Economic data due from Asia today
China - "Factories suffer huge losses from smog shutdown"
China starts detaining factory owners for pollution, as air toxicity is getting out of control http://bloom.bg/2idZZWT
PBOC sets USD/CNY central rate at 6.9435 (vs. yesterday at 6.9489)
Japan plans record $830 bln spending & MOF to reduce issuance of most JGB maturities
Yen - Japanese exporters are snapping up forward exchange contracts http://education.forexlive.com/!/yen-japanese-exporters-are-snapping-up-forward-exchange-contracts-20161221 …
"Almost 20,000" Dow Disappoints For 7th Day In A Row Despite VIXtermination http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-21/almost-20000-dow-disappoints-7th-day-row-despite-vixtermination …
Small losses for US stocks as volatility wilts
TIMELINE: The tumultuous 155-year history of oil prices http://buff.ly/2ibUz2C
US crude oil futures settle at $52.49
Less than inspiring ranges as European stock markets close
ForexLive European morning FX news wrap: Yen-plays the notable highlight again
BREAKING: German police say Tunisian suspect in Berlin Christmas Market attack Anis Amri was in touch w/ radical Islamic preacher Abu Walla
@fredwalton216 came 2012 to Italy, 2015 to Germany, asked for asylum April 2016. According to law, deportable w/i 5 min
Poles pay their respect 2 Polish truck driver murdered in Berlin
German Authorities have major questions to answer..
$$ Merkel's CSU partner chief Seehofer threatened to leave coalition post-elex if refugee policy not changed. Very EUR negative
BERLIN (AP) - Germany: Suspect in Berlin truck attack was under covert surveillance for several months this year
Now named as a suspect..
DJ GERMANY'S PROSECUTOR SETS OUT REWARD OF UP TO EUR100,000 FOR HELPING TO CATCH AMRI
DJ GERMANY'S PROSECUTOR CALLS ON PUBLIC TO HELP FIND 24-YEAR-OLD TUNISIAN
MONTE DEI PASCHI SAYS AS OF TODAY NO CONCRETE EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FROM ANCHOR INVESTORS FOR THE BANK'S SHARE SALE HAVE MATERIALISED
What is known at present : 1) State set to take between 50 & 70% stake (presently 4%) ; this would be it's 3rd B.O 1
@zerohedge and obviously first nationalization.2) Qatar not willing to invest at this time.3) No other entity stepped up to replace Qatar.2
@zerohedge 4) Share sale founder ing , due to close 2pm ( 13 CMT) Thursday. 5) MPS has already lost 14 bn in deposits through Sept 2016.3
@zerohedge 6) Losing a/o 10bn wld place liquidity in jeopardy, as per ECB stress scenario. 7) State B.O of Italian Banks approved , but 4
@zerohedge bail-in terms of rescue of MPS , plus aid given other Italian Banks - not presently known. 8) Depositors protected-bondholders 5
@zerohedge may not be protected ( "soft burden sharing coming ? ) 9) Remains to be seen how retail bondholders fare & how EZ leaders react.6
ATLANTE FUND SAYS REMAINS AVAILABLE TO TAKE PART IN MONTE PASCHI BAD LOAN SALE, WITHOUT A BRIDGING LOAN, EVEN IN CASE OF STATE INTERVENTION
Italy Upper House Of Parliament Approves Gov’t Request To Lift Debt By EUR 20 Bln In Case Of Eventual Bank Request
Italy Lower House Of Parliament Approves Gov’t Request To Lift Debt By EUR 20 Bln In Case Of Eventual Bank Rescue - RTRS
Bank clean cost estimated at 52 BN , far more than 20 BN package proposed by Italy's Gov't...
Spain to Issue Debt to Fund Pension Payments, Expansion Reports. Chicago approves
Spain's Banks about to be in the cross hairs....
EURO ZONE LENDERS CONFIDENT SOLUTION ON LIFTING SUSPENSION OF GREEK DEBT RELIEF CAN BE FOUND SHORTLY -SOURCE
Not with her: Democrats would much rather see Sanders run again than Hillary http://hotair.com/archives/2016/12/21/not-with-her-democrats-would-much-rather-see-sanders-run-again-than-hillary/ …
Report: House conservatives might support giant infrastructure stimulus even if it’s only 50 percent paid for
Kremlin says almost all dialogue with U.S. is frozen
DJ TRUMP TO NAME CARL ICAHN AS SPECIAL ADVISER ON REGULATORY OVERHAUL: SOURCES
DJ ICAHN HAS BEEN PLAYING ROLE IN SELECTING NEXT SEC CHAIRMAN: SOURCES
DJ ICAHN ALSO ADVISED ON EPA NOMINEE
Trump to pool on Berlin attack: “It’s an attack on humanity. That’s what it is. An attack on humanity and it’s got to be stopped.”
Odds & Ends.....
Mexican fireworks market explosion death toll hits 31...
Bitcoin rise in price spurred by India accepting bitcoin as a cash substitute...
After Aleppo , focus shifts to battle between FSA back by Turkey and ISIS at Al - Bab.
Important - as per Jenan , fake statement as no claim of responsibility on official sites for JFS and denials by two JFS leaders.
#BREAKING: Lyle Shelton, the managing director of Australian Christian Lobby, tweeted an image of a burnt out van http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/21/van-explodes-ramming-australian-christian-lobby-office-canberra/ …
A van has rammed into the Australian Christian Lobby office in Canberra before exploding http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/21/van-explodes-ramming-australian-christian-lobby-office-canberra/ …
Turkey suspends another 2,000 education staff for alleged links to failed coup
Extremists - allegedly IS militants - seized the GMMR facility last night, stealing two company vehicles, according to 12th Brigade spox
Spox of army's 12th Brigade says forces have taken over GMMR station 50 in #Shwairif area from extremists and are searching surrounding zone
2 explosions inside #Benghazi Medical Center Appeal to medical staff at BMC & 7Oct hospital to report immediately to provide emergency help
Mustafa Sanallah: We project that at current oil prices, the opening at Rayayina will add $4.5billion to our projected revenue next year.
In late 2014,IS plans to flood Europe w/terrorists by infiltrating migrant flows were met with no official response.
Aftermath of #Benghazi Medical Center blast today. Source: BMC