japan fin min Aso announcing FY2017 budget info




Here are the reasons for the Sato and Kiuchi's dissents







Statement on Monetary Policy






Updated--> BOJ - monetary policy held steady, upgrades economic assessment







PBOC sets USD/CNY mid-point today at 6.9468 (vs. yesterday at 6.9312)







Australia data - spending measure expanding at fastest pace in 7½-years







NZ data - November food prices -0.1% m/m (prior -0.8%)





Its BOJ announcement day! What to expect ... and at what time.


US & Europe.....





US stocks and day with modest gains





Feds Yellen: Job growth strongest in a decade.





European stocks end the session mostly lower







Italian cabinet agrees to ask parliament to raise debt by 20B




ITALY CABINET SEEKS APPROVAL FROM PARLIAMENT TO INCREASE DEBT BY UP TO 20 BLN EUROS TO COVER BANK RESCUES








ITALIAN ECON MIN SAYS REQUEST TO HIKE DEBT IS PRECAUTIONARY, ANY MOVES TO HELP BANKS WILL BE WITHIN EU RULES







Italy said to weigh increase in public debt for bank aid




Monte dei Paschi halted after falling 10% today.






Keep your eyes on Monte dei Paschi this week...








Intesa San Paolo CEO: Atlante Expected To Decide On Monte Dei Paschi Deal By Tuesday And Must Reach Accord On Non-Performing Loans - RTRS






Monte Dei Paschi Signs Accord To Sell Bad Loans - RTRS





Monte Dei Paschi Received Binding Offers For Senior Bridge Loan Which Have Been Accepted





Monte Dei Paschi Finalised Commitment To Buy Senior Mezzanine Tranche For EUR 1.171 Bln





Three trolley buses torched in downtown Athens








EIB to channel 1 bln to local banks









Amendment tabled on extension to VAT discount on eastern Aegean islands









ECB Weidmann: ECB policy becoming looser automatically as real rates fall





Tells you all that you need to know about the IMF...







Christine Lagarde convicted of a negligent €403m payment to a businessman, while serving as France's finance minister. Punishment: nothing.






Turkey to make one last proposal regarding Turkey -EU deal.








Exclusive: U.S. proposed $5-7 billion penalty for Credit Suisse on toxic debt - source






DOJ asked Credit Suisse to pay $5B-$7B to settle mortgage securities probe, but company rejected that, confident of better deal - Reuters







| DEUTSCHE BANK SET TO PAY LESS THAN $14B IN SETTLEMENT: CNBC" *DEUTSCHE BANK SETTLEMENT W/ DOJ MAY COME AS EARLY AS WED






Central Bank: Privatbank seen as insolvent as it failed to fulfill its recapitalisation prog; Nationalisation of entity occurs







 

12 hours ago
So , while Privatbank was saying everything was fine last week , all along there was a 5.6 bn hole in their balance sheet.









Terror Events On Monday - Mayhem Not Taking A Holiday....








Russian Ambassador Assassinated

( Much more at Twitter-TL )




It's only Monday: Turkish cop assassinated RU ambassador, gunman shot 3 in a Swiss mosque & in Berlin another asshole killed 9+ with a truck





MEDVEDEV: ACCORDING TO INTL LAW ASSASSINATION OF AMBASSADOR IS GRAVEST CRIME, RUSSIA NOT TO LEAVE IT UNPUNISHED. IFX.





The assassination of the /n ambassador in will only benefit the Turkish-Russian cooperation in & disfavour jihadists.






Putin speaks on assassination of Russian Ambassador in Turkey...







president Erdogan says attack on ambassador “provocation” aimed at ruining country’s ties with Russia








Turkish FM Cavusoglu already arrived in Moscow for trilateral meeting on Aleppo.







Expressed to FM Lavrov EU condolences for unconceivable killing of Ambassador Karlov. Also in contact with authorities





Erdogan says he agreed to Russian request to send officials to participate in investigation of murder of its ambassador to Turkey







Saying "we are the one who pledge 4Martyrdom" it means he is part of a group still planning/living in d country.









media have ID’d the assassin as a serving police officer - Mert Altintas. Now a member of Police’s special operations unit.








An important correction by to above translation of what the shooter said during attack on Russian ambassador.









An AP photographer was in the audience during the attack on Russia's ambassador to Turkey - the latest here:







Totally nuts. Shooting and statement by shooter captured on video...








Shooting of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov in Ankara comes on eve of Iran, Turkey, Russia trilateral talks in Moscow. A spoiler attempt?




's ambo to Ankara shot, hospitalized. Comes a day before FMs hold meeting x Moscow





Berlin Truck Massacre.....



( Much more at Twitter- TL.)




First the incorrect version of events in story written by Swiss newspaper NZZ.







Then comes the correction to the original incorrect article....






After the correction , we get the full picture....







LATEST - Truck runs into crowded Christmas market in Berlin, terror attack suspected







DETAILS: Suspects in crash killed 9 and injured at least 60 in







12 Dead, 48 Injured After Pakistan-Born Refugee Arrested Rammed Truck Into Berlin Christmas Market








The truck that drove into a Berlin Christmas market did not have its lights on, eyewitness says.




