Saturday, December 24, 2016

Economic News , Data & Views......December 24 , 2016....... Quick Hits - 1) Europe In Focus - Greece Short Term Debt Relief Talks Set To Resume ; Germany - Elections Polling For Political Parties & Voters Intentions , Updates For Berlin Market Attack ; Italy - Monte dei Paschi State Rescue News , Party Polls Still Neck & Neck For 5 Star Movement And PD ; France - Election Polling & Local France Items. 2) Markets - Global Stocks & Global Bonds Show Gains For The Week , Saudi Arabia To Sell 49% of Aramco - KSA Needing To Raise Serious Cash , Bitcoin In Focus Due To China & India Spurring Demand. 3) US Politics - Round Up Of Noteworthy Items. 4) Odds & Ends -

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Dijsselbloem: Talks on short-term debt relief to resume

Pappas says Schaeuble ‘never wanted Greek program to succeed’


poll 🇩🇪 [-Emnid]:
CDU/CSU 36% SPD 21% -1 AfD 13% +1 Grüne 10% -1 Die Linke 10% FDP 6%

Germany, Civey poll: CDU/CSU-EPP: 34% SPD-S&D: 21% AfD-ENF: 14% GRÜNE-G/EFA: 11% LINKE-LEFT: 10% FDP-ALDE: 5%

Germany: Voting intention / Age groups: Old people favour right-wing AfD (ENF) more than young voters (Civey poll).

Polizei gibt Entwarnung nach Feuer in Flüchtlingsunterkunft

Suspicious fire burns down a refugee center in Hamburg...

Tunisian security forces arrest three for links to Berlin market attack suspect

The Wall Street Journal: Tunisia arrests 3 suspects of terror cell with link to Berlin attack

: Victims of Berlin attack include 7 Germans, and Italian, Czech, Ukrainian, Israeli, Polish nationals

: arrests 3 men connected to Anis Amri including his nephew. They messaged via Telegram. /Daesh


Interesting thread ( 1 of 19 in the string ) on Anis Amri - piecing things together about his background and flight after the Berlin attack.

On - 4.15 PM ET discussing political consequences of .


Italian government approves bailout of Monte dei Paschi di Siena at late-night cabinet meeting in Rome.

Italy, Ipsos poll: PD-S&D: 30% M5S-EFDD: 30% ↓ FI-EPP: 13% ↑ LN-ENF: 12% FdI-NI: 5% NCD/UDC-EPP: 4% SEL-LEFT: 3%


France, Ipsos poll: Fillon (LR-EPP): 29% Le Pen (FN-ENF): 25% Macron (EM-NI): 18% Mélenchon (FG-LEFT): 14% Montebourg (PS-S&D): 7%

France, Ipsos poll: Fillon (LR-EPP): 27% Le Pen (FN-ENF): 24% Macron (EM-NI): 16% Mélenchon (FG-LEFT): 13% Bayrou (MoDem-ALDE): 7%

France to deploy nearly 100,000 police and soldiers over Christmas weekend

Everything that changes in France from January 2017


| Rosneft saturday statement: plans for next year allow it to be flexible with its crude production volumes. reuters.

Saudi Arabia Planning to Sell 49% of Aramco, Eqtisadiah Reports

Global bonds have gained $316bn in value this week BUT I think it's more a pause than a major reversal after the bond bubble has popped.

Global stocks have lost $97bn this wk as post-election rally pauses. After animal spirits have risen, investors to wait hard data to follow.

Bitcoin extends rally that’s beaten all currencies as Chinese flocking to crypto currency as a refuge and seems to enter digit era.

US Politics.....

WATCH: Obamas deliver final Christmas address

Trump spokesman Jason Miller now says he is declining the job of White House communications director.

Trump team shuts down NY co-chair’s "reprehensible" remarks about Obamas

Sessions complies with Senate request for more information ahead of Attorney General confirmation vote

Cruz: We won't give money to the U.N. until Israel decision reversed

WaPo: Obama’s abstention at UN was “a dangerous parting shot” at Israel

Trump can't dissolve his foundation until investigation ends

Rockettes will not be forced to perform at Trump inauguration

Kellyanne Conway is one of the few people in Trump’s world who can tell him no.

RCP's new series goes Behind the Cabinet. First up: Rob Nichols of ABA talks about Treasury hurdles

Two cabinet positions remain to be filled and RCP is tracking the contenders

Odds & Ends.....

2 days after still.same: media doesn't report burnt soldiers, officials don't acknowledge & AKP talking heads claim it hoax &West conspiracy

Idlib city has been held since March 2015 by rebels led by Ahrar al-Sham and Fateh al-Sham Front.

Erdogan indicating next target after al Bab will be Manbij - then on to Raqqa...

Bloomberg: Vladimir Putin to side with Khalifa Haftar as his next ally after Bashar al-Assad.

West reaffirms support for Presidency Council “as the sole legitimate government of Libya”, says military mus ... -