Dow Jones Industrial ends the year 2016 up 13.42% despite stunning surprises after -2.2% in 2015, best year since 2013.
RTRS - U.S. STOCKS EXTEND FALL, NASDAQ .IXIC DOWN 1.00 PCT
#Germany's benchmark index Dax ends the momentous year 2016 up 6.9% BUT below historic avg of 8.8%.
European stocks end the session with gains across the board
Bond history made in 2016: US 10y yield ends yr at 2.446% vs 2.273% at end of 2015. Up 84bps during 4Q16, biggest quarterly rise since 1994.
U.S. 30-YEAR TREASURY YIELDS FALL TO FRESH 3-WEEK LOW
U.S. 10-YEAR TREASURY YIELDS HIT 2-WEEK LOW
Global 10 year bond yields mixed in 2016
U.S. CRUDE OIL FUTURES SETTLE AT $53.72/BBL, DOWN 5 CENTS, 0.09 PCT
RTRS - U.S. CRUDE FUTURES CLOSE UP 45 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR; THE BIGGEST ANNUAL GAIN SINCE 2009
BRENT CRUDE FUTURES CLOSE UP 52 PERCENT FOR THE YEAR; THE BIGGEST ANNUAL GAIN SINCE 2009
U.S. OIL DRILLING RIG COUNT ENDS 2016 JUST BELOW YEAR-AGO LEVELS -BAKER HUGHES
U.S. DRILLERS ADD OIL RIGS FOR 9TH WEEK IN A ROW -BAKER HUGHES
Brazil police officer confesses to killing Greek ambassador http://dlvr.it/N0VktT
Spaniards arrested for transporting migrants released http://dlvr.it/N0TC6J
Road tax deadline extended to Jan 9 http://dlvr.it/N0QLjp
Greek retail sales rise 2.4 pct in October, led by supermarkets http://dlvr.it/N0LrSz
EZ inflation expectations jump to highest since Dec2015 as ECB Coeure says he doesn’t exclude 2017 upside inflation risks in interview w/ BZ
Mad world! Monte Paschi to issue €15bn in debt after EU approves liquidity support. http://reut.rs/2iL9FZ0
Bank of #Italy puts Monte dei Paschi rescue cost at €8.8bn. Bailout could cost Italian taxpayers €6.6bn. https://www.thestreet.com/story/13938989/1/bank-of-italy-puts-monte-dei-paschi-rescue-cost-at-9-25-billion.html …
Hundreds of mourners attend funeral of Polish lorry driver Lukasz Urban who was killed during Berlin's attack. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/hundreds-mourners-attend-funeral-berlin-attack-christmas-market-polish-lorry-driver-killed-lukasz-a7502481.html …
US News For Friday.......
Trump considering Conway's husband for US solicitor general: report http://hill.cm/qNMJcgZ
Second FOIA lawsuit targets details on election interference http://hill.cm/o5OwnfX
Trump adds extra significance to this tweet praising Putin by pinning it at the top of his Twitter messages.
Threat of New Year attack in U.S. low but 'undeniable': agencies
JUST IN: McCain schedules hearing on foreign cyber threats to the US http://hill.cm/YXUUCnS
TRUMP MEETINGS TODAY Susan Combs, ag sec candidate Ex-TX Rep Henry Bonilla Howard Lorber, Vector Group Allan Hubbard, ex-Bush econ adviser.
TRUMP HAS NO SCHEDULED TALKS WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN - TRANSITION TEAM
When asked if Trump has plans to speak w/ Putin, @seanspicer says nothing is scheduled right now. Says priority is intel community mtg.
“FBI/DHS Joint Analysis Report: A Fatally Flawed Effort” by @jeffreycarr
Good point by Lisa Daftari...telling friends hard truths actually is a two way street.
PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA WON’T EXPEL AMERICAN DIPLOMATS IN RETALIATION
Putin approach - rather than tit for tat sanctions , seems to be Russia taking the high road and simply waiting out Obama Administration...
President Obama's flurry of unilateral actions in the waning days of his tenure are designed to box in President-elect Donald Trump.
Turkish Interior Ministry (last week arrest numbers):
ISIS: 78 PKK/KCK: 508 Gulenists: 1,096
Turkish court arrests 28 media workers from TRT, pushing the total number of journalists arrested nearly 200.
Egypt to send peace-keeping forces for ceasefire. ....
Noting recent attempts to cut off water supplies for Aleppo and Damascus-by ISIS & Opposition forces respectively.
Good commentary on the very complicated state of play involving Syria...
Russian aircraft carried out air strikes in Syria's al-Bab area: Turkish military http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/russian-aircraft-carried-out-air-strikes-in-syrias-al-bab-area-turkish-military.aspx?pageID=238&nID=107923&NewsCatID=352 …
LIVE — FM Çavuşoğlu: Opposition and Assad regime can hold talks, Turkey ready to coordinate but ceasefire is key http://sabahdai.ly/u30e7X
Like it or not , Putin has run circles around the hapless Obama W.H , in the realm of Foreign Policy. It's just a fact.
GNA Transport Minister-elect confirms Italian company to
commence Tripoli International Airport construction early 2017
GNA and CBL agree on a LD 37.56 BN 2017 emergency ‘‘budget’’: HoR rejects it as uncons ... - https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/12/30/gna-and-cbl-agree-on-a-ld-37-56-bn-2017-emergency-budget-hor-rejects-it-as-unconstitutional/ …
#Libya Herald article contains details of what has been agreed between GNA & CBL and possibly NOC in the (not a) budget. HoR does not agree
US wants to see “effective” unity government in Libya - Libyan Express http://dlvr.it/N0VSlg
#Libya Military build-up in south by Misrata, aligned with UN-backed govt (Tripoli), and Tobruk-based govt forces. https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/12/29/misratas-third-force-commander-vows-to-stay-in-south-as-lna-orders-it-out/ …
A chronology of #Libya's main events of 2016 https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/libya-2016-chronology …
Jamal Zubia filed a lawsuit in a local court vs PC-plans to file a/o case w/ Int'l Crim Court on charges of forced disappearance & torture.
Odds & Ends.....
U.S. to pursue Chinese plywood anti-dumping probe
Drudge Report Suffers "Biggest DDOS Attack Since Inception" As Obama Unveils Russian Sanctions http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-12-30/drudge-report-suffers-biggest-ddos-attack-inception-obama-unveils-russian-sanctions …
Narendra Modi’s Exclusive Interview to India Today After Demonetization – Tears Apart Opposition for Supporting Corruption! http://postcard.
India's Demonetization 50 Days In - Not Perfect But Moving In The Right Direction - Forbes http://dlvr.it/N0WJ7L
India's demonetization deadline approaches, causing stress and confusion http://ift.tt/2iymbvQ
Moon Hyung-pyo: South Korea Pension Fund Chairman Arrested for Corruption | http://BelleNews.com
South Korea state pension fund chief detained in corruption probe http://interaksyon.com/article/135640/south-korea-state-pension-fund-chief-detained-in-corruption-probe …