The truck drove into the Berlin Christmas market at 8 pm - the time shops close at one of Berlin's biggest shopping boulevards.





German Police suspect the truck was stolen in Poland from a construction site. Dead body of missing Polish driver found inside the truck.






The truck that drove into Berlin Christmas market might have been stolen from a construction site in Poland, Berlin police say.





Ariel Zurawski owns truck company. Told TVN24 Murdered man was his cousin. Sound like facts to me







from someone in Poland watching polish TV






Polish HQ says it lost contact with driver at 4pm. Poor man's body was found in hijacked truck





The Polish owner of the truck that killed at least 9 people at Berlin Christmas market says that his cousin was driving the lorry today.





The owner of Polish transport company claims that person who jumped off the truck in Berlin wasn't his Polish driver and cousin








Berlin has declared state of terror, security at all airports increased. State of catastrophe declared at biggest Berlin hospital Charité.





The alleged terror attack in Berlin happened just beside the Memorial Church, the city's symbol reminding of the horrors of World War II.







The lorry that plowed through a Berlin Christmas market killing at least 9 and injuring many has a Polish number plate.






Alleged terror attack on a Berlin Christmas market with at least 9 dead and many injured - and German public TV broadcasting a quiz show.





Zurich Mosque Shooting .....






Gunman who shot worshippers at a Zurich Islamic center has "been found dead"








Swiss police found dead body near the scene of a shooting at Islamic Center in Zurich







3 people were injured when a man stormed into a Zurich mosque &opened fire on people at prayer, police said.






ZURICH POLICE SAY BASED ON CURRENT KNOWLEDGE, UNKNOWN INDIVIDUAL FIRED SHOTS AT PRAYING INDIVIDUALS AT ISLAMIC CENTRE AROUND 1730 LOCAL TIME






In the last few hours an assassination in , a mosque attack in and an truck attack in . Coincidence?






...At least he referred to the attack on a mosque in Zurich as a terror attack? So that...good?






Today: Berlin Christmas market attack Russian Ambassador killed in Turkey Brussels terror sweep Zurich mosque shooting Vancouver machete man





US Politics.....






DONALD J. TRUMP TALLY: 304 ELECTORAL VOTES WITH TEXAS NOW COUNTED [2 FAITHLESS ELECTOR]. OFFICIALLY SECURING PRESIDENCY OF UNITED STATES








The final count: (Donald Trump needed 270 to win) TRUMP 304 Clinton 228 Colin Powell 3 John Kasich 1 Ron Paul 1 Faith the spotted eagle 1







Michael Banerian (Michigan Elector)-receives explicit death threats if he votes to elect Trump. Vile & undemocratic.







After attack on Christmas market in Germany, Trump says he'll work with "all freedom-loving partners" to eradicate Islamist terrorists.







Today there were terror attacks in Turkey, Switzerland and Germany - and it is only getting worse. The civilized world must change thinking!







Trump in a statement calls the shooting of Russia's ambassador to Turkey "a violation of all rules."





In favoring an ex-prosecutor for SEC post, Trump emphasizing SEC's role in investigating corporate wrongdoing.






This is not going to go over well in New Jersey...









Odds & Ends....




Turkey items....






WATCH: Gunman Armed With Shotgun Arrested Outside Of US Embassy In Turkey:





Man fires gun outside US embassy in Turkey. Embassy on lockdown.








Lira drops in part as a reaction to the assassination of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov in Ankara.








Turkish govt: 924 terror suspects detained in 1 week








ISIS produced tens of thousands of armaments with supplies from Turkey, new research finds.






Libya.....





Meanwhile in : Tripoli currency traders still closed by militias supporting the puppet PM Sarraj appointed by the UN. Rate 6.5 to 1US$









military council says refuses all efforts to drag 's western region into war and strife








TV stops broadcasting due to accumulated debts.














HoR spox Blihaq: Parliament postpones Interim Government questioning session by 10 days at Abdallah al-Thinni's request





Syria.....






Another night of delays reported on Aleppo's evacuation buses - packed vehicles stranded in government-controlled areas for 7hrs & counting.





Some 4,500 civilians were able to leave today, but thousands are still waiting to be evacuated & face freezing temps with no shelter







Jibreen Camp Official 260 from Foua and Kefraya arrived so far they expected total of 1000 today.






BREAKING: another convoy from Kafraya and Foa arrived to





BREAKING: New convoy arrived from to rural areas.








UN Security Council adopts resolution to send UN observers to war-torn .







Syrian Rebels Face Stark Choices in Wake of Loss of Aleppo








France & Russia announced agreement on draft resolution after Security Council negotiations Sunday. A vote is scheduled for Monday morning.






China - US






China Defence Ministry: Seized US drone has been transferred to US hands






China returns the underwater drone it seized last week to the US Navy destroyer USS Mustin, close to same location where taken






"Beijing is expected to demand the United States scale down its ­surveillance in the South China Sea when it hands back a seized US drone."